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Merrill is Home

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

My nephew, Merrill, came home today. His accident occurred on May 5th. He will still have outpatient rehabilitation - occupational, physical and speech - twice a week but he has healed so much faster than anyone expected. Thank you all for your prayers and support.

His brother, Nelson, has also gone back home. Their grandmother (DH's sister) has come up from Florida to stay the summer and help my niece out. She will spend the days with the boys and come here to sleep every night (there is no room for her to stay in their apartment).

I don't which will be worse - Nelson or my SIL. She and I don't see eye to eye on many, many issues, including nutrition, guns, religion, gay rights, politics....you get the picture. I try to avoid discussing any of these things, but she is pushy besides.

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I am going to just paste one of these one and try to keep my mouth shut!

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June Challenge - 130 pts today

  
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JCDUBEA63 6/6/2012 11:02PM

    Deb awesome news on Merrill ! Hope u n sil will not have any problems! She 's in your home so should respect your views!! Good luck!!

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LOOZINITNOW 6/6/2012 12:00PM

    What great news! Good luck with grandma!

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SOUTHSHOREGUY 6/6/2012 10:11AM

    Fabulous news, Debbie. I'm so happy that your nephew is finally home. Hope the rest of his treatment and healing goes well. My prayers are still with all of you.

Bill
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BAKER1009 6/6/2012 7:54AM

    Wonderful news about Merrill!! I'll continue to keep him in my prayers!

You're a very strong woman, so I know you can paste that smiley face on for a few months and bite your tongue! Hang in there my friend!

Hugs,
Beth

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SEASONS__CHANGE 6/6/2012 7:54AM

    YAY! very good news indeed... except for the Grandmother part. Hopefully, she'll be respectful.

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BAYBELIEVER 6/6/2012 7:19AM

    So glad Merrill is home. And while it seems like forever right now, it is just the summer, right? There is an end to the "visit". Hang in there.

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CINDYKC2000 6/5/2012 11:49PM

    Fantastic news about the boys. Hopefully you and grandma will not see each other much.

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WOUBBIE 6/5/2012 11:49PM

    Wonderful news! Except for your DSIL. Yeesh. Try not to spill any blood, K?


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DOCTATITO 6/5/2012 10:33PM

    Yay! That's great news!

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ANGELA12372 6/5/2012 10:27PM

    I am so glad he is home and recovering!!!! Completely hear ya on the SIL!!! Just keep smiling!!! I will still keep Merrill in my thoughts and prayers!! I'll say a lil one just for you too!!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/5/2012 9:37PM

    good job on the points. great news about Merrill. Keep smiling my friend! I LOVE YOU! emoticon

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 6/5/2012 9:20PM

    I'm so thankful for his recovery. That's awesome news. Good luck dealing with your SIL. Maybe if she does not see a reaction from you, she'll keep a little quiet?? That's a long time to have a guest, if you need a break, you could always go for a walk. Or, sneak some melatonin in her drink and make her sleepy. (That's my new trick with Jimmy and he has been sleeping a lot better!)

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/5/2012 9:06PM

    Good News. Maybe the boys will be so active that SIL will be tired. One can hope right? I hope it goes peacefully.

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 6/5/2012 9:06PM

    Just keep on truckin'...glad to hear your nephew is on the road to recovery.

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SHERRYNH 6/5/2012 8:56PM

    Good news on your nephew, understand about the SIL though! Sometimes it's hard to just zip it though! lol!

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TRAVELNISTA 6/5/2012 8:53PM

    emoticonThat is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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June Challenge

Monday, June 04, 2012

I know I am a few days late with this, but better late than not at all.

I have challenged myself to average 100 points a day on SparkPeople this month. I KNOW I do better when I am fully engaged here.

So far so good...even with company all weekend!

  
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JCDUBEA63 6/6/2012 11:18PM

    Deb u can do it!!! emoticon and know I behave better have to spend time with sparks or I will emoticonBe bad lol!! We will sizzle this summer!! We can do it!!

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RUNNER12COM 6/5/2012 7:09PM

    Isn't that the truth?! I am so much more inclined to do the right thing when I stay engaged with the site and the people here.

Good for you!

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NEWME0519 6/5/2012 6:52PM

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SOUTHSHOREGUY 6/5/2012 12:55PM

    Debbie,

Not only do I like your challenge for you, but I like it for me too. So I will try to keep up with you at 100 points per day. Let's see how far that goes!

~~Bill

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BLUESKIES139 6/5/2012 10:17AM

    You can do this!! I try to do this but I find it very hard to get on during the weekend :(

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/5/2012 9:09AM

    Wow that sounds ambitious to me! I barely get enough most days to get a bonus spin! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 6/5/2012 7:28AM

    They say the more you Spark the better you do. Lately I have been finding it so hard to find time to Spark. I too try to get in my minimal Spark Points in. There are days when I am so bogged down that I can't read blogs or do my Friend Feed.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 6/5/2012 6:43AM

    Can you say Cha-Ching!

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BILLALEX70 6/5/2012 6:25AM

    Rock on!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/5/2012 12:31AM

    good job my friend. I think that this is an excellent challenge for yourself. Love ya, Dawn

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WOUBBIE 6/4/2012 11:27PM

    I'm a SparkPoint junkie myself. If I don't get my bonus spin I get really cranky!

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ANTHONYSGAL 6/4/2012 10:05PM

    you can do it..i have similar one as well at least 50..with that i feel I'm at least tracking some of my food and fitness if not all..good luck on your goal and challenge..very attainable...have a fantabulous Jumping June..woohoo!!!

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 6/4/2012 9:41PM

    That's a good challenge. I agree with DRB13_1 - don't spend too much time on the computer. Do what you can fast, it's easy to get sucked into cyberspace and lose all track of time. I am going to work more on the quizzes this month. I really liked them when I did them and wish I never would have stopped. I've learned so much.

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DRB13_1 6/4/2012 9:27PM

    I used to aim for 100 pts daily too - make a list so you can get through the points quickly and not spend too much time on the computer. There's a whole world out there,, and staying active is important.
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Anniversary

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Thirty-three years ago today, I married the love of my life.

He still is.

  
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SOUTHSHOREGUY 6/5/2012 12:52PM

    A little late, but Happy Anniversary to the both of you!!

~~Bill

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 6/4/2012 9:39PM

    Happy Anniversary a day late! What a handsome fellow you have there! Congrats on being in a strong relationship. I'm sure it is not always easy, but it is so worth it. I hope that the two of you got to spend some time together. emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 6/4/2012 7:31PM

    emoticonCongrats and Happy Anniversary! emoticon

There's nothing better than being married to the love of your life!

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BILLALEX70 6/4/2012 6:59PM

    Congrats!

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 6/4/2012 12:34PM

    Congratulations! Hope you have 33 more (and more)!!!

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BAKER1009 6/4/2012 6:48AM

    Awesome Debbie!! Happy Anniversary!!! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/3/2012 11:34PM

    Awesome Job. Here's to another 33 years. I hope you had a happy day.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 6/3/2012 10:25PM

    Awe... I love this!

Happy Anniversary to the both of you.

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LKEITHO 6/3/2012 10:23PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/3/2012 9:35PM

    Congratulations! What a handsome honey you have there! Many blessings to you both for another happy 30!

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LOOZINITNOW 6/3/2012 8:28PM

    Happy Anniversary!!!!! emoticon

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BOBBYD31 6/3/2012 6:09PM

    congrats, that is something to be proud of

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DYNAMICDEB53 6/3/2012 5:38PM

    Happy anniversay to you both and what a cute couple you make.
Smiles
Deb

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KELTIC-CARA 6/3/2012 3:53PM

    emoticon Happy Anniversary and may you continue to dance together emoticon



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BOO-SHAY 6/3/2012 3:19PM

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 6/3/2012 1:39PM

    emoticonHandsome hubby! Happy Anniversary!

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/3/2012 1:22PM

    Awwww....what a lovely thing, isn't it, to be in love forever?
Congrats and hope you two can enjoy some time together today.

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FITGRL124 6/3/2012 12:33PM

    emoticon Happy Anniversary!!!

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BAYBELIEVER 6/3/2012 11:57AM

    What a cutie--you must be such a handsome couple! Happy Anniversary to you both, Debbie!

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LYNNANN43 6/3/2012 11:57AM

    What a cutie!

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CINDYKC2000 6/3/2012 11:54AM

    Happy, Happy Anniversary!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/3/2012 10:42AM

    Awwww, congratulations to both of you!

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MACMOM57 6/3/2012 10:40AM

    Wishing you an awesome day.

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WOUBBIE 6/3/2012 10:35AM

    Happy Anniversary!!!

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    Happy Anniversary!! emoticon emoticon

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 6/3/2012 8:54AM

    emoticonHappy Anniversary to both of you.
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The Opposite of Loneliness

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

You may have already read about Marina Keegan in the news, or read her essay "The Opposite of Loneliness" but if you have not I urge you to read it:

www.yaledailynews.com/news/2012/may/
27/keegan-opposite-loneliness/


This young woman wrote the essay to her classmates who were graduating from Yale but as I read it I started crying because she spoke to me, too. We may not all be this young, but certainly the same is true for all of us at any point in our life.

"What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that itís too late to do anything is comical. Itís hilarious. Weíre graduating college. Weíre so young. We canít, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, itís all we have."

Sadly, Marina died in a car accident this past weekend ~ rest in peace.

  
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JCDUBEA63 6/3/2012 11:59PM

    emoticon emoticonFor sharing

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COMPUCATHY 6/2/2012 9:12AM

    Cool writing...and I can't help but think that the word that must be the opposite of loneliness is SparkPeople! Glad you are here. Glad we are not alone. Glad we are doing this together! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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NOTGIVINGUP49 5/31/2012 8:57PM

    So wise and so young to be gone so soon.

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BAYBELIEVER 5/31/2012 8:29AM

    Thanks for sharing this.

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/30/2012 10:49PM

    How lovely. I want to share this with my kids...all of them...thanks for sharing this.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/30/2012 10:46PM

    What a lovely piece. Thanks for sharing it. I feel inspired tonight. Love you, Dawn

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SLIMXTINA 5/30/2012 10:43PM

  Great article Thanks

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NEWME0519 5/30/2012 10:15PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/30/2012 9:28PM

    Thanks for sharing this Deb... very inspiring and sorry to learn of the horrible accident.



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DYNAMICDEB53 5/30/2012 7:12PM

    Beautiful words and sad that she could not see them fulfilled for her. But we can remember her by remembering them.

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SCRAPPY_RN 5/30/2012 5:19PM

    Very eloquent and I am so saddened that her life ended so young....

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TRAVELNISTA 5/30/2012 3:36PM

    Beautiful essay! Sad outcome for one so young.

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RAE_LEIGH22 5/30/2012 1:37PM

    What a fantastic essay! I can see how it would touch so many people.

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CINDYKC2000 5/30/2012 1:20PM

    What a wonderful piece. And how sad that her life ended so soon and so tragically. It reminds us of how short life really is so live your best life today. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

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SOUTHSHOREGUY 5/30/2012 12:56PM

    Debbie,

This hit me hard, and touched me at the same time. I honestly don't know how to put how I feel about it into words, except to say what you said: it is me. I hope you don't mind, but I shared your link.

Best Wishes,

Bill

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Nephew Update

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Merrill continues to make progress at the Children's Institute. His left eye is blurry and the doctor felt it might be part of his balance problem, so he is now sporting an eye patch. He has an appointment with the eye doctor on Tuesday, and depending on the results, he may be coming home in a week or so. He will still need to have someone with him at all times, but it is certainly forward progress.



Thanks to all of you for your prayers and well wishes.
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SCRAPPY_RN 5/30/2012 5:22PM

    Great news!!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/29/2012 10:45PM

    Glad to hear the good news! Very cute pic!

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MKPRINCESS007 5/28/2012 9:09PM

    Great to hear it Debbie! :) Love the picture...........makes my heart happy! :)

Karen

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DYNAMICDEB53 5/28/2012 9:01PM

    Wonderful news for your family!!! :D

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TRAVELNISTA 5/28/2012 8:59AM

    It is so great to see him smiling! emoticon emoticon

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PATTYS74 5/27/2012 7:54PM

    great news Dj....he is adorable

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MACMOM57 5/27/2012 5:08PM

    Great news so glad to hear that.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/27/2012 4:38PM

    YAY! and love his cute smile!

((whew)) such good news!

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NAYPOOIE 5/27/2012 2:59PM

    Glad to see him looking so good.

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WOUBBIE 5/27/2012 1:54PM

    Wonderful news!

And tell Merrill he looks totally hardcore. (I checked my "teen lingo" with my sons and they approved this message.)

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RAE_LEIGH22 5/27/2012 1:50PM

    That's fabulous!

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BAYBELIEVER 5/27/2012 12:02PM

    Awesome. That is definitely forward progress!

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MRSBUMP09 5/27/2012 10:51AM

    Great news!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/27/2012 10:21AM

    Wonderful news!!!!!

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LYNNANN43 5/27/2012 10:04AM

    I went to a great balance doctor:-) They really do help.

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CINDYKC2000 5/27/2012 9:24AM

    That is awesome news DJ!

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