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So First I Fell down the Stairs..........

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

......Yes. I did.

I collected everything and was getting ready to leave the house, making sure I had my water bottle. You know you need to drink your water after all.
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Well I started down the stairs only to realize my water bottle is leaking on the carpet, so I hand it off to my son standing below, without realizing that it spilled onto the tile too.
I stepped down...and went down.
My right leg folded back up and behind me, while my big toe completely folded back.
...did I mention PAIN????
Ok I wanted to cry I really really did, but not happening! Too much pain at present. did get better, sort of. The rest of me slowly felt better, just that darn toe hurts like heck. But hey I am going to be late, so what do I do?
Jam it into my sandal. I'll deal with it later, after all I don't think they do anything for toes do they?
So I get in my car, I can drive right! NO....definitely NO.
Good thing Hubby's home. He says he will drive me. "You just wait here by your car, while I go get my Jeep to take you to your speech."
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I am short to begin with, now I got a who-knows-if-it-is-broken-toe! Yeah that was pretty climbing into the Jeep! But Hey! I am late for my speech.
So I finally get to where I have to be, just in time too! After hobbling along I find a seat and sit and listen to the professionals talk.
This is pretty interesting. I don't think I had quite this fancy a presentation before. Awesome! I am going to take notes for myself!
Then it comes time for myself and a FANTASTIC Lady (who I really admire) to have our talk in front of everyone....
...I should say, This is after popping many advils and getting sympathy from this FANTASTIC Lady for my who-knows-if-it-is-broken-toe.
I decide I am going to go first, because I am revved to go! emoticon
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For the first 2 words!
Then I start bawling like a baby! Yep, all choked up. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I did manage to get my speech said. I was told there was a lot of teary eyes besides mine, but I didn't notice.
Kind of hard to see when your blubbering away, trying to be loud and get it all said before ("Please God!) your nose runs.
Yep that is me.......
ace under Pressure.


Yes, my who-knows-if-it-is-broken-toe Hurts like crazy! Especially after the shoe came off!

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MDGARDENGIRL 9/1/2011 3:33PM

    Oh my! Why do things happen like that?? Your determination to get through it without being a whiney quitter just demonstrates why you are so successful with your weight loss! You GO GIRL !!!

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BOVEY63 8/31/2011 1:27PM

    Your tears show how passionate you are and that's pretty darn awesome! Son proud of you for getting up and doing it!
Hope your toe feels better.

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TEXASGIRL48 8/31/2011 8:44AM

    So sorry about the toe. You are lucky you didn't break your leg. I'm sure the speech was very touching. I think the tears made it even more so. At least they could tell you was passionate about your band.

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SHIHJABO 8/30/2011 11:02PM

    Oh Angela,

Loved the blog, but sorry it was a painful beginning. I know everyone was truly blessed by your heartfelt emotion and sincerity sharing your heart.

I'm so proud of you.
I'm sorry for the poor little piggy. Whoa, I KNOW that hurt!!!!!

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CHAS1949 8/30/2011 6:20PM

    Your toe sounds terrible...I hope you get it looked at....your speech was wonderful...I'm glad you powered through to help others understand!!

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L*I*T*A* 8/30/2011 5:26PM

    sorry to hear about the fall.....
hope you have had this checked out by now......
sounds like your speech a hit everyone there....
i am sure i would have been crying too....
well done!!
blessings and hugs...........lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/30/2011 5:15PM

    Oh Angela!!! I think you should go to the hospital. Get it looked at and exrayed. there might be something they can do.
I'm glad the speech went well.
Get better.

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    Angela, if you can weather a broken toe and still make a speech tears or not. I applaud you! You couldn't have gotten me to do it in a wheelchair. Hope the toe gets better soon!


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LAURELSPARK 8/30/2011 10:29AM

    I wish I would have been there with you.....I would have cried with you. I'm sure everyone was touched. I even cry during commercials.

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STUCKER28 8/30/2011 9:05AM

    Sorry about your toe! Hope it feels better soon. Hugs!! emoticon emoticon

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PCOH051610 8/30/2011 7:03AM

    Ouch! Although you had me smiling like a lunatic when I was reading this because you have so much humour worked into an otherwise painful situation. You might need x-rays if it is still swollen and painful....


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SLIMLILA 8/30/2011 1:49AM

    sorry to hear about your toe. this must be the year for it.. I broke my middle toe back in April and it still hurts on occasion. Then my dd broke her little toe a couple weeks ago. I have no doubt mine was the least painful and I bet yours is the worst... ..

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LYNMEINDERS 8/30/2011 1:41AM

    Sorry to hera about your toe and although they may not be able to do a lot for it if it is broken I think you should still get it checked....or it may be dislocated....if that i s the case it will not heal itself but continue to hurt till it is put back in.....
Just a thought....
Grace is certainly good under pressure....
I am sure you did really great with your speech...just the way God planned it....
Praying for you...

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NIAGCHRIS246 8/30/2011 1:29AM

  Sorry about the toe but...Did you go to the doctor? Is it broken? Why were you crying, because the toe hurt or because of the subject of your speech? What was your speech about? Sheesh, inquiring minds want to know! And go get your toe ex-rayed!!!!

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PURPLEBABYBEE 8/30/2011 12:15AM


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Hi Everyone~ my talk to Prospective WLS Patients

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hello Everyone!

I have been asked if I would speak to you people that are considering the Lap Band procedure.

I am touched and honoured that they feel I would make a good speaker and candidate for this. I have to say that the people I heard over my pre-band sessions touched my heart and became my 'role' models. So to be considered to be someone's possible role model is daunting!

My name is Angela and it wasn't that long ago that I was sitting where you are now. I remember thinking that it was a slim possibility that I would receive the band, but I was going to do everything I could; absorb everything that was said by these wonderful health care professionals; and if there was one thing I could walk out of here with, it would be HOPE.

And I did.

I haven't lost huge amounts of weight as of yet, and am still striving to reach my sweet spot (think I am very close). I still consider myself a newbie!
I have tried every diet I could find over the years and the one thing I wish, is that I never ever heard of the word. I am sure if I never started, I never would have been at the pinnacle of despair that I ultimately reached. I hated what I had become and was so frustrated with the vicious cycle of losing only to put on even more weight. It didn’t help that my weight inhibited me from having more children. I was on fertility drugs for a very long time before we were blessed to have a child. Then I was on them again for longer, until I could not take the nosedives of dashed hopes every month. My Doctor could find no viable reason why we couldn’t have kids...I feel it was the weight. Of course the drugs and insulin combined only helped pack it on.

To give you an idea of some of my health concerns, I am a type one Diabetic with Glaucoma. My AIC (average 3 month blood sugar level) was as high as 8.9. I took five injections of insulin daily totalling @ 90 units of insulin a day.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words....well this is me. I looked for photos of myself, but they are far and few between. I would rather have been behind the camera than in front of it.

I had surgery and I received the lapband this past January 14th. It has been one of the most positive things in my life.

I have dropped 8 dress sizes.

I have lost, according to my scale, 47 lbs since Christmas.

The number of inches even more.

My insulin has dropped drastically. I inject 4 times a day with my insulin totalling @ 42 units of insulin per day. That is over Half! Now I don't ever expect to be totally off insulin due to the type of Diabetes I have, but in this case less is more, a lot more!

I can honestly say that I am not hungry, as long as I don’t over extend the time between my meals. I never thought I would say that.

I can eat most anything in moderation. However what I choose to put in, I make sure is worthwhile as in it is of most benefit to me and my health. I am on this journey for a reason. I am learning to love who I am and what I can do.

I exercise up to 6 times a week, because I want to. I swim; I do Zumba; I do strength training and a variety of different cardio. I never thought I would say this, but I am learning to run. Not well just yet, but it is getting better.

How can you ensure success whether you have the lap band or not? Show up. There is a saying in the corporate world “Those who show up go up!” well it is just as true here, only “those who show up go down!” Scale that is.

I may sound upbeat, but that wasn’t always so. I can get discouraged just like you. I can fall down or even off the wagon. I can pack away a lot of things, in a short time. Or at least I used to be able to. What I am trying to say is, what you do after is what counts. It counts that you pick yourself up and try again. That you put down that fork or spoon; that cookie or whatever, and carry on and try to do better. I am still learning to do this. I have only started my journey and have a long road ahead.

It is important for you and I to remember that the lap band is a tool. It is not the miracle to beat all miracles. You have to work to make it work for you. You have to choose the correct foods and portions. You have to exercise, even if it is only baby steps. Even if you can only do one baby step more than before, you will succeed. You will improve yourself and that is what we are ultimately here for, regardless of our reasons. You will find help in our doctors, dieticians and other health care providers that are available for you here. Make use of them. They like it!

Use these support systems. Encourage each other. Find online support groups like lap band connect or Most importantly keep a food journal.

Everyone’s journey is going to be unique. We may share a few common experiences, but for the most part no two of us are identical. Enjoy it. Enjoy it with your family and friends. I still go out, maybe even more now than before. I choose off the menu and either take some home to enjoy at a different meal, or choose something smaller. Sometimes I even share! I don’t think I ever liked doing that before.

Thank you for listening to me. I wish you every success and joy on your own journey.

( I give my speach tomorrow night! Wish me well.)

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    Grat blog! I wish I could have been there to hear you speak. You are doing a great job Angela!


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MISSILENE 8/30/2011 7:11PM

    That speech was fantastic. The words that you chose were perfect and just enough. I know you did great tonight!

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PCOH051610 8/30/2011 7:08AM

    Wow, now I can see why you started crying when you gave this speech...although, I'm sure the toe incident didn't help with the emotions either!

You are such an inspiration both to those considering the lapband surgery, those who have ruled it out and to those who haven't considered it. Your accomplishments with diabetes alone are tremendous!!!


.S. I think you were just as beautiful before as you are now but now you appear much more confident and happy!

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KLOE23 8/29/2011 9:04PM

    I'm so proud of you Angela and I know your awesome speech is going to inspire the people who are there tonight. I can't wait to hear how it goes even though I know it is going to be amazing! I'm so happy that I have someone like you to share this journey with me.

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CHAS1949 8/29/2011 5:13PM

    Go get um'
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EARTHGIRL145 8/29/2011 3:37PM

    Congrats! Wonderful blog and speech.Good luck! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/29/2011 2:08PM

    Good luck to you tomorrow night, Angela. You will do wonderful.

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L*I*T*A* 8/29/2011 12:10PM

    awesome will do just fine!!!
you will be an inspiration to all there........
wishing you all the best ...........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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BOVEY63 8/29/2011 12:05PM

    Awesome speech Angela - you will rock tomorrow night!
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MDGARDENGIRL 8/29/2011 11:55AM

    Angela..... you are just as good with words as you are with a brush!! That is what I wish I had heard when I went for my first seminar. You hit all the major points that someone contemplating WLS needs to hear. Awesome!

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SHIHJABO 8/29/2011 9:59AM

    Dear Angela,

This is very heartfelt and it let's folks know all sides of the decision. Fantastic! Continue slowly and confidently. You're doing the right thing. We'll be praying for you, Cherub. Go and share your message and may the peace of the LORD be with you.
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TEXASGIRL48 8/29/2011 9:37AM

    Sounds good Angela. Good luck tomorrow.

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DIREXTOR 8/29/2011 9:14AM

    So in essence, this is not the easy way out. You have to work hard like everyone else. You struggle with your eating, your impulses and you have to exercise. You share the same range of emotions from discouragement to that feeling of accomplishment when you see the inches go down, the dress size go down etc.

Imagine that! WLS is not the easy way out. Everyone sacrifices something to get in the lane of living life healthy.

Good on you for having the courage to do what is best for your journey to healthy living.


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LAURELSPARK 8/29/2011 9:11AM

    Good luck wih your speech. It's wonderful that you are willing to share your experience with others that might benefit from your insight.

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    Angela, this is fantastic! You have come SO FAR! emoticonI remember when you were not so confident and and worried about your decision. You have taken on this challenge with gusto, and now you are succeeding with flying colors! I am so proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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XRAYLADY65 8/29/2011 8:32AM

    what an inspration.. keep it girl.. awesome .. love it

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GIGALENA 8/29/2011 7:31AM

    Wow! You are amazing! DO it girl!

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LYNMEINDERS 8/29/2011 4:58AM

    Thats superb....just awesome....
You can so do this.....will be praying for you....

This will be gerat

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Me one year ago............

Me right now.............

Yes I have made strides and Yes I am still losing. emoticon

However, I have slid in the last 3 weeks and need to regain my momentum and commitment. I am by no means where I want to be as of yet and have a long journey still ahead of me.

I am recommitting myself. emoticon


I may be a bit less on spark... I know, I know ............ bummer.

BUT really, I can be doing so much more exercise rather than sitting on my thinner a$$. I need to kick butt literally and in the past few weeks, I definitely slowed down.

I have now revamped my breakfast's. I have my coffee, 200g Greek yogurt and lots of water.

Need to work on my lunch today. Will have a protien shake with fruit.

Will continue to improve my food intake and cut out a few extras that I don't need. I know I can do it.

I have been at 200 lbs for a little bit here. I think I am SCARED of going under. How ridicuous is that! But face it I haven't been this weight since long ago. Who knows what to expect.

Well, enough of that! I am going UNDER! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Watch me! emoticon


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MDGARDENGIRL 8/24/2011 11:04PM

    Every day is a new day Angela! emoticon

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TEXASGIRL48 8/24/2011 9:22AM

    Angela you will do what you have committed to do. I know once you put your mind to something it will get done. Now, if I could get my mind to be set on something like that. My eating has gotten better but still not where I want it to be.

You look great!

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LYNMEINDERS 8/24/2011 5:29AM

    WooHoo...what a stunning NOW pic....what a transformation....
You can so complete this journey....
So pleased your refocusing and going for it....yay

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RESULTS361AP09 8/23/2011 8:57PM

    Angela-you are awesome! I know you will be reaching that goal very, very soon!!!

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GIGALENA 8/23/2011 8:30PM

    By the way you look great! WOOHOOO!

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GIGALENA 8/23/2011 8:29PM

    Angela, I'm here for you girl! I too have slid the last couple weeks, but today was the end! Well yesterday I guess. HA HA Today was a good day. We need to motivate each other.

Big Hugs

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    WOW! Your photos speak a zillion words! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARTY728 8/23/2011 4:08PM

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LAURELSPARK 8/23/2011 3:47PM


You've made great progress so far.....keep up the good work.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/23/2011 3:03PM

    emoticonYou can do this! You ahve done so well. We're very close to the same weight but you look a lot lighter. i guess it's cuz your taller. I'm only 4'11"
Stick to it Sista!

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BOVEY63 8/23/2011 2:42PM

    You are doing so awesome and it shows!
Here's to going under!
Have a wonderful day Angela!

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Speaking maybe a little too much! Blog #3

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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Ok, I do tend to run off at the mouth sometimes....sorry you have to listen to this.
Well, actually I am not. Feel free to listen or leave at anytime, you won't hurt my feelings, cause I know you love me anyways.


So in my last blog, I said I had some concerns and I may be asking your advice...well that was my intention. Honest!

Instead I stewed about it and didn't blog, just went ahead and blurted out what was bugging me.

Ok... here is what was going on.

My nieces and nephew are homeschooled, NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT! Anyhow, they are not learning what they should be. I have worked in a school for a number of years as a Special Education Assistant and various other hats. So I like to think I know a little bit. Now I also know that my visit wasn't that long and not that involved with schooling. But I like to through in little things here and there. When a Grade 5, Grade 4 and a Grade 1 are having troubles in easy grade relevant flag!
The Grade 4 is especially having troubles. His reading is atrocious and his basic 6+6 addition skills are non existent.

None are flourishing. It is enough to make me cry. emoticon

Ok, but that is not all...

They moved out to this home that is a HUGE RENOVATION PROJECT. It truly should of been mowed down years ago, not really fit for living in. But they do. Ok, I know they are working extremely hard all of them. Even the kids....

In fact those kids pretty well do a LOT of work... see they do not have ANY friends there.

They have each other and are isolated on the acreage. The family is estranged from their Mom's family, so they don't even see the cousins. And of course My Brother's family, we are all far away. If they at least went to school they would make some friends.

Social skills are so important in life. School teaches many things besides education.
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Other family members have been out and spending more time evaluating. ALL have major concerns that they have spoken to me about. They wanted me to asses and perhaps say something. I was going to...

...but then my Grandpa said not too as he voiced all our fears....

...We did not want to be ostracized for speaking out. Now I don't think this would come from my brother, but more my sister in law hence the reason they are not speaking to her family.

So I listened and did not speak. emoticon

We came home and it has been eating me alive. I love all of them and I don't want to interfere. However, if I don't speak up those children will suffer...

So I prayed... emoticon

Today the opportunity arose to speak to my brother privately and voice my concerns. I told him they needed to step up their education, whether at home or preferably in a school. That all of us were concerned and scared to speak up for fear of being cut off from everyone. That I could no longer hold my peace and had to speak up for the sake of love, for I love all of them and only want what is best. That their not having close friends was another concern and needed to be rectified to the best of their abilities as parents...

To tell it bluntly...I let it fly.... in the kindest way I could put it.

emoticon It went well.

He said he had the same concerns and appreciated me voicing them. That he had to give his wife a chance to improve the homeschooling situation (which I applaud); that when I had spoken before of my concern for friends (on holiday) that they are going to be attending a homeschool weekly playgroup. ( it is a start). That the kids would be going to regular school in a snap if they have not improved by November-December.

I have to be happy with this, and I am happy with this. It is start and we are all good situation least on his end. I will wait to see what happens when or if he discusses this with my SIL.

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ZCTMMOM1 8/21/2011 9:19AM

    Yep I have met both homeschooled AND public schooled kids on both sides of the takes good teachers in either situation!

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XRAYLADY65 8/19/2011 8:34AM

    Sometimes it is so hard to speak up.... but it is so necessary.. applause..

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BOVEY63 8/18/2011 2:26PM

    I applaud you for speaking up. Praying that your brother does say something to his wife - those children deserves much more than they are getting.

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    I am proud of you for speaking up. Home school just like public school can go really good or really bad. I am a believer in it as a principle if the parents are willing to do it right. But, I had friends who sound a lot like your Brother's family, cut off from the world and "home schooled" to the point where they had about a 2nd grade education well into their teens. The parents wanted them out of public school so bad but didn't invest in a real education for them. I have seen these now young women struggle with finding decent jobs because they are behind their peers in every way.

I also have home schooled friends who are FAR more adapted and intelligent because the parents did do it right.

good for you for speaking up.

good for your Brother for admitting something needs to change.

Praying it all works out for the best for all!

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BAKERICLISA 8/18/2011 7:52AM

    I also work with a gentleman who has his wife home school their two children since they did not like who the teacher said about their child when he was in Kindergarten. If your child is a handful, it needs to be addressed, not isolated. His children have come around the office and do not seem to have basic skills that one learns in school or when in an environment where YOU are not the center of attention. I worry when they have to adapt to real world situations.

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MISSILENE 8/18/2011 7:00AM

    I agree with every thing you said, I also think the prayers worked. You are so kind and loving. Stay and be all that you are. You are wonderful. emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 8/18/2011 12:36AM

    It is really hard sometime when people chose to homeschool their kids/....
for me the by product of this is socially you said they are not socializing and making friends....

You have said something and I admire you for that as that takes a lot of courage
Maybe now all you can do it pray that God intervenes and sorts it out....having said that your Bro & SIL have to be listening for God's the end of the day sometimes we can't change the situation and just have to ket it play itself out .....
and that makes it really hard....

Prayer are with you that God guides you in this situatio.....

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MDGARDENGIRL 8/17/2011 10:22PM

    My neighbors have home-schooled 6 kids s who have done very well and are very active in their church and home-school community. It's a wonderful thing to see.

My instinct says that your SIL is hiding behind her kids and isolating the family. It's good that you and your family are monitoring the situation. You're smart to ask God for help. He gave it to you. He is also watching over your brother and his family. Stay strong in your faith. Things will work out in time.

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LAURELSPARK 8/17/2011 5:30PM

    Speaking as a educator, home schooling can be tricky. I have met a number of families who home school their kids and their kids are well adjusted, bright, athletic, musical, and social. Kudo's to them. I've also met with familes who claim to be working with their kids but there are no signs that they are. I hope that your brother's kids situation improves.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/17/2011 5:12PM

    I'm so glad you had te talk with your brother. It makes you feel so good, doesn't it. That age of your brothers kids is very important I feel to be around other children & to learn a variety of subjects and things. I home schooled my daughter all through high School because of drugs being forced on her by her "friends" & I was a single parent. I don't regret it she did quite well and graduated with honors. Good job, Angela.

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/17/2011 4:07PM

    Go for you for voicing your very educated opinion on the matter. Nothing wrong with that.

Great work!

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    Love you? Yes, so keep talking, girlie. And maybe I'm a little amazed that your brother received your comments well. Either you have a talent for presenting sensitive topics diplomatically or because he and his wife had discussed the kids' lives and educations or both made the conversation palatable. As I read the blog, my instinct was to tell you to remain silent.

Do you have the reputation of a diplomat? I'd think that, and your experience in the education system, is why the other relatives urged you to broach the subject. Unless you are that tactful, I'd watch out for the relatives. They all had concerns but pushed you to present their case?

In my not so humble opinion, I think the kids should be enrolled in school right away. The parents mean well, but seem to have little understanding of what material is appropriate and less of how to assess it. Also, a weekly play group seems not enough contact with the larger world.


P.S. Hope I've been coherent. My mind is in four places.

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Still Talking...Blog #2

Monday, August 15, 2011

Went on a holiday to visit my Brother and his family. His wife took the picture and he is on the left with his kids. My Son (DS) {the tall one} and Hubby (DH) on the right, with me smack dab in the middle.

We left immediately after my Portrait class finished. That was the only thing I finished, as the housework and laundry was left undone until I returned. That is why I am running around with out my head to day.

I feel like dinner! emoticon

We did 4 days of driving for 3 days of visiting....hmmm....someone did not do the math correctly! Don't know how that happened!

Well, we were able to visit with my Grandparents who are in their 90's and whom I think are doing fantastic! They only have someone come in every other week to help with some of the cleaning. Still drive; shop; and do whatever needs doing.

Then we were off to Vancouver Island, BC to visit My DS's Godparents ; My brother and family; and various friends and relatives.

Yes we definitely did a lot in a little bit of time.

Castle Mountain in Alberta

The Pond on my Brother's place

Our Mountain Lakes

Swimming Day!

Anyhow, we had a great time. There are some issues that I am trying to sort out, may be a blog soon about it asking your advice... will see.

Love my family, sure wish we lived a little closer.


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MARTY728 8/17/2011 2:45PM

    Great pictures! You look GREAT! You can really see the loss. Was your brother and his family shocked?

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MDGARDENGIRL 8/16/2011 8:11PM

    WOW Angela! Where did you go??? And I'm not talkin vacation!!! You look fantastic and I know you feel good about your weight loss emoticon

I live on the East Coast, but we have skiied in BC and it was the most beautiful place I have ever been! The people were very warm and friendly. Sounds like you had a busy family vacation and I'm in awe of your grandparents. So independant..... good stock you come from!

Thanks for staying in touch with my blog. You are one of my favorites!! emoticon...... Marg

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PARKERB2 8/16/2011 3:52PM

    Great pictures. Wow, the grandparents are doing well! I know you enjoy visiting them. Glad you had a wonderful time. Have a good day. emoticon

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CHAS1949 8/16/2011 3:37AM

    What a wonderful trip!! Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures!

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SHIHJABO 8/15/2011 11:16PM

    A gel a, just asked about your holiday on your other blog before I read this one. Wow , the pics are amazing and that skinny chick in the middle is awesome. I can definitely see less of you. or should I say I can't see you. Well anyway, you loom great!!!!

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BOVEY63 8/15/2011 1:30PM

    Looks like an awesome vacation. I was on Vancouver Island in 1990 and thought it was beautiful - especially enjoyed Butchart Gardens and the fireworks display there.
You look awesome by the way!

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STUCKER28 8/15/2011 8:12AM

    Beautiful pictures!! Sounds like you had a great time. Dont forget to make some time just for you! You have been super busy and a little down time (even if only 30 minutes) might be really good. Love the pictures!

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LAURELSPARK 8/15/2011 7:53AM

    It sounds like you had a great time with your family. Worth the drive, right?

I got to see my two sisters this summer. We spent 4 days together; 24/7 and got along famously. We are different in many ways but still get along well.


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PCOH051610 8/15/2011 7:51AM

    What a good looking family! Aarrgghh, that long drive should have called for a much longer visit. I've got to check out whre you are from as you mentioned Vancouver Island and Alberta. I live in Newfoundland on the other coast of Canada!

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LYNMEINDERS 8/15/2011 3:59AM

    WooHoo...waht a reat time you had even if it took longer to get there than you were there.....

it is good to do things like that occasssionally.... are looking so so awesome....well should be very proud of yourself.....I certainly am....
Go you

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CAROLEDENTON 8/15/2011 1:56AM


Sounds like this is one of those times when you will have to go home and reflect on exactly what a great time you did have, no time to do that now! Have a wonderful, safe trip.. What fun, I'd love it!!

emoticon, Carole

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    Oh, what a beautiful place! I really enjoyed your blog! Love ya, my friend, Angela! Keep safe and keep smiling! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/15/2011 12:48AM

    The picture above where you wrote "On Mountain Lakes" is so beautiful. I can imagine you painting that one. Nice that you had a wonderful time. Last summer my Dragon Boat team raced at Victoria, BC. I'm not paddling this year because of my shoulder injury but perhaps next year. you for sharing the pictuyres and your family.

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