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God does exist

Monday, July 01, 2013

God does exist and he makes life so beautiful; we see it everyday but sometime it just takes your breath away. that is what this picture did for my DH and myself over the weekend when we were driving home and came upon this sight. We pulled over and looked at it for a few minutes before taking the picture. We continued to watch the clouds the rest of the way home, God put on quite the show for us. Let me share the picture with you and see if you agree....

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CTUPTON 8/18/2014 8:26AM



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PURPLELVR7 8/28/2013 7:39AM

    God does exist - He is awesome

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DIDMIS 8/27/2013 1:07PM

    Yes, God does exist and I know Him personally.

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-CHERYL 7/13/2013 12:18PM

    Its always nice to see a visual reminder that there is something more out there then what we deal with daily. God, Buddha, Goddess, whatever it is you belive, there just has to be something out there that created such a beautiful world! I'm very blessed to live in a gorgeous place where I get reminded daily and I than God daily that I can see it and walk in such a wonderful place!

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BECKYLIZ 7/2/2013 7:14AM


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BEEJAY49 7/2/2013 3:29AM

    Incredible! Thank you for sharing!

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GINGER_BEAR 7/1/2013 10:50PM

    Beautiful! Thanks for posting this.

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SAMMIESMOM13 7/1/2013 9:00PM

    Yup, I see Him! Saw Him when I was driving past the Grand Tetons very distinctly too a few years ago. Brought tears to my eyes at the time.

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LESSOFMOORE 7/1/2013 8:59PM

    I do agree! Thanks for sharing, Linda! emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYBEAR662 7/1/2013 7:56PM

    Very nice Mom!!! Love it! God is good!

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SOFEDUPP 7/1/2013 7:19PM

    Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing!!

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DQUEENCAT 7/1/2013 6:56PM

    God is Not Dead
He is Roaring Like a Lion
He is a beautiful artist
Thank you for allowing me to see some of His wonderful paint brush.

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ELLIEJOSIE 7/1/2013 6:35PM

    Beautiful picture!

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Update on becoming a calendar girl

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Well I promised updates and just like the whole calendar girl idea, I am late (lol). I am still working on becoming this calendar girl but I find myself moving slow so I have to pick up the pace somewhat. It took me 3 days to clean my living room and I didn't expect that but I have laundry done for this week already so I am getting better just have to keep trying.

will keep you updated

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CTUPTON 2/16/2014 12:41PM


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SAMMIESMOM13 1/6/2013 7:56PM

    Danlin, I understand. I think it's a combo of depression, poor health issues, and maybe just age. I have a bad back, depression, pain all the time, not horrid but draining, and I'm getting older. I just can't do what I used to do and I'm feeling like I'm lazy, but I just can't seem to do it all anymore. I long for a smaller house. Mine isn't filthy, but not what I want it to be. It overwhelms me some days. Maybe we can start something of a sort of challenge or something to help us with this.

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BECKYLIZ 9/14/2012 8:21AM

    emoticon It's great to set goals and even better to reach them emoticon

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TEDDYBEAR662 6/21/2012 10:00PM

    Great Job Mom! emoticon

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APACHESTEVE 6/21/2012 9:17PM

    Calendar girl for motivation, I LOVE IT!

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SHEILA-45 6/21/2012 9:16PM

    Ahhh.... cleaning! Me too, was working on the dining room but got side-tracked. Good luck!

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Becoming a calendar girl

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hi all my SP friends, first of all let me tell you this blog might be lengthy so I apologize for that now but I need to start at the beginning okay... okay once upon a time which is how all my stories start I was noticing that my DH and myself were having a awful lot of "tiffs"about this and that, nothing major but constant little problems, I said to myself ( because that's what I call myself) self something isn't right here and we need to fix it. I tried to get my Dh to open up to me and talk to me but he wouldn't. I had a pretty good idea what the problem was but I needed him to admit it to me
Finally it all came to a head in a peaceful talk. Since my stroke and seizures, I think I have used the way that I feel as a crutch to become lazy. Not all the time because sometimes, I really don't feel very good. therefore my house has become filthy, it really has. I was never a Donna Reed housewife but I was never a pig like I am now. My DH was brought up with a Donna Reed Mom but he hasn't complained because he says that I figured your sick; but was he really thinking that. Now in fairness to me, he is not keeping up with his chores either.

Anyways when I have a problem, I like to have a solution and I spent last Thursday with my Daughter and she provided me with one. Both of my daughters have given me this solution but doing it this way will really work.

My magnetic calendar that I will put on my refrigerator all my daily chores that need to be done. I have to admit my youngest daughter already does this and it works for her but it is going to work for me too

So now I am the new calendar girl who will be up to date with her life will keep you posted how I am doing. today was laundry day and I am almost done with my laundry

You will be hearing back from me hopefully positive reports



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CTUPTON 8/18/2014 8:28AM

    Boy do I need this. I need to be a calendar girl, too!


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JBINAUSTIN 6/26/2012 12:25AM

    I was thinking calendar girl as in the 2003 movie.

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TEDDYBEAR662 6/12/2012 1:23PM

    Hello! Great BLOG! Love to see you talked with dad and I hope he's on that calendar too. Everyone in the house can do a little something each day! Take it one day at a time and soon you won't even think twice about it! Best of luck! love ya!

Frosty (That is NOT what I call myself, hee hee)

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RYCOELMA 6/11/2012 6:55PM

    My mom, the calendar girl, lol. At first I was thinking of a pinup ;)

I'm happy to hear that you are taking a positive step towards a schedule and accountability. It is important to have daily goals, they are what keep you moving forward. A little bit at a time and then once you are into a good routine, you can add some surprises to your schedule just to keep boredom away (what's this I see? Washing windows? HA!).

Can't wait to read your progress reports. I love you and good luck.

Me (that's what I call myself on normal days)

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SOFEDUPP 6/11/2012 3:48PM

    Sounds like a great idea.

I know I have a problem keeping up on things too. If I do start cleaning, I start thinking about whether I need it or not and then just move to another area; that is not really cleaning, just moving.

I am sure that the calendar idea will work great for you.

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MRSSHANNONC1970 6/11/2012 2:43PM

    Posting a daily TO DO chart TRULY does work for house work, work outs, you name it! Great idea and please do post how you do with it, posting daily might really help you keep on track as well

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time to catch you all up on me

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hi Everyone; I know I have been saying that I would blog and I just haven't done it. To be honest, that has been happening with a lot of things in my life lately. I am going to try to be as honest as I can with you as to how I have been really feeling lately and what I think I can do to help to improve myself, just don't know if I will be successful or not.

First a very good thing that recently happened in my life is my oldest daughter was able to come home from S Korea where she lives ( her DH is stationed there in the Army, so her and her 5 children live there with him) so she came home in Feb for 16 days and the family was so happy to have her home. I was so happy to see her and her sister spend time together, it made me feel so good. She also got to spend time with her BF and lots of other church friends. I had some special time with her and so did her Father. We all had a great visit. It was sad to see her leave but I know her DH and children were missing her bad and couldn't wait for her to return. I did really good not crying in front of any one but I will tell you I did a lot of crying in private. some happy tears, some sad tears.

Okay now I will talk about me. Any one who knows me knows that about 8 years ago I suffered a massive stroke. over the next 3 years after the stroke I have suffered grand mal seizures, each one worse than the one before. thank the Lord it has been 3 or 4 yrs since my last seizure. My neurosurgeon refers to me as a miracle but I thank the Lord for my miracle. So what's my problem you ask?

I feel like I am losing myself, the person that I use to be and I don't want to lose that person. Okay I am going to admit it, I am depressed and I know why. it is because I can't keep up with daily routines like cleaning my house and I can't believe I am posting this for all to read but even daily showers. I put off everything. I fall asleep at the drop of a hat.

I have recently started having my severe headaches again. I sent a message to my neurosurgeon yesterday and he called me back today ( I really think I am one of his fav patients) He recently put me on topomax which is a seizure med but it also helps headaches and was having me take 2 at bedtime because it tends to make you tired. today he told me to start tonight taking 3 daily and if in the next 2 weeks I don't see a improvement in the headaches then raise the dosage to 4 daily.

I also talked to him about my being so tired and he once again explained to me that my energy level will be very low with all the medication I take and with these headaches.
He took the time to talk to me and that was a comfort.

Now I have to deal with the depression. I said above that I know why I am depressed. It is because I am losing myself. I use to be a happy person loving type person. I loved going to work because I loved the people I worked with. I use to sing Christmas carols in July and everyone would expect that from me. I would be crazy. I loved to make people laugh and I love to laugh myself. All those people that were my friends I no longer see because I am stuck in my house. Those are my kind of people, they get me, know what I mean? I can really be Linda with them and have fun fun fun! Feels like those days are gone forever. I am not trying to have a pity party for myself, I know how lucky I am; I have heard it many times and I believe it and I thank God daily. I asked my DH tonight if he though I was depressed and he said yes, he said the only time I am happy is when I am with my daughters. I told him and with him too, he didn't think so, I thought my heart was going to break right then. Am I dragging him down with me. If so How do I help him?

My head is pounding right now and I think I have to stop, getting too emotional. will try to keep blogging

I love all my true Spark friends



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CTUPTON 8/18/2014 8:34AM

    You will find many people here who can relate. I can't believe how slow I have become getting things done. I was never speedy but now I hardly get anything done at all in a day. Please accept who you are nw. God doesn't make junk. You have heard that I am sure. You are a fine person. Maybe you can't keep up with housework. I have a cleaning person come in every 2 weeks. And by the time 2 weeks is up the house really needs cleaning. When they gave me a price, they charged me the higher rate because of all that needs to be done here. Some weeks I am cleaner than other weeks. The cleaner gives me a high five when she sees I have taken care of a pile of clutter. Good luck. Don't add guilt to your woes. Being sick is very stressful all by itself. emoticon chris

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CAROLIAN 3/25/2013 4:17PM

    So sorry you are going through such a rough time depression is so debilitating on top of all the rest of your health issues the meds don;t help sometimes the side effects make us worse
Hang in there and get your dr to look at your meds and see if there is any others that have less side effects
Will pray for you emoticon Carol xxx

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-CHERYL 3/28/2012 11:14AM

    I have been there, still work daily to stay in a positive place. Has your doctor put you on anti-depressants? I was so totally against taking any, I already took enough medication! My husband insisted I talk to the doctor about it. My doctor explained that because of the strokes my chemical balances were out of whack, the serotonin levels were off. I think I tried a few different ones, mostly felt like a zombie. I researched and found Welbutrin had the least amount of side effects and was not something you had to be weaned off. I take a low dose every day and it made such a HUGE difference in my emotional state. I've been taking them for about 10 years, my happy pills!

Our entire lives changed due to the strokes. Anger, grief, sadness, lots of these feelings!
If you can go to counselling, do it, you have a real right to be feeling like you do but if you want to move on and life a happier life you might need the help of medication or counseling.

Ask your doctor to look at Central Nervous System Vasculitis. Your symptoms, especially the headaches, strokes & seizures are systematic for this condition. Its really rare and overlooked because most doctors never heard of it. But people who have it sometimes have symptoms for years and years and just keep getting worse. Steroids like Prednisone make the person feel better but after they stop the symptoms come back.

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JAXMOMMY 3/22/2012 4:17PM

    Linda, first of all, let the emotions out! There is no reason for you to hide your sadness, your crying, your depression. Studies show that crying can often make us feel better. Let it out, let it go! Are you on medication for depression? Consider seeking counseling. I know having an objective person to talk to about my struggles and my need for independence really helped. Topomax will make you very sleepy, but if it helps the headaches, then good. Don't worry about the housework. Try blogging more. We don't mind a pity party! We are here to help each other! I wonder why all of us always apologize when we have a pity party? Pity = compassion and a party = a gathering of friends, so why not? Speak up! We are here for you! Allow the tears and then seek help! I also hope you can get some rest after a restless night last night! Love you!

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TEDDYBEAR662 3/21/2012 3:11PM

    Sounds like you have some good advise here. You know what I think and how I feel about this, so all I'll say is that I, we all, love you and pray very hard for you to feel better soon! I love you Mom!

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SAMMIESMOM13 3/21/2012 11:39AM

    I have some of the same issues- different life-changing event, same symptoms. I also have depression, am an "up-type" personality, had back surgery and now pain and issues which keep me from doing what I would like to do, etc. I read so much of "me" in your blog. I don't have any answers for you- I am searching to try and find the "old me" too. But it does help to have others who understand and can hold your hand thru this. The only thing I've found (and I think perhaps you as well) is to pray and to look around and see others with even bigger problems than I have. There are truely ALOT of them. It does help to keep my issues in perspective.
I will pray for you- depression is a horrible thing.
Hugs, Carol

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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/20/2012 11:42PM

    Aww... It is hard I know as I have been having some same issues, please try to work through this, we love you, I know you are a very special lady as I can tell by how Missy was raised, Can you go on medication for depression? Don't sweat the house stuff, I know it is hard, but work on getting yourself better first. emoticon

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SOFEDUPP 3/20/2012 10:30PM

    Linda, I am sorry you don't feel like yourself. I know it is tough when you feel that way.

Topamax is a good med. I have taken it and it did help with my migraines. I have also been on medicine for depression. I can tell you that there have been days that I didn't want to get out of bed. I had to force myself. I have keep pushing forward and I am finally starting to feel better about myself. Plus some things have happened in my life that have been positive.

Keep talking to people. Make yourself do things. It may take a while, but you will start to feel better.


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haven't entered a blog in a long time bad bad me!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hi everyone it has been a long time since I have been blogging and I had wanted to do it on a regular basis so I need to get back to doing it.
so what is new in my life? I guess the biggest piece of news is it appears that my new medication for my headaches is working. My headaches have been cut down a good 75% and if I do get a headache, usually a nap takes care of getting rid of it. I am really enjoying headache free days. This new medicine tends to make me tired so I find myself taking naps almost daily but I am hoping it will work itself out and the daily naps will not always be necessary . See how it goes but things are looking up finally

As far as everything else, my DH was sick all weekend, he came home a little sick Friday night, looked like he was starting a cold and then when he came home Saturday he was a lot worse, sore throat, sneezing coughing up gunk, he had a fever of 100.8 and had chills; he was so cold he put on socks and went to bed. Sunday morning he still felt crappy and his fever was at 102; he spent most of today in bed sleeping. got up had a light supper and it looks like his fever finally broke while he was sleeping but his throat till hurts and he is sneezing constantly and his whole body aches. And of course he has to go to wok tomorrow; he will be exhausted when he gets home.

I am hoping I don't catch it from him. I have been sneezing a lot today

Well that's about all that is going on in this house hold. The dog, Jasper went to be groomed this week and he looks so handsome and Gabby my parakeet is playing alot with her toys in her cage and squawks a lot but is not talking to me yet

Hope everyhing is oing well with all of you God Bless



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-CHERYL 2/3/2012 7:31PM

    Yea! So glad the headaches are disappearing! Is there any reason you can't take them at night since you'll be going to bed anyway? I know sometimes the medication needs to be taken at a certain time.

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RYCOELMA 1/29/2012 8:56PM

    Poor Dad! Tell him that I hope he feel much better in the morning.


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TEDDYBEAR662 1/29/2012 8:56PM

    Oh, so sorry to hear Daddy was sick all weekend! I know how that feels since last weekend I was getting sick all weekend! Hope he is better and has a good day tomorrow! To bad he couldn't stay home and get that one day of rest. (hugs)

Glad your headaches are better! Don't get so upset about needing the naps during the day! If that's what's needed, then that's fine! Rather have you napping then those headaches! And remember, from day one (from your stroke) the doctors have said you should be resting during the day, so it's all normal! You still seem to get a lot done, so don't worry! Just plan your days with them in there and all is good!

Love you both! Hope Daddy is better! emoticon emoticon

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