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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Well, Sunday the 25th I arrived at my Sunday School class wondering how the October birthdays would be celebrated. I took my three cards for the other birthday people but nothing else appeared. No card for me, no Happy Birthday, no silly little happy birthday song, nothing. I felt disappointed, then convinced myself it is always more blessed to give than to receive.
Only two of my members called to wish me a happy birthday, one who was visiting her parents in Colombia and one who lives nearby. The others ignored it completely. But God had so much better for me. He had people who with all their heart remembered.
I was showered with goodies and notes from Sparks, congratulations from Facebook, e-mails and e-cards from friends, four nice cards, a gift from a step son and his wife, a gift from a youth pastor from a church which I do not attend except for special occasions but have made friends there and of course my good friend Sandy took me to dinner.
They sang Happy Birthday to me at TOPS.
Seems like no matter how many birthdays you have they are always a special day to you and I used to thank my mother for bringing me into the world.
This turned out to be a wonderful birthday and Thank You All My Spark Friends for your part in it.
I did eat bad for me last night but my calories earlier in the day were very limited. Now I have made up my mind (and that is what we have to do if we are going to lose weight) to take off the few pounds I have put on over my goal weight starting today.
May you all have a great Spark Day.
Irene from Texas

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CATHSUE 11/1/2009 9:00AM


I am glad your birthday turned out well after all. God always does the best for us. You are a sweet lady, and I know you have many friends that love you. Birthdays are special and we do like to be remembered; you are special to us on SP. I hope you have the best year ever!


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BLPRETTYGIRL1 10/28/2009 6:37PM

    Hi Irene,

We will always be there for you. Friends and Celebrations are Important. We don't always want to think we are growing older, but still wish someone remembers our special day.

TOPS and Spark's emoticon Debbie

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/28/2009 5:00PM

    Isn't God good to send us surprise gifts of his love? They almost mean more than those we are expecting!! So glad you enjoyed your birthday. Thanks for all the encouragement you give to us fellow SparkPeople!

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JEANSHEP2 10/28/2009 10:01AM

    God bless you dear new friend. So glad those who count remembered you. Those who did not missed a blessing.

Keep up the good work, and may you have many more blessed birthdays.


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YJNANA 10/27/2009 10:46PM

    Well I feel the more people that know its our Birthday the better :) Because we do love to hear from our Friends and Family and it is a Special Day. You are a Special Lady and Friend and I wish we could have been there to celebrate with you. Glad you got out and had a nice dinner. May this be the Best year ever :)

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GRAMMAP1 10/27/2009 8:28PM

    Hi Irene,
I am so glad your Birthday turned out so nicely. My Family says Birthdays don't need to be a big deal. Well I disagree. I love to express my love tangibly and will until I move on to heaven.
As one of seven children, it felt good to have extra attention on my Birthday. God bless you and give you many more. Hugs, Jane

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SALSMITH 10/27/2009 7:58PM


So glad you joined out Spark Team. You have been such an uplift to me and many others on the team I am sure. God is good. Birthdays are special and You are Special. Such a servants heart!!!! May God bless you this yr. and with many more to come as you serve Him in every special way He provides.

Hugs and Blessings,


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JANNIE-D 10/27/2009 7:57PM

    Hello, Irene,
Sometimes people are just clueless, without even meaning to be. It's their loss, whatever the reason.

It was such a delight to wish you a Happy Birthday. I live alone, so Birthday wishes from those outside the family are even more appreciated.

We're glad to have you here as a positive, contributing member of our thread!

Looking forward to your B'day in 2010,
...Jannie. emoticon emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 10/27/2009 7:37PM

    Irene - glad that you enjoyed your special day!
And like John mentioned that you joined our TEAM!!!
May you have many, many more with God's Blessing!


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FREEDOMSTAR 10/27/2009 6:52PM

    IRENE- Im glad our Birthday Greetings to you yesterday were well received
You are a special member on our Team Change is Good and we ALL Love having you there and I am so glad you accepted my invitation to come on board

God Bless !

PS- Birthday Cake is worth the calories emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIABITS 10/27/2009 12:36PM

    Happy Birthday Irene! Have a wonderful day!

Just concentrate on being good to yourself today...you deserve a day just for you.

I wish you many blessings,

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DIDMIS 10/27/2009 10:24AM

    Thanks everyone for posting on my blog post.

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GLORYB2014 10/27/2009 9:42AM

    Dear Irene, I'm so happy your birthday was such a nice one and that all your friends on Sparks thought of you dear! Our birthdays are so special, we celebrate the wonderful day we were born, the wonderful day our mothers gave birth to us. And please, do eat all you like next year on your special day ~ it is your day to celebrate!

I love this photo of you Irene! What a beautiful smile! Warm wishes for another happy year!
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HEALTHQUESTER 10/27/2009 9:05AM

    I'm glad you asked people to check out your blog in the team huddle, because I feel blessed to have read it! Happy, HAPPY WONDERFUL SPARKLING YOU DAY --1 day late! May this year hold beautiful blessings for you! (And feel free to check out my recent blogs!)

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HISOWN1 10/27/2009 6:55AM

    My dearest Irene

A little treat once and awhile as you know won't hurt you! You have taught me that - I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday - Hugs and blessings to you
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WENDYSPARKS 10/27/2009 6:36AM

    Birthdays are always special to the birthday person and I always try to remember others in my life. God Bless You! You are a very nice lady. HUGS wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The ups and downs of life

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Well, today I went to the gym again. That is an upper.
My girl friend went with the family of her fiancee to make funeral arrangements for her fiancee who passed away yesterday. That is a downer.
He was a good Christian man and ready to meet his Saviour. That is an upper.
He died so suddenly which is a downer for his family but an upper for him.
There are ups and downs in this life but All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose whether we understand it or not.
I made an appointment for my girl friend for Saturday with our hair dresser. It follows my regular appointment so will drive her over there. The funeral will be in the afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
One day we will all meet our maker. I hope He can say well done thou good and faithful servant. We know heaven will be so much better than here.
Sandy is on Facebook but hasn't been able to log in. So all of you friends of Sandy Rowden if you didn't know of this latest event in her life you now know.
God bless all of you for your kindness.

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SUNSET24 10/25/2009 3:55PM

    I am soooooooooooooooooooo sadden by your friends loss and I will be keeping you and your friend in my prayers, sincerely.


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BLOSSOMKITTY 10/18/2009 7:35PM

    Hey irene,
im sorry for you and your friends loss! Even at my younger age i understand and have experienced a lot of loss. i always say everyone has a different story,we all have one but loss unites us.... Im sorry for everyone who has to face loss....knowing that you're not alone is always helpful....please know that the body of Christ surrounding all of you in love and prayer at this time.

Hugs for you my dear Irene!


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KYANN402 10/18/2009 7:19PM

    I'm sorry to hear of your friend's loss. The sudden death of a loved one is difficult. HOlding you and your friend in prayer. She will need your strong, caring support over the coming months.

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TIABITS 10/17/2009 1:23PM

    So sorry to here of your friend's loss. I know this can be such a difficult time.

You are a good friend & that will be very helpful to her at this time.

You are so right about the ups & downs of life...but as you say they do happen for a reason. We dont always understand it and cant see why...but God knows.

I have literally seen wonderful things come from terrible events so I completely believe this....of course it doesn't always make it easier.

Be good to yourself & to your friend who will need you now. Take care & God Bless!

Liz emoticon

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LOLAINSC 10/16/2009 11:38AM

    So sorry for your friend's terrible loss. Indeed a good man is hard to find. I recently went to a funeral of an atheist friend, who the weekend before had asked me how an apparently intelligent person like me can poison her mind by believing mythology. Needless to say the funeral was devastating to me, without the comfort of hope. I have attended many Christian funerals lately and find much comfort in the celebration of eternal life. I pray for His comfort, strength, and healing for those who wait their turn to join our loved ones in the mansion of our Precious Savior

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/15/2009 11:23PM

    so sorry for your friend's loss -- but as you said, it is so good to know a brother is now reunited with his loving father in the home prepared for him. Praying for God's strength through the sadness.

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Bridesmaid at 80, second part

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This afternoon I received some sad news. My g/f's fiancee passed away suddenly of a heart attack.
We never know when it will happen so we must be ready. I do know he was ready as he was a good Christian man and former pastor.
Seems like the sky is falling in on a lot of us.

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MNNSAIDE 10/15/2009 7:53AM

    Irene - my sincere condolences. Be there for her if she needs someone. emoticon

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LJCANNON 10/14/2009 10:57PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your G/F's loss. I will keep her and her friends and family in prayer. I can't imagine the pain you are all feeling right now.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 10/14/2009 10:38PM

    How horrible!! May God be with your friend and the others who loved her fiancee.

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JANNIE-D 10/14/2009 10:23PM

    It's a hard part of life, but bless her for going for it and you for supporting her. At least she had the fun of some of the planning of the wedding with him, memories that can support her now.
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The latest with me.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Someone asked what is going on in my world. My latest is that I had the right side mirror of my car get sick so took it to the car doctor. The doctor couldn't help me as they said they had to order a part. Visit one. Then on visit two I went in and they put the part in but told me the computer which regulated it was on the blink so There I go again. Then on visit three they said the computer is working. I think great I will get my scan or whatever, they will say everything is ok and I can go home. Well it turned out to be an ICU visit. They put it on the computer, nothing changed, then they called in different docs for a consultation and as many as 4 docs at a time were there. Pretty soon I saw they had taken the whole door off. Well I had been there 3 hours and still open, they hadn't closed me up yet. So I went in and told them I thought they took advantage of older ladies. The whole emergency room was emptying out and I am still there with a lunch engagement and no car. Then I got called into the car principals office and I said this doesn't look good. They told me they just hadn't found the problem and they were going to rent me a car and that was yesterday a.m. This is almost closing time now but they did call me from the car doctor's office and told me they had ordered a whole new mirror and they would have to take it to another town to their body shop when the mirror came in to be painted. LOL So that is the latest with me but I did get wheels.


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DDCLEADER 10/11/2009 2:50PM

Dang sounds like at the Hyundia dealer in Brownsville when we took Dori's car in a year or so ago.

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DIDMIS 10/8/2009 9:55PM

    I sure did and then I felt bad about it but if I hadn't of spoken up they were going to take me home and I would be here w/o a car. LOL

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MNNSAIDE 10/8/2009 9:48PM

    Wow Irene - hope you gave them your 2 cents.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

emoticon I am leaving for Louisiana in a few hours. Everyone who loves cajun food say amen. My desire is to choose broiled or blackened seafood and not come back with some more extra pounds. I can't afford to keep putting on the pounds LOL
Since I will only be gone two days maybe I will be able to do it. Perseverence, portion control and healthy choices.
Never give up.

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DIDMIS 10/5/2009 5:08PM

    I'm home now. Eating right. Got to lose those pounds I went over my goal.

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MINDLESSBS 10/5/2009 3:51PM

  Sounds like you got this down. Louisanna will not be that difficult for you. Have a safe trip

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MNNSAIDE 10/1/2009 7:30PM

    God speed Irene - Not of that food for me! lol

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LJCANNON 10/1/2009 3:03PM

    Enjoy yourself and stay safe. We will be thinking of you.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 10/1/2009 10:43AM

    I just got back from five days in NOLA suburbs Monday night. Enjoy!!

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TIGERLILY723 10/1/2009 8:07AM

    Amen sister, Amen! Laissez les bons temps rouler and don't drink too many hurricanes. Have fun and travel safely.

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BLUEGOOSE2 10/1/2009 8:03AM

  not so sure i could control myself,as i just love cajun food. Have a great time.

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FREEDOMSTAR 10/1/2009 7:54AM

    Enjoy the foods there, and keep walking drinking water

Enjoy your trip


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