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Friday, March 26, 2010

I just heard at noon that some drug men escaped jail on the US side just recently. They catch them, put them in jail and then they have big shots in Mexico who help them escape.
Also found out today that there were about three cars, one with drugs and the others protecting him and the police went after them. That was on this side also.
They hit a van killing a lady and sending the other three occupants to the hospital in critical condition.
Seems like it isn't too save anywhere except under the shadow of the Almighty.
God has protected me and will until He is through with me.
My helper is coming over in a minute and bringing things for the day of the Child in Mexico. It is in April and we plan to go before then.
I know many of you have expressed your concern so thought I would update you.

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DIDMIS 4/1/2010 2:32PM

    No MOM1014 I did not decide to make the trip. If you read the blogs that follow you will see I am meeting the pastor's sister in law close to the bridge on our side since she has papers and she will pick up the money I have for the building. I think it is best for the time being to wait for the Lord's timing.

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MOM1014 4/1/2010 2:28PM

    Glad you are safe Irene. Sorry I didn't realize you decided to make the trip.

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BETTYAHE 3/29/2010 5:41PM

    How very sad. I will keep you and those in Mexico in my prayers, Irene.

BTW, I like your photo on this blog!

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DIDMIS 3/29/2010 3:11PM

    Today the pastor's wife, who also pastors with her husband, called.
Her sister has papers to come to the states so she is coming to pick up what I have for them. They said it is still dangerous over there. We wanted to dedicate the parsonage soon as it is almost finished but since the people can't come in the day they didn't want it in the day. She also said that church attendance is down as many stay home with their doors shut. They never know when something is going to happen.
So I will make arrangements this time for the sister to come over and hope this will be over soon. They shoot just anyone she said and have grenades also.
That is the last update.

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AZIMAT 3/29/2010 12:51PM

    Oh Lord, we are all such unlikely servants, guide us all in Your work especially sister Irene, and protect us all from harm as we do Your service, wherever we may be, in Jesus' name we pray.

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VERITY50 3/28/2010 10:29PM

    The angel that God has assigned to you will protect you whereever you go. emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 3/27/2010 8:51PM

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Is there another border crossing nearby that would be safer to use?

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SUNSHINEGB 3/27/2010 7:21AM

    And even when He is through with you, He'll keep you under his wing Irene!

Thanks for all this info, otherwise I'd be in the dark about it.


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HAPPYMOM8 3/26/2010 11:38PM

    Thanks for the update Irene!

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DIDMIS 3/26/2010 7:22PM

    Thanks to all of you. I will let you know when I travel.

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DIDMIS 3/26/2010 7:18PM

    Kyann I heard they were having trouble in El Paso also.

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KYANN402 3/26/2010 6:54PM

    A young friend of mine is doing mission work in Ciudad Juarez. She's having to move across the border to El Paso this week. She hasn't said so, but I'm sure her safety is one of the reasons. She was living deep in the center of Juarez, not in the safest of areas.

I know you will listen and follow the guiding of the Spirit.

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GIRLINBRAZIL 3/26/2010 6:26PM

    Let us know when you are traveling back and forth so we can all pray for you!

Glad to hear from you today!


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AHEALTHIERJAN 3/26/2010 4:45PM

    It's horrible what's going on down there, and we don't hear nearly enough about it up here. I know this is an especially difficult time for you. Be careful, and remember that Jesus told us not just to be innocent, but to be sly as well. God be with you and with those you love.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

On my status, etc. I told you that I received a call this morning from the lady who goes with me to Mexico and told me about the shoot out. Guess it was the worst in a while. She did not want to go tomorrow as we had planned and others had advised her not to.
I received e-mails from my other teams telling me not to go, received e-mails from Face book. Even received one from a missionary team on Spark. This missionary LADY told me it is even in the news in Africa.
I called Mexico where I go and they told me the shots came close to their house. A gentleman (married) from Monterrey that I have known for years called. My pastor called and said I should not go. I will go later if things calm down.
This has been going on for quite some time but seems to be getting worse. First it was between the drug cartel and the National Guard, now someone said they are mad at us because of the lack of tourists to Mexico.
So now you have most of what I know and I don't know everything. I will try to copy and paste this in a blog for the other teams.
Just hope it doesn't get any closer to the US. As Marcy said people from over here called 911 because it sounded like it was from here.
God bless all of you.

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NELLIEBLUE 3/26/2010 12:44AM

    Irene be safe, I would miss you. How far do you live from the broader? They have really had a mess down there a lot of my friends that usually go down there have stayed home.

I know you are disappointed, I would be too.

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DEE_LITED 3/25/2010 11:41PM

    Irene, It sounds as though you have a strong support group and many concerned friends. I'm glad you are taking precautions.


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FREEDOMSTAR 3/25/2010 11:01PM

    Irene- why were you going? listen to the warnings


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NELLIEC 3/25/2010 3:16PM

    I grew up in El Paso, and visited many times in Juarez. It pains me to hear of the violent actions there. It pains me even more to think of those who are trying to live law-abiding lives to be put in danger!!!

May God bless and guide you!!!

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GRAMMAP1 3/25/2010 1:34PM

    God's Spirit will direct you, Irene. We were in an African Country where all the Missionaries evacuated, traveling with our Son. We were scheduled for three weeks in country away from the violence and had no incidents. Our Classes went well. We had contact by radio and the Missionary in charge encouraged us to leave. But we didn't want to cancel Classes. Many had walked 20 miles to learn and we didn't want to disappoint them.

But you know the situation your are facing and you know the people. So base your decision after much prayer and I know you will get it right! Hugs, Jane

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MRE1956 3/25/2010 9:15AM

    This is yet ANOTHER reason why I strongly advocate vacationing in one's home country.....I've never traveled outside the USA and have ABSOLUTELY NO DESIRE to do so (he-double toothpicks, I've never even set foot near any type of airplane or airport)!

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LIS193 3/25/2010 12:21AM

    Irene, I don't where you were going in Mexico or where the shoot out was.
All I can say is that where I am in Mexico it is very safe - much safer than in most places in the US.
Border town are notorious for violence, drug related gangs etc.

It really bugs me how the violence is blown out of proportion up north and the media and State Dept. telling us that Mexico is not safe.
I'd rather be here than in any major US city - much safer here.

We all make decisions based on what we know and what we feel is best for us. If there was violence in the place you were traveling through or to, you made the right decision for you.

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DAISYDAY25 3/24/2010 11:47PM

  My parents are just returning from the winter in Texas, where they go in with a Missionary into Mexico they went right up until they left on Monday. They had went on Friday, and they didn't seem to be having any trouble. But i am glad they are coming home and are not going into Mexico again for right now.

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YJNANA 3/24/2010 11:37PM

    Sorry Irene, when was this in the evening??
Most crime happens in the dark and maybe day light is the safest time for travel.
BUT.............not right now.
You stay home. How many miles are you from the border????


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HAPPYMOM8 3/24/2010 11:36PM

    Sounds like a good time to stay home to me! The last thing we need is a dead or injured missionary. and it wouldn't be the first time.

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QUILTINGQUE 3/24/2010 11:23PM

    Sounds like you really need to stay here where you are safe.

It amazes me what people do to each other. My dad bought some property in New Mexico but he finally had to leave because there were two families down there that he said were like a modern day Hatfield's and Mccoy's. He was friends with both families, but they told him that he had to choose or they would kill him too. That was maybe 15 years ago. Some people are just nuts!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Just to let everyone know I am home and had a wonderful trip and the grilled sea food was divine. I have wonderful friends in Corpus and love the city.
Sorry I have a long list of e-mails that I couldn't get to.
Since I just got home a little bit ago and am tired I think I will take a nap then have to hunt for tires as they keep losing air. I did make it there and back ok though.
God bless you all and I hope I didn't gain anything. I will find out Thursday but then I have three days to eat good.

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DDCLEADER 3/16/2010 7:43AM

    Glad you are back my friend

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DIDMIS 3/16/2010 7:17AM

    Thank you everyone. I love my Spark Friends. emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 3/16/2010 12:06AM

    I am glad you are home safe and sound, especially with fragile tires. You can be sure God traveled with you. Isn't it nice to have friends in different places and you have a change of scenenry? Take care and God bless you, Irene. Hugs, Jane

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MIKESCHICKY 3/15/2010 11:05PM

    welcome home !
Why are so many people opposed to Mexico?

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DADDYS_GIRL6 3/15/2010 10:58PM

    Glad you are home safe and sound Irene! Nice to get away and have a good time too!

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SUNSHINEGB 3/15/2010 7:36PM

    Happy you are home, safe and sound, Irene! And very happy that you had such an enjoyable time. You are always missed dear friend and I imagine your friends in Corpus have missed you too and would be glad of your visit!

Don't worry about catching up, just continue emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 3/15/2010 7:00PM

    Good for you ! I hope by Thursday that your wonderful weight loss will on track!
How are you doing on the leg lifting that your Doc asked you to do?

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NOTSPEEDY 3/15/2010 6:53PM

    Glad you had a wonderful trip. Great friends, great food, wonderful city - what more could anyone ask for.

Nice to have you back.

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JODIRICHARDS 3/15/2010 5:49PM

    emoticon Home! Pray you can get caught up and back into your healthy routine, glad you had a nice break, we need those.

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CAROLYNVIL 3/15/2010 4:22PM

    Glad you're back and that you enjoyed your self. carolyn

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HAPPYMOM8 3/15/2010 2:37PM

    Have a nice nap! emoticon Pat

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DEE_LITED 3/15/2010 2:29PM

    What a beautiful photo! You look great. Welcome back!

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NELLIEC 3/15/2010 2:17PM

    Glad you enjoyed Corpus! (I grew up in Texas, El Paso to be exact.)

I had the experience of A tire losing air, and it did have to be replaced!

May God bless you!!!

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MNNSAIDE 3/15/2010 1:18PM

    I ditto what your friend just said...but glad that it wasn't Mexico! Welcome back - you were missed.

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CAROLYN0107 3/15/2010 1:10PM

    I'm glad you are home. I was concerned because I knew you went somewhere but wasn't sure if it was in the States or not. CNN on TV says that it's not safe for Americans to be South of the border right now. That was top news today.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Well, I am packed and ready to go. I will be where they have my favorite food. SEA FOOD. I do love it grilled though instead of all the breading i used to eat.
Since I don't exercise on Saturday or Sunday I won't miss out on that and may even get some walking in.
I hope to be able to log in Sunday as not to break my streak but won't be on the computer much. I wish you all a good week end.
Monday I should be back to my same o same o.
Just hope I don't gain any of those pounds back I lost. I know it is me and only me that puts the food in my mouth. No one force feeds me.
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DIDMIS 3/15/2010 10:37PM

    Everyone is so nice. Thanks. Wish I could answer everyone but it is impossible.
Just a day or two away from doing much on the computer sure makes a difference.

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HAPPYMOM8 3/15/2010 12:15PM

    Hope you had a great time! Welcome back Irene!

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NELLIEBLUE 3/15/2010 1:36AM

    Wish I was with you, you lucky thing.

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AZIMAT 3/14/2010 11:05PM

    Hope you have a wonderful time!


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RAWLUS 3/14/2010 12:47PM

    Have fun! Enjoy life! Take care too!

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CAROLYN0107 3/14/2010 12:21AM

    Have a great trip! Post when you're able.

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JEANSHEP2 3/13/2010 11:52PM

    Enjoy! Be safe!

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/13/2010 11:07PM

    I hope you have a safe and happy time away from the everyday things of life!!!

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CAROLYNVIL 3/13/2010 11:06PM

    Have a great trip.

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GRAMMAP1 3/13/2010 11:00PM

    Enjoy yourself and enjoy that seafood. We will talk when you come back. God is traveling with you. Isn't that comforting? emoticon Jane

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MIKESCHICKY 3/13/2010 10:09PM

    have a blast !

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SUNNYWBL 3/13/2010 7:02PM

    So, you say you are going on a trip to somewhere with seafood, but you don't say where! Is it a secret? I love secrets!

Tell us! I bet it is somewhere near the Gulf of Mexico! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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JODIRICHARDS 3/13/2010 5:31PM

    Where are you going? Have a great time and enjoy the seafood, you can usually pop the breading off fried shrimp pretty easily. emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 3/13/2010 3:27PM

    Irene, bless your heart ~ you are a true sparker, wanting to log in on Sunday so as not to break your streak!!
I hope you are enjoying yourself and I know you're eating right, you are very health conscious now!
Come in and let us know about your trip!!

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NELLIEC 3/13/2010 2:26PM

    May God be with you on your trip!

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DDCLEADER 3/13/2010 1:47PM

    Have a great trip and be safe look forward to you being back
May God bless your travel

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MNNSAIDE 3/13/2010 12:50PM

    God Speed Irene - sure hope your not going to Mexico thou

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Don't Break the Elastic

Thursday, February 25, 2010

You will find I did not write this but copied and pasted it. I know all you ladies will get a laugh and the men also. PLEASE, PLEASE read to the end if you send it on or not.

Read to the end, you will laugh just picturing it happening.
I love the thoughts she lives by!!!
I didn't break the elastic...

Don't break the elastic!
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting...'

Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day......like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
'I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.'

'I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.'

'I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.'

'I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'

'I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.'

'I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back....'

'I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.'

'I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.'

'I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.'

'I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.'

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'

Please send this to five phenomenal women today... If you do, something good will happen: You will boost another woman's self-esteem..

If you don't...the elastic will break and your underpants will fall down around your ankles!

Believe me, I didn't take any chances on MY elastic breaking....I sent it to a lot of special women I care for. (and men also)

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    cute :)

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BORN2BE 3/13/2010 7:00AM

    Loved it!!!

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AZIMAT 3/11/2010 2:37PM

    Thanks for posting Maya Angelou's words, she is a woman of great wisdom, as are you, my friend.

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HAPPYMOM8 2/26/2010 9:21PM

    Yes I love that one! and her too!

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GRAMMAJUDY1 2/26/2010 1:36AM

    During WWII when we had buttons instead of elastic, the button on my mother's panties gave out. There she was with me in the middle of the main corner in town Her panties slid off and she kept right on walking straight and tall. The only reaction on her part was to squeeze my hand so hard that I could only think about the pain and not why she left her panties in the street.

I can still feel that squeeze. emoticon

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MYSTIC_WOLFE 2/25/2010 11:32PM

    I really enjoyed it and I will try not to break the elastic. emoticon I am a fan of Maya Angelou so thank you very much. I hope you don't mind that I copy and paste.

Many Blessings,

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GRAMMAP1 2/25/2010 9:41PM

    Pretty cute, Irene. Yes, we really are still learning.

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B-N-ME 2/25/2010 7:43PM

    words of wisdom!!
Thanks for sharing

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LAVENDERLILY 2/25/2010 7:43PM

    Thanks for giving me something to smile about. This was truly fun

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BLOSSOMKITTY 2/25/2010 5:20PM

    LOVE this! Thnaks for sharing! and thanks for the hugs you gave me and the kind email yo sent me last week! I love you!


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JODIRICHARDS 2/25/2010 4:57PM

    Great insights!

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SUNSHINEGB 2/25/2010 3:30PM

    Love this blog Irene and emoticonI'm not going to let the elastic break and have my panties fall down!
I'm going to Copy and Paste and send on!

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NELLIEC 2/25/2010 2:46PM

    I especially like the one about having pains, but not being one!

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SUNNYWBL 2/25/2010 1:36PM

    I admire her also! Thank you for passing it on!

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MUJU71 2/25/2010 12:59PM

    A lot of good advice in this one. Thanks for sharing, Irene!

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