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Busy Month

Friday, July 26, 2013

It has been over a month since posting my last blog.... It has been a busy month!
The Bible College let out for a one month break, so things finally quieted down, just a little. I taught on Praise and Worship. We had a blow out day the last day of class. Students brought hand made instruments and we had 4 groups lead some really awesome times of praise. They pulled me up to dance with them.

The fitness classes at TGT continue. It was extra fun a when a group of energetic Danish ladies visited.

Don and I were invited to minister at a local Masai church!

The team is on the road right now. They will be back on Tuesday. It is in a remote place, so we don't have any photos yet. There were some hurdles to overcome. Don drove 2 days and the next day built the ministry platform. The next morning, they were told by officials that they had to move to another location, so they spend the next 24 hours dismantling, moving and building the platform.

The meeting starting on Wednesday with over 7,000 people attending. The top official apologized for making us move the meetings. There have been lots of good reports coming in. I can't wait to see the photos and video.

We have a visitor from the USA with us. Randy Pease brought a few things for my little lambs. Lillian and Vicky were the first to show up, so they got really blessed. The skirts and blouses fit perfectly.

Randy also brought a brand new back pack for school. Lilian told me that she really needed a new one, so I gave her the bag! She was beaming!

I purchased eyeglasses about 3 years ago. They broke last year. I had a jeweler fix them, but they didn't stay fixed, so I had no choice but to get a new pair of glasses. I am very happy to report my new eyeglasses came yesterday!

Thanks for praying

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JUDITH316 7/28/2014 4:26PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing all the neat photo's of your busy month. I love your new glasses.

My prayers continue for you and your husband as you continue in God's Work touching lives for the Kingdom... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 9/11/2013 7:34PM

    I loved your dance photo. You have had a busy summer. So many good reports : )

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DAZZEEDOO 7/26/2013 3:03PM

    Must be nice to finally have new glasses.
Love the photos, thanks for sharing!

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CAROLYN0107 7/26/2013 5:44AM

    Thanks for the update on your busy month. My summer has been busy and going by all too quickly before school starts back up again.

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Memories of Nursing School

Monday, June 10, 2013

One of my classmates from 1981 Nursing School just posted a couple of photos. Photo one was my first year of school. We had to wear our student uniforms.

There I am sitting in the front left, next to our first year nursing instructor. I still remember the first day of classes. There were not enough seats for everyone. It didn't take long for the class roster to thin out. 50 down to 30...but only 12 of us were left in the end. I know why. We were teenagers in HIGH SCHOOL! It was a program that existed until after President Regan left office. We had to qualify academically to go to the 2 year practical nursing program.

We had no summer break, and only short Christmas breaks. We started class an hour earlier than everyone else. We had clinic duties at nursing homes and hospitals. We had hours of homework almost nightly. I had the unique challenge of having to transmute between the school the nursing classes were held and my other high school courses. It meant walking to a city bus stop 30 minutes from the first school and another 20 minute walk to the second. Most of the time I missed lunch because of the schedule. That is why I lost so much weight. I actually passed out at the hospital one day....

I am the front left graduate with the glasses and big hair.

I talked to Don about that time. I was 17 and it was 1981. Thinking back, I realize the popular actresses of the day were super thin. Think of Three is Company, Charlie's Angels, and Wonder Woman....All super thin. Our role models. I would purposely fast all day to stay thin. It wasn't until I passed out at the hospital, that I realized that I was hurting myself. I was living on coffee and juice all day thinking I was going to get to the size of Suzanne Somers. I rarely ate anything till after 5 p.m.

NOT GOOD! I am sure it affected my metabolism. It didn't take long to gain weight after I graduated. It really piled on after I got into an abusive marriage. I love that our bodies are so forgiving....

I feel so much healthier than I did as that 17 year old girl. I plan to stick to eating properly to lose weight. I am not going to abuse my body to get to a certain weight. I will not skip meals to lose weight. It is not my goal to be skinny....It is my goal to be healthy!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/5/2013 3:22AM

    You are looking lovelier than ever!

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MANILUS 7/1/2013 11:59PM

    That's a unique program and you are very intelligent to have been in it! It has always baffled me how nurses care for others but many don't care for themselves. You have found the proper direction, all the best to you!

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GRAMMAP1 6/11/2013 1:36AM

    We are born mimicks. It is good to get to the place of having our own ideals; of course they need to be the right ones. I am grateful to SP for getting me on the right track. I got a long road ahead, God helping me, of course.
Thanks for your helpful blog. Jane

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NEEDBU66 6/10/2013 12:18PM

    Very good point about the skinny role models. I won't forget the South American model who died basically because she starved to death trying to be thin enough for modeling. There is this one actress on TV who's a police officer kung-fuing men twice her size and her arm bone has nothing on it. Just skin. It looks like a concentration camp victim's arm and what's up with that?

To be healthy is way way way more important than skinny. Contrary to whoever it is that said that- you can be to thin. (To rich? I'll leave that to other commentators.

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JOHGLO2011 6/10/2013 10:12AM

    I enjoyed the pictures. :) I too feel so much better, healthier and more energy. My weight loss is slow, but I feel so great - it is worth it! Blessings to you!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 6/10/2013 8:52AM

    emoticon emoticon The healthy way is definitely the way to go. I think almost everyone women at some point dreamed of being as skinny as her favorite star, but healthy is what really matters. I bet you were proud when you finished nursing school despite not eating. Proud of you for realizing what works and doesn't and doing the right thing now. We learn so much more as we get older. You are amazing keep up the good work.

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CAROLYN0107 6/10/2013 8:11AM

    Thanks for sharing about your Nursing Training during High School. Fun to see the photos too.

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/10/2013 8:04AM

    I admire your accomplishment as a young person. I lived on coffee in my twenties. I would take a cucumber for lunch at a job where I rarely sat down. I'm glad to that the body is forgiving and always healing. emoticon

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Keep a positive attitude

Monday, June 03, 2013

I think we all have weeks or months when maintaining our weight loss is actually a success. Life happens! We set ourselves up for failure if we do not allow room for less than perfect days. We can do everything right and still struggle to lose. I guess I am writing this for those who are like me. I have lost a considerable amount of weight this last year, but seem to be at a plateau.

So what am I going to do?

1. Firstly...I am not going to freak out and quit.
2. Recognize all the positive things I have accomplished that the scale can't measure. For instance, I am a whole lot stronger than I was even one month ago.

My cardio endurance is stellar. 1can push myself to do things I thought I would never be able to again. The step box is no longer just a booster for changing bulbs. I have found out how I can push my cardio up in limited space.

I can't believe I turn 50 this year. I had 20 year olds in the fitness class that I lead. It was a reminder that not all skinny girls are fit. Hearing them grunt and groan attempting to keep up made my day....sorry, shouldn't feel like that, but they are laying in bikinis sun bathing today....

Taking inventory of my kitchen is also a major difference. It is a healthy kitchen full of fast foods that will keep me on track nutritionally- apples, oranges, mango, cucumbers, carrots, yogurt, broccoli....absent from the kitchen- candy and processed foods....

This blog is dedicated to all of us determined to stay the course no matter what. We can do it!

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DGFOWLER 6/4/2013 4:02PM

    Looking good Mary. Love this picture.. You look so happy and content. Donna

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DAZZEEDOO 6/3/2013 8:42PM

    I would secretly enjoy hearing those little 20something grunt and groan a little too.
It's always a relief to be able to step on the scale and know that even though I might not have lost a pound, there is no reason for me to worry about gaining a pound. Learning to live healthy is such a blessing and brings great peace of mind!
Have a Great Week!

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NIKIZAHA 6/3/2013 5:40PM

    I think the phrase "no matter what" is the key...

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NEEDBU66 6/3/2013 11:29AM

    Congratulations! You are on a good road. Blessings to you.

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JOHGLO2011 6/3/2013 10:29AM

    Yes you have come a long way! Congratulations to you! Have you tried the plateau busting spark coach? It helped me get past a plateau. Best wishes to you!

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CAROLYN0107 6/3/2013 9:25AM

    You're doing great! emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 6/3/2013 9:09AM

  Thank You for this Great Blog! Everything you said is so very true! You have done GREAT!

emoticon emoticon Keep Up The Good Work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/3/2013 8:56AM

    Congratulations on staying the course, choosing healthy foods for your family, and encouraging others. They're going to notice a difference too one of these days.

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    I love your attitude! And the comment that being skinny does not always mean fit, so true!

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JESSERMOVICK 6/3/2013 8:38AM

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LADYJ6942 6/3/2013 8:30AM

    Congrats and keep up the great job. What you've stated is oh so true.

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MOLLIEJEAN2 6/3/2013 8:29AM

    Thank you for the reminder, sometimes I forget this and need to be reminded. emoticon
God Bless and emoticon my friend,


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Goodbye Robbie

Friday, May 24, 2013

My dear friend Robbie died last night. Amy and two children are left behind. It was some hard news to take, but he has had major illnesses for about 8 years. Kidney failure had him on dialysis 2 times a week and they initially refused to put him on the transplant list because of his weight. He had gastric bypass and lost well over 100 pounds getting him n the weight range, but then he had side effects from gastric bypass cause other problems.

Long story short....he never recovered fully and ended up having multi organ failure and went into a coma yesterday. He died during the night.

This scripture has consoled me today:
But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I'll probably never fully understand. We're not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it's over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we'll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! (1 Corinthians 15:51-57 MSG)

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LOISJOHN14VS6 7/3/2013 4:52PM

    So sorry!

Thank you for sharing the wonderful news about eternal life through Christ.

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JUDITH316 5/29/2013 4:18AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss, my condolences & prayers are with you and Robbie's family... emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 5/25/2013 11:14PM

    So sorry for the loss of your Friend. God's timing is always right, but sometimes difficult to understand. But with his health problems, it is sweet relief. It is an adjustment of course for Family and Friends. Our sympathy to all. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 5/25/2013 8:22AM

    My sympathy to you and to Robbie's family.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/25/2013 7:47AM

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful scripture. I will pray for Robbie's family.

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NEEDBU66 5/24/2013 6:50PM

    May th epeace of God that passes all understanding be with you and yours today.

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BIXASTARR 5/24/2013 4:45PM

    I am sorry for your loss. My condolences. :-(

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JOHGLO2011 5/24/2013 4:33PM

    So sorry for your loss. Also thankful that you know the great comforter! Praying for you and Robbie's family.

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MANILUS 5/24/2013 3:06PM

    May you find peace in memories and that his suffering is through.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/24/2013 2:52PM

    Sorry to hear that. Praying for his family and you.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/24/2013 2:29PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with Robbie's family and friends. So sorry. emoticon

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SDTOHIO 5/24/2013 1:17PM

    Thoughts and Prayers to you and Robbie's family

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What a week

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thank you for praying for my mom. She is much better. She had a very rough transitional season of her life. I was so burdened for her. My brother had good intentions to move her to live with him in New York, but there were some issues he did not count on:
1. My mom is NOT a City Slicker. She has been a small town girl her whole life, so moving her next to city park was not really her dream.
2. Mom is MOM...she grew up during the Great Depression and had to evacuate during Katrina. So, she is used to routine and feels most secure when she has her things around her. My brother expected her to be happy leaving everything....bringing only one suitcase of her things. This was the recipe for my mother to enter into heavy stress and depression.
3. Mom likes privacy....She has had to go through many difficult transitions in life. Going from a 2 story home to a 2 bedroom apt to a one bedroom senior unit. Taking her to have only a room and sharing a bathroom, was just too much for her to handle.
4. My mom is used to communicating daily with her family (ME) everyday by internet or phone. Moving her to a place where she didn't have internet or a phone she could use created a very isolated environment for my mom that was hard on all of us. It was the longest period of time I had no communication with her since I first moved to Africa.

All that said, my brother had good intentions, but it was too much for her to bear. She became increasingly moody and depressed. She felt like a hostage and snapped at who she felt was her captor...It did not end well....

My brother basically cut mom off...flew her back to the place she lived prior, with only a few days for her family to find furniture and other basic amenities that she was forced to give up only a few months ago. The timing couldn't have been worse...MOTHER'S DAY weekend....She was left at the airport to be cared for by her very amazing nephew and other family.

I was so upset by the whole ordeal. She felt so abandoned, but relieved to be back with people who understand her. She will need a few weeks to recover from this stress-filled event. I feel very upset at my siblings lack of compassion and understanding. My sister hung up on her because she was venting....I am sorry, but if it had been me...I would have let her vent. It was a really hard 2 months for her. She needs to vent. My brother said he is done...

I called mom and talked to her on Mothers day for about 20 minutes. She was exhausted, but happy to hear my voice again. She is finding out that friends who love her very much are furnishing her apartment. That so many people love her. That family is not always determined by DNA, but can be the ones who show up during the darkest trials of life.

Please continue to pray for my mom and for the reconciliation of all family. I want to see my brother and sister come to their senses before it is too late. My mom celebrates her 81st birthday in a few days. I love her so much....
My mom pregnant with me...50 years ago....

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JUDITH316 5/17/2013 5:07PM

    I'm so sorry that all that happened to your Mom, my prayers are with you all, especially that family healing & restoration will begin for your brother and sister so they will be reunited with their Mom, I thank God for you and all the friend's who have come along side your dear Mom giving her the support and love she needed, you are a beautiful daughter....God Bless you always, I'm so glad I have you as my friend... emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 5/17/2013 4:31PM

    So sorry that your Mom has had to go through all that. I'm sure glad that she got to go back HOME, where people love and appreciate her. It's nice her friends are helping her get settled. Good that you got to chat with her on the weekend.

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STR458 5/17/2013 10:29AM

    omg- poor thing ! relocation number 6 of the top stresses (death of a child-1, spouse-2 surpass it, followed by terminal illness-3, bankruptcy-4, and divorce-5)

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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/16/2013 11:16AM

    Glad she is where she needs to be. Family is always blood, I have a very close friend and she is like a sister to me, and her children are like cousins to mine. I get along with her more, than my sisters and brothers. Hope things come together for her, and that she is happy.

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MANILUS 5/16/2013 9:20AM

    Bless you for being so loving and understand of your mother, especially in a time she needs it! I hope your siblings change but more importantly that your mom is happy again!

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/16/2013 8:04AM

    That is a beautiful picture of your mom (and you). So sorry she had this terrible experience. Sounds like your brother is not in touch with feelings. So glad God is with her and brought her gently home. Now you can breathe again.

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TERRIPAL1 5/16/2013 6:33AM

    emoticon I will pray for your mom and family.
Tell your siblings they only have one mother, and life is short, when she's gone, they don't get a second chance, now is the time to enjoy her presence. emoticon

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