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Sharing from an email.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I received this in an email and I really thought it is worth sharing. Not just for moms but for those who feel unappreciated. A bit long but really worth it.
Hope you like it as much as I did.
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Donna


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Long, but worth the read!



Invisible Mother.....

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response,

the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone

and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see

I'm on the phone?'

Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or

sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because

no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days

I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie

this? Can you open this??

Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a

clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer,

'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around

5:30, please.'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the

eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude

-but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be

seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!?

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of

a friend from England . Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous

trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was

sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well.

It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling

pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped

package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great

cathedrals of Europe . I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me

until I read her inscription: 'To Charlotte , with admiration for the

greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would

discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after

which I could pattern my work: No one can say who built the great

cathedrals - we have no record of their names. These builders gave

their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made

great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building

was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the

cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a

tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man,

'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that

will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it. And the workman

replied, 'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was

almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I

see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you

does.

No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake

you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are

building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will

become. At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is

not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease

of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn

pride.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As

one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see

finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The

writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever

be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to

sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend

he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4

in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a

turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That

would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him

to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to

his friend, to add, 'You're gonna love it there.'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if

we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world

will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that

has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women .

Great Job, MOM!

Share this with any Invisible Moms you know...

I just did.

The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not

protect you.

  
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JANLEEW 12/14/2009 12:22PM

    Loved it, my Mom is somewhere in the universe around us. Mom's do build we sometimes forget.

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POOH_BEAR_69 12/13/2009 10:34PM

    Beautiful and inspirational!!! Thank you so much for sharing it, Donna!

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WILLOW49 12/13/2009 8:28PM

    Thanks for sharing, Donna :)

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VANDOSMOM 12/13/2009 8:26PM

    Thank you so much for your post....I needed it today! emoticon It gave me alot to think about.

Jan

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LINDAKAY228 12/13/2009 8:14PM

    That is so beautiful!! Thank you

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MSWEEZER 12/13/2009 7:02PM

    Very nice indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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SAVINGHANNAH 12/13/2009 6:41PM

    As always, very inspiring. thanks!

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LESSOFMOORE 12/13/2009 6:19PM

    Donna, thanks for sharing!

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SHIITAKE 12/13/2009 4:21PM

   

This e-mail is absolutely wonderful......it reminds us to never take anyone for granted ! We
should recognize today what loved ones do for us, not wait until it is too late !

Thank you for sharing this with us all, Donna ! emoticon

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CHRYS13 12/13/2009 3:59PM

    Oh, how beautiful! My Mom has been and continues to be a master builder! I think I'll phone her and tell her so now!
Thanks so much for sharing,
Chrys

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FREDDY1232 12/13/2009 3:59PM

    This is very touching. I sent it to my daughter. She is a working Mom and I know shw will enjoy it Thanks

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 12/13/2009 3:56PM

    Love it makes all of think about our own mothers and how busy they were or are still.

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PJSTIME 12/13/2009 3:45PM

    A beautiful post. Thanks for sharing it with us. PJ

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DIANE7786 12/13/2009 3:44PM

    This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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Oh Happy day

Saturday, December 12, 2009

today I met a very big personal goal. I weighed my self and the scale read 299.8
I was so in shock that I had DH come into the bathroom and 4 times I got on and off the scale and he said it was the same each time. emoticon
If the scale could talk it probably would have screamed ENOUGH Now Get OFF me!! emoticon

My big goal as you probably figured out by now was to get below 300 pounds. I have not been there for 7 years. I am so happy & Thankful for the blessings of SP, my DH for finding this program & to all of you.
Why.. because Support , motivation & inspiration plays so much of an important tool in being a success.!!
It is a small amount under 300 but wooohoooo It is a giant one to me!!
Have a Blessed and Awesome day!!
Hugs & Blessings
Donna
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2BFREE2LIVE 12/12/2009 10:42PM

    emoticonSee you can lose weight during the HOlIDAYS. What a wonderful Christmas gift to yourself and to all your friends. Sandy

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WILLOW49 12/12/2009 10:41PM

    Oh Donna, I'm so very happy for you!!! You couldn't have given yourself a better present! emoticon emoticon

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GRANNY1972 12/12/2009 10:24PM

    That is awesome Donna!! emoticon I am so pleased for you. You've worked really hard for this. We're all excited for you.

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LESSOFMOORE 12/12/2009 7:49PM

    I am so excited for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/12/2009 7:34PM

    It is a huge accomplishment. It was absolutely huge to me when I finally got below the 200 mark and so I can understand why it would be huge to you!! Revel in it.

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MSWEEZER 12/12/2009 5:34PM

    So happy for you Donna! It is these moments that help you keep your motivation to keep going. Your Spark friends are happy for you and are here to continue to help you on your journey. Happy day indeed!!!

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PJSTIME 12/12/2009 5:26PM

    Donna I am so proud of you. One goal down keep moving on and you will reach goal. You have all the help here that you want and need. PJ emoticon emoticon

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SHIITAKE 12/12/2009 3:16PM

   

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That is just wonderful, Donna ! It feels so good when you
reach a goal that you made for yourself, doesn't it ? I'm so
happy for you, dear !!!!! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/12/2009 1:34PM

    Actually, Donna, I think your scales were saying...WAY TO GO, AWESOME AND GOOD FOR YOU, Donna, you are below your 300 GOAL!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!! Nice scales you have there...they only have your best interests are heart!
You should never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals no matter how big or small. Judge your success not by your financial gain or the numbers on your scales, but by the degree to which you are enjoying health, peace, love, life and the miracles of God's love!!! I think you have reached much success in your life!!!
Friendship, love, health, energy, enthusiasm, and joy are the things that make life worth living and exploring!! "Dream it. Be it. Enjoy it." These are my wishes for you my dear friend.
Blessings and special hugs are being sent your way.
Helen

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MR.NET1 12/12/2009 12:10PM

    Enjoy Every Lil' Seconds Of It!!!

You have to *SEASE* those moments!!!

*And never forget them...
***That's why you are working sooo hard*** emoticon

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SAVINGHANNAH 12/12/2009 11:18AM

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Im so happy and proud of you. As always you are an inspiration to me!!!!Keep up the good work!!!

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FREDDY1232 12/12/2009 10:51AM

    CONGRATULATIONS! Way to go!! emoticon

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CHARLIESANGEL10 12/12/2009 10:50AM

    That is giant!!!! Way to go!!!! I love those milestone moments. Celebrate your victory(but not too much like I've done before in the past--if you know what I mean?haha) emoticon

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Honesty is the Best Policy

Monday, December 07, 2009

This is short but sweet & honest.
I have been so lacks in my SP progression everyday. I could use the excuses that I was ill, depressed etc. which is also true.. but there is no reason for my lack of what I feel is common courtesy. I have received so many notes,goodies, hellos, wishes and Blessings.
In my heart I have been so grateful for them and yet to me I did the unthinkable and not responded in kind.
I am sorry for that to each and everyone of you.
I am making a promise here & now that I will try and be much more conscious of the efforts I need to put back into my daily routine.
Wishing you all a Blessed & wonderful day & week.

  
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GRANNY1972 12/8/2009 10:37PM

    It's impossible to respond to every single comment we all make to each other. We know you appreciate them as we do yours so don't waste another minute worrying about it!Have a wonderful evening!

Hugs,
Jannie

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LESSOFMOORE 12/8/2009 9:23PM

    Donna,

I'm glad that everyone beat me to the punch! We love you and want you to be happy and healthy. If you have time to respond, great, if not, that's okay, too!

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PJSTIME 12/8/2009 12:48PM

    I don't think any of us expect to responses to everything. Some times it is just impossible so quit worrying about. Your SP friends understand as we have all felt overwhelmed at times.

Have a wonderful day. PJ emoticon

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SHIITAKE 12/8/2009 12:13PM

   

My dear Donna ;
You don't have to feel that you need to respond to everyone's well wishes, etc. ; for we
all know what a caring and compassionate lady you are anyway ! If you don't feel up to it, we
can understand and live with it, I'm sure ! None of us feel any less about you, that's for sure !
So stop your worrying, and have a blessed day !!! emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 12/7/2009 5:12PM

    Donna, we do what we feel we can do and not feel guilty or bad if we just cannot do it all!! At least I try not to feel that way. Real friends love you just the way you are (we are)!!!

Hugs, Barbara

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SMILINGEYES2 12/7/2009 1:04PM

    Sometimes it is difficult responding on a site because there is often time delays from the post to the message back. Donna, you are such a caring and sensitive woman that you sell yourself short here. Athletes do not always perform that their top. Our lives are filled with ebbs and flows and hopefully we are sensitive enough to others not to be offended if they have not responded in a few days. Glad to hear you are better. emoticon emoticon Linda

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MR.NET1 12/7/2009 12:47PM

    Donna?
Helen and BENTONHEALTHY are both right...

SparkPeople's Goodies may feel "virtual" and they are.

*But the SparkFriends that send them are for real*

We love and appreciate your posts, blogs and sweet attentions you bring to us, every day, weeks and months.

The simple goodies, are a way for us to show it...

(on computer)

You would be (in front) of us?...WE'd HUG U' SILLY!!! emoticon emoticon

Also,
Just as in (real life) we don't expect nothing in return but your joy, smiles and your healthy happiness.

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BENTONHEALTHY 12/7/2009 12:36PM

    Donna, I don't expect a return when I send a gift or post. You are already providing my reward by being on SP and participating when you do. Have a wonderful day.
Plus you of all people with the biggest heart - it is inspiring in itself.
I hope you feel better soon. I struggle with empty nest at this time of year.
I wish you much happiness this holiday season.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/7/2009 12:26PM

    Donna, I love you. That is also short, honest and to the point. Time doesn't always allow us to do what we would like especially when there are other things going on in our lives. Maybe that is just another excuse but it is so very true...
May God bless you with a week filled with health, happiness and many positives.
Hugs dear friend,
Helen

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Shared from My Best Friend's morning email to me..

Monday, December 07, 2009

Sharing from a Dear friend.. Please feel free to pass it on. It is such a wonderful thought.

When I say good morning I mean to say:

G-od
O-ffers us His
O-utstanding
D-evotion to

M-ake us
O-bedient &
R-eady for a
N-ew day with Him..
I-nspire others please, and
N-ever forget
G-od loves you!




The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.
~ Unknown

  
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LESSOFMOORE 12/7/2009 9:20PM

    Donna, what a wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing!

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SHIITAKE 12/7/2009 3:09PM

   

This is absolutely wonderful, Donna........thank your dear friend for us !!!! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/7/2009 12:22PM

    Donna, This is absolutely great!!! I love it!!! Thank you for sharing with us and be sure to thank your friend.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SAVINGHANNAH 12/7/2009 10:52AM

    Great thanks for sharing. I love it!!
S. S.

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Tis the Season... Celebrations of Hanukkah & Christmas with Poems

Friday, December 04, 2009

Joyous Hanukkah!
By Eva Grant

At last! At last! Hanukkah is here!
The whole house is bursting with holiday cheer.

Pancakes are sizzling as hard as they can,
Browning delectably crisp in the pan.

The dreidels can scarcely wait to be spun;
Presents are hidden for Hanukkah fun;

And there, on the table, polished and bright,
The shining menorah gleams through the night,

Like the oil lamp in ancient history,
That burned on and on miraculously!

And each flaming candle proclaims the great story
Of the Maccabean heroes, their deeds and their glory.


Just Believe...

Just Believe in the little things, to help you get by
Just believe, tomorrowís life will bring
Starlight to your eyes

Just believe in miracles, for they all come true
Maybe not the way we wish for them
But in Godís own time, they do

Just believe in songs from the heart
That each angel sings
Just believe that butterflies, are only angelís wings

Just believe in things we cannot see
Holidays and bells that softly play
Christmas love that flies the world and angels to come true
Just believe, it can be done, then you will make it through

Just believe in goodness and sleigh rides,
All the night time Heavens, you will see the milky way
And the man in the moon, tonight
Just believe in magic and firework display
It can happen anytime, almost everyday

God gave us wisdom, He gave us wonders to behold
Just believe, even though heaven is so far away
The birth of Jesus can be told

Just believe and watch,
Nature come to be, in all the beautiful flowers
In the grass and on the trees
Godís art is ever turning, for those who see
If we just believe

Written by: Linda Ann Henry


  
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SMILINGEYES2 12/6/2009 2:30PM

    It is amazing what one can do when one has exhausted all of their resources. This is a timeless story that belongs to all. Blessings. Linda

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/5/2009 1:21PM

    Sooo beautiful, Donna!! Thank you for sharing. I am sharing it also...hope you don't mind. Keeping you in my prayers.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SAVINGHANNAH 12/5/2009 5:32AM

    Just beautiful. I'm believing. thanks

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2BFREE2LIVE 12/5/2009 12:19AM

    Beautiful, thank you so much for sharing with us.
I am so ready for Christmas this year as we had to travel for the past two years away from home.
This year we are finally going to be at home for the Holiday season.
Have a wonderful Hanukkah. Sandy emoticon

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SHIITAKE 12/5/2009 12:13AM

   

What a wonderful poem, Donna !!! Thank you for sharing with your SP friends !!!
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LESSOFMOORE 12/4/2009 10:57PM

    Donna,

Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Your friend,
Cyndie

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CHRYS13 12/4/2009 6:50PM

    Thanks so much for sharing. One of my good friends recently lost her mother...I'm emailing her the "Just Believe" poem. emoticon

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SUNNYH99 12/4/2009 4:58PM

    Donna, thank you for your poems, especially the Hanukkah one with the lovely menorah! It seems that we members of the tribe get a bit lost at this time of year in all the bustling Christmas festivities. Have a great weekend!
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