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My true love gave to me, five gold rings!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Merry Fifth Day of Christmas!

I love that this day also represents five gold rings, as it was 24 years ago today, that my now husband proposed marriage. This is a very good day and for that I am very thankful!



May you also find joy. Are you thankful for something today?

Hug, hug,
Evelyn

From the book of Proverbs (18:22), we learn, ďHe who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.Ē

  
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MOMFAN 12/31/2010 1:53AM

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SHELLEY147 12/30/2010 3:26PM

    well, Happy Proposal Anniversary to you and your hubby! You look so happy in the photo...love it!! ~huge hugs~

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LIVINGONMYTERMS 12/30/2010 12:33PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on 24 years! Happy Anniversary!

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CERIUSLY 12/30/2010 12:30PM

    What a sweet tribute to your husband, and testimony of your love for each other. God bless you with many more years of happiness! emoticon

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DANILYNNG 12/30/2010 12:19PM

    Must have been a really good year... I celebrated my 24th wedding anniversary just after Thanksgiving. Congratulations!

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MSJULES01 12/30/2010 11:44AM

    Congrats on 24 year. Hope for another 24.
Happy New Year!!!!

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GESHANNON 12/30/2010 9:23AM

    Congrats on your 24 years! What a true blessing from God to have eachother; I feel the Love!!!! I've been married 24 years and it will be 25 in April!

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PAMAPPLE 12/30/2010 9:12AM

    Happy anniversary on your proposal to marriage!! A great marriage is a treasure!! I have also been married for 24 years and our silver will be Aug. 9th.

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FREES1 12/30/2010 9:02AM

    happy proposal anniversary! enjoy!

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NINJA-NED 12/30/2010 6:56AM

    happy anniversary! a good marriage and a wonderful husband are one of life's greatest treasures.

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SUGARSMOM2 12/29/2010 5:25PM

  true words spoken with love . nice to walk with faith.

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Christmas is a Season of Making Connections!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas continues to be a celebration of Christ's birthday while sharing this intimate relationship with friends.



We enjoyed the Lake Superior walk along canal park. Soon we may need snow shoes.



Three of us enjoyed a tasty Thai buffet lunch, then dined together for the best ever mutton curry and dal. Yum!



My gals are so cool in their two zebra hoodies in honor of the Second day of Christmas.



This day was truly priceless with the wonderful connections we make on a daily basis.

I hope you, too, are making quality connections. Yes?

  
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MOMFAN 12/31/2010 2:16AM

    emoticonCheering you on! Let's reach our goals together this year!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 12/28/2010 12:00AM

    What gorgeous and beautiful looking ladies all three of you and so happy and healthy looking what a true blessing. emoticon

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SHELLEY147 12/27/2010 11:24AM

    Love all the photos! So glad you have such wonderful blessings in your life Evelyn! Although, you ARE a blessing to all of us as well! I go into the New Year blessed that I have a connection with YOU my friend! ~hugs~

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PAMAPPLE 12/27/2010 12:32AM

    I love your pictures!! It looks like you and the girls had a great time!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thank you, Jesus! . . . it is truly a merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The white snow is gorgeous and the warmth of home and family is a blessing. Thank you, God, for the many blessings you bestow on us. Thank you, Jesus, for your great love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness you provide to all your people. On this blessed day where we celebrate the birth of Christ, I meditate on the following verses:

1) And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)



2) This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

3) So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)



4) Now to the King of eternity, incorruptible and immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever (to the ages of ages). Amen (so be it). (1 Timothy 1:17)

With matching slippers, we were able to share a Christmas Eve hug. Many hugs to you on this fabulous day! -- Evelyn


  
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SHELLEY147 12/26/2010 3:05PM

    What a beautiful blog Evelyn. Thanks for reminding us all what Christmas is about. ~huge hugs~

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ANDYINBC 12/26/2010 2:20PM

    Hope you had Merry and blessed Christmas!

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    I'm glad you celebrated the birth of Jesus with good food and a Christmas Eve hug!! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/25/2010 8:28PM

    Glad you had many Christmas blessings! Merry Christmas!

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THIAGRAM 12/25/2010 5:47PM

  This certainly is a blessed day when we celebrate the birth of Christ! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

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LIVINGONMYTERMS 12/25/2010 5:07PM

    Have Blessed Christmas!

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FREES1 12/25/2010 12:31PM

    Blessed Christmas!

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MALLEUSMIKE 12/25/2010 12:19PM

  Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, Friends!

Friday, December 24, 2010

What a perfectly delightful day with family: Husband, father, and two dear Napali women college friends (Anu and Bini) who are just like family. Anuís father was responsible for picking out the beautiful sunshine yellow Nepali Salwar suit.



Amnicon Falls
We shared a wonderful day where the trees, especially the evergreens were laden with fresh snow at Amnicon Falls. I was surprised to see that the Amnicon River was nearly frozen over in spots, but you could still see a few openings and hear the powerful (yet wonderfully meditative) rushing waters. We then looked on to Lake Superior where a number of avid Ice shacks kept the people fishing warm and comfy. Iíll have to return with snow shoes some day. Iíd love to go snow shoeing along the lakeís ice caves. What a great fitness program that would make!






Dad
My Dad turned 87 last month. While his faith walk means the world to him, heís a very proud WWII veteran, having fought in the Marine Corp in Iwo Jima. It was during this time when he courted my Mother through the mails, then met her while on furlough. We then enjoyed the company of my Dad for the opening of presents, dinner, and friendly game of cards. His most precious gift was a beautifully framed photograph taken of my mother when she was only about 17 or 18 years of age . . . she looked like a cover girl for Life magazine.




Fun at Cards
We played a childhood game of 31 (glorified black jack with three cards) where the winner of the pot also chose five prizes from a chest of gifts. We were all winners!



After a very full day, I made it back home in time to attend a friend's reception at her home. Now I can settle in to a Christmas Day that I will likely be able to remain in my jammies all day! Unless, of course, the Napali sisters decide a movie is in order. If that happens, Iíll see a little hot air-popped popcorn in my near future.

Have a very merry Christmas!

Hug, hug,
Evelyn

  
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    such a wonderful day you had - your Dad looks great! Enjoy your Christmas jammies or movie!

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COOP9002 12/25/2010 11:58AM

    Enjoy your day and have a very merry Christmas!

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Revelation: Itís a lifestyle! . . . Better yet, itís simply Living Healthy!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I have a confession: It has become apparent that I am a very slow learner. For that reason, perhaps itís a very good thing, as Martha Stewart would say, that 1) this one-stick-at-a-time gal take the long road to weight loss (averaging closer to one quarter-pound stick of butter each week) and that 2) my personal mission statement emphasize life-long learning.

Iíve been fat all my life, except for one brief moment during college when I reached my goal weight by losing about 35 lbs back in the 70ís. I have always approached weight loss with the good intentions that it would be the proverbial ďlifestyle,Ē but deep down, my heart knew it was a d-i-e-t. Unfortunately, my version of d-i-e-t meant sacrificing to the extreme: Great immediate success, good short-term success, but out-and-out failure in the long-term results.

Iíve used to go years not eating an onion ring or piece of fried chicken. I have now learned that I can work in some of my all-time favorite comfort foods. During our drive home from a 7-week vacation, I enjoyed two southern favorites: One meal with country fried steak and another with grits. The grits worked in well when accompanied by scrambled egg whites (without the toast that would normally come with the breakfast). You get two meals of meat with the regular (versus senior) order of Dennyís country fried steak, so I asked for my take-out box (with one slice of the $2 pumpkin pie in one corner) so I could put away one of the two servings immediately so as to not interfere with my dining enjoyment. As it was, we shared the pumpkin pie, and my two-ounce serving (119 calories) with the 265 calorie country fried steak, allowed me two days of meals that fit well within the recommended calorie and nutrient mix. I found that I mindfully ate more slowly and enjoyed every bite. With a day where fresh fruits filled in during our on-road travel, I am learning to not go down that river of DeNile.

Is there a tip for healthy living or new habit you have formed that helps you stay the course in being or remaining the healthiest person you can be?

  
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SHELLEY147 12/18/2010 10:14AM

    the new habit that's helping me the most is eating on a regular schedule. I NEVER skip breakfast now, eat snacks and meals at a pretty set time each day (with a few exceptions!)

CONGRATS on a vacation well done! :) You're doing so amazing Evelyn!! ~huge hugs!~

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PAMAPPLE 12/16/2010 8:14PM

    I enjoy veggies with hummus, sometimes celery with peanut butter, fruits, especially crisp and sweet apples more now since I've been on SP.

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FREES1 12/16/2010 9:40AM

    Still working on that 7 week vacation idea!!!!!!! way cool!!!
I find filling in the day with fruits and veggies (and hummus) works well for me.. keeps me from getting too hungry before mealtimes roll around so I can eat less then. I am still working on eating more slowly and paying attention to the beginning of fullness feelings..
great blog - I like the idea of getting the to-go box first as it helps offset those lessons mother taught about cleaning the plate at meals!
Congrats!

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ANDYINBC 12/16/2010 8:25AM

    Thanks for sharing your blog. Sounds like you are winning this battle by making the wise, healthy choices. You are right, on so many trips to restaurants, if we just used some "portion control" we could eat so much better.

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BOBBIENORTHERN 12/16/2010 1:38AM

    I am learning and able to live with moderation in ALL things and eating in modertion is just great. I really no longer enjoy processed foods at all. I crave veggies and fruit, but mainly veggies I now consider my comfort food. along with boiled eggs. I am so pleased with the way that my food preferences have changed since being on sparkpeople. thanks for this really great and positive blog about how to be and eat healthy and being able to live with being healthy.

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