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Proof of Life and Success!

Thursday, November 13, 2008



As with the mighty Oak above which started from a small seed; your journey started with the seed of belief in the power YOU have to change YOUR lives and enable YOU to “reach for the stars" through hard work and dedication . One man realized the need for information in one organized lifestyle forum to enable others to make informed decisions for themselves regarding their health and lifestyle. The forum that he created is SparkPeople; to help others share their goals, quickly find the information and the tools necessary for a lifetime of success. That passion for sharing knowledge together everyday with an array of people, places and events has not ceased; and it has been embraced and shared by you.

You and I are the living proof of the success of this program. Whether you have been here one week, one month or are celebrating a year or more here on Spark, you are still living the lifestyle YOU are creating or have created; you are still striving to be the best you can be. We are a group of individuals who have come together because of common goals and concerns. Together we have learned, grown closer and many are living the dream. Whether still striving or maintaining, we will all see goals reached through continued dedication to ourselves and our dreams.

Remember to proud of all you accomplish. Yes, we will, or have experienced set backs, had some deep valleys which had or have to be scaled; but each experience has made each of us stronger. The fact that we are still here is a testament to the fortitude and faith that we can get the job done. The thrill of new ideas, new programs, new teams, helping others lead more fulfilling lives, will continue to inspire me.

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within." ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross~

Continue to let your light shine and sparkle in the darkness. Be proud of ALL you have accomplished; "Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance." ~Bruce Barton~

Hugs, ~Elle~ emoticon

  
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TKADEEPBREATH 1/16/2010 11:21AM

    Me again . . . after reading this page, I'd like to invite you to my page to read the blog I wrote entitled "The Seed and Me". It's interesting to me how that same things can be expressed in so many ways. I like to hear it coming out of different "vessels". It's encouraging to know we are all connected on a very profound level. Happy trails my dear friend . . . .

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IN102WIN 10/2/2009 8:45AM

    Thank you for that gr8 post emoticon

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SWINGINGRAMA 12/8/2008 7:21AM

    You are so jnspirational !!! emoticon emoticon emoticonTrudy

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8RIGHT2DAY 11/18/2008 4:21PM

    emoticon, emoticon this is such great wisdom we would all be foolish not to take it. This is a difficult time for most. I don't know if you call it lucky or not but I don't have to worry about the parties, etc. because I can't go anyway so I am not tempted. But it sure makes eating properly easy. emoticon EG;-)


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LIFES*2*SHORT 11/14/2008 2:41PM

  Great blog!!!

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EMMASMART 11/14/2008 1:16AM

    I liked this one. I love the tree. It makes me want to photodocument my favorite tree from the trail where I walk once in a blue moon.

Emma

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CANNOTFATHOM 11/13/2008 7:20PM

    I have the Kubler Ross motto on my spark page. I love that the woman who theorized the stages of dying said something so positive :)


Penny

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MARTY19 11/13/2008 5:31PM

    Thank you for sharing thoses awesome words. My heart is lighter.

Marty

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LEAVNTHEW8BHIND 11/13/2008 4:12PM

    awesome words of inspiration!

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When Life Gets in the Way

Sunday, August 24, 2008


As with that amazing picture above, our journey often teeters on the edge of success due to the stresses life throws our way. I have been dealing with some health and other issues lately which would have, in the past, thrown me totally off track. I have been dealing with each issue one day at a time; finding my way while looking forward to a new chapter in my life.

At the start of my journey I often wondered why SP offered some of the articles and advice that they do. I now know. It is because of the information and knowledge that I have attained here that I have dealing with my issues as I have. As each curve came, I gave it the attention required and then I moved on. That is not to say I did not rant an rave, throw a fit or two and proclaim about the unfairness of life. I did all of those - for a minute. The amazing thing is that throughout all of this, my journey has continued uninterrupted. My habits for health have become so ingrained that I incorporate them without thought. I find that I still preplan my intake for the day, get in my exercise and the water bottle is forever at hand. It has been a blessing that throughout this time of stress I have been given the tools to cope and move on.

I hope that as each of you meet your daily challenges, you realize that everything you learn here can, and is, all part of the big picture. SP touts a "Lifestyle" and that is what we get. Every article, all the advice, the teams, support and motivation we receive all congeal into a whole for what we need to lead our lives healthily; both physically and mentally.

I am still working on "me", that is unending saga, as it should be. We are never "done" growing and learning, becoming more than we ever thought we could be. I am just thankful that I have been given the tools i.e. information to make the journey in a fun and healthy way.

  
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8RIGHT2DAY 9/1/2008 4:02PM

    Boy Elle, you have really hit the nail on the head with this one. I am so glad this group is on this journey together. You are a marvelous inspiration to all and I am so glad that you are feeling so much better now. Stay well and happy.

EG;-)

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XTEDDYX 8/26/2008 12:53PM

    Elle, as always your writing is so inspirational. What I love about SP is not only is the information there for us to keep us going in the right direction, but we have the blessing to be there for each others as well. Pleased to be here on this journey with all of you. emoticon

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LUVMYORKIES 8/26/2008 11:14AM

    My Elle, Your writing is so wonderful!! You're so right....we are never ever done when it comes to working on ourselves. I believe I will be doing that for the rest of my life...LOL Together we will get through all the obstacles life throws our way! You are the bestest friend in the world!!! Thank you for always being there!!!

I love You MORE!!!!
cat

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LEELYNN2 8/25/2008 9:31AM

    "We are never "done"" Isn't it great to know that even if we feel great now, we still have more to look forward to?

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CALA2008 8/24/2008 11:26PM

    Elle, sweety....you are so precise! We are always learning, and here at SP we are given the tools, knowledge that we need to become better people in our own lives.

You are a beautiful and true inspiration, and I love you. Thanks for being you, for teaching me to keep going, and for all the advice, support, friendship, love and .... that you have offered me these last few months.

I believe in you, and I know you believe in me.

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LEAHSHEALTH 8/24/2008 10:00PM

    Hi Elle!

You are amazing! Thank you so much for just telling things the way they are. You have a lot of incite to offer others! Hang in there. I think you are right on with your assessments!

Leah

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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/24/2008 4:22PM

  Awesome blog... so true!! Keep on going... you can do it!

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CORIEFLASH 8/24/2008 4:21PM

    you're so right about the tools we get here. it has made a world of difference for me. my worst days now are far better than my best days before. that says a lot. thank you so much for keeping us all on task. we definitely need your leadership!

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Who Woulda Thunk!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I am constantly amazed at how I take all that I have learned on Spark and apply it wherever I go. I went to the market last night to pick up a few very needed items. I also intended to get myself a well earned 'goodie" treat for my recent 7.5 lb. weight loss. My first stop was the fruit and veggie section. With the cost of everything shooting through the roof I was very selective and price conscious; buying only those things on sale, but managing a nice healthy, colorful selection. I then picked up some beans, rice, green tea - checking and reading all labels! I then selected a great sweet, dark whole grain bread and finally, began my search for the perfect "reward" goodie. I walked up and down the aisles; first stop, the ice cream aisle (an old, familiar standby) , then I checked out the donuts and pastries (it has been sooooo long!), finding nothing that floated my boat I headed for the oh so yummy CANDY aisle! I spent 15 minutes searching for that ever so elusive delight. THEN, it hit me and I knew exactly what I wanted! The first thing I saw when started shopping were the HUGE, very EXPENSIVE white cling free peaches! The price had totally put me off, but I could spend a $1.60 on one large, yummy, delectable peach which would not get me off track and I would NEVER regret eating, or I could spend the same amount on totally empty calories, not enjoy them half as much and might feel guilty for eating later - the choice was not hard! I had my peach for breakfast this morning along with my oatmeal. As the juice was running down my chin I actually laughed at how utterly delightful this little treasure of mine was! Every choice we make is ours and ours alone. It gets easier every day to make the right choice; not just for my health, but in every aspect of my life. The tools we utilize here and the lessons we learn do not just apply to eating healthy and losing weight; they can and do apply to all aspects of our lives making life better and happier all around.

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.~

I SO enjoyed my little pleasure!

  
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PALOMA71 7/28/2008 2:11PM

    Thank you for that perspective, I too have often denied myself the lovely fruit, because it was too expensive. One thing I have learned is not to bring any goodies into my home, but instead when I go out for lunch, to share an elegant dessert with 3 other friends. There is no denial, but I don't get into trouble that way.

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EMMASMART 7/21/2008 12:47AM

    What brilliance!

I'm in awe of your shopping accumen. If you want something junky but not so bad check out the carob chips. They are low in fat, high in protien and feel like candy to me.

Emma

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RMILLER 7/18/2008 4:26PM

    Good for you for making the choice for something healthy and even though we are trained not to think this way but something wonderful. You deserve it for doing such a great job. 7.5 lbs is awesome. I hope you keep up the reward system for yourself and that when you do the choice is always a good one for you, that is quite a step to make yourself listen to what your insides really want. Keep it up!

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FALLENEIRA 7/16/2008 10:32PM

    That is fantastic and is such an inspirational idea...that's an awesome way to think about it...thanks for the idea...the light bulb just clicked :P emoticon emoticon

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MAMALINA 7/16/2008 11:10AM

    Mine sweeeeeet treat is a nice, plump, juicy, white nectarine. I also do sometimes have a few chocolate covered pretzels. I'm weaning myself off of them. So far when I do HAVE to have some, I have no more than four or five. Thanks for the blog!

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SLY813 7/16/2008 9:00AM

  emoticon What a great example of the game I want to play for the rest of my life: the most delicious investments in my health I can find. The good news is we do have so many choices. The cling peaches sound like a major score. I may steal that idea myself.

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MINORCANLDY 7/16/2008 8:18AM

    I laughed at your blog! Amazing the changes which take place when we begin making better choices. The old choices don't have the allure they once did. We realize how nice feeling good about what we are doing actually feels and it has value to us so we're less likely to ditch it for a "twinkie"... :)

Loved the peach story! I'm addicted to peaches too... sweet, natural, good for you, and low in calories!

Goonie Best Wishes,
Mino

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BELGIUMBABE 7/16/2008 3:15AM

    Wonderful! Do you realize that you are are the living proof of our mantra: "This is not a diet, but a lifestyle change." Thank you for sharing your delightful adventure with us.
Babe

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AARONBRANDON 7/15/2008 10:43PM

  Elle,

I am so glad I have you as a friend to look up too. You are making great healthy choices and congrats on your weight loss, I hope I eventually get there soon.

You are doing so great!!! You must be so proud of yourself.

Your Berry Berry Fantastic!!!!!!!

Much Love and Hugs,
Audra and Hugs from my boys too!!!

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LORIWILLLOSE 7/15/2008 9:57PM

    Elle, you are a peach yourself! I am so glad that you chose the fruit and enjoyed it so much that you shared it with us! I bet the sun was shining on you while you ate it!!!!

Love and Hugs,

Lori

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S00KIE 7/15/2008 8:07PM

    That sounds just lovely. Way to go!

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LUVMYORKIES 7/15/2008 7:48PM

    You continue to amaze me, my wonderful friend!!! I am not so sure I could have passed up those chocolate covered peanuts!!! LMBO Good for you, for making such a healthy choice!!! Now, did you use a napkin to wipe your face, or your arm??? hehehe I absolutely love you sooooo much! Everything you say, makes me smile!

Love you more!
Cat

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HEALTHY4ME 7/15/2008 7:47PM

    I agree, my favorite is blueberries, I could eat them till I turn blue! But I do love a peach and the onl way to eat it is with soft fuzzy skin and eating it over the sink with the juice dripping down your chin. YUM great choice!!!
Cindy


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LILLIAN364 7/15/2008 4:52PM

    My favorite treat is berries. The problem is in the summer there is u-pick. I overpick them and then I don't want them again for month. It's no longer a treat when there are bags of them in your refrigerator.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/15/2008 3:40PM

  Elle... you just gave me such a hilarious mental picture and not to mention a few good laughs!! I could totally picture this little kid... sitting at this table with the juice running down their face and arms. LOL Thank you for sharing that cute little story... you made my day!! And way to go on picking fruit!! WHOOT WHOOT!!!

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I Just Can't do it Anymore!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008


I went to town on Wednesday to see my Dr. and do the grocery shopping for the month. I was salivating on my way down the mountain, planning on just which fast food feast I would indulge in first!!! After a year here, one would think I had learned not to give in to those nasty little cravings, lol. I had misgauged my needs the previous month so had very little variety in my diet the last week or so. I was so hungry for something different and decadent - or so I thought! My first stop was Burger King; I love their fries. I placed my order at the drive up and then waited for the other cars to move on through. By the time I got to the window, I just couldn't take the fries. I canceled the order, paid for my water and left. What was I thinking? I have worked so hard; to start in with french fries was a map to disaster. I know me; I want have started with the fries, then would have gone back for a shake and it would have continued all day.

I just can't do it anymore. I can't, in good conscience, put that stuff in my mouth anymore. If I have to have fries, I will make my own. If I need a shake, I will fix a smoothie. It is not that I never indulge; I just indulge on a healthier scale! Given a few minutes to consider my choices, I decided they had not been all that good. I ended up at Subway and had a yummy veggie 6 in. sub with my water. It was the high point of a rather gruesome day.

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. ~Voltaire

~Elle~

  
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ASUPERCOOLCHICK 4/13/2009 4:20PM

    I see this was written a while back ago, but I just had to comment, I've been in this exact same place not that long ago, I managed not to make it to the drive thru but the desire was there and very strong. I just wanted to say CONGRATS on cancelling the order, that was a big step in the right direction. I just hope I can remember this blog the next time I come face to face with the monster inside :)
Thank you for this... much needed at the right time :)

Me and McD's Fries are no longer friends :)
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CALA2008 7/13/2008 5:38PM

    Elle, you are strong and you will survive these cravings. I am so proud of you. I still get a lot of cravings and having no money on me, usually answers the question for me. Keep on doing what your doing, you will overcome most of those cravings.

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2BIG2HAVEFUN 7/12/2008 6:42PM

  Hi, I'm a newbie. I'm doing Atkins right now. I know... boo boo hiss hiss, but it's the only way I seem to lose weight fast enough and satisfy me at the same time. Congrats on not getting the fries... I've been there and done that, except with McD fries. :) It makes me angry I can't have them. How about you?

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DIGITALALAN 7/11/2008 8:10PM

  Way to go - Congrats on overcoming the need for Fries - I am new to spark and I have been writing down everything I eat and making much healthier choices. I am still learning to resist all the temptations. You have given me the will to do even more - If you could do this then I know I can.

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MISS_VIV 7/10/2008 9:41AM

    elle, CONGRATULATIONS on your overcoming so many challenges. I hope you are in a safe place with all the fires burning. They must be all around you. Please let us know.
Hugs
Vivian

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ACOMBS0587 7/9/2008 9:17PM

    AWESOME!! emoticon


You are so right! Congratulations on your excellent choice. I hope my journey goes as good as yours!!


~Ash


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GETMOVIN 7/6/2008 1:08PM

    Awesome!

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DEBBIE6766 7/5/2008 6:31AM

    I'm new to sparkpeople and your blog was so inspiring! Way to go! emoticon

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SODREDGE 6/28/2008 3:03AM

    It is nice to see you practice what you preach my friend I am proud of your choice. - X

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TNLADY1960 6/23/2008 12:31PM

    Congrats that shows alot of strength because I dont know if I could have done that.
Gloria

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MOLD28 6/23/2008 12:17PM

  Hey Elle, first off thank you for your warm welcome to spark! This sight is so large, as helpful as it is, it's also a little overwhelming. Still trying to figure everything out. I have to say, go you! It says a lot about your efforts that you were able to decline the fries at the window. It's so hard when we have to battle ourselves like this but when you walk away from a situation successful, that's got to feel good! I will use your story as added inspiration the next time I'm tempted. Because you're so right, it's not about the fries themselves, it's about the onslaught that will incur afterwards. Thanks for sharing!! And congratulations on the accomplishment!! emoticon

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STEELY123 6/22/2008 3:54PM

    I know just where you are coming from, its great to be able to do that . I walked straight passed the choc shop yesterday and I felt like I was walking on air. Well done you.!!!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 6/22/2008 3:08PM

  Ya know what... those temptations will get less and less all the time. I already pull up to the drive thru and think about what new healthy food they have to offer. I do snack from the kids just a bit... but it gives me enough satisfaction... that I don't need that whole meal on my own. Way to go!!!

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CHANGING4LIFE 6/22/2008 12:37PM

    What an awesome accomplishment. You should be very proud of yourself. I succumbed to an ice-cream cone last evening. Someday, I will be as strong as you...

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LORIWILLLOSE 6/22/2008 12:31PM

    Oh Elle, I am sooo proud of you!!!! I bet you had to hold your nose when you paid for and got your water. I can't hardly stand the smell of that oil in those places anymore! Then the other day, I was at Bob Evan's with the kids. I had a salad and my daughter had some homefries on the side. I took a little bite of the potatoes and thought they were so YUCKY!!! I used to love them, along with the rest of the Homestead breakfast!!!!

I am celebrating your decision to stay the course and do what it right for you!!!!!

Love and Hugs,

Lori

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IMATOADSTOOL 6/22/2008 12:29PM

    Congratulations on that success!! Every small step helps and choosing to drive away from those fries was a great big step! YOU CAN DO IT!!

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LUVMYORKIES 6/22/2008 10:01AM

    Hi there, My sweetest friend!! I wish I had your will power! You are incredible!!! I must say though, I prefer Subway to BK, anyday!!! How bout them chocolate donuts and chocolate covered peanuts???? LMBO Oh, I forgot, that's my problem!! hehehehehe LOLOLOLOLOLOL I love you so much! Have a fantabulous Sunday, and I will talk to you soon!

Love you always and MORE!
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NOMORESTALLING 6/22/2008 9:44AM

    emoticon emoticon ELLE! Oh man what that inner voice can do for us when we actually become sensatively aware of it! I love it! I love it! I love it!

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MISSJCISRUNNING 6/22/2008 8:07AM

    Good for you Elle!!! I guess there is a benefit to waiting in the drive thur line...it gives you a chance to change your mind of you are BRAVE enough!!! I bought something yesterday and promptly returned it because it was not what I wanted or needed but I was willing to eat it anyway...until I thought about and decided halfway through the parking lot that it was not worth it!!! Baby steps Elle!!! Have a great Sunday!!! Jackie!! emoticon

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The Present

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


“Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
And today? Today is a gift.
That's why we call it the present.”
Babatunde Olatunji

If you treat each day as if it were your first, you will never lose your way here on Spark. Don't look back and don't look forward, today is all that matters; remember to live in the here and now. Berating yourself for past mistakes or worrying about what may happen tomorrow takes your focus off what you should be doing. Try to start each day with a smile and tell yourself you will have a successful day. The journey may be long, but by starting each day as if it were your first, the journey is kept fresh and fun. Have fun and be good to you. Give yourself the gift of health each and every day.

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”
Abraham Lincoln


~Elle~

  
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TKADEEPBREATH 1/16/2010 10:50AM

    Wow, we are on the same track!! That's cool . . .

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TOOTLEPIP 7/28/2008 8:00PM

    This is Oh SO TRUE. Thanks for sharing. I will try to remind myself of this each day!

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DELIAF1 7/4/2008 12:04AM

    Couldn't help but drop in on your sparkpage. Let's me say, thank you for sharing a little about your loss. We have something in common and I hope I can drop in from to time for a little encouragement.

Blessings,

Delia

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MOMZILLA52 6/14/2008 9:50AM

    emoticon Elle, Elle, Elle....what can I say...you are special and a gift from God and I care and love you and call you friend!


Have a blessed week

Love
kat

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RONDARC 6/13/2008 7:13PM

    Hi Elle,

I have always loved this saying. As yes, we should all remember to live one day at a time and start each day with a blessing.

Ronda

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LUVMYORKIES 6/11/2008 7:55PM

    How right you are, my friend! I have always loved that saying! Hope you are doing good. We will talk soon!

LYM&MEMOED!
Cat

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LIFES*2*SHORT 6/11/2008 9:34AM

  You're right... and I think that concept can be used in almost every situation.

have a great day!

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EMMASMART 6/11/2008 8:09AM

    Very nice. I didn't know who'd said that first cool that you found out who. The closer we get to living in the present, the happier we will be.

Emma

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