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Sunday, 4/18 Surviving Saturday/Getting Ready to Lose Weight

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hello my friends,

I am so worried about my youngest daughter who is so sick that she looks awful and sleeps and sleeps and has the chills and isn't eating at all because it makes it worse. There really isn't anything I can do for her, but if this continues past the weekend she will have to go to the doctor. She has had this pretty intensely since Wednesday evening. My other kids are mostly past this--my 17 year old son is only drinking diluted juices and water because his tummy feels tender, but it hasn't stopped him from being pretty active. I have a few of the symptoms, but I think because I eat healthy all of the time and have a good activity level that it isn't really getting to me. I don't know though, the fact that I am awake right now mans something.

I did go to the pool yesterday and got 90 minutes of exercise in there. My husband and I went tot see the college play that my daughter directed. She is in her element in the theater an that is her major, but I worry abouther future and her possible opportunities to use this for a career. The play was very good, a little onthe adult side given the topics. There were two one-act plays by Lanford Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize winner. I haven't been anywhere for entertainment reasons in a while nor have I had time out with my husband lately, so I got 3 bonuses for going to this. (There was also a good deal of walking to get to the college theater, so that added to my daily activity steps and mileage for the "Walk to the Moon.")

I read a good article today and I'm going to share the highlights with you. The big focus was the ways we need to prepare ourselves for weight-loss. This was part of an email from Everyday Health. The entire article can be found at: http://www.everydayhealth.com/weight/prepa
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Ready, Set, Lose Weight
By Diana Rodriguez
Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH

You need to determine a weight-loss plan that you are able to stick with for the long haul. It's not easy, but there are steps you can take to stay motivated.
10 Ways to Get Psyched for Weight Loss
1. Commit. Make a commitment and share it with somebody else to make you more accountable to your diet, exercise plan, and weight-loss goals.
2. Make a plan. It should be a program that will help you lose weight, but is also "do-able" for you. This goes for both diet and exercise.
3. Don't wait for the "right time. (With me, there would never have been a right time given how hectic my life can be--and I don't think I'm alone in that. Don't wait for Monday or after the next holiday either.)
4. Get in the right mindset. Don't fall into an "all-or-nothing" way of thinking because It's about small changes in your lifestyle that you can stick with and that will brings results overtime.
5. Be realistic. Think about what you can realistically achieve in terms of an exercise and eating plan and how it fits in your life.
6. Make time for exercise. Fitness is a key component of losing and keeping off weight.
Figure out what motivates you. Ask yourself questions to figure out what will help you meet your weight-loss goals, advises Wolf. For example, "Do you need a workout buddy? A reward at certain goals? How can you incorporate healthy foods that you enjoy? What types of activity don't feel like work to you?" These answers will help you formulate a plan that you can stick with.
7. Don't think diet, think life change. Preparing to lose weight isn't about starting a diet, it's about starting to make healthy adjustments that you're going to fit into your life. To maintain a healthy weight, the diet and exercise changes you make in your life should be permanent.
8. Create a network for weight loss. Losing weight be more fun, but it will also be more effective.
9. Use outside resources.

It's not about preparing for a diet, but changing your life so that you don't need to diet. Eventually making healthy food choices and getting regular exercise will become a part of your day you don't even have to think about!
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I don't think I thought a lot about the things in this article before I came to SP, but I do think that all of the good things here along with the quality of information, I did prepare in the manner that this article suggested. I also think that this information helped me to analyze my plan and reflect on some things that I could do a bit better. I give this a two thumbs up for being useful and thought-provoking. You can decide of there's something int his list that gives you an "aha" for where you are at in your journey.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/20/2010 12:30AM

    Will keep your daughter & the rest of your family (you too) in my prayers my friend. I hope that everyone is well quickly. Thanks for the informative article. I'm going to check out the entire article. Good job on getting in the exercise. You amaze me! Love ya, Dawn

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JRSWHIMSY 4/19/2010 3:06PM

    I hope your daughter is feeling better right now! I'm just getting over the nastiest respiratory crud. i don't think I've breathed right in weeks! Have a good week :)

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    I hope your daughter is better soon. Let's hope no one else gets this.

Thanks for posting the article.

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JHADZHIA 4/18/2010 12:33PM

    Hi Sylvia,
So sorry your daughter's not getting over this like the rest of the family :((
At least you and hubby got a break and a night out!
This article pretty much sums up what Sparks is trying to teach everyone. Lessons learned here!
Hope you have a peaceful Sunday!
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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LOULOUBELLE2 4/18/2010 9:58AM

    Prayers for your daughter and that article just reinforces what Sparks is telling us all the time. So glad that you had a "date" with your honey. We all need a get-away from time to time..... emoticon

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KKKAREN 4/18/2010 7:11AM

    Sorry your daughter's so sick!

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Saturday, 4/17 Weekends are best!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hi everyone,

It has been an odd week around here with my entire family being sick at one point or the other. I slept early and hard again last night and I feel a bit creepy this morning. I hope I don't have it, it has really wreaked havoc on everyone else around here. We are waiting for Mediacom who I was promised would be here between 8 and 10 this morning to address all of the issues we have been having with the TV/ phone and internet. It's 9:20 and they should be here pretty soon. It would be nice to have something go right and for this to be fixed the right way.

I have not been logging quite as much time here at SP this week because for whatever reason, I have been sleeping better. I have also been getting in a few more minutes at the pool the past few days. I hope that the extra exercise is the real reason for me to be sleeping more and without disruption because that would help me justify the time I'm spending at the pool. Yesterday was the kick off day for the community "Walk to the Moon." Our community (the Quad Cities) is competing in a race with a couple of other communities (Peoria and Rockford, I think) to see who can log in enough miles to reach the moon the fastest. Our church participates, led by our Parish Nurse and her committee. We've done this for maybe 4 years, but it is the first time that I've joined in--I didn't think it would be something I can do. However, they have conversion factors for different exercises and my time in the pool counts. My son is doing it too and he is out there with his pedometer for his morning walk--he will run this afternoon as well. He has been working as hard as me and I wish the other kids would do a bit more too. (My youngest son goes with me to the fitness center in the evenings and gets a lot of "fun" activity in between basketball, racquetball and swimming. I prefer going in the afternoon when it is adult time in the pool--so I've been getting the others to go with him sometimes. I know that it is in all of their best interest to be more active, so I am doing all I can to facilitate that.)

There is a knock at the door and a lot of barking doggies in our house--so with 6 minutes to spare, Mediacom is here. I am still in my nightgown and am going to direct their work the best that I can. Maybe, just maybe, this expensive service will be working correctly very soon. I don't think I'll hold my breath though.

Take care and enjoy the weekend. I love being on my own schedule to do and prioritize things as I see fit. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 4/17/2010 4:14PM

    Keeping my fingers crossed for your communication problems to be fixed. And for your stomach as well. Hope you don't get the bug real bad!

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JHADZHIA 4/17/2010 2:56PM

    Hi Sylvia!
I hope they get your electronics working again!! I have committed my phone, TV and internet to Shaw Cable now for the first time, but then I have found them to be very reliable. I had wanted to stick with the local phone company, but the lower digital phone price can't be beat.
That is wonderful news you can participate in that walk! Sounds like you need to be giving some of your kids a good swift kick in the rear to get them off their butts and moving!
I hear you about medicine bottles. I always requested ointment jars for all my medicines. They have it in my file, but if some new clerk doesn't scroll down the screen far enough they miss it, so I just verbally request it every time I order to be sure.
Enjoy your pool time! I am so wanting to get to those Manitou Hot Springs Healing waters, but I am crazy busy right now with the bridge club work.
Have a great weekend!
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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LOSINGLUCY 4/17/2010 2:43PM

  Yes I also hope you got everything sorted out and everyone gets better soon! Keep up the good work emoticon

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BEES200 4/17/2010 12:13PM

  Crossing fingers and toes here, hope they get it fixed right this time. It is good that you are participating this year. Sounds like fun, something the entire community enjoys doing.

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LOULOUBELLE2 4/17/2010 12:08PM

    Hope you get all those Phones,TV and internet fixed...so frustrating when you want to use them and things don't work right....
Great Walk your participating in....let us know which cities win. After all you all win with getting the added exercise. Be careful and don't overdue.

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MAYKATCOOPER 4/17/2010 11:36AM

    Oh how I hear you! I pray that you are all on the mend and back up and at em this coming week! I too have been down this week and meandering mostly in my nightgown... hoping the doorbell would not ring... LOL! You did GREAT! I should spend less time worrying and more just doing what needs to be done. Thanks for the lesson. Smile.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/17/2010 11:31AM

    I hope you get your utilities fixed.

Enjoy your pool work outs. They sound very beneficial to me.

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Wednesday, 4/14 A lot on my mind now....

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hi everyone,

I decided that rather than wait for others to get information for me, that I needed to contact our HR person to find out about my position for next year. I just got to my work email a short while ago and he says that my current position hasn't been cut for the new building and that means that is what I am supposed to do next year. For those of you who have followed all of the difficulties that I have had this year with my current boss, you know that this is not what I was expecting or what I need. I want to work where I am respected and appreciated rather than badgered and belittled. I need to think on this and contact a bit of help to figure out what to do next. I think I am going to write a letter requesting a transfer, but given the issues of our district and all of the jobs that have been cut, I don't know if this will work out for me. I need to check with the union guy too. Oh my.

It has been a bit of a tricky day in any number of ways. Our internet service went out last night around 9:30 and was still out this morning--so I contacted Mediacom and we had a talk where I was a bit escalated about how often this trouble happens and he was pretty respectful, took money off of our bill and is sending repair people again--we had one here yesterday who did nothing and just left. Our TV hasn't worked right since the day of the Super Bowl. Grr-rr

I had a good time at the pool, but my time in the sauna was interrupted because of trouble with other people. There is a woman who takes the only handicapped shower stall day after day who isn't handicapped and she takes more than her sweet time. I personally wait until I get home to shower if I am in any kind of a hurry, but there are other people who don't want to do that. Today, this woman was in there for a long time--a lady who left the pool 20 minutes before me was still waiting to get in the handicapped shower when I wandered in the shower room. (There are about 10 or 11 regular showers, just one with bars for disabled people.) This lady went to the shower and pulled the curtain a fraction of an inch and asked the woman how long she was going to be in there. (I went tot he sauna and then it got a bit noisy...) The woman in the shower got out and called on the emergency speaker for someone to come to the shower room for an emergency--she complained that the other lady had pulled the shower curtain open while she was using it. It was pretty ridiculous and caught me off guard--these are adults. I was asked if I saw what happened and i told my story--and I told them that the problem might be solved by labeling the shower with a handicapped sign and that the real problem is that they need to create a second shower for disabled people. I left the fitness center today shaking my head.

I had an appointment with my therapist tonight--I wish I had had my answer to the work situation before I saw him...And then came home to go with my husband to sign off on our taxes. This is the latest we have ever done them the entire time we have been married.

My youngest son has been sick with some kind of gastric bug or virus or flu or ??? He has been vomiting and is feverish. It started Monday evening--he ate a bit of mashed potatoes tonight, so maybe he is getting over the hump. However, as my 25 year old son and my 14 year old daughter were getting ready for church choir, they both got sick with a similar thing--and then, a half an hour after my 20 year old went to work tonight, he called to get a ride home because he started vomiting too. I am pretty nervous about how extreme this illness is and how it is spreading around. It is my intention to stay away from them and their bug, I am not sure trying to fight this thing off is something I am even up to doing.

I'm hoping for a more peaceful and calm tomorrow as I try to find the answers I need. If push comes to shove, next year will be my retirement year. I never expected to think that way at my age...I'll be 55 then with 25 years. We shall see.
Take care, my friends!!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 4/17/2010 7:24PM

    I hope your job situation works out for you. It sounds like your day was horrible. Just hang in there and take it one day at a time. I like the way you handled everything today.

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BEES200 4/16/2010 2:32PM

  That bug sounds like something that went thru my daughter's family about 3 weeks ago, they wondered if it was some sort of food poisoning because those who were home and ate fish came down with it first, but few days later, the others came down with it, too. Hope they all get well soon! Kudos for speaking up about the need for labeling or two handicap showers! In an ideal world, ALL showers would be accessible with hand bars, etc.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/15/2010 11:35PM

    Wow, you're definitely in my prayers my friend. Sounds like you can use them. Know that if you need to share or vent, I'm just a spark mail away. Love, Dawn

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/15/2010 12:07PM

    I hope the job situation works out for you.

We have problems with our internet toom uch too and I nver know if it is Alltel, my browser, or sparpkpeople.

The problem with the shower is as you stated. And the staff needs to see that only handicapped people are using this shower.

We got our taxes done the latest we ever did too.

That stomach bug went around here too and was very contagious.

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LOULOUBELLE2 4/15/2010 12:05PM

    Way to go Sylvia.....Stand up for your rights and those of others.
Pray that you don't get sick, doesn't sound like a fun bug floating around your house.
Fingers crossed that you Stay Well.........

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60SIXTY 4/15/2010 8:13AM

    emoticon for speaking up for the handy capped.

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60SIXTY 4/15/2010 8:13AM

    emoticon for speaking up for the handy capped.

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JHADZHIA 4/15/2010 2:12AM

    I am sorry about your job. It might be better to retire then deal with the stress of a bad boss, which I thought unions were supposed to help with. I hope they can do something for you!
That is awful about your children :(( Unfortunately, living in close quarters makes it easy for those nasty viruses to spread :(( Practice good hand washing and use rubber gloves when cleaning up after them.
Hearing about the handicapped shower made my blood boil, because the same thing happens at the pool I go to. There is only one there as well, and it has railing and a ramp,, the others have a high border you have to step over and difficult to turn on showers. I am actually surprised the offender made a fuss. No one thought to ask her why she was in there in the first place?? She doesn't belong in there!!
I am all for doing taxes at the last minute, especially if you owe something, why give the government their money any earlier than you have to?? Better it stay in your account earning interest until the last possible minute ;)
Please take care!
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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AMBER_MLE 4/15/2010 1:05AM

    Good luck with your situation at work! I don't know the whole story, but I hope everything works out.

Kinda ridiculous about the shower fiasco. I guess some people never grow out of starting drama! Hopefully you don't catch the bug that's going around your house - Dexter has his seasonal upset tummy and I hope we humans don't have to mess around with any of that this spring! My poor hound has always had a sensitive stomach.

Thanks so much for all your support. You're the greatest! emoticon

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Monday, 4/12 Lots of structure today

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hi everyone,

Today was a regular day with plenty to do. We had a special program for the kids at school today so it was a different schedule. I went to the pool after work and got my workout in--I actually swam a few laps with the "real swimmers." Most of my work in the pool are therapy exercises that I do at the side or it is walking, walking, walking. I've been adding in some back stroke though and it was kind of neat to be in the adult lap swimming, even for a limited time. After that, Marissa and Mason had appointments at the eye doctor--those take a good deal of time when they dilate. I had to postpone this week's Vitamin B12 shot because we ran so late--oh well, I'll do that tomorrow. I got home to do a few little chores that I can do from my seat...and I worked on the kids' state taxes. I have a couple of questions on 2 of them and the other 2 are ready to be mailed. That will be good to be out of the way. We have been waiting for a form on ours, but they are professionally done because ours are just too complicated.

My skin is creepy, sore and kind of crawling tonight--and that is in addition to my regular back issues. If you know anyone with fibromyalgia, please be gentle and loving with them because when this junk flares there is no fun to be had. I am going to try for all I am worth to sleep tonight in spite of it. I think I could be more content if it would let up a bit. I need some peace with my body and with stress in general. I got some in the pool today, it is really nice in the early afternoon when there aren't any rambunctuous folks there at that time.

As always, I appreciate my SparkFriends and I wish you all a restful night and a peaceful day.

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JENGRAMMER 4/13/2010 2:44PM

    You are so blessed to have access to a pool.

God blesses in different ways.


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KKKAREN 4/13/2010 9:19AM

    I'm glad you have the pool for some relief. Hope you have a better day today.

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    The pool is a the perfect place for people with chronic problems like us. I hope you feel better today.

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BLESSED2BEME 4/13/2010 12:35AM

    Hope you get good rest tonight!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/13/2010 12:15AM

    I am so sorry that you have fibro. My best friend does too. I know that I can't relate since I don't have it but my heart sure goes out to the both of you. You're in my prayers daily. Love, Dawn

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JHADZHIA 4/12/2010 11:19PM

    Ahh, taxes! I confess to letting University students practice on mine free of charge every year even though they are simple, because of my math difficulties.
I hope you can get some rest in spite of that awful feeling :(
{{{gentle hug}}}

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Sunday, 4/11 A Story With A Moral

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hello Everyone,

I want to share a brief update to my recent frustrations and a story that a dear friend sent to me. I have now kept my son off of the computer since Thursday. He isn't talking to me much, simply to answer a question if I get him nearby. I was surprised to get 4 forwarded emails from him today--it turns out that his friend who lives in Sin gapore forwarded them. He gave her his password to do so. They are from the online college he was signing up for, which is another thing he has done without sharing with any of us. I asked him about the emails and then I told him that it was time he created his schedule because the only way I would let him use the computer for that was if he was sitting next to me so I could supervise what he was doing. That was the end of the conversation, still no schedule or anything--and we took the computers with us to church today. It's not convenient, but if it helps me to doas I need for his well-being, I can definitely do so. Everyone is working on projects and shores right now and If I can get a bit a day out of them, I will be more than content.

We had a wonderful church service today. The kids who did solos for music contests shared their work--and my 14 year old daughter was awesome. Her voice is so beautiful--a friend told me that whenever she sings, she sounds like an angel. I know that I cry when I hear her sing, it is so moving--and she is so young to have that control and range. There was also a baptism and the family provided a luncheon for everyone. It was really nice, I had some fruit and a half of a roll with ham. They also had chips, a fluff type side dish, garden salad and a cake that looked so yummy with a cream/pudding filling between the layers. I no longer eat sweets, but it certainly was tempting.

My number of fitness minutes dropped a bit this week (from 745 to 695), but I still lost 1.1 pounds, so I am happy. I had my workout at the pool today. The kids and others there talked about how "dead" it was, I thought it was pleasant and relaxing. I had plenty of time for a good sit in the sauna as well as to condition my hair along with my shower. I think it should always be that way--there were several kids there, they just weren't crazy, wild, and loud.
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On to the story my friend sent me...there were no sources or anything, but I am guessing it has been passed around for a while...

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours while the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the
donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well.. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
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I think the moral to this story sums up the work I am doing to become more healthy and the work I am doing as a parent. I intend to keep shaking off the dirt that is dumped on me and using it to my advantage to get what I need most. It's a really good plan and puts all of the negatives to very good use.
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FUNNYGRANNY71 4/13/2010 5:29PM

    Congratulations on losing more weight. You should be very proud of yourself. My children are all grown and I wish I could give you some words of wisdom, but I think raising children is something everyone has to do on his or her own. I will say some prayers for you and your son though.

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SHELLPRO 4/11/2010 9:37PM

    emoticon Got a lot of Dirt lately, just waiting for the hill to get high enough to STEP out! emoticon Congrats on the Weight Loss too.

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    Congrats on the weight loss. Those pounds pile up!

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JHADZHIA 4/11/2010 9:29PM

    Hi Sylvia,
Congratulations on the weight loss and resisting temptations! Way to stick to your guns with your son! Here is hoping he will come around and see the light. Wonderful you had such a relaxing time at the pool!
Thanks for sharing that donkey story, I had gotten it a long time ago, but was nice to see again!

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14JESUSGIRL 4/11/2010 9:03PM

    Good story! I think I heard Joyce Meyer tell that story the first time I heard it. Thanks for sharing it!

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BLESSED2BEME 4/11/2010 8:10PM

    So glad to see progress with your tough love! Keep praying and being the awesome Mom that God meant you to be:)

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    Sylvia, I love this story thanks for sharing it today. I am sorry that I haven't been a better friend with a strong shoulder for you to lean on about your son. I know that this is tough but I am so proud of you for presenting him with TOUGH LOVE. I have failed miserably in that department in the past. I am very proud of you and you and your family are in my prayers. Lots of love to you. Love, Dawn

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