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60 years + 1 day.... My Blessings runnith over...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Yesterday was my 60th birthday not saying it for anything but to brag on my wonderful family and friends. Son-in-Law and I went to scope out some RV sites at a local base (Camp Blanding, Florida) told me he had to work until noon and we could go about 3pm. so I met him and off we go had a great time. When we got back home, to my surprise (no cars outside the house) we had a house full of people to celebrate my 60th. My bride of 38 years and my two daughters had planned a party for me. Family from Savannah, old friend from South Carolina, and friend from Jacksonville. Great food (only ate a small portion) family and fun. The bess gift is the LORD has Bless me with all of this and there is no way to thank HIM, what an AWESOME GOD. Thank you Father in Heaven.

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DREMARGRL 11/17/2011 1:46PM

    Dear Mac.....You truly ARE blessed! The fact that you have gratitude for all God has given you is the utmost courtesy. I like you! xo Have a great day, my friend.
xo MaryAnn. emoticon

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CHATTIEGIRL 10/9/2011 10:22PM


Happy Birthday, and you sure did have one.He has blessed me with 68 years and I love him for it. You are doing great with your healthy living. God bless you always. Learn something new each day.

Smile Joyce

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ALOHAEV1 9/12/2011 9:29AM

    Let the party continue...belated birthday wishes!

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GRACEISENUF 9/11/2011 3:31PM

    Happy belated birthday! What a wonderful surprise your loved ones had for you.

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Sometimes you just got to do it!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

I keep getting asked have you lost all the weight you want, not sure but I will know when I'm done. I walk for exercise, rain or shine, cold or hot, I just have to do it or my day is not complete. It was hot today 100 heat index, took me a little longer, drank more water but I just have to do it. Do you feel the same way or has the heat just got to me. Remember to keep the SPARK going, you have the power to do it.

Have a SPARKIN Great week

Mac in Jax emoticon

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CHATTIEGIRL 7/8/2011 12:00AM


Keep doing what you are and you will know. God bless you always. Continue with your healthy life style.


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LINDA2BLITTLE 9/3/2010 3:05PM

    emoticon I walked today (3.61 miles) at Woodward Park with a Spark Buddy. It was amazing!
Sunrise... The animals; squirrels, rabbits, geese, ducks, baby frog still with the tadpole tail. Incredible! Several blessings to be thankful for...
Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon

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GRAMMY13X 7/7/2010 1:55PM

    Great job! I love to see success stories like yours. Helps me know I can do it too. emoticon

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PRUPLEBEAR 6/15/2010 7:34AM


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KMIRANDA2000 6/14/2010 11:24PM

    Yep...nothing can stop me.

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CHATTIEGIRL 6/14/2010 10:56PM


Yes I walk no matter what and if it is too bad out I walk around my house and that is exercise dodging furniture and things. I go in different directions so I am dodging from both sides of me. I drink 14 or more glasses of water a day. several 20 oz bottle of water and it is my own. I don't buy water, my country well has fantastic water and no chemicals. Today was in the hi 80's but it wasn't the heat that had you miserable it was humid weather that had you socking wet. I don't sweat , forgive me but I was dripping and I hate that. We need it to rain and they keep saying we are going to get it and it goes around us. I know what we can do, we can all stand up on the clouds and let the water run off us. I set my air conditioner at 88 to just take out the humidity, but today it was on 83 and we where still wet. Watched the map on the weather channel and it went straight past us down to Maryland. Was suppose to rain tonight,Tuesday and Wednesday and now just Wednesday if where lucky. Doesn't this sound nuts it is summer and we want rain.
Keep up you exercises, eating healthy and reach your goals. May God watch over you always.

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SWEETLIPS 6/14/2010 10:51PM

    You have lived your testimony. I find your blog inspirational and a testament to your faith. Thank you for the guidance.

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Need Help with Bariactric Supplements

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

There are so many supplements out there, Need some help with finding the ones that TASTE GOOD. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. I know my Spark Family can help me.

Mac in Jax

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CHATTIEGIRL 1/29/2011 10:41PM


This is an old blog so I assume you found a suppliment. I hope you are still lossing the weight and you still look good. Maintain a healthy life style, eating and exercising. God bless you and watch over you. Love the Spark people and pass it on.


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KSMILEY69 7/12/2010 8:38PM

    I agree with KMMCNEIL, those are the ones that I take. They have even come up with soft chew ones now. Go to their website or call them. They will send out samples of whatever you want to try. They are awesome.

Take Care and God Bless ! ! !


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KMMCNEIL 6/3/2010 11:02PM

    I've been using some of the bariatric supplements from celebrate vitamins. The website is The Iron(30mg) with Vitamin C is grape flavoured, chewable and good. They also have an 18mg Iron chewable in Tangerine flavour - not bad. The Strawberries and Creme chewable calcium + D is good too. They've got a large selection of flavours and there is a sample pack available too through their web site.

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KNH771 6/2/2010 5:53PM

    Taste is pretty subjective, but I like the Bariatric Advantage chewables. I lean more toward fruity flavors like lemon or cherry than things like chocolate. I really like their chewy calcium bites.

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What a difference a year can make

Thursday, January 28, 2010

As I celebrate my 1st year after RNY bypass surgery I look back and say, THANK YOU LORD FOR WALKING WITH ME.

He has been with me the whole journey and HE is still by my side showing me the way. Hard to believe the weight loss and the energy that I have now. Walking 3-5 miles a day and my Spark Family and the support that you have given me, thank you, thank you, thank you.

As I look to the future (this year) maybe more weight loss, definitely NO weight gain. Only the LORD knows my future but I know my LORD will not fail or leave me. Thank You Jesus!!!

One goal I have is to simplify my life and that seems to be the hardest, but we (The LORD & I) will work though it and look forward to 2nd year anniversary to report on the changes.

Thank you again Spark Family and may the LORD Bless you this coming year.

Mac in Jax


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CHOESCH 2/3/2010 3:07PM

I haven't visited your site for a while and I just barely read your January 28th blog. Congrats on your 1 Year! I too hit my year mark in January and it has been an amazing journey. I know that this is a lifestyle change and there will be no end to the healthy eating and exercise...but I don't want it to end because I have never felt so much energy and been so happy with me. You are amazing - so glad that you have had so much success. I too rely on the Lord for His help in all that I do - but I also understand that faith without works is dead. Keep working and remember that you are worth the effort!

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NITA-BERRY 1/30/2010 11:46PM

    emoticonWow. What a successful year. The Lord has certainly be your strength. Congratulations on year one. Congratulations on year 2. I can say that because with Him by your side, you shall not fail.

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NEWMEIN2009 1/29/2010 8:35AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary! May year 2 be even better than year 1.

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LOIS263 1/29/2010 4:40AM

    Mac, Congratulations on your first year!!!! emoticon

And through Him all things are possible!!!

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PAULASTRAS 1/28/2010 11:09PM

    what a wonderful blog. thank you for sharing your walk with God.
what we are, and who we become to be, while making changes in our
lives are lead and directed by God, when we listen.
I myself have experienced changes in my life, only with His help, I was
able to do this.

have a blessed week,
take care,
hugs, Paula :)

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E-LERT: Haiti Update 4 - Jan. 22, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Copied from Jacksonville Baptist Association

E-LERT: Haiti Update 4 - Jan. 22, 2010

Special JBA Haiti Disaster Relief Offering

In just three days, JBA has received over $32,000 from churches and individuals designated Haiti Disaster Relief!

Some churches have shared that they will be taking a special offering this Sunday, January 24. Others have said they will continue to support JBA Haiti Disaster Relief as long as needed.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your interest, prayers and support.


Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Update from David Garrett

Don't Just Do Something . . .

s we watch the difficulties and struggles that face the relief efforts in Haiti, we are all feeling the same need to do something to help. People are calling and e-mailing to express their concern and willingness to give, donate supplies, or even go down to help. All of these responses are appreciated, but we must be careful not to REACT solely to what we are feeling. Please allow me to give the most up-to-date, accurate answers to some of our most common questions.

What is your greatest need right now?
Right now our greatest need is monetary donations. Our Haiti Mission Project is fully funded by our Child Sponsorship Program, individual donors, and partnering churches. None of the money comes from the JBA annual budget. We are accepting our usual items for donation, (like peanut butter, diapers, soap, etc) because these items are needed for our on-going ministry with the children. But not large quantities of food and clothes.

Why can't I send food and clothes?
The problem right now is not with us "sending" collected donations; it is with the ability to "receive" those donations in Haiti. The earthquake has damaged the port, ships cannot dock, and shipping agents are simply unable to receive the goods. When we do ask for donations, we will ask for specific items and ensure that the shipping process is secure.

How can we get or ship food to Haiti?
Air cargo planes are now the primary means of transporting items into the country. When shipping anything to Haiti, the most important part is the final leg of the journey. Someone in-country must receive the shipment, transport the shipment, and have a secure place to hold it until JBA can get it. Many large humanitarian agencies are shipping large quantities of food into the country. At this time JBA is seeking to use our best resource (our buildings and location) to be a part of the distribution process to those displaced in our area.

How is JBA handling money donated for Haiti? Where does the money go?
As usual, all monies are handled using the best practices of ethical accounting. All funds earmarked for "Haiti Disaster Relief" are placed in a designated account. When needed, a check is cut or funds are transferred to an account in Haiti completely controlled by JBA. As the funds are spent, receipts are collected and a spending record kept. All receipts and records are returned to JBA and annually that account, along with all our accounts, is audited by a professional, third-party accounting firm. All funds given for "Haiti Disaster Relief" will be used to purchase items needed to feed, heal and repair the country of Haiti. This includes medical supplies, building materials, transportation costs, and certain food items that are not donated. None of these funds will be diverted to other ministry causes or used by the Jacksonville Baptist Association to fund our on-going ministry here in Jacksonville.

How do I make out a check?
You can give online at
ponse/or you can mail a check labeled Haiti Disaster Relief to:
Jacksonville Baptist Association
2700 University Blvd S.
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Are my donations tax deductible?
Yes, both monetary and in-kind gifts are tax deductible. JBA will provide donors with a charitable tax receipt letter to use when filing your taxes.

Why does the humanitarian aid seem so slow in getting there?
First of all, you have to understand the stages of disaster relief in general.
*Stage One - Search and Rescue -immediate help for those in danger (first 24 hrs)
*Stage Two - Assessment and Response - trained teams arrive to prioritize
needs, determine infrastructure, and coordinate resources (24-48 hrs)
*Stage Three - Recovery - this is when most volunteers arrive to meet needs like
food, clothing, and shelter and begin the clean-up process (48-72 hrs)
*Stage Four - Rebuilding - long term efforts to help the community to return to
some sense of normalcy (weeks to years)
Secondly, in this case, you have to understand Haiti. Prior to the earthquake, doing anything in Haiti was difficult. Extreme poverty, lack of resources and materials, and a fragile political situation were just a few of the barriers any group faced who tried to minister in Haiti. The earthquake has placed enormous stress on an already overstressed system. Those arriving to help have had to start from scratch to develop ways to determine needs and distribute resources. Combine all this with the severity of the damage, loss of life and the fact that the entire world is trying to converge on a piece of land the size of Maryland and you can understand why the logjam occurred.
Where are we now? (What stage?)
Due to the difficulties in organizing the effort, it seems like all four stages are now taking place simultaneously. Wednesday I just heard of survivors being found (stage 1) and someone rejoicing because a construction team had arrived to rebuild her home (stage 4).

How long will this recovery take?
If Katrina was any indication, it will take 12-18 months to start seeing progress, but it will take years to rebuild.

Can I go to Haiti?
Absolutely, we will need teams to go down as often as possible for the next few months, and we will continue to take teams down at least monthly after that. Team members do not have to possess medical or construction skills; other skills needed include teaching, cooking, organizing, and a willingness to serve.

How is JBA helping Haitians?
By far the worst of the damage occurred in Port-au-Prince, the nation's capital and the largest city in Haiti with the highest population. Our ministry is located one hour northwest of there near the city of Cabaret. There was some damage that occurred in this area and many of the displaced are coming to us for assistance. We have assisted by providing a safe place for them to stay inside our compound, providing meals, medical care, and spiritual care. Soon we will be assisting the community with rebuilding their homes and their lives.

How can I sponsor a child?
Our Haiti Child Sponsorship Program connects the needy children in our orphanage and school with caring donors. For $50 a month, you will receive the name, personal information and a picture of your child. Sponsors are encouraged to correspond with their child and send gifts on special days. The money goes to provide for the basic needs of the child, like food, caregivers, and an education. To sponsor a child go to and click on "Sponsor a Child" or contact Andrea Benton at

How can I adopt an orphan?
JBA has an Adoption Screening Process that is guided by an excellent team led by Pastor Mark Epperson. To begin this process you can call the JBA Office at 904.727.6800 or e-mail, You will be sent prerequisite forms that need be completed and returned along with a processing fee. While all of our children can be sponsored, not all of our children are adoptable. Special care, wisdom, and patience is required to adopt a child from Haiti.
During this extraordinary time, the government is allowing parents (who are already determined to be "able to adopt") to receive their child (who has been determined to be "adoptable"). This only applies to those prospective parents and children already in the process.


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PAULASTRAS 1/25/2010 4:10PM

    Thank you so much for the information.
with prayers and help and I heard a Clinic was set up for them
too...we will all help them.

god bless you,

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TYPINGGIRL1 1/23/2010 12:28AM

  Thanks for the update.

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