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Reflections in the face of adversity

Monday, January 06, 2014

Sometimes my world is not sunny and bright. I am hoping more good than bad head this way soon. I am very blessed to have my Spark friends to hold me up! Thank you!
One of my ladies at work called me very early Sunday morning to come and get her. She had her hubby taken to the hospital in an ambulance and could not drive in the snow storm. I felt blessed that she trusted me to get her there. There is good in all things and God is teaching me. I got in my car and prayed, "Jesus, take the wheel." He did and all was well! Her husband was sick with the H1N1 flu virus. He got re-hydrated and I picked him up.
This has been a time of learning to see a blessing in the midst of injuries, death and other situations. I am learning to smile in spite of it. I do know that God isn't finished with me yet. My church attendance has not been regular but I know that guardian angel is still on my shoulder. I am finding that my life has value and I do have true friends. I am 62 and I have never believed that to be a fact. Maybe that's the lesson. Anyhow, I am growing stronger emotionally and I do not feel alone. I feel like that has been a difficult lesson for me to learn.
My sister-in-law that passed was a tried and true friend. I will miss her a lot!

I am truly blessed o have my Spark friends!

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JUSTYNA7 2/25/2014 11:41PM

    I sure appreciate you as a friend. Funny how things change, how we change. God uses us in some pretty odd ways. And sometimes you only learn how big a difference something small you have done makes in someone's life years later. I'm sure your friends were so grateful for your help. Glad you managed in the weather Pam, And glad that you are feeling less alone. Losing our family members... just so hard. Hugs, Justyna

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DEEDAYE 1/11/2014 11:08AM

    Pam, I value your friendship. I am glad God placed you in my life!
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BLUEROSE 1/9/2014 9:13PM

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GRAMPAM 1/6/2014 8:50PM

    I do agree with you. I put myself under that judgment from myself. I don't believe church attendance secures a place in the kingdom of God. For me, it's an act of obedience. Hugs!

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CHUBBY_MOM 1/6/2014 8:44PM

    It is great that a friend from work can call you if she needs help! What a caring person you are! emoticon emoticon I don't feel that God loves us more or less based on our church attendance, just saying. I'm sure that some may disagree.

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Thankgiving 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

This has been an interesting Thanksgiving. I took a day off to take care of business and get a head start on cooking. It, rarely, goes as planned, The shopping was good. We went 40 miles north to go to Menards and brunch at Perkins I went to a store that I had never been to to check it out and pick up a few groceries. We really liked the store and stocked up on a few items so we spent more than we had planned. We could not get all items on our list so we returned home and put groceries away. We rested and decided to go out to a favorite restaurant to get a quick dinner. We were ready to leave when hubbies brother came in. Ninety minutes later we left to finish the grocery shopping. By the time we got home, who wants to start cooking?!?
I got my guest room ready for my sis and her grandkids. They came Thanksgiving and spent the night. I asked my youngest grandson to spend the night as well. Sis's grandson and mine play well!
We had dinner prepared and ate an early evening (mid afternoon) meal. Sis and I gathered the dishes and got most of the mess out of the way. This is where everything went o "Heck in a hand basket."
We decided to get the sports WII game out. Some of the kids and my DH and my nephew played some golf and baseball. They did some golf then on to bowling. The kids decided to go play with the toys. That left Sis and her son ,my hubby and myself. The phone rang and brother called to wish us a happy Thanksgiving. No Problem. A quick conversation. Next, DD called and talked to everyone. We had speakerphone for a while and, then, turned the speaker off. My turn to talk and my turn to bowl. Guess what?!? I threw the bowling ball and the WII remote went flying to. That T.V. is history. The remote hit the screen and ruined the screen. I told my daughter about it and she said, "Go to Wal-Mart!"
We did and got a new T.V. DIL thought the grandson did it because he will not tighten the strap. No! It was Grandma! We took 20 minutes to choose a T.V. and 45 minutes in line to pay. Not fun!
We got the T.V. home and set up. We watched Veggie Tales so great niece and nephew would settle down. My grandson fell asleep by 10 p.m. The other two went to bed at 11. My dog was having a lot of arthritis pain and did not settle down.. Lucy dog allowed me to sleep less than one hour. At midnight, I woke up to my grandson in my bathroom completely messy. Flu with a fever, vomiting and diarrhea. All of his clothes were dirtied! I cleaned him and called my son. They came and picked him up. He was up until 4:30 a.m. when his fever broke.
Will went home and Lucy dog became a restless dog. I gave her a low dose aspirin and stayed awake with her until her pain eased. It was a night that not much sleep happened.
Sis and her grandkids slept through it and slept in. Candy making was the plan. Yes, we made candy. Sis plays with the grandkids more than candy making. That's okay. I am very capable. We finished that project and was able to teach my great niece a little about making candy. It was good. Sis had planned to spend 2 nights and her grand daughter said, "No!"
That was okay. I really did need a short rest.
I guess it could have been worse. The amazing part of all of this is that nobody got mad at anybody but Lucy dog. A yelping dog is unnerving. She has settled down now. My company has gone home and I am resting! All is well!

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BLUEROSE 12/1/2013 7:23PM

    Lol...see you don't know your own strength!

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JUSTYNA7 11/30/2013 2:56AM

    Busy holiday! I'm sure you are glad it's over. I've heard of people doing that, letting the remote fly. Oh dear! Veggie tales are so cute. Songs get stuck in my head. But too bad about the flu. Take care of yourself as you are likely next and with DH diabetic the flu is so hard to manage. emoticon

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

The baby shower was nice. There was a lot of family there. It was a nice time to catch up on family news. The baby is getting stronger everyday. There is no word on any health issues yet.
There was approximately 1,000 people in attendance at the funeral. It was held in the high school gym and it lasted about 2 hours. We did not get close enough at the cemetary to hear any of that part of the funeral. There was a big meal at a community center afterwards. It was a lot of family time. We had no plans for Easter. DH's brother invited us for dinner. I am looking forward to that. I will put a roast in the crockpot for supper. It is the most unusual Easter ever! I guess it was time for a change.
Have a Happy Easter! Stay safe and blessings!

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GRAMPAM 4/7/2012 10:00PM

    Thank you, BLUEROSE! Happy Easter to you, too!

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BLUEROSE 4/7/2012 9:55PM

    Glad to hear you made it tru the day. big hugs!!!!

The roast sounds wonderful! Have a blessed Holiday!

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Sad Face

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

This morning, I left a sad face on the "Angels" thread. I have had a few inquiries about it. I have avoided sharing. A very wise Lady advised me to share.
My nephew and his wife had a new son,Ezekiel, on March 16. He was 10 weeks early. We found out that he may be blind or have cerebral palsy. He has been on prayer chains since day 1. His daddy is a minister. We still need prayers for him..
This past Sunday,April1, another great nephew lost his life in a motorcycle accident. He was 27 and left an 18 month old son behind. This young man had served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded a purple heart during that time. He had PTSD and was not ready for treatment. He was a student at Western Illinois University. I think he had one semester left. He planned to be a veterinarian.
We have a baby shower for Ezekiel this Saturday morning and Dustin's funeral is that afternoon. I think the Whitaker family could use some prayers.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Hugs, Pam

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SANDRA2BSKINNY 4/12/2012 10:04AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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GNUATTITUDE 4/8/2012 11:55AM

    Prayers being lifted for the Whitaker family.

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DEEDAYE 4/8/2012 10:26AM

    Such pain & sadness! My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

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BLUEROSE 4/7/2012 8:27PM

    Hugs to you and the families, Pam.

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GOOZLEBEAR 4/4/2012 8:00PM

    Pam, I am so sorry for this sadness in your family and will be praying for strength for them as well as rejoicing in the new baby. Thank you for sharing with us.


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AUNTB63 4/4/2012 4:12PM

    Many prayers and good thoughts coming your way...for you and your family. emoticon emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 4/4/2012 3:18PM

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

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MSLZZY 4/4/2012 3:05PM

    Sending prayers out to the families and thanking
you sor sharing your request. HUGS!

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JOANNS4 4/4/2012 2:35PM

    My prayers for you and your family. How sad to lose one so young and a veteran. I will pray for the little one with challenges, too. I think we are all here to support each other and it has helped me many times through this journey.

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KNITTINGNAN 4/4/2012 2:09PM

  My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. How difficult it is to lose a young father and to have a new baby with challenges. This is when families need to pull together, supporting each other. I consider members of this Sparkpeople program to be like family, and you know we are always here to allow you to vent.

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It's like starting over....

Sunday, March 25, 2012

I have not followed any kind of program for some time. I got custody of my Granddog a little over two years ago. She was aging and in poor health and poor physical condition. My daughter and son-in-law brought her to me before they went to Singapore for 21 months. That was Feb. 2010. At that point, I did not watch my diet very well. Stress increased with my job and obligations at church overwhelmed my world. It was a very trying time. I neglected myself for the most part. My hubby was put on insulin and his moods were very bad for the most part. I was on a search committee to find a new minister, My granddog passed away and my mom was close to losing her life. it was not a pleasant time and I ate to deal with the stress.
I woke up one day and so much of the garbage was behind me. I found that I had gained all of the weight back. I am embarrassed and ashamed but I am dealing with it.
I have started reading a book dealing with diabetes and I am going to follow a diet that my husband needs to be on. We are starting out on 2 mile walks because his feet hurts from the diabetes. We will improve with time. I do some more exercise when we get home. I just want to support him and learn what I can about eating right. I thank each of you that have been "there" for me.
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BLUEROSE 4/1/2012 1:51PM

    Here's To Brighter Days Ahead!!!!!!! We can do it!!!!!!

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SANDRA2BSKINNY 3/29/2012 11:28PM

    Welcome back...Sorry to hear all troubles. Like you said most are behind you emoticon

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ASHLEYKAT 3/25/2012 7:01PM

    Welcome back! It sounds like you have a GREAT plan. I know you can do this!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 3/25/2012 6:36PM

    Diabetes is a rough desease to deal with. I know because I have it. I am trying to get my blood sugars under control right now. I am so sorry that you were going through all that you went through, but you know what you need to do and you can do it. We are here to help.

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