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I Was Right!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My daughter had her gender reveal party about a month ago. Only my husband, mother-in-law, and I thought that it was a girl. I was shocked when the blue balloons came out of the box. I had been so sure. Well, guess what???? I WAS RIGHT!! She went for her diagnostic sonogram yesterday, and SHE is a healthy girl. My daughter went back to the first sonogram place today to tell them what had happened, that TWO people at their business said it was a boy. They apologized. My daughter and son-in-law are happy, but in shock. She's 21 weeks, so they'll have plenty of time to select a girl name. Obviously, they have everything for a girl so that will work out good. The baby's profile looks just like Hannah (same nose). Obviously, that's about all I can see (but evidently that's about all the first place could see, too. LOL

SHE will be due about December 10.

  
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HAPPYJUNEBUG 8/21/2014 1:18PM

    ooh! Congrats!

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IGNITEME101 8/10/2014 1:26PM

    That's great!

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CATIATM 8/7/2014 4:15PM

    emoticon How funny that they though there was a little stem on that apple. Congrats on being "right", Gran-to-be! emoticon

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JUDITH316 8/2/2014 6:36PM

    Congratulations Ronda, it's so exciting having another grandchild emoticon emoticon

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    WOW! How awesome! Congrats to all of you on such a wonderful time!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    How exciting...sending you joy! emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

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GENRE009 7/31/2014 11:59AM

    How wonderful, congratulations! I can tell you are excited, some one else to love. I really don't think they should limit colors to what the gender of a child is, so that others will know. When you get older, blue is a wonderful color. I like it, and am not a boy. And I have seen men wear pink shirts, and they look great in them. People act like there is something wrong when you like a gender color, and don't follow what the media thinks is right.
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GAYLLYNNE 7/30/2014 4:21PM

    How wonderful!!! Congrats!!

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LACEYKYLE 7/30/2014 3:59PM

    Grammy's always know!! CONGRATS!!!

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    Grammie knows! Congrats! emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 7/30/2014 1:59PM

    Congratulations. Boy or girl, Hope it's healthy!

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GRACEOMALLEY 7/30/2014 1:54PM

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Always listen to what Mom's intuition tells you - eh?

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GLORY- 7/29/2014 9:55PM

    How exciting! !
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can you imagine how surprised some couples may be if they are misdiagnosed and plan for the opposite? ?!!

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The Big Mess

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The other day, Hannah had a good time with her diaper cream. Instead of playing quietly in her room, she decided that she'd "paint." When her mother walked in and saw the mess, Hannah proudly said, "Look, Mommy, paint." She just left the room to cry. Then, she spent the next hour scrubbing the furniture. It reminded me of our relationship with God. God tells us in His Word to do or not do something, and instead of obeying God, we decide to do what we want to do. The results: a big mess. There are consequences to our disobedience, usually for us as well as others, but God is still always there, willing to clean up our mess by forgiving us of our sin. All we have to do is ask.


  
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JUDITH316 7/28/2014 4:12PM

    emoticon she sure was a busy gal...he-he emoticon for sharing

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IMEMINE1 7/2/2014 3:35PM

    So that's how much is in a tube, huh?

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PURPLEPEONY 6/29/2014 10:11AM

    My son did the same thing when he was little. It wasn`t funny then but I can laugh about it now emoticon

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CATIATM 6/28/2014 1:42PM

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How lovely that you could see it in the bigger picture. emoticon

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SONFLOWERGAMMY 6/27/2014 9:16PM

    You have a budding artist on your hands emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/26/2014 8:44PM

    Oh dear! . . . this will undoubtedly be quite the laugh some day!

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MARICUZA 6/26/2014 6:10PM

    Amen! Thank you Jesus! emoticon emoticon Have a bless day!

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MARYBETH4884 6/26/2014 1:24PM

    At least it was cleanable and not permanent, Our pastor's daughter did the same thing with red nail polish! They are so creative and curious at that age. Thank goodness te Lord forgives us when we get too creative!!

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BAMAJAM2 6/26/2014 12:19PM

  Oh my -- oh my!
Gracious sakes, Hannah has artistic talent! If this cream is the sticky kind of Desitin, it is awful to clean up. When my babies were diaper age, I had a real calamity when a whole tube of sticky Desitin went through the clothes dryer! I opened the dryer door, and wow, the smell and the white "glue" on everything was a shocker for me!! That substance could not be washed out, no matter how I tried!
Remember, Ronda, that cream goes on the highest shelf--- LOL

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MRSJERRYBUSH 6/26/2014 10:54AM

    And God still loves us while he cleans up our mess.

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DELLMEL 6/26/2014 9:10AM

  Amen. He put it out there for us.

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SANDRALEET 6/26/2014 8:45AM

    Sometimes we want to be blind to our sins and want not to see clearly

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ADIRONDACKMOM 6/26/2014 6:55AM

    Wow! Wish my one child had used the Desitin-- instead of what was in his diaper!!! Yuk, what a 'stinky' mess I had that day! One " I " will never forget!!! LOL! Excellent lesson for us though on forgiveness from Above! Thanks for sharing....


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HANDYV 6/26/2014 2:51AM

    Good comparison.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 6/26/2014 1:46AM

    Too cute!! I had one child enjoy a tube of desatin years ago!! (early 80s) None on the furniture but plenty on her! I took pictures too!
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IGNITEME101 6/26/2014 1:37AM

    She was quite 'creative' with it wasn't she? emoticon

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    wow she was sure busy. LOL emoticon

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As the Deer

Monday, June 09, 2014

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my hearts desire
And I long to worship thee

Chorus
You alone are my strength my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee

You're my friend and You are my brother,
Even though you are a king.
I love you more than any other,
So much more than anything.

I want You more than gold or silver,
Only You can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy Giver,
And the apple of my eye.

By The Cadets (based on Psalm 42:1)

  
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SOPHINEZ 6/24/2014 6:24PM

    Thank you for always offering a positive and uplifting message; no matter what gets thrown at you!!!

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IGNITEME101 6/22/2014 2:52PM

    Love this, Ronda!! It's one of my very favorite scripture passages, too.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 6/10/2014 4:21PM

    Beautiful song!

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MARYBETH4884 6/10/2014 12:03PM

    Wonderful thoughts!!

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SANDRALEET 6/10/2014 7:04AM

    Water of life

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SEVERINA418 6/10/2014 3:26AM

    Awww, how sweet! I should be singing something like that every morning, too!

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What I have learned this first year with SparkPeople

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Today's my one year Sparkversary. I woke up a year ago, and decided that I was tired of the way I looked, tired of letting MS rule my life, tired of thinking that it didn't matter anyway because I could never be healthy because of the MS, tired of waiting for the "other shoe to fall" and go downhill quickly healthwise. So, I thought....been there, done that. I'm tired of having the "one day I'll lose weight" attitude. That day was May 21, 2013.

So, I decided to do a google search of free online weight loss programs. I had done Weight Watcher's in the past, but I never stuck with it. I wanted/needed something different. Sparkpeople popped up as the first search result. I started reading about it. The more I read, the more I realized that I really liked its format and philosophy. Right then, I decided, today's the day. I'm going to start. Then, it came time to make a goal. I weighed 256. I thought an even 100 pounds would be good to lose. I couldn't and still can't really imagine what I'll look like when I achieve that goal. Then, it came time to set a time frame. That's easy, I thought. There's 52 weeks in a year, 2 lbs. a week, that's my 100 lbs. So, by May 21, 2014, I'll be at my goal weight. Well.......not quite!!!! I've lost 39 lbs. I just can't seem to make that 40th lb.!!! I realized in the fall that I wasn't going to make the 100 lb. goal, so I adjusted it to 50 lbs. Surely, I could lose 50.....NO!!

But, I've learned several things:

1. START. Don't have an "if/then" philosophy--IF I lose weight, THEN I'll be happy. Be proud of who you are right now. But, don't "settle." Do something about your weight...TODAY!

2. Scales can easily get stuck and tape measures seem to just shift the measurements around. They are both sneaky that way. So, look for other accomplishments. Just today, I achieved a major accomplishment. I walked the most steps that I've ever walked today--7,456. That may not seem like a lot to many people, but 6 years ago, I was in a wheelchair. I'm proud of this accomplishment! I can actually pick up my 26 lb. granddaughter (and walk with her without fear of falling). Six years ago, I couldn't pick up a gallon of milk--literally. Even though the tape measure doesn't show it as much as I think it should, I can tell in my clothes that I've lost weight. I even had to take up some pants 4 inches in the waist. They're loose again, but I'm waiting a while and then will buy some new ones.

3. One day of eating too much does not make you a failure. Pick yourself up, think of the good thinks that you accomplished that day, and keep going. Find positives in the things you do. Even if it's one of my "lazy" MS recuperating days, that's positive. I've pushed myself, and I need to rest so that I can continue my journey the next day.

4. I can exercise. It may be chair exercises, but it's important to exercise my body and mind. I can now climb up (without my husband pushing up my rear) in my son-in-law's truck. The muscles above my knees do actually work!! They haven't really worked since my diagnosis in 1998.

5. One of the best things about SP is the community support through various teams. I didn't use them for the first month or so, but then got brave and decided to blog and join teams. I even started a team that I absolutely love.

6. I LOVE my SparkTracker. It's so encouraging to see the steps/miles adding up.

7. This is MUCH more than just losing weight. It is a lifestyle change, but it's an attitude change as well. It's learning to set various goals in your life, and not being afraid to dream. For so long, I didn't want to think about the future because I was afraid of what I'd "see" there. Now, I've decided...I am going to be the healthiest person with MS that I can be. I am going to lose weight. I am going to feel better. I will not dread the future. I will look forward to it with every fiber of my being. I will be a grandmother that Hannah can be proud of. I will model a healthy lifestyle for her. I will be able to care for 2 grandbabies at the same time (come December). I will be "there" for them. Yes, I might end up in a wheelchair permanently, but I'll still make the best of my life then, and I'm certainly going to make the best of my life today.

So, tomorrow I begin on the second year of my journey. Yes, I'm impatient and hope that next year I'll be sporting a 100 lb. weight loss "trophy." But, realistically, I probably won't. BUT, I will be healthier and be able to do more things that I can today. I will not be afraid to set goals that I want to achieve.

  
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MARA2014 7/30/2014 2:33PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. It is very inspirational that you are still with Spark after a year, as I am just finishing my second month and looking forward to making it a whole year!! I have a friend with MS and I see that it's a daily struggle so congrats for how far you have come and being here to inspire us newbies!! emoticon

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IGNITEME101 5/31/2014 9:28PM

    What an accomplishment! You're learning to love yourself as you are and it shows in you words.
Congrats on the 1 year spark-versary!

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CATIATM 5/24/2014 6:14AM

    Congratulations on your one year Sparkiversary! You've learned a lot! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GENRE009 5/22/2014 2:43PM

    It's great that you have realized these things! Because now you can change the out come of your health. eva emoticon emoticon

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LACEYKYLE 5/22/2014 12:31PM

    I'm wiping away the tears Ronda! I'm so proud and happy to call you friend. I'm inspired and impressed with your determination despite a debilitating disease. I think 7,000+ stops is a lot!! It's so important that you've learned so much more than how to lose weight. I'm sure your granddaughter and soon to be grandbaby are very proud of you already and so is the rest of your family and friends. I'm sure your Dr. is impressed also. I know I am!!! emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 5/22/2014 12:15PM

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CONGRATULATIONS - and BRAVO to you for keeping a good attitude and NOT giving up or caving in.
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BAMAJAM2 5/22/2014 11:42AM

  Happy Sparkversary to you, Ronda! Your story here is inspiring, and you are definitely a success story-- -- Bless you!

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AMYSYOKO 5/22/2014 10:24AM

  what a beautiful inspiration you are, love your story and attitude. my mother had MS for 42 years of her life, some of them were restricted and some of them were great. like you she never gave up, can you feel the virtual hugs coming your way???

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DAISYBELL6 5/22/2014 8:15AM

    What a fantastic success story!

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SANDRALEET 5/22/2014 7:37AM

    Live each day as best you can Have some fun and wark as much as you can each day An hour a day gets much done

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DELLMEL 5/22/2014 7:22AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . You have showed us that we can do it. It's great that you can have fun with your grandkids because they are joy in our lives.

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CM_GARDNER78 5/22/2014 6:37AM

    emoticon WOO HOO! Happy Sparkversary!!! :-) You are doing a WONDERFUL job! How inspiring! Despite everything being stacked against you, you went after it and did it!!! You have so much to be proud of! I think it is amazing that with exercise, you found muscles in your legs that work!! I am amazed at your progress!!!!!!! :-) Way to go Ronda!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAYKAYSTRONG 5/22/2014 5:28AM

    emoticon on your achievements and on how you've improved your quality of life.

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MARYBETH4884 5/22/2014 5:26AM

    Those are some wonderful NSVs!! Keep up the fantastic work!!! emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 5/22/2014 3:08AM

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Well you are 19 pounds ahead of me in one year! I lost 20. I can't re-call the day I joined spark but it was May last year for me too!

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KIM22211 5/22/2014 2:26AM

    I will be hitting my one year next month! I am 110% UNDERSTANDING what you are saying!

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STEPH-KNEE 5/22/2014 2:21AM

    emoticon I think we have all been guilty of playing the numbers game. "If I lose 2 pounds a week, 52 weeks, I'll lose 104 pounds in the year", or for those with less to lose, they think they will be done in a few months. But this journey is hard, there's twists and turns, plateaus, all sorts of stuff to take into account. Losing 39 pounds is outstanding! I know you will get to your goals, it will take longer than you originally thought, but you will get there. I had to accept that my journey is taking a lot longer than I thought, but I am proud of the fact I am still here. emoticon emoticon

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SPEEDY143 5/22/2014 1:40AM

    emoticon emoticonHappy emoticon emoticon on all your successes... but especially the fact that YOU plan to continue on your healthy path emoticon emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 5/22/2014 1:32AM

    Congratulations on your emoticon you have accomplished a lot in 1 year and had a lot of hurdles to go over the MS is one I can relate to you are doing a emoticon job I am proud of all you have accomplished and carrying around a 29 pound grandchild without falling is not something that I can do and not something that I will ever be able to do because if my heart problems so you have accomplished something I can never aspire to do. You are amazing and just keep up the great work year two will bring bigger and better things for you.

Beth

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    I enjoyed reading your blog !
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MOMTO6CUTIES 5/22/2014 1:20AM

    GREAT JOB! Congrats on 1 year~~~

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A New Grandbaby!!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

I put in my status this week that it was going to be an exciting week. Well, today was that day. Our daughter and husband told us on Good Friday that she was pregnant, due December 10. Today was her first sonogram. The baby is healthy with a strong heartbeat. Angela had been really worried because 3 weeks before Angela got pregnant, her best friend had a miscarriage. That's why she waited so long to tell anyone. But, they decided on Good Friday since the families were getting together and Dusty was leaving the following week for 2 months. By the time he gets back, they should be able to tell if it's a boy or a girl. I have watched videos of the stages of development. It still amazes me. That little life is nothing less than a miracle sent from God.

Ronda

  
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FLORIDASUN 5/20/2014 7:46AM

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ADRIENALINE 5/16/2014 7:25PM

    Wow! Best news ever. Congrats!

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SUSIETIG 5/9/2014 11:04AM

  Congrats Grammie!
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Couldn't help myself there are so many baby ones. Hehehe.

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HEISTHEANSWER 5/6/2014 10:30AM

    Awesome.....keep us posted.

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CATIATM 5/5/2014 8:52AM

    emoticon Wonderful news! Keep us posted!

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SUNRISE141 5/4/2014 6:09AM

    Congradulations on the new grandbaby my friend . We have number 13 great grandbaby coming in december to ! Thank you for being on the team GOD ANSWERS PRAYER and for being my friend i do appreciate you ! Have a great sabbath day!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 5/2/2014 10:58PM

    Congratulations!!!!!! That is wonderful news!!!!

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SINGINGLADY47 5/2/2014 10:24PM

    Congratulations, Ronda. Such blessed news. All my best wishes to your family. God bless. Have a wonderful weekend. Judy emoticon emoticon

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GENRE009 5/2/2014 3:48PM

    Definitely a miracle.
Sounds exciting,
you'll have someone extra to pour all that love on. Eva

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IGNITEME101 5/2/2014 3:22PM

    AMEN! Exciting news! my new grand baby is due Oct! WooHoo for new life!

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BAMAJAM2 5/2/2014 11:54AM

  What wonderful news! I am so happy for you, Ronda, and for all your family---!!

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SONFLOWERGAMMY 5/2/2014 8:43AM

    What does Hannah think about having a brother or sister? You can never have to many grandchildren emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 5/2/2014 7:48AM

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When I had my "surprise" baby at 47 they told me he would not make it. They were positive I'd miscarry. Then they said there would most likely be something wrong with him. (I refused genetic testing pre-birth) My health was dangerous for carrying a baby, so there was a lot of concern for me.
But God planned for us to make it! God is in control! My healthy happy baby boy just turned 10! Praise God!


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NANCYTUNBERG64 5/2/2014 7:45AM

    Congratulations!!!

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SANDRALEET 5/2/2014 7:26AM

    We all were Baby's Hard to imaging at times

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BBONET 5/2/2014 7:01AM

    emoticon emoticon What a wonderful gift!! Enjoy!

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ADIRONDACKMOM 5/2/2014 6:11AM

    A MIRACLE FROM HEAVEN..... Congratulations to all.... Praise God!

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    emoticon that is great news.

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JUDITH316 5/2/2014 2:32AM

    emoticon News, emoticon on the impending birth of your grandchild, this is so exciting, can hardly wait to hear what your daughter will be having, it is exciting watching all the stages of development, truly a Miracle from God!

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MAMAPOSTIE 5/2/2014 1:59AM

    What great news, something to really look forward too.

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SEVERINA418 5/2/2014 12:45AM

    Congratulations!!! How awesome is the miracle of life?!

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DELLMEL 5/2/2014 12:14AM

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/2/2014 12:00AM

    emoticon how exciting is this news!

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