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FALL is about being FAITHFUL!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

As I begin this fall season I am facing challenges. My body has been experiencing some health issues and I find myself in need of motivation and encouragement.
I am no less committed to my getting healthy goals but my bodies ability to move is challenged by pain and exhaustion and that leads to some major brain drain. When unable to physically do what I really want to it is easy to get depressed and overwhelmed. Instead I am choosing today to call fall a season of being FAITHFUL.
I will be faithful to myself and my get healthy goals
I will be faithful to do some form of exercise daily
I will be faithful to my bodies limitations and my need to find joy as I walk through this season
I will be faithful to my emotional health and choose daily to not look at my limitations as being in control but realize that even in this season I can make choices and I am in control of what I do each day with my bodies current abilities.
I will be faithful to my Hubby and parents and girls and son in love...loving them, encouraging them, supporting them and making healthy meals for them.
I will be faithful to my spark buddies and spark teams and team mates as we each seek to reach our get healthier goals.

Fall and for me. What will you do this fall to be faithful to yourself and your get healthy goals?

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/11/2014 11:40PM

    What a wonderful blog!!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/11/2014 11:29PM

    Being faithful is such a terrific theme. May your motivation remain strong.

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What is your favorite summer fun thing to do?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy July Sparkbuddies!
As we enter into the warmer months in my part of the world I am looking forward to walks at the park, beautiful sunsets, camping on the Oregon Coast, enjoying ice cream as my treat when it is warm and riding my bike outside.
What about you what is your favorite thing about the warmer summer months and what things do you enjoy doing in july and august ? Would love to hear even if you are in the part of the world where it is getting colder and you are getting ready to sit by a warm fire!!
Smiles Barb

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/2/2014 10:55PM

    riding my bike!!!!

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    Hiking and backpacking!

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ADRIENALINE 7/2/2014 3:47PM

    We have a great little place up in the Sierras that is right near a massive state park and multiple other hiking opportunities. It is so cool! No cell phone reception or easy internet access. The only problem is losing contact with my sparkfriends

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/1/2014 5:07PM

    Very nice. We have so many beautiful state parks along the lakefront or with waterfalls. Love the Lake Superior region.

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RAPUNZEL53 7/1/2014 5:03PM

  going on hikes when possible and watching humming birds come to feed from the feeder I put.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

And so summer begins... DD is home from college hot tub is becoming a cool tub for the warmer weather
...Summer Challenge with the Teddy Bears Begins soon
...Barbecue time is in full swing
...Salads are often the main course for dinner
...Fresh fruit is every where
...Saturday Markets are my favorite place to do my weekly produce shopping
...shorts, tank tops and sandals...oh my!!
...Sunshine, blue skies and fluffy white clouds
...little ducklings in the water following their mothers make me smile
...Fruit smoothies and popcycles...YUMMMMM!
As we begin this wonderful season of warmth and outdoor exercise I wish each of my sparkbuddies and super summer filled with all of your favorite things.
Smiles Barb

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SICOSH 6/17/2014 9:32AM

    Summer it is just the most wonderful of the year, next to Christmas of course.

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LINDAF49 6/16/2014 11:43PM

    Happy to read this summer anticipation.... so glad to be back intouch with Spark friends

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/16/2014 9:06PM

    Yay!!!!!! Summer!!!!!!! I hope yours is Blessed

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MARTHAWILL 6/16/2014 8:38PM

    I'm feeling the feeling after reading your blog. Lots to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing.
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Please pray for Daughter and her college - Seattle Pacific University

Friday, June 06, 2014

Hi Sparkbuddies
...Would appreciate prayers.... Very difficult day yesterday and still much emotional and physical trauma at Seattle Pacific University where my daughter is a science major. My DD was in library studying with her biology group and were locked in safe room for 2 hours until SWAT could clear all rooms and assure safety. She texted me right after the shooting obviously very scared as they did not know anything except that this time it was not a drill.
My DH and I had just gotten back from SPU where we had gone to get an antibiotic for our DD as she has been running a 102 temp all week while studying for finals and writing papers. We left her there at the library studying and received her text about 20 minutes after we got home.
The building on campus where there was a shooting is one that she has classes in as she is a science and technology major. We are very thankful that she is safe and unharmed but saddened at the death and injuries. SPU is a small private college and everyone is hurting and emotionally stressed.
Never expect this kind of thing to happen...
Appreciate your continued prayer as students and staff and families are all effected in different ways and students are in the midst of finals and seniors are to graduate this next week. All is on hold for our DD says she is trying to finish lab reports, presentations and study for exams with no real knowledge of when or if they will happen...she said she is tired and exhausted from being sick this week and in shock that a place she felt safe has been attacked. Also so sad about death and injuries.
My mothers heart wants to go and just bring her home but that is not what is best right now. She needs to be with her friends and classmates and finish this quarter and year. My DH and I continue to be available to talk, encourage and support her by text and phone. We will be going to the campus again tomorrow when we plan to begin moving DD out of her apartment. She needs to be moved out by Friday and so doing part on the weekend will be easier on my DH.
Please pray for peace and healing and support and encouragement for all students, staff and their families.

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ADRIENALINE 6/9/2014 2:36PM

    Hang in there Sweetie! Be strong for your daughter. She needs you!

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PCOH051610 6/7/2014 1:23PM


Sending big hugs across the many mikes between us.


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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/6/2014 11:56PM

    My prayers are with your DD, the students and staff. My prayers are also with all of thier families

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    My prayers are with your daughter and all the other students. It is difficult to understand such a senseless act. She is blessed to have parents that are so caring to help her get through this.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hi Sparkbuddies...
Have had a fun week. It was my DH's birthday and we went out to the movies and out to eat and walking through little shops and enjoyed just being together. Life has been quite busy lately and I had a month long cough that seemed to take forever to go away so it was fun to be feeling better and to go out in the world and have fun.
One of the things my DH did this week was to play me the Pharrell Williams official 'Happy' video. I am sure many of you have seen if but in the busy of my life it is not something to be missed. So my blog today is to encourage each of you to take 5 minutes of your busy life and fill it with just gotta watch this video and see people all of over the world dancing and singing and participating in made me smile. So my blog is a challenge....go and watch the video and let me know how it makes you feel!!
HAPPY and Smiling Barb

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IMIN2GENES 5/24/2014 10:12PM

    Love that song!

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PCOH051610 5/24/2014 9:43PM

    I really enjoy that song as well!

Big bear hugs!


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GAILSMAILS 5/24/2014 7:46PM

    You are right! Great song and video! It is so great to hear a really upbeat song these days.


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WIZKEY 5/24/2014 1:51PM

    My new favorite is Iranians dancing to Happy. These poor people were jailed for dancing to the song and posting it on the Internet, but they are so happy and carefree in the video!!

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TLG71567 5/24/2014 12:52PM

    I love that song. I will have to check out the video.

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JAZZEJR 5/24/2014 12:28PM

    You're right! You can't listen to this song and not be HAPPY!

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