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Can one have too many challenges in one month?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Post A Praise Challenge--Christian Women with Depression Team
Holiday Challenge--Christians with Fibromyalgia Team (food journal each day)
Positive vs. Negative Challenge- Christians with Fibro Team ( exchange 1 pop for H2O each day)
Give a Gift Challenge- Homeschooling K-12 Team (I am giving a SparkGoodie to one SparkFriend each day)
Holiday Challenge #1- Homeschooling K-12 Team (maintain current weight loss from Thanksgiving through New Years Day)
Mini Challenge (I am beautiful because...)- Christians with Fibro Team
Holiday Challenge- Christians with Fibro Team (no 2nd helpings)
Positive Post Challenge- Seasonal Affective Disorder Team

I THINK emoticon this is all the challenges I've joined for the month of December.

I love my active, supportive teams!!!

Now, that I've written them all down somewhere, hopefully I can keep them all straight! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENNIW70 12/13/2011 1:21AM

    Poor Heidi! I really appreciate your faithfulness in joining the Christians with Fibro challenge. Sometimes it gets discouraging more don't join in. That said, please don't feel too pressured to keep up. If you have to cut back, I understand! Focus on what is most important to help yourself, ok?

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ASOBFALLS 12/11/2011 11:22PM

    emoticon emoticon If you have some duplicates and need to drop one, I certainly understand! You are a busy gal!!

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WENDYLEE15 12/11/2011 8:50AM

    Whoo hoo..sounds like a great plan to stay on track around the holidays!! Gotta love Spark People !! emoticon emoticonGood luck in meeting all of those goals!!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 12/10/2011 10:04PM

    Souds like you need a couple more just to keep you busy ;) I hope you have fun this month :) I'm still trying think of ones to host next month :)

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 12/10/2011 9:16PM

    WOW! I think I'm in 3 or 4 and was beginning to think THAT was too many!!

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FITNFUNJEN 12/10/2011 4:59PM

    Wishing much success with all your challenges and a very Merry Christmas too!

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SMILES4383 12/10/2011 2:28PM

    Wishing you great success on your challenges.

Homeschooling was so much fun for us.
That is one thing I've never regretted.
He's 30 now and the stories and experiences we had kept Nate and his Team safe in Iraq one night during the worst of bombings. The team enjoyed his stories and they were alert to keep themselves and others safe.

He is home now - and the memories are still vivid of all the little homeschool projects we did together.

You have been blessed with many opportunities. ENJOY...

Happy Holidays emoticon

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DIANNEMT 12/10/2011 2:14PM

    Ah--glad you are having THESE kinds of challenges! These will keep you busy in good ways. Remember to pray for those who have other challenges--like food for a Chrsitmas dinner or $$ to put a gift under the tree or burying a mother or child... We had a year filled with the not-great challenges and it was hard. I will say my spark team friends were so supportive--I'll bet your teams would be, too!

Merry Christmas!

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Matryoshka Dolls

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Our family was very blessed with a precious gift recently. The gift of a set of Matryoshka Dolls.

A bit of history...
Last October, our church hired a new minister. He and his wife are God's gift to our church. This young couple can't have biological children and had already adopted a child from Russia who was 5yo when they came to serve with us. They'd also just started the process of adopting another child from Russia a month before moving here.

Our church and our family has been praying for their adoption process as they went step by step over the 14 months they waited.

During that time, their now 6yo began to struggle in school. Because I have homeschooled 2 dyslexics and worked with another child with it, I said I would be glad to work with their daughter for a year for free. I can't stand to see a child struggle with learning if I have enough knowledge to help. I have this little girl in my Sunday School class and she's precious to me. Plus, the money they'd save could go towards their adoption.

While working with their daughter, our families have grown very close.

When the couple got word that it was time to go to Russia to pick up their new daughter, we followed their month-long exciting journey in Russia daily through facebook. We rejoiced with them over their new 14mo daughter (who just happened to be born on the day they filed their 1st paperwork---is that a God thing or what!?!?) The couple came to a very important decision on their own while there after much discussion and prayer...to homeschool the 6yo starting in January. We gladly agreed to help them get started and teach them the ins and outs.

When they returned home with their new bundle of joy and got settled, they invited us to supper. We talked about the girls, Russia, and homeschooling. They then presented us with the Matryoshka Dolls as a gift for all our help.

These dolls are very precious to me. They represent a very special and precious friendship.

We proudly display them on my husband's great grandmother's 100+yo pump organ in our livingroom. It just seems appropriate to me.

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FITNFUNJEN 12/18/2011 2:18PM

    How wonderful! You are so kind to help their little girl with dyslexia. Having 3 kids with dyslexia, I know how much work goes into helping them. I also have some friends who adopted two girls from Russia years ago and I have been able to help them begin their homeschooling journey.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2011 9:23AM

    Those dolls are beautiful and your story is as well. How wonderful that you can help this young couple home school. That's one tough job, but looking back now, I wish I had done it with my son. He's 19 now and trying to find his way in this world.

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DEERLADY45 12/9/2011 9:08AM

    You are a Kind person and a blessing to the world! The dolls are so-o cute! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 12/9/2011 7:57AM

    Such a wonderful blog...really made me smile...They are beautiful!!

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JSCHICKYBABE 12/8/2011 11:59AM

    What a beautiful gift. I'm glad to hear that this family has you to lean on for support and encouragement. Most people don't realize how much their encouragement means to a minister's family. I'm sure they consider your family a great blessing.

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Dreaming again

Sunday, December 04, 2011

I am beginning to dream again. And not just at night.

Yes, with the exercise during the day, better, healthier snacking choices in the evening, and yoga I am sleeping much better at night and am even experiencing dreams again after years of what I call 'twilight sleeping'--never going into a deep, restorative sleep. I laid there exhausted, aching, restless, but in a wakeful doze for years. Afternoon naps were where I really got my restorative sleep, but those interfered with our life and schooling.

No, I am talking about dreams for my future!

I am dreaming about becoming a Master Gardener through the Purdue Extension Service.
I am dreaming about working for a greenhouse to get some experience.
I am dreaming about educating people on the benefits of planting native plants in their yards.

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SERENEMOM71 12/6/2011 1:37PM

  I have thought about that too, but my arthritis has prevented me from completing them. You are in my thoughts and prayers! I know you can do this! emoticon

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ONESPOTLEFT 12/6/2011 6:28AM

    great to hear how your mind has recovered it's balance...Yoga is a wonderful thing

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WENDYLEE15 12/5/2011 8:10AM

    That sounds awesome!! Good for you..I have no doubt you can make your dreams come true !!
Have a wonderful new week !!

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LAURAMOM2BOYS 12/4/2011 9:32PM

    Love your ideas!

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FITNFUNJEN 12/4/2011 9:13PM

    Dreams are wonderful things! You would be a great Master Gardener. I worked at a nursery years and years ago and I really enjoyed it! There was something really refreshing about working with plants every day. Follow your dreams!

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CINDHOLM 12/4/2011 8:25PM

    Sounds Wonderful!!

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UMBILICAL 12/4/2011 7:57PM

  Beautiful Dreams!

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The Old Barn

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Old Barn.
1880s-Nov. 29, 2011. A heavy snow yesterday took it down.
Oh, the memories......my whole childhood revolved around this old barn.
My Christmas ponies: Punkin and her colt, Sir Prize, my 4-H horses: Classic's Serenade (Saddlebred), He's a Rascal (AQHA, on loan), Charlie O'Neil (AQHA), Riding hunt seat, flat seat, western, and side-siddle, getting ready for 4-H horse shows, learning to use clippers, being greeted every morning by whinnys, bouts of colic in the middle of the night, waiting for the bus, Sluggar, Lady, Lady's puppies, turkeys, my cousin Gina vs. the fence, Classy vs. the fence, Heidi vs. the fence post (the fence and post always won), unloading loads of hay in 90* weather, stringing fencings through the woods in the Jan. for Christmas ponies, my 4-H leader Bert, jumping out of hay mow onto piles of straw, mucking stalls, walking a board barefoot like a balance beam and driving a rusty nail into the arch of my foot, day-dreaming while lying backwards on a horse while he munched his meal.

RIP Old Barn. Home will never be the same without you.

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ONESPOTLEFT 12/6/2011 6:30AM

    hopefully you salvaged the wood...old wood is the rage now in remodeling projects. On HGTV they do floors with old barn boards and even furniture

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WILSON425 12/4/2011 11:10PM

    So sad to lose your barn. I know even though I no longer have horses, my barn is still like an old friend. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/1/2011 9:36AM

    Awww . . . you have the precious memories.

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CINDHOLM 11/30/2011 4:46PM

    Sorry for you loss.. BUT keep those HAPPY memories..Always.. emoticon

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FITNFUNJEN 11/30/2011 4:42PM

    So sorry to hear about the demise of your old barn. What wonderful memories you had there! I grew up as a city girl and I would visit my country cousins in the summer. They have a big barn and they had horses all the time I was growing up, but no horses now.

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STRNGNGRNDED 11/30/2011 3:35PM

    I'm always sorry to hear about old buildings coming to their end. Sorry for your loss.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 11/30/2011 9:08AM

    Home will never be the same without that barn. It sounds like you had a lot of great memories with that building. I can't say I have the same memory bank of any one location... I'm sorry you had to lose it....

... but with a new barn comes new memories.... Maybe a spring summer project of building new memories with the family?

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One year makes such a difference!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I had such a wonderful birthday yesterday. It has made me look at what a difference a year makes!

One year ago, I was just getting back to eating solid foods and relearning how to swallow after a drug-resistant bacteria attacked my throat, swelling it nearly shut. It took several antibiotic/steroid mixes to find the right mix to kill the bacteria. I was in bed for 7 weeks. It was a horrible way to lose 20 lbs.

But that 20 lb loss (regained it by May) taught me that I COULD lose weight after age 40 so maybe I could try again. The 7 weeks in bed left me so weak, I couldn't lift a pan to empty the food into a serving dish. I'd need a nap after grocery shopping. Actually, I needed a nap every day. Not one of those 10-20 min cat naps either.......2-3 hr naps!

One year later, I am stronger and healthier physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

My 20yo daughter took me smaller clothes shopping yesterday for my birthday to make sure I'd spend my gift card on me and on clothes. I am still flabbergasted---I squeezed into a size 12 pair of jeans! I bought them, of course!
I can't sit in them yet, but I bought them for incentive and as a goal--to get in them and not only be able to sit in them, but also to be able to sit on the floor in them by my son's 15th birthday in Feb.
I haven't worn a size 12 in 17 years!!!!

My cousin and sparkfriend, Erin, wished me a happy birthday and said, she hoped I felt younger this birthday.

I do-------17 years younger!


p.s.--I also used my gift to myself--the Fit, Firm, and Fired Up dvd yesterday. LOVED it! And my family got me the SparkPeople Cookbook for a gift! It was a SparkyBirthday for sure and certain! emoticon

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SERENEMOM71 11/30/2011 11:28AM

  Heidi, I'm so sorry that you were so ill a year ago! I have been there (long story I won't go into it) so I do understand how you felt. I celebrate your weight loss - emoticon emoticon and not you can do it but You DID IT !!!!!!! You are such a sweet, sensitive, caring, and a blessing to us all!

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for blessing us with your precious daughter Heidi. Also, God, thank you for healing her this past year and helping her to lose weight! Please continue to surround her with your unconditional love, grace, and Your enthusiasm that enables her to live a healthy, holy, healing lifestyle. Continue to shower your blessings upon Heidi and enable her to meet any difficulties with prayer, Bible study, discussion with another Christian friend(s) and then with Your wisdom, discernment, guidance, and direction. I ask forgiveness for any transgressions. I praise You God as You are the Almighty One, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Our Most Highest One, Our Only God! We ask all of this in the name of Your only son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross, and is our Savior and Redeemer, Amen, Amen.

Love, Your sister in Christ,
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ASOBFALLS 11/29/2011 9:51PM

    emoticon And you have only been a Spark for 6 months...by 2 years you will be impossible!! emoticon It is so great to read reports like this!
Thanks for sharing. Joyce emoticonRejoice in Jesus

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PEPPYPATTI 11/29/2011 8:19PM

    Happy belated Birthday! emoticon

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FITNFUNJEN 11/29/2011 7:24PM

    What a wonderful and healing year this has been for you! Happy Birthday!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 11/29/2011 7:18PM

    Happy Birthday Heidi! I'm glad it was such a wonderful day!

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WENDYLEE15 11/29/2011 6:20PM

    Wow have you come along way in the past year!! Glad you had such an awesome birthday !!

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JALEEVAN 11/29/2011 2:25PM

    That is awesome

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