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A prayer

Monday, November 26, 2012

A friend sent this to me via regular email and I want to share it. She said, "We're not getting older....we're getting closer to home." Oh, how true. "Even so, Lord, come quickly."


Father,
Thank You for each and every day You have blessed us here on earth.
Thank You for Your tender mercies.
Thank You for giving us friends and family to share these internet joys with.
I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those I care deeply for, who are
reading this right now.
Where there is joy, give them continued joy,
Where there is pain, give them your peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence.
Where there is need, fulfill their needs.
Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

  
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POETLKNG2LOSE 11/28/2012 10:34PM

    Thank you for posting this prayer. It is very beautiful,

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IUHRYTR 11/28/2012 2:29AM

    Amen emoticon. -- Lou

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/26/2012 9:50PM

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FROSTY99 11/26/2012 8:19PM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer.

Pat

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LIVINGFREE19 11/26/2012 6:39PM

    This is very beautiful!
Most days I feel I would rather 'go home' when reading the newspaper and all of the bad things tha go on in this world.
This is the Christmas season and I should be much more positive and happy. I hope it comes!
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SLENDERELLA61 11/26/2012 1:52PM

    Beautiful prayer. Thanks.

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SOLUCKY12 11/26/2012 1:30PM

    Love this prayer... Thank you for posting it. Ann

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School and Thanksgiving

Monday, November 19, 2012

Today was our volunteer-at-school day, and we got an update on the number/percentage of students getting free or reduced fee lunches. Last year (at this elementary school) there were approximately 80% of the students getting free lunch. This year it's down to 60%. While that's lot better, that's still around 180 students in great need. The possibility is that some of the 20% difference has moved up to the Intermediate school. The economy certainly hasn't turned around.

Given Thanksgiving holiday and our stitching group needing some time to knit/crochet, we'll collect hats/scarves/gloves in early December and take them to the school. At least some students won't be quite as cold this winter.

On a personal note, I'm making minute headway in my quest to lose fat/pounds and be able to wear small clothes again. emoticon Slow-but-sure, I guess. I didn't gain all this fat over night, and obviously it's going to take a few years for it to go away. As long as it does go, and stay away, I guess I can't begrudge its lack of speed. emoticon

We in the USA are coming up on our Thanksgiving Day (Thursday). I have so much to be thankful for, and I am learning to shut my mouth about what I don't have. If you have a sheltered place to sleep, a bed/cot to sleep on, a cover to sleep under, food to put in your stomach, you join me in being well off compared to so many, even in the USA. Let's be thankful for what we DO have.

  
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IUHRYTR 11/23/2012 5:00PM

    And let's be thankful for weight loss, no matter how little at a time, as long as the scale moves down and clothes feel looser. -- Lou

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NEWNAC304 11/20/2012 9:45AM

    Thanks for the reminder to be thankful for what we do have.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/20/2012 7:49AM

    That is amazing having 80% of the kids getting free lunch! i'm glad it has got better. (60%)
That is awesome that you are knitting and crocheting scarves and hats to keep the kids warm! Love it!!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/19/2012 7:38PM

    You're a great role model, Nancy:-)

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FROSTY99 11/19/2012 7:29PM

    I am thankful every day for all the many blessings I have been given. Even more, I am thankful my granddaughter is improving.
Sounds like you are going to be busy for the next couple weeks stitching away. What a nice thing you are doing for those kids.

Hugs
Pat

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DIET_FRIEND 11/19/2012 3:57PM

    It's important to be grateful for the blessings we DO have. I try to remember that in the midst of my daily dramas.

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school update

Friday, November 16, 2012

Just a quick update. Our stitching group IS going to be able to donate some hats/scarves to the elementary school. I'll check with the office Monday when DH and I go again to help out - I need to find out the proper procedure to follow.

So, I'm busy knitting/crocheting for the kids.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

  
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NEWNAC304 11/19/2012 11:03AM

    Great news!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/18/2012 11:58AM

    Wonderful! Ok you're excused from ST, but only for crocheting/knitting and nothing else! emoticon

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FROSTY99 11/16/2012 5:51PM

    Thankful they are going to let you do this good deed. I am sure it will help keep the recipients warm this winter. Bless you and your friends for doing this.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/16/2012 5:41PM

    You are truly an angel!
God watches our good deeds!
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Shocking information

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Today DH and I found out that the elementary school where our grandson attends, has an enrollment of about 300, with about 80% of them at or below the poverty level. The teacher we help each week has two homeless kids in her class and that's not unusual for the whole school. I was astounded. Am I naive? I didn't think my head was buried in the sand, but it totally escaped me.

The good news is that I intend to knit/crochet up a storm and try to make hats and scarves for at least that teacher's class. I sent an email tonight asking my stitching group if they are interested in helping. But I haven't heard anything back yet.

God has truly blessed me and my family. It's time for us to share more with others.

  
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DAWN14163 11/16/2012 2:40PM

    That's a lovely gesture. I'm sure the kids will love their new winter woollies!
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NEWNAC304 11/16/2012 1:31PM

    That truly is sad. You're an amazing person for helping them out!

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/15/2012 11:41AM

    That truly is so sad :(

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CALIPIDGIOUS 11/15/2012 9:05AM

    It's lovely that you can help and are! I am sure those hats and scarves will keep cold children warm!

I think that there are far, far more people who live in poverty in the US than ones who don't. I have been one of them most of my life until I finally got a great job that pays good money. Still no health insurance or benefits but for most people, those are a fable or a myth of what 'used to be' anyway.

Sad and tough times. We did just live through this centuries version of the great depression. I think that people do kind of forget that. Today's children will be the generational equivalent of the people who almost a century ago were little ones during the great depression. They also are growing up in a country in which they have never known a time that we weren't at war. Very sad.

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PURPLELVR7 11/15/2012 7:39AM

    too many are below poverty level - our country really needs prayer

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LIVINGFREE19 11/15/2012 6:54AM

    I wish I could knit or crochet hats. I would send them to you for them. I would love to learn that is for sure! (how to knit or crochet hats).

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/14/2012 10:17PM

    That's a shocking percentage. I wish there wasn't so much stigma that comes with poverty, homelessness and asking for help. Your thoughtfulness and warm gifts will go a long way, Nancy:-)

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FROSTY99 11/14/2012 9:40PM

    Nancy it is a shocking fact about how many people do live in poverty. I think it is wonderful that you are willing to knit for them and hopefully some of your group will help you. I am sure warm caps will be most welcome. We all need to look around and see what we can do to help in our own communities. I know our church did a diaper drive, now they are doing shoeboxes, and collecting for the military and in Dec we are having a Toys for Tots drive. We are small but every little bit helps and it is good to know that it goes to help people in our own community.
God Bless you for doing your part to brighten the lives if those less fortunate.


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SLENDERELLA61 11/14/2012 7:55PM

    That is shocking, especially that you didn't have any idea. So good of you to work to contribute and help.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 11/14/2012 7:40PM

    Nancy I think that is a wonderful idea! I think they would really apporeciate it if you did that. We truly don't understand that poverty is in our own country and sometimes in our own neighborhood. America is not the wealthiest nation anymore. I hope your group takes on the challenge and steps up to the plate. We need more people with compassion like you.

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Monday, Nov 12th

Monday, November 12, 2012

I weighed and measured myself this morning....a day late, but hey, it's done. I gained an entire one-half pound over the weekend....but I'M not upset. That could have been water.

The thing I'm most pleased about is that I lost a half inch in my waist and another half inch in my hips. My thigh and arm measurements stayed the same.......ok. So just watching my food intake and doing ST six days a week IS bearing fruit. emoticon FYI, I do core training on Mondays and Thursdays, upper body on Tuesdays and Fridays, and lower body on Wednesdays and Saturday. Sunday is truly my day of rest. So, I give each portion of my body a couple of days of rest before working on it again.

I went shopping today. In part to buy DH's Christmas presents, and in part to find some things I wanted. Very mixed bag of success. I got some of what DH wants for Christmas, but for the life of me, I could not find the kind/color of socks he wears! I couldn't believe even Penney's and Sears didn't have it! I also couldn't find something particular for me (never mind what), but I was able to score a new (larger) purse.

I have a 'thing' for large purses and for shoes, which is kind of funny really. I don't like wearing shoes if I can help it. I always (almost) cry when it's time to put my sandles away for the winter - wearing them is so much like not having shoes on my feet.

So, to continue the purse story: I found two that I liked, and each had two different prices - one was about half the original price in each case. I took both to the cash register and asked which price was right. "The lower of the two" Ok, I said, I guess I'll settle on this purse (over the other one). It was marked $40, down to $20. When the sales lady swiped the tag, it came up as $10. She offered to swipe the other one, to see if it was lower than the $24 price, but alas, it came up as $24. If it had also been just $10, I would have come home with TWO new purses. LOL I felt very fortunate indeed to get a $40 purse for just $10. emoticon I warned you I have a thing about purses.

It's been a beautiful, warm day today, and the weatherman said last night that this will probably be the last warm day until next year. emoticon The high for each of the next few days is only to be in the 40's, and the rain is to start tonight. I dread the cold. LOL Listen to me! I hate the heat of mid-summer, but I also hate COLD. Can't make me happy.

  
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NEWNAC304 11/13/2012 3:35PM

    Hurray for the purse! I don'e like extreme temperatures either. Too bad I live inIllinois!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/13/2012 10:00AM

    You sound like me, I don't like the cold, but I don't like the extreme heat either.
You got a hot deal on that purse! I love getting deals like that. I have a shoe issue (kinda like your purse issue). I like comfortable shoes. I like athletic shoes mainly because of the stability. Sandals are hard for me to wear for very long because of zero stability.
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FROSTY99 11/12/2012 10:21PM

    emoticon on losing those inches. The exercise is paying off! You should be proud of this win!
I pretty much wear sandals year round-I do wear my tennis shoes for walking but otherwise, sandals! I wore a pair of wedges to church Sunday and nearly fell down. I forgot I had them in the closet so decided to wear them-I am sure I looked like some kid just learning to walk! I quit wearing anything with a heel after I broke my foot and sprained my ankle several times-dr told me to wear flats!
I think it funny how different we women are, you like big purses and I look for small ones but it needs certain features. Guess we don't need to worry about fighting over a purse.
Hope it doesn't get too cold - we are in the high 70's low 80's for a few days and then falling down into the low 70's this weekend. I will enjoy it for you. emoticon
Pat

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/12/2012 6:57PM

    Hip hip hooray! Congrats on your hard work paying off. And for finding a bargain purse.
I'm the opposite as far as feet. I have a thing for boots that make my feet feel like they're as tucked in as sleeping babies.
Maybe as the holiday gets closer, you'll find the socks stocked? Of course, then you'll have to fight the crowds. My mom gets my dad's socks from Sears online. I know he's picky but don't know what for. I can ask her if you'd like.

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/12/2012 6:25PM

    What type of ST exercises are you doing? WOOHOO for the loss in inches. Definitely good news :)

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BABY_GIRL69 11/12/2012 5:37PM

    Well, I saw a few snow flurries just now so it is already cold but we did have Friday, Saturday & half of Sunday to enjoy the warmth. Purses, I just about love them as much as shoes!!! You have to share a pic! PLEASE??!!! Don't worry about the half pound it might just well be water....

God bless & purses oh my...

Dee

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