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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Our mom, whose nickname was "Cookie", was a talented artist and seamstress. She passed away from cancer in September 1974. My sister, Debby, is now facing a cancer battle of her own. It is a stressful time for us, but some comfort came today in the form of a quilt sent from heaven.

About a month ago I saw a baby quilt at a garage sale for 50 cents. It looked like new, so even though we aren't expecting any babies in the family, I bought it to snuggle with while I rock this winter.

It has been a little chilly the last few days so I got it out to keep me warm while I took a nap in my chair. I noticed some writing on the bottom corner of the backing. I got my magnifying glass so I could read it's message. It says:

This quilt has been designed and made in honor of "Cookie" for all of her relentless and unselfish time and energy, making a time of illness less frightening for so many past, present and future. It was designed as a child might have drawn and colored it. May you enjoy the quilt as much as I have in making it. Signed Opal L. French

This gift sent from heaven is meant for my sister. It will comfort her and warm her soul as she fights her own battle with cancer. Yes cancer sucks and I hate to see her have to go through all the procedures; but it is such a blessing to feel our mother's presence again.

No amount of time or space can separate you from your mother's eternal love.

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SLIMMERKIWI 9/3/2009 5:11AM

    That is definitely no coincedence. What a beautiful thing to have happen at this time. My thoughts are with you and your sister!
emoticon (the nearest to an angel I could find)

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JULSISGOOD 9/2/2009 9:08PM

    Wow, that is so cool! It couldn't have been planned any better!
I pray for strength and comfort for you and your sister.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 9/2/2009 7:49PM

    Wow the is a true gift from heaven and may your sister feel your mother near as she battles. I hope as you held it you also felt the spirit of someone watching over you.

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    God is good... all the time. Thank you for sharing your miracle with us. I trust that your sister will love the quilt. I have already put you on my prayer list for the upcoming surgery. I will include your sister on the list as well my friend. Lots of love, Dawn emoticon

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BOOPBETTY7 9/2/2009 6:53PM

    Oh my the Lord is watching over you and may he also grant you your wish. Cancer is an awful disease I too lost my Mom from cancer over 26 years ago this past June. My prayers and thought go out to you and your sister.

What a coincidence many would say NO!! I believe that it was meant for you to get this out and see this message to help you and your sister on this journey dealing with cancer.


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SLIMQUEST 9/2/2009 6:21PM

    What an amazing and inspirational story. I just wrote "A Shout Down from Heaven" blog entry. Your title caught my eye. I guess we both had some miracles today come from heaven huh?........how cool is that??????

Thanks for sharing!!!!! I will pray for your sister too.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I was thumbing through my journal this morning when I ran across this entry.

I could eat cause Iím happy; I could eat cause Iím sad.
I could eat cause Iím bored; I could eat cause Iím mad.
But now I am a walker, knitter, reader, writer or even crier.
For I have discarded my demand for an edible pacifier! (JLS 03/30/09)

I plan to get through today without an edible pacifier, how about you?

Enjoy this wonderful Wednesday. Janet in sunny central Illinois

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GIGIDEANA130 9/9/2009 1:59PM

  I love this it is so true.

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JANETK53 9/2/2009 4:50PM

  emoticon emoticonReally makes me think today.... emoticon

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ 9/2/2009 3:34PM

    Love the picture...to cute! What a wonderful blog...just what I needed today. Thank you!

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JULSISGOOD 9/2/2009 1:31PM

    That is great...it made me smile! What a creative and wonderful way to put it...I'm sure I'll be thinking all day of what and why I'm putting things in my mouth.

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MSMAHM1 9/2/2009 11:22AM

    Great thought for a great day!

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

It has been awhile since my last blog. My attitude and commitment to healthy living has been suffering lately and I felt like I really had nothing worthwhile to share. I finally decided that admitting the truth in a public forum might shake me to my senses. My perfectionist defect tries to get me to hide in shame.

I have been back to some old grazing habits I think because of fear. So much is going on right now that I have no control over and I am afraid of facing the unknown future. Coping by overeating will only compound my problems, but stopping is sure not easy!

Thank you for listening. I am not going to give up hope. I am not going to graze on junk tonight because I don't have anything left but fruit and veggies. I resisted stopping at the store today because I knew I was not strong enough to resist the temptations. That is one gold star for me today. Take care. Janet

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JULSISGOOD 9/1/2009 10:35PM

    Goodness, I think you get several gold stars...
emoticonNaming your struggle
emoticonNaming your fear
emoticonNot stopping at the store
emoticonRecognizing your limits
emoticonBeing kind to yourself
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SEKSUNSHINE 9/1/2009 8:31PM

    Stay positive! You are strong and you can do this! We are all here to listen and help. Never be afraid to ask for help or support! You are worth it. You are awesome! emoticon emoticon

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COFFEYBEAN 9/1/2009 8:12PM

    Just try to keep those possitive thoughts, and keep blogging, or join us on the threads and do the walking with us....I always have something to grab in the fridge when I get the munchies...apples, grapes, pineapple, kiwi, and if they're already cleaned, cut up, and in the most available spot in the fridge it seems to help. I don;t know how many times I go to the fridge and think I'm going to eat celery, or an orange, only to tell myself, nope, they aren't cleaned and I don't feel like cleaning them, or peeling them, or cutting them, or whatever, and then I choose something not so good...Sooooo my suggestion to you is to have everything readily available that is good, so you can't use an excuse as to why you won't eat it and choose a chip, cookie, donut whatever instead. By the way, I don't have any of those things in the house, well I do but they're in my husband's office so I don't see them or be tempted to eat them.

Good luck and remember we're all only a click away!

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KEENTINA 9/1/2009 8:10PM

    Cucumber chips help - they fill you up. Just slice them thin. I can also "graze" on fruit or a bowl of cooked veggies. You can get a lot for few calories and fill so you actually want to stop eating! I also like oatmeal with fruit cooked in - it's really sinful! Just like pie! And less guilt!
You can do it!
Graze healthy!

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Monday, August 24, 2009

You should always part company with loving words. It may be the last time you are together. Jan Seg
We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. Stacia Tauscher
Confidence is not something that comes to just a lucky few. Everyone who has real confidence has earned it, one accomplishment at a time. Start with what you have, with what you know you can do, and then add a little challenge to it. The biggest achievements come to those who have the confidence to take on the most difficult challenges. Confidence requires work, and it is well worth the effort. Use every opportunity to earn yourself more confidence, and many valuable doors will continue opening for you. -- Ralph Marston
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
We'll be friends until we are old and senile. Then we'll be new friends! Author Unknown BGA
A little boy went up to his mother and asked: 'Mom, where did my intelligence come from?' The mother replied. 'Well, son, you must have got it from your father, cause I still have mine.' AUTHOR UNKNOWN BGA
ĘĺĘĺ Today I will be patient. Life isn't going to leave me behind! ĘĺĘĺ AUTHOR UNKNOWN BGA

Thank you for visiting me today. Take care of you and your health, Janet

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REBECKY44 8/26/2009 11:34PM

    Janet, that was sweet. Thank you.

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EARTHSEAME 8/26/2009 1:19PM

    Thank you! What wonderful words and images. emoticon

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JULSISGOOD 8/25/2009 9:12PM

    That is so cool! Thank you for sharing all of these - they made me smile!

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-DEBY- 8/24/2009 12:50PM

    AWEsome blog thanks sooooo much for taking the time
to post it....

~~BLESSings~~ this Motivating Monday ~~0:)

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    So true ... Life is not about waiting the storm out ... it is about dancing in the rain!

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

I love the soothing sounds of wind chimes. I am grateful to the inventor who not only realized a breeze could produce a melody, but also followed through and created an instrument to receive the tunes.

One of my wind chimes is particularly special. I discovered this heart-shaped chime with a cameo in the center at a gift shop that was going out of business in Hackensack, Minnesota. I didnít know how special it was until Thanksgiving rolled around and all my siblings were here for dinner.

I needed some relief from the mounting heat being generated by the oven and so many warm bodies, so I turned on the ceiling fans and opened the front door. A gentle breeze made most of my chime collection gently sway; however, the heart-shaped cameo started dancing merrily.

My sister quickly noticed that solitary excited chime. Without thinking I said that is Motherís echo from heaven letting us know she is also enjoying our family get-together. I donít know where that thought came from, but after I said it I knew it was true.

Last weekend when my sister and I were spending some quality time together trying to prepare for her diagnosis, that chime started dancing and delivered another echo from heaven. Our mom, who has been physically separated from us for nearly thirty-five years, was letting us know she is sharing these intense family moments with us. What a comfort it has been to know that even death and time cannot separate us from her loving spirit!

For your listening pleasure and spiritual comfort, may I suggest you shop for a wind chime. Wouldnít you like to hear the echoes from heaven meant just for you?

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COFFEYBEAN 8/23/2009 9:53PM

    Yes I agree, our loved ones can let us know when they're there, if we just listen. Bless you and your sister for listening...you are truly blessed.

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JULSISGOOD 8/23/2009 4:15PM

    That's cool!

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LADYIRISH317 8/23/2009 11:14AM

    You are absolutely right. Your mother is with you, watching over you. The wind chime is a perfect way for her to let you know that. I know of a couple whose adult daughter died. They took custody of her five year old. They put up an angel wind chime and told him that whenever it chimed, it meant his mommy was near him.

Sending you hugs for such a beautiful post!

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