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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Can't believe I joined Sparks seven years ago, but I did and today is my 65th birthday.
I don't blog as I don't like to talk about myself. One thing I can say is that most everyone who joined Sparks when I did have long since quit. I came across a person today who had came back and she'd first joined in May '07.
I was 214# when I joined and I'm at 172# which isn't anywhere near the goal I want to be but at least I have never been back up to that horrible fat that I was at 214#. My back hurt so much then that I had to sit on a stool to wash dishes at the sink. I had drank 2L bottles of Coke-a-cola back then and I stopped that. When I started tracking calories, I realized I drank about 1500 calories each day from soda, juice and milk.
I don't like to blog. I've always laughed at the "Spark Stars" as I call them to have over the years written about their accomplishments only to suddenly disappear. I never have been down to my goal weight, so I have spent my time helping to just encourage others to NOT QUIT. If I had quit after six months, I know today I'd be about 314#. Just staying here has kept that from happening.
My son, Nathan who is now 30, had Testicular Cancer five years ago. He had surgery & then they found it had gone into his lymph nodes, so he had four rounds of chemotherapy that took about five months total. Thankfully, his check-ups have come back "clean."
I appreciate those on the DONE GIRL Team and the BECK SOLUTION Team.
I read that if you have been healthy enough to live to 65, that you can expect to live another 22 years, so here is to being a Sparker until I'm 87. Just have to make this year the one I actually get off the rest of my fat. I can do that.

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SPEEDY143 12/23/2014 12:40PM

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HUGS2015 12/9/2014 7:52PM

    I loved reading your blog! Happy Birthday and congrats on sticking with it! I hope to celebrate with you on reaching what ever goals that you set for 2015! Keep on keeping on! You are doing it!!!! emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I am sure you will!!!
Thanks for stopping by my spark page and for the reminder! You are awesome!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/7/2014 5:43PM

    Congrats! I'll be here 6 years in January and never thought I'd stick with this so long.

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GABY1948 12/5/2014 8:13AM

    I just found you and the Beck team....nice to meet you....I am 66 so guess I will live to 86! Sounds good to me!

Nice to meet you!

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COLOR-BLUE 11/17/2014 8:23PM

    I didn't start out at SP, but my weight started out at 388 lbs. Man did I hurt and I couldn't even pick my feet up off the floor! When I first started tracking I was shoveling in more than 4,000 calories a day. PHEW, it makes me tired just thinking of it! As of today I weigh 212.2 and I'm proud of what you and I have accomplished together! You have the stamina to continue this journey, and I'll be right there with you, by your side!


- Nancy Jean -

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/25/2014 2:25AM

    Hey there!!!

I'm still here but not as much, too. I was 255 and now about 170-177
Let me know if youa re on Facebook.

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LARENTA 10/22/2014 12:44PM

    Congratulations JIBBIE!!!! Both for your Birthday and Sparksversary!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIM22211 10/19/2014 2:50PM

    never heard the 65 and 22 more years! yay! Lets survive to 65!!

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BELLACUDDLES 10/19/2014 12:29PM

    Hi and wishing you a great belated anniversary with Spark!! Keep it movin, which I know you are doing!! God bless YOU!!


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BRAVAH 10/15/2014 6:53AM

    Hello Jibbie!

Congrats on your 7th sparkversary! Mine will be next April. I'm still here too emoticon .

I just wanted to tell you good job! Good job for not getting back up to 214, and/or higher. And good luck for a good healthy year this year! I had let myself slip for several years (intermittently tracking my weight) and got back up to 198 (original weight was 212 - close to yours). I made a serious effort to change things several months ago, and am back down under the obese BMI range. But good for you for keeping 40 pounds off!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/12/2014 10:03PM

    Happy, Happy Birthday and Happy Sparkaversary, Jibbie!!! So glad you continue to keep living as healthy a lifestyle as possible and staying on SparkPeople to be an encouragement to others!!!
AWESOME news on Nathan's check-ups coming back "clean"!!! May God bless him so that they always remains the same. I remember when he was going through his treatments and saying many prayers said for him.Good luck ans God bless you on making this the year you get to your goal. YOU CAN DO IT...ONE DAY AT A TIME!!!
Prayers, blessings and hugs,

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/12/2014 3:53PM

    I'm so glad you blogged!! I'm still here too and have been since 2008. I'm not going anywhere either. I'm glad you son is doing okay! Happy birthday and happy sparkversary!!!!

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GIRLINMOTION 10/12/2014 11:35AM

    Congratulations Jibbie for continuing your healthier lifestyle journey with Sparks.

I know exactly what you are saying about people doing well then disappearing. I am so glad you are not one of them and have stayed to cheer many on.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/12/2014 10:50AM

    Congrats on 7 years!!!

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FITMARY 10/12/2014 9:32AM

    Happy, happy! Have a wonderful birthday and MANY MORE! Wonderful news about your son too!

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ROCKMAN6797 10/12/2014 8:49AM

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GOANNA2 10/12/2014 8:47AM

    Happy Birthday. We have been on Spark for 7 years.
I joined on Boxing day '97 and remember when Nathan
was going through his cancer battle. I am glad that he is
doing OK now. I am, like you, so glad to have found Spark.
Although I have not reached my goal weight, I am also
helping other Sparkers by encouraging them not to quit.
Here's to reaching our 80's together and staying on this
incredible journey.
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SLIMMERJESSE 10/12/2014 8:05AM

    Happy birthday and happy sparkversary.

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CATCOOPER88 10/12/2014 3:44AM

    Awesome, very encouraging!

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KALISWALKER 10/12/2014 2:42AM

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You are right, you would be 314# and not feeling very well. I am so glad you kept Sparking and have improved your health and weight. Good plan to stick till you 87 which could be the new 47. I have been here 6 years and have known you for a lot of those years.

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Day 377: More Malaysia pictures of Nick's trip.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


The open lot is where they plan to build a new building in Malaysia, so that is what they are out looking at. Nick is my oldest son, and he's a really good guy. If he does move to Malaysia, I'll go visit then. He said he figures he will have to go back again in December, so he probably will spend Christmas there.
Those twin-towers are two of the world's tallest buildings.

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MISSDAISY23 9/7/2014 8:56PM

    Oh, how I miss Malaysia and the food! There is so much delicious food over there! I was born there and I moved to Illinois in 1999. I am pretty sure you will enjoy the scenery, shopping malls, food, etc. if you get the chance to visit. I just realize this blog dated back in 2008. Did you get a chance to visit Malaysia?

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  Some of these photos of Malaysia are wonderful. Your son should think of becoming a professional photographer.

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  A good informative post that you have shared and thankful your work for sharing the information. Got some appealing information and would like to give it a try. Applaud your work and keep sharing your information.

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IAMDARLENE 7/1/2014 1:45PM


What an awesome place to visit!!! Your son sounds pretty awesome too.

You must be quite an awesome lady!!

Have a great day. Make it a great day for yourself somehow!! Hugs, Darlene

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IMAVISION 1/11/2014 3:14PM

    emoticon for that peek into your son's day-to-day world. I enjoyed it.

God bless!

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GOANNA2 11/2/2013 10:06PM

    Haven't spoken to you in ages. Was lovely to see
the pictures of Malaysia and it will be nice to go
to Malaysia to visit your son. Have a great Sunday.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/1/2013 7:56AM

    Thank you for your comment on my goals blog. I visited Malaysia in 2006 and 2007 when my brother was working there for an oil company. He lived within walking distance of the Petronas towers. It was a GREAT place to visit and I know if you go you'll have a blast! It's a LONG LONG trip though, especially if you have to fly coach!

I have seen the "Wheat Belly" guy on Dr. Oz and while I've not read the book, I am DEFINITELY trying to eat less bread and other wheat products. I figure it all helps, right?

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SHARON10002 6/20/2012 6:11PM

    Those skyscrapers are amazing! What detailed architecture. Thanks for sharing.

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ENUFF81020 3/7/2012 12:57PM

    Hi there, One of my sons spent a Christmas holiday period in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. It was sure tough on me, but he learned a great deal on his trip. I never gave any thought to the doors of experiences that it might have given me. He has since broken up with the lady who had helped him to visit her homeland and her current residence. I hope that your photos are on your page so I can see them there.
Best wishes--and thanks for making me a spark friend too!

Gemtle hugs,

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4AMAZINGME 11/10/2011 6:43PM

    awesome pics. thank you

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OLDOWL 8/11/2010 12:32PM

    Beautiful pictures thanks for sharing.

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CAROLJ35 7/31/2010 8:20PM

    Thanks for sharing those delightful photos. I never think of Maylasia as so modern because I think the villages are quite remote and backward.
I was especially interested because my nephew married a Christian girl from Maylasia. She was educated in US and had very good jobs here, but mother and much of family live in Maylasia.
She and my nephew presently reside in Edinburgh, Scotland where he is pursuing doctorate in theology and she works for Bank of Scotland. When he finishes education he has accepted job in Christian college in Singapore so Jacqueline will not be too far from her home country. Their almost one year old will get to see more relatives, too.
(And the nephew's brother has been working in India for several years.) Small world, isn't it?
Again, I really enjoyed photos!

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LAFFLOTS57 6/15/2010 9:25PM

    Wow! those pictures r really breathtaking. emoticon

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USE2BWILD 11/14/2009 9:49PM

    Jibbie, I learned about Malaysia things I did not know here. I don't know where the pictures are as I don't see any of Malaysia but your pictures of your family are awsome!! You have such a beautiful family!! God Bless. From, mcgee

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HONEY_73 10/20/2009 9:35PM

    hi there actually Malaysia is pretty progressive, and there are as many women in mini skirts as there are in Muslim garb. There isn't any repression against women and women get equal pay...there's no glass ceiling or anything and many of the highest-ranking jobs are held by women. The Muslim women wear Muslim garb out of choice, not because of force...there are some misguided people of course as there are in any place, but mainly people of all races-Chinese, Indian, Malay, expatriates etc live pretty happily alongside each other...don't worry, your son will be just fine...Christmas is pretty festive in Malaysia too especially in the cities..i've been there plenty of times!

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COOLMAMA11 2/11/2009 5:15PM

    Wonderful pictures Jibbie, thanks for sharing.


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SMYLEERED 12/26/2008 9:50AM

    Beautiful pictures of Malaysia. Thanks for sharing those and the pics of your son, Nick.

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SHTAYLOR44 12/25/2008 6:30PM

    I am in awe when I look at other countries and their customs, thanks for sharing.

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AUNTIE*CHEENA 11/21/2008 10:13AM

    Yes America is beautiful!
Thank you for reading my blog and giving me the Info on Gilad. I noticed the accent but didn't know where it came from.

May the Lord be with you and yours wherever you spend Christmas! emoticon

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NOREGRET2010 11/14/2008 10:00AM

    Beautiful pictures....but not somewhere I wanna live!

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MIAMARSH 11/10/2008 1:02PM

  These pictures are wonderful. Thanks for the comment, it made me smile!

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NARNIA9334 11/5/2008 7:50PM

    What neat pictures; thanks for sharing!

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SAMODER 11/2/2008 5:22PM

    I agree that it is wonderful to be ale to be proud of our children - but they didn't get there by accident!!!!

What a wonderful opportunity for your son, but it is hard on the parents. I don't like that m son is in Texas, and we're in Indiana - that's too far away for me. However we can't hold them back either.

Jibbie, here is my favorite quote and you have earned the right to use it,because of how you've raised your children.

Parents give their children 2 things: one is roots, the other is wings.

You're awesome!

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ANDREA5KIDS 11/2/2008 4:02PM

    WOW! Interesting!

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LEYETTE 10/29/2008 10:49AM

    Awesome pics...thanks for sharing!!

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JUNKINTHETRUNK3 10/27/2008 12:45PM

    Great pictures!

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CECEWRITER 10/26/2008 10:08PM

  Beautiful pics, Jibbie-thank that boy of yours! I bet he also realizes what a great Mom he has...

Blessings to you and all of yours!


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BKP4166 10/24/2008 1:03AM

    Jibbie...those are great pictures and it's wonderful to be able to say that your oldest son is a great guy...my David is too. In fact all 3 of my sons are great guys. I hope you get a chance to go visit him there.

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Day 372: More pictures Nick in India

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Some other pictures of India.

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SHARON10002 6/20/2012 6:09PM

    Great pictures! The breakfast looked great!

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CITYZOZO 1/15/2012 10:31AM

    these are totally wonderful, was he there on vacation?

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USE2BWILD 3/26/2010 11:42PM

    I loved the colorful market place and the temple looking ?architecture.

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COOLMAMA11 2/11/2009 5:23PM

    Wow Jibby, I watched those as a slideshow, so beautiful to watch, thanks so much for sharing!

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JAYMEELIZ 11/27/2008 12:38AM

    Wow! Those pictures are very interesting!

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HRZ2UMZROBINSON 10/21/2008 6:21PM

    wow, looks like a fun trip. He's lucky to have a job that allows him to travel :-)

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/19/2008 11:53AM

    Jibbie, I looked through all your pictures as a slide show and individually. How interesting and exciting to see the other side of the world. What a great experience for us but most especially for your son. I know you miss him but looking at the world through his camera is great!!! Thank you and him so much for sharing all this!!

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SHAREBEAR74 10/18/2008 6:49PM

    Loved the pictures! It almost makes me feel like I went for a little visit to India.

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BLAZINGSWORD 10/18/2008 8:02AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. It is not often we get to see the other side of the world from a personal view point. It was very interesting. I was intrigued by the Mayalasian breaksfast too. I wonder if it was as tasty as beautiful as it looked? brenda

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Day 372 Nick in Malaysia

Saturday, October 18, 2008


I did these in separate entries so you can see the difference. He is helping to get a new office opened for the Movie Company in Malaysia, as they already have one in India, where 40 people are working. Bollywood makes 700 movies per year, so the film business is huge there.

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SHARON10002 6/20/2012 6:07PM

    Nice pictures!

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USE2BWILD 3/26/2010 11:40PM

    Were those stinky fruits Lychees? I love them. They look like chestnuts though.

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CRAFTSNUT 10/24/2008 11:13PM

    I'm from Malaysia! Wow! Does this make me miss home. :D

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PATRIA1 10/23/2008 2:10PM

    Good for you!! You are turning into a lean,fighting, workout machine. I love the photos of India. Way Cool!

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Day 364: Nick's trip to India

Friday, October 10, 2008


My DS, Nick is on a business trip to India, where they already have an office and Malaysia, where he is helping to open a new office for the Movie Company he works for in Los Angeles. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia U. in NYC, and an MBA from UCLA and has worked for the company for 11 years. He spent six weeks in India a few years ago, so he has seen the country. He was impressed with the Taj Mahal. He also plans to go to Thailand to see a friend who runs a computer company there, before he returns home.

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SHARON10002 6/20/2012 6:05PM

    Sounds like he is enjoying his job, and that helps you as a mom. We're so proud of our children, and it warms our hearts to see them doing what they enjoy doing. . .
Have you ever gotten a chance to "tag along"?

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COOLMAMA11 2/11/2009 5:17PM

    Woo Hoo Jibbie, the food!!! Will you get a chance to visit your son while he is there, you must be soooo proud!


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MYSTICAL-PIXIE 10/15/2008 11:51PM

    ha ha ... tell me... malaysian breakfast are yummy, spicy, delicious yet really really high in carbs and oil... but seriously, it taste so goooooooddd .. :) ... I stopped eating malaysian breakfast except for indian food - still need to select it carefully.... but miss it so so so much.... :)

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GIRLINMOTION 10/14/2008 10:54AM

    I think Momma Jibbie needs to go and make sure her son Nick is eating healthy. Did you see what they eat over there for a Malaysian Breakfast? I hope all goes well for Nick and he comes back home soon, I am sure you miss him.

Hugs, Sonia

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MARGOMCP 10/13/2008 5:45PM

    How great. My niece use to be working on films in the L.A. area but is now mommy to three.

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STARTSPARKING 10/12/2008 5:49AM

    Thank you for sharing his photos of his marvelous trip. Oh, you must be so proud of having such an accomplished son. I hope he is enjoying a wonderful business trip.

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LUCKY8GAL 10/11/2008 5:33PM

    India, how nice! Do you get to visit? emoticon

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CAROLISCIOUS 10/11/2008 3:12PM

    How exciting for him! Does momma get to visit?

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TERRMOR 10/11/2008 1:58PM

    That is so exciting. Good for him.

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TRECECOOKS 10/10/2008 8:56PM

    This is 2 kewl!! How wonderful to have a child who is happy and successful. You've done a great job, sweetie!!

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CBLADY 10/10/2008 8:41PM

    You must be so proud of him Jibbie! He is doing so well and most important of all ENJOYING HIS LIFE. emoticon

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OUTOFIDEAS 10/10/2008 7:41PM

    Good to see you posting...hope all is well. I know you are proud of your children...thanks for sharing them with us!

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CAREWREN 10/10/2008 2:04PM

    Thanks for posting the great pictures! How great that Nick has been able to travel!

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*MADHU* 10/10/2008 1:27PM

    I hope Nick liked India....his snaps show that he enjoyed the various sights in Hyderabad and the mall as well :)

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CECEWRITER 10/10/2008 1:15PM

  How wonderful! Is this the homeschooled Son? On any account your kids are doing fabulous aren't they Mom?

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