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Inspiration for the Day

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

"Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."
Henry Van Dyke
About Henry Van Dyke

"Henry Van Dyke, the American clergyman and author, is best known for the Christmas story, "The Other Wise Man." He was born in Pennsylvania in 1852. He was pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York, taught literature at Princeton, and was U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands. His love of nature influenced his spirituality, and he fought to preserve Yellowstone Park. He wrote poetry and essays as well as fiction. Helen Keller called him an architect of happiness. He died in 1933."

from "Today's Inspiration"

  
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AJDOVER1 8/24/2014 1:16AM

    Thanks for sharing this!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/23/2014 8:36PM

    I'm not much of a singer and don't feel much like singing lately but I love this quote.

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NASFKAB 8/23/2014 9:35AM

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On Life

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Here is a poem that I wrote to submit to a class that I am taking, but haven't done it yet. Not sure if I will or not........:)

"Witnesses as well as participants in life.....
Yet, at times, it seems
we are merely onlookers
Watchers
as life passes us by.
Yet, how can that be--
for we are Life itself --
We are Life."
Joan W. / 6/30/2014

  
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JILL313 7/3/2014 9:21AM

    I really like your meaningful poem. I agree with everyone here as I think it's something from your heart that others will understand & really like. Have a good day.

Love,

Jill

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JOANOFSPARK 7/2/2014 7:05PM

    Thanks, it is fantastic to get your feedback on it.:) emoticon

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    emoticon and emoticon it's from your heart emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/2/2014 3:24PM

    Why not submit it, unless there is some reason you think you shouldn't. It seems to speak right from your heart.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/2/2014 2:39PM

    Good poem!!

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LOVINGKATE 7/2/2014 1:07PM

  I also agree with the other, submit the poem. Says a lot in just a few words. emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 7/2/2014 1:07PM

  I also agree with the other, submit the poem. Says a lot in just a few words. emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 7/2/2014 12:21PM

    I agree with the others...SUBMIT the poem. It says a great deal in a few short lines. emoticon

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LJCANNON 7/2/2014 11:54AM

    emoticon Sorry for Double Posting!!

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LJCANNON 7/2/2014 11:53AM

    emoticon It says A LOT in just a few words. I like it!!

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NASFKAB 7/2/2014 11:32AM

  great poem do submit it

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I know the hurting's only just begun....

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Last night I started crying because I spotted the mug that our son had gotten me several years eariler for Mother's Day....It had been sitting there for some time and though I had glanced at it several times, I had forgotten what it said on the back. I must have moved it because when I sat down there and just glanced over, all I could see was what it said on the back......

On the front of the mug is a picture of our son and me....up on Mt. Magazine.....in the lobby of the lodge there and on the back in bold letters it says, "I LOVE MY MOM".......

I started crying and ended up going to the bathroom because we had company. Deep heart shredding tears....I had just realized that he will not be here with us on Mother's Day.......

  
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WENDYJM4 5/7/2014 7:15AM

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JILL313 5/6/2014 11:16PM

    Joannie, my heart is breaking for you. . .Like Ramona said, an Angel wanted to convey a message to you from your son in Heaven that he loves you. . .Jeannie lost her son so she has some good thoughts on how hard it is. . .If you ever want to talk on the phone or e-mail me just let me know as I want so much for you to heal but I know that it will take time. . .Praying for You and your family to be comforted and know your son is happy in Heaven with his Grandparents and other loved ones. Be sure and take good care of yourself my dear friend. Lots of Hugs & Love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PYNETREE 5/6/2014 10:24PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending Prayers for Strength. My heart breaks for you.
I do believe that mug was placed for you to see that loving message.

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LOVINGKATE 4/28/2014 11:20AM

  Joannie, I am so sorry for your loss. I have not been in your shoes, so I can't say much other then don't lose faith. God is carrying you each step of the way. I will be praying for you and my heart goes out to you with hugs and warm and caring thoughts. emoticon

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ARKMOGAL 4/28/2014 10:54AM

    I am sorry for your loss. I pray for peace for you losing a child is the hardest thing ever. emoticon

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SPEEDY143 4/27/2014 11:24AM

    My heart breaks for your loss Joanie... the first year is especially hard. You will be raw for a long time and every thing you feel is normal. Tears will come at the most unexpected times and that's OK... this is a big loss emoticon I'm glad you have such wonderful memories of your dear son. He truly will be with you always emoticon

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MARCYNA 4/27/2014 6:29AM

    Or, maybe, you will realize emoticon he will be with you in another way.... in time you will feel your son's presence closer to you.
My dear, this is an act of pure faith, but, if you believe, your child will get closer to you day by day and your grief will change into joy.
We're only humans and we must cry as much as we need to, but your tears are not the last word.
I believe in Another Life, and your son is already part of it.
You are in my prayers, hugs,
marcyna

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GODS_TEMPLE 4/27/2014 12:26AM

    Joan, Think of your episode in other terms. Think of it as your Dear Son speaking to you from Heaven. He just wanted to tell you again how much he loves you. I don't think you moved the mug at all...I think an Angel moved it so you would get your son's message.
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CARTOONB 4/26/2014 6:28PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. No words will ease the pain. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    emoticon emoticon I am very sorry about your loss.

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TERMITEMOM 4/26/2014 4:28PM

    Joanie, I am so, so sorry. emoticon

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AJDOVER1 4/26/2014 3:35PM

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You're in my prayers. Just know you're not alone.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/26/2014 2:28PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I'm just learning of this. No mother should ever have to experience this. My prayers are with you. emoticon

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HDHAWK 4/26/2014 1:34PM

    Sending hugs your way. You have every right to be sad. Our kids mean everything to us. emoticon

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JAKENELL 4/26/2014 1:26PM

    Sending you hugs and prayers as you go through this sorrowful time. I agree with Jeannie - you never "get over" but you do "get through," taking it one day at a time and accepting your emotions. I know I still stop and think when I see someone in a red parka because my fiance always wore one. The memories will always be with you and will comfort you.
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TUBLADY 4/26/2014 12:28PM

    I am so sorry for you loss.
All I know from what others always say, "It takes time."
Time to grieve, time to put the loss in a special place in your mind and heart.
Loss of a child never goes away. But time will easy the raw emotions that are hitting you in this present time.
Take your time, believe in your faith.
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JOHNTJ1 4/26/2014 12:04PM

    I'm rarely at a loss for words. Usually I have something to say but after reading your blog I am at a loss. If I were with you I would simply sit with you, in silence and help bear some of the grief and pain you are feeling.

There are no words, consoling or uplifting when we lose a child. I will hold you in my heart and I will pray for you, that God gives you the grace to persevere.

Much Love

John

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NASFKAB 4/26/2014 11:56AM

  sorry for your loss it never goes away pray for you

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IOWAGRAMMA 4/26/2014 11:52AM

    Joannie, you will have many more of those days and times. Believe me, it does get easier, but it never goes away. Give yourself plenty of time and treat yourself kindly. It's been 20 years since we lost our son, and I still have down days, especially when it's around the anniversary of his death, birthday or special occasions. I heard something recently in a TV program of all places, but it really spoke to me. A question was asked about how you get over something like this, and the answer was that you never get over it...you just get through it. I think that describes most of us. And closure? That's a figment of someone's imagination. There is no such thing...we just learn to cope with the "new normal." Sending you may warm wishes and lots of hugs, Jeannie
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Advice for Today......:)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

well, actually for any day....when it comes right down to it.....*grin* :)









  
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HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY.

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    Great advice

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Wishing you a GREAT Saturday
BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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JLAMING263 3/29/2014 10:32AM

    having a blaaa start to the day...

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Eggs, Eggs and More Eggs..:)

Saturday, March 29, 2014





I love eggs and they are actually very good for you, in moderation and on a limited basis......So glad that Hungry Girl loves them as well.......oh, yeah, Hungry Girl is an inspiration to me......she always has such neat ideas to make recipes much healthier.....so she is on my faves list...

but today's email had this about Eggs......and even better.....It's Eggs in a Mug, which makes it even easier....and soooo, sooo good.....Love this....

www.hungry-girl.com/biteout/show/bes
t-of-egg-mug-recipes


I can't believe Easter is so late this year...

Today was Friday, so hope that everyone had a fabulous fit and fun Friday.:)



  
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PYNETREE 4/21/2014 9:47AM

    Eggs are so versatile. So glad they are still not on the limit use list.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/30/2014 12:42PM

    I love eggs too. I think they are a perfect food.

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Love eggs too!

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EMSSBEARS 3/29/2014 11:15AM

    Thanks for sharing - I like Hungry Girl - she is always fun to watch too.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/29/2014 2:03AM

    I love eggs, too...anyway you make um...all of it, just whites, egg beaters, too!
And I, too, am a HG fan...just got her new book this week!
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/29/2014 1:14AM

    I like eggs too. Have a wonderful weekend.
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    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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