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Thank You sparkfriends

Friday, May 08, 2009

I thank you friends for helping me during this difficult time. Your kind words, thoughts and prayers were heard, and now I have hope to guide me into a new day. This 8th grade graduation ceremony will be a milestone for us all, my family and my son's classmates, and friends who all still hold his love. We will never forget him, and we know he is waiting patiently for us, we are one more day closer to him and our Lord. Again I want to say THANK YOU FRIENDS! emoticon emoticon

  
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TRACYZABELLE 5/10/2009 6:31AM

    What a wonderful tribute to your son.. you are truly blessed that not only do you have angels here on earth but your son is watching over you safely embraced in God's arms. Hang in there momma on this mother's day! We are here for you.

TracYZ

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NELLIEC 5/9/2009 12:36PM

    You are very welcome! emoticon emoticon

May God bless you!!!

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hugs & blessings
sydney

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MSHOPPER63 5/8/2009 11:48PM

    Joe Ann2- I can't imagine how difficult it has been for you. I'm just very glad the love and support of SP has helped comfort you. Remember we are always here for you.
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Breaking down :(

Monday, May 04, 2009

I feel the sadness coming in robbing me of whatever happiness I had. I still grieve for my son, and yet no one understands, except GOD. I will never know why until I get to ask GOD himself. Last week one of the moms of the 8th grade class called and asked if it was okay to have a special memorial for my son during the 8th grade graduation. I feel so touched that they would do this for him,,,,,and yet I feel his absence so much more now and again I question GOD, WHY?..........I'm on the edge of crying and not stopping, there is a hole in my heart that can never be filled.

  
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ANGORA4 5/23/2009 10:02PM

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FLUTTERBY32 5/6/2009 9:19AM

    I am sorry you are feeling so sad. I want you to know we are a here for you. You have my thoughts and prayers. If there was some way I could hug you right now I would.

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That will have to do. Feel better sweet lady!

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~ELLE~ 5/5/2009 10:08PM

    Your in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace.

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DISNEYPARIS 5/5/2009 2:28PM

    May God guide & look after you.
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GOING2LOSENOW 5/5/2009 12:47PM

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A Prayer When in Grief

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. —Revelation 7:16-17

Heavenly Father, you know how deep my grief
is. I long for the touch of a hand, the sound of
a voice that is stilled. You are merciful and kind.
You will comfort my wounded heart. Wipe the tears
from my eyes. Thank You for understanding so well
our poor human hearts and for letting us lean on
You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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TIFFLE52 5/5/2009 12:02PM

    I am praying that you may find some peace. emoticon

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MZSASSY 5/5/2009 12:01PM

    U have every right to grieve in your own way, take your time.
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3SISTERS 5/5/2009 10:33AM

    Joe......I still grieve and it has been years. There is nothing wrong with that. My memories are with me daily and bring smiles of joy to my face but there are the times where right out of the blue something will hit you or move you and then there are the tears. I am a happy person almost always and very grateful for all that I have had and for what the future holds.
Stick close to God and your family and friends. Thinking of you and sending good energy and prayers your way!

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STUDIETWO 5/5/2009 10:06AM

    Joe Anne--My heart goes out to you. Of course your heart is breaking all over again--grief is not something you can do once and then it's done--and that's okay. Life is not fair. Trust your faith in God--He is sovereign and His plan is perfect, even if we don't understand, even if we can't see how this tragedy can possibly be for the good of anything. I am praying that God will hold you in His palm and give you comfort during this painful time.

Please stay plugged into Spark and stay in touch with friends. I am here for you if you need to talk, or cry, or vent.

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CARPEDIEM_2009 5/5/2009 9:40AM

    We can make it through any trial with the pray emoticon
There is nothing wrong with feeling the way you do, we all grieve that is the only way to deal with things such as a lost. My condolences go out to you... emoticon

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SJACQUITA 5/5/2009 9:27AM

    Joanne, do whatever it is you need to do to get through. If you need to cry, cry. If you need to scream, scream. When my dear mother passed, people kept telling me that my Mom wouldn't want me to cry or be sad. They kept telling me to take it day by day, but, day by day was too long for me. I just had to go minute by minute, second by second, moment by moment. No one can determine or dictate how you are to grieve. I think I cried every day for the first two years after my Mom passed. I know a person that cried everyday for 6 years after her mother passed. Crying is a stress reliever. I believe holding that anguish inside is far worse than crying. It's okay to do whatever you need to do to get through that moment. I know there are some who may not agree or who feel I am advocating you allow your grief to overtake you; please know that I am not. I just know your pain is real and sometimes crying can be comforting. Just know that GOD knows your heart, HE sees your pain and HE is still there for you.

http://www.copefoundation.o
rg/ is a website totally dedicated to coping with the loss of a child. I pray you find consolation by this site and within our Saviour Jesus Christ. God bless you always, Kita.

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SIOUXWIN 5/5/2009 8:36AM

    Joe_Anne,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. When my sister was killed I heard her last cry out even through she was several states away. At the time we were returning from a powwow and had stopped at a rest area --I thought it was a woman being attacked but my husband and I looked around but could not find anyone else. I found out four hours later she had begun her final journey leaving behind 3 very small children. My firsrt thoughts were, "Why God, why!"

At my sister's Memorial I could feel the wind blow and a very strong surge come through, may you and your family be blessed with strenght through this ---Lakota Winyan.



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TERIE93 5/5/2009 7:25AM

    You will be in my prayers today. The joy is still there, it will resurface again, keep your eyes on Jesus-the sun will shine again-you'll see. : )teri

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KENNESAWGIRL733 5/5/2009 6:20AM

    I know what it is to grieve for years and I know it can destroy you if you allow it to. Grief is a sad bitterness we feel at the unjustified loss of our loved one, and it takes time to find a way to turn the bitterness into joy. Choose to honor your loved one each day, by choosing life and joy instead of the bitter agony of grief. And when you feel like you are drowning in agony, say to yourself those very words... I choose life, I choose joy, I choose to honor my son's life by making a "Riley" difference in the lives of others. Get mad at the grief and set it aside each day so you can honor your son's memory as you go about giving, loving and sharing the way your son did. I am here for you and as part of the Turn Around Girls, I will pray for you daily.
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SNAZZYPS 5/5/2009 1:04AM

    I can only imagine the pain of losing a child. My prayers are with you.

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Pam

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JUDYPOPPINS 5/5/2009 12:47AM

    Joanne,
I cannot fathom the pain you must feel from Riley's passing to heaven. You will never stop missing him and we do not understand why God would choose to take him from you. One thing I do believe is that God wants you to live your life here on earth, there is a reason you are here and to live that life joyously. It's wonderful that the 8th grade wants to honor Riley at the graduation. See how many lives he touched in his short time on earth?
Have you talked with someone about grief counseling? While it can never take away the grief, it often can help you manage it, and help you learn to live this life here on earth while never forgetting Riley, but honoring him by living each day to its fullest.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judy

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GODZDESIGN95 5/4/2009 11:39PM

    I am sorry but remember that he is only gone for what is to God a second. One day you will see him again. Even though your heart is aching. It is not good-by but more I'll will see you some day soon. God knows!!!

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NELLIEC 5/4/2009 11:37PM

    The loss of a child is very painful -- no matter what age they were when they died. That last word "died" is a very stark one. We know that they are in heaven, yet it feels so terrible to not have them with us.

Most certainly God understands! May God bless you!!!

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PEPPERLEAH 5/4/2009 11:36PM

    You are in my prayers. I am always here if you need someone to talk to.

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Leah

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D710DANCE 5/4/2009 11:35PM

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You are in my prayers!



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JANRTEACH 5/4/2009 11:22PM

    I am so sorry. I can't even imagine your grief. I viewed his page. You were very lucky to have such a wonderful boy. I know your heart must be broken. Keep hanging in there -- obviously he had many, many friends and I'm sure you do to. Reach out to them. emoticon

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Day 2 is Done

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Woohoo! I did a 25 minute walk and 5 mintes on the bike. It feels good just like yesterday, my only upset is that I went to the fitness center alone, all of my family bailed on me. Ok I'm ready for day 3, but I got to decide, should I go to Curves or stay with the fitness center? Well I'll figure it out by tomorrow, I am off to get my beauty rest. Goodnite Sparkfriends emoticon

  
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NELLIEC 4/29/2009 12:59PM

    It is great that you went anyway!!!

May God bless you!!!

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LAMEXICANFEMALE 4/29/2009 9:19AM

    Good for you! I have to fight my own resistance to exercise so I'm glad you've been able to do it! Sending you good thoughts!
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FLUTTERBY32 4/29/2009 9:00AM

    So glad you are making progress!

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ANGORA4 4/29/2009 8:53AM

    emoticon, you went no matter what! Very good!

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LOSINMYFATSUIT 4/29/2009 1:09AM

    Hey Joe, Look at you go! I wouldn't call that an "upset" thats a big step forward, going it alone. I probably would not have gone. I'm proud of you! emoticon

Stay sparked4life!

Losin

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SNAZZYPS 4/28/2009 11:49PM

    Way to go - you have more strength and commitment than I do. When my Mom backs out on me I don't make it to the Gym, I haven't gotten the courage to go without my backup buddy yet. Keep it up - Hopefully I'll get there soon.

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Woohoo! I finally exercised

Monday, April 27, 2009

Yep! I did 20 minutes interval walking and 10 minutes of weights. Now if I can just do two more days of this, for this week. I thank you for the motivation and inspiration from all of you my sparkfriends.

  
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FREDDY72 4/28/2009 9:44PM

    Keep it up! I know it's hard, but it will get a little easier every day.

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QUILTINGB52 4/28/2009 9:17PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! It's all about baby steps.....and exercise is definitely right up there!!

I'm back to leg lifts and walking out to the mailbox every two days, which includes stairs. Each day we will be able to do a bit more until these "firsts" will just be a memory away.

Keep up the great work!! YOU are so worth the healthy journey!!!!

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TERIE93 4/28/2009 7:35PM

    I am not big on exercise either, but make myself do some, it is getting better. Hang in there!

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ANGELSPARK19 4/28/2009 12:37PM

    you can do it!!!! emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/28/2009 9:45AM

    You CAN do it! emoticon (GLOW team)

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GODZDESIGN95 4/28/2009 9:31AM

    Good for you. faith without works is dead...

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JANRTEACH 4/28/2009 8:37AM

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CROSSTITCHC 4/28/2009 7:28AM

    Great job! Feels good, doesn't it?! One day at a time, you can do it! emoticon

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DENONNIE 4/28/2009 3:55AM

    Good job!!! Keep up the good work!
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GAMBLINGQUEEN 4/28/2009 1:54AM

    Way to go. I know you can get those 2 more days in.

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DEBEDEE 4/28/2009 1:36AM

    Yeah!!!! Great job! Keep it up! Results are coming!

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PEPPERLEAH 4/27/2009 11:17PM

    Awesome!!!! Keep going; you'll reach your goals!
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Leah

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Weekend stuff

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tomorrow, it's the beginning of a full week of work for me. Yet I feel bummed, no real interest to get back there.....I finished the twilight series books, maybe thats why I feel lost. I do have other books I need to finish so I guess I can read those. Other than that there's no other updates, oh yes I was thinking about taking walks near the river but then last night we were told to watch out because of a mountain lion which has been seen in the area. We have cattle and horses which are about 1/4 mile from the and the river, so that is why we were informed. Well thats it for now.

  
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ANGORA4 4/27/2009 3:12PM

    I guess that's one of the big perks of leaning on God. We have things we don't wanna do, and do them anyway. I love the passage from the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is praying. Even he, the God of the universe, had things to do he didn't feel like doing. But he did them anyway. Luke 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

If Jesus himself had days when he just didn't wanna, it should be no surprise when I have them. The secret is to use his strength, and do what he did. Do it anyway.

Usually, once we get past that initial 'don't wanna' phase, it isn't so bad. He did this, we can do this!


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ZANLORETTA 4/26/2009 9:02AM

    Hi,
I just finished the series too. I watched the movie and then got the books. I guess I just had to see how the story line would work out. My husband is so glad that my nose is out of the book for a little bit.

I can also relate to how your feeling. Hoping the sun is shining where you are. Maybe you could sit outside and finish one of your other books in the fresh air. Getting out even for a little bit helps me a lot.

Wishing you a peaceful week.

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MOV4WARD 4/25/2009 5:45PM

    sometimes i feel that way & it's usually related to hormone changes during my cycle.... it's a good time to pamper yourself a bit more, but don't quit, just do what you can and don't fret the rest. get good sleep & hopefully you'll be feeling it better soon :)

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