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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

I know I needed to update, but what to write? At my home the 2 foster children are doing well, but it's just the extended family who have the problems. It's sad that they have to be treat my sisters and their families with that bad attitudes. I know I just need to not worry about them and focus on our own home, so here I go with more effort in my weightloss challenge.

  
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NELLIEC 6/3/2009 8:46PM

    Well, since you can't change them or their attitudes, it makes sense to just deal with what is your responsibility.

May God bless you!!!

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JANRTEACH 6/3/2009 9:47AM

    Hi Joe Anne -- Glad to hear from you!! emoticon

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FLUTTERBY32 6/3/2009 7:50AM

    I'm so glad to see you blogging again! Stop by RtS team and meet our new members...there are bunches! Also, are you up for a weight loss challenge? We are just starting the summer one. Hope you have a good day and way to stay positive!!!

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ANGORA4 6/3/2009 3:27AM

    It is hard. Sounds like you're on the right track though. Change the things you can, and let go of the rest. Good for you!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/3/2009 12:18AM

    Hang in there hunny! You know God never gives us more than we can handle..

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Emotional healing

Saturday, May 23, 2009

I thank you all so very much for the thoughts and prayers for us. The memorial was so beautiful and yes I cried as did all my family who was there. The young man who gave the speech was my son's best friend, and with the speech the 8th graders had dedicated this years promotion ceremony in honor of my son RILEY, and they even had a picture of him on one of the chairs, which had been signed by all of them.....It was the speech that really got to me because I only remembered my own pain until I heard this young man tell of his and it was like I could feel his pain.

Today I feel so much lighter (not sure how to explain) like a burden has been lifted. I know GOD was with us. I thank you all again for the prayers. emoticon

  
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TRACYZABELLE 5/29/2009 4:48AM

    What a fitting tribute for a very special young man.

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NELLIEC 5/26/2009 8:53PM

    Praise the Lord for the healing!!!

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LORIJEANNE71 5/26/2009 11:53AM

    Joanne,

What a nice gift Riley's friend and the whole 8th grade class did for him. I bet the memorial was just beautiful. I am so glad that you feel like your spirits have been lifted.

Your Sister in Christ,

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LAMEXICANFEMALE 5/25/2009 10:47AM

    emoticon I'm happy that you were able to hear his friends thoughts and feelings.

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KENNESAWGIRL733 5/24/2009 11:53AM

    The ceremony was such a wonderful tribute to your son, and I am so glad that it brought more healing for you.

hugs & blessings
sydney

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3SISTERS 5/24/2009 7:31AM

    Sounds like Riley was there. So happy for you.

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-WISPY- 5/24/2009 2:20AM

    I didn't know of your loss, but the tribute to your son son is just wonderful. I am sending loving thoughts to you and your family, also his friends as I write.

Love Wispy.

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MOV4WARD 5/23/2009 10:23PM

    Oh JoeAnne, what a wonderful tribute to your son. Take care of yourself this weekend. We'll be thinking of you, your family & his friends, during this time of memory :)

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ANGORA4 5/23/2009 10:06PM

    It sounds like a very moving and healing moment. emoticon emoticon

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So much pressure I feel crushed

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

This has been a very trying week and it's not over yet. The memorial for my son will be on Thursday evening, and of yesterday we had 2 foster girls brought to us. Both of these girls are related to me and it will cause complications with the extended family. So please keep me in prayer this week. Thank you Sparkfriends emoticon

  
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LORIJEANNE71 5/26/2009 11:47AM

    Joanne,

What an awesome gift you are giving to these precious girls. I will pray for peace for you and your family and for everything to go smoothly for Riley's memorial. I wish I was there. I would take you to lunch, or just give you a hug or something. Just know that God loves you so much and you are doing what He wants you to do for the girls.

Blessings to you my friend,

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SPARKLEMAMMY 5/25/2009 4:26PM

    Will be praying for you and the family

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MOV4WARD 5/20/2009 7:47PM

    {{{hugs}}}

keeping you close in our t&p's ~ that you will find the courage to get through all this, the strength to keep trying, the time to grieve, that you will find comfort in the arms of family & friends. if only words could help... just please know that you aren't alone, ever... in the rw or here.

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MELSMIMI 5/20/2009 10:49AM

    I saw your post on the Relighting the Spark team and after reading your post and page I read Riley's memorial page. My heart goes out to you!!! the blessing you have from his life is now there are better trained and better equiped EMT care. What a legacy his life will have with so many people have a second chance by that training and equipment! He sounds like a precious little boy who would have been a loving man! Surround those girls with all the love you have in your heart!!!

Elane

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STUDIETWO 5/20/2009 9:35AM

    What a loving and giving person you are--fostering children is a tough job that pulls on your patience and on your heartstrings. It is probably one of the most important jobs you can do and God has given this task to you because you are able, and He will give you all the strength and courage you need.

My prayers, as always, are with you as you foster these children and also on Thursday as you honor your beautiful son!

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3SISTERS 5/20/2009 9:05AM

    What a wonderful thing they are doing having a memorial. I know it will be emotional and have you in my thoughts and prayers.
Fostering has its own stress and rewards but to foster within the family ..so to speak... sure makes for a lot more stress. Keep up the good work and hang in there....really proud of you emoticon

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QUILTINGB52 5/20/2009 1:38AM

    I will hold you in my thoughts & prayers ~ may the memorial for your son embrace you & your family!

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SOUTHERNORGANIC 5/20/2009 12:16AM

    I'm so sorry, and I can't begin to imagine what you're going through. You will be in my thoughts.

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MYSHERO 5/19/2009 11:37PM

    I'll be thinking about you and praying for your strength and comfort.

Love, Yvette

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SNAZZYPS 5/19/2009 11:15PM

    You have such a big heart! My prayers are with you!

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NANCY1204 5/19/2009 10:07PM

    Praying emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 5/19/2009 10:02PM

    I will keep you in my prayers.

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TIFFLE52 5/19/2009 9:46PM

    You are in my prayers.

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IWANT2LOVEME4ME 5/19/2009 9:38PM

    emoticon you will definitely be in my prayers.. stay encouraged emoticon

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OTIS2375 5/19/2009 9:13PM

    You are in my prayers as well. Stay Strong :)

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CKCKWEBS 5/19/2009 9:12PM

    I'll say a prayer for you! I pray you find the much needed strength from above. emoticon

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SURLYGIRL 5/19/2009 8:51PM

    YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS.
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REVEBEV 5/19/2009 8:45PM

    I'm sorry your life holds so many challenges... and so few answers. I'll remember you this week when I pray hun.

Beverly
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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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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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    emoticonJOE_ANNE2 emoticon

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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