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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We finally had Christmas with the kids. It was a great time. I love being around the grandkids. Here is a picture of the cuties.

I took this week off from work to watch the youngest, Aubrey. Her babysitter took the week off. It has been fun, but very busy. She is three....we took all the decorations off the tree, but she wouldn't help me remove the tinsel!! LOL! I don't know what she has against tinsel.....I love it but it is messy!

I was also able to put a roast in the crockpot this morning. My hubby loves it when I'm home and can take the time to prepare special meals. Special meaning they take longer than 5 minutes to make.....it's hard when you work every day.

He is a great person. We shop together, cook together, and clean up together. We draw lines with things like mowing and snow shoveling....he does that....and he doesn't clean bathrooms. But he will run a vacuum from time to time. He also does his own laundry....gotta love that!

I am really looking forward to the bootcamp coming up. I have been very good at maintaining but haven't had any weight loss lately. Of course, I am not making a concerted effort to do so either. I need to get refocused. I have been reviewing my Becks books and rewriting my goals and statements. I have been taking time to write new cards and will be making more of an effort to make things more specific.

I have been focusing on my goals and getting them specific and meaningful so I can start this new phase right. I am confident that it is going to work this time. I will also be making a concerted effort to post more of my progress on my blog so that you lucky readers can help me be more accountable.

I should have been doing that all along. It's hard to stop the feeling of being embarrassed and ashamed of your condition. It's kinda stupid too, because we are all in or have been in the same situation. And we are here to do something about it. And DO we WILL!!!!!!!

I'm ready........

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DEEGIRL50 12/31/2009 7:35AM

    emoticon emoticon Refocusing with you!!

1-2-3 You and Me... Bootcamp!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLEENCOLE 12/30/2009 12:10PM

    Thanks for stopping by. Happy 2010!
We are in this together.

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P316LEIA 12/30/2009 9:49AM

    I'm with you Keri!!! We Can Do IT!!

p.s. you're lucky with a husband that'll do laundry!! I hate laundry and it's just my own.

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NANCY- 12/30/2009 8:49AM

Here's to 2010!

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FORMYDARLINGS 12/30/2009 8:24AM

    Keri. I'll be right here to cheer you along. Count on me for support and I will count on you!!!


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MSLZZY 12/30/2009 7:29AM

    Refocus and recommit-very positive! I love "turn over a new leaf"! It helps to be specific. Keeping things vague leaves room for a lack of attention and I need to
pay attention and stay sharp!
Here's to 2010! Happy New Year for a happier and healthier NewYou!

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ELLENIRENE 12/30/2009 6:57AM

    Bootcamp will be here before you know it! I just hope I find enough time--just have to make time!!
Thanks for getting us "fired up" and I really like your "turn over a new leaf"!

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LUCKYDUCK2 12/29/2009 11:50PM

    Just reading your blog got me all fired up and ready to tackle this head on again. THANKS! Nov and Dec were hard months and I became a real slacker with my health goals. I am going to prepare for the New Year too.

Your grandbabyjoys are so precious. Love the Pic.

Wishing you and yours a Healthy New Year.

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FROGGIE13777 12/29/2009 11:12PM

    Great. I'm new to this team but sounds great!!!! Froggie

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Christmas??? I think I missed it!!!! LOL!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

It has been years since I have seen this much snow!!! I am about stir crazy for being stuck in the house. It has been a CRAZY weekend.

On Christmas Eve, our son came over for supper. Afterwards we opened presents and then he went home because the snow started coming. DH and I were in bed by 10 p.m. How pitiful!!! We were supposed to go to my Aunt's house but it wasn't meant to be. Our candlelight service was even canceled.

On Christmas morning, DH was called out to a catastrophe at one of his customers. He is an electrical contractor. He got a call from a dairy.....one of their barns had partially fallen and they were concerned about the electrical. I was so worried about him driving out into the country. The blizzard was so bad.

He made it out there and it was worse than we first thought. They had emergency rescue crews there. Two people had been in the building but they got out. They weren't hurt--thank goodness. Many cows were injured and the highway patrol had to put many of them down. A lot of neighbors showed up and spent the day shoring up the rest of the building in order to save the rest of the cattle. He milks 1200 cattle a day. They had plows keeping the roads open for them.

So because of this I spent Christmas alone. Normally.......I would love a house to myself. But on Christmas......it was just sad. Because we hadn't planned on being home for Christmas, we didn't have any of the food trappings here.......that was a blessing. I tried to keep busy and really didn't think about food much even though I was so worried about DH. I was so glad to see him when he got home........which was about 1/2 hour before the second wave.

Finally Saturday afternoon we were able to get out of the house. DH spent over 3 hours moving snow so we could get our vehicle out of the garage. I haven't seen so much snow in many years. We went into Sioux Falls and had lunch.....wandered around the local Walmart.....didn't even buy any bargains.....hmmm.....wonder if I'm sick? LOL!!!

And then it started to snow again!!!!! So we headed for home. I hope we will be able to go to church tomorrow, and the rest of the children are supposed to come over in the afternoon. Our Christmas tree still has many presents beneath it so it hardly feels like Christmas is past.

But it was a time for a lot of reflection and I am grateful for the roof over our heads, a warm house, and plenty of food on the table. I hope you all had a blessed holiday! I am looking forward to starting the Bootcamp in the new year and wish you all much weight loss!!



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ID_VANDAL 12/29/2009 3:16PM

    Hi Keri - so glad you and your husband survived Christmas. I always marvel at how people can rally to help someone else when they need it - even when it puts them at risk. You have a very special person in your DH!

I do love coming to see your blogs with all the pictures - you just keep things so fresh!

I do hope the snow goes away without the flooding!

You take care and stay safe!!



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MSLZZY 12/29/2009 7:49AM

    This was definely a different Christmas for us, too. 18 inches of snow and no church services until Sunday. I heard about the dairy barn collapsing and felt so much sympathy for that family. How difficult that must have been to lose so much. This reminded me of the '68-69 winter with all that snow.
But we were warm and dry and only lost electricity once. We had our Christmas
in Irene on Sunday but left for home by dark as the blowing snow reduced
visibility and partially blocked the roads we had to travel. We had 6-8 foot
snow drifts in town and everyone was helping the neighbors dig out. We'll remember this Christmas.
The New Year starts soon and I am glad most of the goodies are gone. I'm back on track! Here's to a Happy New Year and a Happy New You!

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FORMYDARLINGS 12/28/2009 3:52PM

    Keri, What you got in snow , we got in rain the following 2 days. Thankfully my DD &DSIL had already made the 5 hr journey and were safely in Toronto. A christmas day alone would not be my choice either but thank goodness for people like your DH who were there to help. Hope the rest of the holiday goes better for you,


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CHILDNUMBER10 12/28/2009 8:05AM

  The weather does have a way of changing our plans, and making us mad,and making us grateful. the true blessing in your area sounds as if its all your neighbors and DH made it back home again safely. WW got called to his place of work but because we had 2 1/2 hours of snow to move before we could get out of the driveway they told him to stay home and called someone else. So the two of us was home alone also. the season won't officially be over here until January 17th that's the first we could all get together again so the tree will stay up and come that weekend the lights will be on. I keep telling myself and kids that it doesnt' matter the date we celebrate its that we do get to is the important part. So I wish you a blessed Christmas whenever your day shall be.

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AMBERZADE 12/27/2009 1:40PM

    That's a lot of snow. No wonder you had to delay Christmas. I never knew until I moved away from California how weather can effect people.

Wishing you all the best.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/27/2009 12:42PM

    So glad your husband is safe and was able to help. Sorry you were alone and sad on Christmas day. Christmas is really not about the presents and all about the blessings, spending times with those we love and being thankful. Sounds like you have all these things and can pick your day of celebration. Make all the memories you can.
Blessings and hugs,

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LUCKYDUCK2 12/27/2009 10:36AM

    Wow! You got hit so much harder then we did in Watertown. I think we got allot of snow but really were spared compared to the rest of the State. Our town always seemed to be on the edge of it.

I am so glad your DH made it out there and back home safe! All of our Christmas plans were put on hold also. It really felt strange to be sitting in an empty house on Christmas day. We are all getting together, weather permitting , this coming weekend.

Hugs and wishing you a Healthy New Year.

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BUSSMOM 12/27/2009 9:53AM

  I have friends in Lincoln, NE that were digging out about the same as you. Their Christmas Eve services were cancelled too.

One of my friends is a shut-in during the winter months. At 86, she is fearful of getting out in the ice and snow, but she always makes it to Christmas Eve services and was surprised that they had to be cancelled.

Hope your snow melts quickly and safely....no flooding.

Glad you are able to stay warm. Enjoy your Christmas whenever it comes.


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COLEENCOLE 12/27/2009 9:06AM

    We had our blizzard the weekend before Christmas and we were worried about the weight of the snow so my teens had a blast getting on the roof and pushing the snow off. Have a belated Merry Christmas!

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NANCY- 12/27/2009 9:03AM

    Don't worry ... this is only the third day of Christmas.... Enjoy!

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LEEPFROG95 12/27/2009 8:06AM

    great pictures....and I uderstand the Christmas Day thing but my Christmas day is Jan 2nd when my DD makes it home the tree is still up with all the presents waiting for her...
have a great day

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ELLENIRENE 12/27/2009 7:21AM

    I heard about the barn collapse on the radio, yesterday. There were 2 or 3 more, too.
Great pictures. Thanks for sharing

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Bracing for winter weather

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The whole area is panicing!!!! My goodness!

Snow is coming!!! Check

Buy out the store!!!! Check

Cancel Christmas!!!!! ERRRRRR! What??????? Cancel Christmas? No way!!!

My mom is already panicing about Saturday.....I think we should wait and see what happens!

It's okay if we have to postpone our festivities because of the weather. I may not be able to travel in this weather but we will celebrate the Lord's Birthday!

DH and I are ready to hibernate for a few days. Work has already been canceled for tomorrow. So I'm gonna settle in with a good book. I am going to try to convince my son to come stay overnight so at least he will be here!

I hope everyone is ready for what the next few days bring!

Merry Christmas!


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ID_VANDAL 12/26/2009 7:43PM

    Hi Keri, Hope Christmas turned out good for you. I've reading about the weather and how bad it is. I hope everyone who was stranded found some way to make it a joyous Christmas although I don't think Travelgrrl did (check her blog out).

Anyway I ALMOST feel guilty enjoying the blue sky and 80 plus degree temperatures we are having here!

You take care and keep with the program.



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LUCKYDUCK2 12/23/2009 11:30PM

    LOL. LOVE the photos and yep....everyone is in panic mode here.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Healthy New year! Stay safe and keep warm. Hugs

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BOOPBETTY7 12/23/2009 5:28PM

    emoticon It sure will be a frosty one for sure in this area. Have a nice Christmas even if it's a bit chilly out. Be extra careful if you are in the area where there is ice/sleet/snow mixed and a Blessed Christmas day to one and all. For this is the Lord's day. emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 12/23/2009 5:17PM

    I love it, you sound just like my sister, she told me, they were canceling Christmas Eve Family get together, because of the weather, she is in Iowa, What if it doesnt get there, like our rain, so often, out here in California, anyway, Wait and see, and enjoy your book, Merry Christmas emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 12/23/2009 5:16PM

  Hope the weather doesn't inconvenience you too much. Have a good Christmas. emoticon

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PRICKLY101 12/23/2009 5:13PM

    That's it! Once we look at it as Christ's Mass - the day doesn't matter! I celebrate Immanuel and His light on any day!

A blessed Christmas to you!

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A Merry Christmas letter to Mr. Tuxedo:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mr. Tuxedo guy,

It was great to see you and your wife/girlfriend last night at the John Tesh concert.

That was a mighty fine fur coat she had...I can see why you didn't want to check it. It must have been horrible for you to have to sit up in the balcony with us common folks.

It must have been equally upsetting for you to have to sit next to me....a middle aged woman in blue jeans and overweight at that. Isn't it funny how no one tells you that the arm rests belong to people like you and if anyone tries to use them, they get an elbow jabbed at them. And I really liked the part about how you had a smile for everyone around you except when you looked my way. It was probably my sparkling personality that blinded you and turned off your smile.

Yes, I am overweight. Yes, I am uncomfortable sitting in chairs that were built for people who are a size 2. Thanks for noticing. Let me tell you something you don't notice as your nose is in the air.......

I am a great person. I have sweet disposition and I am nice to most people. I love to laugh and have fun with my family. I was there to enjoy the concert with my sister and my niece. Despite you and your elbow, we had a nice time. And you know what......I have feelings and they can get hurt by people like you.

If that's what it's like to have money.......I don't want it. Because I will always be happier than you could possibly be looking so silly in your monkey suit......this is Sioux Falls not New York!!!
You didn't hurt my feelings or make me feel bad.

So, you see....I'm not going to be like this forever. I'm on a journey and I'm sorry but you can't come along. You on the other hand have " Arrogant, snob disease." And I hear there is no cure. I'm sorry to hear that. You'll never know what you missed.

Merry Christmas! I hope you get everything money can buy.


P. S. : To the readers- This is really me being funny. I can't let a small person get me down like that....but sometimes....if I wasn't a christian or a nice person.....this is how I would let them have it!!!! LOL!

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AMBERZADE 12/23/2009 9:21AM

    LOL This is funny and very cute! Good for you!!

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ELLENIRENE 12/23/2009 6:13AM

    It's his loss

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/22/2009 10:34PM

    some people need money to feel important and some people learn it is more important to be nice to your neighbor and share the arm rest. stay just the way you are. i wish they could read your blog and make a turn around. emoticonyou are special.

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MSLZZY 12/22/2009 10:20PM

    Just because you give the impression you have money, you can't disguise the obvious lack of good manners! I am glad you enjoyed the concert, despite the rude couple in the crowd.
Even the lowliest of us deserves respect. He could have been sitting next to God and still
been offended.
Keep your happy humor, smile, and know that they are people just as we are!
But you are special, you are unique and that is a very good thing!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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FORMYDARLINGS 12/22/2009 8:40PM

    It's too bad that there are people who simply have no manners. Maybe it was a big deal to be at the concert to them, but no more so than for you. Remain the nice, kind and funloving person you are and rememeber what you don't want to be like, ever,


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MYRENAISSANCE09 12/22/2009 8:27PM

  I am so sorry you had such a bad experience! You are a wonderful, kind person and don't forget it! By the way, you can tell they have issues, anyway. What were they thinking, wearing a tuxedo and fur to a CONCERT? Geez! How weird! What were they thinking? emoticon

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The spark on my Christmas Stocking is not a fire.........

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I was moved to tears this morning........it wasn't a bad thing either. There are some people on Sparkpeople that can make such a difference in your life. I know I have been truly blessed and my life will never be the same. Many of you reading this are counted in that blessing.....

As many of you know, I have been struggling with the surgery question. To have or not to have......that is the question. My husband has been pushing me towards it but has also said that it's my decision. I haven't been sure.

Today I received an email from a beautiful sparker who is very much succeeding at her weight loss journey. She doesn't know I'm writing this so I won't identify her by name, only because I don't want to offend her if she minds. She gave me some wonderful incites and I would like to share a couple of her comments with you......


"....If seeing people dying from smoking every day or being given the death sentence that smokers lungs is, doesn't switch that little switch that needs switching for someone to give up smoking, then I think nothing will.

Same with losing weight. One day, it's there – the switch. It's big and bright red and right in front of you and all you have to do when it appears is press it and the rest is easy. But if it doesn't appear – then losing weight will be a struggle and a battle that's most likely to end in defeat over and over. "

....."About the moment, the window of opportunity, that you get. If you seize it, that moment is really all it takes. As in, I'm not “doing” it – I did it that moment. What I do now is no different to when I was gaining weight. As in, I wasn't “doing” that either. It was just a consequence of how I was living. And now, as a consequence of how I am living, I am now losing weight. No scheme, no diet, no effort – just a change and decision I made that one time on January 10th 2009.

I make it sound simple and it obviously isn't. And I can't really explain the moment very well either, because it's such an individual experience. But I have heard other people who've made a big change in their life say the same thing – that one day it was there – the knowledge that today was the day and that henceforth, it would be different.

I know alcoholics and drug addicts often call it rock-bottom, and I suppose that's kinda how I felt as well. Only, I don't think I was as low as I'd ever been. But I definitely felt it was do or die time and – rather wisely – decided to do. ;) "


She had a lot more to say to me and I will NEVER forget it. I appreciate it so much. You are an amazing person and you are wise beyond your years! The fact that you cared enough to share that with me, leaves me speechless. I really believe now that I can do this on my own.....the healthy way. And I believe in myself and in my strength to do it.

I'm not so foolish to think that is will be easy now, but it will be right and it will be good. Just watch me!.......Just join me! 2010 will be our year to shine!!!! (We may even throw some tinsel around......LOL)

I love Sparkpeople! I love the people of Sparkpeople. You are what makes this tic. Together it's an unstoppable force. We are here for each other through successes and setbacks. We pick each other up like nothing I have ever seen before!

Thank you.....you touch my heart and give me strength!


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LUCKYDUCK2 12/21/2009 7:01PM

    What a wonderful Christmas gift from a fellow sparker....the gift of sharing and caring! And thank YOU for sharing it with us.

Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year to you and yours. Hugs.

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NANCY- 12/20/2009 8:46AM

    Keri, what wonderful incites she had. I can understand about the Big Red Switch... I quit smoking 9 months ago... it wasn't easy at first, but each day got easier. Now it's my lifestyle.
I too am looking for the food Switch, fitness switch... but I think for me the path to the switch included baby steps in preparation for the switch. For me surgery would not be an option.... I need to learn what needs to be done and do it, without that I know that i know what the surgery intended to help with would fail becasue the supporting tools are not in place.

I need the "Big RED Switch"
Thanks for sharing.


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ID_VANDAL 12/20/2009 2:56AM

    Hi Keri, Thanks for sharing this. Sparkpeople are an awesome group and so willing to share and support.

I count my blessing that I found you out here!

You add a lot to Sparkpeople!!

Enjoy your holidays!



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KELLYC_14FAN 12/18/2009 8:21AM

    This is such a great blog!!! I definitely needed to read this today!! So thank you!!

I definitely agree with the big red switch analogy! That is exactly how it was for me. After trying many times, there was something about this time that was just different.

Thanks for all of your support as well! You rock! :)

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ELLENIRENE 12/18/2009 7:25AM

    Thank you for sharing this. Spark does have amazing people.

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DEEGIRL50 12/18/2009 4:27AM

    Kiss your forehead for me dear one!! I believe you've got it!!

Your outlook and humor and thought provoking blogs are a few of my favorite things!!

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KO1215 12/17/2009 8:38PM

    Here is to all of us having an Ah ha moment! emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/17/2009 5:32PM

    The wonderful insight and thoughts of this Sparker is a true blessing to all of us and I thank you for sharing. I am not sure, either, what exactly happens when we have our "ah-ha" moment but when it comes, you have to grab at the opportunity. Sieze the brass ring! If all our stuggles were easy, we would take them for granted. It is hard work but must be done. And when we reach our goals,
the sense of accomplishment makes up for all the pain and frustration, self-doubt and negativity. You CAN do this and you WILL do it, in your own way. You have the tools and we are here for you, just as you are here for us when we need it. Grow your Spark and let it illuminate your life!
Here is to the most splendid and glorious year ahead! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/17/2009 4:45PM

    I totally agree with "the switch".

When the time is right, we can do anything.

2010 will be your year to shine!

Let your sparklight through!

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FORMYDARLINGS 12/17/2009 4:04PM

    Dear Keri, All I can say is DITTO. You give me strength. Reading your blog has lifted my spirit today and I think that you are right, we can do this on our, together. I'm with you in 2010.


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BABY_GIRL69 12/17/2009 2:53PM

    This is wonderful & some times Sparkfriends come just in the nick of time like angels! Thanks for sharing!


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MBSKIT 12/17/2009 2:44PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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    You've been abundantly blessed, and bless so many by sharing this.
Happy Holidays! emoticon
Grace and peace,

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