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I feel peace a coming......

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

There has been so much going on lately that I haven't had a lot of time to Spark. (I hate when that happens!)

Work is really busy and I need to learn how to delegate more....that's such a hard one for me. On top of that this hasn't been the healthiest time in my life and I need to change that!



My DH and I have been struggling since our last little chicky left the nest. We quit camping because it just didn't hold the same appeal. Our state does the 90 day in advance reservations....I mean seriously....who knows what they are going to do 90 days in advance??



But we both miss camping but DH has really struggled with boredom while camping. I love walking and reading. I could read all day! But he has to be doing something all the time. He doesn't hunt or fish.....thank goodness...I don't want to deal with that mess! So we quit going......so the weekends are always a struggle to find something to do besides sit on our keester! Heaven knows....I can't afford to do that another summer.



My aunt and her room mate decided to rent a spot for the summer at a local lake. You pay a fee for the summer and you park your camper there for the whole year. You can even store it there for the winter. The more my DH and I thought about it the more we liked the idea....except the thought of taking our camper wasn't appealing. But the best part is that it's only 25 miles from our house.

We have a fifth wheel and the bed is in the upper part. It isn't large enough to stand in so ......it's.....crawl in....crawl out. That was okay 10 years ago....but not anymore. So we decided to trade it in for something more appropriate for our needs.

So we took last Friday off to look for a different camper...it was so rainy and awful out. We didn't find anything in the morning that would work. Luckily the last place we went...we told the sales guy what we wanted and he said...I got what you want....and he did. So...we are back in camper debt but it is going to be great for us. And this campground has so many nice people that we are bound to make new friends and really have a great time. I'm excited. They have a pool too. That will be fun.



I plan to make this the summer of activity!!!!!

Yipee!!



Hugs,

Keri



  
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DEEGIRL50 5/3/2010 1:59AM

    Yipee is right!! I love camping. Cooking over an open fire is my favorite.

I think making new adult friends will be the best part.
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JELLI-LEAN 4/30/2010 1:46PM

    Loved your blog with all of the pic's! Sounds like a real deal to me! Enjoy your summer! ~ Janel :)

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JFROGDIVA 4/30/2010 1:37PM

    WOOHOO!!!! Sounds like a Summer of Activity to me!!!! LOL!!!! Enjoy!!!!
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MEESHADACATDIVA 4/28/2010 10:30PM

    See it was meant to happen. Glad you will have a great summer outdoors this year

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/28/2010 12:07PM

    That sounds GREAT! You can throw a bike in and maybe ride a few trails together too. :)

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POSITIVELY_EB 4/28/2010 12:02PM

    How wonderful for you!

Hugs! Beverly

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AMBERROGUE 4/28/2010 11:51AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Wish I was going to do that this summer! LOL

Enjoy!

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HICALGAL 4/28/2010 9:42AM

    sounds like you and hub will have a great time. emoticon

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P316LEIA 4/28/2010 9:37AM

    Sounds like fun!!! I haven't been camping since I was a kid and we always had a great time.

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NANCY- 4/28/2010 9:34AM

    I've never used a camper...always used a tent.
WTG on finding a solution.
Enjoy your summers. BTW nice pics.

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ELLENIRENE 4/28/2010 7:02AM

    sounds like a good summer!!

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MOMFAN 4/27/2010 11:02PM

    I am going to come join you! Sounds like so much fun and I need a vacation! LOL

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SKEESTER55 4/27/2010 10:50PM

  My DH and I bought a slide-on camper three years ago and have yet to use it. At the time, we were making a lot of trips to Georgia to help my elderly parents who were both sick and living a in partial care facility. Hotel bills were really adding up and we thought the camper would help. My DH's sister lived in the country there and we could have parked it in her yard and hooked up to her house. But, before we could get our truck beefed up enough to carry the load, my mother passed away. After that, we always lucked out getting to stay in the guest room at the facility. Dad followed Mom a few months later. Since then, we have talked about taking it to the Keys, hauling our boat behind. But that has created another problem...getting an extended hitch to haul the boat. We can't find one for less than $800. We've also talked about visiting family in it; but, we haven't been back to Georgia since Dad's estate was settled. Then there's the dream trips to the mountains or across the country. But, every time we think about what is involved in getting ready to go camping and then actually camping out, staying at a hotel looks more appealing. I guess we are just lazy people who really enjoy our creature comforts. Now, my DH is talking about selling it. I'm hesitant only because of (1) the economy and (2) it would make a good place to stay if we ever had to go through another Hurricane Frances or Jeanne. Who knows, maybe we'll finally get to use it before he sells it.

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MSLZZY 4/27/2010 10:43PM

    emoticon You will love it! I'm so glad for you. Our camper stays in storage until the week before State Fair. Maybe it will have to come home sooner LOL!

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SUNNY1432 4/27/2010 10:18PM

    I'm glad that you found something that will meet your needs better and will probably ensure that you both have a better time. emoticon
Good luck getting back on track, I've been having the same problem, on and off lately, I just can't wait to be done for the summer and only have family life to worry about:)
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KELLYC_14FAN 4/27/2010 10:14PM

    I used to love camping, but I haven't been in so many years!!! Congrats on the new camper! I bet you will have a lot of fun this summer!!

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What will be different today?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Everyday when you get out of bed in the morning....you have to ask yourself.....What will be different today? What will I change to make "it" better?



How much control are you taking for these changes? I know I have been letting fate rule my destiny....when I should have been taking more control. No wonder I don't get the results I want.




So what WILL be different today?



******I will CARE about myself like I care about my DH, my kids, my friends...you.

******I will take time to plan my day....plan my week.

******I will not let my impulses rule my day.

******I will focus on moving.....a person in motion will lose more weight than someone who doesn't move.



Today will be better than yesterday!




Always aim for the moon
Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.



Hugs,

Keri

  
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MARYBERT 5/23/2010 11:56PM

    Your blog was wonderful...thanks for posting it...

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/24/2010 3:22AM

    Keri...I have missed your blogs. THANK YOU for still being YOU. :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/23/2010 11:41AM

    Very cute visuals. Thanks, Keri!

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MOMFAN 4/21/2010 12:16AM

    I will be different today! Love the pics!

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DEEGIRL50 4/20/2010 9:42PM

    emoticonLove emoticon Love emoticonLove your blog!! The pictures brought a great big smile to my face!!

I'm writing "What will be different today? What will I change to make it better?" on a card and attaching it to my mirror. I will answer the question daily.

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NANCY- 4/20/2010 1:47PM

    Great blog... Love the zebra's... I'm the one in the middle.

Fate does have a way of interjecting itself into our lives... it is what we chose to do that we have control over and makes a difference.
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ID_VANDAL 4/20/2010 10:35AM

    Very well said! Great reminder for all of us. We cannot control the little things like the rotation of the earth but we can control our thoughts, attitudes, and actions!

The trick is doing it! Good job Keri and MAKE THIS A GREAT DAY FOR YOURSELF!!

Vandal

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HICALGAL 4/20/2010 12:58AM

    inspiring blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/19/2010 11:49PM

    A blog full of wisdom and optimism! Thanks for sharing!
May tomorrow be even better than today because today sounded great!

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JFROGDIVA 4/19/2010 10:05PM

    WOOHOO!!!! Keri, weigh to go!!!! (and I LOVE the froggie pic)

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/19/2010 8:19PM

    Such a great blog Keri. Thanks for reminding me to take responsibility for myself.

Gini

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POSITIVELY_EB 4/19/2010 6:52PM

    emoticon That's definitely the right direction to go!

Love ya!

Beverly

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DAREDEVIL23 4/19/2010 5:01PM

    Thanks for the mental encouragement

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MEESHADACATDIVA 4/19/2010 4:58PM

    Thanks I needed a pep talk

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It's not a rainy day....it's not Monday....I'm just blue.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I can't tell you how many blogs I've written lately only to delete them before posting. I am usually a very positive person and I don't like to focus on negative things. I guess that's why I'm having trouble posting......I would rather delete it than make it a permanent fixture on my sparkpage.



I want to start by saying that I am a firm believer in the Spark. I have seen so many things here that have inspired me. I have found so many great things that have helped me so much.

But I am frustrated by the fact that I keep losing the same weight over and over. I'm not making any real significant progress and nothing I do changes this. I feel like a hypocrite when I try to inspire myself to do well in my blogs and it motivates others. How can I keep encouraging you to do what I can't?



I don't know if some of the meds I'm on are holding me back in some way? I wonder....I can pinpoint some situations that make me suspect that.

Should I seek out a nutritionist? I know there are services out there....how to find them?



Should I just say screw it and have the surgery....making DH happy?

I've been pretty emotional about it today. I am not looking for your sympathy today.....I need help and a direction to go in......any ideas out there???



Hugs,

Keri



  
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JUST_GAIL 4/12/2010 9:34AM

    I agree with ABRIDGESRNC. Sometimes just posting the frustration will help others in theirs. Others will know they are not the only one who feels this way. It just might help you and others find the hidden reasons behind some of the emotional eating. I pray that you can know exactly what God wants for you and how to handle the discouragement.

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ABRIDGESRNC 4/9/2010 10:55AM

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I don't have advice - just support. Keep going.

Enjoy the blue a little - without downs the ups aren't as noticeable!

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HICALGAL 4/9/2010 4:04AM

    we all have those days...me included

there were many days i've felt less than the positive person that i usually am but if during those times, i've inspired anyone on their journey, then it's all worth it to me.

one thing that helps me out of my funk is encouraging and supporting others on their blogs, pages...i think it's the constant hearing of encouragement coming from me that in turn...encourages me too.

on losing the same weight over and over.... go over your present plan, tweak it adjust it and keep experimenting until you find what does work for you because it's obvious the present one isn't doing it for you.

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MEESHADACATDIVA 4/8/2010 10:12PM

    You keep trying, I am in your shoes and I know its hard. and unless you want the surgery and the restrictions that go with it dont do it for someone else One of these days we will get it right

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POSITIVELY_EB 4/8/2010 6:14PM

    Keri, looks like you have more than your share of advice, so I'll just sent you my love and a {{{hug}}} and tell you that sometimes it's OK to RECEIVE the support. You don't always have to be the GIVER!

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ID_VANDAL 4/8/2010 5:55PM

    Keri, A lot of us know how you feel - some of us have been there done that over and over again. I wish I had the magic answer but I don't. It might be time to see a nutritionist or maybe a therapist. I would sure do those options first before getting to the surgery. Having just gone through some for my hernia I would really look at surgery as a last resort.

I agree with Deegirl - you're too nice to be blue so take time to really like yourself and all of your many many good qualities!!

Take care!

Vandal

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TRAVELGRRL 4/8/2010 5:33PM

    I think all of the advice given is wonderful, and I don't have anything concrete to add but my support. If you sincerely feel you are doing everything you can and still are not losing weight, then it is time to see a professional like a nutritionist. If you know you are not doing your best despite your sincere desire to do so, maybe it's time to see a therapist. You CAN get past this roadblock, but the main thing is, never give up. And NEVER quit sparkpeople; we need you here!

TG

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TRAVELGRRL 4/8/2010 5:33PM

    I think all of the advice given is wonderful, and I don't have anything concrete to add but my support. If you sincerely feel you are doing everything you can and still are not losing weight, then it is time to see a professional like a nutritionist. If you know you are not doing your best despite your sincere desire to do so, maybe it's time to see a therapist. You CAN get past this roadblock, but the main thing is, never give up. And NEVER quit sparkpeople; we need you here!

TG

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AMBERROGUE 4/8/2010 5:09PM

    emoticon I sent you a sparkmail. emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/8/2010 4:48PM

    Surgery may be an answer but it doesn't always spell success. One of my best friends has a lapband and did well for the first 6 months. Now at a standstill, which is very depressing. Being diabetic and with other health issues, it was not
a cure-all.
I would seek help from a nutritionist, if possible. They would have some
suggestions that could help you turn the corner. They see things in a totally
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Consider your options wisely so that you can make the best decision for you.
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SLIMMERJESSE 4/8/2010 4:37PM

    I rarely give my opinion, but I think that unless you really want the surgery for yourself (not for someone else) then don't. Even if you do, eating is a mental thing and we still have to learn how to eat right. I'd definitely seek the nutritionist before making any decision on an operation. FYI, I've been at a forever plateau and really frustrated as well. Yes, meds can interfere with our metabolism. And for myself, I've also considered that thyroid might be an obstacle in my progress.

These blogs are for ourselves, to think on the screen. It helps to release the feelings, even if depressed.

Wishing you the best.

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P316LEIA 4/8/2010 4:32PM

    Keri,

My suggestion: first off....find something (other than food) to boost your mood and make your inside happy. then once your inside is happy again, go over your logs, food plans, etc. and see if your stuck in a rut. Maybe changing things up a bit will help kick start things again. (I read something somewhere on Spark about that today)

A nutritionist might be a good idea before thinking about surgery. Check the yellow pages or ask your doctor for a referral to one.

All your Sparkfriends are here for you ~ you've helped us with motivation now it's our turn. You can do this!!

Hugs!!
Kimi

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WASHMOM5 4/8/2010 4:31PM

    Keri, sorry to see you are feeling blue. I had to go through a program to get ok'd for my lapband that was a huge help. Our insurance paid it, but I think you could duplicate it on your own. It was a therapist, nutritionist and a trainer. I talked with the therapist and nutritionist on the phone once every other month. And then the trainer I met at the Y 3 times a week. I lost 50 pounds in about 8 months. I am losing pretty slowly with the lapband so, in 4 months I have only lost 10 pounds...I have to get serious about my food choices and start exercising again. Anywho...the first couple of things they had me do, were eat 90grams of protein a day, no alcohol (I still struggle with this one), drink at least 64oz of water daily, exercise even a little every day and wear a rubberband on your wrist and snap it every time you start to say something negative to yourself. If you write down 5 things that you like about yourself when you are in a pretty good mood, you will have those things to say to yourself when you snap the band. Best wishes to you, I don't know if any of this helped, but I hope so:) emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 4/8/2010 4:29PM

    "This too shall pass." emoticon emoticon

I'm not in favor of surgery. It works for a lot of people, but there are risks involved. I'd rather do it myself and be proud of my accomplishments.

Have you tried all the tricks... journaling and looking back to see when, what, and why you ate? Tracking your meals and running the nutrition report to see if your diet is balanced?

I'm sure you could find a dietician at your local health club or through your doctor's office. Dieticians are so helpful and knowledgeable. I saw one at a Women's Health seminar and she had plastic food representing all the appropriate portion sizes. You'd be surprised at how little we should be eating.

Good Luck Keri. You're too nice to be blue!!
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Somewhere down the road

Friday, April 02, 2010

I'm sitting here this morning listening to Amy Grant's new album. She remade one of her old songs..."Somewhere down the road".



So I'm listening and singing along...and reading blogs....yes...I multi task...not well mind you...but I do it......and I'm saddened by the fact that it's spring and so many are dealing with struggles in there lives and no real answers. I have those times also...I'm not going to pretend that I don't. And when I can't find answers.....I turn to God and music. So I want to share.....Somewhere down the road..... with you....because Somewhere down the road... there will be answers to the questions.

Spark people are the greatest people in the world....I'm so glad to be a part of this...and to have you as a part of my journey. So hugs to all of you......I wish you joy and springtime happiness.



Somewhere Down the Road
Songwriters: Kirkpatrick, Wayne;Grant, Amy

So much pain and no good reason why
You've cried until the tears run dry
And nothing else can make you understand
The one thing that you held so dear
Is slipping from your hand
And you say

Why, why, why
Does it go this way
Why, why, why
And all I can say

Somewhere down the road
There'll be answers to the questions
Somewhere down the road
Tho' we cannot see it now
And somewhere down the road
You will find mighty arms reaching for you
And they will hold the answers at the end of the road

Yesterday I thought I'd seen it all
I thought I'd climbed the highest wall
Now I see the learning never ends
And all I know to do is keep on walking
Walking 'round the bend singing

Why, why, why
Does it go this way
Why, why, why
And all I can say

Somewhere down the road
There'll be answers to the questions
Somewhere down the road
Tho' we cannot see it now
And somewhere down the road
You will find mighty arms reaching for you
And they will hold the answers at the end of the road


Happy Easter!

Hugs,

Keri

  
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LUCKYDUCK2 4/5/2010 2:56AM

    Keri...THANK YOU so much for sharing this.

Somewhere down the road....there ARE answers. Hugs

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MEESHADACATDIVA 4/4/2010 5:19AM

    Happy Easter

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JFROGDIVA 4/3/2010 10:23PM

    Thank you for sharing!!!! Hugzz!!!!

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ID_VANDAL 4/2/2010 10:52PM

    Happy Easter to you Keri. Your writing continues to just blow me away.

I'm working on a blog that I hope blows you away - should see it about July or August!!!

Vandal

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SUNNY1432 4/2/2010 9:34PM

    Thanks for sharing that was an amazing blog! emoticon
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MSLZZY 4/2/2010 6:24PM

    Thank you! I needed that today! Have a wonderful Easter!

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DEEGIRL50 4/2/2010 11:46AM

    Learning never ends... keep on walking.
I saw this sign on a church and I just love it:
"God promises all things are possible. He didn't say it would be easy."
Happy Easter Keri.
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POSITIVELY_EB 4/2/2010 10:40AM

    AMEN, my friend! May you have a wonderful Easter season as well and remember the reason for the season all year round!

Hugs! Beverly

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P316LEIA 4/2/2010 10:22AM

    Thanks Keri! It's nice to be reminded that God is all facets of our daily lives.

Happy Easter to you too!
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Life is good.....God is great!

Monday, March 29, 2010

My brother is coming home from Kuwait! We talked last night...he is in the states! He is in Wisconsin and will be traveling to South Dakota today! Big celebration tomorrow in Mitchell!!! I'm so excited! Of course, Tuesday is the one day this week that I can't miss work. I have to travel to Brookings, Summit, and Ortonville, MN tomorrow for work.


Bummer....oh well, he understands and at least we will see each other at Easter! I have really missed him.





This was a really good weekend. DH and I spent all morning cleaning house. It needed it so bad. I have been working on taxes every weekend so the house really got let go.

The next day we took my FIL out for brunch. We recently put him in a nursing home. I think he likes it there more than he thought he would. This whole thing has been stressing out my DH as he has 11 brothers and sisters and none of them are helping with the situation. I don't understand it myself. But my family is really close. FIL really enjoys getting out that one day a week. We live about an hour away, so I hope we can keep it up. I can see it getting old.



I lost 2 more pounds over the weekend. I hope I will keep them off this week. I should.....or I mean.....I WILL. No more powerless words! I am feeling great! I don't know if it is just that my attitude has changed or what.......it's spring and life is good....God is great!



Have a great week!

Hugs,

Keri


  
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MSLZZY 4/2/2010 8:12AM

    Thank your brother for all his sacrifice!

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ID_VANDAL 3/31/2010 7:20AM

    Hi Keri, I had a great comment written to your blog but I guess I didn't hit the post button AGAIN!

Anyway a big THANK YOU from me to your brother. So glad he's back!

As for you - YOU WILL KEEP THOSE 2 POUNDS OFF! You are having a great spring - you are just doing a super job so just keep it going!

Vandal

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LVNG4ME 3/30/2010 7:10AM

    Give your brother a great big hug from me. I know what it is like to have a loved one at war. My son returned from Iraq in December; just in time for his little girls second birthday. We got to have him and his family home for Christmas. It was a wonderful time. Please thank your brother for me, and enjoy the time you have to spend with him and his family. God bless.

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DEEGIRL50 3/30/2010 4:56AM

    I will salute, shake his hand, and hug your brother as he comes through my state (Wisconsin)!

Happy Easter... you've been blessed this year!!
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I'm glad your FIL is adjusting to the nursing home. I hope you can continue to visit him weekly, but if you have to miss - try not to "guilt trip" yourself. Our parents always understand.


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MOMFAN 3/30/2010 12:18AM

    Keri, I know what you mean. Only one niece makes an effort to come see fil. His other son has only been hear once in a year and a half and that was for his 89th Birthday.

Glad you brother is back safe and sound. Thank him for serving all of us! At least Easter isn't far away.

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JUST_GAIL 3/29/2010 10:37PM

    Way to go on the weight loss! How exciting that your brother is home. GOD is GREAT!

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MSLZZY 3/29/2010 10:28PM

    My SIL is being deactivated in Yankton and then the shift moves to Mitchell. Have a totally
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JFROGDIVA 3/29/2010 8:40PM

    Keri ~ I am so happy that your brother is home!!!! I lost a fiance in Viet Nam, but my half brother was a tank commander in Desert Storm & I was so glad when he came home!!!! You have alot on your plate, don't forget to take some "me" time to decompress!!!!
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ANNANN63 3/29/2010 6:38PM

    I am with you girl. Life is good. God is great. And you have nothing but good news. Way to go!

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CHERYLS34 3/29/2010 5:58PM

    I'm so happy about your 2 pound loss keep up the good work,,,,,,also extremely thrilled your brother is coming home to you, he sure is one lucky guy to come home to a sister like you tell him how thankful we all are and that we appreciate everything he has gone or has done for us...Keep up the powerful word suggestions I find they work well too
Cheryl

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LUCKYDUCK2 3/29/2010 5:23PM

    Do me a favor? When you get to see your brother...give him a huge hug and tell him THANK YOU for me. And you know...the same to his family as you all had to sacrafice while he was over there for us.

You and your better half are such a blessing for Dad. I am so glad he is finding that living there is good.

Computer back on line and ready to begin this journey again with you. Congrats on moving forward. I am going to have to run (literally) to catch up with you. :)

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VICUNJA 3/29/2010 4:10PM

    Oooo, how exciting about your brother coming home! Yay!
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Congratulations on the loss. I'm firmly planted on a plateau from which I fluctuate 2lbs either way on any given day. As I'm still sticking 100% to weighing and tracking everything I eat plus never exceeding my daily limit, I can't see the plateau being the final destination for my weight, but it does leave me a tiny, wee bit impatient.

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We'll get there, eh. There's no need for hope, here - just a promise to ourselves and a firm belief in our ability to keep that promise.


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Lots of Spring Joy coming your way,
Joanie x

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2BTHINMAMMA 3/29/2010 4:05PM

    Praise God that your brother is home! Enjoy your time together! And way to go on the weight loss (and clean house!!). Way to go on caring for your fil. I'm sorry the rest of the family doesn't help out like they should. Same thing happened in my mom's family. But my mom has the peace knowing that she took the best care of her mother and it did leave her with some wonderful memories! As for my aunts and uncle...it was truly their loss!

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JIBBIE49 3/29/2010 3:14PM

    Your DH's 11 brothers and sisters will show up for the reading of the WILL. I hope your FIL has one made out. emoticon Most men do well in the Nursing home. I worked as a nurse in one and men are use to being waited on and cared for, so the transition isn't much. WOMEN hate it as they are use to doing for others.

Glad ur brother is HOME.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/29/2010 3:02PM

    How exciting about your brother being home! And congrats on your weight loss... way to go!

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