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The Three Trees

Saturday, April 03, 2010




The Three Trees


Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.

The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!".

The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. "I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world!".

The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. "I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world."

Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain.

The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the first tree fell. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!", the first tree said.

The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second tree. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!"

The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter never even looked up. "Any kind of tree will do for me" he muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for the animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, and not filled with treasure. She was coated with saw dust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.

The second tree smiled when the woodcuter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river, instead she was taken to a little lake.

The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" the once tall tree wondered. "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God..."

Many many days and nights passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams.

But, one night, a golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feedbox. "I wish I could make a cradle for him.", her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and sturdy wood. "This manger is beautiful." she said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew that she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain. The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, "Peace." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the King of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hands to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel.

But, on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And everytime people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.



The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined. We don't always know what God's plans are for us. We just know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.


Author: Unknown

  
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DRASADAF 4/26/2010 10:50AM

    its so beautiful i am so touched emoticon

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PEWILK 4/19/2010 11:36PM

  This will stay with me. Thank you Lita.

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PIXFIVE 4/5/2010 10:13AM

    So heartwarming! Thanks

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CASE4GRACE 4/4/2010 6:50PM

    Oh, what a wonderful reminder. Thank you for sharing this. Happy Easter!

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TEXASGIRL48 4/4/2010 6:05PM

    Another amazing story. It was very touching.

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/4/2010 5:20PM

    Thank you Lita for sharing this wonderful story of the mysterious ways of the Lord, you bring joy and hope to all who read it.

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SPMOM2 4/4/2010 1:39AM

    OH, thanks, how beautiful

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EMJAYKAY 4/4/2010 12:35AM

    Great story & the last paragraph is a little miracle for me; as it is just what I needed . Thank you again & BLESSINGS for a beautiful day . I know that GOD's PLANS are the very best for me but it sure helps to be reminded !

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MOMFAN 4/3/2010 11:44PM

    Just what I need right now! Thanks!

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SAMODER 4/3/2010 11:32PM

    Beautiful story - Thank you for sharing it with us.
Sam

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POLYANASUNSHINE 4/3/2010 11:14PM

    Great Easter story emoticon

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WILLOW49 4/3/2010 11:11PM

    What a wonderful lesson to remember. Thanks for sharing :)
Happy Easter!
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GOSPELCLOWN 4/3/2010 10:18PM

    It is a great lesson to remember: He will fashion us into what He needs.

Are you allowing The Potter to shape you, the clay???

Thanks for blogging this message!

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TRISHP1961 4/3/2010 9:30PM

    A perfect Easter story! Thanks for sharing!

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EMSMOMME 4/3/2010 9:02PM

    Love this, love this, love this! Great idea to post it here! Haven't read it in years! Hope you have a fabulous Easter!
hugs,
Terri

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Jelly Bean Prayer and other trivia

Friday, April 02, 2010




some Easter trivia and traditions



According to widespread belief, Easter owes its name to "Easter", the Anglo-Saxon goddess symbolizing hare and egg. Another theory suggests that it comes from the early German word "eostarun", meaning dawn and white.


Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25.


Easter is a "movable feast" as it does not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars. The full moon determines the date of Easter.


"Pysanka" is a name given to the tradition of Easter egg painting.


The color used in painting the eggs differ in different nations. Orthodox Grecians paint their eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ. Some Germans and Austrians paint their eggs green and use them on Holy Thursday. Slavic peoples decorate their eggs in gold and silver patterns.


Chocolate eggs were traditionally given as gifts in Europe.


In 19th century Europe, bitter dark chocolate was used to make small egg shapes. These chocolate eggs were traditionally exchanged as Easter gifts, especially in countries like France and Germany.


Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies and 16 billion jelly beans are produced each year before the commencement of the Easter festivities. As a holiday, Easter comes only second to Halloween in terms of the annual sale confectionery items.


76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.


According to the Guinness Book of World Records the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25 feet high and weighed 8,968 lbs.


In countries like Hungary and Transylvania, the day after Easter is called "Locsolo Hetfo" meaning "Watering Monday". This is because water, perfume or perfumed water is often sprinkled in exchange for an Easter egg on this day.




Jelly Bean Prayer


Red is for the blood He gave,
Green is for the grass He made,
Yellow is for the sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins that were made,
White is for the grace He gave,
Purple is for the hour of sorrow,
Pink is for the new tomorrow.

A bag full of Jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet,
Is a Prayer...is a promise...
Is an Easter treat!

...Author Unknown


thanks to all those who read my blogs i appreciate your support.............it have helped me
tremendously and kept me going especially when the going wasn't going to well....
Wishing everyone the blessings of Easter !
Happy Easter to one and all!
blessings and hugs.................lita

  
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GOSPELCLOWN 4/3/2010 10:20PM

    I had not read the Jelly Bean prayer before. It is a good Sunday School tool!

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TEXASGIRL48 4/3/2010 10:38AM

    As usual another great blog. Lita you are very inspirational. I hope you have a great Easter as well.

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MOMFAN 4/3/2010 2:01AM

    Love it!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/3/2010 1:35AM

    Thank you Lits. Have a Happy Easter.

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PIXFIVE 4/2/2010 11:04PM

    I liked the Jelly Bean Prayer! Sending Easter blessings your way! emoticon

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SAMODER 4/2/2010 10:01PM

    What a great blog! I had heard some of them, but not the Jelly Bean Prayer.

Hope you have a blessed Easter weekend.
Sam

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EMJAYKAY 4/2/2010 9:44PM

    HAPPY EASTER * L*I*T*A* & all your Spark Friends - just discovered your Blog Post - GREAT !

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MARYHANNA 4/2/2010 5:48PM

    Love the facts and the Jelly Bean Prayer made it ok to indulge in this treat for this holiday!

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POLYANASUNSHINE 4/2/2010 5:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonThank you for sharing. Now don't eat too many jelly beans or too many chocolate ears.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 4/2/2010 4:41PM

    Very nice poem. Than you for sharing. Hope you and your family have a nice Easter.
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DAVEYSHADOW 4/2/2010 4:10PM

    Hadn't seen the jelly bean prayer before - must be a US thing. Enjoyed it though!

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WILLOW49 4/2/2010 3:08PM

    I've always liked that Jelly Bean Prayer; thanks for posting!

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Observations on Growing Older

Friday, March 26, 2010

Observations on Growing Older

~Your kids are becoming you...and you don't like them
...but your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good.
Coming home is better!

~When people say you look "Great"...
they add "for your age!"

~When you needed the discount you paid full price.
Now you get discounts on everything ...
movies, hotels, flights, but you're too tired to use them..

~You forget names ... but it's OK
because other people forgot
they even knew you!!!

~The 5 pounds you wanted to lose
is now 15 and you have a better chance
of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.

~You realize you're never going
to be really good at anything .... especially golf.

~Your spouse is counting on you
to remember things you don't remember.

~The things you used to care to do,
you no longer care to do,
but you really do care that you
don't care to do them anymore.

~Your spouse sleeps better on a lounge chair
with the TV blaring than he does in bed.
It's called his "pre-sleep".

~Remember when your mother said
"Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"?
Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!

~You used to say,
"I hope my kids GET married ...
Now, "I hope they STAY married!"

~You miss the days when everything worked
with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..

~When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem ...
were unheard of, and a mouse was something
that made you climb on a table.

~You used to use more 4 letter words ...
"what?"..."when?" ???

~Now that you can afford
expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

~You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you've read it.

~Notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ....
2 of which you will never wear.

~~~~But old is good in some things:
old songs
old movies
And best of all OLD FRIENDS!!


update.........
due to using the cane have developed tendonitis to both thumbs and wrists so now am wearing splints most of the time.............am attending a hand clinic which has made a great differnce albeit very slowly...........
things are progressing very slowly with dr's etc.............
have joined a boot camp where i live a few weeks ago to help nudge my body into some serious weight loss am so tired of the long plateaus.............if i didn't have the nordic poles to do this camp i would not have been able to keep up due to the knees issues..........what has surprised me is that most of the people there are young and some have difficulty doing what is expected of us and i have been able to keep up...........i didn't realize i had that kind of stamina!!!!
i must say if i knew what we were going to do everytime i would have quit before i started.........
so thanks once again to Sparkpeople and everyone here who keeps me coming back everyday........... helping and giving me the support i need to not give in or give up............
it is so much appreciated there are no words other then a huge Thank you to all............
blessings and hugs.................lita

  
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HOSTALADY 3/30/2010 5:19PM

    You are a very special lady that has blessed everyone you meet. Love the poem. For all the challenges you have faced you are doing wonderful with that boot camp. Thanks for sharing! You're the best!

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DANCEMORE 3/30/2010 10:43AM

    I hope the tendonitis passes quickly. keep up with your PT. I am amazed at what PT does! Never had to do that myself till recently. What a group of compassionate people.
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TRYINGHARD1948 3/26/2010 5:34PM

    Thanks Lita, fantastic that you are keeping up with the young ones and that the camp is helping. One of the things that I have loved about getting older, 62, is the freedom that it gives to the way I think. I've stopped worrying about what other people think of me and concentrate now on what I want to think. It's liberating.

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BUTTERFLYSONGS 3/26/2010 1:37PM

    Also with age come wisdom and a treasure of wonderful memories. We can't forget those either.

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DENI_ZEN 3/26/2010 1:12PM

    Love your resourcefulness and creative use of the Nordic poles to get in the exercise you want to do, Lita! You're a real inspiration. I'm new here, so I really appreciate that - and you! Sandi

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JULIAOAK 3/26/2010 12:57PM

    I love the poem and well done on sticking with the boot camp despite the pain you must be in! emoticon

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MOMFAN 3/26/2010 12:41PM

    Lita, how amazing for you. I don't think the young have learned the stamina that was ingrained in us from the beginning. If there is a job to be done you keep at it until it is completed.

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WILLOW49 3/26/2010 12:22PM

    I can relate to so many of those observations...

So sorry to hear about the tendonitis, but you just keep on going like the Energizer bunny! You are a true inspiration to so many!!!
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MS5835 3/26/2010 11:55AM

    Lita,
Thanks for sharing the "observations". Sadly, I can relate to so many of them. So sorry to hear that on top of everything else, you've now developed tendonitis in your thumbs and wrists. But you are such an inspiration to me, you just keep going, and now you're doing a boot camp. You go girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAMODER 3/26/2010 11:18AM

    Lita,

I am sorry to hear you are having knee issues too. I am fortunate in that I do not have to use a cane or anything else at this point. It is frustrating when one problem leads to another like your thumbs and wrists though.

Isn't it interesting that age doesn't seem to reduce your stamina, if you have been staying fit? My 60+ year old granny could out-exercise 30 year olds. Of course she didn't drive, so she walked everywhere!

You are doing well at just keeping at it. I admire your dedication to a healthy lifestyle and Sparkpeople. You know I wish you well. You are one of my dearest Sparkfriends.

Love, Sam

PS I loved the getting older message. I could relate to far to many of them!

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/26/2010 11:14AM

    GOOD for you! Keep tapping into the stubborn stamina and show them what you're made of, Girl!

Best wishes with the hand specialist!

Karen

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Quilt of Holes

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Quilt of Holes

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt
before the Lord along with all the other souls.

Before each of us laid our lives like the squares
of a quilt in many
piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our
quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the
pile, I noticed how ragged
and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each
square was labeled with a part of my life that had
been difficult, the
challenges and temptations I was faced with in
every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such
squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled
with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own
life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be
displayed, held up to the the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each
in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been.
My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't
had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But
there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false
accusations that took from me my
world, as I knew it. I had to start over many
times. I often struggled with
the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and
begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in
prayer, asking for help and
guidance in my life. I had often been held up to
ridicule, which I endured
painfully, each time offering it up to the Father
in hopes that I would not
melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of
those who unfairly judged me.

And now, I had to face the truth. My life was
what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of
my life to the light.

An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around
at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light
flooded the many holes,
creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our
Lord stood before me, with
warmth and love in His eyes. He said, "Every time
you gave over your life
to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My
struggles.

Each point of light in your life is when you
stepped aside and let Me shine
through, until there was more of Me than there was
of you."

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing
Christ to shine through!


Author: Unknown

  
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MOMFAN 3/21/2010 11:40PM

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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CATIATM 3/21/2010 5:59AM

    What a beautiful sentiment, Lita. Thank you for sharing!

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SAMODER 3/20/2010 11:31PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this...
Sam

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CBOOGS 3/20/2010 12:21PM

    So nice!!
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TEXASGIRL48 3/20/2010 12:16PM

    That was so nice. Where do you come up with so many inspirational poems?

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WILLOW49 3/20/2010 10:13AM

    Just lovely :) Thanks for sharing with us!

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THERESA_WAKE 3/20/2010 8:30AM

    That is a great poem. Glad you put it up. emoticon

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MAMAMSCHMITT 3/20/2010 8:19AM

    emoticon Have a blessed day, I'm taking this with me out the door, to go into the homes of people in a time of need, this definately puts it in perspective.

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JULIAOAK 3/20/2010 7:22AM

    that was really nice! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 3/20/2010 5:24AM

    Oh I'm happy I stopped to see this..bless you and big hugs wrapping this around me.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PIXFIVE 3/20/2010 4:30AM

    Lovely

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SPMOM2 3/20/2010 3:51AM

    thanks, this was really nice to read. it gives me a lot to think about.

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/20/2010 2:11AM

    That is beautiful Lita. May all our quilts be filled with those holes. Hugs.

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LIFE STILL HAS MEANING

Saturday, March 13, 2010

LIFE STILL HAS MEANING

If there is a future
there is time for mending
Time to see your troubles
coming to an ending.


Life is never hopeless
however great your sorrow
If you're looking forward
to a new tomorrow.


If there is time for wishing,
then there is time for hoping
When through doubt and darkness
you are blindly groping.


Though the heart be heavy
and hurt you may be feeling
If there's time for contemplation,
there is time for healing.


So if through your window
there is a new day breaking
Thank Heaven for the promise,
though mind and soul be aching.


If with harvest over, there
is grain enough for gleaning
There is a new tomorrow
and life still has meaning.



~ Author Unknown



  
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CATIATM 3/29/2010 6:05AM

    These are great! Thanks for sharing, Lita!

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BOOTYLICIOUS83 3/26/2010 12:32PM

    beautiful.

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MAMAMSCHMITT 3/15/2010 2:22PM

    Thank you so much. Your words are always so inspirational.

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SAMODER 3/13/2010 11:00PM

    Thank you for another inspirational message.
Sam

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DETERMINEDJANET 3/13/2010 10:49PM

    I love this one. Thank you!

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/13/2010 6:18PM

    That is beautiful Lita.

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RENEE1211 3/13/2010 4:08PM

  So well said!! emoticon

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HOSTALADY 3/13/2010 9:53AM

    Really enjoyed reading this today! Thank You!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 3/13/2010 4:53AM

    I needed to read this today it's been a rough week. Hugs

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/13/2010 1:57AM

    Very Nice Poem! Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
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MOMFAN 3/13/2010 1:37AM

    This is exactly what I needed tonight! Thanks!

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HAPPY0408 3/13/2010 1:17AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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WILLOW49 3/13/2010 12:50AM

    I love it! Thanks for posting :)

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