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Women have strengths that amaze ...

Saturday, May 11, 2013




Women have strengths that amaze ...

They carry children, they carry hardships, they carry burdens,
yet they hold faith, happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.

They volunteer for good causes.
They are pink ladies in hospitals, they bring food to shut ins.
They are senators, educators, childcare workers, executives, attorneys,
truck drivers, pilots, stay at home moms and your neighbors.

They fight for what they believe in. They stand up against injustice.
They write to the "powers that be" for things that make for a better life.
They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.

They can wipe a tear, cover a cut and pat you on the back at the same time.
They go without new shoes so their children can have them.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.


They tell people that need to be told to straighten up their act.
They lend a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen
and a voice to make suggestions.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They have sorrow at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They can round up energy, even when they are tired.
They can stay up a little longer to talk to someone that needs a friend.

Women do more than give birth. They bring peace and hope.
They give compassion and ideals.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
They weep with joy when their children excel,
and cheer when loved ones get awards.

Women want people to grow into the best person they can be.
They want to touch you in a way that
will make you share your goodness with others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair
... true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.


The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes because
that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin!

~ Author Unknown ~


LET'S CELEBRATE ALL WOMEN THIS SUNDAY..........WHETHER YOU ARE A MOTHER OR NOT.............MAY YOUR DAY BE AS SPECIAL AS YOU ALL ARE TO ME.............
THANKS FOR DROPPING BY
BLESSINGS AND HUGS..................LITA






  
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HAWTGRANNY2014 5/21/2013 8:02PM

    love it...we are women , hear us roar, we are too strong to ignore...wasn't it Helen ready that sang that song?

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    This is the living out of Proverbs 31 emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing this!

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    Lovely sentiments. Thanks for sharing, Lita!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 5/12/2013 12:07PM

    Oh, Lita... you are such a *mother* to all of us!! Thank you for reminding us of how *special* we are!! I truly believe with all my heart that you should be crowned emoticon for us *here* on SP!! Thank you, dear friend. Today I am *blessed* because of your never ending love!! emoticon

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    Have a wonderful day!

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GOANNA2 5/12/2013 2:10AM

    Love this Lita and I thank you for saying all women.
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 5/12/2013 12:42AM

    Thank you for sharing a very nice poem. Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day too.
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    Thanks for sharing! Happy Mothers Day!

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    thank you and Happy Mothers Day

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Happy Mother's Day!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/11/2013 9:26PM

    We are pretty awesome, aren't we?

Happy Mother's Day!

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    emoticon ~~~~ just like YOU, Lita!

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CHUBRUB3 5/11/2013 8:37PM

    Happy Mothers Day my friend!
Hugs,
Angela


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JACKIE542 5/11/2013 8:11PM

    Love this Lita, thank you. Great to celebrate all women!! emoticon emoticon

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    terrific

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    Love it! Thank you for sharing!

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A LIFE WELL LIVED

Sunday, May 05, 2013





Vincent Van Gogh —"Old Woman of Arles " — 1888
Van Gogh Museum , Amsterdam .

A LIFE WELL LIVED


When an old lady died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Dundee , Scotland , it was believed that she had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through her meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Ireland . The old lady’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the North Ireland Association for Mental Health.
And now this little old Scottish lady, with seemingly nothing left to give to the world, is the author of this simple, yet eloquent, poem that is traveling the world by Internet. Goes to show that we all leave "SOME footprints in time".....
A Crabby Old Woman
What do you see, nurses ….. What do you see?
What are you thinking ….. When you’re looking at me?
A crabby old woman ….. Not very wise?
Uncertain of habit ….. With faraway eyes?
Who dribbles her food ….. And makes no reply,
When you say in a loud voice ….. “I do wish you’d try!”
Who seems not to notice ….. The things that you do,
And forever is losing ….. A stocking or shoe?
Who, resisting or not ….. Lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding ….. The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?? ….. Is that what you see??
Then open your eyes, nurse ….. You’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am ….. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding ….. As I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of ten ….. With a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters ….. Who love one another.
A young girl of sixteen ….. With wings on her feet
Dreaming that soon now ….. A lover she’ll meet.
A bride soon at twenty ….. My heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows ….. That I promised to keep.
At twenty-five now ….. I have young of my own,
Who need me to guide ….. And a secure happy home.
A woman of thirty ….. My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other ….. With ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons ….. Have grown and are gone,
But my man’s beside me …..To see I don’t mourn
At fifty once more ….. Babies play round my knee,
Again we know children ….. My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me ….. My husband is dead,
I look at the future ….. I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing …..Young of their own ,
And I think of the years ….. And the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old woman ….. And nature is cruel;
Tis jest to make old age ….. Look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles ….. Grace and vigor depart,
There is now a stone ….. Where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass ….. A young girl still dwells,
And now and again ….. My battered heart swells.
I remember the joys ….. I remember the pain,
And I’m loving and living ….. Life over again.
I think of the years ….. All too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact ….. That nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people ….. Open and see,
Not a crabby old woman ….. Look closer …. see, ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person whom you might unthinkingly brush aside without remembering that there's young soul that still lives within them ... for we will all, one day, be there, too!
~ Author Unknown

thanks for dropping by....
blessings and hugs...........lita

  
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    Thank you LITA!! That is a beautiful poem. Fits right with my MIL a she is looked over now by hospice nurses. God bless!!
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GOANNA2 5/6/2013 9:29AM

    That was beautiful. I never thought I'd get to be
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    emoticon My first job out of school was working with the elderly, and I hated seeing how the nurses and aides (some of the nurses and aides) treated them! It was too hard for me to take. I ended up working down in the cafe so I would not have to see that. Thanks for sharing this , it was beautiful! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 5/6/2013 3:43AM

    emoticon I have worked with the elderly most of my life and read this Poem many times. I think it should be Required Reading for ANYONE working with Elderly or Homeless People.

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    thank you

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PATRICIAAK 5/5/2013 11:20PM

    I was at a workshop today with the focus on the elderly.

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    Thank you for this. I hope you don't mind, but I would like to share this with my other teams.

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    emoticon Thanks for the reminder that older people were once young and all have a story to tell. This is all so true. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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1MIN17SECB412PM 5/5/2013 2:40PM

    This is sooo TRUE!!

I asked my mother-in-law what it felt like - to grow old. She pretty much raised me since I was 17, so you need to understand that she was used to my bluntness of questions (though innocent and curious) and she said, "Oh, honey, I don't feel this old inside," and patting her heart she told me, "I feel like I'm 19 in here." I will never forget her words.

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    Thank you

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JACKIE542 5/5/2013 1:34PM

    Again beautiful, We should show kindness where ever we go, you just never know, just might make someones day. Thank you for this, loved it. emoticon emoticon

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TLG71567 5/5/2013 1:02PM

    Thanks for sharing. It is something that we all need to remember.

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ARMATTHAEI 5/5/2013 12:51PM

    When talking to a nursing administrator at the city hospital where I now work and even my pastor at a church that helps provide food for the homeless, we have discussed that there is also something similar to think about when you are caring for the homeless person, drunk on mouth wash, cough syrup, etc.

This person is a someone, often who's story we will never fully know. I am sure that the crabby old woman in this poem has wisdome the nurses need to tap, but just don't know how.

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Beautiful Woman

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Beautiful Woman




Age 3:
She looks at herself and sees a Queen.
Age 8:
She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.
Age 15:
She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Step-Sister.
(Mom, I can't go to school looking like this!)
Age 20:
She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but decides to fix herself up as best she can and go out anyway.
Age 30:
She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" and decides she doesn't have time to fix it but she's going out anyway.
Age 40:
She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but says, "At least I'm clean" and goes out anyway.
Age 50:
She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to go.
Age 60:
She looks at herself and thinks of all those who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore and goes out and conquers the world.
Age 70:
She looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter, and ability, goes out and enjoys life.
Age 80:
Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.
...Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.

Author: Unknown







thanks for dropping by....
blessings and hugs..................lita

  
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    This is thought provoking and I wanted to express that thought. Thank you for sharing and giving out a bit of wisdom, I appreciate it. Check out my new blog.

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    Lita - Love it! emoticon I have Purple and Red Hats!! emoticon

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GOANNA2 5/2/2013 12:03PM

    I must buy myself a bold purple dress methinks.
Thanks for sharing, I loved reading it and was
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WHERE2BEGIN 4/30/2013 11:39AM

   
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NYARAMULA 4/30/2013 2:47AM

    Now where's that purple hat of mine? (lol). Thanks for sharing, I love this blog.

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    emoticon We SHOULD wear our purple earlier emoticon emoticon

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CHANGE4FIT 4/29/2013 9:13AM

    A beautiful women posted this to remind us all to embrace our true beauty everyday. Thanks, Lita!
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    thank you

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    smiling

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1MIN17SECB412PM 4/28/2013 8:17PM

    This really makes me pause for thought. You make me *smile* Lita. You bring sooo MUCH comfort to us all!! emoticon Thank you!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/28/2013 7:54PM

    Very nice.

Thanks, Lita.

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 4/28/2013 7:17PM

    I love this! We should stop worrying about what others think and just live our lives. Thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks....yup wear purple as early as possible!!

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NANCYPAT1 4/28/2013 4:41PM

    That was lovely. I sent it to my step mother who will be 90 next month. She is out and about and considers life much to precious to waste time on looks now.

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    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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    Love it, yes, I think I am getting that purple hat right now. emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 4/28/2013 12:51PM

    LOL! I LOVE THIS!
Yes we need that purple hat now not later.
Hugs,
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WILLOW49 4/28/2013 12:12PM

    Great blog!

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    Love the blog! And it's so true

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YESTERDAY, TOMORROW ... and TODAY

Sunday, April 21, 2013




YESTERDAY, TOMORROW... and TODAY




The journey's our goal, our path is the point ...
There are two days in every week we should never worry about,
two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its aches and pains, its faults and blunders.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed, nor erase a single word we've said. Yesterday is gone.
The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow, with its impossible adversaries,
its burden, its hopeful promise and unknown performance.
Tomorrow is beyond our control.

Tomorrow's sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds ...
but it will rise ... and until it does.
We have no stake in tomorrow, for it is as yet unborn.

This leaves only one day: TODAY!
Anyone can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.
It is not the experience of today that drives people mad.
It is the remorse of bitterness for something that happened
yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.
Make TODAY the best day it can be,
and live one day at a time!
~ Author Unknown ~




thanks for dropping by .....
blessings and hugs.....lita

  
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1MIN17SECB412PM 4/25/2013 10:40AM

    Oh, Lita!! THIS is incredible!! I'm going to print it out and read it every day till I've memorized it!! emoticon

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SKINNYROBIN100 4/23/2013 5:11PM

    I love this blog...it has so much wise wisdom to give to us and me especially. I just returned from a treatment center for depression and eating disorder, and PTSD. I'm renewing myself into a person who can do what your blog so inspiringly advises! Thanks for posting this. I think I'll be coming back often to re-read it and process the words more!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Perfect! emoticon

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    Thanks for the reminder! Sorely needed! emoticon emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 4/22/2013 2:54AM

    I fully understand this intellectually but struggle with it emotionally. Thanks for the needed reminder.

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 4/22/2013 2:19AM

    This is definitely something I need to focus on because I do agonize over the past. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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DEE107 4/22/2013 12:11AM

    love this thank you

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PATRICIAAK 4/21/2013 9:54PM

    That's why it is called the 'Present'

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WILLOW49 4/21/2013 9:25PM

    Great blog as usual! Thanks :)

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    YAY! It's today!! Thanks! emoticon

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    Thanks for the great blog

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GOANNA2 4/21/2013 4:42PM

    Thank you for a beautiful blog Lita.
I need to remind myself of this everyday. emoticon

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SHONTAY528 4/21/2013 4:42PM

    Thank you for the post, I'm really going through somethings and this was truly a blessing to read. God bless U emoticon

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JACKIE542 4/21/2013 3:50PM

    I needed to read this, I do need to stop dwelling on the past, too many things I can't change. If I would just focus on today my mind would be free, Thank you. Today I will just do my best for this day TODAY. Have a wonderful Sunday emoticon

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Believe In Yourself.....

Sunday, April 14, 2013



Believe In Yourself

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren't the way you had hoped they would be... that's when you have to tell yourself that things will get better.

There are times when people disappoint you and let you down, but those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself and all that you are capable of.

There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them.

Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are.

So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be, because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.

Keep believing in yourself.

--- Author Unknown

thanks for dropping by my blog....
blessings and hugs...............lita

  
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GOANNA2 4/20/2013 7:02AM

    Thanks for the positive post. I needed this today.
I agree with Susan that we all have to start believing
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1MIN17SECB412PM 4/16/2013 4:10PM

    “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
-Mary Anne Radmacher

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AQUAGIRL08 4/16/2013 3:23PM

    Just what I needed to read today. Thank you for posting this blog, Lita!

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DEE107 4/16/2013 12:11AM

    thank you for sharing this and thanks for the great inspiration

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CATIATM 4/15/2013 10:54AM

    Words to live by!

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    emoticon I needed this! I always need reminders like this. Thanks so much for sharing. Your blogs always make my day! emoticon

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    emoticon Lita. I needed this blog today!! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 4/14/2013 10:33PM

    So like you. Thanks for the positive post.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/14/2013 8:30PM

    I always enjoy your uplifting blogs, Lita!

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DETERMINEDJANET 4/14/2013 7:33PM

    I needed that this afternoon. Thank you!

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    I think that is the biggest stumbling block most of us have "not believing in ourselves" emoticon

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JACKIE542 4/14/2013 3:30PM

    Thank you Lita, somedays it's very hard but very important to push on past the challenges. I am moving on thank you. emoticon emoticon

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SEAWILLOW 4/14/2013 3:15PM

    Thank you!

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    What a wonderful blog!
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ASHAIXIM 4/14/2013 2:14PM

    Absolutely lovely.



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CHUBRUB3 4/14/2013 1:56PM

    Awesome blog LIta! So true.
It also helps having spark friends like you believe in us too.
Hugs,
Angela

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