Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I received this from a treasured friend. Today I will share it with all of my Spark friends! You mean the world to me!!!
I have in my hands two boxes,
Which God gave me to hold.
He said, 'Put all your sorrows in the black box,
And all your joys in the gold.'
I heeded His words, and in the two boxes,
Both my joys and sorrows I stored,
But though the gold became heavier each day,
The black was as light as before.
With curiosity, I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why,
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole,
Which my sorrows had fallen out by.
I showed the hole to God, and mused,
'I wonder where my sorrows could be!'
He smiled a gentle smile and said,
'My child, they're all here with me..'
I asked God, why He gave me the boxes,
Why the gold and the black with the hole?
'My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings,
The black is for you to let go.'
We should consider all of our Spark friends a blessing.
Share this to a Spark friend today just to let them know you
are thinking of them and that they are a joy in your life.
A ball is a circle, no beginning, no end.
It keeps us together like our Spark Circle of Friends.
But the treasure inside for you to see,
Is the treasure of friendship you've granted to me.
Today I pass the friendship ball to you.
Pass it on to someone who is a Spark friend to you...
THANK YOU HAPPYSPIRIT!!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I've missed you Spark People!! Especially all of my wonderful friends on here. Please know I think of you often and because of you, I'm making good choices, having fun, and enjoying life!
I had a rough week with my job last week. I was fed up with the boss and some stuff that was going on at the work place. I confided in my dad and got some great advice from him. He was in education for 34 years. Most of it he was in administraion so he could give me some insight to where the head honcho was coming from. My dad has been a huge role model in my life and I'm proud to say I've inherited many great qualities from him. Things are much better at the job front, thankfully!
I've also started to have a social life!! It's been literally YEARS since I've had one. The hermit is finally coming out of her shell!
I also had a wonderful weekend with some girlfriends. I took them to the Lake of the Ozarks to my parents' place and we had an absolute BLAST! We took so many pictures, played dress up, hung out on the water and just enjoyed ourselves so much. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard and so much...at least not since.... It was a much needed get-away and I loved every second of it.
Another great thing about it?!! I could feel confident in my swimming suit and could smile and pose for every pic without thinking, "Am I gonna look fat in this?" The pics turned out amazing and my girlfriends really boosted my confidence with their overwhelming compliments. You get compliments by coworkers and customers but the ones from your friends mean so much more. I wasn't just hearing, "You've lost weight and look great." It was like, "Holy shiznit girl, you look hot! Look at those skinny legs! Look how cute that bod looks in your fab new swimming suit." Things like that. It was awesome and I just love my friends. Yeah that's right, I got friends!!!
So all in all that's what I've been up to. Oh yeah, I didn't mention Rock/MudFest...simply awesome!! I'll have to post pics soon. It was crazy fun and probably the best concert I've ever been to. The mud made it even more fun. It was like we were little kids all over again, playing in the mud without caring about getting dirty. Good times had by all!
I'm enjoying life while at the same time making good choices and appreciating where I've come from in this journey...and where I'm going. Who has made this possible?!! YOU! My wonderful Spark Friends! I truly appreciate all that you have done for me and will never forget it! Don't worry, I'm gonna keep sparking and stay in touch with you. I care about all of you so much. You have helped me become the person I am today...someone who ENJOYS life!
Saturday, May 08, 2010
I want to be locked up
Away from everything,
Free from all the craziness
A mother's day can bring.
No planning, shopping, cooking
Three healthy meals a day,
Served up with love to finicky kids
Who throw most of it away.
No constant interruptions,
Dirty laundry on the floor,
Driving everyone every place,
Sibling rivalry (It’s war!)
No one asking me to do things,
Getting mad if I forget,
Me giving up my very self—
I’m the family marionette.
Prison sometimes looks appealing
(Or maybe the looney bin),
I get free time and three square meals;
With nothing to do, I win!
I want to be locked up
For freedom, time and such,
There’s just one obstacle for me:
I love my kids too much!
By Joanna Fuchs
Thought this was cute!
Happy Mother's Day to all my wonderful Spark Friends!!
Saturday, May 08, 2010
I found a poem by my husband hidden away in a notebook in the back of a cabinet. I don't know how many times I've searched for "treasures." There's been many times that I come up empty handed but there has been those few that I do find a true treasure. When I found his book of poetry was the best. This poem inparticular is very special because it's a Mother's Day poem. I immediately thought of giving it to his mother but have held on to it until this weekend. It is perfect. In more ways than one. Not only in the obvious way but also because I've been longing to reconnect with her.
I'm giving his mom a poem I found and I'd like to share it with you.
"Thank you Lord for dirty little hands that touch my stove and fridge,
For sticky little hands that try to build a bridge.
For careless hands that go astray in search for something new,
For hands to hold and show the way, as mothers often do.
For precious little hands in which great faith so abounds,
For silly little hands that reach to touch mothers frown.
And thank you for your guiding hand that leads me to the light,
That lifts me when I stumble and points me to the right.
As little hands reach out to me to show them what to do,
I'm steadied, reassured and loved as I reach up to you.
Happy Mothers Day Mom,
Love always and forever."
~Christopher Douglas Cash
I just think this poem is awesome and is going to be a great reason for his mother and I to get together and reunite. It's also a chance for me to let go of some of my resentment. I love her and Chris adored her. I feel a part of my life is not right if I'm not connecting with her. He would want me to look after her, and from now on I vow to do so!
Thursday, May 06, 2010
So one of new goals for the month was 10 minutes of exercise a day. Sounds easy enough, right? Well it is! I've been finding daily tasks that incorporate a little exercise. For example, my kids like ice cream before bed so I've been keeping the tub in my deep freeze in the garage. As I walk it up the stairs I lift it with one arm as if it's a weight, and lift it with the other arm on the way back down the stairs. I don't groan when the kids ask for me to get them something downstairs anymore, I do it and then I turn around and go back up and down the stairs a second time! I've been using the bathroom which is downstairs both at work and at home, just another excuse to burn a few more calories! I'm parking at the end of the parking lot at stores and walking my dog a little bit further each day. Every little thing adds up! A minute here, a minute there and wa bam! 10 minutes of exercise done! Woo hoo! I'm not only making this a daily goal but I'm on a streak! Okay so it's only day 3 of my streak but I'M ON A ROLL AND THERE'S NO STOPPING ME NOW!! Can't wait to see the results at the end of the month.
I've also joined a new Spark Team, The Fierce, Fabulous and Unstoppable Warriors! Go check it out and join us. I really love how the theme of this team is strength. I feel so empowered, it's great! Are you a warrior? Are you ready to defend what is rightfully yours...health and happiness? I AM! BATTLE ON!
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