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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!!!

Two Boxes

God's Boxes

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...


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LIBBYFITZ 6/11/2010 12:19AM

    Thank you for the comment on my blog. How are you and the children?

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/28/2010 2:44PM

    Thank you for sharing. How beautiful.

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/27/2010 9:41PM

    Awesomeness. You are such a sweetie pie. You deserve every good thing that you receive and more.

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    That was beautiful! I will pass it on to others and post to my fridge! I have been pretty stressed and tapped out the last month or so. Thank you so much for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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JOYSONG50 5/27/2010 1:37PM

    Beautiful poem.

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KATHRYN1955 5/27/2010 9:59AM

    What a lovely poem! And a great reminder about letting go. I am sending this to my sister who is also a Spark member.
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HOCKEYMOM-4 5/27/2010 7:46AM

    Thanks Leslie. Given the stressful month I've been having this is a good reminder of how I need to be handling it. You may need to change your background pic from warrior to seer or sage!

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MISSDREA3 5/27/2010 12:11AM

    Wow, Leslie...this is wonderful! I am so grateful for you, my dear friend. You have no idea how you have inspired, encouraged and supported me. I am so honored to have a friend like you!
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Enjoying Life!

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! emoticon

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! emoticon

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! emoticon

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. emoticon

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!!! emoticon

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! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/4/2010 12:11PM

    I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. Continue to enjoy and be happy, gorgeous.


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REDRUNNERMOM713 5/26/2010 10:13PM

    I'm sooooo happy to hear you are having so much fun!! You deserve it girl! I'm going to have to start living vicariously through you! Lol. Keep up the great work & just living life to the fullest! emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 5/26/2010 8:39PM

    So happy you are getting out & enjoying life my friend. YOU DESERVE IT! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 5/26/2010 2:23PM

    Sounds like a great time...you should be very proud of yourself fellow warrior!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/26/2010 1:05PM

    Sounds like life is treating you good! Be proud of all of your accomplishments!

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IUHRYTR 5/26/2010 1:02PM

    Hooray for the new you! emoticon -- Lou

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HaPpY mOtHeR's DaY!!

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

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Happy Mother's Day to all my wonderful Spark Friends!!

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/12/2010 2:03PM

    Thank you, and you are right it was cute for sure. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 5/10/2010 1:27AM

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Great quote!

Have been out of touch as been travelling all of yesterday and last 3 days before that was all the goodbyes!

Have heaps of E-mails to get through!

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MTNHIKER1971 5/9/2010 8:47AM

    Very creative, love it!

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ANGIEFAYE818 5/9/2010 12:12AM

    Happy Mother's Day!!!! :)

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MOMFAN 5/8/2010 11:50PM


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LOOZINITNOW 5/8/2010 9:59PM

    Very cute! Happy Mother's Day to you!
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    Happy Mother's Day!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 5/8/2010 8:49PM

    Love the poem!! Happy Mother's Day to you too!!! emoticon

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Poem by DH ~ Happy Mother's Day

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! emoticon emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 5/8/2010 9:23PM

    This gave me goosebumps! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm sorry you had to be the one to make every decision after he passed. You are SUCH a strong woman and I admire you greatly!!!

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LOSINGITLOU 5/8/2010 4:27PM

    Very touching emoticon The poem is wonderful. Life is much to short to carry old baggage around. I wish you all the happiness. emoticon

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PHDNPROBIN 5/8/2010 3:11PM

    Wonderful and best wishes.

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IUHRYTR 5/8/2010 3:05PM

    And here's hoping you do reunite. Happy Mother's Day! -- Lou

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10 minutes a day...YOU can do it too!

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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MISSDREA3 5/8/2010 12:41PM

    Congratulations on your streak! WooHoo!!
You are a strong woman...keep it up girl!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 5/6/2010 10:08PM

    Awesome job on your streak so far! Those little bursts add up and before long you will be doing even more extra things without even realizing it. Great job!!

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PEGGO45 5/6/2010 10:00PM

    The Golden Rule = 10 minutes a day.... =70 minutes a week more than none... = 310 minutes if you did 10 minutes a day every day in May... emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 5/6/2010 9:31PM

    Yea for your streak! Keep on keeping on. -- Lou

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    You are so right! Every little bit helps....and it all adds up before you know it...you are ready to go!! WOO HOO!!! Go Girl, Go!!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 5/6/2010 8:24PM

    I absolutely LOVE your attitude and the feeling in this blog! YOU ARE FIERCE FABULOUS & UNSTOPPABLE my friend! Don't you just love feeling empowered? I'm so proud of you and your strength and what you've accomplished on your journey! YOU CAN DO THIS emoticon

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SALINA78 5/6/2010 7:38PM

We are ready to win this battle!!!

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    I am LOVING your positive attitude! I have a bathroom downstairs, and never think of going down there. Thats a great idea to get some extra exercise in! emoticon

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RUTGERSM0M 5/6/2010 5:07PM

    You are right it is not easy to get in 10 mins of exercise. Sometimes I have to force myself to dot (like today). You kick up the good work emoticon

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YESITSDEB 5/6/2010 4:59PM

    Way to go warrior girl! Every little step does add it. Keep kicking butt emoticon

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JOCHEBED1 5/6/2010 4:58PM

    good ideas! make the most with what you have! Great job!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/6/2010 4:54PM

    All of those little steps do add up! I absolutely love that team! I have also found a great sense of empowerment since joining it. Let's go warrior girl!

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ADVENTUREGIRL04 5/6/2010 4:54PM

    emoticon You are right, it all adds up!! Keep it up and I know you will see results!!

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