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The 12 Days of Sparkness!

Saturday, December 25, 2010



I wrote this alternate version of the 12 Days of Christmas last year to summarize my time at SparkPeople so far. I updated it for the past year of successes. I hope you like it!!

I am so thankful to all of my Spark friends and Spark teams. May you have a joyous and blessed Christmas with your loved ones.

"May your life be crowded with unexpected joys."
--H. Jackson Brown Jr.

THE TWELVE DAYS OF SPARKNESS

On the first day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the second day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the third day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Three bra cup sizes down,
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the fourth day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Four pant sizes gone,
Three bra cup sizes down,
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the fifth day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Five 5k's running,
Four pant sizes gone,
Three bra cup sizes down,
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the sixth day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Six trips to Goodwill with clothes too big,
Five 5k's running,
Four pant sizes gone,
Three bra cup sizes down,
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the seventh day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Seven days of streaking,
Six trips to Goodwill with clothes too big,
Five 5k's running,
Four pant sizes gone,
Three bra cup sizes down,
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the eighth day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Eight Zumba dances,
Seven days of streaking,
Six trips to Goodwill with clothes too big,
Five 5k's running,
Four pant sizes gone,
Three bra cup sizes down,
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the ninth day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Nine weeks of C25K,
Eight Zumba dances,
Seven days of streaking,
Six trips to Goodwill with clothes too big,
Five 5k's running,
Four pant sizes gone,
Three bra cup sizes down,
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the tenth day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Ten BMI points down,
Nine weeks of C25K,
Eight Zumba dances,
Seven days of streaking,
Six trips to Goodwill with clothes too big,
Five 5k's running,
Four pant sizes gone,
Three bra cup sizes down,
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the eleventh day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Eleven dollar pair of PJs off the rack,
Ten BMI points down,
Nine weeks of C25K,
Eight Zumba dances,
Seven days of streaking,
Six trips to Goodwill with clothes too big,
Five 5k's running,
Four pant sizes gone,
Three bra cup sizes down,
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

On the twelfth day of Sparkness
My new life gave to me
Twelve points higher on my VO2 score,
Eleven dollar pair of PJs off the rack,
Ten BMI points down,
Nine weeks of C25K,
Eight Zumba dances,
Seven days of streaking,
Six trips to Goodwill with clothes too big,
Five 5k's running,
Four pant sizes gone,
Three bra cup sizes down,
Two workouts in the park,
And the World's Largest Ball of Tape lost!

  
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MOMFAN 12/31/2010 2:20AM

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KITHKINCAID 12/27/2010 5:11PM

    I LOVE this idea - might do one of these for myself! Great job :O) Such a year of accomplishment!

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JENJESS48 12/27/2010 2:38PM

    Super cute and creative! Thanks for the positive boost today! emoticon emoticon

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YELLOWBIRD01 12/26/2010 11:07AM

    That is wonderful!! Thank you for sharing your success and inspiring me for the new year!! You are a blessing to those around you!!

God bless you!!
Jenn

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CM_GARDNER78 12/26/2010 12:23AM

    This.Is.Fantastic!!! I love it. Not only creative but a cute way to reflect on how far you've come!!! Great job!!!
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TEDDYBEARGIRL 12/25/2010 11:42PM

    Cute and creative!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/25/2010 11:19PM

    love it!

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SGTSUNNY 12/25/2010 10:13PM

    Great 12 days, what is a VO2 score? I love your blogs! Have a great Christmas.

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YATMAMA 12/25/2010 5:38PM

    That was awesome! Merry Christmas!!

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Sunny Gal Secret Santa!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My secret santa was Roe! (ROEANDGO). Confession to make: I wanted to wait until Christmas to open the presents. I had them out of the box and they were all individually wrapped so nicely. I put them under our tree and did hold off for a while.







But I couldn't hold out for very long. She sent me the most perfect gifts!

First the card itself is GORGEOUS. A beautiful dove, I want to frame this card and put it in my writing office.



Then there was a Starbucks gift card and oh-so-cute Starbucks ornament! I had wanted a Starbucks gift card so that I would have a reason to go to Starbucks and WRITE. Now I can!

Then there was a prayer journal that I had wanted and it is just beautiful. There are dandelions throughout it and quotes from scripture and otherwise. Then there was the sweetest quote book all about being happy. My daughter Lucy and I read that and she loves the book and carries it with her everywhere.



Thank you Roe!!!! You are such a wonderful friend and fellow Sunny Gal!!!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


  
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LUNADRAGON 12/25/2010 4:13PM

    So sweet! It is an inspiring gift too!

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AMBER281 12/16/2010 3:56PM

    Those are great gifts!!!

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KITHKINCAID 12/16/2010 1:01PM

    How sweet!

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TEMPEST272002 12/16/2010 12:44PM

    Lucky you to recieve such thoughtful gifts!

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CARILOUIE 12/15/2010 8:11PM

    What a beautiful array of gifts. I love the holidays.

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SMALLERMELORIE 12/15/2010 8:59AM

    Great gifts, Thanks for sharing. I am still trying to hold out.

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POSITIVE-FORCE 12/15/2010 8:41AM

    awww...so sweet!

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MOMFAN 12/15/2010 12:04AM

    You are blessed!

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YATMAMA 12/14/2010 5:39PM

    How beautiful!!

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VISUALLYRICS 12/14/2010 4:56PM

    How Nice!! Christmas deliveries always carry a lovely mystery....it makes the season Bright!

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ROBYNROSE26 12/14/2010 3:12PM

    Great gift choices!

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KSGROTHE 12/14/2010 2:55PM

    Wow! Roe did a great job! I love that you read the Happiness book with your daughter!

- Karen

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STARLIGHT615 12/14/2010 1:37PM

    WOW that is awesome!!!

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SGTSUNNY 12/14/2010 1:09PM

    Roe did a great job, enjoy your presents all year!

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ROEANDGO 12/14/2010 1:01PM

    Sooooo glad you like everything! Enjoy!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/14/2010 12:23PM

    awww this makes me happy!

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Mini Challenge - 12 Things

Monday, December 13, 2010

This weeks mini challenge in the WIN challenge is to list 12 things we want to accomplish before 12/25 on a blog. I have 15 things listed, I'm not an overachiever (well, maybe a little), but I do want to make sure I get at least 3 runs in, as well as other "to dos".

1. Balance my checkbook, pay bills
2. Run
3. Strength train with Jackie
4. Call Homeowners insurance about updating coverage
5. Pickup cozy pjs for me since mine are too big now - DONE!
6. Run
7. Go downtown and see the tree with Jim and the girls
8. Pick up holiday cards for the Preschool Moms and for my writer friends. DONE! Send them out.
9. Bake healthy cookies for cookie exchange - DONE!
10. Go swimming in a hotel pool
11. Run
12. Set up an appointment to update our will
13. Go ice skating - RINK CLOSED DUE TO COLD!
14. Make a difficult phone call to a family member - DONE!
15. Designate my flex health coverage for 2011 - DONE!

  
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AMBER281 12/16/2010 3:55PM

    That is a great list!!!

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ROEANDGO 12/15/2010 3:17PM

    Great list! Especially all the "Run" thrown in there! I think I didn't add exercise to my list. Maybe I should add a #13? Hmmmm.....

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FREES1 12/14/2010 9:34AM

    You go gal! Quite the list - have fun getting some of those things done and best wishes for some of the others!

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MOMFAN 12/14/2010 12:25AM

    I'm tired just reading it! You will get it done! You are amazing!

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JENJESS48 12/13/2010 6:56PM

    Great list! Good luck! I notice a lot of your items are also things I tend to put off... emoticon

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MPALMER15 12/13/2010 6:55PM

    I can help with #5! I had to pick up some new ones too because mine wouldn't stay up any more, lol. Sears has a good deal right now on Joe Boxer flannel pj's. They are warm and comfy. I love mine! Here is a link: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_
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LOTUSFLOWER 12/13/2010 5:38PM

    Thanks!! Ice skating is my win challenge activity - I had wanted to do the Kal Haven trail (and did) but the snow wasn't there yet when we went. I am terrified of ice skating!!! I have no balance with these sorts of things! I agree on the bill/insurance stuff....I've been putting it off all year! And we haven't updated our will since Marlo was born over 1 yr. 1/2 ago, LOL!!! Don...Don...Don! That call is to my SIL...she still hasn't returned my phone call or email...

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/13/2010 5:36PM

    Hehehe this is fun stuff.....too much talk of bills and insurance for me tho! hahah. I know, it must be done!!! mmmmmmmm can i have some halthy cookies? OOoh man I want to change my list! I have something to add!!! hahahaha. OOOH ICE SKATING!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE ICE SKATING!!!!!!!

Good luck on the difficult phone call...don don don

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The DIfference A Year Makes (Pictures)

Thursday, December 09, 2010

We got our family pictures taken last night, and I was excited to compare them against our picture from last year. In the past year I've lost about 40 lbs., and I have a total loss of 80 lbs. I can really see a difference in the picture, especially in my face.

I am just SO excited about this. I feel renewed, more energetic, and I am so hopeful that I will meet my goal of a total of 120 lbs. down in 2011!

If you are feeling you haven't come so far, or are like me and halfway, or more than halfway to your goal, I highly recommend comparing pictures of yourself. You have changed, you are different, the proof is right there in the frame. Even weight loss that doesn't feel like much to you reflects in everything you do, and how you act. You can see it in your smile.

Thanks everyone for the inspiration, friendship and support!



p.s. This sweater from 2009 no longer fits me, it's gone to Goodwill a while ago!

  
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CRISPINI 12/16/2010 1:39PM

    OMG you look 10 years younger. WTG!

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KITHKINCAID 12/16/2010 1:04PM

    Beautiful family - beautiful people. You look amazing Kathy. Congratulations!!!

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JENJESS48 12/13/2010 6:57PM

    Gorgeous family and gorgeous YOU! emoticon

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CAROLX914 12/13/2010 9:58AM

    CONGRATS... you and your family look wonderful!

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LOOZINITNOW 12/13/2010 9:34AM

    Beautiful picture of the family! What a difference a year makes!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 12/13/2010 12:48AM

    Looking good!

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WYND10 12/10/2010 1:48PM

    Amazing! You look fantastic, and have a beautiful family!!!

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AMBER281 12/10/2010 10:57AM

    WOW!! That is amazing! Keep up the great work.
You have a beautiful family!

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/10/2010 7:56AM

    Looks like your kids have gotten older & bigger... while you have gotten younger and smaller!! You look GREAT!!! Keep up the great work!

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SMALLERMELORIE 12/10/2010 7:41AM

    I notice the weight loss, but I really notice how much younger that you look in 2010. Great job.

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MOMFAN 12/10/2010 2:18AM

    You look great. Would love to get you and hubby in some bright solid colors for next year.

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MESEATURTLE 12/10/2010 12:18AM

    Looking great!!!!

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    That is great to see such a difference in your face! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 12/9/2010 10:49PM

    You are so inspiring! Congratulations!

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GOGOMAMA 12/9/2010 9:38PM

    Nice family photo!!! You look fabulous and I love your cute new haircut!!! emoticon

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PURPLELVR7 12/9/2010 9:07PM

    You are doing & look great

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 12/9/2010 7:51PM

    Look at the fine bone definition in your face!! How wonderful to SEE the positive changes some place other than numbers on the scale. Next year you'll FEEL as beautiful as we all know you are/inside and out. Joy to your world.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/9/2010 7:04PM

    Love the comparison - you are doing fantastic!

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YATMAMA 12/9/2010 6:46PM

    Amazing!!

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KSGROTHE 12/9/2010 6:01PM

    Great pictures! You look great!

Is that your husband's Christmas shirt that he's wearing? It looks like the same one in both pics!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/9/2010 5:56PM

    you look so much younger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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STARLIGHT615 12/9/2010 5:45PM

    WOW what a difference!! You look GREAT!!!

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ROBYNROSE26 12/9/2010 5:43PM

    Way to Go! You look great!

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MRS_4EVER_AFTER 12/9/2010 5:15PM

  Nice Job!!!

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WOLFKITTY 12/9/2010 4:47PM

    Congrats!
Jocelyn

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P0KERS0PH 12/9/2010 4:35PM

    You look radiant and younger! Amazing!

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TAFFIN2000 12/9/2010 4:27PM

    Big difference! Congrats!
Adorable kids!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/9/2010 4:24PM

    Great job--and wonderful pictures, congratulations!

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MPALMER15 12/9/2010 4:15PM

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You can definitely see the difference! Keep it up!

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SLFRISBEY 12/9/2010 4:10PM

    AWESOME!!! Keep it up! You've come so far in just one year... and you're a RUNNER too!

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YAMPYPIE 12/9/2010 4:03PM

    Great job. You definitely look as though you're glowing. :)

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APMAC_D 12/9/2010 3:58PM

    This is great- way to go!

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DONNYBELLE 12/9/2010 3:54PM

    you look fantabulous---and it actually looks like you're 5 years younger in the second pic!!! Great job on all your hard work and congrats on your success!!!!!

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XTIGERLILYX 12/9/2010 3:53PM

    Crazy how much younger you look in 2010!

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4ME_4LIFE 12/9/2010 3:50PM

    That's awesome! So inspiring!

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OFFDREA 12/9/2010 3:49PM

    I can definitely see the difference! You look fabulous!

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    Oh yeah! Big difference! emoticon

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ROEANDGO 12/9/2010 3:37PM

    Wonderful! I love this!

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FREES1 12/9/2010 3:37PM

    what a difference a year makes!!! congrats!


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    you are doing so great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
You are such inspiration to us all!!


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KARVY09 12/9/2010 3:27PM

    Marvelous!!!!

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Thing #4: I Have Joy

Thursday, December 09, 2010



This morning as I was getting ready for work I started to dance in our bathroom, even without my clothes on. This is something I do often - dance out of nowhere (although I usually am clothed, lol).




I realized that the fourth thing I love about myself is that I have JOY. More so now that I've shed almost half of myself, but even before that. I have always been a pretty happy person. Yes, I can get down and depressed, I think we all can. But there's a thread of joy in everything that I do. Our breakfasts around the kitchen table I especially cherish, a moment with my family before I go off to work. We typically have music blasting, and all of us just get down. Even the baby. We dance, we sing, we are silly. We have JOY.

And I can't think of any other way I'd like to be.




Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead!"

- I Peter 1:6



I came that you may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance,
until it overflows.
- John 10:10

  
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LUNADRAGON 12/25/2010 4:15PM

    I love this! Thank you! May Joy fill your heart - it has no calories!

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KITHKINCAID 12/16/2010 3:36PM

    I love this! I love that you celebrate every morning with your family. When I have children, I'm going to insist on dancing at the breakfast table for sure!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 12/13/2010 12:47AM

    Thats great!

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SMALLERMELORIE 12/10/2010 7:39AM

    Having joy and being a happy person is something that you should be proud of.

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KSGROTHE 12/9/2010 6:00PM

    That is emoticon I love this blog!

Keep dancing and being joyous!

- Karen

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 12/9/2010 1:47PM

    I would have loved to enjoyed you as a co-worker. Joy is such a wonderful feeling that everyone gets to benefit from.

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AMBER281 12/9/2010 1:03PM

    I love this!
I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who randomly dances around their home!

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KROLES55 12/9/2010 12:50PM

    Great post for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

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ROEANDGO 12/9/2010 11:40AM

    I love this! Everyone should dance everyday....even naked!

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WOLFKITTY 12/9/2010 11:25AM

    Very cool! :)
Jocelyn

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TABIKATZZ 12/9/2010 11:16AM

    Awesome quality! I dance all around my house too! And I sing! I make up silly songs about the cats etc. My son just shakes his head! (he is 17)

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FREES1 12/9/2010 11:16AM

    what a beautiful blog!!! the joy just comes off the screen - thanks for this wonderful gift!

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SGTSUNNY 12/9/2010 11:15AM

    Joy is so wonderful and you are passing this down to your children! You are a wonderful mom as well

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MSSUNBUG 12/9/2010 11:08AM

    What a happy, positive blog. I too am grateful for my joy, that even when it's not abundant, evident, or even present, I can trust in my ability to experience it.

It's a great thing to love about yourself!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/9/2010 11:06AM

    Oh my goodness! I just LOVE the pictures in this blog!! They made me happy!! Thanks for sharing your joy!!!

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