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A special time.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Can you tell that I'm a proud Great Grand Ma? Well I am...........
Quinten is 9 days old, Mathes is 9 weeks old when they met this past weekend. So very Special. What a Blessing to our family.

  
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14JESUSGIRL 11/8/2013 9:51PM

    Awww! How sweet! Yes, you are indeed blessed. We have a six month old granddaughter that is such a delight. (my baby daughter's baby). Then we're having a baby shower this weekend for my son and his wife who are due in January. Blessings all around! Love you!

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BELLACUDDLES 10/31/2013 12:11PM

    What a blessing...and you to them as well!! Congrats!!

Love,
Barbara

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MTNGRL 10/29/2013 12:15PM

    Fantastic! I am so happy to meet them too. Blessings indeed!

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MCGS62 10/28/2013 2:46PM

    That's great !! you are allowed to be a proud GGM I am happy for you and your family !!


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HAPPYSOUL91 10/28/2013 11:05AM

    They are so precious, what a delight

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DAISYBELL6 10/27/2013 10:07PM

    Beautiful!

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Prayer Does Matter

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Received this in a E-Mail today and had to pass it on.
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emoticon WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN WE PRAY
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, 'This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged
for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed.
"How is it that there is no work going on here? I asked."

"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments."

"How does one acknowledge God's blessings? "I asked.

"Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord."

"What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy, and if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."

"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness.. You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day."

"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... You are ahead of 700 million people in the world."

"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world."

"If your parents are still alive and still married.... you are very rare."

"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair......."

"Ok," I said. "What now? How can I start?"

The Angel said, "If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all."

Have a good day, count your blessings , and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are..........

ATTN: Acknowledge Dept .
"Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it."

  
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DAISYBELL6 9/24/2013 4:33PM

    Thank you for sending this to me. I do indeed feel blessed!

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MTNGRL 9/17/2013 5:11PM

    Thank you for sharing. Many times I asked the Lord for something or to watch over someone and had been remiss in saying thank you. Now I start my prayers with thank you Lord for my many blessings and end them with your will be done.

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MCGS62 9/17/2013 3:50PM

    very nice

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14JESUSGIRL 9/17/2013 1:21PM

    Great story. We should all be more thankful.

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Water, Water Everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

"Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink".
An old wise tale? Yes, but kind of the truth today in parts of Northern CO. It's raining extremely hard again today as it has been for 4-5 days now. Many road closer's are again in effect. Our No. CO. Rivers, "The Big Thompson", "Cache La Poudre", "Platte" and the "St. Vrain" all are way above flood stage once again. Hundreds are still trapped and in need of rescue. We have 16 lg. Fema Helicopters ready to help rescue, but they can't fly due to low visibility.
We lost a very active member of our church.....She is presumed dead as she was last seen trying to break out her bedroom window as her house broke apart and was carried down the flooding river. Other cities and towns are in bad shape to, some cut off from the world with no way out or in due to damaged roads.
It's going to be a long, long time before N. CO is back to normal if it ever is. So many roads destroyed even washed completely away, bridges out, homes and businesses lost, lives changed forever.
Our city, Loveland, is again divided in half due to floodwaters spilling over all our east/west roads, many north/south roads are blacked as well. Our Daughter's family and one of our Grandsons & family are okay, but they are on the south side of the city. We are on the north. Another Grandson is also on the north side of our city, which is good as his wife is weeks away from having their 1st baby and the Hospital is on our side of the city. Our Phones and electric are working, but dimming periodically.
I feel so guilty as I sit in our home, safe and dry, watching TV, the flood coverage and a bit of football. It all seems so surreal. Road closer's everywhere, so as soon as we can get out we are hoping to volunteer anywhere we can.
One bit of good news is that starting sometime tomorrow it's predicted the rain will to be coming to an end and the sun will return. I pray the weathermen are right and the sun will soon shine and start to dry us out.

  
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BELLACUDDLES 9/22/2013 12:40PM

    Oh, my friend, I am so sorry to read about this...and all the poor people who are devastated by this terrible flood. Our son, Joe was born in beautiful Boulder 30 years ago. I do hope and pray things do return to some normalcy and very soon.

hugs,
Barbara

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14JESUSGIRL 9/17/2013 1:19PM

    Oh, my!!! Beautiful Colorado!!! I'll certainly keep you in my prayers, Louanne, and everyone there.
Love you

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MCGS62 9/16/2013 9:20AM

    I'll say some prayers for your church member.

Please be careful while you are volunteering and stay healthy.. that is the only way you will be able to help any one when the time comes.

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MTNGRL 9/15/2013 5:34PM

    Lou, I am glad you updated us on how you are. You know me, I am a worry wort. I am very sorry about the loss of your church member. I am glad your family is ok. I pray that the rain stops and recovery can begin. Hugs dear friend.

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PUGRAD1995 9/15/2013 4:20PM

    Keep safe. My sister is on a cruise right now, but they live in the SW corner of CO, so I think they will be fine. It's the first time in the many years she's lived in CO that I've heard anyone say they didn't want rain. The amounts have been unbelievable.


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We Can All Help By Reading Those Labels.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


This is an interesting concept that I thought was well worth passing on to my Spark Friends. Iím certainly going to look at labels more carefully after reading this.

All of the following is from 1 e-mail sent to me.
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ONE AT A TIME:

This probably sounds crazy, but just yesterday I was in Wal-Mart looking for a wastebasket. I found some made in China for $6.99. I didn't want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department where they had some at 2.50 and made in USA. They are just as good. Same with the kitchen rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in the USA and they were 3.00 cheaper.

We are being brain washed that everything that comes from China and Mexico is cheaper. Not true. That is also why I don't buy cards at Hallmark anymore. They are made in China and are expensive. I buy them at Dollar Tree. 50 cents each and made in USA. One Light Bulb at a Time A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American

. . . Good idea . . .. one light bulb at a time . .. ...
Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China. The next day I was in Ace Hardware so just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA. Start looking around people and read the labels. In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job.

So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track.. Let's get behind her! My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more. My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico, now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.
This past weekend I was at Krogerís. I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value. I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats they were the same except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA at a company in Cleveland, Ohio.

So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here. So now on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets - yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada. The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free that I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors! If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies! (We should have awakened a decade ago....) Let's get with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the USA

Author of the above e-mail: Anonymous

  
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ENUFF81020 6/7/2013 10:59PM

    Hi there,

I waited to post on here but now that you're back, I will. My husband works for the US Government and he insists on buying American. It is a surprise what we find out. The weird thing is that there is no rhyme or reason to any of this. You do have to look at each and every label which can be a chore at times, but it is worth it.

This is a great read!!
Sylvia

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14JESUSGIRL 10/25/2011 8:26AM

    Good post, Louanne. I usually buy off brand items, but I didn't notice that they were mostly made in the US. I'm going to do this.
Thanks,
Love you!
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MTNGRL 10/15/2011 5:38PM

    Interesting. I'll try to put this in action! Heck I already read nutrition labels, lol!!
Now I can't stop singing "look for the union label" song!

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 10/14/2011 4:17PM

  I liked this blog, very thoughtful! I think this is right on the money, pun intended. My sister does my shopping for me, but I will ask her to read lables.
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BELLACUDDLES 10/14/2011 4:05PM

    That was quite interesting, my friend. Thanks for your post!!

Hugs,
Barbara

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MCGS62 10/14/2011 9:23AM

    couldn't agree more ---good find!!

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SHERRY666 10/13/2011 3:46PM

    VERY INTERESTING..... THANKS FOR SHARING THIS..

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DAISYBELL6 10/13/2011 2:44PM

    Food for thought! I will check this out for myself. Thank you.

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ILUVTOTAT 10/13/2011 2:12PM

    Very interesting! Usually I dismiss these types of emails, but it makes total sense to buy American when I can. I already try to buy local and help my neighbor as well.

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My Computer Crashed & what I found out about ME!!!!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

When my computer crashed several weeks ago, I learned numerous things about what my eye disease, Wet Macular Degeneration, was actually doing to me. This disease has left me partially blind after 9 different surgeries to my eyes.
Since I wasnít spending time staring at my computer monitor, several things became clearer to me, (no pun intended). Those were:

1. I could read my Bible easier, even the large print one I have, a real blessing to me.
2. But then I noticed that I could read the amounts of recipes ingredients easier.
3. The markings on our microwave, washer/dryer and our remotes were clearer.
4. It was easier to dial the phone and read my watch.
5. Even writing checks and reading mail/newspaper was easier.
6. Not to mention I could distinguish colors a bit easier and even see that 1/4Ē seam allowance when quilting.
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7. I had a tiny bit more time to get in some exercise and stretches in which actually improved my back pain.

These improvements in my sight meant that I wasnít stressing my eyes on the computer as much and this really was a big revelation to me as I thought that I had been handling the situation pretty well. Now I realize that I must take care of what sight I have left, which at the same time will also improve the quality of my ďrealĒ life. By cutting back the time on my computer Iíll have more time to walk and train our new little puppy, more time to read, quilt and more time to stretch and exercise my back. All these changes will make for a happier me and my DH to!!!!!!!

Therefore I resigned my leadership on the OALB Team, signed out of some, but not all, of my other teams. The OALB Team and its members mean too much to me to leave that team. In general I will cut out reading lots of Sparksís e-mails and blogs, I love being on Sparks, I love being a Sparkie, itís been a God send to me, so Iím not leaving Sparks.

So fellow Sparklesí please forgive me if I donít always answer you promptly, but know I appreciate your goodies and comments more than you know.

Thank You for understanding. Iím still a Sparkie and still Sparking.

  
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ENUFF81020 10/10/2011 10:08PM

    Hi LouAnne,
I never responded to this, but I hope that by now, you know how I feel. Taking care of yourself is your primary job and you need to do what you need to do.

Enjoy that CO Indian summer. I'm enjoying ours too--it came just in time for our fall break.

Gnelte hugs,
Sylvia

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PUGRAD1995 9/25/2011 1:03PM

    Isn't it amazing how that advice doesn't always translate into action until we learn it ourselves? While I wish I could help with the OALB team more, I really need to concentrate on rehab and doing what the dr. wants me to do also. He won't cut my computer time (he knows I'm a computer programmer), but I know I need to right now. His way of saying it was no sitting for more than a 1/2 hour at a time (what-I can barely get signed on in that time!). We'll get there! Diana (PS my mom is a quilter too-and her RA in her hands has cut down how much of that she can do. So I know it's tough to limit that time!)

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BELLACUDDLES 9/13/2011 4:37PM

    Hi sweetcake.........ain't it funny.....that must have been a blessing in disguise!! You are soooo worth doing what really brings you joy; I know Spark does too, but this sitting really gets to me too!!! God bless!!


Hugs always,
Barbara

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MCGS62 9/9/2011 10:25AM

    Take care of yourself first! I know you will be there when needed.
You have always given me wonderful thoughts -- and poems when I was down.
Wish you the best of luck and prayers.

JIM

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TIMERMAN 9/8/2011 9:08PM

    Mom, You are the best and I know how you agonized over this decision. . I know how much Sparks and all your Sparks friends mean to you! It/they have taken you thru some really tough times not only with weight issues but with difficult real life issues as well. Your friends are sincere in wishing continued good health and for that I thank-you all on her behalf as well! Mom, you have come so far in many ways and I, too, wish you many more blessed days ahead! Thanks for introducing me to Sparkpeaople - you know how it has helped us, especially of late. See ya around the site! I love you! emoticon

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ILUVTOTAT 9/8/2011 4:44PM

    It makes complete sense for you to back off on your computer use! I know I feel better when I do, too. Bonus--more quilting time!

I'm glad you're not leaving entirely.

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CARLANNIE 9/8/2011 4:14PM

    Well, shoot - so sorry to hear about your eyesight! My father has that, too, and isn't doing well with it right now and has found that computer work is difficult. So congrats to you for doing what you need to do to preserve your eyesight. It's hard to cut back on SP, I know, but you will be blessed with life in other ways as well. Hang tough!

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SHERRY666 9/8/2011 3:51PM

    I'M SURE EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS WHAT YOUR SIGHT MEANS TO YOU....... AND I'M HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE DECIDED TO CUT BACK ON YOUR SPARK TIME AND GET SOME OTHER THINGS DONE.... YOUR EYES ARE SO VERY IMPORTANT.... IT'S GREAT THAT YOU CAN NOW SEE THINGS BETTER.... I REALLY HOPE YOUR EYES KEEP IMPROVING..... YOU WILL BE MISSED.... BUT IT WILL BE GOOD TO SEE YOU NOW AND THEN....... TAKE CARE OF YOU MY FRIEND.. emoticon

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FELINA 9/8/2011 9:36AM

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I know you have the support and understanding of all your Spark friends. You'll be missed as team leader but your eyesight is so much more important. I hope the improvements continue and you discover more and more things that you're seeing more clearly !
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CLCCOOL 9/8/2011 9:35AM

    I totally understand! I hope you will remain with the Rockie's team & input when you can. Luckly, the season will be ending soon & the team won't be as active!
You MUST take care of your eyes!
I totally understand cutting computer time! I murdered my poor netbook, by accident, over the weekend, I HAD to go get a new computer immediately, because I'm SO dependent on it! That struck me that I really need to ween myself from it. I have really made an effort to cut my computer time in half. I actually have read a whole book!

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TNANCE3 9/7/2011 6:42PM

    I understand what you mean about Spark taking up a lot of time. I love this website, and I love the support I get here. I can spend hours on here reading blogs, success stories, articles, etc. I don't need to do that though. I need to get up and exercise and spend time quilting. Maybe we can work on this together. I hope your eyes continue to improve.

May God Bless,
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