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A Christmas letter from Mary & Joseph

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dear Friends,

I hope that you are all well. I canít believe itís been a year since we saw all of you at the census. We thought we might send a letter to bring everyone up to speed. Perhaps you could write back and let us know how your year has been. Who knows, this might take off one day.

With all of the chaos in Bethlehem at the time, we arenít really sure what day the baby was born, but it was close to December 24th. The day doesnít really matter because he had 10 fingers, 10 toes, a wrinkly little smile and a full head of hair. Jesus is a year old now and already almost 2 cubits tall. He has my eyes and it looks like he will grow big and strong. I have been working hard to get back into my old dresses and Joseph says I look as good as I did before. :-)

I canít believe how crowded it was in Bethlehem. So many people were sleeping on the streets and in back alleys. Thankfully, we found an innkeeper named Galron who let us stay in the stable. Man, oh man, was he in trouble when his wife found out he put a woman who was big as a house in the barn, but we all had a good laugh. Samuela, Galronís wife, was so sweet. When she found out that we had to travel to Egypt with a newborn on our old donkey she insisted that we take a new mare instead. She said itís the least she could do with her husband putting a pregnant woman in the barn. What a gift that was. I couldnít imagine taking the old mule 250 km.

We met a fun group of shepherds in Bethlehem. They were staying in the alley right behind the stable. There wasnít enough room for them inside, but Galron had extra straw so that worked out well. These guys were awesome. Anything we needed from the market they would get for us, and they even put together the cutest little manger for Jesus to use as a crib. Anytime anyone near the stable got loud enough to disturb me or Jesus the shepherds would get after them. Thanks guys!

By now you have heard that we are in Egypt because an angel warned Joseph in a dream. I know what you are thinking ó it was a nightmare. But after the angel visit I got a while back, we take these things seriously. Unfortunately, we left in such a rush that we didnít get to see the men from Pakistan. Thankfully, Samuela forwarded the gifts to us. The frankincense and myrrh smell so beautiful; everything around smells wonderful because of it. Right now, we havenít decided what to do with the gold, but it never hurts for a young family to have a rainy day fund.

Joseph has been working since we got here. Cairo is sprawling and new houses that are popping up everywhere, so itís a great time to be a carpenter. Heís working with a well established contractor named Abubakar. Abubakar says he is really happy with Josephís work ethic; I guess the local men arenít used to working as hard as the men from back home. We are renting a couple of rooms in one of Abubakarís houses, but he says that when works slows down in the summer he and Joseph will build us a place of our own. That will be nice now that Jesus is toddling around and getting into EVERYTHING!!!

In September, we had a chance to travel to Giza with Josephís work. Jesus got his first camel ride and an artist made a wonderful caricatures portrait of the family on back of the camel. It was a long ride out and back so that new mare worked out well again (thanks again Samuela, I canít imagine what our lives would be like without you.)

Love always,

Mary, Joseph and Jesus

(The letter is a gift from Randy Schatz, of Moorhead, Minn., where heís a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Schatz helps readers imagine what Mary and Joseph might have written in their first ďChristmasĒ letter. )

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/16/2009 9:29PM

    Thanks. Very nice blog. Love, Dawn emoticon

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W8WHITTILER 12/15/2009 8:44PM

    I love it!
Thank you so much for sharing this..
Hope all is well with you and yours!

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ANUT4DISNEY 12/15/2009 12:00PM

    Awesome blog.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Well I went back to the er yesterday.
My toes r going numb they say to loosen the air cast which then gives me no support n the ankle hurts worst. They say that the fracture is an old one that the sprain has irritated. I still do need to see an orthopedic & there is a pinched nerve causing my left arm to go numb it is irritated by using the crutches, walker & cane(depending on wat I'm doing depends on which I use) The syatica is still flared up & their suggestion for that as usual is LOSE WEIGHT.

so I got a little ignorant when the resident told me I DON'T MEAN TO SOUND WRONG BUT IF YOU LOSE SOME WEIGHT THE SYATICA WOULDNT BE SO BAD

I informed his stupid ass I've been hearing that for years I was over 300 lbs the 1st time that I was told that & I m now 228 lbs & u know wat my flairs up are more frequent so wat the ___ do u suggest I do now


what the &^$&%*&%

I M SO DAMN TIRED OF HEARING YOU NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT MY WEIGHT IS NOT THE CAUSE EVERY HEALTH ISSUE the funny thing when I 1st Syatica Attack I was skinny I was about 19-20 yrs old & was wearing a children size 14, yes shortly after that my weight started going up but dag give me a break already

4 hours in the emergency room for nada

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ALLYBGOOD05 12/15/2009 9:20AM

    Doctors can be so ignorant sometimes. Yes, being overweight puts you at a greater risk for having musculoskeletal problems but it is certainly not the only factor! I like how he told you to lose weight, then told you that maybe you were exercising too much. Sorry you had to go through that. I hope things get better for you, and soon.

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DIANEDOESIT 12/15/2009 7:43AM

    Oh Dear!!! Sounds like you had a pretty rough time.....and with no help. Been there, done that. Hang in there're doing fine!! Truly hope you feel better soon. Hugs and prayers!!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/15/2009 7:33AM

    Wow, even doctors need to think before they insert their foot into their mouth. Don't give up.
Jane on Guam
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Hope these pictures make you laugh.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/14/2009 11:48PM

    You probably don't want to hear from me since I've been a gunky and haven't sent you the list of chair exercises yet.. but I just want to say that I can relate to your anger and applaud you for letting that insensitive fellow have it with both barrels. Keep on doing the best that you can to take care of YOU. YOU ARE WORTH IT. I'll send you those exercises asap. Love, Dawn

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SPARKPIXIE 12/14/2009 10:39PM

    Maga, I am proud of you for the weight you've lost!

I am sorry you're going through this pain. You are always in my prayers.

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WILDMAMA 12/14/2009 10:32PM

    Sorry your visit was so frustrating. emoticon And you are on the right track. it is frustrating being "bigger" because dr's do want to blame everything on that fact. (Just like being older.) But while you are loosing the weight what are they going to do to help your pain? And if loosing weight isn't the magic they hope for...what are they going to blame it on next? I don't like the attitude of ALWAYS blaming the patient for their suffering.

And as an aside, I'm the picture of health (knock on wood) and I'm a Fat why isn't anyone blaming my GOOD health on my weight?

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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/14/2009 10:25PM

    Sorry you had to go through that Maga, Mine always told me I would not get pregnant unless I lost weight, I did not get pregnant, but it was not cause of weight it was something else, and it could have been possibly worked on if he had seen past the weight

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LOSE2WIN10 12/14/2009 10:25PM

    I understand your frustration. After losing almost 90 lbs now (which my old doc would be very excited to hear) I had to start seeing a new doctor, who imformed me my obesity is going to lead me to diabetes and heart disease. He also took my blood pressure 3 times because there was no way someone my size (231 lbs now) could have such textbook blood pressure. People like that and llike the doctors at your ER are very frustrating!! I hate to hear you are in so much pain, but I think you will rise against the negative. You seem like a very strong person, so like Dori says in Finding Nemo, "Just keep Swimming." Lol or whatever activity you do instead of swimming emoticon emoticon

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RENA1965 12/14/2009 10:20PM

    Sorry begge to differ, I have inherited syatica, a c7 collapse and too much space between my discs- sure you had this when you were young (so did I) but the skeleton doesn't get better with age abusing it with overweight I know this having been 306lbs.. The doctor is getting at the extra weigh equals to "tons" of pressure on our spine and joints not kgs.. Lossing all my weight I can see what my doctor was getting at, my lower body has done a huge muscle up to adapt to carrying that huge unfair load.
Dump you mindset, doctors are actually wise. I appreciate mine sitting me down, he saved me hip and knee joint replacements..

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Thank u All

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Every single evening
As I'm lying here in bed,
This tiny little Prayer
Keeps running through my head:

God bless all my family
Wherever they may be,
Keep them warm
And safe from harm
For they're so close to me..

And God, there is one more thing
I wish that you could do;
Hope you don't mind me asking,
Please bless my computer too.

Now I know that it's unusual
To Bless a motherboard,
But listen just a second
While I explain it to you, Lord.

You see, that little metal box
Holds more than odds and ends;
Inside those small compartments
Rest so many of my friends.

I know so much about them
By the kindness that they give,
And this little scrap of metal
Takes me in to where they live.

By faith is how I know them
Much the same as you.
We share in what life brings us
And from that our friendships grew..

Please take an extra minute
From your duties up above,
To bless those in my address book
That's filled with so much love.

Wherever else this prayer may reach
To each and every friend,
Bless each e-mail inbox
And each person who hits 'send'.

When you update your Heavenly list
On your own Great CD-ROM,
Bless everyone who says this prayer
Sent up to GOD.Com

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COLEENCOLE 12/13/2009 8:10AM

    Very nice. Did you wright this?

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/12/2009 8:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this with us. Please forgive me for not posting the exercises to you yet. I have been having leg problems myself and not online as much as I normally am. I will get them to you before the night is over. Love Dawn emoticon

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NETGUNNY 12/12/2009 7:54PM

    What a cool poem, thanks for sharing. I'm envious though, God loaned you an angel to decorate your SparkPage.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

I'm sitting here still in alot of pain. But all I can think about is that I've already missed a day from the gym & from the bike, how can I do this. How can I not do my routine.
There is a blessing that a fellow team member is going to give me some ideas with chair exercises BUT I do so much better when leave the house to exercise. I ride my bike to curves & the 30 mins I spend there go by so quick with the joking going on there. I plan on trying to go back to curves next wk n just don't do any exercising that would bother my foot; my kids n cousins r making me feel guilty about not taking care of myself. IT'S JUST SO FRUSTRATING but I did walk La to school this morning n then walk home ( 1/2 mile) & now I'm propped up.

I was just getting back on track - I'm so scared that I'm gonna lose my motivation.

I just know that everytime I let life deter me its take so long to get back on track.


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KITT52 12/11/2009 10:54AM

    praying for can do it...

take care of yourself


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LAINIESNEWLIFE 12/10/2009 11:32PM

    I'm sorry you are dealing with this, Maga. I will keep you in my prayers. Take care and do the best you can.



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HOPE4LOSS1 12/10/2009 6:06PM

    It seems at the times we're most motivated, that life likes to throw hurdles in the way. Don't give in. Pay attention to your doctor's instructions, as you don't want to make anything worse.
I'm thinking of you and I know that you CAN and WILL get through this.
Stay strong and take care.

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BADMAMMAJAMMA1 12/10/2009 1:31PM

    I am sorry Maga, It sucks too wanna do something and your body doesn't respond the way you would like.

Maga don't beat yourself up, It's not your Fault!! You did nothing wrong. Life isn't always fair. You need to follow your doctors advice and think long term not just short term. I find this comforting sometimes and it is the truth, your weight problem is not going to go away, you will have it for the rest of your life. Even if you lose all the weight you would like to lose then you will half to work on keeping it off. I think that takes the pressure off, there's no time table, it's on going. Today I can't work out, Ok it is what is, " I have the rest of my Life to Work on my Weight Problem, so today I am going to take it easy."

I hope this helps some, Try and find a Reason to Enjoy your day, no matter how small it is.

Your Sparkfriend

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AGAPEJOY 12/10/2009 12:55PM

    Hello MAGA68, I want to encourage you to not give up and to know that all you need has already been provided for you by God in Jesus. You need to use the faith that has been given to you, and while you are propped up get your Bible and confess healing scriptures. Go to
-and-healing scroll down and you will see the link for them.

Also, read the encouraging articles there to help build your faith for your healing. For the pain that you are feeling, start confessing, "Jesus bore the pain for me, so I don't have to bear the pain". I can testify that it will work, if you work it! Proverbs 18:21 states that, "death and life are in the power of the tongue". What's in your mouth today? Defeat or Victory? No feeling sorry for yourself! You can do this.

Also, start giving thanks for all the good that is in your life each day. I might have pain in one foot, thank God for no pain in the other. Thank Him the other parts of your body that are working good. Thank Him for your family, even though they might not understand, and are not being more sensitive and supportive at the moment. Givings thanks will change that, trust me.

Give thanks for the simple things in life: the sun shining, for the rain, if it's raining (everything has a purpose). Try to walk around the house for 5 minutes without the crutches. With each step confess, "By the stripes of Jesus I am healed. Jesus bore the pain for me so I don't have to bear the pain." Then start thanking God for being able to go to the gym (before you get there). Call those things that be not as though they were (Roman 4:17).

I did this when I was diagnosed with a tore cartlidge in my knee 7 years ago. I did not have the suggested surgery. I was without pain in about 3 weeks after I started that confession. I still take the healing scriptures as my medicine for life every day (I have them on CD/media player).

Don't give up God has already made the way for you, you just have to walk the path to your victory. Jeremiah 29:11. I will keep you in prayer.

Bless and Victory,

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SPARKPIXIE 12/10/2009 12:29PM

    Maga, I just want you to know I am praying for you.

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JANNIEWANNIE 12/10/2009 11:59AM

    Getting off track is a real challenge and you should be concerned about it, but we must build in some flexibility. Now is your chance to learn some chair exercises, try some different things that could accompany your regular routines. Fear gets us down quicker than anything, so do the best you can and accept that not all days will be the same. You still have your motivation or you wouldn't be scared. Rise to this challenge and prove to yourself that you are committed to doing the best for yourself each and every day, no matter what curves life throws at you. I am rooting for you. Hugs from Janet in central Illinois.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/10/2009 11:34AM

    I know exactly how you feel. My leg has really messed with my exercise but at least I can get in the pool. I've been sick for almost 2 weeks and the pool is not an option but I WILL NOT BE STOPPED! I suspect you won't be either. I'll mail you those exercises in a little while. I need to catch up on my sparking... yesterday I was a goof off... and I'll make sure you have some good options. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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YAFENELRA 12/10/2009 11:28AM

    Just hang in there. You are worth it. Do the best you can and you will make it!!


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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/10/2009 11:20AM

    Maga, I am sorry you are going through this, but please please stay strong, You need to do this for yourself my spark friend, I will keep you in my prayers.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Well yesterday my syatica acting up & my legs gave out. I fell off the stair landing & landed on my right ankle. This ankle I serious sprained about 10 yrs ago & its never healed properly.

So after i fell I used my cane for the rest of the day. The rest of the day included me doing the afterschool program which involves walking up to the 3rd flr of the school. Then walking to get La from school then home which is a mile & half. I did ice it.
Couldn't sleep due to the pain. Went to get up out of the bed this morning & couldn't put no pressure on it at all. Soooo I decided to go to the hospital.

To cut to the chase it is not broken but there is such long term damage they wanted to cast it. I choose the air so I can still shower n soak. The ligaments are stretched really bad & there r bone spurs after the air-cast comes off I need to wear braces on both ankles for added support due to all of the exercise I do.

I m on crutches for the next week then I can use the cane if the ankle can handle it. Once my insurance is active next mth I need therapy & to c an orthopedic.

My daughter made me promise not to go to curves or do the wii @ least until Monday. She knows that I don't follow dr directions to well . That is partially y this I so bad My cousin in law keeps calling to check on me to make sure I'm staying off it. THEY ARE DRIVING ME NUTS!!
It should be interesting taking La to school; my daughter wants me to take the bus
instead of walking

Keep me in your prayers & I will keep every1 updated

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LINDAKAY228 12/9/2009 10:15PM

    I'm so sorry about your setback. But listen to the doctor and your family and give it time to heal or you'll end up not being able to use it even longer. DO as Dawn suggested and use some of her chair exercises. There are ways to be creative and yet take care of yourself. And it's a setback but only a temporary one. Most importantly, don't give up!
I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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    You are absolutely in my prayers honey. When you're feeling a little bit better... just give me a shout and I'll share my chair exercises with you. I exercise sitting on the side of my bed or in my exercise chair OR a sturdy kitchen chair. Get lots of calorie burn and never have to put any pressure on my damaged leg which will not support weight bearing exercises. They are fun and you can sit and watch tv and burn baby burn! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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