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Contract for 2011

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Received this in an email and had to send it out to spark friends!

After serious & cautious consideration... your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2011

My Wish for You in 2011

May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy

May the problems you had, forget your home address!

In simple words ............

May 2011 be the best year of your life!!!

Happy New Year!!

Wishing you all a Healthy, Happy New Year!

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KSMGLASS 1/7/2011 12:20PM

    Mary Anne, what a great email to receive and send! Thanks!!!! emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 1/3/2011 10:25AM

    what a wonderful wish

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BOLLINGER25 1/2/2011 5:48AM

    Same to you! Have a great 2011!

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METALLICAT1 12/31/2010 5:51AM

    Thanks Mary Anne, the same to you. Hope 2011 is the best for you! emoticon

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LORIAPO 12/30/2010 10:09PM

    Thank you!
I really liked it!
I'm going to pass it on!
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GOOZLEBEAR 12/30/2010 7:37PM

    That is cute Mary Ann, and I wish for you that the new year 2011 will be a healing year for you.
Hugs my sweet friend! emoticon

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GOHUSKERS2 12/30/2010 6:10PM

    That is really cute! I got a kick out of it. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by my sparkblog the other day with your encouragement. I wish you a very Happy New Years too. Carolyn

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BLESSED2BEME 12/30/2010 2:54PM

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing it.

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Kids in Church

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Gotta love them!

I'm sitting at the motel trying to get caught up on email and spark when a dear friend sent me the following:


3-year-old Reese :
'Our Father, Who does art in heaven,
Harold is His name.

A little boy was overheard praying:
'Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it.
I'm having a real good time like I am.'


After the christening of his baby brother in church,
Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.
His father asked him three times what was wrong.
Finally, the boy replied,
'That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home,
and I wanted to stay with you guys.'


One particular four-year-old prayed,
'And forgive us our trash baskets
as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.'


A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they
were on the way to church service,
'And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?'
One bright little girl replied,
'Because people are sleeping.'


A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3
The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.
Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson..
'If Jesus were sitting here, He would say,
'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said,
' Ryan , you be Jesus !'


A father was at the beach with his children
when the four-year-old son ran up to him,
grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore
where a seagull lay dead in the sand..
'Daddy, what happened to him?' the son asked.
'He died and went to Heaven,' the Dad replied.
The boy thought a moment and then said,
'Did God throw him back down?'

A wife invited some people to dinner..
At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said,
'Would you like to say the blessing?'
'I wouldn't know what to say,' the girl replied.
'Just say what you hear Mommy say,' the wife answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said,
'Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?'

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Hugs from the cold northeast!!!!!

Mary Anne

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/23/2010 1:55AM

    thanks for the emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAPELY 12/21/2010 1:15PM

    Wow!!! Out of the mouths of Babes as the saying goes.
Thanks Mary Anne

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BLESSED2BEME 12/21/2010 11:00AM

    These are great! I love the one about the boy who likes being just who he is!

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3CATSLEP 12/20/2010 9:19PM

    He-he-he-he! emoticon

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KAYDE53 12/9/2010 2:19PM

    Awesome!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SHAPELY 12/9/2010 1:22PM

    These are soooo cute.
I love sayings from Kids they are darling.
Hugs Rosalyn

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PCOH051610 12/9/2010 7:56AM

    Loved this!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/8/2010 10:25PM

    Kids are always so cute (I wish) but these were!

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/8/2010 9:21PM

    Those are so cute, thanks for sharing with us. Hope you are having a good and safe trip.


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The Wooden Bowl

Monday, November 29, 2010

Some of you have probably read this before. I just received it in an email again and, since it's one of my favorites, thought I would post for all to read.


We can all reflect on this story and at times we need a reminder.

I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now,a year from now.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson.

The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and

failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.

When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.

'We must do something about father,' said the son.

'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.

There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.

Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.

Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.

He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just as sweetly, the boy responded,

'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up. '

The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table.

For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason,

neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:

a rainy day,the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life.'

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands.You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.

But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.

People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.


And, yes. I've learned a lot from spark friends - kind words, support, a virtual hug, caring - just to name a few.

Hugs to everyone,

Mary Anne

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PEGGYO 12/6/2010 3:11PM

    Great story

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HOSTALADY 12/3/2010 12:12AM

    Thank you Mary Anne, again a wonderful story in life.
Many Hugs Dear Friend!

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2CATS2LOVE1 11/30/2010 5:48PM

    Thanks for sharing this.

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SHAPELY 11/30/2010 1:10PM

    Mary Anne Thanks for sharing this, it is such a sweet story.Rosalyn

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KSMGLASS 11/30/2010 7:55AM

    Thanks for sharing this Mary Anne. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 11/30/2010 12:11AM

    always good to re-read

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SAASHA17 11/29/2010 9:52PM

    I needed to read this today:) thank u Mary Anne, U made my day and put a smile on my face and a happy tear !


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KOMAL53 11/29/2010 9:48PM

    It was so lovely to read that Story again---it sends out the Right Message for those willing to listen!!As long as we remember that Life always comes a full Circle and act accordingly---we add our tiny contribution to the Circle of Life!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 11/29/2010 9:05PM

    emoticonGood one!

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GOOZLEBEAR 11/29/2010 8:31PM

    That was so sweet Mary Ann. I think I had read it years before enjoyed reading it again. My Mom lived with us for 35 years and always tried to make her feel an important part of our family.

I know what you mean about SP friends!!!! They are the best!


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KAYDE53 11/29/2010 8:26PM

    We need to love and respect our elderly while they're still with us. Loved the other wise sayings too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 11/29/2010 8:22PM

    Thank you Mary Anne. emoticon emoticon

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ERINLINDSAY83 11/29/2010 8:09PM

    Aww! Thanks for sharing!

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Some of the recipes I sampled at the Swedish Museum Cooking Class!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I have been attending these classes for over 3 years now. There is always one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Each one seems to just get yummier. These are not professional chefs, just 3 wonderful Swedish ladies who enjoy sharing their heritage and stories while they show us how they prepare the meal. We just watch and enjoy. Then we all sit down to elegant tables with fresh flowers, fine china and wine with our meal.

Caeu de Filet Provencale (beef tenderloin & potatoes:

1 1/2lb beef tenderloin
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
black or white pepper

10 - 12 potatoes

Garlic butter:

1/2 stick of butter
1-2 cloves of garlic (crushed or put through a press)
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 c of chopped fresh parsley

Stir together all ingredients for garlic butter. Roll into a cylinder about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap in foil and place in frig.

Preheat oven to 450.
Peel and cut the potatoes into thin slices. Spread out in an oven safe dish and add salt. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. (I would spray the dish with cooking spray).

Brown meat in frying pan until it is all brown. Add salt & pepper and cook for about 15 minutes with a lid on the pan. Turn meat over once and cook for 15 more minutes.

Remove meat from pan and add 1/2c water to the pan (1/2 cube of bouillon optional). Remove the foil from potatoes and pour the water over potatoes. Put the dish back in the oven without foil and cook for about 25 minutes or until potatoes and tender.

Cut the meat into 1/2 inch thick slices. Put them on top of the potatoes. Cut slices of garlic butter mixture and place on top of sliced meat. Put back in oven until butter has melted. Serve


Fylld Pork File (stuffed port tenderloin):

2 thin pork tenderloins
3 oz blue cheese or gorganzola
1 tsp salt
black pepper
2 tbsp butter
1/4 lb button mushrooms, cleaned
3/4c cream (can be light or fat-free)
1-2 tsp flour
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 small can whole tomatoes (16oz)

Cut a long slit in tenderloins and fill with cheese. Tie with string or use toothpicks to hold seam together and keep cheese in. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Melt butter in frying pan & brown meat on all side. Add mushrooms, cover and cook for about 15 minutes on low heat. Pour in cream and cook for about 5 minutes more.
Mix small amount of juice from can of tomatoes with the flour and add to pan. Cook for a few minutes to thicken. Add soy sauce to taste. Drain tomatoes and add, cook until heated. Take out tenderloins and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Return meat to sauce and sprinkle with parsley.


Kyckling a la Herman (chicken a la Herman)

3 lbs of chicken breasts
3 medium onions
10-12 white or black peppercorns
6-5 cloves of garlic
1 green apple (like Granny Smith)
3 tbsp curry (more or less to taste)
3 1/2 tbsp white flour
3 tbsp mango chutney
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 1/2c chicken broth
2c water
1/2c heavy cream
2 tbsp butter

Mix together: pinch of ginger, turmeric,coriander, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Break up 2 bay leaves.

Place chicken in pan. Add broth plus water with one sliced onion and peppercorns. Cook for 30-40 minutes. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Sift the broth to remove onions and peppercorns and save 2 - 2 1/2 cups.
Chop the rest of the onions and the garlic. Saute in butter. Chop the apple and add to onions. Add curry and let it saute gently. Add flour, chutney and soy sauce. Stir well, Add both and stir until boiling. Add cream and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add spices and chicken. Stir well until chicken pieces are heated. Serve over rice.

Marangtarta med mockakram (Meringue with mocha cream):

Meringue #1

6 egg whites
1 /3/4c of sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 200
Beat egg whites to thick foam. Add sugar and lemon juice and continue beating until stiff and shiny. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet after having made 2 big circles with a pencil (trace a plate). Spread the meringue within the circles, approx 1/2 inch high. Bake 1 1/2 hours.

Meringue #2

4 egg whites
1c sugar
1 1/4c Rice Krispies

Preheat oven to 250
Beat egg whites until stiff and shiny. Add Rice Krispies. Make 2 circles on parchment paper with a pencil and spread out the meringue evenly. Bake 80 minutes. This one has a little crunch to it.

Mocha creme:

1/2c of water
1/2c of sugar
2 tsp vanilla sugar
2 tsp instant coffee
6 egg yolks
2 sticks of butter

Heat water and sugar and let boil until sugar is dissolved and you can do the thread test. Add vanilla sugar and instant coffee. Stir the egg yolks until well blended and slowly add to syrup. Beat briskly until cooled. Cream butter and add to egg mixture. Finish mixing in double boiler so that butter melts and blends in. Cool and let thicken.

Spread mocha creme between two meringue pieces. Spread whipped cream on top and decorate with shaved chocolate.

Note: this is enough mocha creme for one setup. Would need to double to use all 4 meringue pieces. They used one of each of the meringues for each set up so you would have the two different textures. All I can say is OMG they melted in your mouth.


I tried to catch my typo's but might have missed some. We don't eat a lot of any one thing but you get to sample everything. These were all foods that were prepared during the 70's. It's food for your palate, your heart and your soul. I just adore these people but told them I won't learn Swedish.....too many consonants! We are there for almost 5 hours but time just seems to fly by. My kids always think of the Swedish Chef from the muppets - not quite but they sure do make us laugh with their tales.

This is not the entire menu but I'm tired of typing...sorry. Also sorry I forgot to bring my camera but will make sure to have it in the spring!

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DOROTHYBERO 12/12/2010 7:43AM

    It all sounds so good - where to start. Stay safe on your travels!

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KAYDE53 11/16/2010 7:51PM

    These do sound yummy...I'll bet that is really interesting & fun!! Thanks for sharing!

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SHAPELY 11/15/2010 2:22PM

    Mary Anne I am not much on long recipes, but enjoyed seeing them, and sure would have liked eating them.
Cooking isn't my bag any more. Hugs Rosalyn

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BUTEAFULL 11/15/2010 1:06PM

    I was salivating while reading, do take a camera next time

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GRATEFULADY 11/14/2010 11:14PM

    Interesting recipes. I'm sure you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for sharing.

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3CATSLEP 11/14/2010 10:51PM

    What a wonderful time you must have!!!

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WATERWEEZE 11/14/2010 9:25PM

    OMG!! Yummmmmoooooo....

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 11/14/2010 8:58PM

    Oh, they all look so good! Thanks for sharing!

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KOEHNA 11/14/2010 8:50PM

    They all sound so good

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GOOZLEBEAR 11/14/2010 7:59PM

    Mary Ann, thank you for posting these recipes, they sound really good. What a fun time for you and I'm sure very entertaining!!! I don't think I could learn Swedish either!!!!!

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CERIUSLY 11/14/2010 7:29PM

    Maryanne! This is wonderful! The classes must be so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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Life Lesson

Friday, November 12, 2010

Here's an email I just received and felt I needed to share. It's humbling!


There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend.. He was always there for her.. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life
led her to refuse to marry him.

Boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her
Saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'

This is
How the human brain often works when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.

Life Is a

Before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't

You complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone
Who has nothing to eat.

You complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone
who's crying out to GOD for a companion.

Before you complain about life - Think of someone who went
Too early to heaven.

Whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who
Walks the same distance with their feet.

And when
You are tired and complain about your job - Think of the
Unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your

And when
Depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on
Your face and think: you're alive and still


emoticonMary Anne

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HOSTALADY 12/3/2010 12:05AM

    We truly are very blessed.
Thank you for sharing this with us.

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THINIWILLBE21 11/13/2010 10:30AM

    emoticon!! That was a shocker of a revelation as to whose eyes the woman received!! What LOVE her boyfriend had for her!!

The boyfriend's love may only ever be surpassed by the love of Jesus for each one of us!!

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What a beautiful blog Mary Anne, gives pause to think.

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PENNYAN45 11/13/2010 4:22AM

    That was quite a story!

Feeling thankful is something I have learned here on Spark People - and it's a lesson I will take with me always.

Thanks for sharing this.

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KAYDE53 11/12/2010 4:45PM

    This really makes you stop & count your blessings!! Thanks for sharing, Mary Anne!! emoticon

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SHAPELY 11/12/2010 2:20PM

Mary anne, I got tears in my eyes when he told her the eyes were his.
Oh my goodness he loved her soooo much he gave his eyes to her. And then she refuses to marry him.
I feel soooo sorry for him and very disapointed in her.

Thank you so much for this, Rosalyn

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3CATSLEP 11/12/2010 1:35PM

    Wow is right! I wasn't expecting the answer to her question - whose eyes?

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BLESSED2BEME 11/12/2010 10:50AM

    Wow! I really needed that right now as I deal with a friend who took a comment I said in a different way than I intended and it put a strain on our friendship. I'm still trying to figure out how to rectify the situation. Thank you for jaring all of our hearts to think deeper.

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PEGGYO 11/12/2010 10:39AM

    Thanks this had me in tears.

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YAZMAMA 11/12/2010 10:21AM

    Mary Anne, I wish I had seen this yesterday morning, maybe the whole day would have been better. I started a "thankful" journal where I put down 3 things everythday that I'm thankful for no matter what it is. I think that will help these feelings. emoticon

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LORIAPO 11/12/2010 9:53AM

    Thank you.

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GOOZLEBEAR 11/12/2010 9:37AM

    Great blog Mary Ann and thank you for sharing it with us. I am so grateful for this time with my daughter and have so many blessings. You are one of my special blessings, sweet friend!

Hugs and love

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CALIFSHEWOLF 11/12/2010 9:31AM

    Thanks, Mary Anne...this is really timely since I woke up being grateful for all my blessings (see my status bar from this morning). I spent some time yesterday with an acquaintance who complains about everything and forgets to look at the blessings in her sad. I can always find something that reminds me how really blessed I am, even when things aren't going well. Have a great day, girlfriend, and thanks for the reminder!

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