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Plan for freedom...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010



Every single day you have an opportunitiy to begin again.

If you do something you didn't like...you can change it.

If you did something you feel good about...you can continue doing it.

You can choose, decide, determine to change the way you think...the thoughts you think...the things you do...the way you treat others....it's all within your power to change.

You can decide to be the person you've always wanted to be...right now....why wait?

Why let past failures hold you back? They don't have to...
Why let other people hold you back? They don't have to..

Why allow yourself to be miserable...You don't have to...

You have everything inside of you ..right now!

Right now...you can be whatever and whoever you want to be!

If you've always wanted to wear scarves... wear scarves!!! Just do it!
Don't care what anybody thinks or says... Just put a scarf on and go to the grocery store...buy something. Are people looking at you? Maybe yes...maybe no. Are people looking at you? ...maybe they're looking at your pretty scarf and wishing they could be a scarf lady, too....lol. Maybe they like your scarf...lol.

it's really all in perception. It's all in the way you look at things.

It's like when I go to the store and see those ladies who are really fat and they're wearing very short sleeves. I immediately judge them and say... "Ewww..that looks terrible.. I can see their fat arms....How can they go out in public with all their flab showing...that's disgusting!"

I'm really judging myself. I'm really saying, "Your arms are fat and you can't EVER wear something like that...it's hideous!" "You're hideous!"

How come I'm not looking at them and saying.... "My..she's free!" "That lady isn't letting some immaterial flab stop her from wearing the kind of clothes she likes."
How come I'm not saying that? hmmmm

The only obstacle you have to overcome is YOU!

But here's the thing... You have to want it...You have to work at it...You have to plan for it.

Start today, working on a plan to have the kind of life you've always wanted.
Start today, working on a plan to be the kind of person youi've always wanted.

You can do it!

If you do ONE thing today toward reaching your goals...pretty soon, all your todays will add up to the YOU that you've always wanted.

It's not as hard as we make it. It's really easy and it's really simple.

Get out your pad of paper and pen and start writing.

I'm reminded of Jesus ..and how many times he taught others about the Kingdom of Heaven.

He said that the Kingdom of Heaven is within you.

Every kingdom has a king.

You get to decide who will be the king of your thoughts, your heart, ...your life.

When your king is kind and good and strong...you can feel safe...you can rest easy...you can come and go and live your life in peace.

My weight has never held me back... I have....my own thinking has.

All the excuses in the world don't change the truth.

The truth is that I am loved... I just haven't fully believed it or accepted it.

The truth is...the weight has been a cover and a false comfort.

If I shed the weight..will I be cold? Who...what will cover me?

Love. Love will cover me. His love will cover me.

I decided to believe the lie instead of the truth...for far too long.

No more.

Now, I have to learn to love me... Now I have to figure out how to REALLY do that...How to get past myself in order to accept real love.

It's too easy to stay the same... I can't and won't do that any more.

I decide to change. That change starts... NOW.

  
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CAROLANN27 3/18/2010 10:08PM

    Great blog! I especially like the part about doing something every day and pretty soon you're the YOU you want to be. Thanks for sharing.

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 3/18/2010 1:33PM

    Great blog. I find it interesting the different paths we take to get to the realization that it is us and our responsibility to get where we need to be. Not just the realization, but the moment that we actually start living as the one in charge of our life. emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 3/17/2010 11:00PM

    I can't find any words... millions of thoughts and past memories of hiding from the world are churning through my mind right now.
I've always been extremely aware of what other people were thinking about me, or at least of what I thought they were thinking. This awareness, whether it was right or wrong, has colored my entire life.
I need to give the insights in this blog some serious thought.
Sheila

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BOBBIENORTHERN 3/17/2010 9:58PM

    Ohhhhh, I love this blog, it is super, marvelous. I have been the type of person my whole I coulnt care less what anyone thought of me. So, I wear what I want no matter how fat I am and I have also been under weight, believe it or not many years ago and it all depends, like you said how much you love and care for yourself. I have never loved or cared or valued myself as a person until I got born from above in 1984, 2 months before I turned 42, and the Lord has been working on and in and with me transforming me by loving me and teaching me to love myself and treat myself nice. I used to be one of those people I didnt care what kind of danger I put myself in, and God kept me alive and protected me for over 42 years that was more than likely because I had 7 children to raise. Maybe not, I dont know, maybe because He loves me and seen me transformed into the likeness of Christ,because, after all that is how we are all being transformed into the likeness of Christ, is by His love, except that we all have our own distinct personalities. God does not want robuts, He want individuals. Anyways, I get carried away talking about stuff like what you just blogged about. It all hinges on the transforming power of Holy Spirit by His love and acceptance of us no matter what we look like or what we have done, or where we come from, we are all now from the Royal Family Of God waiting and watching for the rapture, the trumpet blast. I better go, I will just keep on writing. I love you MickeyP. Happy St. Patricks Day, the wearin of the green, the Irish luck which I have seen in action. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNINTENNESSEE 3/17/2010 6:20PM

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TERI99 3/17/2010 3:25PM

    I love this. My mother has always worn the "proper clothing" for her age, etc. And never shorts because her legs are too big/pale/full of veins/ugly. Never sleeveless because past a certain age, no one wants to see her "upper arm jiggle." My mom is not sure where I came from. I have the same family trait of those ugly blue spider veins crawling all over my legs. I hate them. But not as much as I hate to be hot. I figure if someone doesn't like the look of my blue-mottled legs, they shouldn't be looking at them! If it's 90 degrees out, you can be sure I'm going to wear shorts, spider veins and all! And sleeveless, with or without jiggly arms!

Somehow, I don't think my King cares about the outside package quite so much as I care. I think He wants me to honor this body as His temple and live a healthy lifestyle so I can do His work in His kingdom, but I agree with you that He loves us for who we are, not what we look like.

What an insightful blog. Thanks and God bless!
Teri

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KBUCKMASH 3/17/2010 2:23PM

    God is definitely using you as a tool as I explore/discover points/issues I need to address/work on. Thank you for sharing.

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SUSIEMILO 3/17/2010 10:16AM

    I loved it!!
Excellent blog, Michelle.
PS: I am one of those ladies in the store with the arms showing. I don't want to be, but when it's +90 degrees out.... style goes out the window in favor of being "less warm". I can't help it. I truly feel bad for scaring people, and for the little children who have to see that -- but I just can't help it.

Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day -- be Irish!
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MARENAMOO 3/17/2010 9:35AM

    I love the idea of perception. I think we discussed this once with DebraT. Right now if I see a skinny person at the gym I think how lucky they are - naturally thin oh they must be shallow. If I become a skinny person at the gym how do I judge myself then. So now when I encounter someone my spark training says wow they must work hard to be healthy, I wonder what motivates them? I do this because if I want to be able to see myself more clearly then I need to do that for others. So I admire scarves on women but think I could not pull that off or I don't want to draw attention to myself. That is a limiting behavior from my own mental viewpoint - not a reality. So we need to exam our eating, fitness and thinking errors to get truly healthy - to be the person that we are destined to be.

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DEBRA_T 3/17/2010 9:17AM

    Well said, Michele! I can feel that you are opening yourself up to the grace that is all around us and that you are stepping forward with courage to let yourself move into a healthy future. When I was out walking yesterday I noticed people in short sleeves (!) and jogging pants of all kinds and descriptions. I thought, I would like to do that someday -- run down Wacker Drive by the river. And, so it will be!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/17/2010 9:07AM

    Awesome blog, Michelle. You're right in saying that we have the power within ourselves. And through God's love we can do it. We just have to stop being our own victim and start being our own advocate. It's so easy to give advice to others, but we don't treat ourselves with the love and respect that we so freely give to others.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life -- today I choose to take something positive from your blog and start working on me. Thanks for the wonderful food for thought~

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WALKNLOVE 3/17/2010 8:04AM

    I like your attitude! Shedding pounds doesn't leave you exposed, it leaves you able to walk in the freedom of all God has made you to be....free in Him and loved deeply!And He will enable you to do what you are called to do!This might be a bad analogy, but just as snakes shed their skin so they can grow, we shed our pounds so we can grow, but the growth is more in our inner man as we surrender our all for His greater call.(Oh, and I hate snakes!EWWWW!)

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...Spring Cleaning

Tuesday, March 16, 2010



I love the Springtime with its newness of life and beautiful colors starting to sprout up all around me. The first thing I always notice is the birds... I hear them more in the morning and it makes me feel happy inside. I am reminded of the verse in the bible that says that God even cares for the little sparrows and that every hair on my head is numbered. Wow!

As the birdies sing their songs ... I remember.
I remember my Grandmother who watched and sang to the birdies from her kitchen windows in the morning. I am reminded of my other grandparents and my father...who are not with us on the earth but whose love and spirit is carried with me in my heart, today.

I thank God for the good people in my life who have helped me to grow.

No, the trees aren't green yet and the sun doesn't shine as bright as it could...as it will...but there is hope.

Hope that the flowers will bloom....with a knowing that they will. That's what faith is....
Faith is believing in something that you can't see with your physical eyes....but that you see with the spiritual eyes in your heart.

Love is all around me, today.... I feel it... I live it. It feels good to be alive.

Thank you, God for your love.

Hmmmm.... Faith, hope and love. I might be on to something here...lol.

My prayer for you is that as you take on the chore of your "Spring Cleaning" that you free yourself from those things, thoughts, attitudes, feelings, people who are cluttering up your life. I pray that you will be filled with the wonder and newness and real joy that living a life filled with love can bring. I pray that you always be filled with hope. Hope for the future because you have a future and it's a bright one. Believe it.

Love yourself....love others....

Be blessed!

xoxoxo

  
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WISLNDR 3/17/2010 5:58AM

    What a nice blog, thank you for posting it! Spring is my favorite season and I'm excited about all the good things that lie ahead!

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KBUCKMASH 3/16/2010 10:31PM

    Thank you for these beautiful words. Reading your words I had one of those aha aha moments. Cluttered sums up my life right now and I need to find a way out. Can't wait for sun filled spring days when I can open the doors and windows. Always find this time of year uplifting and motivating. Hope this year is no different because I need to do the 'Spring Cleaning'
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JANE1216 3/16/2010 8:49PM

    I'm so glad I stopped by and read this blog --- it is truly a mood booster and I needed this! I've been dealing with an ear infection and it feels like my ear is full of marshmallows -- and it's been frustrating to have this hearing "handicap" -- so, I've had to have a pity party (or two!!) for myself and it's getting old and I want to be done with it --- so today, I was feeling sort of blue -- teaching music is not easy when you can't hear clearly! But, then I stopped by here and read your blog and I feel much better --- spring IS coming and we DO have FAITH, HOPE and LOVE and I am so THANKFUL for God's love --- and I really liked the part where you reminded me that our spring cleaning should include clearing the clutter of life --- you did an awesome job on this one, girlfriend!! Thanks for sharing --- you're the best!

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CAROLANN27 3/16/2010 6:49PM

    What a peaceful and loving blog. Thanks for writing it.

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JAZZEDBUTTERFLY 3/16/2010 4:45PM

    It is so refreshing to hear the birds again and God bringing new life to spring! emoticon emoticon I noticed my tulips were starting to pop out.

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SUSIEMILO 3/16/2010 1:35PM

    Amen.
What a refreshing blog to read on a nice sunny day like today.
I went out last night to look at the flower beds, and I have a lot of work to do to get everything ready for new growth that is starting to come through. Getting excited about gardening season and warmer days.


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BOBBIENORTHERN 3/16/2010 12:31PM

    What a beautiful and inspiring and love filled blog. I can just feel the love of God the Father flowing from your words, your words of wisdom and faith and love that come from the Father of lights. Thank you so much for lifting my heart in love. Have a great day and stay sweet and untouched by this tough world that is so heavily influenced by the evil one and his evil helpers. Thank you so much for your inspiring comments on all of my blogs that you have commented on. Have a love filled day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WORD_GIRL 3/16/2010 8:50AM

    Oh - how I needed to read this! I too normally love the spring & enjoy the rebirth of flowers, grass, trees, etc. This year, however, I've felt overwhelmed with things to do and have only been hoping for time to pass on by so I can get to my days off during the summer. You are so right, though, that I need to do some spiritual and mental Spring Cleaning & get rid of the negativity and burdens!

Now I'm looking forward to Easter Sunday and the hope & joy it brings along with it.

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Tomorrow's blog today....

Sunday, March 14, 2010


I'll be gone most of tomorrow so I'm doing tomorrow's blog today...lol.

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Feeding the Silence

Let yourself, for a few moments a day become absorbed in the silence of creation. When you are silent you are receiving life and for those moments of silence your mind will begin to open up to larger worlds than you can even imagine.

Often we are afraid to feel quiet and instead prefer to stay busy and occupied in our thinking. Consider that most thinking is uncreative because it blocks a Larger Creativity from coming through.

The Larger Creativity arises out of the unique tone and timbre of the silence that is our True Self. To be mentally quiet is to stop creating life from our minds and to be patient and open to what is revealed from our deeper selves.

We live in two parallel lives in a sense. Our false self flits across the surface of our thoughts. endlessly distracting us, while our Real Self is waiting for the silence to express and reveal itself to us.

We really do not have to do so much. Life does not need us to insist it be a certain way.

There is really no where to run to and nowhere to get away from because everything we need is endlessly revealing Itself to us if we would only feed the silence and allow it to emerge
by Shelley Klammer/Expressive Art

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I have been taking an art workshop ...number one because art is a huge part of who I am ..just like music is...and art is emotional. I could while/wile away the hours on my print shop...allowing my mind to put forth images that connect with my inner being. This little article caused me to consider the fact that my mind is too busied with "stuff" and that I need to balance it out with something that I consider enjoyable, peaceful and soothing. It reminded me that the flesh wars against the spirit and that my spirit wants to soar...my flesh wants to keep me down. I need to break free from old mindsets....break down strongholds and overcome obstacles and find a way that I can feel free....for today...this is it....collage making. Loved it! I have been making collages since I was a child ....fragments of a life....fragments of the mind put on paper...cool.

Above is the collage I made and have entitled it: Torch Song

Fun, fun, fun!

Find something that you like to do and find time to be silent each day.
Find ...or...make time to express yourself....and smile....simply smile.
You are loved. Be blessed! :)

  
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KBUCKMASH 3/14/2010 11:50PM

    Thank you for words. I needed to be told that tonight.

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PUTTING THE PAST BEHIND YOU

Sunday, March 14, 2010

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I read this somewhere and had saved it in my notepad.....thought I'd dig it out and dust it off...

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•What is past is all said and done. What remains to be seen is what I can bring
to my present and future.

•Better for me to concentrate on what I'm doing today rather than on what I
did or didn't do yesteryear.

•Better to do in the present than to stew about the past.

•The past isn't going to get any better!

•Poor decisions made in the past do not have to be repeated in the present.

•Because something once happened doesn't mean that it has to continue to
happen.

•No matter how bad any event was, I do not have to allow it to continue to
have a negative influence on my life.

•I cannot rewrite history and change what has already happened.

•Whining and screaming about the injustices and unfairness of the past will
only take a bad situation and make it worse.

•I don't have to be the one person in the universe to have been treated with
total fairness and kindness — and I don't have to moan and groan about the fact that I wasn't.

•I'm going to put more money down on what can yet be made to happen than
on what has already happened.

•Having been treated unfairly in the past is all the more reason to treat myself
fairly in the present.

•Now that I have been shown how not to treat people, I can have a better start
on how to treat them.

•I don't have to take the unkindnesses of the past and turn them into insults in
the present.

•I can use what did not kill me in the past to make myself emotionally strong
in the present.

•I may have suffered deprivation in the past, but I have not been degraded or
demeaned by it. Demeaningness is a state of mind that only I can give myself,
and I've got better things to do than rake myself over the coals.

•People's treating me like dirt in the past does not mean that I am dirt.

•Feeling sorry for myself, angry toward others, guilty, or ashamed for getting
the short end of the stick in the past will only continue to keep me from
achieving happiness in the present and future.

•I am an active stewing-in-my-own-juices participant in my present
victimization and can choose instead to make plans to move forward with my
life.

•What I tell myself today is much more important than what others have told
me in the past.

•Past experiences do not represent me. Rather, they represent things I have
experienced; they do not make me into a better or worse person.

•The enemy is not my past; the enemy is my way of thinking about my past.

•Going on an archeological dig of my past in an effort to explain my present
difficulties is like trying to find a needle in a haystack and will only divert me
from present problem-solving.

•Everything that has happened in my life happened. Therefore, I'd better get
off my high horse and stop pigheadedly demanding that it should not have
occurred, when in truth it did occur.

•What has happened to me is not nearly as important as what I decide to do
with it.

•I will try to be successful in putting my past behind me by changing my
thoughts and feelings about it, but I don't have to put myself down if I fall
short of the put-it-behind-me mark.
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Or..to communicate the same thing, I could have said this:

Luke 9:62

But Jesus told him, "Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God."

or perhaps this:

Phillipians 3:13

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
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If you dwell in the past...it is like climbing a steep mountain and getting half way up.... and, being tired and hungry from the long journey... you sit down to rest and you decide to set up camp there....pretty soon....you get comfortable and you make that place your home...your dwelling place. Now you're stuck...halfway up....halfway down. You can see the top...but you'll never make it. You'll never make it unless you get up...pack up and move up!

A banquet table has been prepared and laid out for you and is waiting for you at the top of the mountain.

Are you really hungry?


  
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KBUCKMASH 3/14/2010 11:58PM

    Sure glad you dug out, dusted off and shared with us. You have written something worth thinking about more then once. Have a keeper file and this is going in it.

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TERI99 3/14/2010 2:37PM

    Excellent post! Every statement is a perfect reminder to be thankful for the moment. Learn from it and take the lessons with you, but move into the next moment.

I love history, and I have always enjoyed hearing family stories from long ago, (including the ones about my mom having to walk to and from school twice a day - she walked home for lunch, even if the snow was piled higher than she was tall.) I also loved telling my kids stories about my childhood. Those connections to the past, positive and negative, build our character and give us a sense of our personal history. But knowing about them and "blaming" past events for our circumstances are totally different. I so love the points you've made here. The archeologist one gave me a chuckle, for sure!

Thanks!!
Teri

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DEBRA_T 3/14/2010 1:05PM

    This blog reminded me of Ecclesiastes 3:1: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Being a therapist by past profession, of course I am the ultimate nostalgia buff -- I never get tired of hearing the same stories. But the purpose of hearing them, thinking about them, and working through them is to realize the personal freedom to choose, not to get stuck in the review.

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SUSIEMILO 3/14/2010 12:42PM

    Excellent Blog!
Absolutely wonderful, and so so so so true!
Thanks very much for putting this out there. I printed it off for future reference.
Glad to hear you're back to normal. Now if we could just get some sunshine! :-)
Good thing Trixie will walk with me no matter what the weather! (but I love how much warmer it is now)

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ANNIEV 3/14/2010 12:12PM

    Great blog! Totally meaningful to my life.Thanks again! emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/14/2010 10:06AM

    Michelle, this was perfect "food for thought" for me today. Thanks for sharing -- lots of great "one liners" there . . . LOL!

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TERESA_68 3/14/2010 6:18AM

    Thank you very much for your words of encouragenent, it's just what i need to hear the first thing this morning thank you so much.

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MYCUTEGIZMO 3/14/2010 5:05AM

  LOL no I'm not hungry lol..

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JBLINE123 3/14/2010 4:17AM

    Every point you made was perfect. Thank you for sharing!


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JAZZEDBUTTERFLY 3/14/2010 4:06AM

    That was nice! :)

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Queendom...The Land of Tests

Thursday, March 11, 2010

There is a great website which I'll include the link to... www.queendom.com

This site has free tests that you can take to help you in your quest for understanding what you like, what motivates you and how you think.

There are IQ tests, relationship tests, fun tests, personality tests, careeer tests, etc.

Take some time to check it out ..but be prepared to be there a while... Once you start taking tests..you'll want to continue. It's fun to see how the test matches up with what you think you know about yourself. Answer as honestly as you can for the best results.

I was surprised to find out a few things about myself that I hadn't even considered...

Have fun!

  
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JAKEANDNELLIE 3/16/2010 12:50PM

    Thanks for posting the site - I bookmarked it so I can spend some time there.
It's nap time now - I'm too old for only 4 hours sleep!
Sheila

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BOBBIENORTHERN 3/16/2010 12:32PM

    Thank you for this, I will check it out later today.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/11/2010 4:38PM

    Oh, this looks like fun. And addictive, perhaps? Will definitely check it out -- thanks, Michelle!

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KENDRACARROLL 3/11/2010 9:47AM

    Thanks. I bookmarked it. Will have to get back to it this afternoon after work.
Have a successful day!

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DEBRA_T 3/11/2010 8:44AM

    Thanks for posting, Michele! emoticon

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NEELY0918 3/11/2010 6:08AM

    thank you love it

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