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Back Home..All is well!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Well, we just arrived home a half hour ago...we were there for over 7 hours. Our surgery was bumped back/delayed due to an emergency newborn surgery. Haley did great but had a hard time in the recovery room...crying jag...kicking and wouldn't tell us what was wrong...she tried to pull the IV out and so we had to stay there longer until the medicine wore off... WHEW! So glad when she settled down and they allowed us to get the heck outa' there!!! Soooo happy to be home!

Thanks everyone for the thoughts and prayers.

Love my SparkFriends!


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    I know you are relieved and glad to be home!

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MARENAMOO 4/30/2010 6:19PM

    I am glad that the surgery went well for Haley. I remember when my son had plastic surgery at age 7. The post-op was horrible - vomiting, crying - all of the anesthesia stuff. It was much better when he got home. I am sure it was difficult for her and for you.

I was just reading your page - I love Star Trek also and I dabble in genealogy.

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CAROLANN27 4/30/2010 6:18PM

    Glad that's behind you! Sounds like she a little more comfortable now. Bless you all!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/30/2010 5:38PM

    So glad the surgery went well and you survived the recovery. I wish her (and you) a speedy and uneventful recovery.

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Thanks Spark Friends!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Just a quick note to say thank you for the well wishes, spark notes, goodies, etc...that some of you have left me. I'm sorry I've been unable to get back with you. Life has been too, too busy lately. After being ill and now Haley is having Inguinal Hernia surgery this friday..(hereditary)... things have been just a whirlwind!!!

Keep smiling and keep sparking and pray for us. (it can't hurt) :)


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CAROLANN27 4/29/2010 12:06AM

    Thanks for the update. I'm glad you're feeling better. Haley will be in our prayers. Hope surgery goes well.

You are in our thoughts whether we see you Sparking or not, friend!! Take care of yourself and your busy schedule!


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MARENAMOO 4/28/2010 12:59PM

    Hope you are feeling better and that the surgery goes well.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/28/2010 11:17AM

    Glad you're feeling better and hoping/praying Haley's surgery goes well. Take care and spark when you're able. We miss you!

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KENDRACARROLL 4/28/2010 9:51AM

    Sending a prayer your way.

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Fight Back!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

When you don't feel well...dieting doesn't seem to matter much.

When things are going wrong in your life due to personal matters, problems,
sickness, sadness, sorrow...dieting doesn't seem to matter much.

When you're in pain...dieting doesn't seem to matter much...feeling better, does.

When you can't breathe...dieting doesn't seem to matter much...breathing, does.

When you're under stress...dieting doesn't seem to matter much...eliminating stress does.

I've come to the realization that what DOES matter is : I'm alive.

The rest will come along for the ride...sooner or later.

If you don't have your health...or if you're miserable and in's hard to focus on what you should be just want the pain to go just want to feel better...nothing else seems to matter.

Well, lots of things DO matter...but you know what I mean. We get so concerned with ourselves and how we're feeling that everything else takes a back seat.

There are times when I'm not feeling well that I've had to push through it..and almost pretend I wasn't feeling poorly so that I could take care of my kids, go to work, fulfill committments I'd made. I never really had time to be sick so I had to get it over with..
I had to keep on keepin' on.

This is the first time in my life that I've been sick and have really "felt the pain". I don't like it.
I gave into it because I had time to. That's pretty silly. The more you focus on it...the more it is magnified.

I'm through with this matter what my body says!

I'm pushing past it...just like I used to do in the past.

Don't ever give into'll snowball you and try to overtake you.

Fight back!

You'll win!


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DEBRA_T 4/20/2010 1:05PM

    I hope that somewhere in life there is room to indulge myself a little, push myself a little and find the balance between the two and I wish the same for you, dear friend.
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MARENAMOO 4/20/2010 9:24AM

    I love your attitude of being in charge. For me it is the ability to focus on the big picture and the ability to push anxiety down. The small successes that I have had with spark have actually helped with the anxiety - I think that the feeling of control over something small makes you feel like can control something larger - I like that. Focus or multi tasking is tougher for me - I might be good with the food and forget the water. Right now I am in an emotional tsunami and keeping all of the balls in the air is tough but like you I am fighting back. I will prioritize and not put me at the bottom. I will acknowledge that things are crazy but not out of my control. I will not go down.

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JANE1216 4/19/2010 7:47PM

    As I was reading your blog, a couple of songs came to my mind --- can you imagine that??!!?? One song was "I am woman, hear me roar. . . . ." (Helen Reddy) - do you remember that one?? I always think of that song when I hear a woman stand up and fight for what she wants! and the other one is "these boots were made for walkin' and that's just what they'll do - one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you" --- now that one is meant for the male person in her life (Nancy Sinatra)-- but I still think of it when we women need to "walk" all over something that's gettin' in our way!

I loved your blog and I think it's true for most anything -- we can't let whatever it is get in our way -- we have to be strong -- not give in or give up -- and like you said, "fight back" -- "push through" -- good advice! I know what you mean about letting sickness or pain take over -- I've had more winter illness this year than any other -- and sometimes I needed to just fight back with all I had ---- now, we must also remember that there's something to be said for rest, fluids, and a trip to the doc. when necessary -- but after all that, there is also something to be said about our attitude. Keeping in mind the type of illness/pain too -- but, a positive attitude and a fighting attitude seem to be a winning combination in most cases.

I hope you're feeling much better by the time you read this -- it sure sounded like you were heading that way --- you go girl -- you go---fight---win!!! and sing one of those stompin' songs while you're at it!!!

Have a better day and even better tomorrow and wonderful week! I enjoyed reading your comments on my blogs -- you are so funny ---- just love reading your comments!!

Blessings --

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BUGGYS 4/18/2010 7:13PM

    I am with you and hope you are feeling better! I am now all about listeneing to my body and doing for me what I need to. emoticon emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/18/2010 6:53PM

    Good thoughts and great attitude. Glad you're feeling better. Or at least telling yourself you are. . . .

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KAYDE53 4/18/2010 4:03PM

    Illness can consume you if it gets a foothold in your life. It can make you depressed, and just like you said, snowball into every area of your life. But like Bobbie says we can be victorious through Christ!! Amen!! Good blog! emoticon

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Hope you are feeling better!

Hey-Did you see my new pic - no more painted toes! emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/18/2010 11:53AM

    You will find the strength to overcome this illness - you are a strong woman.
Maybe giving in was necessary at this time - maybe your body was telling you that it was time for much needed rest to regain your strength and the ability to fight back and overcome.
Just "go with the flow;" rest, relax, focus on what's important in the moment.
Allow yourself time to heal.
Stay positive,

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KENDRACARROLL 4/18/2010 11:29AM

    Stay strong and be well. Don't diet, just do what's good for your body and good for you. That'll snowball as well.
Best wishes,

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MRSJERRYBUSH 4/18/2010 10:30AM

    A diversion does help when you are in pain. Only when we have nothing else to focus on does pain take over. I am a double bilateral amputee with phantom pains; and, always welcome whatever diversion the GOOD LORD sends my way. Hope HE sends a good diversion your way today! Edie

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BOBBIENORTHERN 4/18/2010 10:09AM

    We are overcomers and winners, the Lord made us in His image and likeness so that we are filled to over and ever flowing in His anointing of His precious Holy Spirit which causes us to triumph every time. Yes, we were and are healed at the cross of Jesus with every stripe He bore for our healing, I agree you are healed in the name of Jesus and then He ratified and sealed it in and with His precious and sinless blood. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NUTRON3 4/18/2010 6:59AM

    So true!

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The One That Got Away and a Hot Rabbit

Monday, April 05, 2010

Okay so I'm reading Cookme123's blog and I'm reading the comments and Marinamoo mentions salty snacks....then I remember I have some Cheddar Jack crackers in the cupboard...I get up and read the box and count out 25 little cracker squares and as I'm doing it..I'm picking up the little corners and broken pieces... 19, 20, this one's broken, eat it, 21,
22, broken one...and in my mind I'm saying, "this one doesn't's broken." Then I'm saying to myself.. "No need to track these little broken pieces.."... then I remember that I have Laughing Cow Cheese. I get one wedge of the cheese and start spreading it on my little tiny crackers. Oh no...there's a little cheeses left over..I'll need another cracker. No..I
can just pile it on one that has the least amount of cheese on it. So I march my paper plate of little hor devours to the computer and crunch them down in a few seconds. Hmmm...I want more. "No, you just got finished tracking your food...c'mon now." "I'll just take this plate and throw it away"...fully knowing that I was going to go back into the cupboard and grab a handful of chex mix from the box that I'd seen next to the Cheddar Jacks.

I stick my hand in the box and come up with pretzels. Not my first choice...I dig again. Hmmm...where are those little melba toast looking crunchy things that I like...I start shaking the box..hoping that my favorites will somehow magically float to the I start turning the box over while looking into it and shaking it. Shake and turn...shake and turn.

I've found one!! The ONLY one. I eat it... quickly.

Mmm..crunchy... I like the garlic taste. I'm not fond of the pretzels, though. I say to myself... "You can just put the pretzels in your mouth and suck off the garlic flavor and throw the pretzel away." "How many calories could there be in that?" "Not many!"

Then I say it.... out loud... " NO!!! STOP IT!!! NOW!!!" ok....

I fill up my water jug with Crystal Light Green Tea w/Lemon and start to drink it.

I'm reminded of Saturday night when I went out to the trunk of the car to retrieve the Easter candy I'd purchased for Haley's basket. I opened up the candy and was horrified that the chocolate hollow bunny had melted!!! I did a double take when I picked up the box to admire the cute little chocolate bunny ...with all those wonderful childhood memories flooding back into my brain...ahhhh...the happy easter mornings and dresses, gloves and bonnets...eating the ears off my chocolate bunny and ........... SHOCK!!!! The bunny looked like Frosty the know..the one that MELTED. Bad enough it was a blob of chocolatey hardened mess...but it was sideways, I tell you...sideways!!! It didn't melt down at the feet of this poor creature..(the box must've been laying on its side) was flattened to the side of the box!!! (disturbing sight...very disturbing!)

Then there was...well..there's just no easy way to say this.... there was this ONE EYE!!!!!

This white and blue candy eye...just LOOKING at me!!!! It had this horrified look!!!!
ONE EYE!!!! What happened to the other one???? It must've been sucked into the chocolate.

I shudder to think.... I really don't think I'll ever look at another chocolate bunny and not remember that hideous creature!!!! I hope I don't have nightmares..haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Well of course I HAD to open it. I cannot believe I actually broke off a piece of this weird blobby bunny and put it in my mouth... but I did it. (sigh) Ashamed of myself...I quickly threw the rest away...saying to myself... "Must get up early and go on a hunt to the stores to find a chocolate bunny"....

Sunday morning...and three stores later... I purchased one of the three little chocolate bunnys that Family Dollar had left on their shelves. was that or go back to Kroger for Mr. BIG the tune of ten bucks. No way I was paying for a huge chocolate bunny who was all ears. And these ears...let me tell ya'...did I say they were big? They were 14 inches long with a 4 inch bunny body!!!

Ahhhh...the kid has too much candy

SIGHhhhhh. that I've exhausted myself with my ramblings...I'm going now.
Maybe I'll take a nap...those cheesey snacks made me sleepy.

I'll exercise later....

Just thought you should know.


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NWFL59 4/13/2010 4:38PM

    emoticon Flatland bunny, I actually got one of those one year and so did my sister. We ate them anyway and didn't ask questions! Hope you are doing well.

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KIMMIEB 4/13/2010 2:58PM

    That made me laugh out loud for real. I was laughing because I can so associate with the broken pieces not counting LOL!! As for the chocolate bunny tho, I do not buy candy but I was picturing the whole story with you. That was great. Really made me laugh! And I was feeling all whiney and stuff!

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MMICKEYP 4/13/2010 2:29PM

    Thanks everyone for stopping by my crazy blog to chuckle or comment... Yes...the Easter Bunny from the FlatLands...I won't forget that one any time too soon. I'll be sure to tell Haley about it when she's older and doesn't believe in the Easter Bunny any

There's always something goofy going on know, just the "stuff of life"...but it's hilarious if you try to see the humor in it.

Ain't life grand! Now if I could just get better...everything would be A-O-Kay.

Have a wonderful week!

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ZNEKITA 4/12/2010 9:27PM

    That was a really cute blog! Like everyone else - oh how I can relate! At least you took it in stride and didn't beat yourself up over any of it. I just loved reading it! Have a great week!


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CAROLANN27 4/11/2010 7:33PM

    Oh, did I recognize the conversations you had with yourself in that blog!! The bunny story was funny too. Congratulations for stopping with one bite. I would have finished him off!

Hope you had a blessed Easter.

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DEBRA_T 4/11/2010 7:58AM

    Hi Michele! Catching up with blogs I may have missed I came across your Tale of the Bunny Massacre which reminded me of, oh let's see here, oh yes, me. I remember sitting in an OA meeting once as someone read out of a book the various things they had done with food (eaten the kid's candy, gone through the trash, hidden, stole, lied) and not believing how common it was for people to treat food compulsively. Your blog is a perfectly written inside view of that process. WOW!

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JANE1216 4/7/2010 5:45PM

    This is a great blog! I don't know whether to laugh with you or cry over it --- but I must admit - I really enjoyed reading it and couldn't wait to see how the story ended! The pic just made it all too perfect -- I was so afraid you were going to say that you were forced to eat the deformed bunny --- so proud of you for not eating the whole thing --- I shudder to think what I would have done ---- hmmmmmm........

I think it's also funny what we can do with a few little crackers and a mini wedge of cheese -- I always make a plate of little hor d'orves out of whatever I'm eating too -- love to make it appear that it's a gourmet treat!!!

Here's the good news -- do you realize that we are done with sweet holidays now until next fall??? Halloween is over, Christmas is over, Valentines and now Easter --- we're free from sinful sugary temptations for quite a while now --- that's a big double woohoo and PTL!!!!! That is, unless you celebrate the 4th of July with chocolate fireworks or something????!!!!????

Hope you're having a wonderful week -- we're enjoying a beautiful spring break - in the seventies - sunny - breezy - just perfect!

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    Remind me never to get into your trunk! LOL! Funny story! Has a bit of a "mob" flavor with Mr. Big Ears and all.

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MARENAMOO 4/5/2010 9:08PM

    That's right just dive right in and blame Marenamoo for the salty crunchy - ok I confess I talk about Triscuits a lot and peanuts so I will share in culpability.. But I take no responsibility for the melted chocolate - oh no you may not lay that at my door.

You are too funny.

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SHARON2014 4/5/2010 5:12PM

    What a hoot. Are you my long long twin? emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/5/2010 12:11PM

    Oh my gosh, I laughed out loud over the bunny eye . . . . As for the crackers and laughing cow cheese -- I could just picture you there having that internal conversation with yourself. I know I've had the same conversation 100s of times. We sure are funny creatures, aren't we?

Glad you were able to find a bunny on short notice and hope you truly had a happy and blessed Easter!

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He Is Risen!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

God's love is the power that resurrects.

His love is the power that makes all things new.

His powerful love will live forever.

You are loved!

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CHUBALUBA2 4/5/2010 10:25PM

    A resounding AMEN!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/5/2010 8:58AM

    I know that my Redeemer lives!

Thanks Michelle! Hope you had a very blessed Easter!

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GODLYMOM_5 4/5/2010 12:04AM

    It is a blessing to Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He is the most precious gift that we could ever receive! I hope that you had a wonderful Easter!


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SHARON2014 4/4/2010 1:27PM

    He is risen indeed! Bless His Holy Name!

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JANE1216 4/4/2010 1:09PM

    Love this! Hope you have a blessed Easter day filled with love, joy, peace and hope --- HE IS RISEN!

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BARNFISH 4/4/2010 7:50AM

    Great picture! Blessings to you and your family on this day.


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KEDWARDS007 4/4/2010 7:49AM

    He is risen indeed! Alleluia!!


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