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50 things about me....

Monday, February 08, 2010

I got this from my friend ANNIEV's blog and thought I'd use it today.
If you've are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 5:30

2. How do you like your steak? Well done!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Star Trek with my brother

4. What is your favorite TV show? - Days of Our Lives (fan for 30

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Anywhere with my hubby.

6. What did you have for breakfast? Carnation chocolate Instant Breakfast Drink

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Hamburger and fries :)

8. What foods do you dislike? Asparagus or anything slimey..Eeewwww

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Texas Steak House

10. Favorite dressing? Creamy Caesar

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Buick Rendezvous

12. What are your favorite clothes? Comfy stretchy athletic pants and soft comfy shirt

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Ireland

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 full!

15. Where would you want to retire? Someplace WARM!!!

16. Favorite time of day? Morning - I like to hear the birdies sing.

17. Where were you born? Michigan

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? None..but I enjoy watching gymnasts and figure skaters.

19. How many siblings? I'm number 2 of 5

20. Favorite pastime/hobby? Genealogy and research. I love being a detective and digging.

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? All of my spark friends. This is a great way to get to know more about each other.

22. Bird watcher? Love to watch birds

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Both

24. Do you have any pets? Not at this time.

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Jesus loves you!

26. What did you want to be when you were little? nun, archaeologist, lawyer

27. What is your best childhood memory? My first memory ever is of a large sunflower with a bumble bee landing in the center. I was under 2.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Like them both

29. Are you married? Yes, to my love.

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes..but don't like it.

31. Been in a car accident? Yes, several.

32. Any pet peeves? Excuses

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Pepperoni, pineapple, yellow peppers

34. Favorite Flower? Rose

35. Favorite ice cream? Moose Tracks

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Mr. Hotdogs

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None

38. From whom did you get your last email? Sparkpeople

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? none

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Yeah..joined sparkpeople!

41. Like your job? Hated the jobs loved the people

42. Broccoli? Yes but only a little cooked with butter

43. What was your favorite vacation? Disneyworld

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? My husband

45. What are you listening to right now? HGTV it's always in the background

46. What is your favorite color? Blue

47. How many tattoos do you have? None.

48. How many people will fill this out? Don't know - probably those who have nothing else to blog about today!

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 6:46am

50. Coffee Drinker? Nope..never liked the taste..give me diet cola!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANNIEV 2/10/2010 2:32PM

    Moose Tracks ice cream? Never heard of it.....I'll have to seek it out one day! Enjoyed reading your blog!

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SUSIEMILO 2/9/2010 11:20PM

    Ditto to NWFL59's comment.

I would be willing to bet money that all you asparagus haters would like the asparagus I make. Not slimey whatsoever, and very yummy!

Other than that, we have a lot in common.
Thanks for posting this. I enjoy getting to know you.

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JANE1216 2/8/2010 10:19PM

    Hey that was fun to read --- what a great idea!!! It was nice to read more about you and your likes/dislikes/interests, etc. I may have to do this on my blog the next time we get snowed in and I have plenty of computer time!!!! Oh,,,,, wait,,,,, there's a big snow coming tomorrow!!!!!

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CAROLANN27 2/8/2010 6:16PM

    I like getting to know people like this! I'm with you on the coffee and Diet Coke thing. I used to drink so much Diet Coke I think it was flowing in my veins. Now I have one cup in the morning, then no more all day unless I have had my 8 glasses of water, then only a little. I tell everyone who thinks I'm crazy for drinking Diet Coke in the morning that I like my caffeine cold!

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    #26 sounds like the beginning of a joke....tee hee....

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NWFL59 2/8/2010 10:28AM

    Love your background image! Liked your blog and glad to see your humor come through in your answers. I think I'll copy these questions and answer them too. Easy blog today! emoticon emoticon

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DEBRA_T 2/8/2010 8:22AM

    I'm with you on the No Coffee Diet Coke and asparagus thing! Guess I'll have to play along my own self. You know how I loves the games! Happy Day, Michele!

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

“Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears,
it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling the secret
of who you are, but more often than not of the mystery of where you have come from
and are summoning you to where you should go next.”
-Frederick Buechner
Whistling in the Dark
Ken Gire wrote in Windows of the Soul,
“So much is distilled in our tears, not the least of which is wisdom in living life.
From my own tears I have learned that if you follow your tears, you will find your heart.
If you find your heart, you will find what is dear to God, and if you find what is dear to God
you will find the answer to how you should live your life.”
Prayer is
the falling of a tear.
He puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of His book of remembrance, and when the volume is opened at last, there shall be a precious fragrance springing up therefrom.”
Oswald Chambers
Psychologists refer to freely weeping as an important stage in the healing process. But although this notion may appear to be psychological in origin, involving the confrontation of one's own grief, it also just applies physiologically: crying can reduce levels of stress hormones. Rejuvenating!
Science has discovered that each tear—just as every snowflake and every fingerprint—is unique. That is, unique in the pure sense of the word—one of a kind.

A Poem from a website called: Tears In A Bottle
(A safe haven for wounded hearts)

You are the MasterPiece

A treasure of my Father’s own design.
Lay shattered on the floor at His feet
It seemed it would be impossible
To mend this broken piece
The original handiwork was rare
It was priceless to be exact
Yet there it lay in pieces
On the floor at my Father’s feet.

I saw the tears in my Father’s eyes
as He gazed on His treasure so rare
He knelt down and began to rearrange,
each piece with the utmost care
as each teardrop fell on a broken piece
Rough edges were washed away as
Lovingly He labored through the night
His priceless, broken treasure to restore

I saw that at last every piece
Had found its proper place
As guided by my Fathers hands
And His amazing grace
Then He smiled and I heard Him laugh out loud
At the vessel He held in His hands
“You’re so much more than a treasure,
You see, you’re a Masterpiece, My child

As I felt His arms wrap about me
Securing me close to Himself
I understood that my broken mess
Had been healed by His own blood
As I lifted my face, I smiled at Him
And saw that He was smiling back at me,
And I knew right then what I was worth, for
My Father’s Masterpiece is ME!!
(Author Unknown)

When we cry, God hears. He may not give us answers; we may not even feel His presence. But there He is, collecting each of our tears in a bottle..they are precious to Him.

Don't be afraid to cry...

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEBRA_T 2/7/2010 4:58PM

    Yes, best to cry. Though sometimes I am afraid to approach what seems to be a bottomless well of grief, nevertheless, each visit there brings me more healing and strength.

Thanks for sharing, Michele!

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    I am finding that I am crying instead of eating when dealing with stressful situations. I had a really good cry in December, January, and February. Whew! I felt so good after I did this and I didn't eat my stress away! emoticon emoticon I do believe it helps with healing!

Thanks for posting this!

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JEMPOWER 2/7/2010 4:01PM

    Thanks for sharing these motivational and soothing words. I am sitting at my desk listening to classical music and when I read your last poem I felt overwhelmed by the the strength of God's love. I appreciate you.

When I first started this journey, last February, I was crying a lot and not knowing why. I think it was just because I was on the beginning of this journey and my inner self was sad or struggling with some long held in sadness.


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LISALOSING52 2/7/2010 3:59PM

    It brought a tear to my eye as I read this. Especially "YOu are the MasterPiece".
This was just what I needed to read today. Thank You.

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ANNIEV 2/7/2010 2:03PM

    Brought a tear to my eyes! Love the last poem - feeling God's healing and forgiveness is just like that! Amazing.....

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MARILROAN 2/7/2010 1:53PM

    I am moved. I had instrumental music playing on my computer from the site, The hymns and your sharing words of grace filled this place with His presence. I am smitten with His love for me. Blessings to you dear sister in Christ. Marilyn

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LEANNA1017 2/7/2010 1:51PM

    Thanks for sharing these quotes!

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Attack Insecurity!!!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

I've recently been doing a little research on insecurity as it plays such a dramatic role in the lives of individuals (overweight or not).... I'm amazed at how much we are impacted by things that have happened in our early lives..our younger years. Why have we decided to carry it (insecurity) with us into our futures? We've built walls around it and grown accustomed to it's pathetic face....treating it like a poor, small, cherished, .....misunderstood child. We protect it and nurture it and learn to dwell with it, befriend it....become comfortable in its presence. Sad and sick.

I usually start to research a subject by looking up the definition of the word.

Websters: insecurity
1. not confident or sure : uncertain
2. not adequately guarded or sustained : unsafe
3. not firmly fastened or fixed : shaky
4a. not highly stable or well-adjusted
b. deficient in assurance

What's the opposite of insecurity? Confidence, stability, surety, safety?

Here's what Wikipedia says about insecurity:

Insecurity is a feeling of general unease or nervousness that may be triggered by perceiving oneself to be unloved, inadequate or worthless (whether in a rational or an irrational manner).

A person who is insecure lacks confidence in their own value and capability, lacks trust in themselves or others, or has fears that a present positive state is temporary and will let them down and cause them loss or distress by "going wrong" in the future.

This is not to be confused with humility, which involves recognizing one's failings but still maintaining a healthy dose of self-confidence. Insecurity is not an objective evaluation of one's ability but an emotional interpretation, as two people with the same capabilities may have entirely different levels of insecurity.

Insecurity may cause shyness, paranoia and social withdrawal, or alternatively it may encourage compensatory behaviors such as arrogance, aggression, or bullying, a principle enshrined in the phrase "all bullies are cowards." Many people suffer a period of insecurity during puberty, which gives rise to a lot of the stereotypical behaviors of adolescents.

Insecurity has many effects in a person's life. There are several levels of it. It nearly always causes some degree of isolation as a typically insecure person withdraws from people to some extent. The greater the insecurity, the higher the degree of isolation. Insecurity is often rooted in a person's childhood years. Like offense and bitterness, it grows in layered fashion, often becoming an immobilizing force that sets a limiting factor in the person's life. Insecurity robs by degrees; the degree to which it is entrenched equals the degree of power it has in the person's life.

As insecurity can be distressing and feel threatening to the psyche, it can often be accompanied by a controlling personality type or avoidance, as psychological defense mechanisms.

Insecurity can be overcome. It takes time and patience and a willingness to believe each person (and specifically oneself) is in fact of innate value.

Another excellent article about insecurity:
I feel the need to attack insecurity and dissect it to see what "makes it tick".

My aim: Replace insecurity with confidence, trust, assurance... truth.

Spark on!!!

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JANE1216 2/6/2010 6:55PM

    This is something I never thought about reading up on before --- your blog is excellent -- I'm going to check out the site you typed -- further reading on this could prove to be very beneficial --- thanks so much for sharing this blog!

Blessings --

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DEBRA_T 2/6/2010 11:05AM

    "Insecurity is a feeling of general unease or nervousness that may be triggered by perceiving oneself to be unloved, inadequate or worthless (whether in a rational or an irrational manner)."

Check. And, also, (b) irrational.

I don't know if I can replace any of this -- it feels so overwhelming at times. But, I am also trying to work through it and come to a greater understanding of God's love in my life.

Cheers, Debra

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Daily Inspiration....

Friday, February 05, 2010

Find something to inspire you every day...whether it be a picture, poem, a song, artwork or the encouraging words of a friend.

Today I am inspired by something I read in the Daily Word Devotional.

I Understand
by Jay Woods

When I understand
When I stand under
When I support
When I lift up
When I raise
When I praise
When I encourage
When I strengthen
When I empower
When I release
When I let go
When I let God

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MOOREY 2/23/2010 11:31AM

    Totaly emoticon. Tells it like it is

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LISALOSING52 2/6/2010 3:44PM

    Wow. That is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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KELLYHARTLINE 2/5/2010 10:11PM

    WOW!!! This is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing.

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DEBRA_T 2/5/2010 9:56AM

    It does always seem to come back to the place we begin, but when we come back, we come back with so much more knowledge, acceptance and faith. And the cycle begins once again.

Beautiful, Michele!

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    So powerful!

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SANDYSKY1 2/5/2010 9:13AM


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Hmm...let's see..what to blog about?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

I could blog about how I wish the sun would shine again because it's Winter and I'm getting tired of the gray days.

I could blog about how I wish I could magically twinkle my nose and voila...all the weight would be gone.

I could blog about the benefits of exersize and good nutrition and tnings like that.

I could blog about new recipes that I've found and tried.

I could blog about, well...just about anything.

Today I choose to blog about the fact that I am thankful.

...Thankful to have a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes to wear, a loving husband, beautiful chldren, lovely grandchildren...and most importantly, a relationship with the Creator of the Universe... and I am one of His cool is that!

We constantly try to re-create ourselves...make ourselves into what we think we should be.

My problems seem very trivial compared to others.

I'm thankful that He led me to Sparkpeople and thankful for the new friends I've made here.

There... that's it.... I'm just plain thankful.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KELLYHARTLINE 2/5/2010 12:52AM

    Great blog!!!!! I think with the busy pace we all keep these days, sometimes we forget about the most important things in life.

Thanks for the reminder!!!!

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FURBALLDTH 2/4/2010 9:48AM

    Wonderful post. We often take for granted what we have. Have a wonderful weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORNING_NOONAN 2/4/2010 8:08AM

    Well I'm thankful that I am friends with you on Spark. You always brighten up my day!!

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    Every day I wake up feeling thankful for the blessings in my life. I feel SO thankful also to have found Spark and all of the wonderful people that I've met! I hope that you have a great day!!

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DEBRA_T 2/4/2010 7:50AM

    Good morning, Michele. Thankful is a very good place to be, a great place to start in the morning and a wonderful subject for a blog. One of the teams we're on has thanking God for your blessings 1 x per day as a goal. Seeing that goal every day reminds me to make a prayer of thanksgiving which sets up a whole chain reaction of well-being. Being thankful is the ultimate form of consciousness.

Cheers, Debra xxxooo

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