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20-item emotional gift guide

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Icopied this from a SparkFriends Page. I couldn't post the link here because she is set to private. Thanks for sharing this so I could. You know who you are!

There are many intangible gifts we can share with those who deserve special
recognition.....for who they are, what they do, and the importance they play
in our lives.

Here's a 20-item emotional gift guide which I hope will be meaningful for
you in this season of celebration:

- To yourself....respect, confidence and faith.
- To a friend....a heartfelt and caring spirit.
- To a family member....dedication, communication and understanding.
- To our natural and preservation.
- To a good cause....generosity and ardent advocacy.
- To a open door of hospitality.
- To our military and first responders....honor and appreciation.
- To a customer or client....excellent service.
- To the ill and hurting....concern and healing comfort.
- To the hungry and homeless....compassion and emergency services.
- To the abused, neglected and abandoned....hope and security.
- To someone with a special challenge....recognition and acceptance.
- To the addicted and troubled....a positive path to recovery.
- To an infant and toddler....attachment, attention and safety.
- To a child and teen....patience, guidance and a good example.
- To a parent in need....a helping hand.
- To an elder, reverence....gratitude and dignified care.
- To everyone you see, friends and strangers alike....smiles and positive energy.
- To people of every age....unconditional love.
- To all the peoples of the world....justice and peace.

DD arrived in Houston, fil is being challenging and we are concerned about leaving him on Thurday to fly out ourselves. I lost my cool today, not sure how to get everything done that needs to be done.

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DOGLOVER526 12/16/2009 11:09AM

    I always like your posts. You are so funny and so wonderfully warm at the same time. I love this poem. It really causes pause.

I hope today is better for you with fil.

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2BTHINMAMMA 12/16/2009 10:41AM

    Wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing. Sorry you've had a rough day...said a prayer for you! emoticon

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JOYCEANN1955 12/16/2009 7:01AM

    That was wonderful! Thanks for sharing it..Have a wonderful and hopefully less stressful Christmas!

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RHALES199 12/16/2009 1:03AM

    I liked that 'poem'.... I might hafta 'borrow it, too!

sorry to hear fil was challenging's never easy.

I lost my cool a little bit today, too. dealing with the holiday, and trying to get ready for Dh's very liekly surgery.... and then the possibility of someone else trying to throw something on my overwhelmed plate and DH thinking I should do it (turns out he didn't know or realize how overwhelemed I was feeling.... once he realized that, his opinion changed, thank heavens). But anyways, just know you weren't the only caregiver that lost her cool today, and I do understand at least a little bit!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/16/2009 12:49AM

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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My Christmas List of Blessings

Friday, December 11, 2009

Every name’s a touchstone that leads to a place and time,
Where God has used another’s heart to reach out and touch mine.

It may have happened years ago or even yesterday,
But every person on my list has changed my life some way.

Through simple conversation, a warm hug or a shared meal,
Every person on my list has helped me grow of heal,

Or laugh or love or learn or smile…the blessings never end
As God allows our paths to cross as family and friends.

So please know that this greeting is more than a Christmas wish.
It’s a “thank you” card to God for putting you on my list

Each and every one whose name I’ve come to hold so dear…
Those who’ve shown me Christmas joy each day of the year.

Just want to Thank my Spark Friends for blessing me over and over again.

Dd called and she is in town trying to find a bridal gift. She delivered her sis to the meeting place.

I walked 4 miles in the cold, but that is all I could figure out to do to not hurt my sholdier more. Decided not to go into the pool and risk injuring it more. Didn't go to the chiropractor because it is feeling better and want to see if it will continue on its own.

Here comes the snow!

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PINKGRANNY 12/12/2009 8:14PM

    Thanks for sharing your blessings. I hope your shoulder heals soon for you!

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TERIE93 12/12/2009 12:44AM

    You are such a blessing!

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PID617 12/11/2009 8:55PM

    MomFan, just came across this blog and like your sentiments. Have a Happy Christmas and God's richest blessings for 2010.


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IZZYBEBOP 12/11/2009 8:51PM

    Beautiful way to say emoticon to SPARKPEOPLE and each emoticon.

Blessings to you this Christmas season.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

By Author Unknown

I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn't fail.
The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
I said I didn't care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you're in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!

Never thoght that leaving my comfort zone would open so many opportunities for me. Finding my comfort in different things these days!

I was blessed to meet another leader of my local Spark Team today as well as another leader and member I had met before. Our time together flew by way too fast. Was thinkng that I could take a pic with my cell phone and then remembered that dd took it with her on her emergency trip to care for her sis and nephews. Oh well no pic to commemorate our time together just the memories.

Update on truck. The guy called back adn he is not going to buy the truck. At least he called back and told us which was very thoughtful of him.

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BGMUNCHKIN 12/11/2009 5:21PM

    Great poem. Good food for thought! emoticon

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CARRIE1948 12/11/2009 2:21PM

    Where do you find all these?

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KDEDID 12/11/2009 10:13AM

    I stepped outside of my comfort zone yesterday too. Exercised at a different time and tried a new stretching chair. Thanks for the post!

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2BTHINMAMMA 12/10/2009 8:32PM

    Great poem! It's amazing that a huge change starts w/just one lil step. =) Glad you had a good meeting w/other Spark leaders! And that was very nice of the guy to call and say he wasn't buying the truck...hope the right truck buyer comes along soon.

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LOOSEINGIT 12/10/2009 8:17PM



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Follow Your Dream

Thursday, December 10, 2009

by Amanda Bradley

Follow your dream.
Take one step at a time and don't settle for less,
Just continue to climb.
Follow your dream.
If you stumble, don't stop and lose sight of your goal
Press to the top.
For only on top can we see the whole view,
Can we see what we've done and what we can do;
Can we then have the vision to seek something new,
Press on.
Follow your dream.

Update on dd. She now has an aircast, but still in a lot of pain. The specialist said that it will probably continue to bother her for about a year. She is going to go to her mil, bil, sil until Christmas when her sis comes home.

It is 11:22 and fil is ready to get up!

I was tempted to skip my workout at the pool because I had so much to do in town. I went and worked out for 2 hours. Then finished my list and got home about 10.

Proof it is cold outside!

After working out I was taking a shower and went to shampoo my hair and my shampoo and conditioner was frozen. I had to run hot water over them to be able to wash my hair.

My water I keep in the car and had checked yesterday was a slushy. I put it in front of the heater to thaw because the water I had planned to bring was sitting on the counter at home.

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TERIE93 12/10/2009 11:39PM

    Good luck with reaching that 100 mark!!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/10/2009 1:19PM

    I loved the poem - thank you for sharing it. I will be praying for you dd - that is rough to expect a year of pain and recovery.

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2BTHINMAMMA 12/10/2009 9:27AM

    A year of pain for your dd?!? That's awful! I don't think I've ever had frozen shampoo or conditioner!! That's cold! I've had frozen detergent (our laundry area is uninsulated/unheated in the garage). Hope fil went back to sleep and that you are getting enough rest! Way to go on 2hrs in the pool!! And thanks for sharing the poem.

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JAMEYLYNNK 12/10/2009 2:25AM

    This is nice! Thanks.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

By Michael Marks

I had no Christmas spirit when I breathed a weary sigh,
and looked across the table where the bills were piled too high.

The laundry wasn't finished and the car I had to fix,
My stocks were down another point, the Chargers lost by six.

And so with only minutes till my son got home from school
I gave up on the drudgery and grabbed a wooden stool.

The burdens that I carried were about all I could take,
and so I flipped the TV on to catch a little break.

I came upon a desert scene in shades of tan and rust,
No snowflakes hung upon the wind, just clouds of swirling dust.

And where the reindeer should have stood before a laden sleigh,
eight Humvees ran a column right behind an M1A.

A group of boys walked past the tank, not one was past his teens,
Their eyes were hard as polished flint, their faces drawn and lean.

They walked the street in armor with their rifles shouldered tight,
their dearest wish for Christmas, just to have a silent night.

Other soldiers gathered, hunkered down against the wind,
To share a scrap of mail and dreams of going home again.

There wasn't much at all to put their lonely hearts at ease,
They had no Christmas turkey, just a pack of MREs.

They didn't have a garland or a stocking I could see,
They didn't need an ornament--they lacked a Christmas tree.

They didn't have a present even though it was tradition,
the only boxes I could see were labeled "ammunition."

I felt a little tug and found my son now by my side,
He asked me what it was I feared, and why it was I cried.

I swept him up into my arms and held him oh so near
and kissed him on the forehead as I whispered in his ear.

There's nothing wrong my little son, for safe we sleep tonight,
our heroes stand on foreign land to give us all the right,

to worry on the things in life that mean nothing at all,
instead of wondering if we will be the next to fall.

He looked at me as children do and said it's always right,
to thank the ones who help us and perhaps that we should write.

And so we pushed aside the bills and sat to draft a note,
to thank the many far from home, and this is what we wrote:

God bless you all and keep you safe, and speed your way back home.
Remember that we love you so, and that you're not alone.

The gift you give you share with all, a present every day,
You give the gift of liberty and that we can't repay.

Copyright 2003 Michael Marks: "I freely submit this poem for reprint
without reservation--this is an open and grateful tribute to the men and
women who serve every day to keep our nation safe."

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If you would like to send out cookies and/or letters to the soldiers here is the address below:

Cookie Extravaganza
34th ID, Unit 117
APO, AE 09374

Large flat rate boxes (free from the post office) cost $11.95 to send.

To ensure that the cookies are received by Christmas, they should be mailed by December 12.

Colorings from kids or letters are also very welcomed. The soldiers love reading letters from home and seeing something from a child makes it extra special! Brighten a soldiers Christmas this year!!!!
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Proof it is cold outside! Our cats live outside! They are actually the girls, but somehow they didn't leave with them, can't figure out how that happens!

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SMYTHEDE 12/12/2009 2:36AM

    The poem sure puts things in perspective doesn't it? Thanks for sharing it.


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DOGLOVER526 12/9/2009 10:09AM

    The kitties are sooooo cute!

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem. Made me cry. My "problems" are so small compared to what the men & women in the armed forces do for us! Humbling me...

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2BTHINMAMMA 12/9/2009 9:27AM

    Thanks for sharing!=)

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