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Wednesday, January 25, 2012



I know that this sounds funny, but I think back at the end of 2009 when I was so close to reaching my goal I was afraid of losing my identity in being healthy. So know I am decided and nothing is going to keep me from reaching my healthy life.





So grateful for protection on dear daughter. The rain came on top of several inches of snow and she had great difficulty getting home. Tonight we were listening to the news and heard that their was a fatality on the highway she had been on shortly after she got home. God is so good!


I have been praying for Baby Noelle born December 8th at 11:37 AM by emergency C-section. She weighs 13 oz. and is 9.4 inches long. She was 26 weeks, but because of the problems was really only abou 16-18 weeks.

~ Day 48 (January 24th)
Noelle had a wonderful today, and we are praising God for her continued progress. She gained 20 grams putting her at 630 grams / 1 lb. 6 oz. We tried her bottle again with her today, and she again took it like a champ. We discovered that the trick is to make sure she is really awake and then she does just fine. We just spent the day enjoying her, holding her, comforting her, reading to her and just being with her. I could just stand and watch her all day long!! We're so incredibly grateful for her progress in the past few weeks--it's hard to believe that she is almost 7 weeks old and thank God that not only has she come that far but she is doing so well. Our prayer right now is that she continues to grow at a steady rate and can start weaning on her oxygen levels soon. I hope we can report another fantastic day again tomorrow!!

Baby Zoe was also born on Jan 1 at 25 weeks. I don't know her, but a friend of mine does. So please also pray for her.

God is in the miracle working business.

  
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JSPEED4 1/25/2012 3:34PM

    We learn so much from children--about ourselves, about life, about individuality.

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KLASSIE 1/25/2012 2:34PM

    God is truly good. Thanks for sharing the miracles manifested in Baby Zoe and Baby Noelle. I pray that they grow up to live beautiful and happy lives. Glad your daughter made it home safe. May God continue to bless you on your life's journey.

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SPARKFRAN514 1/25/2012 2:01PM

    you will make it this time like you say take one meal and day at a time you have helped me the short time I have been a Spark people member. emoticon

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SPLASHDOG1 1/25/2012 11:58AM

    It's amazing how our choices change the fabric of our lives. Let us both make the right decisions!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/25/2012 11:13AM

    I can relate to that fear. It seems like when I get close to a small goal it is like I freeze up and can't get there. Well, I have decided like you that is no more and I will get to my goal.

Glad baby Noelle is doing well.

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CANDOK1260 1/25/2012 10:22AM

    i think i has a secret fear of having to leave spark if I loss too much. Parying for you and your love one

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L*I*T*A* 1/25/2012 8:09AM

    so great to hear Noelle is doing well.......
great words to ponder on...
thanks for sharing...
blessings and hugs...........lita

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READYBETTY 1/25/2012 7:51AM

    I experienced that feeling more than 20 years ago when I was within pounds of my goal. I spun out of control and gain my weight back plus more. Then I became afraid to try again because what if the same thing happened again. It's only been within the last seven years I've been working up the courage to try again. I've been losing and gaining but discovering more about the real me. When I think back upon that time I realized I should have seeked counseling to help me to deal with the outward changes and my perceptions and fears. You will be able to break free of the fear and embrace the healthier, more confident you! Hold fast to Phil 1:6. You can do it!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/25/2012 7:51AM

    You've made great improvement in your thinking to make it to achieve the successful results you have made. To God be the glory for continuing to work on our mindsets so that we might adequately follow-through with treating His body with the respect it deserves.

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LADYRINO 1/25/2012 4:59AM

    Hugs and prayers your way. YOU ARE WORTH BEING THE HEALTHY PERSON YOU WANT TO BE!

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STALEYK 1/25/2012 4:42AM

    Glad Noelle is doing well! Never thought about myself being afraid to be fit...but something holds me back at times...something to ponder. Have a great day!

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VETTRANGER 1/25/2012 3:46AM

    I've heard that from a number of people. They are actually afraid of becoming a fit person if they never were. Luckily for me I was fit before gaining weight over the course of years. Now I feel like I did 20 years ago before I started to slowly put on the pounds. Keep up the attitude and stick with it. You'll thank yourself for the rest of your life.

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Thanks to my amazing friends!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I made it through yesterday and an entire week on track! It has been so long since I have been able to say that!

To you faithful friend with your amazing, fun guesses on the 2 things I did a couple of days ago that I have not done in a long, long time. The first thing I did was went for a two mile walk when it was 34 degrees out. I have not walked must for most of a year. The second thing I did was my Strength Training with my resistance bands! Am trying to get back to doing it every day, but it is much too late to do it tonight. I need to get bed!

I have my "Spark" back! I will do this! I "Believe" in me again!





  
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EJOY-EVELYN 1/25/2012 2:21AM

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Congratulations on a great week!

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NADINEL 1/25/2012 12:39AM

    Awesome! I believe in you, too! emoticon

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RUTHXG 1/24/2012 11:08PM

    That's WONDERFUL! emoticon

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HELLODANAE 1/24/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon I knew you could do it with His help!!!!

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BEATLETOT 1/24/2012 2:36PM

    Hooray! So glad to hear it!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 1/24/2012 1:31PM

    Great job!! Next it will be a whole month!

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SLUDERCATS 1/24/2012 12:24PM

    Congratulations, Leona. So glad that you have got your spark back. I believe in you too! I'm in your corner!!

Gayle

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CASCADE21 1/24/2012 11:53AM

    Great job!

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TESS504 1/24/2012 11:45AM

    emoticon back ...Keep pushing!

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SPLASHDOG1 1/24/2012 11:13AM

    Great job staying on track and walking in this horrible weather! Glad you are feeling the Spark!

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DZINE4KING 1/24/2012 9:31AM

    emoticonLeona! That's what I like to hear! We are going to do this! emoticon

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READYBETTY 1/24/2012 6:37AM

    So glad you have your Spark back!

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STALEYK 1/24/2012 5:09AM

    I'm glad you are back on track! We can do this...one step at a time! emoticon

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MALKS_ARIA 1/24/2012 4:51AM

    Glad you have reached 8 days of being on track!!!

I hope you sleep well, and get to use the resistance bands tomorrow.... :)

And I will cheer ya on!!! cuz i am baack :)

aria

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DSJB9999 1/24/2012 3:05AM

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Thank you I feel I have lost my spark a little so this has inspired me to set myself targets and reach them.

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Focus

Monday, January 16, 2012

Need to keep my focus on the Lord and not the circumstances. When things happen and they always do I need to turn to the Lord and not food.

  
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DZINE4KING 1/17/2012 12:02PM

    Leona...I have faith that you will lean on the Lord and not let the circumstances of life get in your way! You can do this, girl! You know you can!

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KATHIERAE 1/16/2012 4:13PM

    Wow. Talking to and/or about me here... fighting the same battle! We can do this!!! emoticon

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NADINEL 1/16/2012 3:03PM

    AMEN! I agree with you completely, sister! That is a real area of weakness in my life. I appreciate the reminder. Have a great day! emoticon

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KAYTIE22 1/16/2012 2:57PM

    Turning to food is never the answer but many of us (certainly me) keep doing it because it's easier in many ways. Thanks for reminder.



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SUNFLOWERGAL40 1/16/2012 2:38PM

    Amen! Amen! Amen! Thanks for a great reminder! emoticon

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    Amen emoticon

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  I needed to read this today! Thank you so much! emoticon emoticon

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STILLOUT2LUNCH 1/16/2012 11:35AM

    Something we need to all keep in mind.

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JSPEED4 1/16/2012 11:11AM

    Well, we were put here to eat calories and to use energy, just to do so in balance with praising the LORD!

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L*I*T*A* 1/16/2012 10:55AM

    great reminder...thanks
have a great day!!
blessings and hugs....lita

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KIM--POSSIBLE 1/16/2012 10:25AM

    I need to do this as well. I have started recognizing more when I am stress eating. I now take my glass of water down to my quiet den, pray, drink my water and relax for a few minutes until the stress passes.

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READYBETTY 1/16/2012 10:02AM

    You are so right. When you focus on the Lord, your problems and circumstances shrink in comparison to how big our God is!

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HELLODANAE 1/16/2012 9:54AM

    yes!!! yes!!!!!!!! YOU ARE RIGHT ON!! emoticon
thank you for reminding it to me :-)

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Need to Go Shopping Again Soon!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Beautiful! Copied Post by SUNNY332 and shared by another friend and now I am copying it because it so spoke to my heart.

Someone posted this on another team. Wanted to share it with you all.

Dear Abby:

I am flat broke from overspending at Christmas time. But I need to go shopping again soon because I am completely out of self-respect. I've said things I wish I could take back and I am not feeling too good about myself.

I also want to exchange a carton of self righteousness for an equal amount of humility. I hear that it is less expensive and wears well, and while I'm at it I'm going to check on tolerance and see if there is any available in my size.

I must remember to try to match my patience with the little I have left. My neighbor is loaded with it and it looks awfully good on her. I was told the same department has a repair shop for mending integrity. Mine has become frayed around the edges from too much compromising. If I don't get it refurbished soon, there won't be any left.

I almost forgot the most important thing of all - compassion. If I see some-no matter what the color, size or shape - I'm going to stock up heavily regardless of the price. I have run out of it so many times, and I always feel ashamed when it happens.

I don't know why it has taken me so long to get around to shopping for these items. They don't cost nearly as much as some of the frivolous things I bought at Christmas time. And I'll get a lot more satisfaction from them.

Yes, I'm going shopping today and I can leave my checkbook and credit cards at home! The things I'm looking for have no price tags. What a joy!

~Author Unknown

I know I need to send an update soon. I am really trying not to be overwhelmed nor discouraged right now and that means taking the time to try and care for me.

  
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NPA4LOSS 12/23/2011 5:32AM

    I loved this. these are the gifts we all need to give ourselves all year long. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/19/2011 2:58AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing

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KATHIERAE 12/18/2011 9:24PM

    Oh yes, take care of YOU first and formost!!! emoticon
I love your daily status updates...

Thanks for sharing this letter, it's really wonderful... emoticon

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DONNACFIT 12/18/2011 9:18PM

    Thanks for sharing..I read it on the team page too..it's a good one!!

A friend posted this on facebook..."Sometimes it's important to do less, not more; or say no, not yes."

Take care of yourself first then everything will fall into place!!

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L*I*T*A* 12/18/2011 9:11PM

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The Last Full Measure of Devotion

Monday, May 30, 2011

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Blessed my day! Happy Memorial Day!

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave

"the last full measure of devotion"

-- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln

Song "The Last Full Measure of Devotion"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd8qlVeRYm4
Lyrics to "The Last Full Measure of Devotion"
slavabogu.wordpress.com/2007/11/12/v
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My pastor played a similar version in our service this morning. Then he said that every generation had taken the baton and passed it on to the next generation. Because of many sacrificing and suffering we have freedom. Then he paralleled it to Hebrews 11 and the saints that had sacrificed and suffered before us to give us the freedom to worship as we do. It is up to us to take up the baton and pass it on to future generations. Many countries still suffer and die for religious freedom. So this Memorial Day we need to remember our fallen and suffering veterans both Patriotic and Spiritual and it is up to us to pass it on this legacy.









  
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KATHYKIM 6/1/2011 10:15AM

    Just catching up on some of the blogs after being gone for almost a week over the holiday. Awesome tribute!
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CHICAGOHEALTHY 5/31/2011 5:22PM

    Each day I know that I am blessed to live in freedom, that many have protected for me. Thank you for posting this blog and reminding us how long this fight for freedom has been going on and that many have fought this fight for us.

God Bless!

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DREAMGIRL76 5/31/2011 1:28PM

    God Bless and thank you for sharing.

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ARMYWIFENMOMMA 5/30/2011 9:23PM

    Beautiful! Love it and your page!!


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NPA4LOSS 5/30/2011 1:01PM

    The building I live in was once a school named for Abraham Lincoln. We have his picture in our building. It is impossible to ever forget the sacrifices our soldiers have made in all the wars of this country. They are our strength.

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L*I*T*A* 5/30/2011 12:28PM

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JILL313 5/30/2011 11:30AM

    God Bless Our Military and Veterans--and Pray for Them!! Lovely Tribute Leona. Thank you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAWKETS 5/30/2011 11:06AM

    Beautiful Tribute Thankx for sharing Leona
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/30/2011 3:34AM

   
That made me cry, Thank you for posting this. I'll be sharing it with my husband. I'm sure that he will also want to thank you!

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American Soldier
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

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GOATGIRLJM 5/30/2011 2:02AM

    Wow thanks for sharing!

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