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DEAL of the DAY!!! :-)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WELL, another busy, busy, busy day! I've been up since 4:45 this morning, and have been going non-stop! Got a 3 mile walk in before heading to the big city for orthodontist appt. and doing some shopping. I needed to find a dress for this weekend's getaway for our dear friends' son's wedding; plus, our monthly shopping at SAM's.

I'm ****very, very**** excited to tell you about my dress! Now my pics look like a tired, bedraggled mom whose been going all day long, but just look at the dress, not me! ha!

FIRST off, I'm THRILLED to tell you I bought a size 4 and it was reduced from $90 to $9.97!!!! WOOOOHOOOO for great deals!!!!!





Nicholas is going to the wedding with us.





Well, off to do some work before *TRYING* to go for another walk before bed.

Love to you all!



  
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GRACEISENUF 5/21/2011 5:46PM

    Great dress and an even better deal!!

I love it when I hit a sale "Jackpot!"
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TINAKATRINA1 5/19/2011 9:58AM

    Very nice! I didn't realize anyone wore size 4! Good for you. You look great. :)

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HSMOM2FOUR 5/19/2011 7:11AM

    awesome, awesome, AWESOME!!!

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DETERMINEDJANET 5/18/2011 7:30PM

    Very nice, and what a great deal!!!!

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ELISADENK 5/18/2011 7:02PM

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I once purchased a dress, in high school, that was marked down about 3 times! I LOVED that dress!!!

Best wishes!!

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NANA717 5/18/2011 6:12PM

    You look beautiful! And what a price!! God is Good!!!!

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JUST-AMY 5/18/2011 5:57PM

    What a DEAL! I have to say--I'd be thrilled to pay $4 for a 9 or $9 for a 4! Either way--you gotta great deal going there!

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BELLACUDDLES 5/18/2011 3:52PM

    Oh, Susan, I just couldn't be happier or prouder of you!!! You look totally awesome!!

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ZIGWEEGWEE 5/18/2011 3:35PM

    that's amazing all the way around - praise God!

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SETAGOAL1 5/18/2011 3:28PM

    emoticonYou look so pretty!!!!!

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LALALOVELY76 5/18/2011 1:54PM

    Hay Hay Now!! Size 4!! Awesome!! You look great! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/18/2011 12:34PM

    You look beautiful, what a great dress

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FLMOMX2 5/18/2011 10:55AM

    emoticon Smart and beautiful

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/18/2011 10:50AM

    Fun, fun, fun, my lovely friend!

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PANSYLADY2 5/18/2011 9:39AM

    AWESOME!! This is such a God story... a great-looking dress for under $10. Gotta love the blessings of the Father!! And you look fabulous. I see a size 4 in my dreams, aiming to get to a 16.
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RURAL3 5/18/2011 9:37AM

    very nice and what a bargain. small and sweet emoticon emoticon

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DOULA2MIDWIFE 5/18/2011 9:20AM

    Oh, nice! emoticon

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SARAHSALAH 5/18/2011 6:48AM

    you look great

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T.MAESPARKLES 5/18/2011 6:21AM

    Fantastic Four!! emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 5/18/2011 12:56AM

    You look fabulous Susan. You will be the hit of the wedding. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDITH316 5/18/2011 12:39AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You Did It, I'm so proud of you, you look like a million dollars in that dress, believe me you sure don't look like any bedraggled Mom, that's for sure, you look fabulous and the price is awesome, you sure have been richly blessed in every area..Enjoy the wedding, you will look fabulous...Blessings and Hugs, keep up the great work!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/18/2011 12:38AM

    OH MY GOSH!!! YOU ARE AN ABSOLUTE KNOCKOUT! Oh, my GOODNESS! There are no WORDS! This is a blog to CHERISH, my friend! I'd say a huge... emoticon

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PMFISH 5/18/2011 12:12AM

    If that looks like a tired bedraggled Mom, I can imagine what you will look like as a happy rested Mom. You look great! Dress looks good, too.! Enjoy!

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VISUALLYRICS 5/17/2011 11:10PM

    Lovely ...just lovely!! emoticon

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PENNEYV 5/17/2011 10:54PM

    Was hiding just for you! You do look wonderful..I will never be a size 4. Bone structure too large. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLEGNER1 5/17/2011 10:49PM

    You win the prize for deal of the month!!!

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ABETTERSOUL 5/17/2011 10:25PM

    What a deal!!! You look fabulous! Have a wonderful weekend.

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KMICHA 5/17/2011 9:40PM

    Awesome!!! WTG!! all around!! Have a great time at the wedding . . . you'll look and feel like a million bucks!!!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 5/17/2011 9:32PM

    A BIG woo-hoo on several counts: The beautiful dress, the unbelievable bargain, the size 4 (which is why it was still there for you!), the radiant smile on a healthy young mom standing so proudly by her handsome son home from college! emoticon

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PURESTILLWATER 5/17/2011 8:47PM

    awesome

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SLIMPAM23 5/17/2011 8:37PM

    Oh my---First I cannot get past the price.....I am a bargain shopper extraordinaire!!! And did I read that correctly?????? A SIZE 4???????????????????????? That is just awesome. And you don't look like a tired mom of many....you look like a beautiful woman who can handle it all!!! Have fun this weekend. Hubby and I are going to a wedding this weekend also in MS and celebrating our 23 anniversary as well!!
You look Maavelous my friend!!!

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KRISTA-GIRL 5/17/2011 8:33PM

    Yay!!! You did great finding a beautiful dress at an incredible price - and you look FABULOUS!! Way to go!!!

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SUSANMOMOF6 5/17/2011 8:24PM

    Beautiful dress for a beautiful lady!!!! I love deals!! I got an $8O dollar Coldwater Creek skirt for $3 at a resale shop!!! Oh yeah!!!! Have a great getaway!
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/17/2011 8:20PM

    Beautiful & a sweet deal!

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JULIEFRANCES112 5/17/2011 8:18PM

    You look beautiful Susan. emoticon emoticon

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BLESSEDMAZARS 5/17/2011 8:13PM

    LOVE those deals and way to get a great deal in a size "4". Woo-Hoo! You look awesome!

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MINDY502 5/17/2011 8:05PM

    WooHoo love the dress girl! You look so pretty in it. I just love to see you smile you smile ear to ear! Way to go fitting into a size 4 and wow what a deal on the dress. Just love those kind of shopping trips!

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BLOOMER723 5/17/2011 8:02PM

    Beautiful! It looks like a million bucks on you!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/17/2011 7:52PM

    You look amazing! What a steal. emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 5/17/2011 7:51PM

    AWESOME!

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SHERYL_B 5/17/2011 7:48PM

    Yeah!!! You look great and I love bargains!!!!

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My husband ;-)))

Monday, May 16, 2011

This morning he tells me that it's MY fault for him being fat because of the food I put in front of him! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Of course, he was kidding and is SUCH a stinker! I love it! We have fun laughing together! He LOVES to tease me!



The the KICKER was his next statement:

AFTER ALL YOU'RE THE SPARK-O-LA-TOR!!!!! Hmmmmm, what analogy should I take from that one????

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MOMFAN 5/22/2011 11:46PM

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CMORISAK 5/20/2011 7:49AM

    Love the spark-o-la-tor comment.


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BESTSUSIEYET 5/18/2011 10:49AM

    Love it! Keep perking along with new Spark recipes, and getting the family to move with you! And don't let hubby totally off the hook. HE is the one controlling the amount of your good foods that go into his mouth! I'm guessing you don't tempt him with high fat junk foods too often! Susie2Susie hugs!!

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T.MAESPARKLES 5/17/2011 1:01PM

    So fun!! Keep him laughing Spark-o-la-tor! Laughing is what keeps the home fires burning! emoticon

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 5/17/2011 10:32AM

    :) My hubby teases me too..their cute..and WE'RE BLESSED!!!!:)

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BELLACUDDLES 5/17/2011 8:39AM

    I love it!! I would take that as a good sign!! I love the word sparkolator!!

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BLEGNER1 5/17/2011 3:09AM

    If he thinks he is gaining weight, the not only fix his meal, but fix his plate and when he cleans it up, there are no seconds. That will fix his wagon. I think it is great that you can kid each other. I torment my hubby, but he doesn't come back with much, but when he does, it is usually a good one.
God bless
Barb

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CHAR1970 5/16/2011 11:28PM

    We may make the food but they are the ones who choose to eat it! Love the Spark-o-la-tor comment!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 5/16/2011 8:04PM

    Oh, Susan, I REALLY needed that one! God has really blessed us with such wonderful husbands, hasn't He? Love and hugs to you! emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 5/16/2011 7:37PM

    I like that nickname also--Sparkolator! You certainly have been an inspiration to many here on Spark. emoticon

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/16/2011 6:35PM

    you have the neatest family! Your blogs always brings a smile to my face and warmth to my heart! emoticon

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TRIGFROST 5/16/2011 6:27PM

    'I am so Happy--You laugh toegther...

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PRESBESS 5/16/2011 4:59PM

    Spark-a-lator is a wonderful compliment! That means you fully invested in your health, fitness & nutrition! You go girl!
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ERIECANALGAL 5/16/2011 4:52PM

    I love that "Spark-o-La-tor " It is so cute. My dh used to tease me too. I miss that.
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JULIEFRANCES112 5/16/2011 2:55PM

    Maybe that's why my husband is so thin, I don't like to cook. Can you fatten him up Susan?LOL

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TALLGUY42 5/16/2011 2:19PM

    He may be onto something there....

My wife's amazing cooking makes me fat. Lol! I like it.
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RHAL1462 5/16/2011 2:12PM

    Hubbies that make us laugh are just the bestest!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/16/2011 1:40PM

    I love that nick name "Spark-o-La-tor " very clever! Maybe that should be your new name! emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 5/16/2011 1:10PM

    Hum...I see...sounds like it's time to check out someones sparkpage and see how much progress they have made since becoming a SPARKER!!!
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MINDY502 5/16/2011 12:26PM

    Ha ha how fun! What a compliment to be the Spark-o-lator!

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DETERMINEDJANET 5/16/2011 12:16PM

    Too cute. Little Miss Spark-o-lator... I like that!

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ELLENSUN 5/16/2011 11:09AM

    And I bet you force-feed him too! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 5/16/2011 11:07AM

    I think that should be your new SP name ... SPARK-O-LA-TOR !!! Lol!

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LESLIES537 5/16/2011 10:16AM

    What a stinker! Gotta love it! emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/16/2011 10:13AM

    Ha! Ha! Sparkolator! You are an AWESOME one, too! Didn't we just get blessed with the BEST HUBBIES???? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGMELITTLEME 5/16/2011 10:08AM

    Getting along well in your marriage relationship is definately a plus to keeping the stress level down and it does assist in weightloss. Tell him you will be happy to show him how to set up his own account on SP we would love to visit with him too and encourage him to follow you when you exercise and walk and when you eat your foods.

GRIN....

Big

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/16/2011 9:49AM

    Isn't it wonderful to have laughter in a marriage, sure is!

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SWIMLOVER 5/16/2011 9:05AM

  Susan, This is so sweet and so cute! Both of you enjoy each other so much. That is such a precious thing!
GOD BLESS!
Louise

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Concrete Goals

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I know I sound like a broken record, but thank you so much for bearing with me as I laboriously figure this 'maintenance' stuff out! emoticon The enemy certainly roams around like a roaring lion seeking to DEVOUR us, doesn't he! I've felt devoured for the last 5 weeks! I shouldn't be surprised by these 'fiery ordeals', but I have to be honest, I wasn't quite prepared to do such fierce battle after such a wonderful victory of hitting goal weight! Boy was I naive! The last 5 weeks have proven to me ONCE again that the battle isn't over until we lay our armor down at the pearly gates! I'm glad I have my faithful SparkPartners in the trenches with me--spurring me on to VICTORY!




I see more than ever the power and necessity of setting goals. In the book, "Eat That Frog" www.eatthatfrogmovie.com/ , Brian Tracy challenges the reader to set concrete goals, and gives steps to working to reach those goals. So today's blog is using his concepts to help conquer emotional eating.


1. Decide EXACTLY what you want:

I want to eat to the glory of God.

2. Writ it DOWN. Think on PAPER! Unwritten goals lead to confusion, vagueness, misdirection, and numerous mistakes.

I want to conquer emotional eating--not giving into filling myself with food
when I’m stressed, discouraged, bored, lonely, OR hormonal.

3. Set a deadline on your goal; set sub-deadlines, if necessary.

My goal is to figure out some VERY tangible action steps to overcome emotional eating by July 12, 2011 [my one year SparkVersary]

4. Make a list of everything that you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal--I will be adding to this list.

A. Read:
Thin Again by Judy Halliday and Arthur W. Halliday
Body Clutter by Marla Cilley
Desert Morsels by Jan Christiansen

B. Spend time on Thin Within Team from May 15th thru July 12th

C. Type up list of specific action steps for WHEN I’m struggling, i.e. take a 10 minute walk, brush teeth and use mouth wash, etc.

D. Start journaling on my nutrition tracker of my ‘feelings’ when I eat.

E. Read all I can about ‘mindful' eating.

5. Organize the list into a plan.

A. Read at least 1/2 hour daily from the 3 books mentioned & take notes and do assignments

B. Spend 45 minutes 5x weekly on the Thin Within Team

C. Write a list of action steps to take in striving to conquer emotional eating--work on this list 3x weekly.

D. Spend time daily journaling my 'feelings' towards food for the day on my nutritional tracker--work this into my SparkTime 6x weekly.

E. Read SparkPeople and internet articles once a week on Mindful Eating.

6. Take action on your plan immediately.
Look over these and incorporate into my daily 'to do' list

7. Resolve to do something EVERY single day that moves you toward your major goal. Build this activity into your daily schedule.













  
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MWESTICH 5/16/2011 8:56PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, goals, and struggles. It helps me and many others, I know. Glad for your celebration tonight.

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BRIGHTONBOUND 5/16/2011 1:33PM

    Keep fighting the good fight!! Thanks for sharing, thanks for sharing, thanks for sharing!!!

blessings - Julie

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SWIMLOVER 5/16/2011 8:48AM

  Susan, This is such a Great Blog! We are never finish until we are "In The Arms Of JESUS"! I have a long ways to go until I am
at my goal. However, I want to Thank You for being such a Great
Inspiration to me!
GOD BLESS!
Louise

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KIMBERTA99 5/16/2011 12:21AM

    I am very close to my goal and have been asked what my plans are....my thinking is WHAT....I would love to have a plan set for when that date arrives!! Good luck to you!!

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ERIECANALGAL 5/16/2011 12:04AM

    Dear Susan you have some fabulous goals and strategies there! Congrats! I know you will conquer this!
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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 5/15/2011 11:51PM

    I haven't hit my goal weight, yet. Just realized that today was THE target day. I KNOW I will get there and hopefully before next month is over. Reading your blog has helped me to see the need of applying some of the same goals to my plan in reaching and maintaining my ideal weight. Thanks for posting this. We are in this together, Dear Friend. Remember you are never alone.

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BELLACUDDLES 5/15/2011 11:32PM

    Susan, this is so well put! Every day is a journey to making this maintenance work!! I did get off a little bit this past week with my b-day and too many eating events and delicious desserts abound. I still have 1/2 of the yummy cake DH bought for me.....it's in the basement, where I really have to think long and hard if I really want a piece!! it is quite decadent, and I actually asked my husband if he would buy me a flourless chocolate cake; it is sooooo wickedly delicious, and I actually gave some away, but I think it's growing, as I have quite a bit left yet, but in the basement it is safe, and again, I am developing new habits to continue keeping this weight off!! WE CAN DO IT! HE is here to help us too!!

Hugs always,
Barbara

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PAMAPPLE 5/15/2011 10:58PM

    Susan, your plan will spur you on to keep you on track! Just knowing that you are so loved by your family and friends, and most of all, God, will help keep you from turning to food to fill that void. You have well thought out plans! emoticon emoticon

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SUSANMOMOF6 5/15/2011 9:22PM

    You are so right about never being done until we are in the arms of Jesus. I catch myself thinking "when I'm done" but them I remind myself that even if weight loss maintenance does become effortless, there will be some other challenge that I need to conquer, that I need to lean on Him for.

Hugs, Sue

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-KATHERINE- 5/15/2011 8:53PM

    Yes, keeping the goals right in front of you always will give you much strength! and keeping God's words of truth will help alot too "I can do all things in Christ who strengthen's me"...My sister says keep your diet and fitness magazines, journal, and goals always right there where you eat cuz you will act more accountable and make better choices. emoticon
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BESTSUSIEYET 5/15/2011 8:52PM

    Rejoicing that you are on target and pursuing your goals!! Rjeoicing that He whom is in you is greater than the one trying to defeat you. Rejoicing that the enemy has been defeated! I have no doubt that you will prevail in this lifelong battle, my friend!

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VISUALLYRICS 5/15/2011 8:45PM

    ...isn't it funny...how many different seasons there truly are for this journey to wellness and health....Lol!! ( it's probably not that funny at times)... emoticon...BUT Laughter is healing! emoticon....when I trip, I just "Get Back Up" and laugh....dust my self off and make a wise choice. I don't even dwell on the "trip", but Movin' On!

I have NO doubt AT ALL that you will Indeed Conquer this emotional eating.... You, Susan are Strong!! emoticon, and full of laughter emoticon, and Joy!! Normally , you plan to eat smart emoticon....and you lead your family also in healthy eating choices! You are Blessed!

....if I could give you just one tip, I'd say., "Don't ever stay down." That' swhere the enemy wants you to stay. God's grip of Love is always Accepting You As YOU Are....Where You are.....

emoticonI celebrate you!! , and your 30 miles!!!! WOOT! ~ Laura

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URSULA125 5/15/2011 7:27PM

    Your determination and spiritual awareness will bring you to victory over the evil one again and again! It is so true that it is not over til it's over.

It is obvious you are really thinking things through. I know you can and will do it!

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MARTHAWILL 5/15/2011 6:47PM

    Way to put it down in words. Well written. I'm going to learn from you!

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AGILLASPIE60 5/15/2011 6:23PM

    Wow! I am so impressed with your plan! Good for you! Keep up the great work and congrats on reaching your goal weight!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/15/2011 6:17PM

    emoticon You are such an inspiration. Your goal setting is amazing. And you do the things you set out to do so I know you will conquer these new goals. And if you have an off day you know where your friends are. emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 5/15/2011 6:15PM

    You can do this!!!! I find when I "emotionally" eat, that I need to pray, or call a friend, or get outside, or watch my birds at the feeders, or....You can do this! Just redirect your attention. I know, easier said than done. I am talking to myself also. Love you, Hugs. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/15/2011 6:08PM

    Yes, Susan! YOU CAN DO IT! You are the carrot in front of my nose, and I love following in your footsteps! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 5/15/2011 6:01PM

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It's a solid plan once it all comes together for you!! Here's to winning the next battle against that evil one!

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All of NATURE celebrates…

Friday, May 13, 2011

SPRING has finally SPRUNG in Northern Wisconsin and yesterday when I was reading to Mary, I was especially blessed by this description in our read aloud:

"Spring is a time of rebirth. The once barren trees blossom into bright green leafy umbrellas. Tiny yellow florets bloom on the undergrowth and bring the rabbits out of the thickets to feast after enduring the cold winter.

It is the time when nature celebrates itself with gentle rain showers and the sweet aroma of fresh anise and wildflowers…" Excerpt from "Little Freddie at the Kentucky Derby" by Kathryn Cocquyt

I TOTALLY concur with Kathryn's description of Spring! I love the thought of green leafy UMBRELLAS! And feasting after enduring the cold winter! I'm feasting and celebrating the return of our little friends--our backyard birds!

Our little bird habitat:














Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matt. 6:26

And introducing our FAVORITE friends:
Goldfinches:

Purple Finches:

Woodpeckers:

Indigo Bunting:

Yellow-rumped Myrtle Warbler:

Hummingbirds:

Juncos:

Baltimore Orioles:

Evening and Rose Breasted Grosbeaks:

Blue Birds:

Chickadees:

Nuthatches:

Chipping Sparrows:

Some of my favorite garden shots:
{Karen, do you think this is a Bobolink?}

Oriole:


Rose breasted grosbeak

Gussie drinking out of our BIRD bath! Ha!


Well, you can tell I LOVE birds! ha! {{{love to you all}}} and HAPPY SPRING!


P.S. We just had a Rose Breasted Grosbeak hit the window and my little Mary was to the rescue! emoticon


  
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HICKOK-HALEY 5/28/2011 8:10PM

    What a variety of birds. Lucky you. Mary is adorable. Love your garden as well. Especially the Angel statue.

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GINGERSTARDUST 5/28/2011 1:13PM

    Beautiful thanks for sharing!!

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FUTUREHOPE49 5/28/2011 12:55PM

    You have some lovely photos! Thank you for sharing!

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SAL1512 5/28/2011 10:53AM

    Spring has sprung! Thanks for sharing!!!
I just started my butternut squash in the house! I want to get that garden started and the ground is just too cold for planting!
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BLESSEDMAZARS 5/20/2011 10:48AM

    My children LOVED, LOVED, LOVED these pictures. You have a great camara! We have seen most of these birds as well at our feeder, but these pictures are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your gift of God's creation with us! What a blessing these little creatures are to us!

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TINAKATRINA1 5/20/2011 8:19AM

    Thank you for sharing the bird photos, and the one of your dd is just charming and adorable! We're just starting to turn our yard into a place for birds. Better get water in my bird bath. :) Can't wait to see lots of the ones you've shared. emoticon Well, maybe not that bird. lol

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BRIGHTONBOUND 5/18/2011 2:58PM

    Lovely!!! What a breath of fresh 'spring' air this blog is! Thank you for sharing your beautiful oasis of a backyard. I'm also making note of the book you were reading - sounds like a great read-aloud.

many blessings! Julie

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YELLOWBIRD01 5/18/2011 12:49PM

    Love all the birds!!! We have bird houses, feeders and baths in our backyard . . we love watching the birds. We usually have a chicadee family every year in one of our birdhouses!! Love spring . . the rebirth of everything, the greening of the grass, flowers bursting forth and the fruit!!!

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MINDY502 5/15/2011 11:46PM

    Oh just love the pictures so beautiful. To me spring is just a feast for the eyes that God just blessed us with. I look forward to it each year, I will never understand how people cannot believe that there is a God when they see the beauty of nature. Thanks for sharing your little bit or heaven you have in your backyard, so pretty. Your little girl is so darling. Hope you have a great week.

Love and Hugs!

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BELLACUDDLES 5/15/2011 11:34PM

    I just love all these pictures!! Are these birds truly in your back and front yard!!!??!!?? WOW, I'm happy when I see my little yellow canary fluter to my bird bath!! LOL!!

Love,
Barbara

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FITMAY 5/15/2011 9:24PM

    What a beautiful blog!!! Happy Spring!
May

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SUSANMOMOF6 5/15/2011 9:16PM

    Your gardens just take my breath away. Sometimes I feel like there is a gardener trying to get out, and other times, it just feels kind of intimidating. I love all your beautiful pictures and am so glad you are enjoying the blessings of Spring. You have had to wait long enough, which makes it all the more precious! Love you, friend!

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/15/2011 9:00PM

    Love it! And love you, too!

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HEALTHY4ME 5/15/2011 4:20PM

    WOW very colourful blog and if that is all your flower gardens I am in awe!!! We had a huge yard when we were in the country and had a lot of flowers but more so diff. hostas and trees than lots of blooms. I hope this year to get my small city yard tidyed up and started as the past 2 years my back and or knees have prevented it. Love your garden!!!

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WONTBEWAISTFULL 5/15/2011 3:08PM

   
What a wonderful blog! I enjoyed learning about the different birds, too.

blessings, Sue

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SUNRISE14 5/15/2011 8:46AM

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SAL1512 5/14/2011 7:53PM

    Your back yard is like a park or a preserve! What fun!
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SANDYJAS 5/14/2011 11:57AM

    Believe it or not, I saw this owl in a Chicago forest preserve near O'Hare airport!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sa
ndyjasmine/2921232059/

And then of course, there is the goose that thinks it is a tulip
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T.MAESPARKLES 5/14/2011 6:02AM

    I feel like I have been on a nature field trip! THANKS!!

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SJG1953 5/13/2011 11:53PM

    Beautiful little cowgirl you have there!! The birds are pretty too. I wish I knew the names of the birds like you do. I like to watch them too.

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IUHRYTR 5/13/2011 7:26PM

    Such nice pictures of our winged friends. -- Lou

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/13/2011 5:53PM

    I can hardly wait to get up north again. We sure do have the beauty! WooHoo!

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BELLACUDDLES 5/13/2011 4:21PM

    Susan........what a delight to see those pictures!!! They made my (birthday) day extra special as I have a few birds flying around our back yard as well, but nothing like you have!! God IS blessing you!!

Hugs,
Barbara

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ELISADENK 5/13/2011 4:07PM

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LUCYVT 5/13/2011 3:31PM

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SETAGOAL1 5/13/2011 2:42PM

    This is beautiful emoticon Seems so peacefull

Thank you My emoticon

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WILDFLOWERR_ 5/13/2011 12:39PM

    Awe! That was sO nice! emoticon emoticonfor sharing it! emoticon

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BLEGNER1 5/13/2011 11:51AM

    You made me take another look around me and not see the work piling up, but the beauty of it all. I really like the picture I got when I read about the leafy umbrella. As for the work the Lord will see to it that I am able to get it all done. I tried to mow the yard today, but I couldn't even get the either one of the mowers to start!! I am tempted to get an old reel type mower where I am the motor. At least I know I can get that kind started.LOL

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VISUALLYRICS 5/13/2011 11:29AM

    Spring is surely here!!! I am so glad! you waited SO Long!!
I just blogged about my little mother wren....she has 5 new babies, and they get louder all the time! LOL!! She is less afraid as we open/close the door.

TGIF!! ~ Laura

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MIQUEY73 5/13/2011 10:42AM

    Love the pics of the birds and your gardens. emoticon

Thanks for sharing!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 5/13/2011 10:37AM

    Thanks for sharing! Beautiful!! I used to have all of these birds except the grosbeaks and orioles. Then my daughter wanted kittens......
How do you keep your cat from feasting and scaring them away? I MISS my birds!!
I so appreciate how you share so much of your life with us. emoticon

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SUNRISE14 5/13/2011 9:33AM

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/13/2011 9:14AM

    What a beautiful garden. emoticon I love the cat drinking out of the bird bath.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/13/2011 9:10AM

    Oh, Susan, what a DELIGHTFUL blog! WHO can say that there is no God when they see these creations???? I think I love the Indigo Bunting the most of these bird photos, but there are so many! How I miss the birds of the North! Here, we have a very small variety, although I love them, too. We have the killdeer; finch (one of my favorites); mocking bird; meadowlark; quail; pheasant; dove; pigeon; and a few others I can't think of. I think the South misses out on a lot of pretty colored birds! I wonder if it's the lack of water that does that?

Thanks for a beautiful way to begin my day! Your garden is fantastic, too, by the way! Thank you for the reminder that GOD IS HERE, reminding us of his love, all around us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 5/13/2011 9:03AM

    Susan, Nice blog and pictures!!! The one picture looks like your Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Bobolink's have yellow on the back of their head. Your gardens are lovely, I only have a couple to keep up with. I haven't seen any hummers yet, but once I set up my feeders at camp, I will see alot. We only get Ruby-throated hummers here in the east. Do you see other species? I saw an oriole and rose-breasted grosbeak on my walk the other day. Do you get tanagers at your feeders? Have a great day--enjoy your birding!!!! Karen

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/13/2011 8:57AM

    Best blog, loved ir! Thumbs up & I like this all the way NWM!

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TOO funny not to share

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My husband just sent me this and I thought it was SO funny that I thought I'd give my dear sparkfriends a good laugh today.

Life really boils down to two questions:

1. Should I get a dog?


or

2. Should I have children?


Just to let you know
I'm thinking of you today.

No matter what situations life throws at you.....

No matter how long and treacherous your journey may seem..

Remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel.


You're laughing aren't you?
That's good 'cause my job here is done!

Have a great day and remember to give thanks.....

Cats are so dramatic!
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Wasn't that the BEST!!!!!!


  
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PENNEYV 5/14/2011 10:07PM

    Thanks for the smiles!

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SAL1512 5/14/2011 7:51PM

    This is funny every time I see it!
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MEL27P 5/14/2011 4:55PM

    Very funny. This made my day!

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THINIWILLBE21 5/13/2011 7:38PM

    emoticonSusan! What a fun emoticon!

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7FARMER 5/13/2011 1:15PM

    fantastic! emoticon

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T.MAESPARKLES 5/13/2011 6:43AM

    FUNNY!!

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KMICHA 5/13/2011 5:42AM

    Great stuff!! thanks for sharing!

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SJG1953 5/13/2011 1:51AM

    Thanks, I needed the laugh!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 5/13/2011 12:57AM

    I can relate to the 2 kids and white paint (not washable) on a Sunday when no place was open to buy any thing to help get it out of their hair. And the next day was picture day at school!! LOL Can laugh now... not funny then.
emoticon Love the dramatic cat.

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ERIECANALGAL 5/13/2011 12:02AM

    Susan that certainly gave me a great big chuckle.
Loved it!
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Dottee

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JOMAMA516 5/12/2011 9:58PM

    That is too funny!

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LENKA763 5/12/2011 9:54PM

    oh, boy I'm in trouble I have both!!!



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PURPLELVR7 5/12/2011 9:38PM

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JULIEFRANCES112 5/12/2011 7:11PM

    That's just too funny. Thanks Susan. emoticon

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PHYLISSCR 5/12/2011 6:28PM

    I'm still laughing from yesterday's blog... i shared that story with my son on the way to Church and we laughed and laughed...thanks..:) emoticon

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ELISADENK 5/12/2011 6:05PM

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ABETTERSOUL 5/12/2011 3:34PM

    My children did the same with Desitin once!!! Fun?! cleaning up!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 5/12/2011 3:25PM

    emoticonHey, I've had the children pic one really happen in my world! Once with paint, another time with cool whip!! emoticon

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BRANDTSGIRL 5/12/2011 2:44PM

    THANK YOU THAT WAS GOOD!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/12/2011 2:43PM

    Too cute! emoticon

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PANSYLADY2 5/12/2011 12:34PM

    I LOVE to laugh!! These pictures are priceless. Love the last one . . . dramatic cat.

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READYRACHEL 5/12/2011 12:08PM

    Too funny. Thank you for sharing!

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LNSYLVSDOGS 5/12/2011 11:20AM

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SUNRISE14 5/12/2011 11:12AM

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GRACEISENUF 5/12/2011 11:00AM

    LOVE THIS! What a great way to start the day......... LAUGHING!

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VISUALLYRICS 5/12/2011 10:51AM

    ....okay...I'm on the floor...someone pick me up! LOL!!! emoticon emoticon

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SETAGOAL1 5/12/2011 10:38AM

    That was emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSFOLK 5/12/2011 10:36AM

    This did give me a chuckle! I have a fave photo of my young son lying face-up in a mud puddle, flapping his limbs in sheer delight! And you can multiply that times 8:)

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/12/2011 10:21AM

    Oh, Susan! So, I don't usually read blogs that actually cause me to chuckle out loud, but alas, THIS one DID! My student worker pauses from what he's doing and says, "What's so funny?" and I have to show him! YOU make my DAY, Susan, and I just love you to pieces! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHARMIN944 5/12/2011 10:03AM

    That made my day! Too funny. Love the cat!

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LORSI2000 5/12/2011 9:50AM

    TOO FUN! :)

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/12/2011 8:51AM

    Fun, Fun, Fun! Have a Son-filled day!! Susie2Susie emoticon

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DMC10241 5/12/2011 8:49AM

    emoticon I have never seen that pic of the dog with the light... uh, at the end of the tunnel emoticon emoticon

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