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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Just hit 5000 SPARKPOINTS! emoticon emoticon Can you tell I'm excited???

I feel so very energized today! I told the LORD again on my walk this morning, that in my self I CAN NOT do anything for His glory, but that through His SPIRIT empowering me that I can leap over a wall, bend a bow of bronze, be like a a deer and mount the high places, overtake ALL my enemies and have STRENGTH unto the battle! Hallelujah!!!!!

I can do **all** things through Christ who strengthens me! I can LOVE the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I can be the most devoted, loving, caring and respectful wife to my DH. I can nurture, inspire, serve, love and play with my children. I can be an organized, efficient, faithful, thankful, hard-working and creative home manager. I can light fires in my children's heart for learning. I can be an encouraging, supportive, cheerful, loving and giving friend, sister, and daughter. I can do all these things ONLY by the grace of God.

Off to enjoy our afternoon! Dinner out with my precious hubby tonight! WHOOOOHOOO!!!!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/6/2010 3:50PM

    Love your enthusiasm for all you do -- and know God is walking beside you, holding you up and directing your steps! You are Blessed indeed - and you are a Blessing to us! emoticon

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JANETLP 9/6/2010 12:25PM

    Fantastic blog. God Bless you in all your plans! They are great ones!

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Very uplifting post as well!

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CRYSTLE4HIM2010 9/5/2010 1:27PM

    Awesome...claiming these as well. Hope you have a super blessed afternoon. emoticon

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Saturday, September 04, 2010

I'm SO thankful that my husband is HOME!!!!!! And today is my birthday which makes HIM my extra special gift! emoticon He was gone 2 WHOLE weeks which is such a long time! Not only did he do business travels during that time, but he also took the rest of our 2nd son's stuff to him in Wyoming. EXTRA sad for me since it makes it more final that he is actually moving THAT far away from me! emoticon He is SUCH a GREAT son! He turns 19 on the Sept. 10th and I can probably count on one hand the times he's caused me any grief. He was the FIRST one that called me this morning to wish me a Happy Birthday, bless his heart! He is apprenticing with a WONDERFUL Christian man who owns his own log business--constructing log homes, making log furniture, etc. This seems to be the direction the LORD is leading him for now. Our oldest son just left for his second year of college and now I'm REALLY feeling the sting with two of them gone!

This is Nate leaving for Wyoming

This is a picture of Nicholas who left for college:

My girlfriend called and invited our WHOLE family for dinner tonight for my birthday! SO thrilled! And Daniel [5th son... is making me dinner tomorrow night and for dessert we are having a Citrus Cheesecake from SparkRecipes which only has 4.2 grams of fat and 171 calories. AND to boot, my husband is taking me OUT to supper one of these evenings! Thank you, LORD, for ALL your blessings.

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/6/2010 3:52PM

    Happy Belated birthday, friend! Rejoice in all the blessings God has granted!!

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CRYSTLE4HIM2010 9/5/2010 12:11AM

    Happy Birthday!!!! Hope the whole weekend is awesome. Lovely picture of your boys.

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JULIEJO39 9/4/2010 4:59PM

    What wonderful family and friends you have!

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GODZDESIGN95 9/4/2010 4:46PM

    Oh my I dread when my sons move away. Oldest is 19 and attending our local community college. My middle son is a senior in high school. He said that he will cut cart wheels when he leaves. emoticonI told him I would too jokingly ...but all and all I know I will have some teary moments. We also have a 13 y/o who has autism he will not be able to live on his own so we will never have a empty nest per se. I know you will miss your son. Makes me think of the time when 2 of mine will leave. emoticon

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PURPLELVR7 9/4/2010 4:45PM

    you have a wonderful family

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Friday, September 03, 2010

Our computer is being fixed and we may have it back as early as this afternoon--God is SO good.

Yesterday when I updated my status, I also posted it to FACEBOOK. Here was my update:

is feeling much better after a good night's sleep. Trusting the LORD with this whole computer issue. He is able to do exceeding abundantly above what I can ask or think! Thank you, LORD! (via )

To which my brother replied: Susan don't you think God has more important things to deal with, than your computer issue?

To which I replied: Well, since He has the hairs on our hair numbered and knows when EACH bird falls to the ground, my baby brother ;-), then HE most certainly cares about things that cause His children distress--like computer issues right before school is suppose to start. Do you care about Sierra's stresses or do you have more important things to concern yourself with as a father? It's all about relating to a REAL person [God] who is my Heavenly Father. I love you!!!!!!!!! BTW, I hope you're praying for Mom! :-)
This made me sad. The LORD loves to relate to His children in personal ways and my heart breaks at the thought of my Heavenly Father being 'too busy' to hear the cries of my heart. Isn't it comforting that this ISN'T true! That the KING of the Universe, the CREATOR of the heavens and the earth...CARES for us! Mind boggling to say the least!

My mother was officially diagnosed yesterday with crohns disease. But we are PRAISING the LORD that it wasn't cancer.

Cleaning day today and I'm asking the LORD for strength and energy! Have lots of sick kiddos so that means the duties will have to be spread out differently.

Have a BLESSED weekend!

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    Great blog. Would your daddy not care if something was upsetting you? So how much more the the Lord of heaven care for even the tiniest problem in our lives. pam

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CRYSTLE4HIM2010 9/3/2010 12:41PM

    Praising God with you that your mama doesn't have cancer. emoticon And I totally agree with you about God caring about those things that are important to us. There are so many thing that I have considered trivial in contrast to what others are going through and God has touched them and lightened my load.

So glad you are able to get your computer fixed. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 9/3/2010 12:03PM

    Oh My! What a wonderful attitude you have towards your brother! emoticon Thank you for being faithful to "see" God for Who He is and not be ashamed of your testimony! =)
My little sister has had Crohns since she was 16.....I know it can be turned around ( HEPPJSHEP is right. ) I will be in prayer for her today.

I love you and you are in my prayers. Thank You Jesus for caring about the details of my life!

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PAMAPPLE 9/3/2010 10:19AM

    Susan, what a great witness you are to your brother! I'm sure that your comment will make him think twice about the error of his thinking. How could God not care about what matters to us if he cares about the birds of the field!? It was nice of you to tell him that you loved him and I hope it convicted him to pray for your mother. I'm sorry to hear about your mother's disease. I believe that Chrohn's disease is what Jordan Rubin, author of the Maker's Diet, was diagnosed with and he completely turned his disease around by following the principals of God's health commands. I have the book and found it very helpful. I have also seen it at the library. I will keep your mother in my prayers that she will get the treatment needed through doctors, diet, supplements, etc., to feel better. emoticon

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Yesterday was a very difficult day for me, but PRAISE the LORD I didn't eat emotionally and I stayed within all my ranges [actually was low on carbs but other than that within range] on my food tracker. This is HUGE! In my past, if I was on a diet and had a bad day, then I just drowned my sorrows in chocolate or ice cream or ANYthing else I could find! But yesterday was different. I cried much over our computer--seems kind of silly now after having a great night's sleep and feeling so much better--but yesterday this was HUGE! I think a huge part is my hormones--after not cycling for 77 days and now a REALLY intense period--but I need to learn to deal with my emotions instead of allowing circumstances to rob me of my peace and joy. The boys said to me, "Mom, we just need to pray about it." And they were so right, and although I had prayed much, I was carrying the burden myself instead of casting it upon His strong shoulders.

ALL my homeschooling stuff is on my computer and I have a few more children to 'organize' for the year before we start lessons on 9-7. But God is in control. We may have to change course and do field trips our first week, but it will all work out.

It's pouring down rain and we are having a huge thunderstorm [ my walk has to be postponed], so I'm going to go get me cup of coffee and my Bible and have a nice relaxing time with Jesus before the kiddos wake up.

Blessings and much love!

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SPARKLOVE 9/2/2010 8:08PM

    Out of the mouths of babes! I know just what you mean , sometimes I pray and forget to leave my problems there . We have to learn to focus on God's promises which uplift us and not focus on our problems that can bring us day. Peace Be With You! emoticon Joy

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PAMAPPLE 9/2/2010 7:23PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better and making alternate plans for homeschooling. Sometimes little detours happen in our life for a reason for us to lean more on God for His direction and power to make things happen for the better. What a testimony that your sons thought that prayer would work things out! The testimony is how you raised them to turn to God for help. Yes, God is in control! I'm praying that your computer will be working soon! {{hugs!!!!}} -- Pam

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CYCLEGIRL36 9/2/2010 1:30PM

    Sounds like you are going in the right directions. when you're climbing a mountain there are rough spots- but you're stillgoing the right way. I'm right there with you of not quite being ready for the 7th - I like your idea of field trips the first week :)

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MONAMOM 9/2/2010 11:53AM

    Pray you are feeling better and that God will be with you as you sort through what you need to do!! Bless your boys!! Such joy they must bring to you!! Hugs!!

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VISUALLYRICS 9/2/2010 10:51AM

    What Awesome boys you have to say that!!! ...Just Awesome!
You are such a blessing to me!

love ~ Laura

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    Out of the mouths of babes. At least you are teaching them the right way to handle things. That didn't just happen. They have to have had seen you model it or it wouldn't have came out of their mouths. I am so glad they were there for you and you agreed with them and rolled your burden onto Jesus. Be blessed!

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CRYSTLE4HIM2010 9/2/2010 10:22AM

    So glad you are feeling better. My hormones were crazy yesterday. I wrote my blog and then deleted it. Praying that your computer ills work themselves out. I wanted to use the computer for our lessons this year but I couldn't get the program to load so I went back to PACES. God is so good. What made me so upset was actually best for the boys. They needed to work on their handwriting and writing skills in general.

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SWIMLOVER 9/2/2010 9:24AM

  PRAISE THE LORD you are feeling better! Also, PRAISE THE LORD for your boys who said to pray about it. You have certainly brought them up right and in God's Word! My daughter is 32 years old now but I HOME SCHOOLED her from fifth grade all the way through High School. She learned by field trips! Infact, the first few years of Home Schooling that is what we did mostly. We went to the Zoo daily for two years and she learned science, wrote reports, drew pictures etc. We did Math in addition to the field trips. My point is that I want to encourage you that field trips are a great learning experience and sometimes children learn more than from just books. So have fun! You are so right--GOD IS IN CONTROL!

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ANY name suggestions?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Jonathan wanted me to ask my friends if they had any name suggestions for his new bird. He's been trying hard to find JUST the right name. :-)

Here are some pictures of him/her:

Jonathan has thought of Alahandra [sp?], Carlos or Ricardo. But he'd love suggestions. :-)

Have a GREAT day, dearest SPARKfriends

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DELPHYNE 9/2/2010 11:14AM

    He looks like a "Franklin" to me. emoticon Cutie pie.

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    I like Alejandro that you picked out. You could also call him Hunter for the green color (maybe not a hunter green but still it fits). Or maybe Rambo, just for fun because it looks like he is good at tearing things up.

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SWIMLOVER 9/2/2010 9:28AM

  What a beautiful bird! I like the name Frances said--Kiwi!

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GALSMILEY7 9/2/2010 9:19AM

    What a pretty bird! I was trying to think of a name to give justice to his beautful colors, but nada.

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GESHANNON 9/2/2010 7:03AM

    I like the name you picked out!!

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JULIEFRANCES112 9/1/2010 6:40PM

    I like Kiwi.

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CRYSTLE4HIM2010 9/1/2010 2:58PM

    What a precious bird.

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    Gorgeous bird! How about Alex ~ can be short for Alexandra or Alexander!

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PAMAPPLE 9/1/2010 12:07PM

    How about Connor the Conure.

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GOSPELCLOWN 9/1/2010 11:28AM

    It would be a more simple task if the bird's gender was established...

I love the colour on his/her back so I started working on names related to the green feathers:

Vera from the word virescent if she's a female or
Phil from the word chlorophyll if the conour is male.

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SEWINGMEG 9/1/2010 11:27AM

    Beautiful bird!! I am not the best at naming... it took us WEEKS to name our new puppies!! Good luck!!

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1LUCKY1 9/1/2010 11:21AM

  My son has a conour very similar to yours. After he had him a few days he started calling him spot, if you let yours lose around the house you can guess why. name stuck.

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