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My mom has arrived safely home ...

Friday, September 21, 2012

It is with both sadness and joy I tell you that my mom slipped peacefully away in her sleep at the same nursing home where my husband is a resident. Although I'm sad for the loss of this dear woman, there's a sense of joy in knowing she is out of the bed that's kept her confined for the last 15 years and is, again, up and walking -- no she's running. "I Can Only Imagine" what she's doing right now, but there is no doubt in my mind as to where she's doing it.

In the wee hours of this the morning of my mom's graveside service, the words to the chorus of that song are streaming through my head ...

"Surrounded by Your glory,
what will my heart feel
Will I dance for You Jesus
or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in Your presence
or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah,
will I be able to speak at all

I can only imagine
I can only imagine"

Mom always loved gardening--Gerber daisies and pansies were her favorite. But, she will be best remembered for her Southern-style cooking. Fond memories will include the little "care packages" we received from her on special occasions that consisted of a shoe box filled with all sorts of goodies that were especially selected for each of us. Pink was her favorite color and Southern Gospel her choice of music.

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Rest peacefully mom, knowing "I'll meet you in the morning some great day." Oh, and give dad a kiss and tell him that I miss him.

  
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EATVEGAN 9/22/2012 2:08AM

    In God's timetable, 1000 years is as a day, we'll all be with her in a few minutes, and glad to be there. Could anyplace be better? Your blog makes me wish I knew her.

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CONNIER64 9/21/2012 11:57PM

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JAMER123 9/21/2012 11:57PM

    What a lovely tribute to your mom. She has a very special daughter!! I am so glad you shared her with us. "I Can Only Imagine" is a beautiful song!! Bot my DH's and my mom are still with us but only God know when they, to, shall join the angels. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family tonight. God Bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLPALM 9/21/2012 12:17PM

    Patty, I am truly sorry for your loss! The Heavens have a new Angel to help watch over all her loved ones! Maybe Your Mom, and My Mom, will meet and share a few laughs of us growing up....

Peace be with you, but know, she is looking down on you!

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TXMEMAW6 9/21/2012 11:14AM

    So sorry for your loss, but so happy for your mom's homecoming. It's wonderful that you can be at peace knowing she is resting safely in the hands of our dear Lord and Savior.

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VINGRAM 9/21/2012 8:57AM

    I love that song also. So sorry for your loss. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 9/21/2012 8:17AM

    A nice tribute to your mom. I love that song "I Can Only Imagine". We all miss our parents but have to rejoice knowing they have a heavenly home ending their suffering and pain. May you find comfort and peace in Him.

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DBELLE39 9/21/2012 7:51AM

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom, but rest knowing she is finally at peace from the physical ailments of her earthly body. I love that song you posted, such beautiful words.

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AMARILYNH 9/21/2012 7:32AM

    I'm so happy to read that you are at peace with your mother's passing - what a lovely tribute to her that you are!! Sending prayers of comfort to you!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/21/2012 6:33AM

    emoticon Condolences on your loss.

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MSLZZY 9/21/2012 6:30AM

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NCSUE0514 9/21/2012 5:36AM

    I lost my dad not long ago, and although I knew it meant an end to his suffering, I still found it so hard. It's been a bit over a year now, and things have gotten easier, but I still miss him. I sympathize with your loss, and will be glad to listen if you need to "talk".

May God give you - and all your family - the peace that passes understanding. And may your memories bring you smiles.

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MARYJOANNA 9/21/2012 5:33AM

  So sorry to learn of your Mother's passing. Now you have memories to rely on. God bless you!

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PAMNANGEL 9/21/2012 3:07AM

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FITANDFIFTY2 9/21/2012 2:59AM

    Oh Bless your heart! Please accept my condolences!! Hugs to you!! emoticon

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2012 is MY year to be DONE!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I’m DONE being the fat girl and that’s all there is to it. I'm also ...
emoticonDONE with losing the same old pounds over and over, year after year.
emoticonDONE with making excuses for why the weight is not coming off.
emoticonDONE with “dieting”—and I’m up to making some lasting changes.
emoticonDONE with not being able to tie my own shoelaces.
emoticonDONE with "one size fits all" (which, by the way, it doesn't).
emoticonDONE taking medications for ailments resulting from being overweight.
emoticonDONE being “sick and tired” of carrying around this excess baggage.

How about you? If you are, there’s a wonderful team that’s ready to encourage you along the way to finally being DONE with it too. Stop by and check out the DONE Being The Fat Girl team.
emoticon ... We’re DONE together!

  
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LASTGOAROUND 2/10/2012 11:57AM

    I am so.........................so with you! I am done with this weight nonsense................losing and gaining / gaining and losing. This, too, will be my year!

Thanks for sharing. I'm headed to check out the 'Done being the fat girl' team.

Thanks for sharing!

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CAFEBEANZ 1/4/2012 5:43PM

    Hi, Patty:
Thanks for stopping by my page. BTW, love your most recent post..make room for me because I'm with you! I'm not doing WW meetings anymore, I joined a gym instead. Much success!!

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BIRKIE528 1/3/2012 6:35PM

    I'm with you!!!

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FLPALM 1/3/2012 6:01PM

    Patty,
There are a LOT OF GREAT TEAMS, and once you find one that works for you, go for it girl! I love my teams, the SPFs, have encouraged me, their challenges work for me, and so much more! So I am so glad you have found a group that fits you!
For the record, 2012 will be GREAT FOR BOTH OF US! I am so ready, and it sounds like you are too!

Hugs my friend,
Fran

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VINGRAM 1/3/2012 5:30PM

    I'm done, too........but I really prefer to stay with the over 60's....I spend too much time here already and they are SO SUPPORTIVE!

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TONI501 1/3/2012 3:05PM

    Way to go Patty.....I'm done too!!! I will check out that team you mentioned.

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FLORENCEANN06 1/3/2012 2:28PM

    WooHoo! Good for you! I am DONE, too! Now I want to make my own list of things I'm DONE with. Thanks for sharing.

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Today marks my "First Sparkiversary"

Saturday, December 10, 2011

As I look over the past year in celebration of my emoticon, I am reminded of why emoticon ... It's YOU and all the emoticon that have, in one way or another, invested in my life. You've emoticon with me on the good days and emoticon with me on the bad (thank goodness there haven't been too many of those). My emoticon with you gives me the encouragement I need to stay on emoticon. You have made me feel emoticon and I am blessed to call you my very dear emoticon.

As we begin emoticon of a new year together, may our days be filled with emoticon and our emoticon be kept to a minimum. Just know that I emoticon you and I thank my God each day for your friendship from the beginning until now.

Blessings to you as we emoticon this race to achieving and maintaining good health together,
Patty

  
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CONNIER64 12/14/2011 1:12PM

    emoticon emoticon I accidentally found your blogs and read all of them.You are a very beautiful and inspiring lady.Thank you!I've been with SP 6 months and I'm losing wt but very,very slowly but people like you inspire me to keep on going.I'm glad I found you and I will be adding you as a Sparked friend. emoticon emoticon

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MOMFAN 12/11/2011 11:54PM

    Happy 1st Anniversary!

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FLPALM 12/10/2011 6:34PM

    Patty,
I am so GLAD to call you my friend! I feel so much like you, without OUR FRIENDS, (SPF) we would be like goldfish in a bowl! Swimming around, and around, but not really getting anywhere!
I have learned so much, everyday, I read, enjoy, and share all kinds of things.
But what I value most.....THOSE SPECIAL FRIENDS! They really are THERE FOR YOU! We all seem to share, those special, and not so special, times, stories, BLOGS, ideas, and so much more.

Thank you my FRIEND, and congratulations, on your SPARKVERSARY! It is a LONG ROAD for many of us, but I'd "walk this road with you, anytime!!!"

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VINGRAM 12/10/2011 6:29PM

    Congrats on your one year anniversary! We love SP and you, also!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/10/2011 5:25PM

    emoticon on your emoticon!

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KATHYJO56 12/10/2011 5:21PM

    Patty. Happy emoticon! I am so proud of you! You are doing emoticon! I am so proud that you are my friend! emoticon

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THISISIT-PA 12/10/2011 1:40PM

    emoticon on your Sparkversary!!

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CASSIOEPIA 12/10/2011 11:48AM

    Happy Sparkiversary!

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MISSM66 12/10/2011 11:28AM

    emoticon on your emoticon keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Just a bit of silliness to lighten your load and brighten your day ...

Thursday, December 08, 2011

What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees?
"Horn"-aments!

How can Santa's sleigh possibly fly through the air?
You would too if you were pulled by flying reindeer!

What would a reindeer do if it lost its tail?
She'd go to a "re-tail" shop for a new one!

Why is Prancer always wet?
Because he's a "rain"-deer!

Why does Scrooge love all of the reindeer?
Because every buck is dear to him!

Which of Santa's reindeer has bad manners?
"Rude"-olph!

What do you call a reindeer wearing ear muffs?
Anything you want because he can't hear you!

What do reindeer always say before telling you a joke?
This one will "sleigh" you!

How does Rudolph know when Christmas is coming?
He looks at his calen-"deer"!

What do you give a reindeer with an upset tummy?
"Elk"-a-seltzer!

How do you get into Donner's house?
You ring the "deer"-bell!

What's red and white and gives presents to gazelles?
Santelope!

How many reindeer does it take to change a light bulb?
Eight! One to screw in the light bulb and seven to hold Rudolph down!

Did Rudolph go to a regular school?
No, he was "elf"-taught!

Why did Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer cross the road?
Because he was tied to a chicken!

Why do reindeer wear fur coats?
Because they look silly in snowsuits!

Merry CHRISTmas from my house to yours,
Patty

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MOMFAN 12/9/2011 1:43PM

    emoticonHO, HO, HO!

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JKURJACK1944 12/8/2011 10:17PM

    Thanks for the giggles. Very cute.

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VINGRAM 12/8/2011 5:37PM

    Very very cute! Thanks for sharing........vista emoticon

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FLPALM 12/8/2011 3:05PM

    Patty,
Thanks for sharing these! Silly, no way, they are just en-"deer-ing!!!!

Hugs,
Fr
an

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 12/8/2011 2:48PM

    thanks.

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EDGYKITTEN 12/8/2011 1:08PM

    Those made me giggle.

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JCARDINAL 12/8/2011 12:41PM

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MSBLT82 12/8/2011 12:12PM

    LOL!

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Whazzup wit' me lately? ...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Although I do have an excessive amount of arthritis in my knees, especially my left, the orthopedic doctor I saw regarding the numbness in my left knee due to a recent fall, ruled out my problem as being “joint” related, and thought it to be “vascular," and suggested I see a heart specialist. Well, I took his advice and made an appointment for November 10.

After examining me, he came to the conclusion, “there’s a lot of work to be done." His initial diagnosis is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Pulmonary Hypertension, Venus Reflex Disease, and Sleep Apnea (I was aware of the latter), and has scheduled a battery of tests for me over the next month.

My biggest disappointment was to see the fluctuation in weight since joining SparkPeople—from 267 down to 241 and now up to 274. That’s 33 lbs. Although my doctor attributes most of it to water gain and has me on a duretic—it's still so discouraging.

If that wasn't bad enough, my primary care doctor prescribed insulin shots until I get my blood sugar levels and weight under control. Yesterday was my first time, and I have to admit, it wasn’t as bad as I had thought.

My attitude lately has been, “Gloom, despair, and agony on me--Deep, dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all--Gloom, despair, and agony on me.” That is until I was reminded deep down in my spirit that my life does not depend on "luck at all." If it did, I really would have reason to despair. The heaviness lifted when I remembered what God says about it, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer 29:11). So, do I know, specifically, what those plans are? Of course not—but I have total trust in the One who does. And as I call upon God daily in prayer, I will come expecting Him to show me great and mighty things I can't even imagine (Jer 33:3). And regardless of the outcome, my hope is still in Him.

So, what is MY part in all this? It is to get up each and every day and attempt to do what I know to do—I don’t even have to be perfect at it. That includes going to work each day, eating healthy and exercising, taking my shots and meds, loving and praying for my dear husband and family members, enjoying my church friends and the friendships I’ve made on SparkPeople. But most importantly—I will continue to trust God. With a plan like that--what more could a girl ask!

Your prayers are much appreciated and I'll continue to keep you posted on whazzup wit' me.

Blessings,
Patty
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SWDESERTLOVER 11/14/2011 7:52PM

    You are obviously a very strong woman. Your faith in God will get you through this. Over the last few years I have learned more than ever to put my troubles in God's hands knowing that my family is safe with him, whatever his plans for us.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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MI-ELLKAYBEE 11/12/2011 10:39PM

    You are so incredibly kind to think of and pray for me when you, too, have so much to endure. I will hold you in my heart and in my prayers. Together - emoticon we can do it....

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VINGRAM 11/12/2011 9:56PM

    I am SO SORRY you are having to go through all these medical problems! That being said........your attitude is TERRIFIC! I'm afraid I would be STUCK in the gloom, despair, agony on me for a long time!

Hang in there.........blessings to you..........vista emoticon

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PMFISH 11/12/2011 7:41PM

    You are so right, God has many blessings waiting to be bestowed upon you. I know he has truly blessed me this year. After 5 years being on oxygen 24/7, I am only using when I go to the gym now. What an improvement that has been. Keep your diet steady and healthy, work out as much as you can and hopefully you will be able to control the diabetes with your diet and get off the shots.

Know that is going to happen and before you know it, it will!

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