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Prayers are badly needed

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Yesterday my cousin's daughter had a very bad car accident. She broke her neck and had surgery for swelling on the brain. She is in a coma and they are awaiting neurology reports to determine her brain activity. From the news yesterday the outlook looks very poor... she is 20 years old.

I have not gone to the hospital yet because I lost my son at the age of 20 and I don't want to be that reminder of what could and may very well be. My heart is aching so badly and I feel helpless.

The other part that is very tragic about this whole accident is that it happened 50 feet from where my father died in a car accident 43 years ago. The area is not dangerous except to our family.

I question why and yet I ask for prayers.

Today I also have a very close friends who's husband is having surgery for cancer of the mouth. Please pray for them too.

  
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SANDRATOBETHIN 2/21/2011 6:32PM

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    I Keep you and Family in my prayers, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FREECAL1 2/18/2011 12:53AM

  My prayers are with you and your family. How unfortunate all these accidents have happened in your family.

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    oh my

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin's daughter. Your family is in my prayers... emoticon

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ALASKASKY 2/17/2011 4:52PM

    So sorry to hear this news. I will be praying for them both.

Try to stay positive and know that we are here for you.

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JACARRENO 2/17/2011 2:37PM

    Praying for you and your family.

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    Praying for you and your family.

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    Praying for you and your family.

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    Praying for you and your family.

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NIKANN7493 2/17/2011 12:26PM

    Many prayers and hugs going to you and your family.
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110BY2012 2/17/2011 12:13PM

    My prayers are with you and your family.

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MAMADWARF 2/17/2011 11:44AM

    Yep, sending prayers up as well. I hope you can find some peace in all of this.

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DAISY443 2/17/2011 11:39AM

    Praying. Hope all goes well!

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MSLZZY 2/17/2011 11:31AM

    Pryaers and hugs to you and the family.

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THIAGRAM 2/17/2011 11:21AM

  Prayers for you and your families.... Bless you!

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DDOORN 2/17/2011 11:09AM

    Eerie coincidences...terrible timing also, considering your jam-packed week!

Will keep your cousin's daughter in my thoughts & prayers...these scenarios DO have the potential to spin into something more promising...!

Don

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SIANDDK 2/17/2011 10:01AM

    I'll keep thinking of you all, I lost my cousin just before her 21st birthday. It's horrible when people close to you are hurt

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BELLABLUE10 2/17/2011 7:34AM

    Praying for u and your family

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  I know how you feel. My prayers are with you and your cousin. emoticon

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MIMAWELIZABETH 2/17/2011 5:20AM

    Keeping your family & friends
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Dear friend, I understand why it's too hard to go to the hospital: I flashed back to my own experience, of getting that call from the ER saying my son had broken his neck and to come as soon as possible... That's not a feeling that fades away.

My heart breaks for them too ~
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ALLEY2300 2/16/2011 11:43PM

    Praying for everyone all around. emoticon

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CLARABRUNNING 2/16/2011 10:28PM

    will be praying! so sorry to hear of the tragic circumstances.

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 2/16/2011 10:22PM

  emoticon emoticon My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

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    You got it! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/16/2011 9:50PM

    Hope your friend comes out of this like a champ! She is certainly off to a good start with you by her side.

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JAMER123 2/16/2011 9:23PM

    Bless you dear! what a horrid & tragic time for you! Know that I am saying prayers for you, your cousin's family and your friend. May God send His blessings of healing your way. Please keep in touch with us. Let us know how we can be of help to you.

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HDHAWK 2/16/2011 8:54PM

    How very sad. I'm so sorry for the loss of your son and for your cousin's daughter. I'm also sending prayers for your friend. emoticon

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    I am thinking of you and your family.
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    Praying for all so tragic emoticon

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    Praying!
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PURPLESPEDCOW 2/16/2011 8:29PM

    adding mine to the group.

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ANG76H 2/16/2011 8:25PM

  Prayers!

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RUDBEKIA 2/16/2011 7:23PM

    We lost a friend in a similar situation just before Christmas. He was only 33 years old and had 4 children. I feel your pain and will pray for you and your family.
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ANDREWS_MOM 2/16/2011 7:21PM

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hoping, wishing and praying that all turns out well

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LKWQUILTER 2/16/2011 7:16PM

    Praying for all. (((HUGS)) to you big time.

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HAPPYWALKER 2/16/2011 7:01PM

    You are all in my prayers. It's so hard to understand why these things happen. Faith and prayer will see you through all the difficult times. My sister has pancreatic cancer and I understand about questioning why. There is a peace that comes with trusting God and accepting His will. God bless.

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AUNTJENNY7 2/16/2011 6:53PM

    Prayers to all Val. Hang in there. emoticon

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JENAANN3 2/16/2011 6:41PM

    I have offered up a prayer for your entire family. May God gently wrap his loving arms around everyone and give you comfort.

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    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

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    Val, praying.
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CHRYS13 2/16/2011 6:17PM

    Oh, I'm so very sorry! Please know that I'm in prayer for your family and most certainly for your cousin's daughter.
And, I'm sorry for your losses. You are in my heart and in my prayers.
May God hold you all in the palm of His hand...

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    emoticonprayers for healing and comfort for the entire family

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SAC200 2/16/2011 6:10PM

    Praying. Lost my son at 22.

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SHERLYN-WILL 2/16/2011 6:05PM

    YES... I understand the questioning.. but keep praying! GOD has the power in all things! BLESS your heart... what a lot on your mind!

I am sorry you lost your son too!

I pray this young girl recovers!

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The ups and downs of the week ahead...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thankfully most of my week is the Ups. Today my sons are cooking us dinner in celebration of our Anniversary tomorrow. I love Valentines Day the day of Love! Thus the reason we married on that day. It also has my name in it Val. To me that has always made it special.

My husband gave up his vacation day tomorrow for his co-worker who decided to get married oh, yeah to a girl named Valerie. How ironic. So instead of spending it with him Im pampering myself with a Thermal Mineral Kur at the spa. It starts with a foot soak in mineral waters then a mud wrap and a full body massage. I am so looking forward to my visit to the spa.

Im dropping my cat off at the vet in the morning for surgery he has had a problem with his throat and cant meow anymore. He also makes some really weird sounds sometimes so I made the appointment last week for surgery. I really dont want to lose another animal so soon we put our toy poodle to sleep last year and our oldest cat the year before.

On Tuesday night Im celebrating a friends birthday with dinner out at an Italian restaurant. That will be a hard dinner to refrain from a calorie overload. They make the best manicotti in the world they use homemade crepes. Oh and their sauce is the best in town.

Wednesday I will take my first resistant band fitness class. I missed the first class last week because of illness. I know I was better off not going, but I hate paying for a class and not going. This is one of my motivators for working out taken classes at the local college. If I pay for it I go!

Thursday is the anniversary of my mothers death. Im not new to death in my life having lost my dad when I was 6. I just have that stressful (sadness) emotional eating thing that I fight with too often. And this brings me to why Friday is

My one year anniversary with Spark People! I have too much to say about this day so I will blog again soon!
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ALASKASKY 2/15/2011 4:45AM

    Sorry to hear about all you "downs" of the week.

Grateful to know that you are a strong woman who surrounds herself with friends and family to add richness to her life.

Be blessed and enjoy the "ups" of the week.


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    Happy Valentine's Day and Anniversary!! emoticon

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DDOORN 2/14/2011 8:36AM

    Wow! What a week ahead! So many anniversaries! All of them dear, but some of them likely painful too. Will keep your kitty in our thoughts & prayers. We've been blessed for the past several years by having relatively young, healthy cats. It's SO tough to lose our furry friends when they win our hearts so!

Don

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BRAYDENSGRAMMY 2/13/2011 11:53PM

    emoticonHAPPY DAYS emoticonI wish you a BEAUTIFUL WEEK emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 2/13/2011 8:17PM

    Happy Anniversaries! I will be praying for your kitty!

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JENQUEENOFCHAOS 2/13/2011 4:23PM

    Happy Anniversaries!
The anniversary of our first date is the 16th - we never celebrate valentines day because we celebrate February 16th emoticon
Wishing your kitty luck!
And enjoy your spa day!
It sounds like a great week for the most part.

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WILLOW49 2/13/2011 2:51PM

    Happy Anniversary and Happy SparkVersary!
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SUNNY2010 2/13/2011 1:01PM

    Val, what a week!!!!
Happy anniversary! I see why Valentine's is so loved in your family.
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How sweet of your sons to make a dinner for the parent's anniversary. You raised some fine gentlemen!

Hang in there on the anniversary of your mother's death. emoticon

And Sparkversary... really it's huge for so many of us that have our lives changed within 12 months. I wouldn't even know where to begin, that's why I understand why it's a special anniversary. Looking forward to your next blog! emoticon

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BAM-MA 2/13/2011 12:26PM

    Happy Anniversaries. You have so much to be proud of! Try to hold on to that during the sad times.

I find that keeping focused on my victories helps me to avoid temptation. Even this week with all that went on, I resisted the doughnuts at the gas station and the goodies at the bake sale at work. Normally I would have told myself that I deserved the "treat" for all that I had going on, but when I thought of all that I had accomplished, I didn't want to lose the momentum and so it made it easier to resist. That gave me something else to add to my victories and built my confidence for next time.

Enjoy the Spa! I am jealous. That is the kind of "treat" to indulge in!!

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KAILYNSTAR 2/13/2011 11:50AM

    Happy Anniversary and Sparkiversary. You have done well and I wish that you enjoy your day.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/13/2011 10:31AM

    Happy Sparkiversary. And hang in there on these sad loss days. I understand so well.

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The ups and downs of the week ahead...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thankfully most of my week is the Ups. Today my sons are cooking us dinner in celebration of our Anniversary tomorrow. I love Valentines Day the day of Love! Thus the reason we married on that day. It also has my name in it Val. To me that has always made it special.

My husband gave up his vacation day tomorrow for his co-worker who decided to get married oh, yeah to a girl named Valerie. How ironic. So instead of spending it with him Im pampering myself with a Thermal Mineral Kur at the spa. It starts with a foot soak in mineral waters then a mud wrap and a full body massage. I am so looking forward to my visit to the spa.

Im dropping my cat off at the vet in the morning for surgery he has had a problem with his throat and cant meow anymore. He also makes some really weird sounds sometimes so I made the appointment last week for surgery. I really dont want to lose another animal so soon we put our toy poodle to sleep last year and our oldest cat the year before.

On Tuesday night Im celebrating a friends birthday with dinner out at an Italian restaurant. That will be a hard dinner to refrain from a calorie overload. They make the best manicotti in the world they use homemade crepes. Oh and their sauce is the best in town.

Wednesday I will take my first resistant band fitness class. I missed the first class last week because of illness. I know I was better off not going, but I hate paying for a class and not going. This is one of my motivators for working out taken classes at the local college. If I pay for it I go!

Thursday is the anniversary of my mothers death. Im not new to death in my life having lost my dad when I was 6. I just have that stressful (sadness) emotional eating thing that I fight with too often. And this brings me to why Friday is

My one year anniversary with Spark People! I have too much to say about this day so I will blog again soon!
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NANASAMM 2/13/2011 11:54AM

    Wow you have a lot going on this week. Happy Anniversary! Saturday is my one year anniversary with Spark People. We can celebrate together! Enjoy your spa day...it sounds heavenly.

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I'm looking forward to February!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Even though we are in the deep of winter here in upstate NY I am finding myself looking forward to February. For one I have my Spark Anniversary in the middle of February. I'm proud to say I've been at this for a year now and even though I've been a little stuck in my weight loss - ok a little is an understatement - I'm still happy I have made many positive changes.

I'm setting some new goals for this month and hoping they get my weight loss journey moving again. My exercise has improved, but I have found during these last couple of months that I have talked myself out of working out when I should have done something. I will make a goal to do at least a small workout everyday during this month. I do struggle with that all or nothing mentality - I will do at least 10 - 15 minutes on those days I want to do nothing! I do think this is from the winter blahs. I have rearranged my workout room so that I can even do my new weighted hoola hoop that I got for Christmas. I thought I would have to wait until spring, but I moved my recumbent exercise bike a different direction and made enough room. The hoola hoop should help me get rid of more of my pouch! I must measure!

I am also cutting out my bad snacking which has gotten out of control the last two months. It is time to get back to those almonds and carrots with hummus. All those very tasty nutritional treats that I love - no more chocolate candy... I've been very weak when it comes to my poor choices. emoticon emoticon

I also need to get my portions shrunk back down. I'm ok with this, but there is room for improvement .

I am looking forward to losing this month!
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NANASAMM 2/13/2011 12:13PM

    I have the all or nothing mentality as well. It's so hard especially on the exercise for me. I do really good for awhile then something will get me off track then things go downhill fast. Up and down, up and down...that's how it seems to go. We CAN do it! We WILL do it
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PETLOVERJ 2/4/2011 11:38PM

    You can do this and you are without question worth the effort. You have been so supportive of me and I want to sparkin do the same for you. You've clearly come so far already press on.

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CONNORS83 2/3/2011 6:46PM

    You can do it. Just take baby steps and you will see results this month.

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CHANGING_LIFE 2/2/2011 1:50PM

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February feels weird so far starting off with these snow days, but hopefully tomorrow things will be back to normal!

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PUNZIE73 2/2/2011 1:46AM

    Good for you! I recognized my snacking has gotten out of control too! Although I did see a loss in January, I think of how much more I could've done if I "ate clean". I struggle with not eating enough calories by the time dinner rolls around and then I'm like a scavenger in the kitchen trying to get in enough fiber or protein, then I OVER DO it. I just need to plan better.

We can do this!

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PUNZIE73 2/2/2011 1:43AM

    Good for you! I recognized my snacking has gotten out of control too! Although I did see a loss in January, I think of how much more I could've done if I "ate clean". I struggle with not eating enough calories by the time dinner rolls around and then I'm like a scavenger in the kitchen trying to get in enough fiber or protein, then I OVER DO it. I just need to plan better.

We can do this!

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MESEATURTLE 2/2/2011 1:32AM

    Good luck!!!! emoticon

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LESLIES537 2/2/2011 12:56AM

    That hula hoop sounds like so much fun! How cool! Good luck in Feb!!! You can do this!! emoticon

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    love your blog and thank you for posting , you can do it , congrats on the year here at spark, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAPPHIRE99 2/1/2011 12:56PM

    Great plan! I know you can do it, you've come so far already. Here's to a great spark anniversary!

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JENQUEENOFCHAOS 2/1/2011 4:27AM

    Winter is hard, isn't it.
How cool that you figured out a way to rearrange so that you can use your new hula hoop! Having something new to do can help.
You are always such a support to me (and I am certain to many others as well) Don't forget that your friends are here to cheer you on too.
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DDOORN 1/31/2011 11:50AM

    Good for you!

Am ramping up my efforts here as well!

Made up a huge batch of black bean hummus for my veggie dip lunches...yum!

Don

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SUNNY2010 1/31/2011 11:48AM

    Val, I feel like it's me talking. I too did great until December, and then... we can blame it on holidays or just colder winter months, right?

February was our month last year for setting a commitment with SP and a big start in a great direction. There is no reason it can't be our month this year again. My positive vibes are your way to stay committed and focused. Your progress has been amazing during 11 months. With your great attitude towards positive changes you've made, I know you will keep on going strong!!!

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I found this so ironic

Friday, January 21, 2011

I signed into my Sending Skinny Vibes team to see what the daily challenge was. It varies quite a bit from day to day, but many times there are challenges based on the Holiday Insights website. According to FromBaby2Bride (our leader) who looks these things up, it is NATIONAL HUGGING DAY!!

This morning I was feeling blue and I wasn't sure why. Someone said to me You need a Hug! I told them that is how I felt and now I know why - it is a national day! So go out and give some hugs and if you need one you might even feel better!

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    I missed National Hug Day. Hope it's not too late.

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Sending you tons of "virtual hugs" as well as a virtual teddy bear to keep you company on National Hug Day!
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You are a wonderful person & I am so glad that I have "met" you!
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WARMSPRINGDAY 1/22/2011 12:45PM

    There are days when we feel like we need a hug and it would be all better. Here's one for you.

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You're right, I DO feel better now!




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    Cute!

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IBECCA 1/21/2011 12:30PM

    not much better than a HUG!
have a couple on me
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