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Bright start to 2013

Friday, January 04, 2013

2012 was physically very difficult with 3 surgeries to go through and recover from. I had a weight gain and had to get refocused over and over to getting the exercise I need and had worked up to before I had health problems. Bob and I are in the swing of walking to the Y three mornings a week in the early morning. We come across a woman who has physical challenges every morning at 5 without fail. Yes, we've failed to be there, but she hasn't! She told us this morning that she walks several miles early every morning and has done so for the past 8 years. We marvel at her amazing streak! She exclaimed to us that she feels great! We wonder how mobile she would be if it weren't for her dedicated daily walks? Which made me think of how vital it is for my health to keep walking and exercising to stay mobile!

My biggest goal is to stay faithful to exercise and also to get off of sugar. Did it twice before for two years each time. I feel better and as sugar is s huge problem for me, it will help me with my eating plan.
I am encouraged by my goals and determination. Our son left yesterday to go with friends on a skiing adventure to several ski mountains in our state before heading back to college so we are empty nesters yet again. It's fine. It's actually GOOD!

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ROSEWCI 1/7/2013 7:20AM

    EnJOY the quiet! And WooHoo on those goals! You're heading in the right direction! emoticon

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DIANN111 1/5/2013 11:58AM

    I just love the feel of this New Year! It's wonderful that you and your husband are getting fit together. My husband and I are getting fit together also. It's wonderful to have a supportive partner. You are off to such a great start!
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KASEYCOFF 1/5/2013 3:13AM

    Hiya, hon! I'm in the same boat as you this year regarding exercise and consistency: it's my top priority for 2013.

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SUNNY332 1/4/2013 7:38PM

    Hey there buddy, good to see you post a blog. I have been thinking about you. So sorry to hear you have had surgeries and the weight gain. Good for you to start the year out at the Y.

I am doing good. I lost my sweet Father last July and that was tough. About a week before he passed, he told me he wanted to see him Mom. I told him GM was in heaven. He was very quiet and then a few minutes later, told me again he wanted to see his Mom. It dawned on me on the way home that he was telling me that he was ready to go. That made me feel better.

Good to have you back. Know I have thought about you a lot and it just made me smile when I saw you had posted a blog today.

Hugs, Sunny

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DEBRITA01 1/4/2013 1:47PM

    I, too am amazed by the determination of some older people. I know that keeping busy and active is key to their success. I want to get back to a place where exercise feels good again and that only comes from doing it consistently each day. Glad you are back to walking to the Y and are ready to reclaim your health! 2013 is the year of no excuses... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 1/4/2013 1:01PM

    Has it been a year since we heard from you? Nice to be back! And good luck with your goals this year.

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LJCANNON 1/4/2013 10:31AM

    emoticon Seeing First Hand how quickly Older People can lose their Mobility and - as a Consequence, Their Independence - Keeps me Motivated. That is also why I view my Gym Membership as An Investment rather than an "Optional Expense". I may end up in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Situation at some point, but it won't be because I Didn't fight to stay Active & Independent with everything I had in me.

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Back to Exercise! Oh happy day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What a great day this is! Today was the first day I was able to return to my vigorous water aerobics class since I had my hysterectomy November 28th. A few weeks ago I swam for a half hour, it felt great, but I suffered for two days after that. It's been so hard to just walk for exercise, but that's just what we did last week to prepare for the WA class today. I'm at work and can feel that I probably overrworked, but I should be able to rest after lunch. I was sad to break my streak of weelky exercise minutes, but it was unavoidable. I'm looking forward to a great year and want to wish all my spark friends a great new year! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 1/27/2012 9:44PM

    I'm glad you recovered nicely & are up & at 'em once again! Take it slow & be persistent...& you'll be up & runnin' in no time!!! And walking & swimming....smiling.

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MT-MOONCHASER 1/10/2012 10:12PM

    I hope that your exercise will help you feel better.

It's good to see you back.


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SUNNY332 1/10/2012 6:23PM

    Awe, I didn't know you had surgery. I haven't been a very good friend so please forgive me.

Glad that you are healing and back to the exercise.

I have missed you but have been busy with my Father. His health is declining and I try to spend as much time as I can with him. He is not in a Rehab Center after having a stroke over Christmas. It just tears me up to see him so Broken.
Hope Jesus comes soon.

Hugs, Sunny

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4DOGNIGHT 1/10/2012 4:16PM

    Whoo HOo! I love to swim but don't! Good for you. Carol

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A Friend's Mark on My Life

Sunday, July 31, 2011

My heart is heavy this morn with the news of the death of my dear, dear friend Cindy.
She was a believer in the Lord and is now in the presence of our Heavenly Father, no longer suffering from the ravages of cancer that she so valiantly fought for several years. I rejoice for her! She taught me so many, many things that I treasure! She was an artist who could see a piece of beat up old broken down furniture and see a treasure that was waiting for her special touch. I would see nothing of the kind and yet, over and over I saw her transform those pieces of junk into treasures.

Many years ago I told her that I hoped my mother would leave me her sterling silverware. Cindy looked at me and said, "you don't have to wait for that, you can go to the Mission store, garage and estate sales and collect silver ware now." As it turned out I did just what she suggested and we have enjoyed it and shared it with our daughters. I finally got the courage to ask my mother if she would leave that to me only to hear her say, no, it was promised to someone else. I will always be thankful to Cindy for opening my eyes to how I could enjoy having my own silverware to set a beautiful table.

We shared our silverware for big events, our daughter's weddings, her sister's wedding in another state and other big functions. It was always fun to lay out our treasures and pack them up for each other. We also shared a love of fine linens and had hundreds of linen napkins for those big affairs we had.

I said goodbye to her on Monday evening, she died Saturday morning. It was so hard to tell her goodbye! I told her when I join her in heaven I will be anxious to see how she's decorated her mansion.

What a joy it is to share a friendship like this! It hurts right now, but I am thankful for so many, many joyful memories with Cindy! After having a good cry upon learning of her passing, and praying for her family, I immediately thought of how I could contribute to her memorial service reception---I could use my linens and silverware, and possibly snack sets as Cindy would enjoy that if she were here! I do hope her husband agrees and I hope and pray that I can work it out to get the day off of work.

I have had a very hard time for the past several months since my mother died. I am so thankful that I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and he has been with me during this trying time.

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MIDORITHOMAS 9/28/2011 9:37AM

    I'm a little late in offering condolences. It's nice to have objects that bring cherishable memories to mind. Nothing replaces our loss, but it's nice to have sweet memories of those we've lost. It's the part of our loved ones we get to keep.

I hope you're days are better.



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ANGIEN9 8/4/2011 8:23AM

I am sorry for your loss. The silver and linens would be a wonderful addition to her service and I hope her husband will let you help!! I think she will be looking down from heaven and smiling!! She knows what a good friend you where and friends are priceless!! God Bless and I am saying prayers for you and her family at this difficult time.

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KACYBEE15 8/1/2011 10:51AM

    I am so sorry for your loss, but rejoice that such a beautiful friendship existed!! Thoughts and prayers coming your way.

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SUNNY332 8/1/2011 8:32AM

    What a wonderful tribute to your friend. I am so sorry for your loss. Our loss is heaven's gain...

Isn't it wonderful knowing that you will someday see Cindy again. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

My BF has been very sick this month and ended up in ICU on a vent. She was airlifted last week to Springfield, Illinois and got word yesterday the vent has
been removed. Woohoo - first thing she said to her husband was to get her out of there NOW! With that kind of fighting spirit, I have confidence maybe the worst is now behind her.

Take care and know we will all be thinking of you this week as you say your finaly goodbyes to Cindy.

Hugs, Sunny

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HAPPY1049 7/31/2011 5:15PM

    I'm glad you have that touchable memory of the linens and silverware that remind you of such an excellent friendship and loving moments with your friend Cindy. It's wonderful that she is with Jesus now, and we have that hope within us of the same future and all of eternity. I will pray for you in this time of hardship. Keep looking up! Love you!

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ANGGEL40 7/31/2011 4:03PM

    Beautiful..just beautiful..I am sorry for your loss..God Bless you!

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/31/2011 3:35PM

    Rita you have some beautiful memories to treasure of your special friend Cindy! Praying the Lord comforts all your hearts at this time.
Love Janet

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TEALADY0531 7/31/2011 1:41PM

    What a precious friend she was to you, and what precious gifts your memories of her!!! I'm so sorry that you've been parted - what a reunion you will have someday! I know it doesn't lessen the pain of saying goodbye now, though. I'm really very sorry. emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/31/2011 12:45PM

    Isn't it great when we cross paths with people like Cindy that we can learn from and share with and just plain enjoy?

I am sorry that you lost your friend. This posting is a great tribute to her. I hope her husband takes you up on your offer.



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KASEYCOFF 7/31/2011 11:08AM

    Rita, what a lovely eulogy that is for Cindy - how lucky that you knew her and enjoyed her friendship all these years. I am sorry for you that she's gone, but oh so glad you knew her.

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MKPRINCESS007 7/31/2011 11:03AM

    What a beautiful tribute! She taught you a beautiful lesson.....to live in the now, and not wait for what could, or might not, happen. Such a precious gift. She sounds like a wonderful friend, and I too, will share your sadness but also joy, joy that she is now without pain and waiting for you to arrive someday in a beautifully decorated mansion. One with the most beautiful silver and table linens that you could never imagine.

Sending you loving vibes......


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Seattle--time with family

Monday, April 25, 2011

My husband and I are visiting our middle son, his wife and our amazingly adorable granddaughter who is turning 1 in a few days. It was so good to be with them on Easter. We only see them 2-3 times a year so this is very precious to us.
I always heard that being a grandparent was a very special thing. I can attest to that personally, but one cannot appreciate it fully until they experience it for themselves.

We have 3 granddaughters, ages 2 1/2, 1 1/2, and 1. Any day we will be having our first grandson and in August another granddaughter. We are very blessed indeed!

Raising children is hard work. Seeing your kids grow up to be responsible Christians is priceless, indeed! Enjoying grandchildren is the dessert of childrearing!
Signing off from Seattle with a grateful heart!

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TRAVELGRRL 5/3/2011 9:44PM

    I love that -- grandchildren is the "dessert" of childrearing!

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time with your family.

My only daughter is trying to get pregnant -- is 31 and has been married 6 years -- but no luck so far....

I know you are counting your blessings!

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ROSEWCI 5/3/2011 6:52AM

    Family time is ALWAYS a blessing! Congrats on the birth of your first grandson! May he bring joy to your lives!

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KACYBEE15 5/2/2011 12:07PM

    What a wonderful post!! So glad to hear your wonderful family is expanding!! Hope you had a wonderful time!

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/25/2011 10:12PM

    It's great that you had such a nice trip for Easter.

Have a good trip.


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SUNNY332 4/25/2011 7:25PM

    Our middle son, Jason and DIL, Carrie were here over the weekend. Now, I am packed and headed to Texas tomorrow - taking my 89 year old Father to his 70th HS reunion and see some Family.

Life is good indeed.

Hugs to you, my friend.


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HAPPY1049 4/25/2011 6:45PM

    I'm so glad you are having such a great time with your family and able to love your granddaughter. We have one granddaughter, but we don't see her very often. We think she's cute and lovable, too.

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Goodbye Mom

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Today my mother died. Last Tuesday she stopped taking food and water. We had a difficult relationship since my birth. She let me know that she only wanted two kids and had five. I was the fourth.

Three weeks ago she was in a nursing home recuperating from an infection. I visited her quite a bit even though it was very difficult for me to do so. I listened to her go on about my different siblings and how they had mistreated her. One day she started on me. I was so done with her and her hatred. I knew that would be my last time to see her. I left with a heavy burden that comes with a broken relationship.

When I got word that she was not taking any sustainable I prayed and asked the Lord to help me visit her. My husband was so sweet to go with me the first time. It was 8:30 at night and he was just getting home from a 12 hr day at work, but he picked me up and we went to see her. She could not talk. I presented the gospel and told her that I loved her and kissed her goodnight. I saw her every day after that. This morning before church I read the 23 rd Psalm to her and prayed for her.

AT times she seemed to be at peace and glad that I was with her, other times she seemed very drugged up.

I am so very thankful for God's gift to me of the past few days. He gave me HIS love, HIS kindness, HIS WORD, HIS compassion to share with my mother.

I pray that I would heal from this emotional upheaval. I had a good visit with one of my brothers today. I will probably not talk to the others. Sadly, my mother divided her children. How sad that I don't know my nieces and nephews and my children don't know their cousins or aunts and uncles! I thank God that he gave me such a great desire to teach my children to love each other and to be kind to one another.

My goal was to not rant. Sorry I couldn't make this shorter! In one sentence I would say, Praise God for his tender mercies to me!

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KASEYCOFF 7/31/2011 11:13AM

    I happened across this blog after I'd read the one you wrote about your friend Cindy. You've had a lot of ups and downs this year, haven't you? I hope you have the assurance (and I'm confident your relationship with God gives it to you) that you did the right thing for your mother, and yourself, in her final days. What a tender, loving heart you have, Rita.

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ALMMOM 6/20/2011 10:37AM

    Good that your rose above the childhood issues to simply be there are show love to your mom. Her passing is easier for you because you have no "I wish that....." May you be filled with comfort at this time.

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4DOGNIGHT 6/20/2011 8:11AM

    Stumbled onto this blog today and it was very timely. My best friend's mother is dying in the hospital. She called her at 5:30 this morning and asked her to bring her a dress to put on. She said she just wanted to look good! I guess she knows the end is near. I am glad that you were able to come to terms with your mother. My father was very mean to me at times and when he was on his death bed, I stood by him and forgave him for everything and told him I loved him. As a result, I was and still am at peace with him. Forgiveness is such a great tool. If we only remembered to forgive ourselves as well. We are a product of our environment. Keep in touch!

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MIDORITHOMAS 5/20/2011 12:58AM

    Thank you for your comments on my blog. As long as there is a God (and He is eternal), there is hope for reconciliation. You have precious memories thanks to your faithfulness and trust in the Lord. Blessings to you. Midori

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HOLLIE90038 3/31/2011 1:17PM

    My grandmother died in February as well. She was a vibrant but complicated woman. She divided her children in some ways, particularly one aunt of mine. She and I had our issues as well.

You absolutely were an amazing person to recognize that not only did you need to see her but that she needed you and you reached for a source of love and compassion outside yourself.

That is a mature, intelligient and thoughtful process. Many people don't think that way but I am proud to know you because you do.

My sympathies on your loss and the loss of a different kind of mother.

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IAM_HIS2 3/24/2011 3:58PM

    I just read this. I read it twice because I can so relate. My father was very abusive to me and my mother. It was very difficult to care for him the year after my mother passed. He never showed any effection or kindness towards me. I too prayed and cared for him only through God's mercy and love.

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URSULA125 3/9/2011 4:24PM

    A beautiful blog Ritarose! I have a similar situation. Thank you for sharing this. God Bless You!

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JUSTA123 3/6/2011 10:22AM

    I'm so glad that you had the opportunity, to use the love that God gave you to forgive your mother, making peace inside of yourself was important. Hugs dear friend.

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WOODSYGIRL 3/2/2011 7:33PM

    Rita, I am so glad that you felt God's love with you during all of this. I'm going to send you a spark goodie to deliver my message to you privately, but wanted to share everyone's thoughts of hugs and prayers right here with you. xoxo

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LINDA! 3/1/2011 2:52PM

    You have such a loving spirit. I am sorry for your mother's passing. emoticon

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HAPPY1049 2/28/2011 7:11PM

    Dear Rita, I am thinking of you with sympathy, and praying that you will heal and be at peace. I hope that something good develops between you and your brothers/sisters. Keep on trying. I am so glad you had a chance to show love to your mother and tell her how to be saved.
Love, Vera

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/28/2011 3:11PM

    Dearest Rita, thank you for sharing those feelings with your sparkfriends.
We actually have so much in common, I could have written that after my mum died too...
I'm glad the Lord gave you a tender heart and the grace to be with your mom right to the end.
Praying that some of those wounds will now heal now.
Hugs & love,

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MELRON042900 2/28/2011 10:47AM

    Thinking of you.

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SAMODER 2/28/2011 12:16AM

    I had a difficult relationship with my dad. After he and my mom he remarried. His wife was truly crazy and made it difficult for us to spend time with our dad. She committed suicide 2 years before my dad passed away. Anyway we had those 2 years to sort of reconcile, but the the hurt and distrust never went away. Still I too am thankful that I had time at the end with my dad. It has given me more peace than if I left things as they were.

I hope you too can find this peace.
Love, Sam

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TERRYT55 2/27/2011 10:51PM

    My heart is hurting for you..........

I want you to know that spending time your mother in the last days of her life will lift you up and help you to heal from the emotional upheaval of your life. You did the right thing even though it was SO difficult for you.

Alexa (Teddybabe) said it so well.....the sweetness in your heart and the beautiful person you are will help you find closure and heal.

Know that you gave your mother the amazing gift of your love and yourself.........I am in awe of your goodness.

God bless you, Terry

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REJ7777 2/27/2011 10:07PM

    Please accept my condolences! I'm so glad that God gave you the grace to spend those last few days with your mother, in spite of the past. Your presence seems to have been a comfort to her in her final hours, and you'll never regret having presented the Gospel to her one last time. I hope that the love you showed to her will become part of your own healing. May God comfort you in this time of grief.

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MKPRINCESS007 2/27/2011 9:48PM

    Hey there......I can empathsize with you......I lost my Mom about 15 years ago, and believe me, our relationship wasn't sunshine and happiness. She had her positive virtues, but she also poisoned my mind against my Dad when they divorced. She was so bitter, she allowed that bitterness to affect my relationship with him. I could go on, but i won't.

So, I understand about forgivness, and letting the burden go of those that raised us but were human to a fault.

Peace with you and your family right now.

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DAISYTERRI 2/27/2011 9:12PM

    Thinking of you.

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DAISYTERRI 2/27/2011 9:12PM

    Thinking of you.

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DEBRITA01 2/27/2011 8:21PM

    Your blog saddened me so and it brought me to tears thinking of my dear, Rita growing up feeling unwanted. You are such a beautiful and loving person, despite your childhood, which is a testament to God's healing power and love in your life.

I am so proud of you for reaching out to your mom. God was working in you and through you. Rita, you have the peace of knowing you were there for her, although I am sure it was rough on you.

May God bless you and wrap His loving arms around you. I know His love, and the love of your wonderful family, will sustain you in the days ahead.

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SUNNY332 2/27/2011 7:46PM

    My heart really goes out to you, Rita. I am so sorry for the relationship lost prior to and now due to her death. We will never understand but Jesus does and I am grateful you have Him to lean on my friend.

Our Dear Heavenly Father, Please be with Rita right now in her hour of grief at the loss of her Mother. While we don't know the why of things, Lord Jesus, we know that You do and that it very comforting. Thank you for Rita's relationship with you and no matter her the relationship with her Mom, I give thanks to the woman Rita is in that she was able to let that go long enough to share the good news of You with her Mom. Now, Lord Jesus, comfort Rita though the next few days ahead and help her to remain steadfast in Your arms as she deals with the varied emotions that will come from this loss. Give her Peace for this day and Your Hope of tomorrow. In Your Precious Name, I pray, Amen

Consider my prayer a hug and know that I care about you, Rita.


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JCEDIT89 2/27/2011 7:22PM

    Praying for you, your family, strength, and peace. God bless you. emoticon

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HANKENSTEIN 2/27/2011 7:18PM

    This is very powerful, as I'm sure it was in living it. But you know, maybe God gave you those days with her silent to not soil the time and to let her hear stuff from you maybe she needed to.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 2/27/2011 7:10PM

    oh sweetie I'm so sorry for the hurt that has been inflicted on you. I'm also sorry that your mom has passed. God is so good though, He gave you the strength you needed this week. Praise the Lord for his mercy & grace.

I'm adding you to my prayers...
May God Bless You

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TEDDYBABE 2/27/2011 7:08PM

    You are a beautiful person. And if any good came from your mothers life, you are it. I believe that your closure can come because of the tremendous sweetness in your heart. Hugs.

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BEYOURBEST1 2/27/2011 7:08PM

    I am sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace.

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