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Friday, August 23, 2013

Well I am not very good at keeping in touch lately. My apologies. It has been rather stressful around here lately. My father in law continues to battle pancreatic cancer. He has outlived their initial prognosis and for that we praise the Lord!! The chemo is difficult for him and difficult for my husband to watch his dad be so ill.
Our son is home for a two week leave before deploying to Afghanistan for his second tour. this in itself is stressful, but he and his wife are having marital issues and she is living with us so we are in the middle of it. Ugh it is hard to watch your kids go through stuff!! Certainly doesn't make it any easier knowing I may not see him for over a year and instead of enjoying his visit it is gloomy and lots of tension in the house.

So with all these stressors I am battling nightly wanting to stress eat!! So far I have kept it to a minimum and mostly we go walk at all hours to give the kids some space to work things out...but once he goes back and things go back to "normal" I am going to have to come up with will power and a better plan!!

So I would covet your prayers for our family at this time. Having your kids scattered all over the world is easier to bear if you know they are happy emoticon

Thank you for listening to my woes spark friends!!


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PATTYKLAVER 9/4/2013 7:51AM

    Wow! All that stress is difficult! My prayers go out to you and your family.

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DDESERTDDAWN 8/26/2013 6:39PM

    Yay for walks and for loving sons.

Take good care and know your sparkfriends are here.



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KADULAC 8/23/2013 4:42PM

    Sorry for all the struggles in your family. You are in my prayers. emoticon

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Hello everyone!!

Monday, July 08, 2013

I have missed you all terribly!!! My life has been crazy...where to start...

I worked at the hospital from Jan 2nd to June 10th, still working all shifts ect...very crazy schedule. I loved the hospital and tried to get trained as much as possible but the bottom line was they weren't hiring me full I had gotten a second job at a local nursing home and juggled both jobs for a few weeks. That was exhausting!! No days off...both jobs at minimum wage. Then I got a phone call from a friend to apply for a job as clerk at our local Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy. I had no experience so didn't have high hopes. But I got the position!! I now work one job, one shift with better pay and a wonderful boss. I can walk to work, I work 9-6 Tues to Fri and one Saturday a month from 9-1 emoticon I am slowly getting into a routine. After months of no schedule it is nice to have a schedule again.

I really have missed my spark buddies. I don't know how much I will track, but I do plan on getting on more to blog and keep in touch.

For those who wondered about my fitbit tracking...the most I had walked at work was 6 miles one day!!! Yeah I walked alot while at the hospital...not much now so I walk 4 -6 miles when I get off work in the evening. Still trying to get back in the strength training routine. Not only did I not have much time while at the hospital for strength training I also mopped and lifted all day so it wasn't as I need to get back at it!!

Thank you all for your notes while I was gone!! I love you all!!

it's great to be back emoticon


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KADULAC 7/20/2013 8:17PM

    I'm glad you are back. I missed you. God is so good to give you one job within walking distance of your house. emoticon

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DDESERTDDAWN 7/15/2013 12:05AM

Congrats on the new job and thanks for keeping us in the loop. Hope things keep going well for you.AND hope you can continue to pop on here!

Take care of yourself

dDawn emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 7/14/2013 7:34PM

    Oh Susie, I am so happy for you. I too need to get back into strength training

Welcome back

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WILDFLOWERR_ 7/8/2013 9:07PM

    emoticon back to the emoticon emoticon

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look at the positive

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I know I need to start focusing on the positive. We both have jobs, that is positive. I have been able to maintain my weight even with the crazy schedule, positive. Every day is different, I need to make that a positive!!

Well I sort of got my wish. I start training on days next week. but it is so I can work either days or afternoon shift. Where ever I am needed, looking at this as a positive. Even if it does mean there are 6 different shift times to deal with now. Each shift has 3 different start times. UGH!!!

Starting to get the hang of working my exercise routine in around this crazy schedule. Last night I was doing strength training at 10:45 emoticon

So I am going to focus on the positive!! This schedule will not defeat me!!


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KADULAC 2/9/2013 1:20PM

    You are amazing!! I love that you are working on looking at everything in a positive manner. That is so hard to do sometimes. emoticon

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ONENEL 2/8/2013 6:58AM

    Sounds to me that you are just so good that they know you would do a great job no matter what shift you are working. job security!

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ANNESYLVIA 2/7/2013 4:46PM

    Great attitude Susie! I wish I could feel the same about my job situation.

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SKUNKY4 2/7/2013 9:53AM

    emoticon You are an overcomer!

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ready over!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

I am ready to start the new Year over. On the 2nd of January I started my new job. Good right? Well on the 3rd I had my routine yearly exam. Where they found a lump in my right breast. Did an immediate ultra sound and scheduled me for a diagnostic mammogram the following day. And made an appointment with a surgeon!! Yep, I was scared I admit it. But we prayed and kept it to ourselves apart from two friends who were praying with us. After the lovely hour long mammogram smashing and a biopsy...also fun...I can breath again. It is a fibroid nodule. They still want to do surgery. I told them I would get back to them on that.

So once again I am ready to get on with life. New job, new schedules ect. Then Terry's boss drops the bomb that they are putting him back on midnights. I now work afternoons because he was put on afternoons:( We have just gotten into a routine and I finally felt like I could start moving forward and bam. So now I am hoping to get on days at work but that is a long shot.

So getting in exercise has been a bit more difficult. But I do alot of physical activity at work so that helps. But I desperately need a stable routine!!!!!!!

Hoping February is better than January!!

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_RACHEL 1/26/2013 7:24PM

    Praise God to hear of the outcome! I'm sure a routine will take shape soon! Blessings on you as this takes place. hugs, Rachel emoticon

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SKUNKY4 1/26/2013 5:42PM will all work out. I'm praising God for good news on the fibroid.
Wish I was at your level of fitness, maybe we could walk sometime!
Keep in touch! Love ya

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ANNESYLVIA 1/26/2013 7:46AM

    I know loosing your energy buddy must hurt. I know because I been looking for one for a year now. But no one I know will put that kind of commitment. Lots of friends ask me because they are interested but that is not the same as commitment.

Susie, I know it is hard but you need to learn to workout alone. I know your main workouts are walking and biking, both can be very peaceful when done alone. It can help you be more mindful to what you need to do for you in your life. Think of DH as a treat when he can take the walks and bike rides with you. Maybe a friend will start walking or biking with you on occasions. Working out alone has its benefits too. I have been doing it for almost 2 1/2 years. I still want an EB to help motivate and encourage each other, to make it more interesting and so forth. However, I am here to tell you I would not stop all my "alone" workouts for anybody. I need them too. And I think you would like them as well.

I did not stopped my workouts because I never found a EB. So, my advice to you is to not stop because you temporarily lost your EB Terry.

emoticon Anne

Comment edited on: 1/26/2013 7:51:31 AM

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WILDFLOWERR_ 1/24/2013 10:58PM

    The power of prayer is emoticon Stay strong in the Lord! He will show you the way. He will NEVER leave you or forsake you!

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KADULAC 1/23/2013 4:46PM

    Praising God that it was just a fibroid nodule. I'm sorry obstacles are being placed in your life. I know God has something good for you. emoticon emoticon

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SPINNER86 1/21/2013 3:32PM

  Glad your scare was nothing serious.....puts the rest of life in perspective.

Be well.


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Well then...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

So the New Year has started with a bang around here. New job started on the 2nd. Had the stomach flu so that was fun. Halfway thru the shift I got an emergency call from my DIL saying Kevyn was in the Er vomiting blood...turned out to be a horrid virus. He is fine and I am adjusting to the job. It is taking some getting used to working 2nd shift. But since hubby is on it too it helps. We are finally figuring out how to get our walk in each day. We desperately need our walks, emotionally and physically!!

We personally have had alot of stress. Some "issues" came up the same week I started work. Will know the answers to these lovely issues sometime next week. Can I ever get to start a New Year on a happy note? Maybe next year...

Karyn is loving Australia. she and her host family are getting along very well. We both have iphones so we can imessage and facetime even without her having cell service there. Gotta love modern technology!!

I am waiting on my first pay check to order a fitbit. Being in housekeeping in a hospital I walk ALOT!!! Anxious to see just how much :) paid to burn calories...yep that works for me!!

I really miss my babies but the mom's are wonderful. We have been getting together for "play dates" once a week. Helps all of us transition.

I will try to keep up on Spark and blog. Once I get in a routine it will help.

Love my spark buddies!!


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ANNESYLVIA 1/12/2013 11:45PM

    I feel bad that you had a rocky start to your New Year, but it sounds like things are coming together.

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WILDFLOWERR_ 1/12/2013 11:12PM

    Keep hangiN' on! God never gives you more than you can handle! emoticon

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CIERAPOET 1/12/2013 5:41AM

    emoticon Happy Saturday To You!!!

I'm Spreading Some Great Cheer For This New Year Of GREAT GRACE!!! That Means The FAVOR Of God Amped Up Exceeding, Abundantly Above ALL We Can Ask Or Even THINK!!! Stay In His Word And Let It Guide Your Way. There's So Much Comfort In His Word And It Will NEVER Return Void!

I Pray God's Peace Over All Of You Spirit Soul And Body In Jesus' Name. Peace Means Nothing Missing, Nothing Broken, and Nothing Needed. So Don't Worry Be Happy And emoticon For A Merry Heart Does Good As Medicine!!!
Love & Blessings!

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PENNEYV 1/11/2013 1:44PM

    Seems many have been hit with the virus too. Some even fatal, so I'm glad to hear you are better. I pray the job works out for you. Keep up the inspiration!

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KADULAC 1/10/2013 4:05PM

    I'm sorry for the sickness in your family to start the New Year. Glad to hear you are better. That's nice that you can talk to your daughter so easily, and that she is enjoying herself. At least with the iPhone you can keep up with tracking your food, exercise, water, etc. and if you have the right generation(?) of iPhone you can sync it with your Fitbit. I am really enjoying my Fitbit, but don't have the right generation of iPhone so I have to sync it with my computer. Have fun. emoticon

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TDONOVAN41 1/10/2013 2:56PM

    I so know what you mean about your walks! It seems with each footfall, there's resolution. I guess we're just programmed for motion and companionship. Good to hear Kevyn is better. That's great about Karyn and you're right - technology helps so much to close the distance when the kids are far away. Best of luck with your new job. Don't forget to post your mileage when you get your fitbit! emoticon

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SKUNKY4 1/9/2013 7:23PM

    Glad to hear things are "working" out. Sorry about Kevyn but glad he is doing ok now. Hope the 'issues" are working themselves out for you.
keep in touch.
love ya

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