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A Trek Through the Woods

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I tried to upload my pictures but I didn't have very good luck. However, I took a neat walk through the woods behind our house today. I hadn't been back there in several years so it was like a new experience. I found a beautiful swamp in the back that I need to return to when the colors come out. I didn't see much wildlife other than chipmunks. I need to remind myself next time not to wear shorts, however. There were lots of branches grabbing at me!!

  
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KITT52 9/30/2013 9:50AM

    sounds like a nice walk in nature

have a healthy week

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MARYBETH4884 9/30/2013 5:47AM

    It's amazing the beauty you can find in your own back yard!

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NORWOODGIRL 9/29/2013 11:52PM

    The walk sounds wonderful. I love walking in the woods.
Please keep working on those pictures!

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LOPEYP 9/29/2013 9:53PM

    Cool!

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LASARRE 9/29/2013 8:19PM

    Sounds like a nice walk :)


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JERZRN 9/29/2013 8:15PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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CM_GARDNER78 9/29/2013 8:09PM

    Ruth - hope you are doing well!! The color in the UP is just about peak now! You guys must be following suit soon! :-) (((HUGS)))) Glad to see you post!

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In the Arms of Jesus

Monday, May 27, 2013

My dear Taylor finished his fight unexpectedly this morning and is home with Jesus. He battled with kidney disease until about 2-3 weeks ago when his kidneys were removed. Even though my son was found to be a match as far as kidney donor, apparently his little 5-year-old body wasn't up to waiting until surgery. He was complaining that his stomach hurt Saturday at a family get-together, then again yesterday when he went with his family to the zoo. I wonder now if it was something besides his stomach that hurt. He will always be first grandson, my little Bud Boy. My grief will go on for a while but I KNOW I will see him again one day. And when I do, I look forward to hearing again the last words he said to me Saturday - "Love you, Grandma"!

  
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87BERKEBILE 7/24/2013 9:16AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. You will see him again. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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TIGER_LILY_613 7/24/2013 2:12AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss.
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BRAVELUTE 7/23/2013 9:44PM

    I'm so sorry. I came here to get the story behind stealth strength. I have a feeling you have inherent stealth strength and don't need to work on building it up!

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FINFIN2 7/6/2013 11:38AM

    I'm so sorry, Ruth. I came here after reading about your father and found this blog. You grandson has surely found a loving and faithful friend in Jesus. I will be thinking of you and your family and praying as I do.

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LOPEYP 6/21/2013 1:39PM

    Ruth I am so sorry to read your post.
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PEACEHOPE1 6/5/2013 8:28PM

    Ruth, I am so sad to see this news. My sympathy to you and your family.

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TAYSMOM77642 6/5/2013 12:35AM

    Oh how heartbreaking. I am so sorry for your loss. I will hold you in my prayers and know that little man is no longer in pain or suffering and you will see him again.

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ANY010113 6/4/2013 3:41AM

    so sorry for your loss, what a dear angel he must of been, glad that you got to spend that dear time with your little buddy and one day you will see him again.

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/29/2013 8:01AM

    The pain must be unbearable - so very sorry for your loss, but rest assured you will see him again.

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FIT2BEHEALTHY 5/29/2013 12:56AM

    I'm so sorry to hear this, Ruth. I had followed your updates on him, so I feel like I knew him a little. You are correct, though. He is in Jesus' arms and you WILL see him again. He is pain free now and basking in the presence of God!

Laurie

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SAISHA100CJ 5/28/2013 10:34PM

    I am so sorry, Ruth. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 5/28/2013 10:27PM

    What a sweet loving boy he was - a treasure for you and to God.
You and your family are in my prayers. emoticon

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RUTHE_51 5/28/2013 10:08PM

    Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. God has been good and encouraged me with His presence.

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KITT52 5/28/2013 1:24PM

    so sorry Ruth

no words can express my sorrow for you and your family
gather strength that he is with the Lord, he must have needed him more than this world.....

praying for you all.... emoticon

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SUZHOLLE 5/28/2013 12:03PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. emoticon

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MJK0430 5/28/2013 11:51AM

    Taylor is in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

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_AIYANNA_ 5/28/2013 2:41AM

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss, Ruth. Thinking of you and your family. God bless xxx

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JENNY888 5/28/2013 2:23AM

    I am so sorry to hear about this loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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SUCCESSN2014 5/28/2013 12:58AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss Ruth emoticon emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 5/27/2013 11:12PM

    Oh Ruth,
I am so sorry to hear about your grandson. So sorry for your loss.
*Prayers* and emoticon for you and your family.


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AUDISP 5/27/2013 10:45PM

    So sorry for you loss, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. May God's grace hold each of you.


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SHANTODD420 5/27/2013 8:22PM

    Aww Ruthie so sorry to hear about your grandson. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Hugs

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LIZARDG7 5/27/2013 7:27PM

    So very sorry for your loss, Ruth.

You and your family are in our prayers.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 5/27/2013 5:28PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. He is in the arms of Jesus!

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KPACE7 5/27/2013 5:14PM

    Ruth - I am so sorry for your loss. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 5/27/2013 4:56PM

    Oh Ruth, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! My prayers are with you and your family!

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CM_GARDNER78 5/27/2013 4:38PM

    Ruth.....oh my gosh! Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear this! I am so sorry to you all! Prayers for you and your whole family! Your daughter...oh my gosh...please give her lots of hugs from me! ((((((((((HUGS))))))))) Wish I could hug you all in person! emoticon emoticon

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SWANATOPIA 5/27/2013 4:25PM

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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My prayers are with you and yours during this time of grief!

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Thank You For Prayers

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I asked for prayers for my grandson a couple of weeks ago. The surgery to remove both of his kidneys went well. However, after the surgery he developed pancreatitis. They kept him in the hospital a couple of extra days but he is beginning to feel better. The other good news is my son learned that he will be a match to donate one of his kidneys to Taylor. Taylor needs several weeks to heal from this surgery. Therefore it is looking like the transplant will take place in August. Thank you so much for all prayers. I am sorry I didn't update you sooner.

  
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NORWOODGIRL 5/25/2013 10:54PM

    Great news! The prayers will continue of course!

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KITT52 5/21/2013 8:15AM

    praying all will keep going well for everyone....
HUGS

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CM_GARDNER78 5/21/2013 7:33AM

    OH! That is such fantastic news!! I'm glad he's a match, and Taylor has the option of new kidneys now!! That is great!!

I'm glad that he's starting to feel better now. I can't imagine what you all are going through. Continuing to pray for everyone!!!!! (((HUGS)))

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LASARRE 5/20/2013 1:52PM

    emoticon I hope the transplant is a success.

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SUZECOOKS 5/20/2013 1:11PM

    Ruth, I too am continuing to hold you and your family in my prayers. Hugs

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SUZHOLLE 5/20/2013 12:20PM

    I'm so glad the surgery went well and your son is a match. Will continue to send prayers.

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STLADEE 5/20/2013 11:34AM

    emoticon thoughts with you and your family!

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SAISHA100CJ 5/20/2013 6:59AM

    emoticon I am so glad the surgery went well. Sending hugs and prayers for a continued successful recovery. I am so happy your son is a match. Thinking of you each day. emoticon

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LOPEYP 5/20/2013 6:58AM

    Ruth I am glad that things are progressing in a positive way. I am still praying for your family. emoticon

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IMAVISION 5/20/2013 2:44AM

    I am rejoicing with your family over the successful outcome of the surgeries that Taylor underwent. I will join my prayers, for the successful transplant surgery scheduled for August, with those of others. May the surgeon(s) be given God's wisdom as they perform the surgery & may Taylor's & your son's healings be completed in record time - all to the glory of the Creator!

God bless!

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JOYFUL452003 5/19/2013 8:07PM

    Glad the surgery was a success. I pray that the transplant goes well and both heal completely and quickly.
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MARYBETH4884 5/19/2013 8:02PM

    I'm so glad he is a match! It has to make him feel wonderful that he can donate to Taylor. The prayers will continue for your family with everything that is happening! emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 5/19/2013 7:58PM

    Will continue to send prayers your way. That person I was referring to is me, by the way.
I hope and trust in God that all things will go well. Take care of yourself too. emoticon

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LIZARDG7 5/19/2013 7:58PM

    Ruth - I just found your blog. Glad to hear the operation was successful!

I'll keep all of you in my prayers!

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LADYLUCK72 5/19/2013 7:54PM

  All my prayers are with you and God is working it out so hold your head high and let Jesus lead you!! Sparking Prayers!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Needed: Prayers for My Grandson

Saturday, May 04, 2013

My oldest grandson just turned 5 years old. In January of this year, he began to have some swelling issues in his face and neck. My daughter took him to the doctor and they popped him right into the hospital. He was in the hospital until about 3 weeks ago. He was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease called FSGS. It involves scarring of the kidneys and they do not function properly. The doctors tried various methods of trying to prompt the kidneys to function as they should but it has not happened. He currently is receiving dialysis 3 times a week. Because his kidneys are still trying and failing, they have decided that his kidneys must come out. The surgery to remove his kidneys is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th. My DS is undergoing testing to donate one of his kidneys to my grandson, his nephew. They anticipate this surgery taking place in July. My daughter, my grandson's mom, is currently pregnant - due in June - for her 4th boy. The other 2 boys are ages 3 and 18-months. Talk about a busy household! They are all doing well despite the crazy winter it has been. If you think of them this Wednesday, please pray! Thanks!



This is one of my favorite pictures of Taylor!

  
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SWANATOPIA 5/27/2013 4:43PM

    Taylor is a precious boy. Thank you for sharing his picture with us!

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HEALTH4LYFE 5/7/2013 9:46PM

    Prayers, and lots of them, being sent your way! I know of someone who had their kidney removed when they were 4 months old. The one kidney they have is larger than average size kidneys. It grew to compensate for the additional work the body required. Now that person is more than 50 years old!

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SHANTODD420 5/5/2013 4:14PM

    Will definately think about him and your family.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 5/5/2013 4:09PM

    I'll be praying.

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FATTOFIT56 5/5/2013 2:39PM

    I am sending up prayers for Taylor and for his family and your family.

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SAISHA100CJ 5/5/2013 12:18PM

    I am sending prayers for your grandson. What a cute little fella. I am so sorry to hear everything he has been going through. I hope a match is found soon so he can feel good again. {{{Hugs}}} emoticon emoticon

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SUCCESSN2014 5/5/2013 12:47AM

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ERIECANALGAL 5/5/2013 12:01AM

    Sorry to hear this! I will be praying for him.
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LINDA! 5/4/2013 11:32PM

    Sending prayers. emoticon

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 5/4/2013 11:06PM

    What a beautiful child! My prayers are with you, your family, and medical staff, for all of your needs. I pray all goes smoothly, and he can enjoy life!

Hugs to you all!

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/4/2013 9:17PM

    What sad news, and seeing his picture makes it hit home even more. Prayers and loving thoughts coming your way!! emoticon

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GEORGIAGIRL26 5/4/2013 9:06PM

    Sorry to hear that your grandson is so sick.
Will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
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LOPEYP 5/4/2013 8:36PM

    Wow that's tough. Praying for you both. He looks like a cutie! emoticon

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 5/4/2013 8:11PM

    Sending best thoughts and prayers for the family and physicians. I hope that SOON he is doing all the things that our Littles SHOULD be doing happily and healthily and this is just a distant memory!

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MYHUBBYISMYHERO 5/4/2013 8:00PM

    So sorry to hear this. Praying for them and grandmom.
Sharon

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NORWOODGIRL 5/4/2013 7:17PM

    What a cutie! It's easy to see why you love this picture - and him.

You are all definitely in my prayers. Please keep us posted.

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CM_GARDNER78 5/4/2013 7:14PM

    Wow!! I thought the surgery was going to be in June?! I will continue to pray for him - and for your whole family! I can't imagine what your daughter is going through...she's gotta be stressed to the gills! Praying, praying, praying!!!! (((((((((HUGS))))))))))

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MASTERCARE 5/4/2013 6:56PM

    Prayers and hugs Ruth!

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    emoticon Prayers are with you and your family for wisdom for the medical staff and speedy healing. God Bless all of you!

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MARYBETH4884 5/4/2013 6:05PM

    He has been and will remain in my prayers Ruth! Your whole family will be there in prayer! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITT52 5/4/2013 5:21PM

    praying for you all, and that they find a match ffor him

take care

HUGS

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EWL978 5/4/2013 4:50PM

    I'm praying for you and your family!!! Children should not be allowed to have such illness!! It is supposed to be time for love, fun and happiness and that's what I wish for him.

I'm confident that the kidney removal and transplant will be easy and he'll recover quickly and be well from there on in. I hope the same for your daughter and the new baby and those other little ones...what a lousy break!!

Keep in touch and PLEASE, I mean it when I ask that you continue to let me know how things are going.

From one grandma to another,

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Plans for the Break

Monday, April 01, 2013

My plans for the break between BLC's are to continue doing the things that have been working for me: at least 60 minutes of exercise daily, 6-8 glasses of water daily, and track, track, track!
I would like to be able to be more active outdoors in addition to my daily exercise.

I will also need my the companionship of my Spark friends to keep me encouraged and accountable!

  
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MINDY502 4/2/2013 8:05AM

    Way to go keep focused on what is working for you!!

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LOPEYP 4/2/2013 6:51AM

    I am with you!! You are smart not to let your guard down! emoticon emoticon

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_VALEO_ 4/2/2013 5:47AM

    Great plans and congratulations on staying focused!
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CM_GARDNER78 4/1/2013 11:13PM

    Way to go!! That is awesome!! I think this plan is great - why change what's already been working?

I want to be more active outdoors too....but we just got another 2 - 3 " of snow last night!!! :-( AARRUUGGHH! Is spring ever going to get here?! LOL Life in the U.P..........LOL!

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NORWOODGIRL 4/1/2013 8:44PM

    Was this BLC a success for you? What are you most pleased about?

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MSROZZIE 4/1/2013 8:25PM

    Stay focused on your fitness and weight management goals. Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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