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Problem Knee

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Went to the doctor today for my biannual physical. I have been having some problems with my right knee. He said it is probably a torn miniscus (sp?). Because of the way our insurance is - it starts a new year July 1st, I will probably wait until then to have the surgery. He said just be careful and gave me some anti-inflammation cream for it.

I can exercise but carefully, I am not going to let this get me down. The doctor was happy though that I have lost 20 lbs since I last saw him.

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GOOZLEBEAR 4/15/2010 10:39PM

    So sorry to hear about your knee but congratulations on those 20lbs. gone!!!! That is wonderful that you aren't letting this get you down. Keep your chin up!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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    So sorry about the knee & impending surgery!!

But the 20lbs is fantastic!!!!

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MOOGLEMOO 4/14/2010 8:55AM

    20 pounds lost! Awesome! I always find it doubly awesome (is that even proper English, haha!) when the doctor's scale is also showing the loss, so you know for sure it's not your scale that is off kilter!

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PAYDAY10 4/14/2010 4:45AM

  Dropping 20 lbs. is a great accomplishment and will be easier on your knee. You may need to find exercises that are less stressful in the knee until you get back to the doctor or your insurance coverage goes back into effect.

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JANE1216 4/13/2010 11:12PM

    Sorry to hear about your knee -- take care of it and be careful.

So happy to hear that the doc was excited about your 20# loss since your last visit --- wasn't that a fun moment for you!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/13/2010 9:44PM

    Do take care of the knee -- did Dr. give you some Do's and Don'ts re: exercise? Look for tips from Spark coaches! I'm glad you at least know what the problem is, and will pray that you won't aggravate it as you wait until it can be fixed. Blessings, my friend!

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    Sorry you are having trouble with knee. My knees hurt me all the time and I am trying to keep up as much walking as possible. Haven't gone to Dr. so not sure what could be done.
Keep on being consistent in what ever you are able to do. Keep on Keeping on!!!

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NELLIEC 4/13/2010 8:53PM

    emoticon on losing the 20 pounds.

I certainly hope that you take care of your knee!

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WooHoo - DONE!!!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Woohoo! I'm done!! I have just finished the last bit of paperwork/grading for my youngest daughter. I have completed 18 years of homeschooling!!! My daughter will graduate on May 13th, but all her paperwork is done and ready to be mailed to CHESS (the satellite school we were under)!!

I have loved homeschooling. It has been hard and there were a few days where I just wanted to give up, but I stayed the course. My husband and I are proud of what our children have accomplished. All four of the kids did the Honors program. The oldest graduated 4th in his class with highest honors, my two older daughters graduated Salutatorian with highest honors. We have yet to see what my youngest does, but I'm sure she will be up there also as many of her semesters she had straight A's.

Homeschooling is a little like my weight loss. It has been (and will be) a long journey and has had many bumps. But, I will stay the course and one day I will be able to celebrate that I have reached my goal!

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MOOGLEMOO 4/14/2010 9:20AM

    Wow, that is an accomplishment! I really wish I could do the same, but have not been able to convince my hubby :-( I am however working part-time now so that I can provide our kids additional support with homework and such and their grades are already getting better as a result.

Congrats to all your kids too, they should be proud of themselves!

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    Congratulations on a momentus accomplishment.

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HBCOPELAND 4/13/2010 10:37AM

    Good Job and Congratulations to your daughter

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DZINE4KING 4/12/2010 11:20AM

    That is awesome! I have thought so many times that I wanted to homeschool mine. Right now, that is not possible finanacially, as I need to work, but man, I so admire those that can do it...and for 18 years! That is a long time. You deserve a vacation! Ha!

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GOOZLEBEAR 4/10/2010 9:53PM

    Awesome, great job with the homeschooling. As I told you, I think, that my daughter homeschools my two grandsons, it is quite a chore but she loves it and wouldn't have it any other way. You've done a wonderful job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TAFFIN2000 4/10/2010 11:14AM

    Wow, that is so awesome. You've done a great job with your kids. I'm surprized you only had a few days you wanted to give up...I've had a lot! Congratulations to your daughter.

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COACHKRYSTIE 4/10/2010 11:01AM

    so aweome! Congrats mama!!

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LILIGRAC 4/10/2010 10:26AM

    Great job!! The best thing you can do for you children is to give them a good solid foundation for life. You can be proud that you have done that! Is she off the college? Will your house now be empty? God Bless you both.

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DAZEFAN408 4/10/2010 9:17AM

  That's great! Congratulations to you and her! Just think, now it's time for a summer vacation.

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NELLIEC 4/9/2010 8:25PM

    That is fantastic!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/9/2010 7:52PM

    Congratulations to you both! Most parents are so proud of their children graduating, but most of us didn't have nearly as much involvement in the process! You've done an amazing job -- emoticon

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Crazy Weekend

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

This last weekend started with me going to Larimer County Offices to get info about our cabin's landlocked situation. I was there all Friday morning. I then went to my Dad's where I found one sister very upset - she just had met my father's fiancee. Anyway, things kinda blew up at the end of the day. All of our frustrations came out and we let Dad really know how we felt and the fears we had. There were a lot of tears. Things weren't really resolved and the next day (Sat) was still tense. Though by the time I left for home that afternoon, things had calmed down a bit and apologies were made.

I went home and finished making my daughter's Easter dress - so no downtime for me.

My eating was not very good -- I had Taco Bell Fri, and pizza Sat night. Ugh! My exercise was pretty much nil this last week except I did to the 10 min walks, and then at Dad's was carrying boxes etc, going up and down stairs.

Easter though was a good day. We all were back at Dad's for Easter dinner - probably the last family get together for a holiday meal. We had a good time of fellowship. My sisters and I, along with our husbands and Dad sat down in the afternoon and made a game plan on what still needed to be done. We all decided we need a weekend off next week!!!

I have been studying Beth Moore's Daniel and this last week one of the points was James 4:2 "You have not because you ask not". I brought we needed to pray for some specific items to happen in the next two months. We all agreed and then spent 45 minutes in prayer. It was so sweet and healing to pray together as a family!

I am working on my attitude of accepting my Dad getting married (they have set the date for May 30), I know God is in control and as I Christian I must forgive and accept her.

Yesterday, I was still very tired and didn't do much except for my 10 min walk in the house. But today I decided it was time to get back into focus and I did a 60 min cardio routine.
I am going to try to get my healthy routine back this month even though everything is still a whirlwind around me.

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/8/2010 10:47AM

    Carrie - I was so touched to read that you suggest & your family agreed to a Prayer Time together -- wow! God will use that in many ways (and not just in answering your specific prayers, either) I am glad to hear you get a weekend off -- I think that's really important! Try to keep it for relaxing/resting -- don't fill it up with different work (even though I'm sure you have lots of things on the back burner at home). Do your best on food &exercise choices -- and be kind to yourself (if that doesn't involve high fat foods!!) Hugs, Susie

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COACHKRYSTIE 4/7/2010 11:29AM

    You're in my thoughts and prayers... everything will work out.

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SMILESRME 4/7/2010 8:55AM

    Dearest...thank God for His amazing grace that He offers to us each day. Our Rock when our world is swirling around us. What a beautiful gift that you reminded your family of the power and healing comfort of prayer. Not all families (even those Christian!) would (sadly) be able to spend 45 minutes in prayer. Keep strong in all areas.

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SJG1953 4/7/2010 1:08AM

    I pray everything works out well for you. I know it can be really frustrating when you go through things you don't understand. Keep your hope and trust in the Lord. He is an ever present help in the time of trouble. Blessings and hugs, Shirley

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2BTHINMAMMA 4/6/2010 9:31PM

    I am so sorry you are going through all of this! emoticon
know that I'm praying! Sounds like you have a wonderful Christian family...keep hanging on to the Lord and each other! Praying!!

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GODSCLAY47 4/6/2010 6:20PM

    Alot of things happen in our lives that puts us in a state of a whirwind but we have to keep trusting God. Even in those things we don't understand. I can relate to what you are going through because I too, am at this time faced with things happening that I just don't understand. But I too, have prayed , now I have to believe that God has a plan even though I may not agree, He will work all things out for the best. You are a child of the King and He knows those things that causes you to be discouraged. Best of all He cares!

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    Wow! I hope next Easter weekend 2011 is better for you! I hope at Easter 2011 you look back over the previous year and see how much God has done in all your lives!

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Emotional Whirlwind

Monday, March 29, 2010

This month has been very emotional and a whirlwind and it doesn't look like it will calm down soon. At the beginning of March we (my sister and Dad) met with a lawyer concerning Dad's financial situation. He got caught up in the ARM mortgages that are causing the big housing market foreclosures. The lawyer advised us to sell his primary residence as soon as possible. He has @5200sq ft home and it has been hard for him to keep up since Mom died.

So every weekend this month I have been up at Dad's (he lives 90 minutes away) cleaning, sorting, packing etc. etc. I have 3 sisters and we have been working together, though not all of us have been able to be there always at the same time.

Also, mid March we met with another lawyer concerning an right of way issue for our cabin. Our new neighbor has blocked all access across his property to our cabin. Our cabin is landlocked and the only access is through his property. So more legal issues!!

Then, yesterday, while meeting with Dad concerning a game plan for his house, figuring out a selling price (the car dealership in his backyard is interested in buying his home - pray that this goes through!), Dad throws a bombshell at us girls. He is engaged! He met this woman on Feb 28 for the first time and he proposes on Sat (the day after the 2 year anniversary of Mom's death). It was very emotional yesterday with this news, especially since us girls had been going through the last of mom's china and clothes.

I am kinda shell-shocked right now and all I want to do is eat today. But I know this is not the answer. I am glad I don't keep unhealthy snacks (especially cookies) in the house anymore -- my husband was just complaining about this on Friday. So, I had an extra big bowl of green bean and cabbage soup for lunch to fill me up. Though yesterday, my brother-in-law had brought us all a bag of miniature reeses. I did stay within in my calorie range for meals because I just had a piece of bread for supper--I didn't feel like eating then.

I am exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally, so I know it is going to be hard to exercise. I am going to try to take at least a 10 minute walk each day, whether inside the house or outside. I did take an hour nap midmorning because I "hit the wall". I praise the Lord for a wonderful daughter who told me to go lie down for a little while and she would take care of the kids! I do NOT want this to derail my efforts for losing weight!!

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DZINE4KING 4/1/2010 10:21AM

    Wow, Carrie, you are going through a lot at one time! You are doing an awesome job though, in recognizing your weaknesses during the storm! The 10 minute walks will not only help with the weight loss, but it will also help with the stress...and to clear your head a little. I think it is a good idea what some have said about praying while you are walking!

Will keep you in my prayers. You WILL get through this!

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    Wow! Shell-shocked is an apt description. How rude your cabin is landlocked - can't understand why neighbors can't be neighbors and work something out if they are aware of the situation. Yes to be engaged, and so quickly at that if it was Feb 28 of 2010, is a major concern I'd think. For more than one reason.

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COACHKRYSTIE 3/30/2010 11:12PM

    Praying for you Carrie! God with get you through all this!!!!

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LISALOUVIERS 3/30/2010 7:43AM

  Carrie, I know you are a strong and faithful woman. With God's help and reassurance, you will get through this. You are in my prayers.

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MOMFAN 3/30/2010 12:22AM

    Praying for you and your sisters. I knwo how hard it is. Hugs to you! emoticon

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SJG1953 3/29/2010 11:30PM

    You are in my prayers Carrie. God will help you through all of this. Trust Him. Hugs, Shirley

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CHERYLS34 3/29/2010 8:56PM

    Oh Carrie, sorry to hear your month has been a rollercoaster, sending you many prayers and remember God is right beside you all the way.

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BACONLADY 3/29/2010 7:16PM

    OOh, will be praying for you that these 'challenges' get resolved in a timely manner in a way that works for you.
I do know that quite often men who are widowed do NOT want to be alone and will make quick decisions.
We knew of a Pastor in his 60's who's wife passed away and after a certain length of time called a recently widowed pastor's wife up and invited her to meet him for the purpose of thinking of marriage.
She traveled to the meeting place, spent some time with him and then went home.
Not too long after, he sent her a big bouquet of flowers and called her and proposed.
She said, well, I have to think about it.. we only just met.
he told her.. well, make up your mind, because I can't be sittin' around waiting.
They ended up getting married and 20 something years later are still married!

So.. ya never know!

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SMILESRME 3/29/2010 6:39PM

    Carrie - please know that we are praying for and sending encouraging hugs your way. Understandably you are going through many emotions right now, as well as being physically and mentally spent. Very concerning about your dad's very quick proposal...praying that this lady is on the up and up. We will pray for protection for your dad and wisdom and discernment for him and your family. Be sure to take those 10 minute walks or so.

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NELLIEC 3/29/2010 5:20PM

    Wow! A lot of "stuff" to deal with! May I suggest that when you walk, you prayer-walk. Just cry out to Jesus about all that is on your heart!!!

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TAFFIN2000 3/29/2010 4:10PM

    Wow, that's a lot to deal with. Praying for God's peace and strength. Remember, the "Son" is always shining even during the storms. Take a few moments to "Son--bathe."

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GCHUNG 3/29/2010 4:01PM

    WOW!! So much going on. I wish you the best as you and your family work through the best way to handle all these activities. Take a breath and breathe!!!

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2BTHINMAMMA 3/29/2010 3:57PM

    emoticon Carrie! I am so sorry you are going through all of this at once!! Praying for you knowing that He will supply your every need and will help you stay on a healthy track to His glory! Hang in there!!! emoticon

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COACHKRYSTIE 3/29/2010 3:54PM

    Sending you hugs and prayers. May God comfort you and give you peace about all the things going on!!


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In Memory

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Today marks two years since my mom died. She was a godly woman and a wonderful example to her children and grandchildren. She left a legacy of love and servanthood. I love her and miss her greatly. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven!

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COACHKRYSTIE 3/28/2010 9:16PM

    Many Many Many Hugs to you!!!!

I am Looking forward to getting to know you more in the next 6 weeks together on the Dandy Lions!! emoticon emoticon
I've subscribed to your blog so I can keep up with what's going on with you and your journey so be sure to blog & keep us posted!!

I'm here for you always!!!

GO DANDY LIONS!!! emoticon emoticon

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I am glad we do not grieve as the unbelievers do, without hope; and yet grieve we do.

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SCOUTHARPS 3/28/2010 12:37AM

  Isn't anticipation wonderful? How great that you had a Mom which evokes such memories. Hugs and warm wishes!

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/27/2010 8:36PM

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your Mom, mine has been gone for 7 years and it seems like yesterday. We both have to hold on to the wonderful memories. I bet both our Mom's have met in heaven and are discussing the two of us!!!!! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/27/2010 7:25PM

    Sending hugs your way, Carrie! I'm really missing my Dad lately; Mom, too -- though she's been gone so much longer, the ache isn't as strong there. We do have the blessed hope of being reunited in heaven, and I count on that! I have to focus sometimes on Bible passages that talk about our inheritance in Christ -- that is far more important than the 'things' left behind by our parents. Dealing with those 'things' can be tough (as you are experiencing). God bless you with wonderful memories and strength to deal with your father's needs as well!

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2BTHINMAMMA 3/27/2010 3:36PM

    I am so sorry Carrie! I know that these "anniversaries" can be difficult. Praising God w/you that she is with her Savior and that you have such wonderful memories of her...what a godly example! And am praying for His continued comfort for you and your family. emoticon

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SMILESRME 3/27/2010 9:50AM

    The hope and joy of seeing our loved ones in Heaven is the connection we have as believers in Jesus Christ as Savior. Thanking God for the beautiful woman of God your Mom was and the legacy she left. Interesting enough, I was just looking at the folder of all of my Dad's things from his funeral service and memories just yesterday too, and thanking the Lord for my Dad's faith!

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CARLANNIE 3/27/2010 8:20AM

    (((HUGS))) for you!

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PAYDAY10 3/27/2010 5:59AM

  These wonderful relationships between a parent and child are such a blessing. I can sympathize with the void of not having a parent to call on the phone or set down with. It took me a wrap Then I remembered that everything is in God's plan. I was blessed to have parents that were Spiritual leaders. I know I will see them when I meet the Lord fact-to-face. That has been a comfort to me when I longed to see them. It sounds like it is for you as well. My hope is that I will be able to set a good example for my children and grandchildren that my parents set for me.

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KVANCLEAVE 3/27/2010 1:24AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

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SJG1953 3/27/2010 12:43AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful mother. My mom passed away this past July so I can identify with how you feel. We really miss them when they are gone. May the Lord comfort you. Hugs, Shirley

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22PHAT 3/27/2010 12:22AM

    I'm sure your mother's legacy will continue through you. God bless you and your family.

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OZARKMEL 3/27/2010 12:13AM

  How nice of you to honor your Mother's memory today! It is so difficult when they are called home and away from us. But as you said, we'll see them again. In the meantime they will watch over us.....blessings and peace to you....

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MOMFAN 3/27/2010 12:13AM

    What wonderful memories you have to hold dear!

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