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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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DZINE4KING 3/28/2010 8:39PM


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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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Fun and Hard One Word Quiz

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

1) Where is your cell phone?

2) Spouse?

3) Your hair?

4) Your mother?

5) Your father?

6) Your favorite thing?

7) Your dream last night?

8) Favorite drink?

9) What room are you in?

10) Your hobby?

11) Your fear?

12) Where do you want to be in 6 years?

13) Where were you last night?

14) Something that you aren't?


16) Wish list item?

17) Last thing you did?

18) What are you wearing?

19) Your pets?

20) Friends?

21) Your life?

22) Your mood?

23) Missing someone?

24) Drinking?

25) Your car?

26) Something you're not wearing?

27) Your favorite store?

28) Your favorite color?

29) When is the last time you cried?

30) Where do you go over and over?

31) Five people who email me regularly?

32) Favorite place to eat?

33) Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

: Borrowed from Tannis127 / LADYHAWKES

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/23/2010 9:57PM

    Carrie, dear - I'm sorry you're feeling overwhelmed, but I can understand, with all you're doing. It's so hard to lose a parent, and to watch a parent suffer. I pray you will have the strength you need, each day, and that God will protect your heart through the memories and experiences each day brings!

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Measurement Time

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I have been measuring myself on the first day of the month. My weight has come off so slowly. And this month the measurements was in small increments too. So, I thought I would look at the big picture.

Date 10/09 1/1/09 2/1/10 3/1/10
Weight 242 240.5 236.25 233.75 = - 8.25 lbs
Waist 43.4 43 42.5 42.3 = -1.1 inches
Hip 49.4 48.1 48 48 = -1.4 inches
Thigh 28.2 28 27 27 = -1.2 inches
Chest 38.3 38 37.6 37 = -1.3 inches
Bust 45.7 46.5 47.2 46.2 = +.5 inches

This made me feel better. Even though it is slow, it is moving downward. I just got to keep staying focused, keep pressing on and not expect big numbers and be okay with each tiny step.

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JODIRICHARDS 3/7/2010 4:55PM

    Look good! The challenge is the keeping the big picture in view while working on little goals. What are you little goals for this month? Don't focus on # but lifestyle changes.

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    Progress in the right direction!

Just think what it would be if you weren't going in the direction you are. I sometimes remind myself that I was steadily gaining every year before SP.

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SMILESRME 3/5/2010 12:19AM

    Praising God for the direction your body (inside and out) is taking. Congrats on those numbers!

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MOMFAN 3/4/2010 12:20AM

    Slow and steady wins the race.

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WEEWILL 3/3/2010 11:39PM

    slow and steady - congrats! emoticon

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SJG1953 3/3/2010 10:54PM

    Those numbers look great to me! I know it can be frustrating to go down slow because that's how mine went too. But I made it and you will too. You are doing such an awesome job !

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/3/2010 10:52PM

    You are doing really good, it doesn't matter how fast as long as you are making progress. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/3/2010 8:54PM

    Carrie - those numbers look pretty good to me! We're both maintaining -- maintaining the good habits we have learned. Keep it up -- you are doing so well!

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NELLIEC 3/3/2010 7:52PM

    Sounds great!!!

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SMOORES06 3/3/2010 7:25PM

    It's so great to see the number decreasing. You're doing FANTASTIC!! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing!!

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KATRINA333 3/3/2010 7:24PM

    That is really awesome! Good job!

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March Goals

Monday, March 01, 2010

My March Goals:
1) Finish reading The Spark and completing the 28 day program
2) continue doing bootcamp exercises and adding some additional strength training exercises 3 x's a week (ie exercies from Quilt & Lose Team Strength Challenge)
3) 1500 Exercise Minutes
4) Eat at least one apple or grapefruit a day.

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SMOORES06 3/2/2010 2:51PM

    Sounds like March is going to be a productive month!!


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YOYONOMORE1 3/2/2010 1:44PM

    Good goals for March, they should help make March a good month for you.


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2BTHINMAMMA 3/2/2010 11:45AM

    Great plan! emoticon emoticonSounds like you are moving in March! lol

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JODIRICHARDS 3/2/2010 12:42AM

    Sounds good, are you doing bootcamp videos daily? Also any rewards to keep you motivated?

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NEDERLUNG 3/2/2010 12:09AM

    Sounds like a great plan! You can do this!

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