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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Woo-Hoo!!!! I have reached 100 days in my 10 minutes or more exercise streak!! Celebrate with me!

I decided to share this because if I can do it, so can you!

I have always been more or less faithful to exercise, almost always first thing when I get up in the morning, but I have to admit there were more than a few days when I didn’t exercise - either because I had a busy day ahead and “didn’t have time”, or because I got up too late, or I was “too tired” and sometimes because I just didn’t feel like exercising. I think we all have used these excuses and others to avoid exercising.

Then one day I happened to read SparkGuy's blog when his streak of 10 + minutes a day of exercise was fairly new…. I think he was on Day 48. I read his blog the next few days, and began to think “Maybe I could do that….” After all… 10 minutes…. Even on a busy day I could take 10 minutes to exercise!!! And so after a few weeks of thinking about it, I began my streak!

And I found that once I started, I didn’t want to break my streak. (I have a very competitive nature!) So even when I was rushed, or tired or just didn’t feel like exercising, I told myself “Just do 10 minutes” and I did!! Actually most days I exercise for 30-40 minutes, but, yes, once in a while circumstances make me do just the 10 minutes – but that isn’t very often.

Recently I traveled to participate in a conference, and was at a hotel for a week. For the first time in my life, I actually exercised in my hotel room! I just couldn’t break my streak!!

Benefits??? I feel better – physically and emotionally. Exercise does lower stress levels!! I’ve lost a few more pounds – finally breaking the plateau I had been on for a long time! And now I truly feel that daily exercise has become a habit. I no longer think about it or debate whether or not I’m going to exercise – I get up, get into my exercise clothes and start my “10 minutes” – which almost always ends up being at least 30 minutes. And if not, at least I’ve done my 10 minutes!!!

So, if you already exercise every day, Great!! But if not, why not think about starting a 10+ Exercise Streak? Or join the 10+ Exercise Challenge.

Now to see if I can reach 200 days!!

Blessings and hugs to all my Spark Friends!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/4/2014 5:41PM

    emoticon my friend emoticon
Wishing you continued success all the way to 200+

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LACEYKYLE 11/3/2014 9:11PM

    Very inspiring!!

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LESLIEJEAN43 11/1/2014 12:20PM

    emoticon emoticon to you!! What exercises are you doing? Are they here on Spark? I had been exercising faithfully, using DVDs, but the DVD player in my computer no longer works and I haven't got around to repairing/replacing it yet. I would really like to get back into the routine.

You are an inspiration! emoticon

Hugs, Leslie emoticon

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ILUVTTV 10/30/2014 5:08PM

    Awesome and inspiring!

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SMIDGON 10/30/2014 5:31AM

    Hi Marge, it's been too long!
I am so proud of you! Maybe if you can do it, so can I!
How is your knee doing? Any more trouble?

Keep up the good work!


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DEE107 10/30/2014 12:03AM

    woo hoo way to go my friend

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WINFIELD28 10/29/2014 11:30PM

    Good for you Marge!
What a wonderful streak you have going 100+ Days of 10 minutes(or more!) each day!
I know you will reach 200 and then 365 days in a row!
It is interesting that if you get 10 minute done, it usually ends up being 30 minutes. Good Job!
So nice to hear from you.
By the way, I use Facebook to accumulate recipes I think look interesting or that I would like to make at some point. I don't actually get them all made. I too would balloon up if I did. Exercise does help with my knee pain and flexibility. But I really need to pay more attention to what I put in my mouth. LOL! I seem to track exercise each day, but don't get more than my first meal tracked.
So happy for you that you have lost some weight and you are feeling better physically and emotionally. Those are big pluses!
Thanks for sharing your success with us! You motivate me to commit to "just 10 minutes each day."
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LVSHOPE 10/29/2014 9:52PM

    Way to go! I'm doing fairly well with Silver Sneakers but let up on weekends. Sounds like a challenge I should embrace.

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CARRENK 10/29/2014 8:34PM

    Thanks for sharing this really inspiring accomplishment. Way to go!

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4EVERNESS 10/29/2014 8:07PM

    Fantastic. So happy for you!
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Okay though, I only gave you the silver trophy so you have to outdo yourself to get the gold.

(If worse comes to worse in motel rooms -guest at dad's casino- see if they have the {believe it or not} foot workout....(mostly for ankles)) :)

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NELLIEC 10/29/2014 7:28PM

    emoticon That is fantastic. So how is the new buildings project coming? I know you mentioned that a while back.

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God's promises are true!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

"Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass." (Joshua 21:45)

"God's Word is trustworthy. His promises are true. What God says he will do, he will do. Have you taken the Lord's commitment to Joshua and the people of Israel to heart? God's good promises to you WILL come to pass."

Taken from Verse of theDay by Mary Fairchild


Hi, my friends! Hope you are all having a happy and blessed Sunday! I'm sitting here writing as I watch the last few minutes of the World Cup game between Argentina and Germany. Looks like they might have to go to overtime. Got distracted watching the action - - regular time is up and they will go to overtime.

This coming week is holiday - semester break!! Yea!! Even though I have so much to do around the house... I have made a schedule of things I want to do every day.... now it will be interesting to see how many of them I actually get done!! emoticon It's very likely that some days I'll get caught up in other things - or I just won't feel like settling down to what I should do, and I'll end up doing things that I like to do!! emoticon But that's what vacation days are for, right?? emoticon But seriously, I will try to get caught up on a lot of things I've been wanting to do around the house.

Last week was busy with 3 day retreats with students.... and since Yolanda is still recuperating from her surgery, I had to direct the retreats alone. (I did have help from two teachers with organization and discipline.)

Last night, one of the twins, Ana, (my godchild) and her husband made their formal commitment to dedicate their lives and family to God as a part of the Oasis of the Lord community. That's a community of lay people (married couples and also young single people) who commit themselves to live their faith in an active way. They have weekly prayer assemblies, and well as weekly sharing sessions in small groups. And with this world in the situation it is, with so many negative influences, I think it's wonderful that the children will grow up in this community. I feel it will help them so much spiritually. (They don't live together - each family is in their own home, but the community provides the opportunity to grow spiritually, with friends who are doing the same.) They have been two years in preparation and spiritual growth before being able to make this commitment, along with 25 other new members.

I was diagnosed this week with acute, chronic esophagitis - after reading about this on Internet, I'm wondering if it is Barrett's esophagus - the doctor never used this term, but he did say that there are (undesirable) celular changes in my lower esophagus. I'm going to ask more questions at my next appointment in about two weeks. I'll have another endoscopy in about three months to see if it has improved...

So I have to take medication for a while, as well as modify my diet, probably permanently.... no soda, coffee, chocolate, mint, greasy foods, and no citrics. (I'm going to miss my glass of fresh-squeezed orange-grapefruit juice every morning!!) I also have to avoid eating after 7:00 pm (or 3 hours before I go to bed) I also need to lose weight. So now I have added motivation!! Oh - and I had to raise the head of my bed about 6 -8 inches. I would appreciate your prayers that whatever this is, it will heal. Thanks so much!!

Have a wonderful week - filled with the peace and joy of our God!

Blessings and emoticon

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DEE107 7/15/2014 12:45AM

    hugs praying for you

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/14/2014 4:26PM

    You sound as busy as ever! I hope you'll get some time to just relax during your vacation!

I'm sorry about the esophagitis, and the new diet - I wouldn't like those restrictions at all.

It's wonderful that Ana and her husband have made that commitment.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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SMIDGON 7/14/2014 5:40AM

    I hope you will improve greatly, Marge! Can't have you suffering! Do you have a family history of this; or, is it just something that happened. We just never know what is down the road for us, do we?

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate, even though it's vacation time! But, remember to take some time to do something you want to do!


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MIAJOEB 7/14/2014 2:15AM

    You are so busy but please be sure to do the things you need to to take care of yourself or who will there be to do the things you do???? emoticon

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4EVERNESS 7/14/2014 1:21AM

    Prayers are definitely with. Besides due care and cautions, is there a healing mass that you might attend? James 5:15,
ficial&client=firefox-a&channel=sb, and the doctor was just talking about your cell phone right and use thereof? :)

In keeping with your Mary Fairchild quote (and don't forget they should claim their full inheritance :) -I've always seen that as the potential of our genetic pool), and I hope this is a respected source where you are,

Is the Oasis of the Lord Community similar to like an Oblates thingy? (I was born protestant-my dad an apostolic/pentecostal minister, in Belleville, IL but we moved when I was two and a half, home to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows which is run by the Missionary Oblates that I have since researched-lovely photos of it on FB. Please excuse my stupidity. Interesting journey to Catholicism LOL Brings all new meaning to "one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church" for me.

Have a wondrous week and be blessed in all that you do and all that your receive.

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NELLIEC 7/13/2014 7:37PM

    I am praying for you.

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LACEYKYLE 7/13/2014 7:30PM

    Praying for your healing!!

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RHOOK20047 7/13/2014 7:12PM

    You are in my prayers. You have some challenges, but the Lord will keep you in his tender arms, if you just ask. God Bless you.

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WINFIELD28 7/13/2014 6:40PM

    You are in my prayers, Marge. Praying for a full recovery from your illness.

Thank you also, for your blog.

How wonderful for Ana & her family; I have heard of similar communities. We visited one last week that is in our diocese, but we were unaware that it was here.

Hope you have a wonderful week.

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GRANDY-N-TN 7/13/2014 6:33PM

    I will keep you in my prayers. Thank you for this blog. It is very interesting. I hope you get some answers about your illness and hope you feel better soon. God bless. Judy

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MELYROD18 7/13/2014 6:26PM

    Amen emoticon

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Clay in the Potter's hands

Sunday, July 06, 2014

"O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel." (Jeremiah 18:6)

"If we truly remain like soft clay in the Master Potter's hands, we will not be crushed or broken when things don't go our way. We'll allow God in his sovereignty and wisdom to mold us, reshape us, and redirect us according to his plan, as he sees fit."

Proverb: Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.

Taken from "Verse of the Day" by Mary Fairchild


Hope everyone is having a happy and blessed Sunday with your loved ones!!

I like this verse and reflection... I am one of those people who like to take charge, and want things to go my way. I constantly need to learn how to "Let go and Let God!!"

These past months - and the next few to come - have been and will be a lot of work.... a lot of planning and a lot of hard decisions.... and that tend to bring stress. So I will be needing to remember this verse and lesson frequently!! emoticon

Thanks to all of you who encourage me and lift my spirits and make me smile with your "Likes", your visits to my page and blogs, your goodies and comments! Even though I don't have the time these days to respond during the week, I do try to log in, and read my emails and your comments. So emoticon so much. I will try to check in and respond a little on Sundays!

I am trying to exercise most days, and am losing a little weight... even though some days (like today!!), the scale takes a step backwards!! emoticon - - - mainly because I ate too much yesterday!! emoticon Partly stress eating, I think!!

Anyway, thanks to all of you for being there for me!

Blessings and emoticon

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/7/2014 1:20PM

    It's wonderful when we can remember to let the Potter do His work. This is something I struggle with too.

I'm sorry about all your stress. I know you lead a very busy life. I hope you can take some time for you each day!

You are in my prayers.

Hugs, Leslie emoticon

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DEE107 7/7/2014 12:20AM

    I love that song in Church that we are the clay its a good one

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MVKNET 7/6/2014 9:22PM

  Love your blog. I read an awesome book that is an allegory based on the story of the Potter and the clay. The Master Potter by Jill Austin. Wow it's a great book. Not sure if you read but if you do perhaps you can find it in the library. Nothing is more than fulfilling than serving the King of kings. Blessings

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COOP9002 7/6/2014 4:25PM

    thanks for sharing.

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NELLIEC 7/6/2014 4:18PM

    I do like " Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken."

It is certainly something we have to practice.

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WINFIELD28 7/6/2014 2:42PM

    Hi Marge,
Thank you for your blog.
You always post what I need when I need to hear it.
I hope you have a good week. I know you are so busy. It's nice to take a few minutes each day for yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STUDLEEJOE 7/6/2014 2:17PM

    great post thanks for sharing

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"One does what one can!"

Sunday, June 29, 2014

"As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things." (Ecclesiastes 11:59

"This verse is one of those plain and simple reminders that God is God, and we are not. I don't know about you, but I often need to be reminded of this.
We don't (and we cannot) always understand everything that God is doing, both in our own lives and in this world we live in. When horrible tragedies strike, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, we want to know why, and when a tragedy hits home, we ask, "Why Me?"

We'll never know the future, we oftentimes won't understand the past, and our present circumstances can be just as confounding. The one and only thing we can be certain of is this: we can trust our heavenly Father. God, the Maker of all things, is in control. This is the essence of faith." (Taken from "Verse of the Day" by Mary Fairchild)


This is so true... it so often isn't easy to trust that God is in control - but He is!! We Type A personalities have to work at this!

I know that I tend to get stressed when I have so much to do and it just seems that there aren't enough hours in the day. But God knows why He only gives us 24!! And when there are things I just can't control, that upsets me too!!

Recently, I was Skyping with my brother and I was really stressed with so much to do and to decide about the new bilingual school. He told me a parable... I'll share it with you....

It was a chilly, overcast day when the horseman spied the little sparrow lying on its back in the middle of the road. Reining in his mount he looked down and inquired of the fragile creature, "Why are you lying upside down like that?"

"I heard the heavens are going to fall today," replied the bird.

The horseman laughed, "And I suppose your spindly legs can hold up the heavens?"

"One does what one can," said the little sparrow, "one does what one can."

So that's what I have to learn. I do what I can, and leave the rest to God!!

Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday! Blessings on you and your loved ones!

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JACQUISPAGE 7/5/2014 10:25AM

    Be blessed today and always.

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DEE107 6/30/2014 12:11AM

    praying for you my friend and have a good day

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    Great reminder. Thank you.

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MIAJOEB 6/29/2014 6:29PM

    good story about the sparrow.
Also thank you for the spark goodie.
will keep praying with you.

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NELLIEC 6/29/2014 3:56PM

    Yes, it is hard to trust God! My oldest son who has a lot of trust issues struggles with that. But he does believe in God regardless of his issues!

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WINFIELD28 6/29/2014 3:52PM

    Thank you for your blog. You always seem to know what to send/say at the right time.
So fitting for where I seem to be right now. God is God and we are not.

"...We'll never know the future, we oftentimes won't understand the past, and our present circumstances can be just as confounding. The one and only thing we can be certain of is this: we can trust our heavenly Father. God, the Maker of all things, is in control. This is the essence of faith." I will meditate on these words.

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LESLIEJEAN43 6/29/2014 1:49PM

    Wonderful story about the sparrow and the horseman, and so true - I love it.
I know it must seem as if you've bitten off more than you can chew. Can't you delegate (or beg for help with) some of your responsibilities? Your life sounds overwhelming to me!
Please take good care of yourself!

Hugs, Leslie emoticon

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SMIDGON 6/29/2014 12:52PM

    Just like me, Marge! I want the answers to my soul-searching NOW, not yesterday nor tomorrow. But, NOW! It seems its one step forward, two steps back. When will I ever know God's plan for me? Will I ever?

I will, in God's time, not mine. I see people and much loved pets growing older [me included] getting ill. In God's time!

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Ready to try to come back

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me." (Micah 7:7)

"God sometimes moves mountains one pebble at a time." --Rebecca Barlow Jordan


Hi, my friends. After being absent for a long time, I think maybe I am ready to try to come back, even if only in a very small way.

It's been a hectic year... I've had to be a lot busier than I want to be at this stage, and I'm having to take on a lot more work and responsibility than I really would like. I guess I'm complaining and I really shouldn't... but it's the truth! When I "retired" six years ago, I planned to only work about 4 hours a day in pastoral work. I wasn't counting on helping to set up a bilingual school!!!

But God's ways are often not our ways.... and I know that this bilingual school will provide a real service to the people of our city. So I do feel I need to give my best to this project!

The Pre-Kinder and Kinder are functioning, and doing really well. The parents are very happy with it! Besides setting it up, building the two provisional classrooms, equipping them and hiring the teachers, I need to continue to sort of oversee things, and make sure we're on the right track!

Now the diocese has to start with the new building, and that's a whole new set of problems and decisions. Eventually the whole school will be in new buildings (our actual buildings are obsolete!!!), but this will be little by little. Due to financial restraints, they have to build little by little. We hope the first module (which has to be ready by January), will have 12 classrooms, six on each floor. That will cover Pre-school and 1st and 2nd grades, (we expect 3 classrooms of each grade), and so will cover 2015 and 2016. In 2015 we will add 1st grade and in 2016 2nd grade.

Please keep this project in your prayers.

Anyway, I am doing pretty good - a few health problems which may be due to stress... but nothing serious. I am working hard at taking off those pounds, and finally having some success - which is mostly due to the hardest exercise of all: CLOSING MY MOUTH when I want to eat more than I should!!!

I will try to check in at least a couple of times a week... don't think I'll have time for more than that.

Hugs and blessings to each of you!!

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NELLIEC 6/23/2014 3:45PM

    Marge, those pebbles are trying to make the mountain move! I will be praying!

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LESLIEJEAN43 6/23/2014 10:10AM

    It's good to hear from you again! I'm sorry your 'retirement' is not going as planned. You sound very busy! I hope you'll get some time for you.

Take care of yourself!

Hugs, Leslie emoticon

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4EVERNESS 6/23/2014 2:54AM

    Philippians 2:1-11
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

Apparently you've been doing a great job, to get more work!

Matthew 25:21
New International Version (NIV)
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

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DEE107 6/23/2014 12:11AM

    have prayed for yo and wonder how things go.. welcome back

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WINFIELD28 6/22/2014 7:44PM

    Was so happy to read your blog today, Marge!
So good to hear from you!
You sound busy, but doing what the Lord is calling you to do.Glad you are back, even if your time here needs to be limited.

I haven't been too active here, just checking in each day, recording my breakfast meal, playing trivia and recording my basic physical activity. I was to see my doctor last week and he told me that my exercising will only tone my body, I have to be aware of what it is I am eating if I want to lose the weight. So, this week I am going to be more focused on what and how I eat. He told me it's very important to keep track of what I eat, so I can see what I am doing. I know these facts, but still struggle to do it consistently.

Thank you for your encouraging verse today, too!
Have a happy, healthy week.

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PICKIE98 6/22/2014 6:50PM

    Your hands are busy, your heart prevails. Our parish is merging with my old parish . Our St.Vincent De Paul is bringing in St. Maria Goretti to form St. Catherine of Siena Parish as of July1.

Changes are scary, exciting and always an adventure.. Praying for you and your parish community dear.

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    Have missed you, but sounds like the time away was definitely needed.

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SMIDGON 6/22/2014 6:14PM

    I have sure missed you! I was about ready to get in touch with Betty to see how you are! You have had me worried! I assume they are okay. But, I guess life goes on, doesn't it?

I have been 'soul-searching' since January. Waiting for God's plan for the rest of my life. On how to get from Point A to Point B.

Good luck and let us hear from you when possible!

Janet your SIC

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