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Monday, June 27, 2011

Am I seriously this close?
13 'ish' lbs from my my goal weight...
I don't even know why I picked that as my goal weight. I felt good once that size?
That sounds about right.
It's not in my healthy range...I'm feeling pretty great now.
I feel light. I'm overweight, but, light. It's fabulousness!!!!

I'm doin' it.
Um, wow....just.


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SHASSYSUE2 6/27/2011 8:34PM

    I am so happy for you Sweetie!!!! Keep at it, because your success shows the rest of us that we can do it too!!!!

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MALKS_ARIA 6/27/2011 7:33PM

    You are awesome!!!!

You are doing awesome!!!!

Keep up the good job!


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SUECHRIS50 6/27/2011 6:16PM

    You awesome babe you!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/27/2011 6:10PM

    You are doing GREAT Liz. emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 6/27/2011 12:43PM

    Way to go!!!

Who knows........... this may motivate you to other super fantabulous and wonderful things!!!

Just sayin....

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ANEWBETHSTL 6/27/2011 12:39PM

    You are almost there Sweetie...and I am so proud of you. You did it the perfect took it slow and easy. You took this journey and definitely made it your own.

We are here celebrating with you after every milestone becase we LOVE you Lizzy!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSFOLK 6/27/2011 11:38AM

    Your thoughts are similar to what i've seen here and elsewhere. We sometimes set a goal (which is good to do) and then find, as we progress, that it didn't need to be quite ambitious! I've set my goal at an odd number because it gets me just inside the "Normal BMI" range for me. It's a head game, mostly, because, when i attain that, I leave behind the "overweight" I think about it, it's quite silly - letting one pound determine whether I'm overweight or "NORMAL" (hey, that's a setting on a washing machine, isn't it?)

Congrats on getting to a weight that makes you feel great!


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MNOT2THICK 6/27/2011 10:33AM

    So Happily proud of you!! emoticon emoticon

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ROGUE_RUNNER 6/27/2011 10:23AM

    Congrats!!! You have accomplished sooo much!

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I*AM*BLESSED 6/27/2011 10:17AM

    So proud of you!

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KANSASCHICA 6/27/2011 10:13AM

    Good job Liz!!! Your amazing girl!!!

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FrId4y D4Nc3 sMiL3

Friday, June 24, 2011

White & Nerdy

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MIBELLALUNA 6/28/2011 9:39PM

    Ahaha....I'm a few days short but it serves me right for missing out!! HAHA I was seriously just listening to this after WEIRD AL came out with the Lady Gaga "Perform This way" ...I actually really like this song! Lately though, I feel more 'fat and turdy'....haha

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JOHNTJ1 6/27/2011 12:48PM

    I love that you are so Canadian, hey?

I grwe up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and we ended each sentence with "Inna-hey."

Loved the vlog. you make me smile. Glad you am my friend

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KANSASCHICA 6/26/2011 8:08PM

    Oh my, happy tears are streaming down my face!!!
Whew!! You two rock!! That was great! Your son is a doll...looks like his mum!!! Muah

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/26/2011 10:56AM

    You are so rocking the glasses. emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 6/25/2011 8:43AM

    You were so funny. The both of you looked cute. The glasses do add to the fun.

I love Weird Al. Had my daughter download most of his songs.

My version is "Black and Flirty" emoticon emoticon

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POETYK1 6/24/2011 8:14PM

    Funny....gotta love it!!!! Great for dance party friday.

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HANKENSTEIN 6/24/2011 3:44PM

    That looked fun, Liz, and I'm surprised I was able to enjoy it since I was fired at the start. LOL. Sweet lad, that boy. Hanging with his mom.

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MALKS_ARIA 6/24/2011 3:10PM

    Arrrhhhhh!!! White and Nerdy... that's my household tooo.... Yikes!!!

Thanx for the smile....


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I*AM*BLESSED 6/24/2011 2:11PM

    Loved it! Loved the glasses! Love you!

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ROGUE_RUNNER 6/24/2011 8:35AM

    You crack me up so much!

PS...Your son is a handsome fella :o) Gonna have to fight off the ladies soon there Liz!!

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35lb Loss with PICTURES!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Are these words familiar, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired"?

They were my life mantra.

Until my S.I.L. shared her "Spark."

My first attempt with Spark I tried to race through the lifestyle change and fell to my face in defeat. I got back to my feet months later when a health scare encouraged me to recommit to my health.

Then taking one day at a time;
making one healthy choice at a time...
I let go of 35 pounds!!!

Today I weighed in 35lbs less ~ thanks to Sparkpeople!!!

I said if I EVER made it here (which I did not fathom actually happening at this slow & steady pace...especially THIS SOON!!), I would take a picture of my youngest daughter who weighs 35lbs for the comparison photos.


(Does the face of defeat and dismay look familiar? I think we have all known this.)


My daughter is representing the 35lbs that I have shed from my body. I actually carried that weight around BY CHOICE. No wonder I was exhausted and achy!!!

The only way I'll be carrying 35lbs again is when it asks,
"Pretty pleeeeease, Mommy!" and bats her eyes...(and promises not to choke me when she holds on for dear life).
Now, I know I can put that weight aside and not have the repercussions of it.

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ASRMOM 6/22/2011 8:43PM

    I am SOOOO excited for you! Way to go! emoticon

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HANKENSTEIN 6/21/2011 4:16PM

    Liz, you are awesome in every way. Know that always.
Congrats on the loss, and the many gains along the way.

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JEANUT 6/21/2011 5:22AM

    you are looking so good and what a wonderful role model you are for your daughter.

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IMTCDZ 6/20/2011 11:06PM

  Congratulations on your weight loss!!!! Your little girl is precious....and much more fun to carry than the 35# that you were carrying. Also, wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog the other day. Very encouraging and such good advise. emoticon

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ANEWBETHSTL 6/20/2011 10:06PM

    emoticon 35# down...that ROCKS sweetie! And your daughter is just gorgeous!!

I am so proud of you on your may have done it slow and steady, but you DID IT!! emoticon


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SHASSYSUE2 6/20/2011 5:31PM

    Just Beautiful!!! Your daughter is the perfect image of her Gorgeous Mommy!!! I am so proud of you!!!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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I*AM*BLESSED 6/20/2011 5:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonSo happy for you, Lizzy! But the last time I saw 35 pounds, they didn't look that cute!


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MNOT2THICK 6/20/2011 4:41PM

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MALKS_ARIA 6/20/2011 4:23PM

    wooohoooo!! Such a difference!!!

Awesome Job!!!

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MIRACLELOVE77 6/20/2011 1:33PM

    congratulations!!! I love the matching colors on you two--too cute.

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LENKA763 6/20/2011 12:31PM

    Great job and very well written blog..


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JESSICAKES88 6/20/2011 11:25AM

    Such a sweet blog! You are great! That is an awesome representation of all that weight you've lost!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 6/20/2011 11:06AM

    I think this is the MOST BEAUTIFUL blog I have seen about someone reaching a certain # lost! You are AMAZING! Congrats on 35 lbs gone!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CMHARRISON12 6/20/2011 11:04AM

    You have accomplished much! Congrats!!! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/20/2011 10:57AM

    You look amazing. The fence is beautiful. emoticon

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STICH232 6/20/2011 10:50AM

    emoticonCongratulations! You look FANTASTIC!!

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ANKLLOYD 6/20/2011 10:48AM

    Congrats! You are look great and should be so proud!

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Garden Pics...My Gym

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Isn't he just a cute tree?....ahhh, he keeps an eye on me...

Jack-In-The-Pulpit that hangs out under the Spruce by the day when I get a digital cam (no offence to Johnny's DSI XL, it took great photos), I am looking forward to walking and vlogging...

This is the path....I have lots of work, but, I get so distracted (I know, I know, you're utterly SURPRISED!!! That fabulous, focused me gets distracted. )

I did this bed this year...It's Cana Lillies and Hostas...further down by the lattice is ivy and morning glory. The birch is 93 yo Jedi neighbour gave it to me. It's my favourite tree.

WHY? would she include this ugly pic? Because I have Morning glory planted all over my compost (grass box) and later on it's gonna look so AWESOME!!!

What I was fighting with today. It doesn't look like much, but, the root from the monster cedar hedge are out of this world!!
See the blue Pot-of-gold Pool in the back with my McGuyver fencing? That fencing has morning glory growing up it too....hee hee....hee hee hee

The tree is the Butternut that is endangered in Ontario and I am not allowed to hack down....grrr....I have Sweet Peas growing up it... In the log there I have Everlasting Peas...
I have Scarlet Runner Peas on the Teepee contraption and at the opening of the teepee are two Kong Sunflowers started...they grow to 7ft.
The garden that I hav here will be in the shape of a reveresed heart with it's tip to the BUtternut tree and I'll have room for my baby girl to have her Crazy-8 cucumbers to grow...

David showing of my peonies...remember when I told you they were pretending to be asparagus...they are so fragrant I almost choke on their perfume. It's FABULOUS!!!

David took this picture of the White Peony...he did great!

Teiki Torches, Hydrangea, Ivy and Clematis...

This is a side Virgina Creepers are doing so awesome....I spend the summer last year taking snippets and rooting them in tea cups in homes that I could cultivate a bunch to get a wall of them. I was over-the-moon when it worked.
Last year this whole side of the house was dirt...we had to raise it because the slope from years of wear had the water running intot he basement. This next photo I call my Katie Garden (my eldest daughter). She made me the foot stone for Mother's Day last year.

It has hostas, shasta daisies, lillies (that are purple) and I think...a violet to the front right...I'll find out soon!

Introducing the sexy Van Cherry Tree...she's strttin' her stuff...Her mate Bing is in sad, sad shape...he has got like 8 leaves and they're the same age...I h*a*t*e moles.

I'll let you know when they get busy and I get me my grandcherries.

Hostas and ribbon grass ( I'm renaming it Zebra Grass)...some Solomon's Seal and Virginia creeper started in here.
Here are my cucumbers that I started inside this year, them hardened off in the shade and have planted 3 Times over because they're hateful little creations and refuse to take. I love my cukes, but, GRRRR!!!!

Jedi Lila gave me a tomato plant...I'm pretty sure it's a Beef Steak variety, but, ya never know! I also tried a start on some sunflower seeds that I harvested from my sunflowers that I gres last year. I never tried that before. I dried out their flowers and collected the was SO COOL!!! Cuz, it worked!

Pitiful Bing and our eclectic radish, carrot, and pea bed.

Wildflower Bed, and Morning Glories...we started this one this year..

Psssst.....some more Morning Glory....


The Garden is my gym in ruralville...

Yup, David got a great shot of my butt munching on my pants...yay, you!!!

We used to live in a townhouse 1100sq.feet and NO yard. I had a 3x5 area that I could put some flowers in. I chose some hostas because it was a shaded piece. I've been here 2.5 years...2 summers, I am on CLOUD 9!!!
I am loving gardening.

Just last month

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BAILEE_GRAVES 6/17/2011 11:32PM

    I'm so NOT a yard person, but last week had decided to try something new in our yard. You're pictures really inspired me. I'm going to take some before/after pics. Nothing near as awesome as yours....but for a beginner hopefully I will do you justice!

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ECLIPSED 6/17/2011 6:41PM

    Wow, what a beautiful yard/garden! You've spent a lot of time and energy making it so nice. Can't wait to see all the blooms. You've got to show us when they come out.

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MKPRINCESS007 6/17/2011 6:02PM

    CRYSTLE's comment made me laugh..............just like I told you, I have been ripping morning glories out for years now. They are plant chokers! But, never mind me. Your garden is beautiful and I am impressed with your green thumb. I wish I had one.

Love ya,

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ASRMOM 6/17/2011 4:30PM

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/17/2011 10:46AM

    Everything is just beautiful. I love the shot of the compost pile. It is funny how you think it is ugly and I love the character of it. I can't kill all the morning glories that I have growing wild and you have them planted everywhere. I would share if I could. You would not believe how crazy they grow here. emoticon What color are yours? Mine are purple.

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ROGUE_RUNNER 6/17/2011 8:51AM

    LOVE this!! I had no idea that you were such a gardener!!! How amazing :o)

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JEANUT 6/17/2011 5:54AM

    your flowers are beautiful.
I didn't put any out this year.
weather is so dry here it's hard to keep any thing alive

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LENKA763 6/17/2011 12:03AM

    wow...what a progress the garden made since Spring.
I love peonies, see I don't have any white,mine are pink(full bloom,red (full bloom) and pink with large yellow dot in the middle.

I can wait for the next update with more flowers blooming.

Good Job!

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MALKS_ARIA 6/16/2011 11:31PM

    that's an awesome garden... !!!!

I live in the desert we rockscape here... and LOL mine needs help!

I am jealous at the pretty colors and flowers you are gonna have!

Keep up the good work!

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HANKENSTEIN 6/16/2011 10:38PM

    Liz, as a yard guy to some extent, that's a ton of work you have put in and are putting in, but my goodness, it looks awesome. I so see now why the anticipation of spring hits you harder than most. One of the things that makes working in the yard so so rewarding is creating a space where people stop as they pass and just appreciate the beauty of what you have done, and the love that is evident in it, and, if they garden, the amount of peacefullness and frustration that are involved. My hat is off to you. I would love to come get a personal tour.

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ANEWBETHSTL 6/16/2011 10:24PM

    Liz, you have done such a wonderful job on your garden. I am so jealous since I don't have a green thumb at all :)...Beautiful job!!

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RIPLEIGH_MICH 6/16/2011 9:26PM

    They're looking great! Want to come to MI and weed and plant my gardens?

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MNOT2THICK 6/16/2011 8:17PM

    Awesome pictures of what is going to be some gorgeous landscaping. Go on miss with your green thumbs, I mean dirt covered hands.. emoticon I am going to ship you my seeds so they have a chance to grow. It is going to be breathtaking when they all bloom. And, you don't have to paint any roses red emoticon

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SUNNYBUNNY112 6/16/2011 8:03PM

    I am so happy that gardening gives you such, you guys man me jealous...maybe one day I will show you my" garden"
david's pic...priceless...that's my boy, yo

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I*AM*BLESSED 6/16/2011 7:28PM

    Oh Lizzy...your beds and yard are gorgeous! You have it looking so pretty and I know you are having a ball! You def have a "green thumb", girlfriend!


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Spark is My Miracle

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Oh, my word?! Who is calling me now?

I just got off of the phone with my mother. Who is this going to be? I briefly tried to check the decrepit call display that shows a semblance of what look like numbers only I'm not sure if they're roman numerals or ordinal at this point. I pick it up with a cheery, "Good Morning!!", and a happy heart looking forward to the gift of someone wanting to spend their time on the phone with me.

This change is a miracle. A few short months ago I was crying when the phone rang, physically ill from the pressure it entailed and leaving their messages to die on my graveyard answering machine....

BUT.... thanks to has changed!!!

I have an eccentric God-given family and we've had our drama and come out the better for it. I had severe pain-induced depression this Spring and I couldn't/wouldn't confide in them because of a feeling of overwhelming failure and my pride kept me bound from reaching out to my family.

Unfortunately, I had just been released from my retired Nurse Practitioner and was waiting for health care openings and didn't have immediate Mental Health intervention.

I had relinquished my secretarial, web-design, and desk-top duties suddenly with my Church Family and the shock had unfortunately left them offended and unavailable to help me through this time. Months later that drama is almost worked through as well.

However, I was in a place of was me and my hope in my faith and this relentless pain.

"His ways are not our ways!" we hear so often, and I know it to be so true today. He used cyber communication and this site to help me in my darkest of hours.

In the beginning, I was an Armchair-Spark as we all are. I was tracking my calories and sponging off others motivations and giving nothing in return. Which I will reassure you Armchair-Sparks IS fully acceptable in the beginning. Like entering school, we don't start off in College!

After logging my food, I knew exercise was out of the question until I could get the pain maintained, so, I began on the emotional journey and I used the blogs/vlogs as my journal. I know that many debate this subject.

I am for this medium being used for this purpose. It was the tool that was used in my personal Miracle.

Daily, I faced my demons of defeat, disillusion and discouragement. Daily, I would try to regain the positive perspective in this darkness that was choking me.

I began taking steps and moving to the next "Level", but, the next "Level" isn't one that you can get a flashy award for.

I began to allow myself to be vulnerable with vlogs/blogs and be open with my journey.

I was able to connect with people of similar interests and build friendships.


I have a circle of interactive, caring and positive Sparkfriends. I call them my Sparkfamily.

You know the saying, "You can pick your friends, but, you can't pick your relatives." ?

I challenge it

My personal journey became a team effort. I was not alone.

Daily, I would not remember to spin the wheel, but, I was checking in on my virtual mama, funny big brother, wise gramma, sassy/sexy/spiritual sisters, saucy aunts, and fitful cousins!

Love and support was being bounced from page to page and heart to heart.

The world was shrinking and the lights were brighter.

The darkness was ebbing away.

I was getting stronger day-by-day.

Today there is barely a cloud in the sky of my heart. I have been pain-free for almost 3 weeks and my Sparkfamily has been here through one of the darkest times of my life.

I beat depression with the help of my SparkFAMILY.

Spark is My Miracle.

Make it yours.

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SHASSYSUE2 6/15/2011 11:47PM

    Oh my... I can't even describe how I feel right now. I am in awe of the Awesome Healing Power!! You have Blessed me so much in the last couple of months, and yet you were battling so much. I hate that I can't get the Vlogs to download, but your written words are simply beautiful like you!! I am honored to have found a SISTA like you. I will always be here for you, if you need to cry or shout, or rejoice. We are in it for the LLOONGG haul!! I am rejoicing right now, and smiling through tears... You my dear, are the definition of an Angel!! Love you Bunches!! Shannon

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MNOT2THICK 6/15/2011 8:26PM

    Liz, I don't care which family member I am. I do care about you and am so happy to hear, read and join you in your wonderful evolution. Three weeks of pain free joy so far and the darkness has lifted. Prayer works. Woman, you are loved. emoticon

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SUNNYBUNNY112 6/15/2011 6:14PM

    My soul sista...I love you, L! I have seen you bloom from a caterpillar in a a beautiful butterfly! I love how you blossomed...taking on...Friday dance parties, dying your hair...and allowing us to share some very quiet times and sometimes hard times with you...
this was a wonderful blog...and I feel very blessed to have you as a friend. :)

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KANSASCHICA 6/15/2011 6:06PM

    OOoooohhhh you gave me goosebumps!!!!
HEY CUZZZZZ!!!! I'm assuming I'm an SP cousin...because, well...fitful seems to fit me!! lol So glad your no longer in pain!! You make me soooo happy and I look forward to hearing your chipperness (think I just made up a new word again..)when I open your page. You are beautiful sister!!! (I mean cuz!) I love you dearly!!! I do I do!!! MUAH!!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 6/15/2011 5:49PM

    What a wonderful blog and how kind of you to open up and share it with us.

If you only knew what a SPARK you are to each of us!!


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MYSTERYROSE74 6/15/2011 4:40PM

    Lizzy, Lizzy, Liz Liz, I am so happy to hear that you are so HAPPY! I am glad things are turning around for you, and am THRILLED about your three weeks of being pain free. That's emoticon Always know I am around if you ever need anything!

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HANKENSTEIN 6/15/2011 4:26PM

    Hey sis, I am so glad to be your big brother and part of your spark family. You are such a blessing in your humor, and especially your grace through tough times. People can talk tough, like you have, but after venting to others, their true colors always come out, and yours are vibrant and beautiful and good. You can't fake being a good person for too long, and with you, its plain to see that that is who you are. You remind us without knowing that grace is a wonderful attribute. So glad you have been feeling better. It must be the outside time.

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MALKS_ARIA 6/15/2011 2:06PM

    Although i haven't gotten to see you through the whole journey, i am glad God allowed me to be part of your most recent leg of the journey...

Having issues of pain, and frustration ... emotionally carrying baggage that needs to go away....

we all know it...
Keep up the good work!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/15/2011 1:14PM

    I can't tell you how happy I am to hear the lightness in your words. That that dark opressive weight has been lifted from your shoulders. emoticon

You are a blessing. ((((BigGiantLIzRocksHugs))))

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I*AM*BLESSED 6/15/2011 12:23PM made me cry! I hope I'm the "virtual mama" you speak of because, truly, I have made you (and another sweetheart, SB), my virtual daughters!

I found a real connection to you the first time I saw your vlogs. You are just so much JOY and LOVE and it really hurt me to see you go thru the brain pain that you have suffered. I could also see what a NURTURING mama you were just by witnessing your actions with your babies.

I'm soooooooo glad you are feeling better, Lizzy! You DESERVE only the best and I'm ALWAYS here for you!

emoticonand Love to you!

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