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I`m in ONEderland! & Testimony

Tuesday, March 15, 2011



I weigh-in usually on Mondays, but, this week is exciting for me because I`ve been hoping to see this blessed event for years.
This morning I popped onto the scale, just hoping that I would be inching closer to getting out of 200ville and 198.8 appeared int the screen. I was shocked. I was tempted not to do a do-over, cuz, well, if it was a dream I wanted it to stay that way. However, I popped back on for a double-take and there it was again; 198.8.I am officially in ONEderland.
My next bring-me-to-my-tears-is-this-like-one-of-t
he-best-days-of-my-life-or-what, will be when I break 190. I haven`t seen lower then 190 since somewhere around 2004. Between baby 3 and 4.

Testimony:
I`m posting a link that reminds me of THE biggest WOO HOO moment in my life. Please check it out. It's inspiring, I promise.
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?
v=440910512504

I am the first-born to a farmer and a homemaker. My father was an alcoholic. The night I was born my father was arrested. My early years were filled with the turmoil of watching the two people I loved most choose to hate each other. I was Daddy`s girl. When mom packed my sisters and I up in the dead of the night upon discovering that Dad had been whoring around and had blown grocery money on booze and women; my father burnt our house down that night. They couldn`t prove it. He admitted to it years later on his death bed. Time moved on and my Mom found a man. For the remainder of my childhood my `step-dad`was more like, Mom`s Boyfriend~only, and I grew up without a male bond in my life. I was `messed with` by our male babysitter, and an uncle. Every image of woman being thrown in my direction was that women were disposable. By the time I was 10, I was excelling in everything, and in every enrichment program the schools could get their hands for me, but, I was lonely and depressed....I did not want to be disposable and it just seemed like it was inevitable.
THEN, when I was in the sixth grade my Science teacher handed us the coveted Gideon Bible. In our school it was a sign of prestige; you were considered mature when you had access to a Bible. Our teacher gave us 15 minutes to read this insert and make the biggest decision of our lives. This is what I read, October 21, 1986:

Become a Christian

Many people are looking for God. If you're one of those people, we'd like to share with you that the Bible has what you are seeking. It contains answers to life's vital questions, and—most important—can help you understand how to have a right relationship with God. Here are some selected verses:

God Loves You
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. —John 3:16
(So, I`m not disposable...I have a purpose and it`s not to be a boy toy)



All Are Sinners. Sin has no place in Heaven.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. —Romans 3:23
(everybody has done something...even me at the age of 10 shoving my sister down the stairs was wrong and written somewhere!....if not that then the lie that I told about NOT doing it surely was)
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. —Romans 3:10
(I knew the difference between right and wrong...but was choosing wrong and by default was not choosing Heaven. I learned that Heaven was not a default location or a place you can bribe your way into. I realized I was not going where I wanted to be.)


God's Remedy for Sin
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. —Romans 6:23
(Death would be Hell. Life would be Heaven, Hmmmm....I had a decision to make. Will I let someone else that can pay the debt I owe and can`t possibly pay, pay it for me....)

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. —John 1:12
(I could have a Father....as I said in vlogs previous, my Dad and I reconciled before I buried him when I was 24, but, at 10 I was given the chance to be loved unconditionally, cherished completely, freed from the debt of sin I owed, a life everlasting in place where there was no tears...in the Bible it says that Heaven is filled with likes of little children. Childlike faith. Plain and simple.)

All May Be Saved Now
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him. —Revelation 3:20(a)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. —Romans 10:13 (My FAV is Rom.10:9)

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. —John 20:31

I love this ONEderland, but, it`s Gloryland that keeps me going.



Receive Christ as Your Savior Now...Pray the Following Prayer

Confessing to God that I am a sinner, and believing that the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins on the cross and was raised for my justification, I now receive and confess Him as my personal Savior.





If you are returning to this blog and have found that your comment has been deleted it is because I have the freedom to delete as you have the freedom not to read if you`re offended. I`m am celebrating another milestone in my life and am looking forward to sharing this with anyone that accepts me in my whole package.

  
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MNOT2THICK 3/16/2011 2:43PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonOn the weight loss and to making it to Onederland!

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HERE2GETFIT 3/16/2011 2:36PM

    Wonderful Testimony! Thanks for sharing it. Congrats on your weight loss . Keep moving forward.

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OLGAINTX 3/16/2011 2:22PM

    Congrats on making it to oneland!!!! You are a very special person and you can make it all the way down that scale. I can't wait for your post when you reach 190.

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26M8J7 3/16/2011 1:09PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. You are an example of how our loving Father God can transform a life. emoticon
I watched the link and the video says it all, thank you!

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HEALTHYFAM7 3/16/2011 11:52AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It is wonderful to hear what God does through His Word.
Congratulations on the weight loss.
God bless.
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LADYBUGG67 3/16/2011 8:45AM

    I LOVE your post! So touching and sincere. I especially love your quote "It's Gloryland that keeps me going". AMEN!!

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LINTPICKER 3/16/2011 7:44AM

    wow! I can hardly believe that a science teacher gave you this! Now teachers have to be careful about even talking about God! What a gift he has given you!

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LOUANN22 3/16/2011 1:21AM

    great blog post. Congrats on making wonderland :)

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JEANUT 3/15/2011 10:31PM

    I am so happy for you
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BETHSTL 3/15/2011 7:04PM

    Snow, you have me crying. I love you for sharing this...I have been needing inspiration lately and this definitely helps me!

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Thank you!

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MYSTERYROSE74 3/15/2011 5:53PM

    emoticon Wonderful blog post!!!

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HANKENSTEIN 3/15/2011 3:14PM

    I'm feeling speechlessly blessed that you have shared this.

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ROGUE_RUNNER 3/15/2011 3:03PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

... P.S. LOVE

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Vloggers Challenge 18: Teeny Weeny Polka Dot Bikini

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Ya, that bikini has never and will never happen.


Note from our LeAdEr:
Here is our Vlogger's Team Challenge for this week brought to you by JMARISK:

Spring is just around the corner! You know what that means. Only 3 more months until bathing suit season. Are you ready? A lot of us are amping up our workout regiment to get ready. So I’ve been wondering:

1) What are you looking forward to most about this spring/summer? What is your favorite springtime activity? Or are you planning any special ventures?

2) Compare yourself to last year. Are you still afraid to hit the beach or are you more comfortable/confident in your own skin (even if you still have a few more pounds to shed)?

3) Have you started or joined any special diet or workout programs to get ready for the season? What has worked best for you? What hasn't?

The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday March 16th at midnight! Make sure you return to this thread and post that you did it!!

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Join our Vlogger's team and get in on all the fun :o)

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MESAJOGGER 3/18/2011 1:49AM

    I loved your comment about blister not being the color you're going for. It was so funny. I got a lovely sunburn today. emoticon :-P Veggie gardens are the only ones I make. Flowers are not for me. Good luck!

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JMARISK 3/17/2011 7:20AM

    I tried starting a veggie garden on my apartment balcony. Didn't work out too well.

Bikinis scare me too. Shorts are a definite beach accessory for me too. I hate my thighs. So bad. haha.

I will solve the name mystery for you. It is actually my first initial "J," my middle name "maris," and the first initial of my maiden name "k." So there you go. J-Maris-K is how I say it. I'm think about changing my handle though. No one gets it and I am married. LOL.

Thanks for posting!

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SPACELION 3/15/2011 11:26AM

    Haha I totally agree about the tan thing. I'm happy being the colour of chalk, rather that than skin cancer and the colour of an oompa loompa anyawy lol!

xx

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SUNNYBUNNY112 3/14/2011 2:35PM

    OMG...I didn't know you were white! The things we find out...wow! LOL

I agree that you should be comfortable so that you can fun...no reason to go and worry the entire time, right? I still can't believe you are white....


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DRAWNTHISWAY 3/14/2011 9:59AM

    I can so agree with your blog. The white girl comments? I grew up inFlorida. I was out in the sun on daily basis throughout my childhood and even after having most of my kids. I considered myself a peppermint I was white. If I wore a bathing suit i was red and white. I was so sick of hearing the white girl comments that I tried my best to limit my time outside in a bathing suit to my own yard. When people make comments to me now, I kindly respond with "I love the sun. I don't love the basal cell carcinoma that they dig out of me because of it."

I completely agree about the cold and snow. We may not get as much snow as you do, but we do get cold from end of September until mid April. My kids are finally able to enjoy more time outdoors now, but they would love to be able to spend all day outside.

Best of luck with your veggie garden. Have fun as Spring approaches!

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BETHSTL 3/13/2011 10:15PM

    I am with ya...bikini won't happen here either. And I am a "white" girl too...Tan has never happened to this white girl :)

I applaud you for playing around with a veggie garden...If I look at anything green..it dies...so good job for just playing around with one!

Yay, the "diggin" stinks with any swimming suit LOL

Love your blogs girl!

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Quickie Before Church

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The second I discovered my skirt was too big, I ran downstairs to share the joy. No second thought....nothin', but, pure delight. I'm not a size 18 anymore?! I didn't know because I live in elastic banded pants with pull-strings. I'm not a fashion bug. This skirt I haven't worn since October......I'm goin' nekked to church...

Relax, I found an elastic waist skirt ...I'm clothed, we're good..
WOO HOO!!!! I'm gonna ride this high for a loooooooong time.

  
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ASRMOM 3/15/2011 8:02PM

    I love the excitement in this vlog! Way TO GO!!!! I am so excited for you! You may have to go through that closet before another "go to" outfit doesn't work at the last minute! emoticon

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BETHSTL 3/15/2011 7:06PM

    I LOVE how excited you are in this VLOG! You are doing so great sweetie! So happy for you!

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OLGAINTX 3/14/2011 3:41PM

    Woo Hoo!!

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CINDYLOUWHO2011 3/13/2011 10:11PM

    Truly Awesome!! SO so Happy for you!!

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MIBELLALUNA 3/13/2011 8:14PM

    I have a horrible, deviant mind...apparently! I thought "Quickie before Church" meant something entirely different!! Ohh...I see Hank did also..good, I'm not the only one! ;) Losing a whole SIZE?! That is BETTER then the other kind of quickie! CONGRATS!!!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 3/13/2011 6:02PM

    emoticon You go girl!! You joy is contagious!! I'm SO SO SO SO SO happy for you!!
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LINTPICKER 3/13/2011 11:46AM

    What a drag... now you have to get a new bunch of clothes.... the trials we go through! emoticon

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TOTANGO 3/13/2011 11:05AM

    Oh what a feeling! I'm truly happy for you.
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MYSTERYROSE74 3/13/2011 10:30AM

    Wow! You had no idea? That's fantastic! Time to for some shopping I think! emoticon

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HANKENSTEIN 3/13/2011 9:45AM

    Woo Hoo! Go Rev. Croc! You called your blog "quickie before church" and used the word missionary in like the first 10 seconds. Why is this preacher smiling? LOL. Awesome.


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My Hero!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Short, sweet, and simple. So quick, even I missed the point.
You owe me HANKENSTEIN for makin' this one brief!

I had a 12minute one made and uploaded this morning...called, Call First or WALK THE PLANK, but, it was just a rant about Ontario health care and not having a doctor for my family in 3 years and how I made a contraption to drown the rats that are migrating from the grocery store....I guess that coulda stayed up. I wanted you to see my Bobby....

  
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WITHJOI 3/9/2011 12:02PM

    You crack me up! Thanks for commenting on my blogs. I may actually try vlogging! I love that word! Great word! I talk too much usually & figured I would bore everyone, so hadn't tried. I may give myself a 2 minute challenge of saying anything & give it a try. Could be fun!
Thanks for sharing.
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SNOWANGELDIVA 3/8/2011 4:55PM

    @HANKENSTIEN, I'm a girly-girl, I fish for affirmation and I love watching SB tell you to "Bite _ _". Rev. Croc. actually cracked a smile, it totally threw me off my game...BOYS!!!
@SUNNYBUNNY, Hee hee...It was a first and a last all at once. That's a McDonald's vlog...not much soul in that fastfood, but, you got to see my hottie.
@JMARISK, I know, eh?! Holy nervous Batman! I was giggling inside and blushing. *GAG* Really?! I've been with him since 94 and have contemplated suffocating him with a pillow to silence snoring and he still makes me 'twitterpated'.
@BETHSTL, tnx, I was actually really feeling bummed about it today. You totally cheered me up! Yes, my man is a cutie. :D
@26M8J7, I am, I hope you are too. I'll be checking on you.

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HANKENSTEIN 3/8/2011 2:51PM

    My dear Snow, congrats on overcoming the v-blogging in front of Rev. Crocodile Dundee, but please don't ever think I want less of the melodious tones of your voice. I believe it was another frequent v-blogger who may have already posted (and ignored, by the way, the error) that said shorter was better. I think she might even have pledged to stay under 4 minutes as a challenge for this month, where her average length is at about 8:15 or so since she made that pledge. No worries. I could watch both of you for hours because you provoke thought.

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SUNNYBUNNY112 3/8/2011 1:18PM

    You missed the point...um, hilarious!!! Yep, hubby is a cutie. :) ...and now you are MY hero...under 3...totally envious...skank!

Ha ha. :)

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JMARISK 3/8/2011 12:40PM

    Way to go, girl! Vlogging in front of hubby :)

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BETHSTL 3/8/2011 12:29PM

    First of all I love your hair...and he is a cutie :)

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26M8J7 3/8/2011 11:36AM

    Have a great day!

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Migraine Mayhem

Sunday, March 06, 2011

I have a mile long list but I'm gritting my teeth doing my level best not to go on a crying jag and tackle the candy stash. I figure if I get the distress off my chest I can then focus on the work I have to get done before service tomorrow.
I have a neurological disease commonly known as Migraine. I have a specific type called Hemiplegic Migraines and it makes it difficult to treat because the symptoms are similar to stroke. They have to be particularly careful with me because my little sister had a stroke in her 30's and it's a genetic nasty thing. I'm allowed a selection of treatment options.
The symptoms of an attack are depression, slurred speech, confusion, partial paralysis of extremities, and part of my face goes numb, (it feels like some wacky dentist went ape with the Novocaine), sensitivity to light, sound and smell. Of course, pain. My migraines are triggered by combination of sleep-deprivation, barometric pressure, and/or stress.
Well, we hit the jack-pot today. It rained, hailed, then snowed. I was woken by Drunk Gerbil(s) which is code for Rat. Yes, I found out there are more. I can't express to you the horror. I can't sleep. I'm too busy being ticked at the Creator of the universe for alternately exposing us to such a thing and embarrassing us by allowing such filthy creatures to roam in our home. Lastly, stress. I learned plumbing this week. I had NO desire to, but, I can now hook up all necessary plumbing for a washer and install a faucet should I ever have to again. Grrrrrrrrr. Good news, is that I now can do the 20 loads of laundry waiting for me *sigh*


*sob*

Brain pain go away....


I do have a wonderful preventative medication. I'm on Topamax (anti-seizure) and under normal days it does a wonderful job of giving me back my life and helping me to function. I used to be confined to bed for 2/7 days. Moving was agony. My life was a living h3ll. When I have an attack and then have to suffer the recuperation this is how I can best describe it:
Imagine being sealed in a cold glass coffin. Your head is nailed down. You can see your family. Your family can see you. You can't touch. You can't clearly communicate. You can't take care of your loved ones. You watch them struggle and need you and you are forced to watch. Life goes on while your heart breaks. Finally you're set free, only to be returned to the torture again.

Bitter much, Snow?
In the grand scheme of things, this pales in comparison to just last year. However, this is my journal and I am choosing to lament. My nurse practitioner quit and I am trying to get a NP or Doctor for the fam again. It took 9 months last year. I hope that I can get this script refilled at the Walk-In on Monday, she left me high and dry.

  
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HONEYMUFFIN1923 3/7/2011 12:31AM

    Sorry to hear of your pain.

About the rats, we had one as a pet once. Cute fun little critter.

I also had the fun pleasure to live with a very large Wolf Spider. The only way I could deal with that critter until it was gone was to name it "Hairy" and talk to it. I knew if I talked to it being the first one up in the morning it would run and hide. It didn't like me any more than I liked it. One day DH got rid of "Hairy" by stepping on it in the apartment of course. Well male "Hairy" turned out to be "Hairett". All that hair was the babies she was carring around!! So instead of one HUGE spider I got to look forward to several hundred!! Can you say "RAID"? I got rid of them asap.

Good luck with your unwanted pet.

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BETHSTL 3/6/2011 6:20PM

    So sorry you have to go through this pain. You are truly an inspiration for being able to get along day by day. I had miagrains all the time when I was a teenage...I have grown out of them, but remember the pain all too well.

((HUGS)) to you sweetie!

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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 3/6/2011 4:57PM

    Glad the Topamax is working for you -- I couldn't survive without the stuff. Hang in there!

Hey, maybe you could teach the rats to do housework, like in Disney's old animated movies. (Or tell 'em they have chores, and watch them scatter like my kids do!)

Try not to be embarrassed about the rats. It's all part of the This Old House deal. In one of the homes I restored near a river, the rat problem didn't disappear until we completely removed the original tile roof to replace it. You would not BELIEVE the stuff pulled out of there! At least you don't have termites, too, like down here in Florida.

Fixing the plumbing has probably cut off their drinking water supply, so that should help. I feel for you!

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MUIN64 3/6/2011 3:03PM

    Oh, how awful. My migraines have some of the neurologic stuff (aphasia, etc.), but nothing like yours. I'm so glad that Topomax is helping you, because it's been a wonder drug for me. Is there something you can take on-demand for the breakthrough migraines? I haven't had any, so I don't know if they can give you with a second thing or not--seems like they could since most other migraine meds work entirely differently thatn the Topomax. I hope you're out of the "glass coffin" very soon.

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MIBELLALUNA 3/6/2011 12:33PM

    Oh my gosh, and I thought my migranes were bad!!! You poor kid, that sounds horrific. THe imitrex nasal spray is the only thing that works for mine. I try not to use them though b/c I know they 'shrink' your blood vessels and that could contribute to stroke if you are otherwise prone.

I'm glad to know it wasn't my imagination in thinking lack of sleep triggered mine also. I used to try to convince people I absolutely could not function on less then 8 hours if I didn't want to suffer a 3 day migrane, but luckily now I don't have to (convince anyone). My sister still gets agitated that I won't ride in her car even if she isn't actively smoking at the time, the smell of the nicotine in the car can still trigger mine. Weather is definately a kicker.

Hey, I heard that some CVS's pharmacies are offering a nurse practioner who can prescribe, maybe that would help as a temp fix?

This is the first year we haven't had cats in our house, so I'm very nervous that mice may show up unexpectedly. Rats...eek..!! Now that is scary for you, no doubt. I wish I had any suggestions for ya. Hang in there!

(I did hear that feverfew tea will help with migranes somewhat but I haven't tried it yet.)

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MYSTERYROSE74 3/6/2011 10:16AM

    Yucko! I hope you feel better soon. Your migraines sound very scary how you describe them. Get some rest. emoticon emoticon

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HANKENSTEIN 3/6/2011 9:08AM

    Wow. Feel better, Snow.

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LINTPICKER 3/6/2011 9:02AM

    So sorry to hear all the troubles. I hate rats! We have roof rats a lot here. I think my attic is ladened with a layer of rat poison!! They still pop in from time to time, but I AM winning the battle!
I hope you are able to get the medication, find a doctor, and find comfort today. Bless you. I will be praying for you.
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