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My 30 in 30 - Day 11

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Today's topic is "A picture of your IPOD or other music playing device on shuffle, and then list the first 10 songs that play. Also, a picture of something you hate."

Well, here's a pic of my MP3 player. Just the standard Sony Walkman. Music is one of God's greatest gifts to us. I love most types of music, and I have a wide variety on my Walkman that ranges from Worship to Heavy Metal. I have every thing in between Pop to County... everything from Modern Country to Old Country. The only thing I don't enjoy is Rap and Punk. I have artists such as Jesus Culture all the way to AC/DC and Madonna to Ray Stevens. I gone a couple steps further and listed 20 songs and I've included links to the YouTube videos. Enjoy! I do!

A few of today's songs were...

1. Shania Twain - If You're Not in It For Love
2. Doug Stone - A Juke Box with a Country Song
3. Brad Paisley - The World

4. Collin Raye - What if Jesus Came Back Like That

5. Deana Carter - Absence of the Heart

6. Don Henley - End of Innocence

7. George Strait - Sea Shores of Old Mexico

8. Ricky Van Shelton - Pretty Paper

9. Heart - All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You

10. Rebecca Lynn-Howard - Forgive

11. Don Williams - Love Me Over Again

12. Gretchen Wilson - Here for the Party

13. Ron Kenoly - Ancient of Days

14. Pam Tillis - Mi Vida Loca

15. Dixie Chicks - Traveling Soldier

16. George Jones - Telephone Call

17. Gaithers - I Heard It First On the Radio

18. Joe Esposito - Lady, Lady, Lady

19. Kiss - Rock 'n Roll All Night

20. Ray Stevens - The Streak

The next pic is something I hate... actually it's 2 somethings. FYI... I love trees! I DON'T do cold or freezing well, and I HATE having to put on a lot of clothing. I'm a 'little clothing as possible kinda girl'. 'Nuff said!

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SPARKYCARLEY 6/12/2011 7:07AM

    Oh, for certain. It's pretty, especially at the beginning of the winter. I have quite a few photos from the last place I lived because it was nice after the snowfall and the sun was shining so bright. For me, though, the novelty wears off fast. lol

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EDWARDS1411 6/11/2011 10:51PM

    I luv music as well Carley. And you've provided a great ecclectic list with the youtube videos - thanks so much!!! I agree the cold can be difficult to deal with, but you gotta admit it's pretty to look at when it first falls LOL!

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My 30 in 30 - Day 10

Friday, June 10, 2011

Today's topic is 'A Picture of Your Closest Friend'

Well, this is another topic that is not traditional for me. Not only do I have 4 BFF's, but three of them are guys. I can't really pick just one because they are all my best friends.

This one was taken about 6 or 7 years ago. This is Paul... my ex-boyfriend. We never stopped being best friends even though we broke up. I'm not sure how to keep it simple when talking about him. If I said all that I could say, I would end up with a book. He was the love of my life (so far :-)). We had the greatest love ever; and we also made each other crazy. Sometimes I think that's what broke us up... our love was bigger than we knew how to handle. He's still awesome. He still makes me crazy, but God has someone else in my future. Paul will always hold a special place in my heart. I've known him about 12 years.

This is Graham. I met him in 1987. I was 21 and he was 18. He was a wild rocker and I had just moved from a small isolated place in Newfoundland where I grew up being VERY overprotected by my parents. I knew nothing about the world or people. Graham has rescued me more times than I can count. He lectures me when I need it, even when I don't want to hear it... and he doesn't take my temper tantrums seriously. He's there in a heart beat if I need him. He's gotten me through the roughest periods of my whole adult life. We were in love with each other, but not at the same time. It created issues needless to say. I met him at work. I used to ride daily to work with his Dad and brother. One day, Graham joined the team. He got in the car, took one look at me as his father introduced us. I said 'Hi' as I smiled at him. His very first words to me were 'this is going to be one wild ride with this chick'. Then he said 'Hi'. Years later he said '... and it certainly has been'. He is part of my soul.

This is Suzanne. I've known her about a year & a half. I met her at church. I was part of a program there called 'Mentors & Mentee's' (or M&M's for short). It's a Women's Ministries' program where a younger person (Me, the 'Mentee'!) gets put together with an older person (Suzanne, the Mentor). The mentor guides and helps the mentee to grow spiritually and get closer to God. I was a new Christian, and very lost. Suzanne has been an incredible mentor and friend. There's no words to say how much she has done for me.

The last one, I don't have a photo of unfortunately. His name is Ken. I met him at church and he is one of my most important confidants. I'm not sure what I would have done without him in the past year.

I am truly blessed.

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EDWARDS1411 6/13/2011 7:51PM

    And indeed your are blessed Carly to have not one, but three wonderful friends that you can rely on through thick and thin!!!

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SPARKYCARLEY 6/11/2011 7:32AM

    Thank you so much for the feedback. It really keeps me motivated to receive it. I'm so happy that you liked my blog. Hugs.

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DIETSAFARI 6/11/2011 4:49AM

    I really enjoyed running into your blog and your page
May Father really bless you today

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My 30 in 30 - Day 9

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Today's topic is 'A picture that motivates you to do more and A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most'.

Well, there's a few photos that could motivate me to do more. Like pictures of when I was in my 20's, thin, and looking great, or pics of someone I know that looks better than me, or just general pics of women who look great. However, the one I think motivates me the most would probably be a pic that was taken during my heaviest time. I look at this and feel like I'm looking at a different person now. I wonder how that ever happened to me. How did I get to be so overweight? I don't ever want to go back to looking like that; and I certainly don't ever want to go back to feeling the way I felt during those years. I was tired, cranky, with a list of health problems... and that's just to begin with. However, I don't have to talk about any of that because all of you who have ever wanted to lose any weight at all will know first hand what it's like.

Next... a photo of the person who has gotten me through the most. Wow. That's a toughie. There are so many that have gotten me through a lot... each of them in their own way for different reasons. It's hard to pick just one without feeling like I'm doing injustice to the others. My parents, of course would likely top that list. Then there's my brothers, my sisters-in-law, Paul, Graham, Pastor Cliff, Pastor Henry, my dog Casey, Suzanne; and there are many others for different reasons during different chapters of my life. The One who has never left me, has held me up, has carried me when I couldn't carry myself, has dried my tears, has let me have temper tantrums and waited 'till I was done to tell me He loves me anyway, and has taught me how a true good heart should be... well, that would be Jesus. He is my everything.

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SPARKYCARLEY 6/13/2011 8:10PM

    LOL Thanks so much EDWARDS1411.

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EDWARDS1411 6/13/2011 7:53PM

As the old adage goes, "You've come a long way baby!" Well Done!!!

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My 30 in 30 - Day 8

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Today's topic is 'A Pic that Always Makes You Laugh'.

Well, it took me a while to remember this photo. When I think of 'funny', I tend to go to my own memories first... events in my life that I can still look back on and laugh like it just happened. The trouble is, there's no pics of most of these funniest times.

The other option is just to pick any old funny photo... but that didn't seem to be the right thing to do. Then, I took a nap and had a snack; and I woke up remembering this photo.

In this photo my best friend, Paul, who was then my boyfriend, sat down... and kept going! lol The chair tipped backward. We did a lot of laughing together in our years together as a couple. They are memories that I like to remember all the time. It warms my heart.

Here's a 2nd shot with a different angle.

Oh, by the way... I did eventually help him up... after I took some photos and had a good laugh.

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SPARKYCARLEY 6/15/2011 10:38PM

    No... he wasn't hurt, and it was indeed funny!

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EDWARDS1411 6/15/2011 10:13PM

    Hilarious, as long as he didn't get hurt - too funny!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/9/2011 12:53AM

    Love the pictures that warm our hearts!

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BASIC756 6/8/2011 9:23PM

    I agree remember to laugh, smile it does make a difference, and where better to find those laughs and smiles then your memories and photo's , well you made me smile! emoticon

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My 30 in 30 - Day 7

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Today's topic is my most treasured item.

I have to say that this is a subject that I've learned a lot about in my life. There was a time when I had it 'all'. I had a big beautiful home with all the perks. I had the latest gadgets and plenty of disposable income. That was a long time ago... a different lifetime.

Now, I live from month to month having a hard time feeding myself sometimes. I live in a 500 sq. foot apartment. Even in my last place, it was only approximately 1000 sq. feet. I had some extra storage with it though. This new place... no storage. Small, with no storage.

Well, I've never been one to hoard stuff. I always enjoyed going through my stuff and dumping lots when it needed to be done. I used to have lots of garage sales once. I get rid of stuff when I don't need it. I rarely ever ask for money or anything in return. It's just stuff. I figured, the worst that can happen is that I may have to buy another one of something.

I have a hard time coming up with a material object that really is something truly treasured. Granted there are a few. Such as a necklace that I purchased with my share of my Grandmother's estate... the whole $50 of it. The necklace and a special bible in chronological order was how I chose to honor her with that money.

There's also a small rosary that someone super special gave me once. I was not raised a Catholic, but this friend was; and this small rosary is special for a number of reasons.

I'm sure if I sat here long enough I could come up with a few more. However, the one thing that I have to say that I cannot live without... literally... is this....

This book itself is not the special part. It's what's written in it that's the special part. The Word of God. These words have changed my life, changed who I am, and have given me hope where there was none. This book has helped me find true happiness. It has taught me 'the truth', let me see the light in ways I never would have dreamed possible. It is my instructions for everything I do in my life. It has the answer for every question that I have. It has given me eternal life where it was not possible to happen before.

I cannot live without the Word of God in my life. This book that holds these words are my most treasured item.

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EDWARDS1411 6/16/2011 8:07PM

    "The truth shall set you free" and I'm so glad it has for you Carley!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/8/2011 1:46AM

    Before I even read it-- I asked myself the same and mine is my bible as well.. Material posessions don't mean anythign except sentiment! Thanks

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SPARKYCARLEY 6/7/2011 9:39PM

    Thanks so much friends for the wonderful words of support. You are a blessing to me.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/7/2011 9:23PM

    I agree with how precious the Word of God is. There truly is an answer to every question we have. This book of books is timeless. By the grace of God, may we yearn to read and study the inspired word of God daily. I hope that we would be encouraged to memorize many of its verses, chapters, or even books. With 66 books in one (more if you're Catholic), it is the one book I would ask for if stranded somewhere. It's power cannot be matched. Thanks for sharing your message through a terrific blog.

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NONNAJEANIE 6/7/2011 9:21PM

    Carley, I love your faith, how your love for God and His holy word shine through in your words. It is very inspiring and I also love how your pictures illustrate your point -- you can find the answers, you just have to seek them.

The Spark is a book of answers too, and I'm looking forward to reading it, but they are answers for this temporal life. The Bible is the door to eternity.

Thanks for your sharing!

Jeanie in TN

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