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And Then There Was Just An Echo....

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Here is the latest in the "Poor Michelle...Her-Kid-Is-Leaving-Home" blog series; uh, installment number THREE to be exact? Or 3,122? Anyhooooo, I just realized something last night before collapsing on the couch at 2:43 a.m. when I felt it was safe to boo-hoo without anyone seeing me. Not only am I saying "see ya later" to my baby, I am saying goodbye to her friends who have crossed over my threshold and into my heart throughout the years. These kids might as well be mine, too, as much time as they spend here! They all call me "Mom" and give me hugs, kisses and backtalk on a regular basis. So, what the heck am I gonna do once the loud music, bonfires, screeching laughter and chaos ends? This house is going to be silent for the first time in 20-some-odd-years. I have a feeling it's going to be miserable until I find my place in this world as a "free agent." (Lower the eyebrows and close your mouth, Brian...I'm not talking about being free from you, m'dear.) Here are just a smidgen of the hundreds I've come to know and love with all of my heart...

Yeah, these are just a FEW. But there's a few more days of blogging left before her departure. And there's kids in her bedroom now! Where's the camera???

Have a great weekend, guys. Love you much!

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/16/2013 6:21PM

    Yeah, you let people into your heart, and you just never want to let them go. I totally understand that. I think it's dawning on me now how my commenting on your three year old experiences must be so bizarre for you, lol. These chapters of your life have been closed for so long, and here I am dusting them off as though they're brand new, lol. So much has probably changed for you in this time, but for me it's like you're living the experience right at this very moment. I know that's not the case though, so it makes leaving comments seem really funny. I hope you managed to find a way to deal with the changes in your life from this big event - this entry into a new normal. Let's go find out! :-D

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/31/2010 10:06AM

    Wow! You are the fun house! I wanna live next door. I miss having kids in my life 24/7. I'll be thinking of you. Hang in there!

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JUNIAATROME 8/30/2010 3:06PM

    I suppose, she will bring a few new ones from college too! So just look forward to that (I'm telling me the same thing...)

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USFBULL 8/29/2010 11:09PM

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Gee you will have more time to go on rides
more time to go to the places you could not before
I don't know how you will do it.... maybe thats not so bad after all
No extra cleaning up Mmmmm its going to be tough. LOL
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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/29/2010 11:00PM

    I had a great friend once, a long time ago... ( have no more friends now lol) and her mum... made the best coffee (koffie) in the world, I could always knock on her door, I loved to spend time at her house... it was my home away from home...
or really... my somewhat more appreciated home then at home.

Life happened, I have no idea where they are, what they are doing and HOW they are doing.
But still today sometimes I think about those times....

I'm sure she has long forgotten me by now! ;0)

Be strong....

It made me laugh though when i read she's only half an hour away....

I reckon she'll be 'poppin' in heaps more than you actually want...


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TRENTDREAMER 8/29/2010 9:37PM

    Trust me on this one. Become active with other empty nesters in your church. If I knew you two years ago, I would have suggested starting on this long before she left for college.

I'm sorry to hear that you are going to be losing such people. Remember, in the era of FaceBook, most of them will only be a mouse click away.

Whatever you do, keep in touch with us, your SparkFriends. Let us be there for you. I know that we're no replacement, but friends (such as you) have really been life-savers at times.

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BLAKBIRD 8/29/2010 3:48PM

    Gee, stop being such a Mom for a moment - emoticon - and start thinking of yourself and your DH, I'm sure, with your creativity, you can find any number of fun, productive ways to fill in the time between school breaks.

At first the quiet might take a bit if getting used to, but transforming a baby into a young woman didn't happen overnight either.

You've done a great job raising your daughter and her friends, they know that you're there for them and they all know your phone number.

In the meantime there's SparkPeople

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MJMONE 8/29/2010 10:59AM

    BTDT, empty nesting is soooo hard...BUT we have to go through this to get to the ULTIMATE reward, a grandbaby...nothing like it!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/29/2010 8:44AM

    You are right...your life will not be the same. But you will find that you and your DD will have a much closer and stronger adult relationship. God bless you and your family.

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FLEMIDG 8/29/2010 2:24AM

    Michelle, I know you will miss your daughter when she leaves. But I am sure you will spend countless hours talking to her on the phone. If any of her friends are still around I am sure they will drop by to see how you are once in a while. You are so lucky to have such a close relationship with your daughter, and I am sure that will not ever change. I am sure your relationship will get even better as your daughter matures.
You can always find something to occupy your time. Spend more time with your DH and maybe think about volunteering or take a class or two yourself. Learn something new. I am sure once you adjust to the fact that she has gone off to school, you will be just fine. Thank you so much for sharing those pictures with us.
We are always here if you need to chat or vent. Love you lots. Take care. God bless you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MUSIC66 8/29/2010 12:01AM

    i know what you mean about missing your daughter i miss my two oldest sons , but they do visit us at least once a week to see how we are lol.

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MUSIC66 8/29/2010 12:01AM

    i know what you mean about missing your daughter i miss my two oldest sons , but they do visit us at least once a week to see how we are lol.

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GEEMAWEST 8/28/2010 11:43PM

    Believe you me, you and Brian will find plenty to do. I won't go into details, just trust me. hehehe

Before you know it, she will be bringing home even more kids for you to mother.

It's not that I don't feel sorry for you, because I know it's hard, but she's only 30 minutes away. HELLO!!

My youngest daughter is in New York and I am in Oregon. Now who should get the sympathy.

However, we won't mention the fact that my oldest daughter with my 4 grandkids live only 2 blocks away.

Bottom line is that if you have had a good relationship, and I know that you have, then you will have an even better relationship as she grows into a woman.

Hugs, G-Ma

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    Now wait, who says that those others have to stop coming over just because your daughter goes away? If they care for you that much, they should be able to hang out still. Or at least when she's home here and there. These things will make you look forward to them and you can plan to make them extra special.:)

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CARTOONB 8/28/2010 7:05PM

    You are in for a quiet time. Good luck adjusting!

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REDDOGMOM 8/28/2010 4:45PM

    2 years ago when my daughter left for her freshman year of college I was in your shoes. I was the "go to" mom. We have a big house with land and outbuildings so there were always a ton of kids here. They brought guitars and jammed til all hours of the night. (We have no close neighbors) They played football and soccer in the pasture. It wasn't uncommon to feed 20 kids a night during the summer. Then get up and make mountains of pancakes for breakfast LOL. The kids had their own fridge and freezer and after your first visit you were family, help yourself to whatever.

At first the silence is deafening. You wonder how you'll ever fill up your time. Then slowly you start to remember the things you used to do. Volunteer work, cooking classes, playing find things that you enjoy that you just never used to have time to do.

My "baby" just left to go back for her junior year. I really enjoyed having her and her friends back around for the summer and I was sad when she moved back last week, but not nearly as sad as I was two years ago.

Be proud of yourself and your daughter. It sounds like you've done your job well.

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TEENY2BEE 8/28/2010 4:39PM

    Wow......I am not liking this blog....making me feel a little sickly...I dread the day my babies leave..and their 7 and 8....Feel for you,Sister.....we all have to go through it.... emoticon emoticon

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IAM_HIS2 8/28/2010 4:27PM

    Knowing you, you'll be busy before you know it and enjoying another chapter in your life. Plus, you'll get to have a closer relationship with your daughter. She will grow more as a person and as a result, she will appreciate you so much more.

Get comes another awesome chapter in your life book...get ready 'cause it will be filled with awesome adventures, memories, and most of all love. You have a lot to look forward to, to experience, and to cherish. Get that camera out and start snapping picture and a memories scrapbook collection.

God bless you.

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    Oh my. I'm sorry. I can't say it's going to be easy. I wasn't for me, and I was in your shoes so many times before. Two out of the four of our kids' friends lived for coming over and spending time at our house... it does stop... abruptly.

You're going to make it... you don't have a choice... but don't fool yourself into thinking it's going to be "no big deal". Find yourself someone to lean on NOW, and get a plan ahead of time, say.

Love you too, sweet friend!

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DARLENEK04 8/28/2010 4:19PM

You so sound just oddly like me when my
son finally moved out. LOL
Then I rented a house with a basement! ! ! Lo and behold,
he and a friend decided they should move in with me......
So I had company, and I mothered all the kids who came to
play pool in the basement, play music, whoop and holler to
their hearts content. I also went to any neighbors within
hearing distance, gave them my phone # and told them if they
were bothered by noise, to call me first and not the police.
If anyone were drinking, they knew to hand over the keys when
they came in. Quite a few times I called their parents to say
the would be spending the other explanation...
On weekends, I made huge pots of chili, spagetti,
beef stew, and now and then when I caught pizza's on sale, I
baked several at a time after I doctored them a bit with extra
meat and cheese....anybody who came in, went thru the kitchen
and they always cleaned up their trash.
I loved those kids like they were mine....and like you, I miss
that camraderie........but eventually you will be doing your
own thing and while you will cherish those visits, things do
change, you and Brian will spend more time together...and when
the kids come around, you can still throw a party with the best
of them...........

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BKNOCK 8/28/2010 3:24PM

    She is so close she will probably have friends from college visiting soon! Many of them may be far from home and they will need a step mom! After all you are the greatest step mom these kids have had through the years! I bet you find that your quiet life will not be as quiet as you think! Hey, maybe you should have another kid, it isn't too late after all you are much younger than me!

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LMB-ESQ 8/28/2010 2:48PM

    So, you know that saying when your kid gets married, "You're not losing a daughter, you're gaining a son?" Well, how about we amend that to say, "You're not losing high school friends, you're gaining college friends?" Just think about all the NEW friends she's going to make for you to love and hear back talk from! emoticon

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It's Already Starting; Sorry, Guys.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Okay...I was able to talk Breanna into allowing me to post ONE baby picture of her. If you remember, about a week ago (?) I said that I would like to post some baby pics of her because she was such a daggone cute kid (oh, still IS but C'MON, everyone loves baby pics). She had basically confiscated the photo albums and held them hostage until she THOUGHT I had forgotten about the idea. Nope...Momma didn't forget and after a few moments of debate she showed me the one she said I could show you. Looks like we're gonna have to wait until she leaves for college next Tuesday before I can go hog wild!

Note the ears. They have since laid flat to her head. But, isn't she just the cutest little booger??

We have been busy getting items together that she needs for college. A laptop, a printer, towels, bedspreads, curtains, rugs, etc...all this for a room that is no bigger than a walk-in closet and she has to share it with someone else. I found a crumpled up paper in the desk drawer today that had the list of items she needed carefully crossed out and each one exhausted. That kinda jabbed at my heart a little. It made everything seem so final. Five more days. Five more days and this little baby is walking the path to adulthood ON HER OWN. I know she's still going to need us. I know that she's going to call home and play her homesickness off like she's big and bad and can take on the world. That's what I did and she is sooo much like me. (However, I have to say, she exercises more patience than I ever will.) But this kid of mine is so stubborn, so smart, so hard-headed that she will excel in anything she sets her mind to in no time at all. I am grateful, too, for that. She has never had any trouble telling you like it is but has a love so deep for her fellow human, for God and for all things that are good and decent. She will make her/our world a better place. In her own small way, she will make a huge impact on someone's life. I guess it's everyone else's turn to be brightened by her shining soul, her brighter-than-the-sun smile...

I'm just being selfish for wanting to keep her with ME. But, for just a little bit longer? Is that really so bad?

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K8NJKSMOM 9/17/2010 3:01PM

    Hope you and Breanna are doing well.

When I left Kaitlin at university two weeks ago, I thought my heart would jump right out of my chest. She too, had her list of items to bring - three pages of highlighted items for her new and exciting life.

Our girls will do wonderfully - and their moms will start to learn to take deep breaths and smile when we think of how proud we are of them.


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/31/2010 9:50AM

    Oh you make me wanna cry! How do they grow up so fast. (sniffles) I'm sending you loads of hugs!

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DARLENEK04 8/27/2010 8:50PM

  What an adorable and beautiful baby...and gee whiz, she looks
just like her momma. What a beauty.
I know how you feel, babygirl, but I swore I would not cry
when mine flew the coop errrr nest, LOL, and I didn't. I am
happy they have become adults, thoughtful of others and just
nice people.
You must be proud of Bree, and let her spread her wings and
fly.....she will always be your baby....but you know you gave
her wisdom and the important teachings for her life to come...
So stand down momma, and watch your little bird go forward to
improve the world in her own way....
What a girl who has turned into such a special young woman.


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JANNYMACK 8/27/2010 12:28PM

    What a testament to your guiding her along life's way before launching her out...Job Well Done, Mom! In addition, she is one very gorgeous girl and a miracle in the making. From baby Girl to Womanhood, what a wonderful confidence to have that she's gonna make you even prouder!

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JRDIAMOND4 8/27/2010 9:09AM

    "she is sooo much like me", All I can say is you have no worries. Both beautiful ladies. Such a cute baby!!

Letting go should not be part of a momma's vocabulary. Who says we have to. Although, we have to "Let Live". How proud you must feel that she is becoming her own and sharing this with you. You are a truly blessed!!

This is all part of the new chapters for both of you. She is going to start writing hers and you, my friend, are going to start a new one. May God's arms be wrapped around both of you as you begin.


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BKNOCK 8/27/2010 8:48AM

    Wow what a cutie she was! And now look at her, a beautiful, strong, loving, spiritual woman ready to take on the world! Stay strong my friend!

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MAMASHAWN 8/27/2010 7:55AM

    We did this a year ago. When we turned to walk back to our car without her... I could never have prepared myself for that feeling. If everyone knew about THAT profoundly empty feeling, people would seriously reconsider having children in the first place.

But it's good. Facebook and Skype became a regular part of our weeks. She came home for this Summer, but probably not next year. By then, she's planning to be on her own. I got a reprieve, and I'm better prepared this year (I'm telling myself).

Growing pains, friend... for both of us. Snuggle the heck out of her in the meantime and sniff her hair! Then send her off with the blessing of our Father.


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MAMASHAWN 8/27/2010 7:54AM

    We did this a year ago. When we turned to walk back to our car without her... I could never have prepared myself for that feeling. If everyone knew about THAT profoundly empty feeling, people would seriously reconsider having children in the first place.

But it's good. Facebook and Skype became a regular part of our weeks. She came home for this Summer, but probably not next year. By then, she's planning to be on her own. I got a reprieve, and I'm better prepared this year (I'm telling myself).

Growing pains, friend... for both of us. Snuggle the heck out of her in the meantime and sniff her hair! Then send her off with the blessing of our Father.


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MAMASHAWN 8/27/2010 7:54AM

    We did this a year ago. When we turned to walk back to our car without her... I could never have prepared myself for that feeling. If everyone knew about THAT profoundly empty feeling, people would seriously reconsider having children in the first place.

But it's good. Facebook and Skype became a regular part of our weeks. She came home for this Summer, but probably not next year. By then, she's planning to be on her own. I got a reprieve, and I'm better prepared this year (I'm telling myself).

Growing pains, friend... for both of us. Snuggle the heck out of her in the meantime and sniff her hair! Then send her off with the blessing of our Father.


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MAMASHAWN 8/27/2010 7:54AM

    We did this a year ago. When we turned to walk back to our car without her... I could never have prepared myself for that feeling. If everyone knew about THAT profoundly empty feeling, people would seriously reconsider having children in the first place.

But it's good. Facebook and Skype became a regular part of our weeks. She came home for this Summer, but probably not next year. By then, she's planning to be on her own. I got a reprieve, and I'm better prepared this year (I'm telling myself).

Growing pains, friend... for both of us. Snuggle the heck out of her in the meantime and sniff her hair! Then send her off with the blessing of our Father.


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VRADAA 8/27/2010 7:39AM

    What a wonderful blog! She is indeed a beautiful young woman. While what you are feeling is normal and you know that, you should be so proud of yourself for bringing up such a responsible warm hearted loving lady. She will be going places, doing things with her life because she had good parenting, raised with good values, encouraged by a loving family. So, pat yourself on the back Lady and smile.

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LMB-ESQ 8/27/2010 7:02AM

    Cute baby... beautiful girl!

Here's the thing. She isn't "leaving" you. She's entering into her own life. There will always be a place in it for you. Probably a big place, even if she ends up moving far away. And if you think she's a remarkable kid? Just wait till you see what kind of remarkable adult she will become! You said she will make a huge impact on somebody's life, but really, you have no idea. She will do amazing things that will shock and awe you with their intensity. You're bursting with pride now? Just wait... the reality of her adult life will outshine your expectations in ways you can't even imagine.

That said... here's something else you need to prepare for.... whenever she comes home, for a weekend, for a school break, she will be DIFFERENT. More grown up, more responsible, with new ideas, just MORE. Notice those things, and it will be like having another "childhood" to watch. People never stop growing, remember. In some ways, this flying the nest is an even bigger growing experience than their "little kid" childhoods. (Thinking about my own kids as I write this, and actually tearing up LOL)

I'm looking forward to reading not only about her accomplishments, but about your reactions to them!

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IAM_HIS2 8/27/2010 2:18AM

    Oh how fast they grow and leave the nest....Hold on to all those memories and pictures.

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SUGARPUNK52 8/27/2010 1:41AM

  A beautiful baby turned into a beautiful young lady.You're both blessed to have each other.I'm so happy for both of you.GOD bless.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/27/2010 12:44AM

    LOL, I can imagine how she must feel.....
Lucky my kids don't have a say in it yet ;0)

She was very cute, and by golly she still is.
Couldn't be any other way, as YOU are her mum!!



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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/27/2010 12:43AM

    LOL, I can imagine how she must feel.....
Lucky my kids don't have a say in it yet ;0)

She was very cute, and by golly she still is.
Couldn't be any other way, as YOU are her mum!!



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DONNAORLENE 8/27/2010 12:36AM

    Reminds me of that song "You must have been a beautiful baby, 'cause baby look at you now!" She was and is beautiful. Let's see your baby pictures, I bet we'd see the similarities there too. She looks just like her momma and I'm sure she's going to miss you just as much as you'll miss her. That's the strange thing about growing up, you just keep getting closer! So hang in there and remember, she's in good hands and so are you! You'll both be in my prayers!

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MUSIC66 8/27/2010 12:32AM

    great baby photo , my kids want allow me to post any photo,s of them on my spark page at all.

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CARTOONB 8/27/2010 12:24AM

    Poor baby! Yes, I mean you, not her! LOL! She is a cute booger and was a cute booger and will continue to be a cute booger. I'll look forward to the bonanza of baby pictures once she is out of the house and can't stop you any more!

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    Your blog brought tears to my eyes, and I almost didn't want to keep reading it! My youngest is now a sophomore, then I have a junior, and two married daughters. What happened!?

I am so glad you've joined the Empty Nest team! I know you will fit right in and find the support that you no doubt will be needing!

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FLEMIDG 8/26/2010 11:38PM

    What a beautiful baby, and what a beautiful grown up young woman.
I know it's hard to let her go, but she will do well on her own. She is such a wonderfully giving young lady that I am sure everyone will love her. I agree that she will make the world a better place because she is in it. You are both blessed to have each other.
God bless you both as you go through these changes.
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0309COOKIE 8/26/2010 10:47PM

    Aaaww, what a sweet blog.

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GEEMAWEST 8/26/2010 10:35PM

    What a great smile!! In both pics. You're a blessed woman to have raised such a wonderful daughter. Tell her I said to keep her nose to the grindstone.

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Leave It To Me To Find A Life Lesson In Picking Corn

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Okay, I know this is really random, but my SIL called me earlier this evening and told me to come up and get some of her homegrown corn. She said there were sweet peppers, and homegrown green beans there, too. Before Brian could say, "Where do you THINK you're going?" I was out the door leaving skidmarks in my driveway. Burning rubber, I made the fourth mile journey to her house, salivating at the mouth and hitting every pothole in sight. OH, SHUT UP, I was hungry and I pitied the fool who got in my way.

Jumping from my car, I ferociously slapped my empty Walmart bag open and headed down to the pond where she was standing. A few quick hugs and "how-are-yous" were said and we were laughing our way to her fenced-in garden where the "stuff that dreams are made of" awaited. Mmmmm. First, though, there was the matter of opening her barbed-wire fence. (Many deers in this area...they'll eat YOU if you're not careful.) I don't know how, but as I was passing through, my hair got caught in it. As we stood there laughing, trying to unwind the tangled mess, my shoe sunk in a pit of mud and my foot came out. It successfully landed in another pit of mud. At least I think it was mud. It looked like mud. I wasn't going to smell it to find out.

Making our way through the maze of stalks, I got too close behind her and the leaves slapped me across the face, more than once. There was one particular hearty one, however, that hit me in the eye and dislocated my contact lens from the center of my pupil. I felt it slide underneath my eyelid and suction itself to the white part...not the best feeling. But as my eye grew red and the tears flowed, I became even more determined. She and I picked corn until our fingers hurt. We talked about Breanna's upcoming adventure, the persimmon tree that Steve loved, and the paintings that I had recently been doing. I promised her that I would do one of my brother's 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner so he could hang it in his garage.

It was a great time. I ended up spending more time there than what I had planned. I realized that I missed these times with her and privately promised myself to spend more time with her once Breanna spreads her wings and flies. And I had CORN. HOMEGROWN CORN! Getting it was difficult and a struggle but the pay-off was good! And I had sweet peppers and green beans, too. Cleaning up my foot and fixing my contact, I realized that life is kinda like that, too. You might get beat up a little along the way to a goal but the end result is good, especially when you do things with a pure heart. And that's the key...having a pure heart. Getting things any other way just wouldn't feel so good in the long run. Would it? There are no short-cuts in ANYTHING worth having, whether it be weight loss, our spirituality, our relationships or corn. Unless it's done right, it could leave a very weird taste in our mouths...and our souls.

Any of you wanna come over for dinner tomorrow?

Well, forget it. The corn is all mine. But I love you anyways! emoticon

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DIETSAFARI 4/17/2011 9:09AM

    An evangelist/farmer from South Africa, called Angus Buchan, spends his quiet time with the Lord on his back in the middle of a field of corn. He calls it his Green Cathedral.
You two could be unto something.
Must be something inspirational about that plant...
Love and Hugs

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PANFRIEDTROUT 8/28/2010 8:13PM

    You have a great way with words .... I felt as if I were there with you, sharing the adventure.

Most compelling of all though, is the gentle yet firm reminder about life & it literally made my heart "well up" (there must be something in my subconscious I don't want to face) .... but truth is truth & you express it very well.

Thank you.

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NANALD 8/26/2010 9:31PM

    Great blog! It is sad that too many of us don't take the time to treasure the sweetness of fresh vegetable OR everyday life! Thanks for reminding us to be grateful for and experience them both! Enjoy!

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JANNYMACK 8/26/2010 1:01PM

    Great Blog, entertaining and humorous writing, I loved it! Thanks.
Subscribing now.......


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    I LOVE fresh corn


Don't know if it's worth the stuff on the shoes


You are a hoot

Thanks for making my day
I'm gonna have to scout the area corn fields for cow pies

What is your mailing address?

Have a wonderful day!

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LOLAINSC 8/26/2010 11:16AM

    Personally, I want to see a picture of that '69 Roadrunner painting when you're done.I agree totally with your blog, how profits a man to gain the world but lose his own soul?

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MOCACHOC 8/26/2010 10:19AM

    Funny, great blog. I know your hubby thought, what the heck is going on. I got a good laugh and I like my corn fresh, also. I love to shuck it, take it off the cob and fry it, bake it.


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JRDIAMOND4 8/26/2010 8:49AM

    You stepped in WHAT!!! (You crack me up) And you want to trade boots. Do know how much real "What" them boots have stepped in? lol

Isn't it true, the things that are the most strenuous to accomplish are the things we treasure most.

And If I was in Ohio, I would be there for dinner. Katie bar the door. lololol

Have a blessed day,

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WHEEZELO 8/26/2010 2:44AM

    Much like life, the best things come with adversity and work. Good for you Michelle, enjoy the last of the summer, and don't let too many days go by without visiting your sister-in-law again.

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BLAKBIRD 8/26/2010 2:12AM

    Great blog, almost felt the slap of the leaves in my face and smell the "mud" on my feet Love the way you bring a stroy to life, and especially the positive message you look to find in your experiences. Thank you for taking the time to share.

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DONNAORLENE 8/26/2010 12:56AM

    The corn is all yours...I've been eating fresh corn from my neighbor and nurse for the last two weeks. And you're right, there's nothing better! I used to grow everything...big garden...loved can do anymore. Oh well, I do have a topsy turvy with tomatoes and an uppsy downsy with tomatoes...Yum-O! Anyway, loved the blog, you always make me laugh! Yes, out loud! Like I told Barb, what other way is there to laugh?!?!?! Take care and enjoy your corn!

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CARTOONB 8/25/2010 11:33PM

    I'm with G-Ma, I want fresh corn too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CONCHALEA 8/25/2010 11:22PM

    Great tale of your exploits to get the nectar of the gods-sweet corn! I envy you all that luscious yellow goodness. Enjoy!

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FLEMIDG 8/25/2010 11:15PM

    Another wonderful blog, Michelle. You always manage to make life sound so interesting. Enjoy all those fresh vegetables, you earned them, and they're good for you. I'm planning on going to the Farmer's Market on Saturday to pick up some fresh veggies. There's nothing like the taste of vegetables right out of the garden.
Hope you are having a wonderful week.

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BKNOCK 8/25/2010 10:55PM

    What time is dinner? Yes, you will SHARE that corn!

You sure know how to make a person hungry!

When my SIL arrived at church tonight, Abby had my SIL's contact in a water bottle top with a bit of water. Her contact some how fell out while she was driving to Garner! You people and your fake eyes!

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DARLENEK04 8/25/2010 10:40PM

  Well since I cant run up to Ohio to get any of your corn, LOL......I
will do the next best thing and go to the Farmers Market tomorrow..
Tomatoes and fresh corn....yummo

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GEEMAWEST 8/25/2010 10:13PM

    I want fresh corn!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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USFBULL 8/25/2010 9:57PM

    emoticon Enjoy all that fresh sweet corn. woohoo!

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Veni, Vidi, Vici...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's really not hard to get side-tracked. It's not difficult to lose sight of your goal, not only with weight loss or the road to better health, but also with the other things in your life. I was talking with Breanna the other night about college life and how easy it will be to allow other things to get in the way of her studies. I was a college student once, I know. It takes discipline and a stern train of thought to keep one's eye on the prize. Plus, it takes determination and a hunger for that prize to get there. If we could only do this without the doubts and the obstacles that are sure to accompany our dreams, without that little voice that whispers in our hearts, "Are you man/woman enough to grab hold and not let go? It's too hard! Give up now!"

But without these obstacles, we wouldn't find our strengths or weaknesses. We wouldn't learn of the "stuff" that makes us who we are. Would we? If our goals were easy to grasp, easy to accomplish, we would not be made stronger in character. We would not learn patience or perseverance. We would merely become unappreciative of our efforts and grow tired of the challenges before us. That is why we must always push through the veil, push through the hard times, and see the shining soul that we ALL have inside of us.

We have choices in this life. Each and everyone of us. We could do what is EASIEST, go where where we are most COMFORTABLE, stay in our OWN LITTLE SPACE. We could stay stagnant and just BE. Or we could FIGHT for what we want. We could FIGHT to make things better. That goes with our health, our friendships, our marriages, our spirituality. If things are not going well, if we're not satisfied with where we are in life, we have CHOICES. Give in, give up, or work harder.

I choose to work harder. Many changes have occurred in my life in the last year and a half. My dear brother passed away, I was handed an unwelcome illness, my daughter lost a child and I have a grandson that I have not held in my arms. I have caught myself countless times feeling very sorry for myself. But I have fought to remain optimistic. I have failed at times, but I've FOUGHT. However, the last month or so, I've felt my soul grow harder. I've grown selfish. I've allowed myself to act out of character in a number of ways. Now that I recognize it, what am I going to do about it?

Fight and claw my way out, THAT'S what! I WILL find myself again. Breanna is leaving for college next Tuesday. I have prepared myself for the torrent of emotions that will be bombarding us both that day. However, I will not wallow in sadness nor I will I allow it to determine the path to my own personal future. I will be sad, most likely crying to you all in a blog, but I won't allow it to determine bad choices that will beget more bad choices. I will cry, get over it, and move on. I raised a good kid. God is her lighthouse. She has said this to me. So the question is, what am "I" going to do? What steps am "I" going to take to get on with MY life, the kind of life I want to live, the kind that I can be PROUD of?

Well, I can cling tighter to my husband. Pray harder. Read the Word of God each and every day. Surround myself with my dearest friends. And give the devil a swift kick in the bum each and every time he comes knocking on my door. I'm not down for the count. I am determined to be better, to be stronger. I am determined to conquer the remnant of a woman I've become and come out with my guns blazing. There's a new chapter of me ready to be written...

and I am the author.

What's in YOUR next chapter? God bless you all.

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/16/2013 9:49AM

    I said recently in a post that I firmly believe the hard and sad moments in life simply serve to remind us of how incredible the joyful and happy moments are. I try to breathe both in, even though the bad moments are bitter and acidic. They don't breathe in so easily, but they all lead into making us stronger people, more capable of relating to others in their similar moments of darkness. And then when joy hits, well, it takes on more color and a greater taste then could ever have been imagined before. It doesn't make the hard times any less difficult, sadly, but it gives a small amount of perspective when I've felt lost.

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FLEMIDG 8/25/2010 11:35PM

    Michelle, You are a wonderful person and I know you will come out of this all right. Breanna has wonderful parents, and she will do well in school.
I have been praying for you and your DH to be able to cope with your daughter going away to school, and I prayed that you would find something that would give what you need to get on with your life. I know you will do a great job. I am sure you and Breanna will communicate a lot, and she will rely on you to be strong.
Know that I am there for you any time you want to vent or talk. You listened to me enough when I was going through some tough things.
Love you dear friend.
God bless you.

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DARLENEK04 8/25/2010 8:13PM

  I'm here for you sweetheart...

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NANALD 8/25/2010 6:55PM

    You've been through a lot and I still remember the pangs of leaving my last child at a dorm that was nothing short of gross...nothing like the one on the tour I might add! He had to go to school 1,000 miles away from home to get where he wanted to be for his major. The last gaze we had still makes me cry. In hindsight I can say with a smile that the door that is opening to you is going to be just as special as what you are leaving behind. I'll be thinking of you and know just how hard it is but believe me you will not survive you will thrive and so will your relationship with your daughter. She has a good foundation mom and she will be just fine too!

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JRDIAMOND4 8/25/2010 1:03PM

    You are not alone. (I will lend you a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry and a ear to listen or space when needed.) So glad you let SP be apart of your book of life.

YOU inspire me!!

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LOLAINSC 8/25/2010 12:00PM

    I'm with you, the loss of a very special pastor who "spurred me on" resulted in a lazy downward slide, and it became apparent that if I didn't write the next chapter, nobody (good) would. I thought of Beth Moore's, "Satan is a party animal and he never passes up a good pity party," and realized she was talking about me, and just who was knocking at my door. Time to get up again and back into the fight. We can do it--nobody is counted a loser until after the point when she says, "I quit."

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MJMONE 8/25/2010 11:47AM

    You CAN do this!

one of my fave verses is 1Tim 6:6 "Now godliness with contentment is great gain". I'll never forget the moment that it HIT me, godliness came before contentment. And that is what I have been seeking since.

When my daughter left for college, I cried all the way home, 5 hours. We were/are very close, and I can't tell you how hard it was. BUT this is the period where I started scrapbooking and got a new kitten, to be my new 'baby'.

Blessings to you, and let God BE your strength!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/25/2010 8:43AM

    I've been telling myself this very thing but for some reason, I'm not listening. I need to rewrite this life I'm living. I'm just not sure how to begin.

I loved reading your blog. I don't have any human children but have been really close to nieces and nephews and watching them change and grow into their own lives has been hard in some ways. I cannot imagine how hard this must be for you. I'll be thinking of you and sending you loads of hugs!

Quote: "I want to be the kind of woman that when my feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says, 'Oh no! She's up!' " (unknown)


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LMB-ESQ 8/25/2010 6:39AM

    This is beautiful! And I love your title. I've had huge changes too and I'm entering a new chapter of my life as well. I'm trying to figure out how to fight and I'm slowly getting there. We'll do it together! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BKNOCK 8/25/2010 6:26AM

    This is the Michelle I know and love! We will be here for you when you need us! You have such a smart, level-headed, beautiful daughter and she will do great!

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GEEMAWEST 8/25/2010 12:19AM

    Nice Blog Michelle! I can relate on several levels. My youngest daughter is starting law school in New York this year. New York City!! OMG, that is a whole country away, plus I can not be there with her when she needs me. She is 10 years older than Breanna which makes it even scarier for me because I know that she has dabbled in the "dark side" of life. It 's funny though, she calls me and emails me all the time and we chat online several times a week. Her and I have really become much closer with distance. She respects my opinion which I never thought would happen.

I could go on and on but I am going to stop here. Bottom line is "Breanna will be fine because she has parents like you and Brian". Just be there to lend an ear and not judge. She will open up to you more and more each time.

Hugs, G-Ma

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DONGR8NCHARNC 8/25/2010 12:10AM

    With your positive outlook on life noone would know the trials you have and do face. The things that you do to counter the negatives are surely working; because, your aura shines through as pure, unadulterated joy (and it's contagious)!

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CARTOONB 8/25/2010 12:03AM

    Okay..I'm glad there is half a country separating us! You sound like you are coming out swinging and I do NOT want to ge caught in the fallout! Go get 'em!!!

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Stealing From Barb!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I saw this on Barb's blog so I thought I would steal from her. OH, DON'T JUDGE ME! She stole it it from everyone else!

1) Available or Married?
Married. Not to Gerard Butler as previously planned, but to a guy that has a heart of gold so it's all good. He wishes he were married to Melanie Griffith. But that's a whole different blog in itself.

2) Book?
"Ghost Hunters of the South" by Alan Brown.

3) Cake or Pie?
OY! BOTH! Cheesecake and Pecan pie are my top two poisons, followed closely by carrot cake. And Red Velvet. And then there's the Rocky Road Ice Cream....

4) Drink of Choice?
If I had a CHOICE, it would be Mountain Dew. But since I've learned that it's basically arsenic in a can, I drink water and green tea.

5) Essential Item?
My fake eyelashes. Breanna repeatedly stomped on one the other day because she thought it was a bug on the floor.

6) Favorite Color?
GREEN. Loooove green!

7) Game to Play or Watch?
Oh, geez, let me think about that for a, maybe, shoot...could it be the Pittsburgh Steelers? The best games are the ones against the Cincinnati Bengals and watching Brian flip when the Steelers score against them! I get to do my smarty-pants dance!

8) Hometown?
A little teeny-tiny hick town in Southern Ohio. Where the bumper stickers and sleeveless shirts roam free.

9) Indulgence?
Riding my Harley and watching "Whacked Out Sports."

10) Job?
Aggravating the snot out of Brian, Breanna and driving my SparkFriends nuts with my blogs.

11) Kids?
Two very grown step-kids (28 and 27), one grown 21 year-old son, and a daughter that just turned 18 today. Wow, I'm old!

12) Life is Incomplete Without...?
Chocolate Mousse. I'm just sayin'....

13) Music Group or Singer?
Queen, HIM, Sent By Ravens, Mika, ShineDown, Rob Thomas and Credence Clearwater Revival.

14) Number of Siblings?
Two older sisters and three older brothers (RIP, Steve, I miss you so much...).

15) Oranges or Apples?
BOTH are good to hurl at Brian when he gets smart with me.

16) Phobias/Fears?
Sitting in the passenger seat of a moving car, dirt on the floor, and I don't like my feet coming out of the covers in bed!

17) Favorite Quote?
"If you rest, you rust." ~ Helen Hayes.

18) Reason to Smile?
Jesus loves me. Brian loves me. My kids (I think!) love me. What better reason is there than THAT? Oh, and Gerard Butler is HOT!

19) Season?
Fall. Definitely fall because it's not too hot and not too cold and I get to wear my chaps on the motorcycle!

20) Tattoos?
Yep. Two. One is a heart with me and Brian's name in the middle and the other is a butterfly. Can't and won't say where.

21) Unknown Fact About Me?
I don't think there's anything about me that you guys don't already know. I guess one thing might be that I'm insecure. I'm afraid of people not liking me. I'm afraid of losing the people I love.

22) Veggie I Love?
OH, heck YEAH! BROCCOLI! Mmmmm!

23) Worst Habit?

24) X-Rays I've Had?
Geesh, everywhere, everything, at least three times over. I glow in the freakin' dark.

25) Favorite Food?
Anything that isn't nailed down. (And Nutter Butters!)

26) Zodiac?
Capricorn, just like Barb. And we're BOTH PERFECTIONISTS, can you believe THAT?! LOL!

Have a great day, guys!

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AZCUPCAKE 8/23/2010 2:47PM

    Everything on this list is everything I love about you! One question, though: If you had a week with Gerard Butler, you know, like, to play Marathon Scrabble with (!), would you share him with me for just ONE day?? I don't want to be greedy! emoticon

Happy Birthday to Breanna! 18 is a huge milestone!!!! And college coming right does Breanna get older, Michelle, but you and I DON'T?!? emoticon Spoil the living heck out of that beautiful girl of yours before she leaves for school!!!!

Oh, and one more thing -- do you think that during that week you have with Gerard Butler, on that one day you may consider sharing him with me, could we put some Rocky Road ice cream on the cake of your choice while taking a break from our Marathon Scrabble Tournament?! emoticon

Last but NOT least, do you know how lovable you are?! Well, YOU ARE!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKOFFWIN 8/23/2010 12:12PM

    Another fun read Michelle! :o) You made me smile, even though I'm semi-comatose right now. I'd prefer to think you borrowed this, rather than stole it - and then you added to it to make it most definitely your own. TY for the fun! :o) BTW, the falsies look good on you! (meaning the eye lashes of course!) Lol

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TRENTDREAMER 8/22/2010 3:57PM

    "Two very grown step-kids (28 and 27), one grown 21 year-old son, and a daughter that just turned 18 today. Wow, I'm old! "

* Happy birthday to your daughter.

Thank you for the foundation for "What Would a Smart Alec Say to these Part 4"

Hope that you are having a great weekend!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/21/2010 2:07AM

    Ha!, hey there sexy... and don't you even forget for one minute IO can not remember those sexy curves...
seeing anyone lately???? ;0)

anyhoo, barb DID steal it from me, and I stole it too...

Cause I'm a thief... well you gotta excell at what you are good at, non?!?

my comments....

If I hadn't said enough already... ;0)

Tell the bugger you are married to, that he is lucky as he married a helluvalot better chick then Melanie Griffith!!!

Water and greeen tea ?!?!?! You gotta broaden your horizons cheeky chick!!!

Looooove the fake eyelashes, never had any, but come over and plant xome on me...
god knows I wpouldn't have a glue...ehhh clue how to get them on... One thing is for sure I'd made a helluvalot a mess lol

Since Queen was your first answer, i love you EVEN more...

by the way, I don;t see enough of ya!!!

I'm disappointed you won't tell me where your tattooos are... come on chica... you know you wnat to tell me !!! ;0)

I love ya,

make sure you don't lose me! ;0)

take care of yourself and yours.



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LMB-ESQ 8/20/2010 5:57PM

    I love your #10 job! LOLOL

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FLEMIDG 8/19/2010 11:53PM

    Another fun, great blog, Michelle. We do have one more thing in common, I love CCR too. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Bless you.

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GEEMAWEST 8/19/2010 11:45PM

    Let's see, Michelle who stole from Barb who stole from Dutchie who stole from..... I see a pattern here.

Woo Hoo!! Love Rob Thomas. His voice makes me melt. Also love CCR. We have more in common that I knew. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Hmmmmm?

Also hate my feet coming out of the covers. DUH! That's why they're called "covers".

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CARTOONB 8/19/2010 11:35PM

    When someone has a good idea, it makes sense to use it! LOL!

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    Well the cat is out of the bag!

I always thought that you wore falsies,
now we have it in black and white
Can't believe that you don't use the GREEN font on SP!

Sure glad you stole it from your sister, Barb, LOL

Thanks for putting smiles all across the US of A
and US today, but you do that on a daily basis.

Thanks for sharing with us OL' LADY

Bre' was born when you were 7


I'm gonna give you a secret of MINE

My daughter is now known as my younger sister
It makes me MUCH younger than the other way around

Have a SPlendid Weekend!

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DOINFINE 8/19/2010 2:10PM

    You wear false eyelashes??? My oh my! I could use them too!

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DARLENEK04 8/19/2010 12:53PM

  Well, puddin', I reckon you will have toi come over to my blog, because I
gonna steal this one from you...................LOL

O IS GERARD BUTLER?????????????????????????????

Love from

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K8NJKSMOM 8/19/2010 11:45AM

    Fun blog! Too funny - I'm with you on the feet having to be under the covers. It can be 100 degrees - no covers - except over my feet!!! emoticon

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CALIMAN1 8/19/2010 11:43AM

    Gerard Butler????? Since when did Woody Allen lose his place in your heart?

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JRDIAMOND4 8/19/2010 11:38AM

    Oh Girl!!! We have a lot more in common than you think. I tell my husband all the time the only reason Gerard Butler is not married yet is because he hasn't met me. lolololol

I absolutely love cheesecake and pecan pie. They are my favorites.

You ride hogs, I ride horses. Hey, horse power is horse power. lol

Same number of siblings. I have 2 older brothers and 3 younger sisters.

I live in a hick town in Florida, but my parents were born and raised in a hick town in Ohio. I have lots of family still there. lol Do you know any Lewis'?

This is just tooo funny. I will have to steal this from you when I have more time.


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/19/2010 11:31AM

    Favorite Color? shouldn't the answer to this be black and gold? I'm with Brian - I cheer for Orange and black!

I've never had anyone else say that they hate their feet coming out of the covers in bed - I told a friend that and she said she thought I was crazy. I said what's your point? LOL

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BKNOCK 8/19/2010 11:14AM

    See, you are a lovable hick! Great blog!

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