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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Ohhhhhhh, my arms are sore. They feel like they're hanging past my knees. Noo, they're not REALLY but wouldn't that be a sight?? Why are they so sore, you're probably excitedly asking with bated breath?

Well, yesterday I decided to take my daughter's television up to her dorm room because her roommate moved out a few weeks ago and took the t.v. that was in their room with her. So my baby wouldn't miss out on her favorite shows, I made the trip up to her campus and lugged it up three flights of stairs to her room. She would have helped but she "had to carry the water" and hold the cord so I wouldn't trip over it. (Where are the cute young hunks when you need them????) We rearranged her room, got the cable hooked up and decided to go shopping...with her new credit card! No, no, no, I'm not teaching her bad habits this early in her young independent life but my old man and I discussed it. We would get her a card with a very low credit line ($500), allow her to make some purchases so she could pay off the bill to begin getting her credit established. She got some new clothes, a few pairs of shoes and a pretty winter coat. Then she slapped the card back into her purse, exclaimed she wasn't made out of money and made me put a pair of boots back on the shelf. AS IF I would ask her to buy those for me!

I wanted the Steelers to win today. They were until DH opened his mouth and said, "Now, watch Baltimore come back with a touchdown and win." Two minutes later they did. But that's okay. The Browns beat his beloved Bengals in the next five minutes so it was all good. THAT'LL teach him to dis my boys.

The week of the 10th, I will be gone. Aw, C'MON, don't cry! I'll be back! But I just found out today that Brian is going to be off of work for a vacation he did not tell me about. He is taking me on a trip! He said it will better than our HONEYMOON! (This is TRUE because we spent our first honeymoon in a trailer out in the boonies watching reruns of "The Golden Girls.") So, this is going to be special. I don't know why, but I was thinking maybe, JUST MAYYYYBE, he was planning on taking me to a Steelers game but I realized they have a bye-week that week. He will not tell me where we are going so I can plan accordingly. I was actually getting ticked off until he said, "Look! At least you won't have to cook that week so what's the problem?" YEAH!! Hey, not cooking is a honeymoon in ITSELF! And no dishes!! No laundry!! I am having a honeymoon with MYSELF!

I drank a Yoo-hoo this evening. Right before I drank my SlimFast. I'm afraid of what tomorrow will bring to me.

Hopefully tonight I will be able to sleep. Between stretched-out long sore arms, excitement over the trip and the fact that I caught Brian out on the front porch holding his shotgun earlier ("No worries, babe, just a coon trying to get into the trash"), I'm kind of not in the mood!

Have a good evening, guys!

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AZCUPCAKE 10/5/2010 1:01PM

    I hope you and Brian have a wonderful time! You are such a light in the lives of your SparkPals, we will be looking forward to your return and the stories that you will carry home with you! Love you lots, Sis! Be careful, be safe, have fun!!!! emoticon emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 10/5/2010 12:47PM

    I love surprises. How cool is it that your hubby still likes doing that, too? Have a great time! emoticon emoticon

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BKNOCK 10/4/2010 8:22PM

    Oh my gosh, what am I going to do for a whole entire week without you around?

I hope that you have an awesome time, ask Brian if he still wants to borrow all of my MASH reruns? LOL!

Yoo Hoo before Slim Fast? Wow that is a bit much chocolate?

Have a great night!

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DARLENEK04 10/4/2010 6:26PM

  Have a great honeymoon dumplin', you guys certainly deserve
one, since the GG was not one of my fave
Now, call Momma every night so she doesn't worry. I sent you
my phone number...................LOL.......

Like you'll have time for that.............oh dear, my mischief
is showing........
I am going to skip supper and go ride my Harley to cool off...

Hugs and have a great time even tho we will miss you....

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TRENTDREAMER 10/4/2010 6:07PM

    "(Where are the cute young hunks when you need them????)"
* We r on sparkpeople

"He is taking me on a trip! He said it will better than our HONEYMOON! (This is TRUE because we spent our first honeymoon in a trailer out in the boonies watching reruns of "The Golden Girls.")"
* dependz on which season of tggz were talkin.

"Hey, not cooking is a honeymoon in ITSELF! And no dishes!! No laundry!! I am having a honeymoon with MYSELF! "
* lol. no comm3nt i can make that wont get me in trouble.

"Have a good evening, guys! "
* u2

sorry to hear about the steelerz. i have some friends who r packers fans. i would h8 to see a mixed fan crowd watching that game. rival soccer game crowdz would be more laid back.

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K8NJKSMOM 10/4/2010 12:52PM

    Sounds like you had fun with Breanna. Funny how when it's their money it's a whole different picture. Kaitlin lives off campus; when I went with her to get groceries, she was astounded how much everything cost!! No way was she spending $7 on a big brick of cheese!!

Have a wonderful honeymoon!!!

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1NICUBABE 10/4/2010 11:51AM

    Have a great surprise trip! It's nice that your hubby thinks of things like that. MB

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/4/2010 11:37AM

    Browns beat the Bengals???? emoticon

Oh a honeymoon! Sounds like fun but you will be missed! Enjoy every second! I can't wait to hear where he took you. I hope you love it!

Tell Bre to start working on those hunky boys. Who knows what her mother will need help caring up there next time! LOL


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PEGJOHN1997 10/4/2010 9:41AM

    Have a great Honeymoon! Can't wait to find out where you went.

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BLAKBIRD 10/4/2010 8:06AM

    Shoot, Reading you're blogs it would see that you've been on honeymoon since the day you met the incredible hunk. DESERVEDLY so.


Have a wonderful time.


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LMB-ESQ 10/4/2010 7:49AM

    Happy Honeymoon! A week without cooking, dishes, cleaning, laundry, etc etc would work for me!

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    Heh, well, you have that trip coming up to look forward to. woohoo for that!

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PJSTIME 10/4/2010 6:42AM

    A trip from any and all of your cooking, cleaning etc etc now that is a honeymoon. Hope you enjoy it. Your arms will be over being sore and you can love on your DH during the honeymoon. emoticon

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LYNNEJ5 10/4/2010 12:49AM

    Have a great time on your "honeymoon." Yes we will all miss you and your great blogs, but I am sure everyone including me hope you have a blast! I'm glad you got to spend some time with your daughter. They grow up so fast don't they. Anyway we will all be waiting with bated breath to find out where hubby is taking you. Don't forget to come back and let us know. emoticon emoticon emoticonLynne

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THEMIGHTYLEX 10/3/2010 11:55PM

    I hope he's taking you see the Steelers at an away game! Wouldn't that be a hoot? I hope your arms soon shrink back to their normal length, but be sure to clean all the high shelves while they're still stretched out. :-)

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FLEMIDG 10/3/2010 11:54PM

    So glad you got to spend some time with your daughter. Just think of all the exercise you had carrying that tv up three flights of stairs.
Wow, you get to go away for a whole week with no laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc., etc. Lucky you. I will miss you while you're away. Have a wonderful time, though and let us know your secret destination when you return. Have an awesome week.

Love and hugs.

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ANNAMARIE1958 10/3/2010 11:44PM

    Go have fun girl friend....I haven't been on a vac in 5 yrs. and just thinking about no dishes, cooking or even the laundry. That sounds like a wonderful vac.( honeymoon) Tell us all about it when you get back........ emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 10/3/2010 11:01PM

    Enjoy your trip! Can't wait to hear all about it. Well, not all, but you know what I mean. You do don't you? I mean I don't want to hear ALL the details. Now do you know what I mean?

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CARTOONB 10/3/2010 10:47PM

    Love the way your mind works! LOL!

Ooohhhh....a honeymoon from dishes and cooking! No wonder you can't sleep!

Sorry about the Steelers. Did you see how well the Packers did? emoticon

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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Apparently I am annoying.

Yeah, I know YOU GUYS don't believe it but I'm just telling you what my old man told me today. I know it's difficult to believe that there is somebody out there who would even THINK that about me, but it happens. Even to the best of us! However, it seems recently I'm annoying because:

1) I play my iPod too loud...the high-pitched squeaks of the guitar solos coming out of the earphones interfere with his ability to watch Judge Judy.
2) He doesn't like it when I exercise in the living room while he's watching the evening news. It makes "his" t.v. wobble. "IT COULD FALL OVER!"
3) I carry my purse weird. A TRUE lady should put the straps on her shoulder and not carry the purse "like a sack of potatoes."
4) I sleep with my mouth open. He states it would be fine if ONLY I didn't drool all over his arm.
5) I can't find the remote when he's sitting on it.
6) I leave little smiley faces on the checks and order forms. :) :) :) :)
7) I got a $30 parking ticket. (Okay....uh, I'll give him that one.)
8) I laugh like "a turkey." (But ONLY when he stubs his toe on the corner of the couch.)
9) I run the vacuum during the Bengals game.
10) Sometimes I leave my fake eyelashes stuck on the bathroom mirror.

BUT, he clips his nails and leaves them lying on the arm of the couch in a neat little pile and doesn't discard of them. It's almost like he's proud of the Little House of Nails. And sometimes I walk into the bathroom and he's looking up his noseholes holding a pair of MY TWEEZERS. Then there's this REALLY annoying thing he does with his lips when we're trying to TALK. You cannot play Scrabble with this man before we go to bed. He not only talks IN his sleep, he SPELLS EVERYTHING OUT.

It's funny how when you first get married there is nothing that this person can do that will get on your nerves. You think it's cute when they pick their navel or have a stray hair dangling out of their ear. But give it a few years? After you've yanked their socks off of the bedroom lampshade a few thousand times, you become disillusioned. But yet, one thing remains....

In the dead of the night when you hear the sound of their breathing next to you, you feel safe. You feel loved. There is a peace that floods your soul, a beacon of light in the night when they reach over and take you by the hand and say...

"What is that?? Did you forget to turn off the headlights on the car AGAIN??"

Pffffffff! As if I would do such a thing.


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THEMIGHTYLEX 10/3/2010 6:11PM

    I love my sweetheart's quirks. Sometimes we trade quirks. Something that we do that bothers the other, one will stop doing it while the other adopts it. It's usually something small, like a way for arranging things or sharing our common space. I remember when she was the avid recycler and I wasn't, now I'm all about it and she can be a little careless sometimes. We are strange that way.

Anyway, I'm sure the two of you will work it all out. Maybe trade some fingernail clippings for some smiley faces on checks? Start small and work your way up. At the end of the day you've got the better bargaining chip, because whatever annoying thing may be happening, he still get to be with the awesomeness of you!

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ANNAMARIE1958 10/3/2010 5:45PM

    That whole blog reminds me of my life with DH Annoying!
And you being annoying....No way! LOL

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MUSIC66 10/3/2010 3:57AM

    annoying you no never , my dh says iam annoying but i think he is.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/3/2010 3:47AM

    Nah I can't imagine you being annoying (just don't check with my husband cause apparently we share some of the same flaws !)

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FLEMIDG 10/3/2010 12:17AM

    I can't imagine anyone calling you annoying. I think you're a wonderful, thoughtful lady. I love your blogs. You and Brian are a lovely couple.
I know he would miss you dreadfully if you weren't around to "annoy" him. God Bless You. Love you lots.

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K8NJKSMOM 10/2/2010 6:57PM

    Annoying! Huh!! Not even close. Betcha if you went away for a weekend - he'd miss all those things listed!

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DARLENEK04 10/2/2010 5:37PM

  You are never annoying Michelle....Brian must be a
matter of fact, if I were you, I would run the stereo and the vacumn
during the Bengal games................ha take that little girl
does not drool. Besides, even if you did, secretly he loves it.


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JRDIAMOND4 10/2/2010 4:49PM

    I would be insulted, I can't see YOU annoying Brian but annoying the wife of the man you just had to get a closer smell of his cologne during college orientation. Huh yep, I can see that. bwahahahahahaha

Michelle, Why else would God create a woman? Surely, no one believes in Honor, Cherish and OBEY any more!! HAHAHAHA Are those words still in the vows? Of course we annoy our husbands, it is too much fun not to. How boring would life be without picking, aggravating, fighting, annoying, and MAKING UP! (the best part) hehehehe

I bet if you ask Brian if he would rather you slobber on someone elses arm at night the answer would be NO and If he ask you if you would rather him pick his nose hairs with someone elses tweezers you would say HUUMMMM well maybe NOT LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Love is not perfection!! Love is Loving despite the imperfections.

Still counting my lucky stars 101, 102, 103, 104.........and I know you are too ;)

Hope you are having the bestest weekend,

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 10/2/2010 12:40PM

    *lol* @ sleep spelling

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    NEVER! I can't IMAGINE you being annoying! emoticonI loved your blog, sweet friend!

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    NEVER! I can't IMAGINE you being annoying! emoticonI loved your blog, sweet friend!

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GEEMAWEST 10/2/2010 10:48AM

    Annoying? You?
Can't even fathom such a thing. emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 10/2/2010 9:25AM

    This most sounds like my house up to and including the Bengals issue

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CARTOONB 10/2/2010 9:19AM

    You can't find the remote when he's sitting on it? What is wrong with you??? LOL! Yep! I agree with the whole sentiment of the blog...except the you being annoying part!

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EFFDOT 10/2/2010 9:16AM

    Too funny.

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SWEETNEENI 10/2/2010 8:39AM

    That's really cute emoticon
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BLAKBIRD 10/2/2010 8:13AM

    Try stretching exercises in front of a Bengal's game. That could be annoying, but almost guaranteed to make your SM forget all about the game - emoticon - one advantage to knowing the kids won't be home with a horde of friends to raid the fridge any minute.

Have a wonderful weekend dreaming up new ways to annoy your poor oppressed husband - LOL.


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PJSTIME 10/2/2010 7:18AM

    Thanks for a laugh. That just about sums it up after 29 years of marriage we both drive each other nuts and half of it is on purpose. But I wouldn't change anything its all part of love. My kids once asked why Grandma and Grandpa fought so much I don't remember how I answered that but they are starting to do it themselves with their spouse. emoticon

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BKNOCK 10/2/2010 6:47AM

    Wow, you are annoying! LOL, thanks again for such a great blog! I needed that laugh!

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LMB-ESQ 10/2/2010 5:50AM

    Oh, ain't it the truth! With us it's never throwing anything out, leaving socks stuffed in the couch cushions, leaving dirty dishes on the computer table for three days, telling people to "get the he11 away from me, I'm trying to read!" emoticon Ahhhh, just all part of the human condition.

But you're right about that last... waking up in the middle of the night and feeling that presence next to you gives you a great sense of comfort and "rightness." Unless of course he's snoring and you have to go sleep on the couch to get any sleep at all! emoticon

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WALKOFFWIN 10/2/2010 2:01AM

    Here's an eternal truth: We're ALL annoying in our own unique, nobody else does it quite like that, way.

And you're brave enough to even give us the sordid details! How annoying! Just kidding! :o) See, now I'M being annoying! Lol - I've been annoying people with annoyingly wise azzed smart remarks ever since I could first form sentences! And I'm proud of it. How annoying!

If I'm farting loudly in the forest, but no one's there to hear it, am I still making disgusting sounds? Pretty annoying that I'd say something like that, huh? Because now you get to think about it...

But you're right... isn't it great to have someone in your life, who still can love you for the long haul, in spite of how annoying you are? And that as much as you annoy each other, you still love each other even more?

It's just enough to make me want to pick my nose, right as I tell her "I LOVE you Honey!"

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UR2LOVEIT 10/2/2010 1:11AM

  You speak the truth!! And I'm glad to hear he still makes you feel loved in spite of/because of it all!

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When God Calls

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I've done the grocery shopping in my family for 21 years. I have never liked doing it; I would much rather have hot flaming toothpicks shoved into my pupils than deal with the madness that seems to accompany me when I go to Kroger and Walmart. It seems I'm not exactly the most patient person so I usually end up huffing and puffing my way through the aisles, glaring at the old lady in front of me while she argues with the cashier over the price of Efferdent. But yesterday I made up my mind that no matter how difficult it was, I would smile at every "offender" who entered "my space" and smile when someone grumbled at me.

And I did. I couldn't believe how many excuse mes, thank-yous, and offers to get the item off the top shelf (because I'm too short to reach it) I received. Then I started noticing other people who were impatiently rolling their eyes, giving others the mental flip-off like I usually do. Wow. Did I really look like that? No wonder I got cussed at so much.

Then I saw HER. She was perhaps a little shorter than I am, no bigger than a 10-year-old child, short skirt, stilleto heels, tattoos that went from here-to-here and hair that looked like it had not been combed in weeks. Most people were avoiding her like the plague and she was struggling to walk and carry the case of Budweiser at the same time. Normally I would be thinking, "Clean yourself up, at least while you go to the store, why don't ya?" Suddenly, now, I wanted to cry. What circumstances brought this woman to this point in her life? What has happened to make her not CARE? Her boyfriend/husband ran up beside her, a man who looked as if he had not slept in days, and took the case of beer from her; they huddled together and went into the next check-out lane beside me. I found myself praying inwardly, silently for God to watch over this couple, to find a way into their lives, to CHANGE their lives, somehow, someway.

Behind me an older woman (perhaps in her early seventies) and her daughter (perhaps in her early 50s) came up behind me as I was placing my items on the counter. The daughter had mental challenges and was trying to grab at my items while the mother, exasperated, was trying to stop her. I could tell how weary this woman was, how she must have raised this girl for 50+ years and the challenges she must have endured. As a volunteer for the Special Olympics for many years, my heart immediately went out to the both of them and I handed the M&Ms that were just scanned to the daughter, with a raised eyebrow toward the mother, silently questioning her if it was alright. Smiling, the mother nodded and her daughter laughed and jumped up and down a little with happiness. I said a silent, inward prayer for them, too.

Getting into my car, I sat there thinking. No matter how different we all are, no matter our background, our race, our financial circumstances, one day we are all going to open our eyes, whether it be here or in eternity, and realize we are ONE. We are all connected by this thing called humanity, you see. No one is "better" than anyone else. I'm no better than Stiletto Girl or the mother who has had to sacrifice her life raising a child with special needs. I'm no better than the drunk, the drug-user, the prostitute because I could very easily, with just one change in MY life's circumstance, have become one of them.

Stopping at the gas station before heading home, as I was standing in line, a man placed two bottles of wine on the counter and in a drunken slur, invited the cashier to his place. With disgust, the cashier appeared to not want to touch his money and coldly told him to have a "wonderful" evening. When he left, she looked at me and said, "Idiot. So gross. Get a life, pig." With tears in my eyes, I didn't know who I felt more sorry for...the man or her. Then suddenly I heard a whisper inside of me:

"Who are you to judge either ONE of them?"

Talking with Brian about it last night, he silently listened and nodded as he helped me put my items away. Then he said, "Looks like God is leading you somewhere. You need to figure out just where that is. With His help, of course." So, I'm leaving myself open to His calling, to His words. I still feel this unexplained yearning today and it has gripped me like hands of steel. I can't shake it off, I can't stop thinking about what He may be wanting me to do with the rest of my life. Yeah, it is THAT STRONG. I recall the lyrics of a song that go something like, "Looking back I clearly see what it is that's killing me. Through the eyes of One I know, I see a vision once let go..."

I want this. For some reason, I know I need this. Because whatever this is, it is going to save ME.

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DIETSAFARI 4/18/2011 10:15AM

I know it is seven month old news but is there anything more wonderful than growing into God's plan for your life?!
Can you imangine what the Father could do with you- AND whatever He does, you can know that it's always beautiful.
About judging- I have learnt to say to my inner juding little head prefect- that's me just a little different. I am working through this with Father myself at the moment. We all have a story and only God knows what it is and how it affects every individual soul.
I don't know if it is just me but judging always backfires in my life- if I stare at somebodies huge mole in fascination, I will sprout one with hairs on within 6 months.
If I am horrified at the way someone treats their staff, I will catch myself being bitchy to mine within a week.
Judge and you will be judged - (in my case on exactly the same thing and very soon)
This is one spiritual law that I have seen literally work in my life. That one and the one about giving.
Anyway, I am reading all the blogs that I have missed and having lots of fun with yours Michelle.

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2BMYOWN 9/30/2010 10:06PM

    Every action has a reaction....and you are so right, we ARE all connected, even tho most of us are not aware of that. The ripples you created by your loving and nonjudgmental thoughts will create the outflowing ripples that they were meant to create....and you have made the world around you a much better place by your love. Keep walking your path, you know those invisible hands will never let you down...and you're on your way. Kudos for a wonderful blog!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 9/29/2010 6:10PM

    We grow in life, all the time.
Sometimes at a fast rate, when we open our minds and our hearts, eager to learn.

Sometimes very slow and steady when we tend to close up a bit and hide away from the world that seems intrusive to our personal space.

It takes courage to open up, to think and to learn.
We feel vulnerable when we show our emotional side and we do get struck in ways it can really hurt just when you thought you were ready to face the world and each and everyone on it.

Michelle, you are growing at a fast rate, you are wondering, asking, searching and forgiving to the people around you.

I applaud you, and I'm watching and following your journey as the path you walk will help me grow too.

i hope you understand what I mean.

KUDOS to you, I'm in awe and i'm happy to call you my friend.

Love ya



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LIZZYP609 9/28/2010 7:57AM

    It takes I REAL woman to see through the eyes of others. God is in you, speaking to you. You are doing an awesome job of listening!

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KEKEIKO 9/27/2010 2:02PM

    Beauty comes from within and so does goodness. You have a beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing. If each of us took time to smile (you could be smiling at a lonely person) or hold the door for someone (that has their hands full) it could change people's mood. Kindness is contagious. Hugs, Keke

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K8NJKSMOM 9/27/2010 1:21PM

    Michelle, what an inspiring blog. When your eyes are opened like that - then your heart is as well. Think of how much joy you brought into that woman's life by offering her a little treat - and how much thankfulness you brought into her mother's heart. Just by being one less judgemental person for the others you encountered offered them a moment of peace.

What a wonderful gift.


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/27/2010 12:00PM

    Wow! Your blog really touched my heart. What a great person you are! I've been trying to do better too. I use pray constantly for the people I'd meet and some where along the way, I had stopped doing that. I'm trying to pick it up again. It made it easier to love them when I was praying to my Heavenly Father to watch over them.

Thanks for this reminder to keep working at it. I can't wait to see where your path leads you! This might be the beginning of a life adventure for you!


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JILLWILSON2102 9/27/2010 11:20AM

    Hey Michelle. What an inspiring day. I have also had moments in my life where I was called to pay attention and seek inwardly to listen to the message...and it does come. I also can relate to that strong feeling of something about to happen. It is both a frightening and exciting time. I will be eagerly hoping you soon have some of your answers. emoticon

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    Good for you. I was so moved by your blog. I try to think like this, as the Word asks us to, and was sharing that with a roomy at the ladies' retreat this last weekend. We don't know what others are going through. It can take TIME to heal wounds. They may be taking baby steps, or not even been able to start to yet, toward whatever kind of healing they need in their lives. Yes, praying for them after squashing any judgemental thoughts, if we still tend to get them, is the way to go.
Nothing is impossible for God -in their lives, or in ours. He wants to change lives. We have not 'cause we ask not.
He's awesome!

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JANNYMACK 9/27/2010 7:48AM

    You have a wonderful talent for putting your thoughts and experiences into words. Thanks for sharing this, I really enjoy walking with God. He makes life much more interesting. And check out Malachi 3:16-18

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FLEMIDG 9/27/2010 12:04AM

    What a beautiful blog Michelle. God must have given you an understanding heart for you to see what many of us fail to see. I am so happy to hear that God is working in your life to show you what He has in store for you. What an awesome journey you will be taking. Please keep us informed as to how your life is changing. May God continue to bless you and be with you.

Love you.

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KSHAGGY 9/26/2010 11:58PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing....really gives me food for thought. Good luck with where God leads you.

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FITJEAN 9/26/2010 3:33PM

    Awesome!!! I know how you feel. Several months ago, I prayed to God to let me see people the way He sees them. I found myself feeling sorry for and praying for people that I once would have judged... It enables us to serve. I stll have a long way to go, but I've come a long way from where I used to be. Keep your heart open, you will be blessed. Thanks for sharing! Jeannie

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ANNAMARIE1958 9/26/2010 10:29AM

    WOW..That was a wonderful Blog! GOD be with you! emoticon

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JRDIAMOND4 9/26/2010 10:26AM

    God created the heavens and the Earth. He created Man in His image. I have yet to read where He created one of us better than the other.

I love it when God shows up and reveals the world as He sees it. It gives me goosebumps thinking of how you must have felt when you realized it was God that was with you from the beginning.

God is AWESOME. You will find your way because it is His will. You being His child will find the promise land/Life.

Happy Sunday,

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BWCAGRL 9/26/2010 9:37AM

now you've hit the hard part...daily discernment of God's will for you. i wish i could tell you that it is as easy as God telling you what vocation to pursue or exactly what to do next. instead you may find that that discernement is a daily exercise. Following Jesus every day in mission is an uncertain and difficult practice. It may not lead you to where YOU want to go, or to do what YOU want to do. But it will put you exactly where God wants you.
i highly recommend a prayer website called sacred space at
keep in touch and feel free to sparkmail me...the journey may not be what you expect, but the more you are emptied of yourself, the more God can inhabit you and be reflected in you.


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DONGR8NCHARNC 9/25/2010 11:43PM


You have blessed me with this blog. "There but for the grace of God, go I." Thank you!

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LYNNEJ5 9/25/2010 7:31PM

    Just go on with your life and He will show you the way and how He wants you to spend yours. emoticonon such a great day and emoticonin helping and responding to all those people who helped you. Also for not labelling the other people you came in contact with. You are right any one of could have ended up that way. But yes we are all human and all of His children! I am very proud of you and don't worry He will show you the way! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLynne

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B-FLAT 9/25/2010 5:51PM

    Wow...sometimes that still, small voice can sure put us in our place...If we are quiet enough to listen. I'm so glad you were listening! May God bless you as you seek His will; and may He show you very clearly what He has in mind for you!

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PJSTIME 9/25/2010 5:26PM

    This was a powerful blog that really hit me hard. I am one who has been too quick to judge others and any one circumstance could change any of our lives. Thanks for that wonderful reminder I will follow your lead and be kinder and more understanding of others. Let us know when you figure out your next step. PJ

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WHEEZELO 9/25/2010 4:53PM


How exciting! Sounds like you are recognizing opportunities to do what Titus 2:3-5 talks about. God brings people into our lives for a reason, so that we may minister to them and serve them. Think about your gifts and how you could minister to others. This is where joy is found.


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MJMONE 9/25/2010 4:03PM

    wow, a reminder we all need

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    What a wonderful, heartfelt blog! I will be watching to see what is in store! emoticon

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    What a wonderful, heartfelt blog! I will be watching to see what is in store! emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 9/25/2010 3:34PM

    Well, I think we all know I don't have your faith or resolve or commitment to God. But this was powerful stuff. I like to think I've given up judging others, because I know how easily I could be in their position. Lately I've been seeing somebody standing at almost every freeway exit with a sign: "Will work for food." "Three kids to feed." "Anything helps." Normally I try to avoid looking at those people, but lately I've been watching and thinking, "what can I do?" I'm unemployed; I can't give them money. I'm in the car, usually in traffic; I can't stop to help with anything. But I think about it all the time. I guess I'm looking for some kind of sign too. "There but for the grace of God go I."

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SWEETNEENI 9/25/2010 2:49PM

    So powerful. I feel like God just gave me a kick in the butt with your words.

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TEMPERANCE88 9/25/2010 2:28PM

    The first thought that comes to mind! What a wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing this experience. I struggle with unintentional judgement of others, and this really made me think. God bless you, and may He make His will clear. You are in my prayers.

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CARTOONB 9/25/2010 2:16PM

    Wow! That's it...

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DREAMGIRL76 9/25/2010 2:10PM

    God Bless you my dear friend and team member. God works in mysterious ways, and has made you a choosen one. Keep your heart open and he will lead you. We all strive to know our purpose in life and seems your embarking on a wonderful and new journey. Love you for your acts of kindness, we need more like you in this world.

Love Debbie

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CINDYC53 9/25/2010 1:30PM

    A very moving and thought-provoking blog! Thanks for sharing with us. I have a feeling that you have turned a corner and something new is on your horizon...

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DARLENEK04 9/25/2010 12:34PM

  Wow, Michelle............
What a blog.............perhaps God is wanting you to
be closer to Him...and now your kids are raised and He
wants your focus...He showed you many things...of what
your life could have been, and now-how it can be. I know
He knows you are a kind and gentle person...

I am going to pray for you in this, that He shows you the
way He wants you to go...the first thing that popped into
my mind????????? well, I shall send you a private email
and talk about that..............

Wish I was there so I could help you more.........


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Counting My Lucky Stars!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I'm trying to decide if I'm awake, if I've fallen into the realms of the Twilight Zone or if the Old Man has lost his marbles. We had decided a few months ago to cut back on spending since our youngest was accepted into Ohio University (who, by the way, has adjusted rather nicely to her class schedule and has also taken on a job). But, it's like he has thrown caution to the wind and I needed to get to the bottom of it. Especially when he lugged home a new 48-inch flat screen t.v. a few weeks ago.

"What did you do??" I asked him.
"Whaddaya mean, what did I do? I got a new t.v." he said as he flung the inside wrappers to and fro like an eight-year-old on Christmas morn.
"I thought we were going to watch our money a bit more closely!"
"We are. And we're going to watch our football games on THIS!" (Cue the "Price is Right" pose...)
"Uh, okay, Mister, but where did you get the money? You turnin' tricks on the side?"
"I still have my regulars." he deadpanned as he whipped out the screwdriver.
Shaking my head, I helped him assemble the stand and got it situated against the wall. I have to admit, it looked pretty good and I was getting excited right along with him. Until.....

"I saw a treadmill you'd LOVE to have. It tells you how many miles you've went, how many calories you've burned. Shoot, I think it even tells you what you WEIGH."
Slamming down the new remote, I burned a hole through the right side of his head with the bright red laser beams coming from my eyes.
"I don't want a new treadmill."
"Do you want a new stationary bike?"
"What is your PROBLEM??!"
"Why are YOOUU getting mad?"
"Why are YOOUU trying to tell me I need bigger and better exercise equipment?! I know I've gained a little but C'MON!"
"Look, the t.v. is for you, too."
"Oh, COME ON...."
"No. Seriously. Honestly? Listen to me. Breanna has been getting everything lately. I know it's because she has needed them for college but I've watched you go get her everything her heart desires through the years. I've watched you spoil ALL of the kids rotten. What have you gotten for yourself lately?"
"I don't look at things like that..."
"Well, it's your turn now. I want you to have what you want."
My ice-cold heart melting, I quietly said, "I already have what I want...."
"Okay, NO, it's OUR turn now. And if doing things for YOU makes ME happy, then maybe you should just BE QUIET and let me do them, then."
Huffing, he busied himself by pretending to look at the manual. I know he was pretending because this man has never read a manual in his entire life.

Maybe all of this alone time with me and no kids has done something to his brain.

Either way, I think I like it! I don't want him buying me stuff, though! It was the was the way he WANTED to do this stuff for me. It was the motive BEHIND buying the t.v., wanting to buy me the new treadmill and whatever ELSE he thinks he wants to get me. It's just his way of saying he LOVES ME.

I think I've fallen in love again! I think I really DO love this man I've spent the last 20+ years with! But what really touches me more deeply than anything else?

He still loves me, too! Why should that surprise me? He's stuck with me through thick and thin, the good and the bad, the bad breath, bad hair days, speeding tickets and things you guys don't even know about and I don't have the guts to say! He's always been RIGHT THERE, even when I haven't necessarily WANTED him RIGHT THERE, but there he has been. I think in this day and age I should be counting my lucky stars to have such a great guy who's stuck with me. So, excuse me; one..two...three..four...five...

I'm counting ALL of my lucky stars today.

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LMB-ESQ 9/23/2010 10:17PM

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JDTHUMPER 9/23/2010 2:18PM

    AAAWWWHHHH!!! It's refreshing to still see love in the eyes of another especially after 20 years. We are lucky anymore to see people stick out for 5 years!! Way to go and congradulations!

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DONGR8NCHARNC 9/22/2010 10:40PM

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You're been blessed to have each other!!!!!

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WALKOFFWIN 9/22/2010 10:11PM

    I'm very happy for you and Brian. You both clearly have something rare and wonderful together that everyone wants, but not everyone finds, or gets to keep. You both are very lucky. And my wish for you, is that you both continue to get lucky...

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MUSIC66 9/22/2010 9:54PM

    great blog.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 9/22/2010 9:42PM

    Awesome stuff! Hold on to this feeling, relationships go up and down, I'm sure i don't have to tell you. But you know what you've got, and reading this i reckon you're one lucky girl!



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PUDLECRAZY 9/22/2010 9:22PM

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DREMARGRL 9/22/2010 9:11PM this blog, Michelle. That's very special....When you find out after all the kids are gone and there's the big empty house and you look around and find out that you are both still in love.....and love being friends wanting to care for one another! Art and I have been married 44 years and I respect and love him more than the 1st year because of all the "STUFF" we've seen one another through. I was 18 and he 21.....All the changes.....and here we are. Sounds like you are going down that road and it's truly a winding, wonderful one. Congrats to you and Brian! XOMaryAnn
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LIQUID11 9/22/2010 9:03PM

    Brian emoticon Michelle

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KEKEIKO 9/22/2010 6:40PM

    It could have been worse - he could have put a down payment on a new truck for himself. That would have been at least a couple years of payments. I totally understand where you're coming from. You're both right. You're thinking with you head and he's thinking with his heart. Enjoy your time alone together. p.s. I have those laser beam eye things too! ha ha... Hugs, Keke

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BIKERBABE2BE 9/22/2010 4:49PM guys are so lucky. Enjoy it!

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FLEMIDG 9/22/2010 4:34PM

    Thanks for sharing your stories with us Michelle. I love your blogs. You are indeed lucky to have such a loving, wonderful hubby. I do think that he is one lucky guy too, because he has such a wonderful wife. You two seem to have been made for each other. May God bless your life together, and may you have many more happy years together.
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LIZZYP609 9/22/2010 4:34PM

    You just let him know that he can DO stuff for you instead of BUY stuff!

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JILLWILSON2102 9/22/2010 3:24PM

    I think you are both very blessed to have each other! emoticon

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QATRINA 9/22/2010 3:06PM

    I love your story and the way you told it. Humor with a happy ending. :)

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K8NJKSMOM 9/22/2010 2:52PM

    That was so nice! You are indeed very lucky to have you wonderful hubby by your side (and he is lucky to have you!)!!

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MELAPHANTN 9/22/2010 1:58PM

    Awww such a cute story. Very well written also. Glad to know there is life after children!!!


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DARLENEK04 9/22/2010 1:48PM

  What a blessing Brian is for you Michelle....

I always like to read your blogs...never know what you
are going to say, but you say it with such tongue-in-cheek
humor and all, that I can't wait to read them.

He sounds like David. He always has a good reason to try
to get around me because it is for me....and seriously it
usually is...however, I told him if he did not quit spending
like a drunken sailor we were going to be living in the
cargo trailer, if we can find someplace to plug it up for

a doll,

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    Oh, that was so SWEET!! I loved the way in which you shared the story, too! You have a refreshing sense of humor and joyful way of saying things! emoticon

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CARTOONB 9/22/2010 12:37PM

    Awwwww! Keep right on counting. You deserve it! My DH does the same thing. I "let" him buy me a sweated this last weekend and I might "let" him buy me a heart rate monitor soon. I'm really very good to him. emoticon

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STEVENGO2 9/22/2010 12:36PM

    Congrats on finding the right guy for you. 20 years and still in love, if not more in love. Count those lucky stars and thank God for giving you such a wonderful MAN to share your life!


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JRDIAMOND4 9/22/2010 12:23PM

    I am positive they are related, now. Hehehehehe!! You got sucked in just like I do. How come we let them do that to us?! They know all the right things to say and do to melt us like butter.

Billy, told me the first of the year we were going to start taking little mini vacas on the weekends and if we traveled too far we would stay in a motel. I am thinking antique malls, State parks, I never been to the Keys, places like that. lol How about Bass Pro, Gun shows, and Two Civil war reenactments. I loved the Civil War reenactments, they were like a huge craft show and flea market in one place. People brought stuff from all over. This was all for me cuz I was not getting out much now that I was unemployed. lol

Next adventure together, getting our concealed weapons permits. I don't like guns!! It is for my own protection. He can't be with me all the time. LOLOLOL

The thing I hate the most is I can be sooooo mad at him I want to throw the frying pan at him AND as SOON as I hear his truck coming down the drive my heart starts going pitter patter.

I convince myself TODAY is the day. I start talking to myself... I can do this. I am going to let him have it. I am tired of this and that. He needs to start fixing things like he promised. AS SOON AS, he walks in the door, smiles, shows me them dimples, says how was your day Love. I'M A GONNER!!!!

21yrs and I am still hooked, line and sinker.



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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/22/2010 12:16PM

    Oh I think I love him too! (But just cuz he loves you!) LOL Give him a hug from me.

Wow the Steelers on a 48-inch flat screen t.v.! No need to call YOU during the game. LOL

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BKNOCK 9/22/2010 11:54AM

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww he's such a nice guy. I think you are both lucky to have each other!

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KAILYNSTAR 9/22/2010 11:42AM

    Yes. Many lucky stars.

I have five luck stars too. I have been with my husband for (yes let me count it...) 19+ years. He tells me that he loves me everyday. No matter what happens, how I feel, what he did that day...He loves me and I love him.

We are so blessed.

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Day One: Pushing Forward

Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's pretty amazing what a few weeks of bad eating can do to your body. I went for broke, throwing good sense and what I knew was best for me to the wind while planning for Breanna's departure to college these last few weeks. Maybe I should say "MONTH" because I have been "sneaking" things for quite awhile now. I had several "duh" moments when I was just too tired to hike and my energy levels starting rolling in the ditch. Instead of pushing through or realizing that junk-in equals junk-out, I allowed myself to think, "I'm going back to the house, I'm not feeling well, maybe it's the Lupus affecting me and I need rest." Excuses, excuses, excuses. I gave myself a verbal beat-down yesterday, I cursed at the scale, I cursed at myself and allowed the "pity me!" monster to take me hostage. Not only did I gain ten pounds of FAT, I gained ten pounds of emotional loathing and a bad attitude.

Today I am still feeling pretty rotten physically. To put it mildly, I feel like I've been chewed up by a wood chipper...twice. My stomach burns, my head hurts and my bones and muscles feel like sludge. It is compounded by the fact that it is raining and this type of weather is rough for my auto-immune disorder. The verbal self-lashing has made me realize that I can be pretty cruel towards myself. I wouldn't be that mean with anyone why was I so mean with ME?? Which takes me back to why I decided to abuse my body in the first place. Why did I slide down that slippery slope of temptation when I KNEW where it would lead? I know....we all do it. I know we are all capable of "back-sliding" and I wouldn't be angry at anyone else who lost their way. After all, we are only human, we are creatures of habit and sometimes we lose our way.

I snapped on my pedometer this morning and groaned. This is where my struggle now lies. Not only am I dealing with the burden of losing this weight, to make this body healthy again, I am dealing with this physical ill feeling. I am trying to find a way to push through it. I have this inner dialogue that continues to resonate in my mind that goes something like this:

"Get over it, Michelle. You screwed up. Now fix it."
"I'm too tired to fix it. There are so many more IMPORTANT things to be upset about, that are more important than my WEIGHT. And I'm just SOO tired!"
"Yeah? Well if you don't knock your crap off now, you're not going to be around to help resolve these situations that are going on in your life. Remember your promise to your brother!"

And it hit me last night...if something goes wrong with me, it affects everybody. Brian told me last night that if I didn't get busy and get healthy again, he was going to be mad. He said he didn't care about my weight, he just cared about my HEALTH. He EVEN said, "You could weigh 300 pounds and I would still love you, kiss you, think you were beautiful. But if you're sick and something happens to you, I'm going to be %$@&! Because this is in your control. WE NEED YOU. This is not a family without YOU." Then he reminded me what I told him after his heart attack when we almost lost him. He reminded me that he quit smoking, he started exercising and eating "rabbit food (salad)" for me. He told me the only way I was being selfish was by NOT trying.

It's going to take a few days for my body to push out the poisons I've been feeding it. I was up every hour on the hour last night running to the bathroom. The body is pretty unforgiving, especially after you have given it the things it's needed for awhile and you abruptly take them away. It rebels, big time. I've learned my lesson.

I hope.

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/18/2013 11:52AM

    lol, grace comes in all forms and fashions... even begrudgingly. So I'm sticking with my theory that you get through this period of your life with grace... but I should add the appropriate addendum of "even if you had to kick and scream all the way through it." :-)

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CINDYC53 9/25/2010 1:33PM

    Great blog! Thanks for your honesty. We've all been there, Michelle! Amazing isn't it how we turn to food for comfort in times of stress... (Cause we're human!) Looking forward to your "comeback!"

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ANNAMARIE1958 9/18/2010 7:54PM

    I just gained 10 lbs too and its not that fell off the wagon its that I fell and broke my pelvis. I am mad at my self for falling but accidents do happen. I watched and tracked my food its just I have to stay off my leg. I can't wait until I heal so I can get this weight off...Hate it!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 9/18/2010 12:03AM

    You are taking your control back! I applaud you!

Keep it up, take me with you... together we'll get there!!


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TRENTDREAMER 9/17/2010 6:03PM

    i f4ll i2 the 'it only affects m3' syndrome 2. even that though...

take care of urself. u know im here 4 u

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K8NJKSMOM 9/17/2010 2:51PM

    Michelle - we've all been there (or are, ahem, there right now). Does us all good to have someone we love to give us that reminder and to kick ourselves back into gear.

Yes - you can do it - with the support of your wonderful hubby - and with your strong will!

You can do it!!

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JILLWILSON2102 9/17/2010 11:38AM

    Michelle aren't you very glad that you have people in your life who give you the tough love you need! emoticon to you and Brian. Now get going!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    You have lots of things to remind you to stay true to yourself/my nutrition tracker. Go for it. You can do it!

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DONGR8NCHARNC 9/17/2010 12:17AM

    Keep pushing, Michelle! You do it with such heart and lets not forget about your humor!

Gentle hugs,
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CARTOONB 9/17/2010 12:10AM

    Well said!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/17/2010 12:00AM

    You also make your Spark friends realize they are not alone which is just what they need to get them back on the straight and narrow so you motivate us all with your honesty ! We can face it together!!!

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DARLENEK04 9/16/2010 7:21PM

  Nothing that is going on in your life is your fault, you
know....if any of the rest of us were so hard on ourself
you would be right there pointing out how to get back on
the wagon and get straight.

You are tired, mostly emotional, and stressed. All this
is to blame for your lapse, sugargirl, now calm down,love
thyself, and lets get going back on the right road. Bless
Brian for pointing out how much you are needed...


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DREAMGIRL76 9/16/2010 6:27PM

    Michelle, I am so glad you are on my team, and so glad you posted this blog. Painful as the truth can be sometimes you have no idea how much others can relate.

It is clear that alot is going on in your personal life, and for many of us it becomes a time we turn to comfort foods that are not the healthiest. End result is the yucky feeling you are dealing with now, getting that out of your system and realizing you only feel good when your eating RIGHT.

God Bless Brian for taking care of his health, supporting you and loving you no matter what, but also loving you enough to risk being REAL with you. Take to heart what he has told you. Love yourself as much as you are loved and get to walking with your loved one together, and making those healthy meals together and don't forget to laugh!!!! Its great for the stress.

Please come to our team and read the cute joke I posted today under Laughter is the best medicine topic!!! Its a keeper.

Take care, you've had your reality check now its time to get back on the wagon, tie yourself in and get ready its gonna be a wild ride!!!!

Love ya, Debbie

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KATVHALE 9/16/2010 6:22PM

  Michelle, don't even ask me about my eating behavior since last November!!! I gained weight back too and I haven't been exercising at all so you are already ahead of me! I bet I can out excuse you any day of the week! I don't have any kind of disorder except opening my mouth too much; is that a disorder? I bet my DH would say it is! emoticon

You know what you have to do to get back on track and so do I. We need to get our willpower back and a good mindset. I'm workin on it but slowly very slowly... I will get it back and so will you.

Please give Brian a huge hug and a great big kiss for me because he is such a great guy! I wonder if he and my Norm are related? We are so blessed to have such great men in our lives.

Chin up sista friend!


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PJSTIME 9/16/2010 4:32PM

    Wow Brian sounds like a guy who really really cares about you and he is right. I don't know why we have such a hard time being as good to ourselves as we are to everyone else. I'm that way too. Put everyone else first or used to, I am now trying to put me first at least part of the time.

Hang in there we can do this.

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LIZZYP609 9/16/2010 4:02PM

    Brian is a good man! He is sooo right. Thanks for writing this! I have been saying the same things to myself and I need to turn this around!
Thank You Michelle and Brian!

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FLEMIDG 9/16/2010 3:16PM

    Oh, Michelle. I can sympathize with you. I understand what you are going through. You beat yourself up about it already, so now you know what you need to do. Get back on track. Start eating healthy and get out and walk or dance or whatever, just get some cardio going.
I am so glad you have such a wonderful DH who is there for you.
Hey, now that I have found such a wonderful friend, don't you dare do anything to her to keep me from spending time with her. I'd be lost without you. Love you lots.

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IAMDIOSA 9/16/2010 2:41PM

    Wow - I just read this at a time I really needed it. Thank you! You will push through, I know it. Work your way back up with the walking (I know the auto-immune beast is relentless, but it will help keep it at bay).

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JRDIAMOND4 9/16/2010 2:02PM


Look here girlie. I am not taking no excuses. No pity party allowed. I am not doing without your friendship, so you better get movin, sista. You don't want us Sparkies to gang up on you.

You have grand babies and future grandbabies to hold and a husband to grow old with. Family and friends that love you. Feeling guilty yet!?!

Seriously, we love ya, need ya, and would like to have ya around for a while. Who would we pick on? lol

Today is a new day, a new start. Brush it off, clean the Bullcrap off the boots and get to walkin, kickin, or stompin to get back in the groove.


Dr Jeckl or Mr Hyde(take your pick)

ps.. these words have a patten pending. NO copying for future use, especially against the author. bwahahahahaha

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BKNOCK 9/16/2010 1:14PM

    Aw Michelle, you are so tough you are a survivor and you have a ton of people rooting for you! Besides that you are not alone! Many of us have gained weight over the summer. It has been so blasted hot this summer who can move a lot? See I just gave myself another excuse!

Like I said yesterday, brush your self off and start slowly. Stop eating the crap and maybe take a walk or do an exercise video. I love the Leslie Sansone DVD's not too hard but you sweat a bit!

Take care!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/16/2010 1:08PM

    I like that Brian guy. Not only does your family need you, your computer spark buddies do too. I so look forward to your blogs and seeing those black boots on my page! LOL (I gotta get me some of those!) The world would be a mighty different place w/o you. Glad to hear you are taking steps in the right direction. I'm cheering for you! Hang in there!

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