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Julia is here!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My 1st grandchild Julia was born on March the 5th @ 1:25 pm weighing in @ 8 lbs 13 oz. and 21 inches long. Her and her Mom were in labor for a mere 30 hours so lots of prayer has gone up over this child already. She is such a blessing and wonderful addition to our family. She is such a beauty with her light hair and dark eyes. She looks like her Mommy and Daddy. I have some better pics on my phone but can't figure out how to get them in the computer. When I do I'll post them too! We are so happy she finally arrived happy and healthy! So is her Mom and Dad! Welcome our dear Julia! I'm sure you are going to change our lives in a good way! We love you!

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BEESPARKLE 1/15/2014 12:02PM

    Oh it is me. Beesparkle. Your still here.Awesome!

Oh reading old news here but oh my Grats for Grandchild Julie.
Oh yea you will never be the same.

Now my Grankids are from 21 oldest now then 17,18,18 15,14.
Where has time gone.

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ROSEWCI 6/5/2013 7:20PM

    Welcome to the world baby Julia! You are so loved! Congrats to the parents & grandparents! EnJOY her!!!

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MRS_TOAD 3/14/2013 8:59AM

    What a blessing to your entire family and a blessing to all who meet her. May she live a long and healthy life.


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SUZYMOBILE 3/13/2013 7:34PM

    What a beautiful, big girl! I can't wait to see how she grows!

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KRISTINE99 3/13/2013 1:23PM

    What lovely photos of your grandchild. Wishing you and your family the best :)

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CHOCOHIPPO 3/13/2013 11:25AM

    She is so beautiful! And so lucky to born into a family who loves her and each other so much! Congratulations on this wonderful blessing!

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DJ4HEALTH 3/12/2013 10:02PM

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THEEXERCISER 3/12/2013 8:16PM

    emoticon to the world Julia you are so beautiful!

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CAT-IN-CJ 3/12/2013 8:14PM

    Oh yeah! Your life will NEVER be the same.


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Our New Dog Cassie!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Just wanted to share a few pictures of the new addition to our family Cassie. We have been checking the local shelters in town for another dog as our dog seems so lonely when our son and his wife come for the weekend with their dog and go home, Sidney moaps around for days. He is 12 yrs old. We have had him since he was 2. I must say he is still warming up to Cassie and probably wondering when she is going home! emoticon. Typical reaction for a dog that has been the only one for 10 yrs. He was on his way back to the pound we we took him in. I'm proud of him though as he has been more than a gentleman! The other reason is we just want another dog, because we love the little bundles of fur. We have fostered dogs displaced by hurricanes or moving out of the country before, but they never seemed like they were suppose to stay. We finally gave up and said when the right one comes along we will get her.

Cassie came to us by a divine appointment. I believe we were meant to have this sweet little bundle of joy! She is very loveable, friendly, and loves kids. We were just in the right place at the right time and were blessed by being there with her! She is almost 6 yrs old. I call her a pup, because she acts like one. She has a cute little attitude, and a warm personality.

Cassie has got me back into exercising more regularly as she can't be trusted off the leash in the backyard, because she bolts! Therefore, we took 4 walks yesterday at least! She's good for my program, because I leaning towards being a couch potato again, from it being so busy at work! I thank God for Cassie!

So I just wanted to share a few photo's with my Sparkfriends and introduce Cassie!

Well, time to go walk again! Happy trails and tails to you my friends!

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PASTORMIKE7 9/19/2012 7:36PM

    Oh, how cute!!

What a blessing of a new addition to the family!!

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GMASANDIE 9/19/2012 7:31PM

    She is adorable and I like her name!

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BEESPARKLE 9/19/2012 1:20PM

    She is a dollie of a Dog all right! How kind to take her from the shelter. Sorry to hear of your foot. Oh my sweetie. How did you manage to do that.

You need prayers again. Your keeping us all busy in prayers.
That is what Sparks is all about. When your feeling out then we walk in.


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DMF2012 4/7/2012 1:06PM

    She is adorable and I'm so glad you rescued her!

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    Oh, my, she is just so adorable! Thanks for being a hero and rescuing a critter needing a forever home. You're a special person!

Enjoy those cuddles and giggles with your new fur baby!


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XHASTEDMOMOF2 2/29/2012 12:21AM

    She is so adorable!!! I just know she and Sidney are going to be the best of buds real soon!!! Since Cassie's from a shelter, you'll have to get the paw-print shaped magnet for the your back of your car that says "Who saved who?" Love it!!

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SUZYMOBILE 2/28/2012 9:27PM

    What a sweetie! She's a petite little thing, isn't she? Good for her, getting you out!

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YATMAMA 2/28/2012 11:48AM

    Awwwwww what a perfect little addition to the family!!!

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NAPLESNANCY 2/28/2012 10:22AM

    She's a little doll! Enjoy all the love and affection she'll give to you.


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MRS_TOAD 2/28/2012 8:45AM

    Heidi approves. emoticon

And I know exactly what you mean by needing to walk several times a day with the pup! Heidi can't be off leash so we walk and walk and walk...

Enjoy the fur-baby! And thanks for choosing to rescue this beautiful pup.

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IMREITE 2/28/2012 12:11AM

    It is so neat getting a new pet.

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ARTJAC 2/27/2012 11:04PM

    lovely dog

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LIFE-FAITH 2/27/2012 10:33PM

    emoticon on your new addition to your family.
She is a cutie! Hopefully Sidney warms up to her soon and they become friends.

Thanks for stopping by my page the other day.
Take care and God Bless you!

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Homecoming 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Well, they didn't win their Homecoming, but my daughter said they had a lot of fun at the game. Being on the swim team they have to work the concession stands for the football games. Therefore they get to go to all the games.

Tonight is the dance and I just wanted to post some of the pics as the kids all met up at our home to take pictures. Here they are.

Janelle and Charlie

Charlie, Janelle, Mark, Malorie, Rafa, and Alexis

The swimmers back tan on Malorie, Janelle and Alexis! LOL!

Malorie, Mark, Janelle, Charlie, Alexis and Rafa

The girls waiting for their dates

Are you ready for the conga??

This will be a safe a fun time for them all to remember! What joy these kids have brought to our lives! Much love my children.

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YATMAMA 10/22/2010 9:59PM

    They're all so beautiful, so full of promise and hope. I love this blog!

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 10/19/2010 10:28PM

    Great pictures!!! I love the swimmer's back tans!!! How awesome everybody looks!!! And the girls seem like they are all good friends!!! How cool is that??!! Glad they all had fun!!!


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BEESPARKLE 10/17/2010 2:05PM

    Very lovely! They are some good looking girls. For sure be proud!

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The Swim Team

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Our baby daughter who is 17, and in her last year of High School, belongs to the swim team at Cypress Lake High School. This is also where I went to school, as well as my son Jeff.

She joined the swim team last year, and has so enjoyed it. What a great bunch of friends she has made as well as her current boyfriend. She has trimmed down about 2 sizes, as I believe her last dress she bought was a 5. Swimming is such good exercise. I need to get with the program and get back into it myself. It really tones the whole body.

My daughter is currently going to the state college in town, for her last year of High School, but is still going to the HS for her sports and clubs. She just loves it. They did their last 2 meets, which they won this last week. She is kind of sad. This year has gone by so fast for all of us. They just have Finals and Districts left. Go Cypress Lake!!!!

I'm so happy she joined the team, as it has made her healthier, and caused her to make such good friends. We love them all! They are a great bunch of kids, with goals and dreams in their hearts!

Congrats to the team!

Cypress Lake Swim Team 2010

My DH and I with Janelle at her meet.

Charlie, Rafa, Janelle and Tori

Charlie Janelle and Chet

Janelle after her meet

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MOTHEROF1+1 11/11/2010 9:03PM

    Oh that is so funny. I went to some of Leighanns meets at cypress. I should've let you know I would be there.

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YATMAMA 10/22/2010 9:58PM

    What FUN! I love that she goes to the school you attended. Continuity like that is hard to find these days. You have such a precious family. No wonder. They have a precious YOU!

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 10/18/2010 10:57PM

    Reading your blog almost made me cry as i thought about how my babies grew up way too fast!!! It seems like you also have a tight relationship with your daughter and makes life so much better!!! How awesome that she has found a healthy outlet for expanding her physical prowess along while she is challenging her mind -- excellent combo!!! Way to go, mom!!! And mostly, way to go Janelle!!!



PS -- How strange that there is some strange garble in my post that I cannot make go away!! Weird, huh??!!

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PEPPERLEAH 10/16/2010 9:36PM

    I think it is awesome that she found something she enjoyed so much! It has brought many good things to her; better health, friends, and I am sure it has been a great sense of pride for her! Congrats to her, and to you!

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The Wedding

Saturday, October 16, 2010

This is the story of Jeffery Alan Carstens and Katie Jane Taylor. They met about 3 years ago at work, Borders and Books and Katie was Jeff's boss. I remember my son telling me Katie was the sweetest girl he had ever met. I knew then that she was the "ONE"! Although I believe she had to fire him! LOL!

Last October they moved to Columbus Ohio as my son got a job there. This not only broke my heart, but Katie's Mom too. We both have always had them close to us and they were both such a joy in our lives. Katie loves the band U2, so in the midst of moving they stopped in Atlanta, where during the concert, when they were playing the song," I still haven't found what I'm looking for," my son got down on one knee, and proposed, telling Katie, he had found exactly what he was looking for. By the way my son hates U2, but it is Katie's favorite band! She accepted. Such a little romantic, my son is. He had the ring for 7 months and kept it a secret from all of us! So they have been planning the wedding for a year.

Last Saturday they became man and wife. They are so in love. It is awesome, and now we have another wonderful daughter and Mary and Bill have a wonderful new son! They wrote their own vows and got married here where we live on Ft. Myers Beach, Fl. This is not only where I grew up, but them as well. The ceremony was beautiful as well as the reception alot of fun. They then went to San Francisco for their honeymoon, as they know only too well about hurricane season in Florida and the Carribean!

Both families are so happy that our children found each other and meshed into one big happy family!

Congratulations, Jeff and Katie! You both have so enriched our lives! By the way we already have a granddaughter. Her name is Lucy and she is a mini boxer! LOL!

The Wedding on the Beach
My MIL Dorothy, Me and my SIL Mickie

The Wedding Party

Jeff and Katie

Jessica and Tim our oldest daughter due to be married to Tim April 16, 2011.

The Wedding Party

The DH and I dancing. He was their DJ

The kids with Grandma and Grandpa

Hope you all enjoyed the pictures, and the blog! We sure enjoyed the wedding!

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SINGLEMOM1960 11/25/2010 11:47PM

    Beautiful Bride & Groom. Aren't you glad all the stress is over? Now you're planning for another one in April, wow double-whammy. But I know both couples will be happy, look at what a terrific Mom they have!

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YATMAMA 10/22/2010 9:57PM

    What a joyous wedding. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! How's the title of mother in law settling in? lol

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 10/17/2010 4:39PM

    What an awesome love story!!! He hated U2 but still went!!! (Did he plan to propose to that song or was it that inspiration struck at that moment??) Awwww! My heart melted!!! Everybody looks so happy!! Pictures are great!!! I am soooooooooooooo happy for yours and Katie's families!!! Now all we're missing is pictures of Lucy!!!

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BEESPARKLE 10/17/2010 2:09PM

    A love story for sure. Beautiful couple. I pray blessing forever for them.

Wedding looks so nice and you a proud Mother and Mother in-law now.

You look so happy girl.

God is Good!

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BEAUTIFULANIME 10/16/2010 9:48PM

    That's so beautiful and the wedding looks great!

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PEPPERLEAH 10/16/2010 9:47PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of this special day with us! God bless the newlyweds, and their families, too!

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MCCALI59 10/16/2010 7:51PM

  emoticonThey make a lovely couple.

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LADYPIPPIE 10/16/2010 7:40PM

    A beautiful love story. Looks like it was a lovely wedding.

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