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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just a quick post to let you know that I haven't been sparking because my father was hospitalized for the past month emoticon and my focus has been solely on family matters.

Additionally, my computer is now being shipped for repair. I won't have it back until June 14. emoticon

I have no idea where I am with losing weight. My guess is I've probably gained. Haven't exercised or done anything else for that matter.

Okay. Got to run.

I hope this blog finds everyone out in Sparkland well. See you around 6/14.

Happy Memorial Day to all.

  
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APRILLSCOTT 6/12/2010 5:58PM

    I'll be glad when you get back! Hope father is doing better! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 5/28/2010 5:04PM

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/28/2010 3:47PM

    So sorry to hear about your Dad and hope he is improving not. We certainly understand that you can't get on Spark when so much is going on. We will miss you.

Don't be discouraged, things will get better.

Hugs,
Sandi

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PSMITH3841 5/28/2010 3:31PM

    Good luck with everything...we're thinking good thoughts for you...see you on the 14th... emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 5/28/2010 2:39PM

    I agree with what 'Sunny332' said: sometimes you just have to go with the flow! We'll be here in mid-June waiting for you! (Deo volente) Mmmm, in my case, as long as the %*&@#£& internet connection is working--! emoticon

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IRETA49 5/28/2010 2:29PM

    I'm sorry that your dad is ill. And glad that you haven't given up on us. Hang in there. Praying for you.

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SUNNY332 5/28/2010 6:30AM

    Hang in there. Sometimes life makes it's own priorities.

Take care and Be Blessed on your present journey.

Sunny

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JLITT62 5/28/2010 5:48AM

    Here's prayers & positive vibes for you, your father, & your whole family.

There are things that are definitely way more important than weight loss, but nothing can bust stress like exercise!

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MUSIC66 5/28/2010 12:51AM

    sorry about your father and your computer hope they are better soon.

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OFF_THE_CHARTS 5/28/2010 12:34AM

    Our prayers are with you!

Taking every day a step at a time and hanging in there can really help! Let us know how things are going!

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LADYNETTIE 5/28/2010 12:32AM

    Do what you need to do, we will all be here when you return. Hugs and strength to get through this challenging time.

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IUHRYTR 5/27/2010 9:15PM

    Prayers and positive thoughts for your father. Hope all is well with the computer. Do your libraries have any you can use? -- Lou

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CARRAND 5/27/2010 8:52PM

    I'm so sorry about your father. I hope he's OK. We've missed you, but totally understand. Hang in there.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/27/2010 8:32PM

    Laura you have been missed. My thoughts and prayers go out for your father. Don't worry about your weight right now. Just try to eat healthy and take care of yourself. Your family is so important. I hope you enjoy the weekend as much as possible. Good luck on your computer. I hope to hear from you soon.
God Bless
Irene

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TRIGFROST 5/27/2010 8:31PM

    Family does come 1st... Remember this is a journey...Don't beat your self up...Your time will come...for being thin...don't give up...we love you...just for you...

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MARENAMOO 5/27/2010 8:29PM

    You family is the first priority. We will be here when you get back. Take care and prayers to your family.

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LJCANNON 5/27/2010 8:20PM

    We will keep you in our hearts. Make as many good choices as you can.
Prayers that your Father is healing.

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REILLYGIRRRL 5/27/2010 7:48PM

  Keep the faith....

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Courage

Friday, April 16, 2010

A veterinarian technician has been arrested in connection with Courage's case. You may recall, this dog ate dirt and rocks to survive. At the bottom of the article, there's a very touching video of his recovery to date. He still is not out of the woods because his organs may yet fail. Please keep Courage in your prayers.

http://ocpets.freedomblogging.com/2010/0
4/16/irvine-vet-tech-arrested-in-case-
of-abused-dog/44193

Please consider donating food to hungry humans and animals when you reach your fitness goals. Thank you.

  
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IUHRYTR 4/17/2010 5:33PM

    Thank you for having a caring heart. Prayers that he recovers and give back some of the love that has been shown him. -- Lou

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HONEYBEE56 4/17/2010 3:13PM

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/17/2010 12:20PM

    Thank you for this great post. I am praying for Courage...

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SUNNY332 4/17/2010 8:20AM

    If I lived in California, I would apply to adopt Courage. What a great story and shame on that Vet Tech who did not take care of him.

I am going to be following this story. My heart has been lifted up by this beautiful dog named Courage.

Awesome post. Thanks so much!

Sunny

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KASEYCOFF 4/17/2010 3:36AM

    I don't understand how anyone could do this, let alone someone who works with animals and (theoretically, at least) has some sense of caring for them. I can understand people who don't care about animals: I cannot understand people who actively neglect or try to harm or hurt animals. Or people, when it comes to that. What demons would drive a person to make them want to hurt someone else? Very distressing.

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JULSMUM 4/16/2010 7:27PM

    You have a wonderful heart for those who are hurting whether human or animal. That's a really wonderful trait. I cannot stand to see any animal in pain or mistreated. I have a dog and 2 Katrina cats and don't know what I would do without them.
God bless,
Charlotte

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Hi All

Friday, April 16, 2010

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, and I'm not trying to ignore anyone who has been gratious enough to comment on my blog, page, activity feed or email me. I'm just extremely busy at work. Also, it's also a day after tax day and I haven't tackled that project either.

I am still on track with exercise and food though! AND I'm logging in my food here, but that's about the extent to it.

I hope to get into SP this weekend and spend some time catching up with everyone.

TGIF! Have a Grrrreat!! weekend everyone! Talk with you real soon!

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/17/2010 12:19PM

    I completely understand where you are coming from. Hope you got your taxes completed and filed!!! Keep staying on track and taking care of yourself. That is the most important thing you can do for you!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen


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DJ4HEALTH 4/16/2010 9:59PM

    You are doing the most important thing that you can do and that is to track your food and exercise. emoticon

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POOH_BEAR_69 4/16/2010 9:53PM

    Sounds great... I completely understand how you're feeling!!! Know everyone is thinking about you in the meantime...

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POLYANASUNSHINE 4/16/2010 6:14PM

    Good for you doing the tracking and all. I understand about the job and being busy.

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KASEYCOFF 4/16/2010 5:42PM

    Miss you, but at least we know we're not forgotten, lol... Keep us posted when things ease up a bit! :-)

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/16/2010 5:15PM

    Glad you're doing well and we'll "see" you when we see you! Spark on . . . .

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IUHRYTR 4/16/2010 5:09PM

    I think we all understand busy. Have a terrific weekend. -- Lou

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God So Loved the World

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Received this in an email from Kathleen Sullivan --

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection from Picasso to Raphael. When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said, “Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart, and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.” The young man held out his package. “I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.”

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. “Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.”

The father died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. “We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?” There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, “We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.”

But the auctioneer persisted. “Will someone bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?” Another voice shouted angrily, “We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!” But still the auctioneer continued, “The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?”

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. “I’ll give $10 for the painting.” Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. “We have $10, who will bid $20?” “Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.” “$10 is the bid, won’t someone bid $20?” The crowd was becoming angry. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections. The auctioneer pounded the gavel. “Going once, twice, SOLD FOR $10!”

A man sitting on the second row shouted, “Now, let’s get on with the collection!” The auctioneer laid down his gavel. “I’m sorry, the auction is over.” “What about the paintings?” “I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!” (author unknown)

Much like the auctioneer, God speaks to us, “The Son, the Son, who’ll take the Son?” Because you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “

Death, then, is not an exit but an entrance; not a “sorry about that” but a “welcome home.” Let the rebirth of nature foreshadow our destiny. For the Sun’s warmth will penetrate the frozen earth and the barren land will welcome the delight of the daffodils. This is our guarantee. May it bring you comfort and confidence.

  
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MEGANC1988 4/16/2010 1:53PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/16/2010 12:00AM

    I love your blogs! And your hummingbird.

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CPTANNE 4/14/2010 9:43PM

    No matter how many times I have read this it always blesses me. Thanks for sharing.
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IN102WIN 4/14/2010 4:02PM

    I love it and its so true in that we look for every thing else, thinking everything else is better but the best is the gift that God gave - the SON

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LIL-VIXEN 4/14/2010 2:29PM

    Hi

I had heard this story before, but I still love reading it each time. Yes God is awesome and so is the Son. What loving father will give up his only son in order to save the salvation of so many people. None that I know of. Yes, I also took the Son along time ago, because it is only through the Son the we will see the Father.

May God continue to bestow his blessings upon you.

Peace

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ROYALQUEEN0708 4/14/2010 1:07PM

    You are truly a blessing sent from God. I thank you for reminding us about what is truly important in life. God paid such a high price for us that oftentimes we take it for granted. I am so grateful for people like you who will be sent to remind us of the precious gift that we have in Jesus Christ and how we must continually hold onto him. May the Lord continue to richly and abundantly bless you for your obedience.

God's eternal blessings!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 4/14/2010 1:06PM

    This is such an awe inspiring beautiful blog. It is so much like the Father and son Jesus, which, of course was meant to be. what a glorious way to speak of the love that He has for us. Thank you so much for the soft touch of love that heals and leads the way to life ever lasting. Because of His love we are now free to walk in His love and to share it all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SERENEMOM71 4/14/2010 11:56AM

  I hadn't heard that particular story but some like it - but all of them give me shivers just the same! Thank you for sharing it! Isn't it the truth! Praise God for sacrificing His Son so that we may live.

Remember that I am thinking of and praying for you daily.
Love, Your sister in Christ,

Amy L

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WANDAC2013 4/14/2010 11:39AM

    Thank you for this blog...it's wonderful!

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PSMITH3841 4/14/2010 10:15AM

    Two days in a row!!!! emoticon

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1GROVES2 4/14/2010 10:03AM

    I love this parable! Thanks for sharing...And I already took The Son a long time ago. Praise God!
" Then behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom;and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split."-Matthew-27:51

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KASEYCOFF 4/14/2010 9:50AM

    Good parable!

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SUNNY332 4/14/2010 9:49AM

    Awesome!

I will take the Son.....

Sunny

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Count your blessings

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Somewhere in a lonely back yard, a young dog lived chained to a tree without food, water or attention.

He waited for that food, and when it didn't come, he ate dirt. Eventually the dog laid down and he didn't get up.

But still, he didn't die.

An anonymous Good Samaritan stepped in April 7 and rescued the German shepherd from sure death. The animal, not much more than skin and bone, wailed in agony on the way to get help.



For every large or small fitness goal you reach, please consider donating food to hungry humans or animals. Thank you.

  
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HOLLY_ROSE3 4/15/2010 9:56AM

    Shame... having a precious dog, I just don't know how anyone could intentionally hurt one. emoticon emoticon

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LOVES_ANIMALS 4/14/2010 5:50PM

    Oh my goodnesss, don't make me cry! Awesome blog, honey.

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BOBBIENORTHERN 4/14/2010 1:11PM

    Thats why I have so many animals, I pick them up off the street and pay for everything because the Father God by His riches and glory by and through Christ Jesus supplies all of my daily needs as they arise. You are so right, there would not be so many homeless animals thrown out if people would spay and neuter them accordingly. We are the ones filled with the love of God or we are supposed to be.

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SERENEMOM71 4/14/2010 12:45PM

  My daughter volunteers at an animal shelter called Open Door Sanctuary that was started with a million dollars by donors that wanted their cat to have a place to live until she died in comfort. They also wanted a shelter for cats and dogs to live, be adopted out if they could, but if not, live out their natural life. They would not be killed like other shelters run by the county, etc. Of course, they have the funds and are a private organization!

I adopted - or rather they adopted me! - my two kittens from there and I have fallen in love with them. However, they both have been ill and their vet bills have been extremely expensive. I am not, however, going to give them "back" or not care for them!! They are a part of our family. I have never understood abuse - of animals or of humans. It is amazing to me the capacity of how cruel humans can be.

Except for one pet, all of our pets have been from shelters or rescue organizations. I would hope that people would spade/neuter their pets and adopt all new pets from either a shelter, rescue organization, or from someone who cannot care for their beloved pet!

God commanded us to care for all the animals on this earth. We need to do this!

Love, Your sister in Christ,
Amy L

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KEMGRIA 4/14/2010 11:52AM

    This story is heartbreakingly sad emoticon I can't understand how anyone could be this cruel to any animal, and I'm so grateful to all those people who step in and give their time, money, effort - whatever they have to offer - to help animals who are in abusive or abandoned situations.

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LJCANNON 4/14/2010 11:16AM

    This reminds me to continue my commitment to donating my "Big" clothes to the local Pet Charity, and when I lose another 8 pounds I will donate 50 pounds of Food to them (when i lost 100 pounds i donated 100 pounds of Kitty Litter)
emoticonI'm also going to check in to being a Volunteer Dog Walker, but it depends a lot on the requirements they have as to time and flexible scheduling.

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BLESSED2BEME 4/14/2010 10:51AM

    God has plans for that German Shepherd! Every day that I volunteer at BARK (A re-homing center in my town), I see hope in the eyes of animals that have been abused or abandoned. Their hope, despite their circumstances, brings me hope too!

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SHOAPIE 4/14/2010 10:48AM

    People who treat their animals like this make me so ANGRY!

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KASEYCOFF 4/14/2010 9:39AM

    Incredible that he lived - perhaps a higher purpose, in calling our attention to the plights of animals...

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