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Long Spark Break - Prayers requested!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

As many of you know, Iíve been dealing with aortic stenosis for the past 2 years. My surgeon said it was time for surgery this fall, but I refused as my sonís wedding was in October (in GA), and I was going to be there no matter what! Mission accomplished :)

I had another check-up in December, and my surgeon said I really couldnít put surgery off any longer. SoÖon Wednesday (Jan. 12), I will be having open heart surgery (valve replacement). My aortic valve has calcium build-up of a 75 year old. Iím nowhere near that age. No one knows why, just that itís time for me to get a new valve. Will I ever be able to eat pork again? (Yes, Iím getting a pig valve.)

I am a high risk for surgery because of health complications. My surgeon is sure I will come through surgery okay, but my recovery will most likely be a very long oneÖweeks, perhaps months. (I had arthroscopic knee surgery in 2000 and havenít been very mobile since.)

My son is coming from GA today. He was lucky enough to change his plans and leave Atlanta before the big snow/ice storm that is coming tonight. Iím so grateful that he will be with me. He is my rock.

Needless to say, I will be away from Sparks for some time. Iím certainly going to miss everyone, but look forward to coming back healthier!Watch for updates on my Spark page. DDOORN hopefully will remember to post now and again. When I go to rehab, Iím hoping to take my netbook with me, so I can be in touch.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks, Spark friends!

  
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TRUELOU 1/24/2011 5:44PM

    Yay, you're home. Welcome back!!!
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EAGLES_WINGS 1/23/2011 4:01PM

    You are like sunshine and rainbows...please come back to us soon in good care and well shape! You are loved very dearly!!!
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VARMINT3 1/22/2011 6:44PM

    Hope you are doing well & recovering all right!

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TRUELOU 1/21/2011 12:24AM

    Sooo happy you're bouncing back!
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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/20/2011 7:48PM

    mISSIN MY wILLOW FRIEND. NOPE HE DIDN'T KEEP US UPDATED AND i'VE BEEN WORRIED AND WONDERING ABOUT YOU.
hUGSoops sorry for the caps.

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R-U-JELLEN 1/17/2011 9:32PM

    Willow-I'm keeping you in my prayers for a full recovery. God keep you in His care. Jo
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1EMMA2011 1/17/2011 2:05PM

    Praying for you and looking forward to you coming back stronger than ever. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/16/2011 10:26PM

    I'm sending prayers for your full recovery.

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TRUELOU 1/14/2011 1:13AM

    Have heard your surgery went well and sending continued thoughts and prayers for your quick recovery dear friend:)
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LNA3561 1/13/2011 8:17PM

    Positive and healthy thoughts for you!

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GRAMTOTWO 1/13/2011 11:26AM

    Thoughts and prayers coming your way.

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LORETTA24 1/12/2011 8:20AM

    emoticon I am glad to see you have a spark of humor (will eating pork make you a cannibal now? Hmmmmmm ... lol). I have been told that laughter can actually release something in your body that helps it to heal. There was an article in Readers Digest many years ago that told a story about such an event. This was a true story about someone who was diagnosed with terminal something (details escape me now). They locked themselves up in a confined place with little to know outside influences (including people). They watched, listened to, and read only humor during their entire waking hours and in four months went back to the doctor. They were healed. Strange but true. Personally I think there must have been some prayer with God intervention there also, but it was documented with tests that they had the problem and it did go away. I pray my ramblings bring you a smile and not irritation. I am requesting a group from my church to keep you in prayer until further notice. A special gift of love, hugs and blessings coming your way! Keep smiling sunshine. emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 1/12/2011 7:53AM

    Adding you to my prayer list. May God be with you! Please krrp us updated as soon as you feel well enough to blog.

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PAULASTRAS 1/11/2011 5:40PM

    Willow God willbe with you. It is wonderful that your son can be with you for support.
With the positive attitude you have and knowing that you have spark friends praying for you.

god bless you, angel's watch over you.

hugs, Paula:)

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ANOPTIMIST 1/11/2011 3:33PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you...we'll miss you!! emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL70 1/10/2011 10:25PM

    You will get through this. I will have you on my pray list. I will be praying for you.
I have heart trouble along with lots of other problems. God will take care of you as he did me during my Breast cancer and other things.

Keep a Positive Attitude and just ask God to put his hands on your Dr.

God Bless

Ida

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EAGLES_WINGS 1/10/2011 9:44PM

    You have been in my thoughts and continue to be! Wishing you strength. All the love, Karen emoticon

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BIGGESTWINNERS 1/10/2011 2:59PM

    Well don't disappear far! Your Spark friends will be here for you! Plus you still need to eat...right? Just take care of you! Splurge once and again! Enjoy! But still keep your eye on the prize! I long, healthy and happy life! This will give your heart health many more years! You will do awesome! Keep positive!

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HEIDIC75 1/10/2011 2:51PM

    i will be praying for you. Best of luck and a speedy recovery

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SDPARTON 1/10/2011 11:40AM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers for speedy, healthy recovery! I am so glad your son made it before the storm! It is really bad here in Tennessee today and I am sure it is just going to get worse. The snow has started to fall again! We have about 7 to 8 inches at the moment!
I will send DDOORN a friend request today, so that I can keep up with you and your recovery! I love you Willow! Thanks for being such a great SPARK FRIEND! emoticon
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SHOYER 1/10/2011 10:43AM

    Even if you can't post, you can stop in every now and then to see what's happening. Hope all goes as well as it can for you.

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JAK106 1/10/2011 9:48AM

    Praying For You! Best of Luck!

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.DUSTY. 1/10/2011 9:11AM

    Willow - All your SparkFriends will be rooting for you and I know you'll be just fine!

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GOOFYGIRL48 1/10/2011 8:57AM

    I sure this is a tough place to be! I will thinking of you and hope that you are feeling better than ever very soon!

Please take care and listen to your doctors!

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JERSEYDEBBIE23 1/10/2011 8:33AM

    Best wishes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Sending you many emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 1/10/2011 8:31AM

    I read your huddle so I came by to read your blog. I so glad I did. I Will say a prayer for you. I wish you all the best.


Anne Sylvia
Mahopac, NY

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NATALIE1964 1/10/2011 8:23AM

    My dad had this surgery at 77 years old in 2008 he is now almost 80 and plays golf, rides his bike and is in great shape! He was a bit apprehensive, he'd never had surgery let alone been in the hospital.. so if my dad can do it I'm sure everything will go well with you.. give yourself time to heal and recuperate. I will be thinking of you on the 12th and sending you " good new valve vibes "
Sending you my best
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EPIPHANYANGEL 1/10/2011 8:15AM

    best wishes. emoticon

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MSEEYORE1963 1/10/2011 8:06AM

  I will be praying for you and your family. I pray for your continued success and strength. Pray you have a quick recovery. emoticon

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NIKANN7493 1/10/2011 5:05AM

    I will be praying for you! Be strong!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/10/2011 2:04AM

    I have added you to my prayer list for a safe and successful surgery and for a complete recovery.
Sheila

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QUEENPIFFLE 1/10/2011 12:48AM

    You are at the top of my prayer list during this health challenge. God be with you. Check in once in awhile and keep us posted on your progress-WE CARE!
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DIDMIS 1/10/2011 12:10AM

    I am sorry for all you are going through but with God nothing is impossible.
Lord I pray that you would touch my sisters body. Also be with the doctors that they will be led by your hand. We pray for a quick recovery, in Jesus name.
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CHARLIESANGEL10 1/9/2011 11:53PM

    I am in agreement with DREMARGRL's prayer & send you more prayers--you'll be missed & greeted with open arms when you return. emoticon

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JEA1668 1/9/2011 11:45PM

    i will be thinking about you past when you have recovered :) sending warmth, healing and good vibes your way until you are back on your feet feeling even better than you do now :)!!!!

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MOPPIT 1/9/2011 11:21PM

    I wish you a successful and smooth surgery. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My husband just had open heart surgery on 12/22 to remove a huge clot in his R atrium. He is 57 yrs old. Don't let them discharge you from the hospital too soon. If you are afraid, speak up. Expect it to be an emotional time. That is really common. If you want to vent or share, I will be here anytime to listen and help if I can. Importantly also, make sure you get as mobile as soon as possible after surgery. Do the deep breathing exercises and ask them for support stockings for your legs. All of this prevents clots, one of the highest of post op complications. You will do fine. Youth helps! Hugs, T emoticon

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  My prayers are with you during this time. emoticon

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BELLALUCIA 1/9/2011 10:57PM

    God bless you my dear!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 1/9/2011 10:53PM

    I will be thinking of you and sending prayers your way. I will miss you and hope you will have a quick recovery.
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    You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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TTLEELEE 1/9/2011 10:10PM

    emoticon Prayers & blessings for you for an easy and successful surgery, fast and full recovery, and a stronger heart!

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    Sending prayers to you for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 1/9/2011 9:30PM

    you will most definatly be in my thoughts and prayers now. may the surgery go well and the recovery fast. you will be missed a great deal.

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DREMARGRL 1/9/2011 8:49PM

    O God, the source of all health.
Fill my heart with faith.
Be near me in times of weakness and pain. Although I know You are in control, I am apprehensive about what faces me. You made me, loved me, and have provided my surgeon with needed skill to perform a miracle in my behalf. Sustain me by Your grace that my strength and courage may not fail; Heal me according to Your will.
Amen.

Praying that all goes well and you will heal completely and quickly. I'll be waiting here with all your friends......XO MaryAnn
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GRAMPAM 1/9/2011 8:40PM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Pam

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69NURSE 1/9/2011 8:38PM

    It is so important your son is able to be with you during this time. I will pray for your surgeons to have a good night's rest and steady hands, for you to have a speedy recovery and for your quick return to our SP family updates. God bless you with HIS comfort and peace during this time of uncertainty. emoticon emoticon Bev

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LUREAH21 1/9/2011 8:38PM

    You're in my thoughts and I will be praying for a speedy recovery for you. Please let me know if you need anything. I would love to make a meal for you when you get back home or when you need it.
Hope everything goes smoothly and that you're back here before long.

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ANGELWINGS71079 1/9/2011 8:35PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family honey.

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BETRME100 1/9/2011 8:01PM

    You'll be in my thoughts and prayers...hoping for a speedy recovery for you!

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MILLISMA 1/9/2011 7:48PM

    Wishing you good luck with your surgery. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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New Year's Recipe

Friday, December 31, 2010

Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.

You're bound to have a Happy New Year.

Author Unknown


Wishing all of my Spark friends a very happy, healthy 2011!

  
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TRAVELNISTA 1/12/2011 7:51AM

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this blog! emoticon emoticon

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QUEENPIFFLE 12/31/2010 10:34PM

    Thanks so much for sharing. Happy New Year. emoticon

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TRUELOU 12/31/2010 5:44PM

    Blessed New Year to you too:)

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ETAGGEL 12/31/2010 12:31PM

    Great! Happy New Year!

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SHASTA11 12/31/2010 11:42AM

    It's too bad that the people that need this the most will never see it.

Thanks,

Hugs, Joan

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    This is great. Happy New Year. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2010 11:14AM

    Love this! Happy New Year, my dear.

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Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

Every time a hand reaches out
To help another... that is Christmas.
Every time someone puts anger aside
And strives for understanding
That is Christmas.
Every time people forget their differences
And realize their love for each other
That is Christmas.
May this Christmas bring us
Closer to the spirit of human understanding
Closer to the blessing of peace!

-author unknown-

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/30/2010 4:45PM

    Wonderful words. Blessings to you.

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SEASHELL71 12/28/2010 10:35AM

    SO TRUE!! THIS CHRISTMAS FAMILY MEMBERS I HAVEN'T SEEN
IN ABOUT 7+ YEARS, GOD BLESSED US THIS YEAR!!

IT WAS A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS....I PRAY EVERYDAY REFLECTS
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QUEENPIFFLE 12/25/2010 12:11AM

    That is the true meaning of Christmas, thank you for sharing. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 12/24/2010 1:39PM

    all the best of Christmas to you and yours.....
blessings and hugs.......lita

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TRUELOU 12/24/2010 12:56PM

    So beautiful. Merry Christmas!
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EAGLES_WINGS 12/24/2010 11:57AM

    Truly the spirit of loving kindness in the world that eclipses any hardship that we might face at Christmas or any time.

Thank you, Willow!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/24/2010 10:08AM

    How lovely!! Merry Christmas to you my friend!!

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Christmas Gift Suggestions

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I received this in an email this morning; just had to share!

Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

~Oren Arnold

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/3/2010 1:18PM

    EXCELLENT!!

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TRUELOU 12/3/2010 12:19AM

    Best gifts:) Merry Christmas!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/2/2010 7:01PM

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ETAGGEL 12/2/2010 10:25AM

    Thank you. That was lovely!

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    That was FANTASTIC! emoticon

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EAGLES_WINGS 12/1/2010 4:59PM

    Like a ripple, sending blessings out into the world, love out, love in, it is a gift we can give all year long. Thank you Willow!

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SHASTA11 12/1/2010 1:17PM

    Thank you; wise words.

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Thank You!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'd like to thank all my great friends and team mates who were kind enough to wish me Happy Birthday.. Nothing could have prepared me for the amount of well wishes, goodies, and Spark Mails. Thanks so much for all of your kindness. Each and every one of you are special to me!

As some of you know, I spent the long weekend in Philly as my son & wife were up from GA. OnSaturday, we drove to Hoboken, NJ to Carlo's Bakery (The Cake Boss) to pick up a birthday cake for me. (Oh yum, best cake I've ever had!) Just a few blocks before reaching Carlo's, we were hit on the front passenger door. My son was driving my minivan. The fellow blamed us for running a red light (I know that did NOT happen), but just minutes before that told my dil "sorry". Thankfully no one was hurt except me. I was hit in my R leg by the door that pushed in. Panic set it because I'm very claustrophobic! Everyone else was out of the car; police, firemen, and ambulances came. I wanted out of that car! Took some doing, but finally I managed to push myself from the passenger bucket seat to the driver's seat, then had help getting my feet out of the car. Medics insisted on getting me in the ambulance. Obviously I didn't want to get inside anything at that point, but they wouldn't listen to me...lol They kept insisting that I go to the ER, but I refused. I was fine (or would be as soon as I got outside again!

Finally we were on our way to Carlo's. Just down the street was a CVS. My son and dil purchased some clear duct tape, white plastic bags, and bungee cords and fixed the door so cold air woudn't blast in on me. (It pays to have a PA surgeon in the family :)

After we got back to Philly, we had supper out with my family and dil's mom. Then we all went back to the hotel for birthday cake and canolis! Oh yum!!! The next morning we had breakfast with my son & dil before they left for GA. That was the best birthday! Nothing else mattered as everyone was okay!

Quite the birthday, huh?!

Thanks again everyone; Spark friends are the best!!!


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TRUELOU 12/3/2010 12:27AM

    A cake fit for a Queen! Glad eveyone's ok:)
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WRITERGIRLMEL 12/1/2010 6:33AM

    I'm so glad you weren't seriously hurt! (And happy belated birthday. I missed it!)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/30/2010 10:10PM

    I'm so relieved that you were not seriously injured!!

Your birthday and you cake sounded wonderful. And I'm srue the best was spending quality time with family.

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/30/2010 7:33PM

    Ok, now I think I'm either going to have to make the drive up to Hoboken for some of that cake or pony up for one the next time they take cake orders for a charity event in south Jersey! Like I said before, glad you're ok. I hope the same can be said for the minivan once it gets repaired! emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/30/2010 7:33PM

    Ok, now I think I'm either going to have to make the drive up to Hoboken for some of that cake or pony up for one the next time they take cake orders for a charity event in south Jersey! Like I said before, glad you're ok. I hope the same can be said for the minivan once it gets repaired! emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/30/2010 7:33PM

    Ok, now I think I'm either going to have to make the drive up to Hoboken for some of that cake or pony up for one the next time they take cake orders for a charity event in south Jersey! Like I said before, glad you're ok. I hope the same can be said for the minivan once it gets repaired! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/30/2010 7:28PM

    good to hear all ended well and that you had such a great birthday...........
blessings and hugs.......................lita

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SHASTA11 11/30/2010 5:25PM

    I'm so glad your son and dil came up to meet you in Philly for your birthday. I want one of those cakes! You realize you drove almost a hundred miles to get that cake? Good thing it was worth it. You could have sent me and QL a piece!

How bad was the car door damaged? Have you talked to the ins co yet/who's going to pay for it? I hope the police did a report.

I'm glad you had the bestest birthday.

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EAGLES_WINGS 11/30/2010 5:25PM

    So glad you are ok and happy that you had a good time. emoticon

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LINDA! 11/30/2010 5:18PM

    This is going to be a birthday that you will ALWAYS remember!!! I am so sorry about the accident. Hope you are feeling better. emoticon

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WILLOW49 11/30/2010 4:36PM

    THE BEST CAKE I'VE EVER HAD!!!!! emoticon

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SDPARTON 11/30/2010 4:27PM

    Wow!!!! You couldn't have dreamed about a birthday like that, in your wildest dreams! I am so Thankful everyone was ok and that you managed to come out of an accident like that! You truly had a blessed birthday Willow! I am so thankful you could make light of a bad day and enjoy your birthday with your loved ones!
Oh.... The cake had to be to die for;)

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CONNORCOLINSMOM 11/30/2010 3:18PM

    Wow! So glad to hear you are okay and also jealous for eating a cake from Carlo's bakery. My son loves that show and we record it every week. Happy Birthday!

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