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A productive day

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It took avoiding all online communication other than tracking fitness and nutrition for me to accomplish some things that had been piling up, but they're done. I love that sense of accomplishment! The only problem with that is falling behind in the Spark activity emails, but I'm catching up now.

It's so nice to have running water and a stable internet connection! Today was spent catching up on dishes and laundry that had stacked up while the water was out, doing online banking and bill paying for our family and for my mother-in-law who is unable to tend to her financial matters.

I kept my foot elevated much of the day, with my shoes off, trying to give my foot time to heal again. It's not hurting at all right now and I am so thankful for your prayers over me! I know God has brought that comfort and healing. I am so aware of my need to MOVE. It feels good to walk or dance around the house while folding clothes or other chores. I pray God will keep that fire lit for me and keep nudging me to move more and more and more.

My heart is so heavy tonight for the NOPD. One of their K-9 officers left his dog partner locked in his police unit and the dog died. I cannot imagine the anguish of this officer's heart and the reactions of his fellow brothers in blue. So tragic in so many ways. I pray that God will intervene in that man's life in a big way. The story is here:
http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/
07/heat_killed_police_dog_left_in.html

I am so blown away, so awed, so melted by the dear, dear friends I've made here on SP. The outpouring of encouragement, motivation, creativity, and affirmation is so humbling, so exhilarating. You are the most wonderful friends anyone could ever imagine and I am thankful for each of you.

  
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LIGHTHEART09 7/23/2009 11:15AM

    The love you see in us sparklers is the love you give to us...You are a mirror.
Your healing is in my prayers dear Missy... emoticon

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YATMAMA 7/22/2009 3:15PM

    Thank you so much to each of you. I am so blown away by how precious you are. I cannot thank God enough for blessing my life with you.

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PEBBLES32165 7/22/2009 1:56PM

    Missy, you are so special to us. I will continue to pray for your foot to be heeled. Keep your spirits up and keep reaching for the goal.

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SCORPION1352 7/22/2009 12:23PM

    Missy--------- you say how wonderful the friends you have here are. Well let me say that you are one of the friends everyone has made here on Spark. I for one didn't get out much before and being here with all of you is just a blessing. I am very grateful for your friendship as well as everyone here on Spark.

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NANCYS_TIME 7/22/2009 9:00AM

    You have blessed many others as well. Glad your foot is feeling better. Keep dancing !!

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GRANDMANANCY 7/22/2009 8:13AM

    Missy---you are a precious gift from God to this team.. Thank you---again & again....for sharing your life with us!

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IUHRYTR 7/22/2009 3:55AM

    Missy ~~ YOU are the one who has been a blessing to us. Be well. -- Lou

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SISTERDEAR 7/22/2009 12:23AM

    Missy, keeping this short for the same reason you were offline much of today.

I am so glad your foot is doing better. . . and that you have running water again!

TTYL, Sue

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GARPER 7/22/2009 12:06AM

    Dance! Dance! Dance!
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Good feeling to get back to "normal"! We are so blessed in this country by all the things that we consider normal. A lot of countries in the world would be in awe of the things we take for granted.
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Yeah, it's important to give that foot some resting time. Don't want to undo all the hard work of healing!
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Poor dog, poor officer. He's responsible for the death of a "fellow officer". That's not taken lightly. My prayers will be with him.
Take care....

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/22/2009 12:00AM

    I hope your foot heals quickly. Believe me, I can relate. Glad that you got some things done today. I know that sense of accomplishment feels good to you. Be blessed and be well my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon

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SUSAN134 7/21/2009 11:54PM

    My heart breaks when I read stories of animals left in cars during the hot weather. It is so sad and so avoidable.

Missy, glad to hear your foot is not hurting today - wonderful news. As for the support and encouragement you get, you make it so easy for people to do so
and to love you.

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ALMMOM 7/21/2009 11:50PM

    The dog - I'm so sorry. Heat adds up so quickly!! Hope your foot heals quickly too!!! We all take for granted things like running water until we are without!!! Hang in there.

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Let there be water!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Living through a natural disaster, like we did with Katrina, teaches us to never take the simple things of life forgranted. My appreciation for electricity and running water rose dramatically after a week of neither folling the Big K. And we were among the very fortunate who had those things restored quickly. When our water quit working due to a faulty pump on Saturday, I had no idea it would be Monday before it was repaired. Since the folks who provide Parish water (like city or county water for most of you) won't be able to get here until Wednesday, my landlord caved and hired a plumber to repair the pump with a temporary fix. I could have done a happy dance around the pump when the man had it fixed! Thank you, Jesus!!! No wonder water is mentioned so many times throughout Scripture. It's such a maginficient thing!!

I've spent the better part of the last two days with my foot elevated and with my shoe OFF. I'm hoping this will give the wound time to recover. The pain is manageable with Motrin now, thank God. I'm not crying in pain anymore. That's a wonderful thing.

The cable company has installed their home network equipment, so no longer will they be able to tell me it's my router, not their modem, causing my problems. From henceforth, it's all their issue if I lose connection. Accountability is such a good thing, isn't it?

I was sad today to have to back out of one of the few teams I'm on. I found that I was sitting here Sparking instead of doing what needs to be done, and that's not good. I will miss the interactions with the dear folks there, but I'm hoping my emails wil be more manageable now. There are so many teams that sound so wonderful! I want to sample a bunch of them. Maybe in time I will be able to do that.

I'm missing my baby! This is the first time she's been away from me other than one trip to Florida with her dad to see her grandmother last year. I'm sure she's having a great time. Our son has attended the same church camp (for the older teens) several times and his life was greatly impacted. These kids truly experience the presence of God in those evening worship services. It's an awesome time of renewal and revival.

Thank you so much to all of you for being so encouraging, so compassionate... so YOU. You bless me beyond words!!

  
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YATMAMA 7/22/2009 1:22AM

    You are so right! I have friends who go to impoverished nations to help dig wells so they can have healthy drinking water. One has even developed a filter for these wells that is so lightweight and small that missionaries can carry them in their luggage. The husband was given the exact design of it in a dream. Isn't that something? God is SO good!

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2BSALLYB 7/21/2009 9:22PM

    I think it is really hard to go without water coming through those pipes. We are so fortunate over in this country to have the luxury of water, indoor running water. I just thank God everyday for that blessing. I will be so happy for you when you get this problem solved and have that blessing again too!!

Wishing you the best...


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YATMAMA 7/21/2009 9:01PM

    You ladies are so wonderful. I sit here and feel so much love and wisdom beaming out from each of you. It is unlike anything I have ever experienced. I weep with the joy of knowing you, of being part of you, of having you woven into the fabric that is me. Thank you for your encouragement and your compassion. Thank you for your love. It is a life-giving, life-changing power.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/21/2009 4:12PM

    I am sorry that you needed to back out of some teams, but I understand. My mailbox is often FULL.

I am sorry that you are dealing with a wound. I too have the one on my leg. It was on fire today hence why I am home today instead of at work. I hope that your's heals quickly. My doctor said that I was having a reaction to chlorine in mine.

I hope that you are happy in all that you do. Be blessed and be well. -Dawn

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LIGHTHEART09 7/21/2009 12:36PM

    Missy,
My beautiful SPSASIC....(translation spark sister and sister in Christ) I love your kind words and spirit. I read and re read your comments on my SP page and blogs...I know one day we will meet in heaven, and we are going to be bestest of friends...

Hope you are doing better water wise, and that God is richly blessing you and healing your body!

I know about groups they suck all the daylight out of you...and then some, but they are so wonderful....




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COLEENCOLE 7/21/2009 9:40AM

    I know how precious water is to our daily lives and how much we take it for granted. I am thankful yours was restored. Having your daughter away for a while is probably harder on you than it is on her. She will likely appreciate you more on her return and grow in the process. These little separations get us ready for the final separation.

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NEWSMARTLADY 7/21/2009 8:27AM

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! You are going through alot right now too. I hope and pray that the Lord will heal you completely and can be exercising like you would love to be.
It is so hard to be away from family as am also. Hang in there, God brings us stronger through it all! I am really thankful for everyone here at SP and their support! emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/21/2009 7:28AM

    I am glad that your water is restored, that is a terrible thing to lose, my daughter had that a few weeks back and buying water really was a chore.
Glad your internet will be great too. To reach out as you do to so many is important.
Your daughter definitely will be impacted at camp, as so many children are, what a wonderful experience.
I am also praying for your foot to heal again, you have been able to experience so much more since you had the go ahead to exercise, hate to see you missing out on God's callings.

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PEBBLES32165 7/20/2009 11:33PM

    Missy,

You mean so much to me. It is noce to know that I can comme to you with a problem and you will listen. Thanks for the pep talk from God. It clearly put things into perspective about why I am\ here on Spark in the first place. I am still praying for your foot to be healed.

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Adversity is just no fun

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ever have those times in life when things just don't go right? It's so easy to see all that is going wrong and lose sight of the many reasons we have to give thanks.

The concert was awesome. It was a bit unsettling that there were no chairs in the place. I had resigned myself to standing as much as I could of the foot pain and then going out to wait in the van while my friends finished enjoying the concert. It was so good of my friend to hunt down the manager in the madness and bother him to death until he scrounged up a folding chair for me to sit on. That was a great relief.

The kids had a wonderful time at the concert. They handed out DVDs of the performances as they were leaving and included on the DVD was the entire NIV Bible in mp3 format. Isn't that just awesome?! Bless Billy Graham Ministries for doing that.

I still have no water in my house. We are planning to buy this house in two years and the landlord is reluctant to fix the pump. Turns out that parish (county for most of you) has run water lines out here and we can buy that service. Tomorrow morning I'll head over there after dropping my youngest (Melanie) off at church for her week at church camp. After paying them the $400, they'll put me on a list to get water. My landlord is also one of our elected officials, and he says he can get it done tomorrow. I hope he's right!

After irritating my foot Thursday with the long day in court and then not using my recliner, and the foot getting swollen, and then all the walking and standing last night, it was very vocal about being angry with me today! It has been very painful. I did not exercise at all today and I hate that. Walking to the bathroom has been painful. If it still hurts tomorrow, I will try to get in to see my wound care specialist again. It can't be good that it's bleeding again.

I'm so tired. I'm sorry this has not been an uplifting entry. I still have 70 Spark emails to wade through before bedtime. I daren't let them go until tomorrow. So I'll say goodnight here. I hope you've had a good weekend (with nothing broken!) and that you face a week of blessings ahead.

  
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LIGHTHEART09 7/21/2009 12:42PM

    In the Name of our most High God I Ask that my wonderful friend Missy is healed from all sickness, pain and disease...I bind every pain in her foot, and I loose the healing power of Jesus Christ in your foot and your body...
In Jesus Holy Name, I thank you and Say BE HEALED!


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YATMAMA 7/20/2009 8:55PM

    Thank you so much, Pebbles. I receive the blessings of that prayer!!

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PEBBLES32165 7/20/2009 7:04PM

    Missy,

I will pray that your foot gets better. In the Can't do this on my own team under the strength through Jesus there is a thread I posted for a prayer for health and healing. Use it everyday and you will be healed. Take care and I a glad you enjoyed the concert and the extra blessing of the Bible in mp3 format.

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YATMAMA 7/20/2009 6:25PM

    Thank you, all of you. Sarah, that is spot on. Thank you for sharing that. It's always so much easier to remember that after the struggle is over, huh? lol One of my favorite songs is Casting Crowns' "I will praise you in this storm." Have you heard it?

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NATURALSOAPGIRL 7/20/2009 11:15AM

    I just watched Michael J. Fox's Adventures of an Incurable Optimist on TV. I had recorded it back when it originally aired.. I think you can rent it on DVD now. Anyway, for me, it helped me to realize that whatever adversity I may face (all my health issues, pain, struggles in relationships, etc) it is all in the way I think of it. I have chosen to live my life as an optimist at all times. And this documentary just confirmed it for me. But there's something else... I have really been focusing a lot on joy lately. Some people are "happy" but that's not the same as joy. Joy is a Godly happiness that we can have at all times - especially when happiness is the last thing we seek because of rough times - we seek joy. THE JOY OF THE LORD WILL BE MY STRENGTH. In His Joy we find Strength. Keep that in mind when all around is chaos and the straw is about to break the camel's back. Sometimes it's almost like a mantra for me. "God please give me strength and peace and joy. God please give me strength and peace and joy." We do whatever we need to just to get through! Optimism and hope and joy will get us very far in this life.

Sarah


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LINDA25427 7/20/2009 11:11AM

    Glad the concert was a hit . Take it easy on your food . Rest it as mush as possible . emoticon

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BECCASINGSLEAD 7/20/2009 10:46AM

    Missy, I'm glad you were blessed by the concert. Just remember that taking care of yourself sometimes means taking it easy!

Hope you have a great week!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/20/2009 9:51AM

    Great you could enjoy the concert and you have great friends to have someone hunt down a chair. I hope your foot feels better today and you are not having anymore problems. Miss one day of exercise was made up with going to the concert and standing , right? That took a lot of energy. I will pray that things go well.

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GRANDMANANCY 7/20/2009 8:44AM

    You are a super-duper Mom !!!!

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YATMAMA 7/20/2009 8:38AM

    Thank you so much TheAdmiral. I did just that yesterday. I didn't put a shoe on and I kept my foot elevated all day. It's really something that I regret not being able to do my low-impact aerobics dvd or to go for a walk. I never would have dreamt I would MISS an exercise plan! The healthy patterns developing within my life through SP's system of accountability are such a blessing, such a new thing. God is SO good. Thank you so much for your kindness!!

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THEADMIRAL 7/20/2009 7:21AM

    I'm praying your foot will improve and your weariness will ease. Please be gentle with yourself so that you can feel God's healing and strength carrying you over this bump on the road.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 7/20/2009 12:24AM

    I'm glad you had a good time. But take care of your foot. If that sounds a bit like me telling my husband this morning that he could not go to church or to work at least until his staples come out, that's because it does.

Good luck with the water.

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SISTERDEAR 7/20/2009 12:17AM

    Missy, I'm so glad you were able to enjoy the concert - and that they finally got a chair for you. As for not exercising today, I wouldn't worry about it. You probably got in enough yesterday to make up for it. Besides, SP tells us it is good to take a day of rest with our exercise. Sounds like the principles from the Good Book apply here too.

I hope you didn't aggravate that foot too much. But, if it doesn't start clearing up soon, it probably is a good idea to see your specialist - just to make sure.

It's late for me too. I'll touch bases with you tomorrow.
Love ya doll, Sue

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Stuff breaking won't break my joy!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I won’t be home tonight before midnight to get a blog in, so I’ll do a quickie now.

My kids are at the Rock the River concert out at LSU. Before they left they went up into the attic to get collapsible chairs to bring along and the spring from the attic door came loose, flying across the hall and living room. UGH I hate when stuff like this happens while my husband is out on his ship! NOW there is no water anywhere in the house. UGH again! lol I am not letting these things get me down. I am so excited about going to this concert and just being OUT, away from the house, and with no kids even! SO rare for me. I just so wish my honey could be with me instead of slaving away for our family.

I’ll fill you in on the concert next time. I hope each of you is having a GREAT Saturday!!!

  
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LIGHTHEART09 7/21/2009 12:44PM

    Wow Rock the River concert! How cool is that...I love Billy Graham and Franklin Graham from providing that for our young people! Now more than ever we need our young people to rise up!


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YATMAMA 7/19/2009 11:00PM

    Oh, Sue. *hugs* That is so hard. I am so thankful that God revealed Himself, His great love and grace to you at such a painfilled time. I'm so thankful that He grafted you into the seed of Abraham and that we are sisters!

Dawn, I have no clue why there's no water! We are planning to buy this house in two years and the landlord figures the pump for the well is broken. He informed me this morning we can get parish water (what would be county water or city water for most folks). So tomorrow I go shell out $400 to set that up and hope they can get it done the same day. Katrina trained us well on living with bottled water, though, so we're surviving!

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SISTERDEAR 7/18/2009 11:11PM

    As I am posting this, you are probably at the concert having a wonderful time. I am so happy that toe is not keeping you at home. And with a house full of kids, it's nice to have an opportunity to go out with other friends for a change and let the kids have theri own fun.

I have been catching up on your blogs. (I think you may have inspired me to get into the habit as well). As I was reading through them, you mentioned your two Melanies. I also was priviledged to mother a daughter named Melanie for just over three years, till the Lord saw fit to take her home to be with Him. She was my precious joy. It was during the six months prior to and the year following her stepping out of this life into the next, that God revealed His personal love for me in a relationship with my Savior and Lord, Jesus!

Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many here on SP!

Love ya gal,
Sue

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/18/2009 7:46PM

    Have a great time at the concert honey! I am sorry that the attic door messed up. Why don't you have water in the house? I think I missed something. I'll look forward to your report about the concert. I'm thinking about you and wishing you great joy! Love, Dawn emoticon

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Excited about exercise? HAPPY about exercise?!! WOWSERS!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

I am SO excited! I have been so inspired by DawnRobin and her water aerobics. She is so happy doing it, so looks forward to going again, makes holes in her busy schedule to get to her class and to do extra exercise time. Huh? Happy… exercising? This does NOT compute in the mind that once bore the title sluggard!! I looked at Dawn and said to myself: I WANT some of that!!!

As most of you know, I’m recovering from severing my toe in a treadmill accident. I had wound care (seven days a week up until the very end) for almost five months. This took place at our local rehab center, so I called them to see if perhaps they knew where any water aerobics classes might be held. I was just going to price them, dreading to learn what the cost would be. Turns out that the rehab center has a wellness program, including aquatic aerobics classes! For $25/month (with no contract involved, strictly on a month-to-month basis) they offer two, forty-five minute classes per week. WOW! If I want to upgrade later, after going from being almost completely sedentary to classes twice a week (makes my tummy flutter to just think about it!!), for $50/month they make all ten of their various classes available and offer unlimited use of the pool to swim laps or water jog, etc.

I had a decision to make. On the one hand is me, every ounce of my obese body, in a BATHING SUIT, in front of people, STRANGERS, no less, holding myself out for disdain, horror, ridicule, snickers, pointing. On the other hand is my dignity, my rather fragile feelings, my mortification and embarrassment. Is the risk worth it? CAN I withstand knowing what others will see and think and feel and say? Can I handle it when they are not expressing those things but knowing what must be in their minds? Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES, and yes AGAIN. My health is worth it. Meeting my goals is worth it. I AM WORTH IT!

THANK YOU, DAWN!!!! Thank you, God, for Dawn. The number of lives that have caught the fire of her enthusiasm is untold.

There is a project called Playing for Change. They have traveled the globe in search of very talented street musicians. Tomorrow our closest friends and I (sadly, my husband will still be out at sea) are making the trek to uptown New Orleans (the Garden District as many of you heard it called post-Katrina) to hear them perform at Tipitina’s. This place has a special spot in my heart. In my junior year of high school, for my ring banquet, when all 92 of us Catholic high school girls were receiving our class rings for the following year, Gary Pike of The Letterman sang “Put Your Head on My Shoulders” to each of us. *major swoooooooooon* lol It is a very rare thing for me to go out to any kind of concert. I’ve been such a homebody. This is a very special treat for me. You can see a clip of Grandpa Elliott and some of the performance from last time they were in New Orleans here:

http://www.playingforchange.com/episodes
/9/Change_Is_Gonna_Come

And you can see Grandpa Elliott performing alone and some of the beauty of my beloved city here:

http://www.playingforchange.com/episodes
/10/Fannie_Mae

If you like R&B music, browse around their episodes a bit. What an extraordinary group of talented musicians. What a grand project it is.

Thank you again for your comments yesterday. You lift my heart and make it take wing. I appreciate each of you so very much.

  
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LIGHTHEART09 7/21/2009 12:57PM

    I know I love the water, but me in a bathing suit is a humbling, and humiliating experience...I am in the lake every day aqua jogging...I use to drive my car to the boat dock to avoid the throngs of screaming splashing kids and women in little bikinis...but I sucked it up, and dawned my dorky blue aqua float and set out for my hour workout...

In the heat, it is the best exercise out there...easy on the joints, cool, solitary, and I can sing to the Lord, pray, and speak in tounges...plus I am surrounded by His great beauty...

I have to renew my mind when I put my bathing suit on, and give myself props for moving my body!

Good for you, what others think of you is none of your business, and just think of how happy the Lord is that you are healing your temple...

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YATMAMA 7/19/2009 11:02PM

    Thank you all SO much. This IS a divine appointment. You are so right! God has taken what the enemy meant for ill and used it for great good in my life. I appreciate your encouragement more than I can tell you.

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SISTERDEAR 7/18/2009 11:00PM

    Yay Missy, I am so excited that you get to do this! After being laid up for so long after the toe episode, this sounds like the perfect kind of exercise to get into. I am sure you will enjoy it soooo much. And with your wonderful and encouraging personality, you will probably be the life of the party in no time.

Don't worry about the bathing suit-everyone else is probably feeling the same way. It's not likely you will be the only large woman in that class. And if you are, then the rest of them will probably really admire your courage and determination.

Go for it gal. I think this is a divinely ordered appointment. What do you think?

Can't wait to hear all about it !!!
Sue

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TRAVELNISTA 7/18/2009 2:18PM

    Go ahead and go for it. You will love it! It is my favorite cardio exercise. Once a month they even have a Pool Zumba class that is my favorite at my gym.



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DBLDELITES 7/18/2009 9:58AM

    Hey Missy! I am sooooooooooo excited for you! It is totally awesome that you are making the effort AND will succeed! emoticon I know it's hard to do the bathing suit thing, but hey.......what other people think is THEIR problem and 9 chances out of 10 they are really thinking about their own daily lives. Hey! If they don't like what they see..........well then, they just need to not look, right? You never judge a book by it's cover! You are an awesome person on the inside and if they miss out on that........welllll........THEIR LOSS!

YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!! emoticon I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress!

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WALNUT5612 7/18/2009 8:45AM

    Can I handle it when they are not expressing those things but knowing what must be in their minds? Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES, and yes AGAIN. My health is worth it. Meeting my goals is worth it. I AM WORTH IT!
Yes you can Missy!! And you will go slow, but you will keep on going and pressing forward!!!

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GRANDMANANCY 7/18/2009 6:44AM

    Go Missy! You are spreading...joy--hope---love! and your own wonderful health... Thanks!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/18/2009 4:17AM

    Thanks for such a wonderful blog. It makes me feel good to believe that some of the joy that I am experiencing here on SP is spreading to others. They say it only takes a spark to get a fire going. I believe with all my heart that I am here because it was God's direction. I believe with all my heart that this is THE time and that finally I am going to be successful at reaching my goals. I am so full of joy and gratitude. My life is blessed beyond words. It's people like you, sharing this journey WITH me that are making it all come together and happen. As I keep saying, this is a WE thing and together we are going to do what we could never have done alone. Thanks for doing it with me my friend. I love you. emoticon Dawm

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AHEALTHIERJAN 7/18/2009 1:14AM

    Fantastic!! I'm so glad you've started water aerobics. And anything that helps revive the music community in NOLA is a good thing.

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YATMAMA 7/18/2009 12:40AM

    Thank you so much! I'm shocked by how excited I am about this. I know it is a new season of my life. Little Melanie (so called because both my husband and I have Melanies for daughters) is still a little congested but had no fever today and is far less stuffy. I think we're over the worst of it, thank God. You are such a dear for asking about her!

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THENEWME43 7/17/2009 11:32PM

    Way to go, Missy! I am so proud of you for getting out of your comfort zone and being willing to try the water aerobics class. What a fun way to get in a great work-out!

You do such a great job of motivating others. Your positive attitude is very inspiring!

Hope your DD is feeling better. Did you have to take her to the doctor after all?

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