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A Vlog Must See

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

When I arrived here on SP, one of the greatest comforts I received was to learn that I was not, in fact, the fattest person in the entire nation, maybe even the world. Then I made the discovery of a lifetime. People at my weight and larger were LOSING it and reaching their goals, recapturing their lives from the decay and destruction of obesity and inactivity. Whoa! It COULD be done. Then, and this is the greatest wonder of all, I started DOING it. Me. ME!! It still blows me away and fills my heart with gratitude. One of my greatest inspirations is NOTABOUTHEFACE and her dear husband, MRNOTABOUTHEFACE. She shared a video blog that I believe is so important, so vital, that every SparkPerson should be required to view. It is so full of hope, so honest, so challenging, so inspiring. Take the time to view it. Please. It will touch your heart in a big, big way. If you know those who may feel their journey is impossible, please, please, please pass the link on to them. (Thank you again, NOTABOUTHEFACE. I love y'all.)

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal.asp?id=NOTABOUTHEFACE

  
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SECRETMUSIC 1/15/2011 6:03PM

    Thanks, Missy! I enjoyed watching the vlog.

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PEPPERLEAH 1/13/2011 10:20AM

    THAT is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/13/2011 1:00AM

    You are awesome! Thanks for sharing the link to the VLOG I love NATF & her DH too! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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SJG1953 1/12/2011 7:14PM

    She is so awesome!! .... and indeed WORTH it! So are we all ! Thank you for sharing Missy.

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THENEWME43 1/12/2011 5:31PM

    So inspiring! Thanks for sharing it. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/12/2011 5:23PM

    How encouraging. Thanks for sharing. They are done such a good job.

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SUSIEPH1 1/12/2011 4:37PM

    Awesome Missy....Thanks for sharing!

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/12/2011 4:33PM

    You are so right, Missy! I think I will share this too.

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KNITTABLES 1/12/2011 4:07PM

    Awesome Vlog, thanks for sharing.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/12/2011 3:49PM

    MISSY!!! You are so RIGHT!!! I love both of them, and their blogs are the BEST! But that video blog was downright AWESOME! emoticonEVERYONE ought to watch it! It sure did encourage and uplift me!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LACEEJO11 1/12/2011 3:26PM

   

I will check it out and thank you ever so much! You do, by the way, have a beautiful face!

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What Love Really Means

Friday, January 07, 2011

One of the men I most admire here on SparkPeople responded to a post I made on our I Can Do All Things Through Christ team by sharing this link and it so touched my heart that I wanted to share it with you. (Thank you, FILLANGES!!)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgGUKWiw7Wk

The thread is entitled Because You're Mine. It talks about God's love for us being based on nothing other than the fact that we are His. Yyou can read it here if you'd like:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x153x38942
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1COUNTRY_GAL 1/8/2011 2:10PM

    Beautiful,the song hit my emotional button,yes,lol,I have tears,happy tears. emoticon emoticonThank you for sharing these links,love them! emoticonDiana

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WAHZOE 1/8/2011 3:54AM

  Awesome. Have now put JJ Heller in my spotify playlists!

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IUHRYTR 1/8/2011 12:32AM

    emoticon Always appreciate uplifting music emoticon emoticon. -- Lou

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PEPPERLEAH 1/7/2011 11:52PM

    Pepper and I watched this together, and we loved it. What a wonderful song; powerful and touching. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Love you!



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MILLISMA 1/7/2011 9:41PM

    Beautiful....thanks for sharing.

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SMALLONEDAY 1/7/2011 7:41PM

    thanks for sharing

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/7/2011 6:48PM

    Thanks so very much for sharing this with us Missy. You are beautiful! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/7/2011 5:56PM

    FILLANGES is a friend of mine, too, and I missed that! Thank you for posting it, Missy! You are amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 1/7/2011 5:17PM

    What a great song and a great message. emoticon

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3CATSLEP 1/7/2011 5:10PM

    Thanks, Missy!

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SUSIEPH1 1/7/2011 4:17PM

    Thanx for the links Missy!

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Thank you

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Thank you for the encouraging and wise words you've shared with me. The compassion and faith you've sown into our lives as we try to wrap our minds around the fact that our son has left us and so suddenly. Being a parent is not an easy job. I'm sure God would agree with me. You see, He's still raising ME. lol We trust in God's love for Billy as he embarks upon this new path in life.

On a more pleasant note, we had the great joy of visiting with our grandson, Heath, last night and to finally give him his Christmas gifts. He spent the holidays in New York with his dad's fiance and her family so we didn't get to see him sooner. The three of them, exhausted though they were, welcomed us and blessed us with this sweet, sweet visit. They'd driven from New York back to Louisiana, not an easy drive. Heath is doing so well, growing so much, is such a sweet, secure, and well behaved little boy. We thank God for His goodness in bringing Heath through the trauma and difficulties he endured last year. You know this proud MawMaw has to show off this precious boy!



  
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PEGJOHN1997 1/20/2011 8:57AM

    I'm so glad to see the new pictures of Heath. Such a cutie!

I'm sorry to read the news of Billy. I know that must hurt. I know he is in good hands though. You did a great job and now it is time for God to do the fine tuning.

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THEADMIRAL 1/10/2011 7:01PM

    Oh my goodness, how he's changing! I think I can see Captain Cookie in that face! What a doll Heath is and how good God is to him!

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LIGHTHEART09 1/10/2011 8:17AM

    So glad Heath is doing well! Continued prayers for your son and Heath.
xoxo
Nan

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JOLOVESRUM 1/10/2011 7:10AM

    They say that parenthood is the hardest job ever. But I think it is when our hours are cut from a full time to a part time parent. Then you are given the pink slip from part time to the occasional list as " an on call adviser" Ouch, Ouch sob, what happened to my baby? sigh

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 1/9/2011 11:27PM

    Great Pictures of a great kid

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1COUNTRY_GAL 1/8/2011 2:00PM

    Oh Missy I can so relate with you,our daughter attends college and commutes daily and still lives at home,sorta,lol.I know the day is soon coming when she will be moving out and carrying on with her independent life,a day I am dreading more than anything.What comforts me is knowing Gods love for her and he will protect her from harm,I still am going to worry,it's in my nature.Letting go,by far is the hardest thing a parent has to endear,just how is something I wish I knew how to do.You have done an emoticonjob with Billy and he will do well,this I know.I am thankful for God,cell phones and chat sites to help us stay connected.Oh that darling Grandson of yours is so cute and such a loving gift,he has won our hearts,for sure! emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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IUHRYTR 1/7/2011 9:06PM

    We (heart) Heath! -- Lou

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BOBBIENORTHERN 1/7/2011 1:40PM

    Your grandson is just so shining with love and health and sweetness, Missy, know and believe and receive and act on the promises of our Lord that your son Billy is protected and blessed, he has a wall of fire and that hedge of protection posted around him at all times keeping him safe from all lies and deceptions and tricks and traps from the evil one and his workers of iniquites. I am standing in agreement with you that he is a man of God and filled to over flowing with the precious Holy Spirit of love and grace and he will full fill the certain and specific calling on his life than only he can be enabled to acheive through the love of our Lord Jesus directed by our loving Father God. Your boy is safe and protected and going in the right direction. I declare all of this in the name of Jesus so be it.

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CHILDOFGOD4LIFE 1/7/2011 11:29AM

    Heath is so precious. Praying for you as you go through losing one from the nest. I know it is not an easy time for you, but trust in God to look over your son.

Hugs,
Carol from snowy, cold NE Ohio

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MAMAKITTY10 1/7/2011 8:22AM

  Heath is such a cutie.

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LISAWILLBEFIT 1/7/2011 5:33AM

    Your son was raised by a wonderful Mom he is read to leave the nest.God is with him.Your grandson is adorable.

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SJG1953 1/7/2011 4:57AM

    Heath is so sweet. His smile just melts your heart!

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CARRIEANNE1027 1/7/2011 4:31AM

    Awww..Little Heath is just beautiful!
Continued prayers for your son Bill and your family..

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NYARAMULA 1/7/2011 12:40AM

    Oh what a cutie! You must be really proud. And I am sure you have done a great job with your son too and so you can trust that he will be fine. Have a wonderful day.

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TINKERBELL200 1/6/2011 10:20PM

    Thanks for sharing little Heath with us as he grows up to be such a handsome little man!
Hope all is well with Billy. I will keep him in prayer.

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LOTUSFLOWER 1/6/2011 9:10PM

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SONGOFJOY27 1/6/2011 8:57PM

    He is a cutie. Enjoy the hugs and squeals. And always remember that God loves Billy more than you - He'll keep His arms around him as he grows and matures. Not that you shouldn't pray, but when you pray, don't worry! God does awesome things in the lives ofour kiddos.
Hugs,
Carol

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PEPPERLEAH 1/6/2011 8:53PM

    Missy, he looks wonderful! Thank you for posting these pictures!

And, know our prayers remain with Billy, as well as you, Bill, and the entire family.

I love you.

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ANGELCOWBOY1 1/6/2011 8:39PM

    What a handsome little fellow! Blessings to you all.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/6/2011 8:22PM

    What an answer to prayer! Heath looks GREAT! I'm so grateful that you all got to spend time together. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/6/2011 8:12PM

    Your grandson is absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing the photos, Missy! emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 1/6/2011 7:32PM

    What a cutie.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/6/2011 7:30PM

    Heath is such a sweetie!!!

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BELLALUCIA 1/6/2011 7:28PM

    Heath is darling!

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SWEESIN 1/6/2011 7:27PM

    Oh my, one day I hope to be able to hold and love my first grandchild. Blessings to you and Bill.

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SCORPION1352 1/6/2011 7:24PM

    What a little cutie . Having 15 grand-children ourselves I know how you much you can enjoy their little faces.

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Marty

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Our Visit with PepperLeah and Her Dear Husband

Sunday, January 02, 2011

If you have not had the great blessing of meeting some of your SparkFriends in person... do!! It was our great pleasure to have Pepper and Leah with us, from Florida, for Christmas and New Year's. We miss them so much already!! I am already petitioning heaven, asking the Lord to allow us many, many more days together with them. I know I haven't posted Christmas photos, yet, and I will, but there are a few very rare photos of our beloved guests from our one "night on the town" that I want to share with you. Bill and I have befriended the members of a local, three-piece band. They give my husband the Irish fix he needs! I was able to show off a bit of New Orleans to Pepper and Leah, and that's one of my very favorite things to do. Before some of my dear, sainted SparkFriends gasp in horror and pick up rocks to stone me for bringing them to a pub, know that Irish pubs are not your typical bar scene. In fact, many of them allow children in and it's a place for family fun. A HUGE thank you to Pepper and Leah for spending their holidays with us. We love you so much and can't wait to do it all again!!

This is the Crescent City Celtic Band
(Contrary to popular belief, New Orleans is NOT known as the Big Easy other than in movies. We are named the Crescent City because the first crescent of the Mississippi River curves around New Orleans.)



This is Bill and the leader of the band, Casey.
(Like his shirt? I got him that for Christmas!)



Bill and I



Leah and I



Pepper and Leah



  
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CHILDOFGOD4LIFE 1/7/2011 11:34AM

    Just found time to look at your post and can see you had a wonderful time. I have a love for Irish and Scottish music. It is good for the soul!

God Bless you!
Carol from Snowy, Cold NE Ohio
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LOTUSFLOWER 1/6/2011 9:10PM

    It looks like you had a wonderful time!!!! How awesome!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/6/2011 8:21PM

    I admit to being a bit jealous. I would LOVE to spend some time with ALL of you! Love, Dawn emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN 1/5/2011 5:58PM

    I just enjoy so much to see how much people love one another and enjoy each others company. Great and marvelous pictures with so many happy smiling faces showing off the glow of the Lord, His special light of love shining through and about all of yuse. I love it...Missy, I just have to sit on patience and wait for a few days to see what is going on with my bank because I truly believe it is the enemy trying to confuse me and get me to over spend so that I get over drawn at the bank and I will not do that. What ever else that needs to be paid can wait until what ever is happening finishes. Thanks for offering to help me. emoticon Miss, if it doesnt straighten out in a reasonable amount of time I more than likely will call you to ask your advice. thanks

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LESLIES537 1/3/2011 11:20PM

    That's wonderful that you were able to spend some time together over the holidays! emoticon

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THENEWME43 1/3/2011 11:16PM

    Great pics! Looks like you had FUN! emoticon

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JOLOVESRUM 1/3/2011 10:08PM

    Can't read what is on Bill's shirt. My eyes are not as good as the were a few years ago!

I love being with family and friends. Some day I to will knock at your door! Surprise it's me.

take care of yourself, miss ya
Jo

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SONGOFJOY27 1/3/2011 6:58PM

    Looks like you truly had a wonderful time! I'm so glad you were able to spend time together over the holidays!
Carol

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THEADMIRAL 1/3/2011 6:04PM

    Aww, what GREAT pictures! And such lovely faces and smiles! Thank you for sharing that special visit with us! emoticon

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3CATSLEP 1/3/2011 5:56PM

    Awww....what a great group of people! Nothing like friendship! emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 1/3/2011 2:01PM

    This was the absolute BEST time! We are so thankful for the love and blessings you and your family poured out on us!

And, we can not wait to get back there, either!

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 1/3/2011 10:09AM

    It was great having them here with us.and can't wait till they "visit" again

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IUHRYTR 1/3/2011 9:50AM

    Looks like a fun, happy time, one that will bring back fond memories. -- Lou

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/3/2011 6:13AM

    HOW wonderful!!!!! So happy for both families! {{{hugs}}}

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/3/2011 4:59AM

    Looks like fun was had by all!!

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SJG1953 1/3/2011 4:45AM

    You are so blessed you and Leah were able to do this. The pictures are really nice. God bless you all.

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/3/2011 1:30AM

    Wish I had been there to cheer you on! What fun! I hope you all get the opportunity to visit again SOOOOON.

Thanks for the info on New Orleans being the Crescent City. I had not heard that before. (And I visited a decade ago.)

The photos look great!

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MAMAKITTY10 1/3/2011 12:37AM

  Thanks for sharing. Really great pictures.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/3/2011 12:02AM

    Love the pictures! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 1/2/2011 11:52PM

    Looks like you had a great time. thanks for sharing it with us. emoticon

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CBEVNOW 1/2/2011 11:49PM

    This sure sounds like fun.And so nice to meet and make good friends from SP. I was in the big O about 20 some years ago and had such fun, and yes my children went into a pub.I believe it was Pat O'Brian or something like that, i know it was fun, long time ago.
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SUSIEPH1 1/2/2011 11:28PM

    Thank you so much for sharing Missy great to see your photos and glad you had such a greeat time with your friends .. hugs Susie emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/2/2011 11:25PM

    Sure looks like you had a fantastic time. Glad they were able to spend the time with you. Can't wait to meet more of my spark friends, you and Bill included!!!
Hugs,
Helen

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/2/2011 11:24PM

    Missy, is it a really big sin to be JEALOUS? j/k! emoticon Great pictures! I'm so glad you had a great time! emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 1/2/2011 11:13PM

    Looks like you had a great time! So glad you are able to meet up with some of your SP buds!

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CaptainCookie at the Wheel

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I've been asking Bill to get a photo of him at work for me so I could show off what he does when he's out for his 28 days at work. He got one for me!

  
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SECRETMUSIC 1/5/2011 8:21AM

    Captain Cookie's a Cutie, for sure...and calm at the wheel, I'll bet!

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FILLANGES 1/2/2011 11:04PM

    He looks like he belongs there. Very comfortable. LOL. Many blessings to you and Bill for a great 2011. God Bless. Rick emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 1/2/2011 10:48PM

    Awesome picture!

He looks right at home sitting there! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 1/2/2011 8:51PM

    Cool! Looks like fun, but 28 days? That's a long time away. Love ya, B

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MARYANNSQUEST 1/1/2011 11:32AM

    Missy, Thank you for sharing the Captains joy. You definitely have a keeper!
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LIGHTHEART09 12/30/2010 9:06AM

    Looks like Captain Cookie got a FRESH haircut...and he looks like he is in his element
Love you today....
btw unofficially moving in Friday...YIPPY SKIPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
xoxo
Na
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KNITTABLES 12/29/2010 9:14PM

    Cool picture, thanks for sharing.

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Your Captain Cookie is a cutie & a keeper, Missy!

It is nice to be able to picture him at his God given employment!

May you both enjoy a most blessed New Year 2012!


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DJS-DEBBIE 12/29/2010 6:03AM

    Nice!

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SJG1953 12/29/2010 3:42AM

    Awesome!!

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THENEWME43 12/29/2010 12:09AM

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/28/2010 11:33PM

    Love the picture!!!!

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IUHRYTR 12/28/2010 11:05PM

    Now we need pictures of him cooking and eating and cleaning... emoticon -- Lou

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LINDAGRAVEL 12/28/2010 9:36PM

    Awesome Picture

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/28/2010 9:31PM

    AWESOME!!! Looks like a very important job...just like on TV's Deadliest Catch.
Way to go, Bill!!!

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KICKINGIT@56 12/28/2010 7:54PM

    So cool to have a husband/wife team on SP. Don't be a stranger, Bill.

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3CATSLEP 12/28/2010 7:35PM

    Looks like those pictures on "The Deadliest Catch" show! Very cool!

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 12/28/2010 7:07PM

    yea me lol emoticon

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SONGOFJOY27 12/28/2010 6:36PM

    Awesome pic! Thanks for posting!


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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/28/2010 6:16PM

    Oh, that's really neat, Missy! Thanks for posting Captain Cookie on the job! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/28/2010 5:46PM

    Thnks for Posting Missy love.
What does Bill actually do?
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JULIEFRANCES112 12/28/2010 5:39PM

    Great picture!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/28/2010 5:08PM

    Great pic! Thanks for sharing Missy! How about those Saints?!?! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 12/28/2010 5:02PM

    Thanks for sharing, Missy! How is your visit going? emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/28/2010 5:00PM

    It looks like he has to keep track of a bunch of technical devices!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/28/2010 4:56PM

    Cool emoticon

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SCORPION1352 12/28/2010 4:34PM

    He looks very important up there doesn't he

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DISCOVERLLH 12/28/2010 4:09PM

    Makes me miss the ocean!

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    Cool picture. emoticon

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