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Flying Home

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I'll be flying to Florida on Tuesday. Dparents had a serious car accident and Dmom needs surgery. DDad is fine but, of course, somewhat under shock. Prayers appreciated for both of them and a safe flight, unaffected by hurricane activity, for me - l'll send an update when I can. Thank you, SP friends!

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HOMEBUNNY 9/1/2008 10:02AM

    Michelle, I am praying for you and your parents. Please let me know if there is anything specific that I can be praying for. I know that God is with you for protection and with your parents as well.

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CTEMPLE 9/1/2008 6:33AM

    Oh Michelle how awful, I hope you can sort things out and help them navigate this unfortunate situation. I live with that fear about my parents.
I will thinking of you!

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STERNENFEE 8/31/2008 11:00AM

    Michelle, my thoughts are with you. Luckily you should not be affected too much by Gustav. I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery for your parents!

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SKISINCO 8/31/2008 10:32AM

    Oh my goodness Michelle! I hope everything will be okay. Your parents and safe travel for you are definitely in my prayers.


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Declutter Challenge Week 4

Friday, August 29, 2008

Wrapping up the August Declutter challenge today. It's been a busy week, so I sometimes had to search for things to declutter at the last minute. That doesn't mean I'm finished with decluttering, just that I didn't have the time to start any major projects. While looking for stuff to declutter, I found some leftover, red-white-and-blue picnic utensils, some extra paper supplies, etc.) that I can use on Monday when we do our English Day for Kids at church - it's part of the community summer vacation program.

Meanwhile, at work, I continued to toss paper, too. My teaching materials - at least the ones I keep at the language school - are in much better order.

Thanks to Beth and Marcia for hosting the challenge on their blogs! www.mysimplerlife.com/blog/ and organisingtips.blogspot.com/

By the way, as part of the challenge, I won a drawing for one of Beth's e-courses on simplifying your life. So I look forward to keeping the momentum going in the weeks ahead!


Declutter Challenge Week 3

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Only 6 photos this time - I don't have a photo of the big stack of paperwork that I decluttered from my locker and binders at the language school. That felt good - and, as I was sorting and tossing, I also got some good ideas about how I can better organize my notes and teaching materials for my English students.

By the way, Ralf the Paper Shredder has already given up the ghost. I'm afraid I may have to buy df a new one!

Here's a link to Beth's blog. She's hosting the August Declutter Challenge along with Marcia: www.mysimplerlife.com/blog/

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CALGALFOX 8/26/2008 12:37PM

    My daughter went off to college last weekend, so I'm cleaning out her room...yuk. Teenagers are so messy!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 8/24/2008 1:26AM

    Decluttering is great and so rewarding! After a declutter session, one feels so much more lighter and free. It's funny I should run across your post today - after I decluttered our family's bathroom. It was amazing the 'stuff' that accumulated in there. I'm on vacation for another two weeks - wonder which room I will do next........

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TKLINKEN 8/24/2008 12:21AM

    I'm checking out that blog, now, Michelle. Thank you. Next Saturday is our declutter day. It's rare for DH to be off on a Saturday, so we'll spend part of the day attacking the garage. :) I purged old clothes today and dropped them off at Good Will, that felt good, and Hana's dresser drawers can actually close now. :)

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DDOORN 8/23/2008 4:28PM

    Thx for stopping by my blog! De-cluttering is a MAJOR project around our home...my son is finally moving out TOTALLY on his own...no more need to keep a shrine of his *stuff* here...lol...so after Labor Day we'll be piling up the remains for the dump or Salvation Army or whathaveyou...! It will feel SO GOOD!


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Week 2

Friday, August 15, 2008

Here's my stuff from Week 2 of the August decluttering challenge being hosted by Beth and Marcia ( organisingtips.blogspot.com/2008/08/

I actually had more photos but accidentally deleted (decluttered) them. But you get the idea!

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Easy like...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday evening...I often go Nordic walking or jogging on Sunday evening. I'm enjoying the longer days of summer while I can. Last night I decided to leave the poles at home and run my usual route. I've got my eye on a 10K race at the beginning of September and it's certainly not to early to get serious about training. As I was running, I was reflecting on/praying about things that came up in the morning worship service, and after a bit, I realized that the running was easy! Granted, my pace was slow, but since I started running again a few months back (after a pause of something like 20 years!) I've really had to concentrate on form, breathing, posture and such. Yesterday evening, I was just running for awhile, the form and breathing just fell into place as my mind was occupied with heavenly things --- and that felt really good!

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REYNJANET 8/14/2008 1:42PM

    When we focus on God, everything just seems to fall in place!! Good luck with your training.

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TKLINKEN 8/11/2008 3:21PM

    Michelle, it's amazing what your body can do when your mind is preoccupied with something else. I always let my mind go someplace else while I'm working out. Sounds like you had a wonderful run. Best wishes on your 10K training.

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