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Friday, September 05, 2008

Thank you for your comments and prayers and forgive me for not responding individually. We're spending most of our time at the hospital. Mom is making some progress and will have a second surgery today (Friday) I'll go into more details later, but do keep praying for all of us. My sister was here but could only stay two days. I've booked for a two-week stay but am already looking into the possibility of returning soon after that to be here for my parents.

As for me, the Lord has been waking me up really early so that I have some time with him and so I can get in a morning walk/run. I've been trying to make good eating choices but with restaurant and coffee shop meals, it's a challenge.

I won't be on SP much in the coming weeks except to post here on my blog. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REYNJANET 9/6/2008 9:49AM

    Michelle, I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers. I know you have some decisions ahead of you. Isn't it strange when we become the caregiver? I'm at that point too with my mom!

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    Now more than ever you are in my thoughts and prayers, michelle. I will pray for your family and your mom especially and light a candle for her tonight. Be aqt peace,


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CTEMPLE 9/5/2008 5:36PM

    Oh Michelle! what a joy to be able to be there for your parents. I'm sure you will be up to the challenge. I will be thinking of you, dear.

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MOM2KNL 9/5/2008 11:59AM

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers, so glad to hear that your mom is making some progress. I will be praying for the surgery today.
Your Sis in Christ,

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SKISINCO 9/5/2008 10:50AM

    Definitely keeping your family in my prayers. I will say a prayer for the surgeons as well.


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HOMEBUNNY 9/5/2008 10:28AM


Thank you for checking in to let us know how things are going for you. I will be praying for your mom's surgery to go well today. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest, also. Don't over-do yourself.


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FIT4HISGLORY 9/5/2008 9:24AM

    You and your family continue to be in my prayers. Look to Him for the grace and strength you need to face each day. He is faithful!

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CBSPECIAL 9/5/2008 7:11AM

    Hope it all works out - in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you stay away from the bad hospital foods emoticon

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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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