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Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'm in Florida, Mom is home, alleluia! She's so happy to be back in her own four walls. There are lots of adjustments to be made and both dparents are struggling with that, but it's all good.

They'll watch the parade while I go for a run. Then it will be time to start fixing dinner. Mom planned the menu and will "supervise" as I cook.

We're looking forward to phone calls this afternoon to and from family around the country. Although Mom had a phone in her room at the rehab facility, only a few people had the number. So today will be a happy time for the relatives who haven't heard her talk in awhile.

I'm thinking of getting up at 4 AM and going to the super-duper doorbuster special sales tomorrow just to have the cultural experience.

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/1/2008 4:46PM

    Wonderful to hear that all is well with you Michelle and especially that your mum is home again...the Lord is good!!
I know you will have enjoyed your Thanksgiving this year and ...did you get any bargains??
Hugs, Janet.

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/27/2008 8:23PM

    What a wonderful way for your family to celebrate. You certainly have so much to be thankful for this year. Even though the reasons you are at home now are not all for Thanksgiving, THIS will be the one you remember the best.

Blessings to you all,

Gini emoticon

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CTEMPLE 11/27/2008 4:47PM

    Michelle so glad to know that you're there and R is at home, what a moment! Cultural experience? HaHa, maybe you will experience how a sausage feels at the subway! Let us know if you went. I 'm afraid of crowds and avoid shopping at sales like the plague!
Keep us posted!

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PIANO*LADY 11/27/2008 4:22PM

    Michelle, I've been eagerly awaiting your post and am glad that you're with your mom. May this be a Thanksgiving that you will treasure forever.

As for shopping on Friday, I gave that up a long time ago - even before the stores started opening in the wee hours of the morning. We have a Wal-Mart that opens at midnight tonight and several of my friends will be there. It is definitely madness, but one that you must add to your American experiences. I can't wait to hear your thoughts!

Be safe! Love, Carole

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SKISINCO 11/27/2008 10:12AM

    Happy to hear you've made it to FL safe and sound. Enjoy the day w/ your dparents and good luck tomorrow shopping! =)

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I Fly Away

Friday, November 21, 2008

Just a fly by blog post to say hi and bye! Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers. I fly out in the morning and am now praying that the forecast snow storms don't affect my flight.

Still have a little packing and cleaning to do before I go to bed - next up is the lap top, so it's time to shut it down.

I'll be in Florida soon, yay! Will CI from there!

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JIBBIE49 11/25/2008 9:32PM

    Oh, I live in lovely PENSACOLA, Florida which is on the Gulf Coast, but we have beautiful white sand beaches here and it isn't near as expensive as Miami. I hope you have a wonderful time.


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MOM2KNL 11/22/2008 6:16PM

    Hey there Michelle,
Welcome back to the states! I'll be praying for your transistion, your mom, and the rest of the family! Have a very Happy Thanmksgiving with them all!
Your Spark Sista,

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PIANO*LADY 11/21/2008 7:51PM

    Welcome to the US from this Georgia girl, Michelle! I'm sure you will find our weather milder than you're used to in Germany. May you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family. - Carole

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Counting Down

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just three more days till I leave for the States! So much to do in that time! But it WILL get done somehow or other.

Mom is scheduled to come home from rehab next Tuesday, so I'll be there to help with the transition. Thanksgiving will be a special though quiet one this year, as we have her recovery as a special reason to give God praise and thanks.

Been eating too many sweets lately, but I'm telling myself that things will settle down once I get to the USA. I don't really like that approach, though, and want to be more mindful of what I eat the next couple of days.

Hope to check back in here at least once before I take off!

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TKLINKEN 11/20/2008 11:34AM

    Best wishes to you, and have a safe trip back to the US. I'm sure things will start to fall into place again after your mom is settled at home and you've established a routine.



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FORMYDARLINGS 11/19/2008 8:08PM

    Be gentle with yourself as you approach a stress ridden situation. The flight alone will cause your body clock to go a little crazy. Remember what you need to do each morning and during each day to keep yourself grounded and your time in the states will be a good thing for you and your family. Treat yourself well, Michelle. God Bless,

Gini emoticon

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SKISINCO 11/19/2008 7:36PM


I hope you have a safe flight and look forward to hearing from you either before you leave, but definitely after you get settled. I want you to know that your support means the world to me and I think you are an incredible lady. I feel blessed "knowing" you. =)


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PIANO*LADY 11/19/2008 6:11PM

    I'm glad you had time to post again, Michelle. I know this is a hectic and emotional time for you, and you really are in my prayers. This will probably be one of the most memorable Thanksgivings in your life. And this is kind of ironic - you'll be in the US and my Beth will be in Germany! I look forward to your next post, Michelle. Please know that I care about you. - Carole

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God Bless America

Friday, November 14, 2008

Just thought I'd post this little guy's photo today - The election and Veteran's Day are past, but there's no time likethe present to keep our country, our troops and our vets in prayer. Thanks for serving, Dad!

It's hard to believe that a week from tomorrow I'll be on a plane heading across the Atlantic. I have SO much to do - and I'm keeping a paper bag handy for possible panic attacks (not really, but I do occasionally have to remind myself to breath). I hope to get some Spark time in this weekend to catch up on y'all.

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/15/2008 4:42PM

    Hi Michelle....I can imagine your mixed emotions at this time but all will come together and you surely will be in the right place.
Wishing you travelling mercies and many blessings as you travel from Europe to the States.
Hugs, Janet.

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CTEMPLE 11/14/2008 8:16PM

    Dear Michelle what an intense moment, but I'm sure it's totally the right thing to do. Yes breathe in breath out!
I know that the economic crisis makes getting employment a bit more difficult but you know what? you only need one and there could always be the employer that is looking for someone just like you. Remember to have some "me" time in amongst all the frantic activity.
I'll be thinking of you.

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SKISINCO 11/14/2008 5:23PM

    Love the picture Michelle! I'll be thinking of you and praying for a safe trip to the states. Hope things are going well there and you are able to get things wrapped up! Thanks for the comment on my blog btw, that was sweet. =)

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HOMEBUNNY 11/14/2008 12:33PM

    I love the picture!!! I am praying for you to have a safe & enjoyable trip as you help your mom get ready to come home.


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PIANO*LADY 11/14/2008 11:43AM

    What a precious picture, Michelle! It's great to honor your dad and others like him who have served to protect our freedoms so well. There's never a time when prayer isn't needed, but it is especially comforting in these troubled times.

Please know that you and your family are in my prayers, but I especally pray for you as you make your final preparations, Michelle. What a joy that we have our Lord and Savior to rely on!

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A zillion little things

Monday, November 03, 2008

I feel like I had a productive day today. None of the things I got done was really major, but mostly I'm happy I didn't WASTE a lot of time worrying about what to do next, and just DID it.

- Had winter tires put on the car
- Went to dr to have my veins checked
- Got measured for new support stockings
- Went to the bank, got cash, deposited a check and talked to someone about deferring loan payments for a couple of months - got a yes!
- Fitness studio - talked to director about putting membership on hold - got a yes!
- Called the German train company to talk about getting out of my contract - need to write
- Called lung doctor to get prescription corrected - they're mailing it
- Got the first of three shots at the urologist - no side effects, yay!
- Updated paperwork at the language school
- Did some window shopping and bought 4 small Christmas gifts (blown glass ornaments)
- Cashed in my full Subway card for an almost-free lunch!
- Did some OT reading, listened to/took notes on one of the lectures (Hosea)
- Picked up 3 referral forms from my GP dr, to specialists I still need to see - visited with 2 friends from church.
- Quick trip to the grocery store - visited with friend from church
- Walked to town and back ca. 30 minutes - visited with friend from seniors group on the way
- Checked my email, Facebook, and updated Spark trackers
- Enjoyed the warm, sunny Indian summer afternoon after the morning fog!

I need to have a BUNCH more days like this before I leave for the States!

Thanks for reading if you got this far :) I needed to write this all down today to remind myself to keep plugging away!

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/7/2008 4:34PM

    Well done Michelle...you made so much headway and I really hope you manage to get everything completed in time!
Please drop by the chat topic (if you have time) and tell us when you're off and for how long?
I'd really like to know...we'll miss you but I guess you'll be sparking again from the States? (Hope so!)

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MEL27P 11/5/2008 9:09PM

    Oh my goodness, what a busy day! Did you have that all written down ahead of time? My head is spinning thinking of you going from task to task. Good job! You've earned a HIGH FIVE!

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CTEMPLE 11/3/2008 7:48PM

    Well done, hope you don't get too tired with a few more days like that!

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SKISINCO 11/3/2008 4:02PM

    Excellent day Michelle! Sounds like you made great strides in getting things accomplished before your trip. Great idea writing them down too. Happy to read that you got a bunch of yes's and an almost free lunch, plus visiting with friends. You can rest easy tonight right?! =)

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