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Sparkiversary #3

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Yesterday I celebrated 3 years on Spark! What can I say but this:



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DDOORN 4/23/2010 6:24AM

    Hey this pic just sez it ALL! :-)

Thx for being such a fan! I keep waiting for some momentous thoughts to put together to commemorate #3, but just have my day-to-day SPARK and humdrum and just keep keepin' on...!

Don

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SJG1953 4/23/2010 2:45AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonCongratulations Michelle! I am so glad you are here!



My 4th year Sparkversary was on the 15th of this month, but I let it slip my mind. emoticon

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JLK7TIGER 4/23/2010 12:17AM

    Happy belated sparkversary! I love the pic! I'm so glad that you are on our team. You are a great asset & motivator to me/us!

God bless,
Jenn

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NEWLIBRARIAN 4/22/2010 9:17PM

    Happy sparkversary, love that pic!

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CHRYS13 4/22/2010 7:32PM

    WooHoo! Upward and onward....here you go!

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ASMPP1 4/22/2010 7:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLove the pic!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/22/2010 6:37PM

    Congratulations and happy emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 4/22/2010 3:06PM

    emoticon on your 3 year Sparkanniversary. That is emoticon You are doing emoticon. It'll be 4 years for me in Aug.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/22/2010 2:10PM

    Congratulations. Way to go for sticking to it.!

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FIT4HISGLORY 4/22/2010 1:02PM

    Happy Sparkiversary!!! I'm so thankful you're part of our team!

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CAROLJEAN64 4/22/2010 12:36PM

    I love cats, in fact our 6 toes tailless Manx is curled up next to my laptop making it all but impossible to type. But you know I love it. I love the cat picture and the message. I've been on 6 months, came on at goal, but needed help maintaining and have found it.
Congrat!

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LAURIE5658 4/22/2010 12:31PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I am 2 days behind you as I joined April 24, 2007!! It was a great week!

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JOANNKW 4/22/2010 12:23PM

    You go! I love the picture! emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/22/2010 12:14PM

    That's truly amazing! Onward!
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FRANNIEDID 4/22/2010 11:30AM

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NANC304 4/22/2010 11:06AM

    Congrats!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/22/2010 10:55AM

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

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Don't Wear Your Trousers on Your Head, Fred

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Now that I got your attention, thought I'd share a link to a song today. I want to learn it so that I can teach it to the kids at our next English Day Camp at the language school in May. I may have a weird sense of humor, but I think it's so cute. It's on the website of the British Council, so you don't have to worry about ads. The link takes you to a puzzle, then click on the button to hear the song:
www.britishcouncil.org/kids-songs-cl
othes-popup.htm

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I'm not able to sing myself at all right now - I have laryngitis! It's rather ironic, because I would have been on schedule to lead worship at church today. And now I'm here at home recuperating. No speaking or singing for at least another day or two - I hope I can return to work on Tuesday. I have just one 90-minute private lesson.

On Wednesday I start back to school myself - a seven-week, one day a week Biblical Theology of Missions course. So I won't have to talk, just listen all day!
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MOM2KNL 4/20/2010 10:09AM

    I read your blogs regularly, but the title really got my attention. My first thought was, "Oh no, what did my friend do now?" Glad you didn't wear your trousers on your head! I have to print out the words to the song and teach it to my daycare kids - very cute and funny! Hope you are keeping quiet, resting and taking care of yourself! Get better quick!
Blessings!
Michelle

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PIANO*LADY 4/20/2010 12:17AM

    The title of your post got my curiosity aroused, Michelle. Good job! That song is precious and now I can't get it out of my head. Your kids will love it, and you will have so much fun teaching it.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/19/2010 11:46PM

    Get well soon!!



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FRANNIEDID 4/19/2010 4:56PM

    Very cute, the kids will love it!!! Hope you feel better soon!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/18/2010 5:28PM

    Thank you for sharing a fun moment. emoticon

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SARAHTAIT 4/18/2010 5:00PM

    Don't run around with your shoes undone.....
oh how fun!!!
SO cute...thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Sarah

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/18/2010 4:59PM

    Oh Michelle. I needed a bit of fun today. Thanks sooo much for this. It's too cute!!

Gini

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JANETELIZABETH1 4/18/2010 4:42PM

    Michelle...the children will love that! (I used to work with children too)
I even did the puzzle...what fun!!
That song is not only a catchy tune but will teach them so many useful words!
Still praying that throat heals.
Hugs
Janet


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ASMPP1 4/18/2010 4:39PM

    emoticonAttention getting! I hope you feel better soon!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 4/18/2010 3:13PM

    I'm glad you're keeping your spirits up while dealing with the laryngitis. Thankfully you don't have to talk to speak with all of us. I hope you're all better by Tuesday! emoticon

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NANC304 4/18/2010 3:09PM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/18/2010 9:58AM

    I'd hate to admit how often I put on my sweatshirt and the hood is in front!

But so far I have never put my trousers on my head!
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NEWLIBRARIAN 4/18/2010 9:13AM

    Ok You got my attention. I clicked your blog just because of the title. Cute song. I hope your laryngitis is better soon.

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PINKSAINT247 4/18/2010 9:09AM

    LOL. that was great!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/18/2010 8:37AM

    Yep! You got my attention. Reminded me of Max, one of my favorite children's storybook characters. He likes to wear his pants on his head. Occasionally, by granddaughter wears shorts as a hat. It's fun.

Hope that voice and throat heal up shortly. You are wise to rest for a while. Take care. Keep on blogging!! -Marsha

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Update on Fun, Worship, and Empty Hands

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Update on the Fun Factor: Not only did I have fun this week, I had the responsibility of making English learning fun for a group of 10 kids at the language school's Kids' Camp. We played Red Light-Green Light, Simon Says (great for learning those action verbs), Keep Away, Duck-Duck-Goose (with opposites), sang songs, made collages, drew monsters and more. At the end of the week, I was beat. But I think we all had fun.

And MORE fun: I got to meet the daughter of a Spark friend IRL yesterday! That was very cool. She is here in Germany leading a team of Christian workers who minister to university students. I got to see the house where they have their gatherings and chat with her about "Gott und die Welt" - "God and the world." In other words, just about everything. It was a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours and I look forward to getting together with her again.

I laid something down this past week that is, and has been, very important to me - leading worship at my church. Officially, I'm on a break until I finish my degree. But a lot can happen in a year and I don't know if I'll ever go back to it as a regular role in this church.

I came to this decision after much prayer. At one point, I felt the Lord saying that I needed to let go of the old if I wanted him to fill me hands with new things. It seemed fitting to have Easter Sunday be my last day. We sang "My Redeemer Lives" and, as I led the congregation in the song, the words about "you lift my burden, I'll rise with you" really resonated in my own spirit!

I believe that getting this degree in Educational Ministries will open new doors for me, but the next year is going to be very challenging. Resources like time, energy and money are not unlimited. So something had to go. Funny, now that I have a little more time, I keep coming up with ideas for new projects! That's a challenge in itself - staying focused, not spreading myself too thin as is my tendency. As my pastor says, "Not every good idea is a GOD idea."

I may need reminding, dear Spark friends! I know I can count on you!

  
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SONJASTWIN 4/18/2010 11:01PM

    It's so very easy to over-extend yourself. I know, I do it all the time. Good for you for focusing on what's most important. It will pay off in the long run. In the meantime, cherish these fun sessions with your students. Sounds like great fun!

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ILLINITEACHER52 4/18/2010 5:36PM

  Thanks - I am putting the quote "Not every good idea is a GOD idea" on a post it. Maybe I need one in every room. I sometimes take on too much but when it IS a GOD idea things seem to go just right in spite of busy schedules, lack of funds, etc. I am leading a volunteer group at church. It is basically a sewing and knitting group but we need people to iron and people to trace patterns and to keep us going. Not everyone there sews but we all work together to accomplish our goals and it is amazing to see what we can accomplish when working together. Wishing you the best with the new chapter in your life and with listening for guidance for the things that you should be doing.

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/16/2010 5:01AM

    One thing that we females often find difficult to come to grips with is the concept that looking after ourselves is not selfish but rather making sure we are there to carry on the good work. Remember this as you make decisions for the future. Hugs.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/13/2010 2:12PM

    Excellent blog.

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ASMPP1 4/12/2010 10:29PM

    emoticonGlad that you had a great time having fun! Your life will be challenging as you go through this next year. emoticon

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RURAL3 4/12/2010 11:57AM

    God constantly brings us new seasons in our lives. It is whether we are open to them that counts. I pray blessings on you as you begin this new season "in His control".

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SARAHTAIT 4/12/2010 9:35AM

    It really sounds like you had a great time and I am soo glad. I am really inspired by the way you are letting God lead you in your life!!! Awesome!!!

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SJG1953 4/12/2010 2:06AM

    I am so glad you had some fun!! That is wonderful!

Congratulations on your decision of letting go of one part of ministry and letting God lead you into the part He wants you in at this point. We always want to be in the center of God's will. It will always be worth it to obey the Lord's leading!

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_MAOMAO_ 4/12/2010 12:39AM

  I love that, "Not every good idea is a GOD idea." I will remember that. That seems like a big decision, letting go of leading worship. Wow, I wonder what God's bringing your way?
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CTEMPLE 4/11/2010 11:05PM

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/11/2010 7:23PM

    Your busy life is so different from mine. I have too much time to fill and you have to much fill for time. LOL I want to begin to become invovled in some charity work but I find it difficult to know where I am needed and if I can contribute anything. As you can tell I lack self confidence and always think people will see me only as an overweight woman. I wonder if you have any ideas about places I could contact that might need a volunteer. I'm glad you have lightened your load for the time being. Bless you Michelle,

Gini

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/11/2010 3:27PM

    Well done!
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DDOORN 4/11/2010 11:39AM

    It sounds as though you've put much heart & soul into your challenges here and I'm betting you've come up with the BEST possible path ahead for yourself!

Always so VERY cool when we can meet up with our fellow SparkFamily...! :-)

Don

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MOM2KNL 4/11/2010 11:21AM

    I love that - "Not every idea is a God idea". Keep listening to Him and He will lead you to where He wants you to be in ministry. I had to let go of a ministry that I loves soo much and am in His waiting room right now too. I trust, and know that you do too, that He definately will bless us with His idea of where He wants us and WHEN.
Cheering you on in prayer,
Michelle

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NANC304 4/11/2010 11:09AM

    Sounds like you've been having a lot of fun! good luck in your new role.

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You Read it Here First

Sunday, April 04, 2010

I could have titled this post "Shameless II" --- When I click "post blog entry," I'll be crossing over the 40,000 Spark Points mark and can go pick up my new trophy. What is it about those points and those little icons? One of the Spark People mysteries, I guess. In a couple of weeks, I'll cross another milestone - 3 years on Spark. I'm amazed.

More news, and a bit more significant: another long-time Spark member is about to have her baby today. According to her status, JENSFITJOURNEY has gone into labor and is on the way to the hospital. (I'm pretty sure it was her husband who posted for her!) Join me in praying for a smooth and safe delivery. Lots of Sparkers are looking forward to welcoming Michaela to the world!

P.S.Picked up my trophy:

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/5/2010 3:20PM

    The trophies are fun...just got a new one today too.

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_MAOMAO_ 4/5/2010 1:51PM

  Those trophies are just enticing & addictive, aren't they? Congrats! emoticon

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JOANNKW 4/5/2010 12:44PM

    Love the trophy! I need to be more consistent. I want one of those! I have quite aways to go! Joann emoticon

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ZELLAZM 4/5/2010 10:45AM

    Thanks everybody - now, Sandy's 50,000 trophy has COLORED stars...so I better start "grubbing" for points again, as Don called it!

Jen's Baby is here - all is well!

Michelle

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SARAHTAIT 4/5/2010 9:03AM

    Congratulations on your hard work.....I know how hard tose points come by!!! I've been on sparks about the same amount of time as you I think...
What great joy to know a new life is coming into this world-praying for a safe labor and delivery!
Hugs,
Sarah

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SJG1953 4/5/2010 3:21AM

    Congratulations! Shows real comitment to be here on Spark for 3 years! The trophy is awesome too!

I'm praying that all went well with the arrival of your friend's baby.

I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Resurrection Sunday!!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 4/4/2010 11:35PM

    Cngrats! Cool Trophy

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DDOORN 4/4/2010 10:39PM

    Keeping Jen in my thoughts and prayers and yes! Looking forward as you are to my 3rd year with SparkPeople this April...woo hoo! :-)

Don

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/4/2010 5:28PM

    Congratulations Michelle. emoticon, emoticon.

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CTEMPLE 4/4/2010 5:26PM

    Congrats dear M!
Claudia

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CHRYS13 4/4/2010 4:42PM

    Congratulations on your trophy! There's something in me that makes me want to claim those points!

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ASMPP1 4/4/2010 1:54PM

    emoticon emoticon on your new trophy! Have a great day!

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NANC304 4/4/2010 1:14PM

    Congrats on the new trophy and the 3 years. That's great! I love getting Spark Points too!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/4/2010 12:06PM

    Congrats on the 40,000 and upcoming 3 years! That's a long term commitment to health. Good for you!

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REYNJANET 4/4/2010 11:39AM

    Congrats on reaching 40,000 spark points! It is pretty trophy and I received it not too long ago myself! I know what you mean, spark points are addicting! LOL

3 years on Spark is an accomplishment too! This is a wonderful site helping us with achieving our healthy lifestyles!

And congrats to the new life entering this world hopefully on Easter!

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/4/2010 11:36AM

    I love to hear such good news!

I feed on the POSITIVITY!

Karen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/4/2010 11:21AM

    emoticon An Easter baby...what a blessing for JensfitJourney and her family. Congrats to her husband for posting for her. Praying...
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Have a super blessed Easter Sunday and may the Easter bunny take all the calories out of your treats leaving you only the healthiest ones!!!
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Blessings and hugs,
Helen

Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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Shameless

Saturday, April 03, 2010

This blog is a shameless effort just to get 3 more Spark points before the day is over. I have less than 100 to go before I reach 40,000 and a new trophy. I'd really like that to happen tomorrow, on Resurrection Sunday! I really hope Sandy makes her goal of 50,000, too. She'll probably beat me, though because her day in Oz starts quit a bit earlier. Yay, us!

Thanks to everyone who responded to my last blog about having fun. I'm fine, I know I'm not a failure (see my signature line on my message board posts!) but have been rather down lately. Some people mentioned things - like book-store browsing and RL conversations with a good friend - that reminded me to make time to do those things soon. In fact, I got on the phone and arranged to have breakfast in the city with a friend on Easter Monday morning. We are both busy and don't get to see each other too often.

I agree, too, with the people who were on the other end of the planned vs. spontaneous spectrum. We can really be surprised by fun if we just allow it to happen. Other people might not recognize what were doing as fun (I love to do library research, for example!) but that doesn't mean it's not real fun.

It wasn't just the ideas, it was the thought and time you put into responding. I am blessed with some wonderful Spark friends. Have some fun this holiday weekend!

...and blessings on this day of days - He is risen indeed!
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ILLINITEACHER52 4/18/2010 5:38PM

  Way to go!

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ASMPP1 4/4/2010 10:09AM

    No problem trying to get more points. There are things that you cannot do that we used to do, because we have read them all or no new ones have been posted. I hope you make your goal!

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DDOORN 4/3/2010 11:16PM

    Yours is the 2nd blog today I've read where you've been admitting to grubbing for SparkPoints...lol!

GL catching up with friends...I let that slide way too long also!

Happy Easter to you and yours!

Don


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NANC304 4/3/2010 7:19PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/3/2010 5:54PM

    Great way to get points!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/3/2010 5:04PM

    WooHoo Michelle, we did it! A new cup for all our spark points. Shamelessly happy, just like being 12 again.

You sound much more like yourself and I agree that library researching is fun, strange, aren't we, but I suppose that goes with a love of learning that never leaves us no matter how old we are.

Have a wonder filled day on this joyous morning of resurrection and rebirth, hugs, Sandy

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SLENDERELLA61 4/3/2010 3:37PM

    Very good blog. Seemed real, not a shameless attempt to rack up three points. Congrats on the 40,000, though. Great accomplishment! -Marsha

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