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Gardening Has Brought New Life Into My Life and My Body!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hello my dear sweet Spark Friends! So much has been going on since I have posted my last blog and I know you are concerned about my well-being... I am so busy and happy and active and feeling better than I have felt in years. No depression rising its ugly head at this point... YEAH!! I know you are anxious to hear about how things are going and I really wanted to do a video but it be way too long so I took some pictures and have created a webpage so you can see pictures of my garden and projects from the past month...

So let me start off with catching you up on Cicely and Jackson (the two kids I babysit for)... Jackson is almost walking on his own. He is now on more solid foods and switching over to milk rather than formula. He is saying more words and is just so adorable. I promise I will try to get a picture of them this coming week and get it posted. Cicely is like a little "Sandra"... if I am doing it she wants to do it too! She is so well behaved and so smart and so mature for a 5 year old. And Jackson is fascinated with all electronic devices, whether it is a cord, a remote for the TV, a calculator or telephone he is interested in it! He loves to play with the powerchord to my laptop because it lights up in this really pretty blue color... so much so that he broke it last week and I just got a new one yesterday... (way too expensive $100 for a powerchord). Anyway, he was actually trying to find the place where the powerchord goes to plug it up and he was actually looking in the right place (just on the wrong side). He is so smart! I should have the other 5 yr old starting part-time either next week or the following week and her name is Madie (short for Madeline). She is very hyperactive and that will be an interesting mix, but she is already friends with Cicely so that will be a big help. One big milestone that I did with the kids, something I challenged myself to in February was to be able to walk to the end of our street and back by the end of April. Well I bought a used stroller and put Jackson in it and Cicely and Jackson and I set off for a walk down the street. I was so scared as no one else was home if I had a problem but I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it... and I did it! I didn't even have to sit down at the park bench at the end of our street before walking back. Now we do it almost every day!

Update on DH and his job hunting status... he has sent out a few resumes but no calls for interviews. I will say he has spent some time helping me with the yard and moving raised beds (those things are heavy). I haven't had a lot of time to really think about it and that is probably for the best as that would only bring me down and I don't want down, I want up!!!

My son, Josh, will soon be finishing his Junior year of High School... that does not seem possible. He has a friend that is a Senior this year and she does not have a boyfriend and so I convinced my son, the gentleman, to ask her to the Senior Prom as I believe no Senior girl should miss her Senior Prom. So after thinking about it, he decided he would ask her. Now when I entered into this I had no idea that it would be $150 to rent a tux, $40 for each ticket to the prom, $10 for each ticket to the "After Prom" party the school put on, and then dinner ($30) and photo's ($50). Needless to say I made his boutonnière and her corsage to save a little bit... oh my goodness what an expensive prom but she was so appreciative and it meant the world to her and I think to Josh as well. He kind of enjoyed being a true gentleman for his friend and they had a great time. He just found out that he has a role as one of the "Kings" in the Fall Madrigal that the Chamber Choir will perform and he seems to be excited about that. He is going to have a tough Senior year as every class he has is an advanced honors class and he is in the Chamber Choir which will perform over 40 times from Sept to Jan and put on the Madrigal and a Christmas concert. He is looking forward to summer for a break but he will be going to 2 week long camps and he is really looking forward to those.

Victoria has officially completed her first full-time semester of college and we just had her official graduation party (from High School) for the immediately family last weekend. Her boyfriend from Louisiana and a friend came up for it and she went back with them. She will be spending most of the summer there with friends. She has truly grown into a young woman this past year and I am so proud of her. She was able to buy a used laptop with her graduation money from family and so now I have mine back. Yeah!

My niece Annie is getting married in 2 weeks and I just finished doing all her flowers for the wedding... I put a couple of pictures in on that webpage I told you about so you could see them. Let me tell you between using a drill, staple gun, hammer, paintbrush, wire cutters and floral wire my arthritis has sure been acting up in my hands and especially my right hand. Most of the time it is numb and it is hard to pick things up. But I take my Aleve and rub on my medicated arthritis cream and keep on going!

I am so loving my life right now, the only wish I have is that my DH find work and find it soon! I am so pumped about so many things and I will be checking in more often than I have been. Just remember that in June/July/August I will be busy harvesting and freezing/canning all those wonderful fruit's and veggies I'm growing as well as trying to work on my business and watch the kids. I'm going to have my hands full. Now that I have the laptop back, I am going to start tracking my foods again on a daily basis. I am so living a Spark Life and am truly working on that Healthy Lifestyle! At my last doctor's visit he told me to be more active, well I am doing that and I am seeing the results in firming. My weight right now is at 512 and I am still not where I want to be but I am getting there and staying true to myself! My journey continues and my challenge to regain my mobility and to get below 500 pounds continues on.

God is answering my prayers and providing me with the strength and courage to do what I thought I couldn't do... he is repairing me not only on the outside but on the inside as well. For I am in no way a "perfect" person and I struggle like everyone else and God is showing me that even through my imperfection I am "worthy" of His love. Something that I had forgotten along the way. I know many of you are looking for the same thing I am trying to obtain... balance, health, life, joy, happiness... the list goes on and on. For me, God and Spark People have been a catalyst and the support of my Church and Spark Friends has made all the difference in the world. As always, know that I miss you and think of you often and I hope you will take a minute to look at the pictures of my garden and projects. Here is the link to that page:

Sandra's Garden & Projects Link www.oldtowngifts.
com/new_home/spring2010.html


Thank you for all of your love and support and I encourage you to get out there and do something that makes you feel like you "are Living" again!

May the peace of the Lord be with you always,
Sandra
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SPRINGBREEZI 5/24/2011 9:36AM

    Your garden is wonderful! The raised beds look great in front of your beautiful home. What talent and great ideas you have. I hope you will post August pictures so we can see how the beds do with full grown plants. I am so encouraged now to get out there and as I used to love gardening and flower arranging. I have gardens that I find hard to tend getting down on the ground. Thanks so much for sharing.

You have not posted in a year please send an update--if you are not doing as well this is the place to go for a spark and if you are doing great we all need your spark for encouragement. Please let us know how you are doing emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANBDONE 5/7/2011 2:00PM

    It's been about a year since your last blog...how 'bout a new one?

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SEABREEZET40 3/9/2011 12:26PM

    I visited your gardening site. WOW!, such beautiful plants.
I like to grow plants too and am looking forward to warm weather. I hope I can loose enough weight to get back out in the garden and help my husband take care of it.

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TONI2011 1/24/2011 1:05PM

    Keep it up girl! I'm so proud of all your accomplishments. Don't ever quit!

I figure God will never give up on me so I can't give up!

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BEEBEE1936 1/9/2011 6:07AM

    Sarah-Sarah---I'm so amazed at your pictures. You are so talented and so active. Your flowers and home are beautiful. I admire you so much, keep it up---you must be so happy at your success. I am much older than you and can't do the things you do, but surely I can step up my life and find my niche in life. Right now, I am so down, I just don't want to do anything. I hope I can use your blog to pep me up alittle. Spark People are great they amaze me so much at what they accomplish.

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LADYBUG1943 10/5/2010 10:57AM

    So enjoyed your garden pictures! Would love to see what they look like now. I just bought some rosemary and spinach, among others, to plant a fall crop, which will have quite a while to grow here in Texas. Good luck to you on your way to health!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 9/24/2010 1:07AM

    So glad you are doing well. I've always believed gardening was good for the soul. Have a happy weekend! Happy Fall! emoticon

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ALMOSTRETIREDRN 8/17/2010 9:41AM

    You are such an inspiration to me. Good luck to your husband. The job market is not easy right now. My daughter has a masters and had to take a retail sales job, but God always has a plan. I, too, love gardening but have little sun in my suburban plot so the vegetables I planted did little. Your determination to take little steps toward a healthy lifestyle inspired me to have my husband drop me off a mile from home when he picked me up from work to ensure I get some exercise after my very sedentary job. God bless

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CALAMITYJANE44 7/27/2010 8:37AM

    Glad to see that all is well. God bless and keep you close to Him. You will get there! emoticon

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DEFLO31313 7/25/2010 8:26PM

    YOU ARE TRULY AN AMAZING WOMAN SO TALENTED. I WAS SITTING HERE FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF, LOOKING FOR SOME MOTIVATION AND I FOUND YOU. I SEEM TO BE AT A STANDSTILL AND IT IS GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO WALK BUT I WILL SUCK IT UP AND GET BACK ON THE BALL. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THESE PAGES AND CONTINUE TO DO SO.i WILL LOVE TO KEEP IN TOUCH. WISHING BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOURS IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVORS.

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AVANLON3 7/1/2010 3:32AM

    I really liked your gardening and planters. I have been so discouraged because I can't get out and garden like I use to. You give me hope. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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FITSHELLYINDIA 6/28/2010 12:59PM

    Your garden is beautiful and you are a very talented gardener! I hope to hear more updates from you-you are an inspiration!

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GEMINI-SKY 6/10/2010 10:16AM

    I was just going thru my Spark Friends and said to myself. I wonder where she is? I haven't heard from her lately...No comments on threads etc...So I came to your page and saw your wonderful blog. Glad to hear you are happy and doing well. Hope to hear more from you soon.
Take care.

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EKKING 6/8/2010 12:52PM

    OMG! I love your planting boxes! We too have a veritable farm in our yard - all .2 acres! Everything is thriving, but I'm so jealous of your raised boxes. So cute and so practical. Hope everything grows according to plan - you'll never have to buy fresh fruit or vegetables this summer!

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SPARKMYWAY47 6/1/2010 4:40PM

    OMG GIRL i JUST SENT YOU A SPARKMAIL NOT REALIZING YOU HAD ALREADY LEFT THIS WONDERFUL BLOG WITH SUCH BEAUTIFUL PICTURES. yOU ARE TRUELY GIFTED. THE PLANTERS AND THE FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEAUTIFUL. WELCOME BACK, WE SO MISSED YOU. YOU JUST GAVE ME SOME MUCH NEEDED INSPIRATION BECAUSE LATELY I HAVE BEEN SLACKING, LOL. BUT I AM READY TO GET UP AND GO. HAVE A WONDERFUL EVENING AND I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR BLOGS. 12 MORE POUNDS TO GO AND YOU WILL COMPLETE ANOTHER GOAL, WE WILL ALL BE RIGHT BESIDE YOU...BYE NOW, SINCERELY, LAURA emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 5/30/2010 4:34PM

    I am so happy things are going so well for you and that you are now living and loving life opposed to just surviving. I will call you as soon as I get my act together and find the time to call after work before I crash and fall asleep. We definitely need to play catchup. emoticon emoticon

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QUENCIN 5/29/2010 9:31PM

  Hey - I'm just getting started on this website and ran across your page. We seem to have similiar lives. I only have one child and he's a bit younger than yours, but not by much. He's 12. My hubby was out of work for 2 years - he finally got a job in November of 2009. Finally, I love gardening. The food is wonderful and it relieves my stress. I look forward to learning more about you! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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DARKTHOR 5/24/2010 2:48AM

    Sandra, you are so talented and getting so much done. I'm very proud of you. Track your food and activity, way to go with walking down the street! Great things are in store for you, I believe it and you better believe it too! Stay strong, stay focused, stay positive and look at all the good that can come of it.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 5/24/2010 1:30AM

    Sandra, I enjoyed reading your blog. Love your flowers. You do a great job. I wish I could do that too but my flowers always die.
So good to see you back on Sparkpeople. I have missed and so has everyone else. Glad to hear everything is going so well in your life.

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BARBARAROSE54 5/24/2010 12:09AM

    Beautiful pics. You have so much talent Sandra. emoticon

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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 5/23/2010 9:47PM

    Awesome! It's so good to hear how you are doing and the pictures say it all - love your raised gardens! Your flowers for the wedding are just gorgeous...do you think you can teach me? emoticon

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LYNNLOSING150 5/23/2010 8:36PM

    You have an amazing talent. The flowers and wrist corsage were so beautiful.

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BAMATEACHER 5/23/2010 8:16PM

    This was so great to read. Thanks for sharing!!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/23/2010 8:16PM

    Great blog, glad to know that you're happy. Love, Dawn emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/23/2010 8:09PM

    I am truly glad you showed up on my screen today. I been thinking so much about you and was going to hunt you down and write to you to see how you were.

I LOVE the pictures. You truly ARE BUSY! You seem to have a great life and are so happy. GOD is a GOOD GOD. Worthy of our Praises. Thank you.

I am happy you are doing well and enjoy your life.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/23/2010 7:58PM

    Glad to hear things are going so well for you!

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MISSROCKABILLY 5/23/2010 7:46PM

    Welcome back Sandra! It's so good to hear from you and know that you are doing well. Love the pics! You garden is incredible! Your flower work is beautiful too!
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YATMAMA 5/23/2010 7:43PM

    I thank God for the wonderful changes in your life!! You ROCK, girlfriend. Those babies are SO blessed to have you as their caregiver. I know you are blessed to have them, too!!

*hugggggggggs*


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EVER-EVOLVING 5/23/2010 6:48PM

    I loved your pics! I would love to have raised bed; that's why I don't garden much. It bothers me to squat or get on my knees. How tall are the raised beds? Like you, I've also planted Beefsteak tomatoes in five gallon buckets and a topsy turvy thing. Hoping to get some good eating from them soon! You sound so happy; so glad you have the kids to watch; I think they are blessed to have found you. Josh looked great at prom!

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CAROL825 5/23/2010 6:34PM

    Your garden is wonderful. You have really been busy. No wonder we haven't heard from you in a while. I am so happy that things are going good for you. I have missed your blogs It was good to hear from you

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ELSEEBEE 5/23/2010 6:17PM

    Wow! Your garden pictures are incredible! Your sald tables especially intrigued me. Anywhere you can send me to get plans to make some myself? (Actually, DH will get the honor of making them, I'll just do the planting! lol!)

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