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Saturday, 10/12/13

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Never got around to blogging yesterday as I needed to get finances caught up after getting some time in on Wii Fit. First day of formal exercise in about a week so it felt great! About the time I got done with those things it was time to get supper put together as Jenn was coming for supper and games. We played a wild game of SolarQuest (I won!) and then finished a Train Domino game we had begun a month ago. (I lost.)

Today I was up about 6:30 as I was volunteering at Bountiful Baskets. We were done putting it all together by about 7:20 so I checked out with my basket and headed to the grocery store. I was home by about 8:00.

Got things put away, had my grapefruit for breakfast and then took a bag of groceries over to a friends place. Once home I got busy cleaning floors as they were a mess and then began my project of the day: cleaning the windows. They were so dirty!! I worked on them inside and out (all around the house) for about four hours. I also had Maegann help me clean the bathrooms too.

I did break for lunch (which also included my afternoon snack item) as I was hungry about noon. I tried putting some lime juice on the lettuce today and it was much better than lemon.

I took another small break when Terri came by to pick up the paperwork needed so Maegann can babysit for her son Dakota. They got here just as Maegann had Boy (the calf) out for a walk in the front yard as she waited for the guy to come that was buying him. She raised him for this purpose so she was thrilled.

Dakota will be coming by tomorrow afternoon for her to watch so Terri can do some studying without interruptions.

A bit later in the afternoon I was able to suck the hubby into my project and he helped fine-tune the tallest windows inside by hand and then he said, "While I'm up here I may as well clean the fans." They were soooo filthy and they look brand new again.

When I finally sat down to check email and do my Spark Coach tracking I was thrilled to see this come my way after I'd entered my fitness minutes for the day. I don't see this large a number that often!

Getting ready to have my bbq chicken and zucchini for supper and then we're watching more of the Star Wars movie (Clones) we began a couple nights ago.

Tomorrow.... church, babysitting and ?

5% Challenge - Team Daisy: Today is the official start date of this 8-week challenge. I got my start weight posted and my 5% weight so I'm ready to rock 'n roll! Our extra challenge for the week is to make sure we are getting the recommended water intake. Go Daisies!

BL Challenge - Team Emerald: We are now entering our 5th week of this 10-week challenge and I saw the % of weight loss thread earlier and I cried when I saw my name at the top of the list with a 5% next to it. I have been stuck for so many years and have been one on this challenge team that just worked at it and never had any progress so this just feels like a miracle.

On another note--the team is still at 100% retention, much activity and encouragement and that is awesome! Go Emerald!

And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up to love and helpful deeds and noble activities. (Hebrews 10:24

I have asked hundreds of people to share with me some practical ways they believe we can show love. I have read books, searched the internet, and been very aggressive on my own journey to find creative ways to incorporate this concept of loving people into my everday life. I would like to share with you some of the things I have learned. Here are some of the ideas I've collected.

*When it is obvious that you and someone else want the same parking place, let the other person have it and do so with a smile.
*Mow an elderly neighbor's lawn or shovel their snow in the winter.
*Go grocery shopping for a family with a newborn baby.
*Give someone without transportation a ride to church or another event, even if it is out of your way to do so.
*Truly listen to someone without interrupting.
*Hold a door open for a stranger and let him or her go ahead of you.
*Let someone with just a few items go in front of you when you're in a checkout line.
*Babysit for a single parent to that person a bit of alone time or time to get a project done peacefully.
*Invite a person who has no family in town to your house for the holidays.
*Send cards and/or flowers to show appreciation.

Start with this simple list, but let the Holy spirit show you more ideas. Doing random things for people just to be a blessing is an amazing way to show God's love.

Trust in Him. If you trust that God's love for you is limitless, you will have no problem showing love to others and even going out of your way to be a blessing to them. We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

(From "Trusting God Day by Day" by Joyce Meyer)
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