BUSYGRANNY5's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUSYGRANNY5 BUSYGRANNY5's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ God is.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971846 Nothing can separate you from God's love, absolutely nothing. God is enough for time, God is enough for eternity. God is enough! Hannah Whitall Smith <BR> <BR> Sometimes we just need a little reminder from God about his love!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 4 Aug 2015 08:21:23 EST Lee Iacocca http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971240 “You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance. ~ Lee Iacocca <BR> <BR> <BR> This is so true and a great reminder to myself... How bad do I want this... what ever "this" is! <BR> <BR> Blessings... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:23:10 EST Advice from Joyce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970693 You can't give what you don't have. Learn to love yourself the way God does so you can do the same for others. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <BR> This is so true!! We must take care of ourselves, both spiritually and physically, if we want to truly be able to help others! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 09:50:27 EST Fred Banks Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970208 If it's important to you,you'll find a way. If not you'll find an excuse. - Fred Banks <BR> <BR> <BR> This is so true... in nearly every choice we make in our daily lives this is applicable! <BR> <BR> Blessings!!! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:12:08 EST Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969692 “Our past may explain why we're suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.” <BR> ― Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <BR> So much truth in these words... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed ay! <BR> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:13:20 EST Getting it right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969153 Every morning you wake up is another chance to get it right! <BR> <BR> This serves as a great reminder to each of us, that no matter how much we struggle or mess up in our daily lives, we have the power/ability to get it right! For those of us who believe in a higher power for me that God, this is especially comforting, as I know... HE is always there waiting for me with open arms!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:15:41 EST Suicide... Prayers please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968526 I just learned that one of my former students took his own life yesterday, my heart is so heavy for him and his surviving family and friends! He struggled with many demons throughout his life but was an incredibly intelligent young man, my prayer for him had always been that he find peace, perhaps in death he has found that peace. (He and my youngest son have been friends since they were in fifth grade, this is going to be tough on him, too) <BR> <BR> My thoughts are with his mother, as s... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:45:11 EST Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967964 Courage- The greatest victory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. <BR> <BR> Love this message! It takes courage to pick our self up and continue on when we fall... no how many times or ways we have to pick ourselves up!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:34:23 EST Never give up...on loved ones. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967277 Don't give up on the people you love. Your patient love and faithfulness may be exactly what they need to make a complete turnaround. -Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> At times this is very hard... but GOD never ever gives up on me, so keeping that in mind... I push on... <BR> <BR> Blessings. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:43:34 EST A reminder to each of us.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966763 Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human. <BR> Anthony Robbins <BR> <BR> What a wonderful reminder! <BR> <BR> Blessings today! Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:35:56 EST On visionaries... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966358 Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen. - Dr. Robert Jarvik <BR> <BR> <BR> We so need our visionaries... even when those visionaries come from within us!! <BR> <BR> Blessings!!! Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:58:49 EST Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966233 Be a person that's full of hope. Hope is a positive expectation, a joyful expectation, that something good is going to happen to you. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Blessings!! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:59:23 EST Prayers please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965312 This past weekend a former student of mine was shot and ended up losing his life. This is heartbreaking for his family and friends, but especially hard for his young son, who was in my second grade class this year! This young man has been through so much and is absolutely in need of prayers at this time. My request is for prayers for his dad, Dustin, as well as all of his family as well as his young son. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> Blessings. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:09:45 EST Day with my sister... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964785 Yesterday I left home bright and early to make the two hour drive to my sister's home! She lives in Washington County... the weather was perfect... the drive beautiful!!! She has three daughters and six grandchildren... the oldest is 12 and the youngest is eight weeks! Needless to say, we had a wonderful visit; the weather was so nice we were able to sit under a shade tree in her front yard ALL day long without getting too hot! We don't get together very often so when we do we make the ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:22:25 EST Thoughts from Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964202 Stop hating yourself for everything you aren't; start loving yourself for everything you are!- Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> How many times do we criticize ourselves for our flaws both those that are real and those that are perceived? I must admit I am guilty of this from time to time; however I continue to work towards focusing on my strengths... not always easy to do, but... worth the effort! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:13:15 EST The beautiful?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963746 Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.-Ralph Waldo Emerson Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:39:53 EST Safely home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963439 We made it home from Hot Springs about an hour ago; we had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and even meeting a few new friends! Hot Springs is a beautiful town with lots to see and do!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a blessed Sunday!!! Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:33:44 EST Celebrating Marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962649 Today we are in Hot Springs, Arkansas to celebrate the 35th wedding anniversary of two of our dearest friends! 35 years ago, I was the Maid of Honor in my best friends wedding, we have been friends since we were in middle school, and today we have the privilege of sharing with them, their family and other friends on this their 35th wedding anniversary! <BR> <BR> So thankful for them! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:01:43 EST Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962135 One way to be strong is to not think and talk about your problems all the time. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <BR> This is another great reminder from Joyce; I would also add doing something, no matter how large or small, for others...there's just something about stepping outside our own pain/suffering to help others that is so cleansing.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:43:24 EST Thankful for prayers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961581 Please accept my deepest thanks for all the prayers on behalf of my sister and her family! They are sincerely appreciated and definitely needed. There is a great measure of comfort knowing that so many are lifting them up in prayers. Jude's memorial service is this afternoon/evening, while his funeral is tomorrow; please continue to lift this family up in prayers as they continue through the grieving process. <BR> <BR> Blessings to each of you! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:42:43 EST Prayer request. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961096 I'm requesting prayers for my niece, her family and my sister as they prepare to bury three year old Jude, her youngest son and my sister's youngest grandson. They live in Iowa and were celebrating his older brother's 5th birthday when Jude went missing with tragic results. God is good and all powerful and the only one who can bring real peace to them at this time! <BR> <BR> This tragic loss reminds me (once again) of just how fragile our lives are! <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:29:17 EST Monday and an old friend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960588 Yesterday, I had a lunch date with a friend... who I hadn't seen in several months! We're former co-workers with busy lives, so it's not always possible to get together... we met at 11:00 and ended up visiting until almost 5:00 o'clock! I always forget just how much I miss her and our easy way together, but once we reconnect it's like we just saw each other the day before! We had a wonderful time discussing our lives, jobs, families.... shed a few tears and shared even more laughs!! I can... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:45:00 EST On success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959990 Success must be felt on the inside before it can be seen on the outside.-Anon <BR> <BR> I believe this goes back to believing in ourselves and our abilities and not "listening" to the world around us! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day, friends! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:19:08 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959482 Happy Sunday!! Hope your day is filled with lots of fun, love, and laughter! <BR> <BR> It's your life make it a great one!!! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:38:35 EST Grandson time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959231 Going on a two week vacation, meant we didn't get to see Layton, our eight year old grandson for nearly three weeks!! We are blessed with six grandchildren, but Layton is the only one that lives in our home town, so we see him very frequently and have since he was a newborn baby! His mom said, he'd been asking when Momma and Poppa were coming home, as he missed us! <BR> We picked him up this AM and have had a wonderful day! He (and all our grands) bring so much joy and light to our world... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:46:44 EST On gratitude... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958525 Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. <BR> Melody Beattie Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:49:14 EST Fix this mess... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957997 Thank goodness I have an appointment with my hair stylist today; boy do I need it! I feel a bit like a "mop-ette" as my short hair has grown just enough to look shaggy... The young man who does my hair is a jewel and I know he will "fix" me, to the best of his ability! :) I like wearing my hair short as I'm terrible at the whole hair thingy and therefore require a style that is quick and easy... which means a trip to see Lance quite frequently... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:27:48 EST Hitting the bricks...literally!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957423 Several weeks ago my husband and a local carpenter cut an opening in the side of our brick home, to add a door to the side carport; the door looks great, but not the three piles of bricks they left laying! My wonderful hubby, had every intention of getting the debris cleaned up, but with work and vacation just didn't get to it. So, yesterday I decided it was a job I could tackle!!! Two of the piles were just broken bricks and mortar and fairly easy to clean up, although I quickly discovered... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:29:22 EST Happiness quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956829 Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. Margrart Lee Runbeck <BR> <BR> “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” <BR> ― Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” <BR> ― Dalai Lama XIV <BR> <BR> “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” <BR> ― Tom Bodet... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 09:15:55 EST A reminder to myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956347 For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.-Anonymous <BR> <BR> <BR> For some reason, I often feel that it is my job/responsibility to stress over problems/concerns that I have little or most often no control over; when in reality I need to simply call on the name of JESUS, say a prayer and leave all my concerns (both real and perceived in HIS very capable of hands!!! I'm working on this!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:21:23 EST Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955895 “God wants you to be delivered from what you have done and from what has been done to you - Both are equally imporant to Him.” <BR> ― Joyce Meyer Sun, 5 Jul 2015 15:17:18 EST We're HOME and Happy 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955574 Hubby and I made home about 5:30 this evening.... we had a wonderful trip... but were both glad to get home!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July! <BR> <BR> God Bless America!! Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:37:04 EST Space Needle... Final Day in Seattle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951322 We opted to go up in the Space Needle at 9:00 PM in hopes of catching the sunset...we weren't disappointed! It was absolutely beautiful! I'm not a fan of heights, but did quite well.. The panoramic view was spectacular. We were extremely impressed with all the activities available in the park area surrounding the Space Needle! Seattle is definitely a family friendly community! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8adb38ea-f6f2-4531-9298-454a91253f1c.jpg"> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:08:01 EST Seattle Temperatures.. Oh my.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950992 My husband and I are absolutely LOVING the temperatures here in Seattle.... being from Missouri and used to extremely high humidity during this time of the year, we're especially excited about the weather here in Seattle... today's highs were in the upper 80's but... the humidity is almost nonexistent... so we've thoroughly enjoyed trekking all over the downtown area and beyond.. right now my Fitbit is showing 7 miles, but we're heading out to the Space Needle in a bit and it's nine tenths o... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:30:13 EST Seattle Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950506 Our first full day in Seattle, found us up early to trek over to a historic restaurant that is known for its breakfast, we were not disappointed! We picked up our rental car at 8:00 AM and headed out for a short trip to the Boeing & Flight Museum Tour, about 30 miles or so from our hotel! What an interesting, exciting and AWE inspiring tour!! Then we headed to a beach park complete with a lighthouse and farmer's market... yummy cherries!! Next, we headed to the Hiram Chittenden (Ballar... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 22:20:37 EST Flight Reflections. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950039 Today as I looked out the window of our planes as we flew first from St. Louis to Los Angeles and then on to Seattle, I was once again reminded and amazed at the beauty GOD created for us to enjoy! So gorgeous to look down and see all the beauty of our world and then take time to reflect on MY creator! Truly Blessed! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:44:21 EST About laughter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949064 Laughter is the jam on the toast of life. It adds flavor, keeps it from being too dry, and makes it easier to swallow. - Diane Johnson <BR> <BR> Love this one!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:17:14 EST Father's Day blessings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948547 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.-Psalm 102:13 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Father's Day to all the dads and grandpas out there! Enjoy your special day and all the extra love and blessings that go along with it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings!! <BR> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:40:26 EST What GOD wants... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948099 “God wants you to be delivered from what you have done and from what has been done to you - Both are equally imporant to Him.” <BR> ― Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Amen and amen!! Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:26:22 EST Nature Unleashed Training... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947614 In about an hour, I will be heading to Duck Creek Conservation Area, about an hour away, for a day long training entitled Nature Unleashed and No Child Left Indoors Workshop! While I've really been looking forward to this day long workshop, I'm a bit concerned as it is going to take place in an outdoor classroom within a wetland, the kicker we have a 100% chance of rain! On the bright side, it will give me the opportunity to try out my new waterproof coat, before I wear it whale watching in... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:57:25 EST Joyce Meyer- Faith and Positivity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947088 Positive minds full of faith and hope produce positive lives. -Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <BR> This quote reminded me of how important our faith is throughout our daily lives... GOD is always there... no matter where we are or what we are doing... HE is there! My faith in GOD gives me strength that goes beyond human understanding! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:36:04 EST Let the packing begin... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946485 Today, I shall begin to pack for our rapidly approaching vacation/cruise to Alaska! I've been gathering "items" for quite some time and it is now time to begin the actual packing! We will be gone from home from June 22nd thru July 4th, which means lots of clothes! Our trip will begin in St. Louis, where we will stay overnight before flying to Seattle, WA, where we will spend a few days sight seeing before leaving on our cruise on the afternoon of the 26th! <BR> Trying to decide what to ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:59:16 EST Living life to the fullest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945996 Joel Osteen Ministries- We have to realize that our lives could be gone in a moment. There are no guarantees that we will be here at this time next year. Learn to live each day to the fullest. <BR> <BR> Amen to this... be prepared.... but live, live, live!! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:30:34 EST Worth and Value... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945452 “Stop determining your worth and value by what other people say. Be determined by what the Word of God (scriptures)says.” ― Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <BR> This Joyce Meyer quote is great, as it reminds us that our worth/value is NOT based on public opinion but on God's word and no amount of public opinion will ever change HIS opinion! Amen!!! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:30:23 EST Max Lucado- Faithful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944830 God is faithful even when his children are not. <BR> <BR> Max Lucado <BR> <BR> So thankful that HE is always there.... <BR> <BR> Blessigs!! Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:03:06 EST Too big or too little... no problem!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944581 Learn to trust God with the small things. He's already got the big things covered. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Great reminder that nothing we will ever experience is too little too big for our GOD to handle!! Amen!! Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:38:22 EST Kay Arthur on Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943913 God is in control, and therefore in EVERYTHING I can give thanks - not because of the situation but because of the One who directs and rules over it. <BR> <BR> Kay Arthur on Gratitude <BR> <BR> I found this inspiring when I read it this morning! <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends! Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:23:12 EST Shopping with Granddaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943325 Yesterday, as my granddaughter, Jillian, age 5, and I were preparing for a day of shopping she said, "Grandma, we should go to Ross!" I replied that we do not have a Ross in our area, to which she replied, "Well, there's always Wal-Mart, Grandma, Wal-mart has everything and I mean everything, Grandma!" Too funny, especially knowing what a NON Wal-mart fan I am! <BR> <BR> Needless to say she and I had a wonderful time she shopping, she is an awesome little shopper and great companion! We le... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:45:38 EST Another Joyce Meyer quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942816 Everybody else may not know what's going on inside of us, but God does. And He says the most important thing to Him is the hidden man of the heart. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to "let go and let GOD!" <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:10:39 EST Spark quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942214 You are born with one body, so you might as well learn to love it!- Spark <BR> <BR> When I read this today, it hit home, as I was kind hating on my tubby tummy... Perspective is a wonderful thing! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 08:42:41 EST