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/ Short and Sweet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916827 Remember: God Loves You, He Desires for us to Love One Another and to Love Ourselves...He Made Us, We are a Lovely People in His Eyes. <BR> <BR> Love this one!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:20:39 EST Vince Lombardi quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916234 Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.- Vince Lombardi! <BR> <BR> What a great reminder for each of us and we work through our days.... not perfection should we strive, but excellence! <BR> <BR> Blessings to each of you! Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:35:06 EST Daughter's Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915601 Today our daughter and her husband will mark their 9th wedding anniversary! They are beautiful couple and I am so proud of the home and lives they have and are creating for themselves and their two little ones! What a blessing they are to our family! <BR> <BR> Days like today remind me just how fast life rushes past! How can my little girl be celebrating HER 9th anniversary? Reminds me to count my blessings and be thankful for all that God has blessed me with! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:33:23 EST Mother Teresa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915007 To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.- Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> <BR> How true is this? This reminds me to feed/nourish both my physical body and my spiritual body. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:28:39 EST Great reminder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914364 Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don't need to search any further for security. -Elisabeth Elliot <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:38:42 EST Mark Twain quote. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913872 Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain <BR> <BR> Amen and Amen! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:26:44 EST Grandma's Special "Forces" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913369 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1222876330.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The boys are here and ready to protect the "Shafer" compound! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:54:31 EST Visiting grandsons... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912771 This afternoon, two of our grandsons, Anderson Wallace (3) and Bennett Wayne (6) will meet their Poppa Tony (my husband) in Cape to make the trip home with him, so they can spend the weekend with us! :) Layton (8) our grandson who lives closest to us will all so be with us!! Going to be a great weekend! I love it when everyone is home, but it's also very nice to just have the grands and us!! :) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:18:12 EST Risk Taking Quote.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912216 Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise it wold be called sure-thing taking. Tim McMahon. <BR> <BR> Our lives are built around risk taking... some easier to step up to than others, but risk taking is a necessary part of our lives. We must be willing to step up and face risks heads on if we choose to grow and change. <BR> <BR> Blessings! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:33:54 EST Micah 6:8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911620 What does the Lord require of you? <BR> He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? <BR> To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8 NIV) <BR> <BR> So while many of us are out there running around trying to find as many activities and ways as we can that will make God pleased with us, with the best of intentions, all he really "requires of us" is simply To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with HIM. <BR> <BR> Bl... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:21:20 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910996 Set yourself up for success and anything is possible.-Anon <BR> <BR> Often times we fail to set ourselves up for the success we desire! Not just in our day to day interactions but with our health and fitness. We MUST make our fitness and nutrition a priority... so that we are better able to handle the curve balls that life sometimes throws at us. We are ALL worth the effort it takes to "set ourselves up for success." <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:38:35 EST Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910342 Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.-Ambrose Redmoon <BR> <BR> <BR> Great reminder that having courage doesn't mean we don't have fear or concerns about our choices/path, what it means is we've made the decision to overcome our fear and step out in courage! We must stand up for what we know to be right, even when others disagree and/or we feel stress and anxiety... <BR> <BR> Blessings friends! Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:39:44 EST Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909805 <BR> When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others. -Mildred Lisette Norman <BR> <BR> Too many times we allow our "peace" to be stolen by circumstances/situations instead of remembering that true peace comes from our relationship with God the Father! <BR> <BR> Have a truly "peaceful" day my friends! Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:47:32 EST More Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909272 I'm telling you what, God is all over you. He's in you. He's around you. He's over you, under you. He's chasing you, following you. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> HE's everywhere... waiting... waiting... for YOU and I to turn to him.... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:12:01 EST Joyce Meyer reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908703 The more you trust Jesus & keep your eyes focused on Him, the more life you'll have. Trusting God brings life. Believing brings rest. So stop trying to figure everything out, &let God be God in your life. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <BR> Read this on a fellow Sparkers page and it hit home! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:13:10 EST Corrie Ten Boom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908113 ...The thing that matters first of all, if you are a Christian, is not what you once were but who you are now.- Corrie Ten Boom <BR> <BR> BIG amen to this one!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day my friends! Thu, 9 Apr 2015 07:13:21 EST Work quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907520 Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up thier noses, and some don't turn up at all.- Sam Ewing. <BR> <BR> I know people who fall into all three groups, but the important point here is where to do I fall? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 8 Apr 2015 07:27:21 EST Jonathan Swift quote and my plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906893 May you live every day of your life. <BR> <BR> I believe this means so much more than merely existing but truly living...no matter what lies in front of or behind us, if HE is in us we can overcome all obstacles! <BR> <BR> I am concentrating on staying positive and not letting negativity zap me of my energy and inner peace! This means calling on JESUS names repeatedly throughout my day... <BR> <BR> Blessings..... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:39:59 EST Family Egg Hunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906214 We had our annual family Easter egg hunt Saturday afternoon! The weather was cooperative, although we did have a little mud leftover from the two days of heavy rains... our adult kids and their families managed to find all 240 eggs! Good times! The picture is of my hubby and I all the grands prior to the beginning of the hunt! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1374066467.jpg"> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 07:24:46 EST Easter Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905857 Prayers for everyone to have a blessed Easter with family and friends.... remembering to take the time to reflect on the meaning behind this most blessed holiday! <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 13:01:16 EST Peep Mobiles with the Grands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905192 Here's a quick photo of five our grandchildren and the PEEP mobiles they made!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l571884489.jpg"> Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:12:50 EST My class... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904646 The weather didn't cooperate so our school's annual Easter egg hunt and festivities had to be moved to the gym! Thank goodness a little rainy weather didn't dampen our spirits! This is a photo of my class with the Easter Bunny and one of our awesome high school mentors! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1861008780.jpg"> Fri, 3 Apr 2015 08:26:43 EST Reminder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904035 Live now, believe me, wait not till tomorrow; Gather the roses of life today. <BR> Pierre de Ronsard <BR> <BR> A great reminder as many famililes and friends gather this weekend! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 07:49:34 EST Quote and a thought or two! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903371 A good parent prepares the child for the path, not the path for the child.- Jen Hatmaker <BR> <BR> <BR> As most know I've been a classroom teacher for twenty-seven years and have taught nearly every grade level and a very wide variety of subjects, needless to say I've "seen" and "learned so much. A current trend that concerns me involves parents NOT allowing their children to own their own mistakes and failures, this isn't done out of ill intent, but I believe it will eventually do these ch... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 07:32:01 EST Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902764 For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing. Simon Wiesenthal <BR> <BR> I agree with this quote, the problem is much of society has become so excepting of "evil" things, we've been somewhat complacent to "bad".... We see it all the time... the envelop of right and decent being pushed and pushed.... where will it end? When will we stand up and say enough is enough.... Standing up takes moral conviction and courage, we all have that within us, but are we willing to stand a... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:33:30 EST Joel Osteen quote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902112 “Quit worrying about how everything is going to turn out. Live one day at a time; better yet, make the most of this moment. It’s good to have a big – picture outlook, to set goals, to establish budgets and make plans, but if you’re always living in the future, you’re never really enjoying the present in the way God wants you to.” <BR> ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:07:11 EST Sunday Reminder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901756 I hope everyone is having a great Sunday! God is good no matter what adversity we face in life! God is the same yesterday, tomorrow and always! <BR> <BR> Blessings!! Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:06:55 EST Saturday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901221 It's a bit chilly today, but not as cold as predicted! I am ready for it to be warm enough long enough that I can plant some spring flowers... we had a freeze advisory yesterday for today... fortunately we haven't planted any outdoor plants, yet!!! <BR> <BR> The cooler temperatures and lack of sunshine are doing a great job of encouraging me to get some Spring cleaning done! <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:10:50 EST Pet Rocks and 2nd graders! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900476 For the last several weeks my homeroom class ( 19- 2nd graders) and I have been studying rocks! Our unit test is complete and the kids did very well! Today as a "wrap up" activity the students will be creating "pets" from rocks! This is going to be a very high energy activity, but so worth the time and effort that has gone into it! Students had to explore outdoors to find the "perfect" rock, one that they could "envision" being a certain animal or insect! Today these creations will come t... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:31:38 EST Short and Sweet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899886 "To exist is to change; to change is to mature; to mature is create oneself endlessly;-Henri Bergson <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:48:26 EST Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899661 Today has been absolutely beautiful! Our temps topped out above 70 and there was lots of sunshine! Such a needed reprieve for students and staff alike! <BR> <BR> I will NOT complain when we have rainy cold weather the next few days... I will not... I will not! <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:45:44 EST Shortcuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898631 There are no shortcuts to any place worth going- Unknown <BR> <BR> Although I don't 100% agree with this quote, I do believe there is a measure of truth in it!! Often we want the easiest or quickest solution when it comes to getting and staying in shape, when in reality there really are NO short cuts in this realm of our lives! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:49:15 EST Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897955 Back to school today! It's supposed to be in the upper 60's today, perfect weather for outside recess! YEAH! I'm still not feeling 100%, but I shall "fake it until I make it!" Yesterday was a great day, although my energy level was a bit low, guess that's thanks to the "strep"... I am making sure I don't miss a dose of my antibiotics as it seems like this "junk" creeps right back in very quickly! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day my friends! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:45:14 EST Sunday and feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897376 I'm so thankful for waking up feeling much better than I have the last two days, turns out I managed to get "strep throat!" Today begins my third full day on antibiotics, my fever broke yesterday afternoon and I am feeling human again! Hoping to be able to get outdoors and enjoy some sunshine later on today, yesterday I made it from my bed to the sofa... and outdoors to the mailbox...that once about all I had the energy for... but today I'm feeling like a walk might just be in order! <BR> ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:49:51 EST Character -vs- Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896302 Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> This is so true, sadly some who gain power in our society choose to wield it in an unhealthy way!! So thankful for those people who are able to maintain balance and not become "power hungry." <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:17:47 EST Food for thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895719 "You are never given a wish without the also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however."-Richard Bach <BR> <BR> Lots of truth in this little quote... How hard am I willing to work to make my wishes come true? How about you? <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:35:55 EST Reminder quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895058 "The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before."- Steve Young <BR> <BR> Even though I know this to be true, I sometimes fall into the trap of comparing myself to others... in both positive and negative ways... so this quote hit home for me today!! I shall continue to work on this area in my life.... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:33:59 EST Ann Landers quote. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894435 The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.- Ann Landers <BR> <BR> There is so much truth in these simple words! <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends! Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:42:50 EST Thankful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893763 As I was doing my morning devotion, I realized I have NOT been as thankful as I should be for all that our LORD has blessed me with us! So today, I want to take the time to thank each and everyone who has lifted their voice in prayer for my son, for our new granddaughter and for our family! I am truly thankful and very appreciative of each and every prayer. <BR> <BR> Prayer is the ONE thing we can ALL do for one another and for that I am most thankful! <BR> <BR> There is power in pr... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:38:29 EST This is the day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893331 This is the day! This is the day, that the Lord hath made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! This is the day that the Lord hath made! :) <BR> <BR> This song is running through my mind... what a beautiful, beautiful spring day we've been blessed with! I have so, so, much that I need to get done today, but... I'm choosing to put get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful day to the top of the list!! Then and only then will I be best prepared to deal with every... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:25:45 EST Update on Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892650 So thankful for all the prayers for our son, Shane! His cultures came back and the regimen the doctors were using was determined to be working very well! The heavy duty IV antibiotics did the trick and as the infection in his body cleared up his white blood cell count returned to normal levels, as did his blood sugar levels, so it was decided he had recuperated enough to go home. He's still not 100%, but he's better and now recuperating at the home he shares with his girlfriend! <BR> ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:37:52 EST Gwendolyn Irene http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892588 Our beautiful granddaughter arrived at 9:59 on Thursday, March 12th ! She weighs 7lbs 7 oz and is 20 and 1/2 inches long! She is perfect! <BR> <BR> We are feeling very blessed! She may've beat my birthday by a couple of hours, but she's still a wonderful present! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:51:24 EST Granddaughter.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891997 Our daughter in law went into labor late this afternoon, so we are waiting patiently for the arrival of our granddaughter!! I'm super excited! <BR> <BR> Grandchildren are such blessings!! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:54:41 EST Prayers please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890957 Please add my son, Shane and our family to your prayer lists! He was admitted to the hospital last night and will be having surgery at some point! I don't have too many details at this point, but hope to be with him when the surgeon comes in later this morning. I do know with his diabetes and this serious medical condition he needs LOTS of prayers!!! It doesn't matter how old our sons and daughters get they're always our babies! Thanks in advance for your prayers for our family. <BR> <BR> Bl... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:43:03 EST Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890317 Don't expect peace to fall on you like ripe fruit falling off a tree. Search for peace. Seek peace. Refuse to live without it. (1 Peter 3:10-11) <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great reminder.... GOD gives us PEACE, but we must be willing to ACCEPT the PEACE HE gives us..... <BR> <BR> Blessings. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:46:24 EST Albert Einstein quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889665 "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is."- Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 9 Mar 2015 07:54:12 EST Spring forward... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889120 The first time I awoke this morning the clock told me it was 4:15am, so I decided to try to go back to sleep.... covered my head up and the whole nine yards... the next time I looked at the clock a whole twelve minutes had passed.... that's right 4:27am... Oh well, it permitted me to get up and enjoy some quiet time with GOD before reflecting on the day! <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends!! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:39:00 EST Life is good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888543 In a few hours we will be heading to Perryville for our youngest grandson's birthday party! He's having a swimming party to celebrate turning three! This evening we will be attending another grandson's, Layton's Blue and Gold banquet, here in Dexter! The temperatures are predicted to be close to 40 degrees!! <BR> <BR> Life is good!!! Blessings my friends! <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:30:04 EST Winter's last blast.... hopefully!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887958 Our area received an additional 8-9 inches of snow, but missed most of the freezing rain and sleet! All the schools in our area are closed for the third day straight, many businesses are still closed, but the roads are getting better. Yesterday's sunshine was beautiful but low and today's <BR> temperatures are expected to be very low, but tomorrow we're looking at a predicted high of 40! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Spring come on!! <em>67</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 07:55:13 EST Five years!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887315 My husband and I took advantage of both of us having a snow day yesterday by once again searching for our dream cruise to Alaska! We've been planning this particular cruise for quite some time and finally decided it was time to book it!! :) We've been on several cruises and decided what we really wanted to do for our 35th anniversary was take an Alaskan tour!! Super excited... so yesterday after I get off the phone where I was discussing the details of our itinerary with a travel agent my... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:57:33 EST