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/ Beautiful day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675950 What a wonderful day, filled with lots of fun and memory making!!! Today has been absolutely gorgeous... we had our annual family Easter egg hunt... thank goodness the yard dried out... the kids had a blast... we also had our Easter dinner... as the kids will have to head out fairly early tomorrow for church and/or home!! I am truly a blessed woman and so thankful for my family and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! <BR> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:15:09 EST Great day!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675410 Today has been wonderful.... having all five of our grandchildren home at the same time doesn't happen often enough for this grandma!!! Such a chaotic time, but I wouldn't change it for the world! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great day! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:28:58 EST Great quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674126 To exist is to change; to change is to mature; to mature is to create oneself endlessly.-Henri Bergson <BR> <BR> Isn't this a great quote... so true in my life and I'm sure yours as well! Change is inevitable... how we react or adapt is what is important! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:09:57 EST Respect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673342 Help us to find in ourselves the respect we expect from others.-Anon <BR> <BR> What a great reminder! Respect isn't demanded it is earned... <BR> <BR> Have a great! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:28:05 EST Happiness.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672614 Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. <BR> Guillaume Apollinaire <BR> <BR> Love this... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:15:15 EST Seeing past the unusual... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671786 Never look down on anyone, unless you are helping them up.- Anon <BR> <BR> This seems like a simple concept, yet many of us might find ourselves guilty of doing just this when.... without naming it... think about how we react when we see someone dressed in a unique style or with an unusual hairstyle,someone homeless, extremely large or extremely small... the list is endless... How do we react? <BR> <BR> I am going to make a sincere effort to do see past the "unusual" and see the person! <... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:12:18 EST Service Learning Project- WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670997 Yesterday, Saturday, we had a make up day at school, by attending yesterday students will NOT have to come back to school the Tuesday after Memorial Day! Of course there was lots of grumbling about going to school on a Saturday morning, the day was short only 8-11! However, we made the day a "service-learning project" day for ALL the entire school grades K-12 and I have to say it was a WONDERFUL day! We had groups doing everything from baking dog biscuits for our local animal shelter to mu... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:55:53 EST Needed message! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670322 Abundance is God's to give, so shut out all limited thoughts. Lord, my faith in You and my faith in the talents and abilities You have given me makes me able to achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> Read this on a friend's page today... so needed it... <BR> <BR> Have a great day friends! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:27:29 EST Time.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669587 If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's important and then give it all you got.- Lee Iacocca <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great reminder... thank goodness we're given 24 hours in each day to keep trying! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:36:08 EST Focus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668776 Life is like a camera, focus on what's important and you'll capture it perfectly.- Anon <BR> <BR> <BR> My middle school reading classes and I are working on analogies.. found this on a fellow sparker's page today!! Love it!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:50:40 EST Andy Rooney http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667997 Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.-Andy Rooney <BR> <BR> Thus, we must ask ourselves how do we want our students to remember us? <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:13:09 EST Learning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667145 I delight in learning so that I can teach- Seneca <BR> <BR> This is so me! I absolutely LOVE learning new information... whether it be academic, health related, trivia, etc! It saddens me when people, especially young people, don't have a desire to learn! I mean truly learn... to be eager to discover the story beyond the story, the facts beyond what we see or hear... as it is my personal believe that education, true education, education that goes well beyond the classroom, life long learni... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:07:35 EST In loving memory... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666142 Rarely a day goes by that I don't think of you and all the joy you brought to our family with your gentle spirit and genuine love for others! You taught me so much about not judging others, but instead accepting and loving them just as they are; I'm reminded of your great love of nature every time I look at the photos of you taken through the years and I continue to carry your love of music with me each and every day. I love and miss you more than words can ever express, Kenny Kale, McKenzie,... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:21:05 EST Seven C's of Success- Tom Morris http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665571 The Seven Cs of Success (by Tom Morris) <BR> 1. A clear CONCEPTION of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal clearly imagined. <BR> 2. A strong CONFIDENCE that we can attain the goal. <BR> 3. A focus CONCENTRATION on what it takes to reach the goal. <BR> 4. A stubborn CONSISTENCY in pursuing our vision. <BR> 5. And emotional COMMITMENT to the importance of what we are doing. <BR> 6. A good CHARACTER to guide us and keep us on the proper course. <BR> 7. A CAPACITY to enjoy the process alo... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:10:33 EST FDR Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664950 We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.-Franklin D. Roosevelt <BR> <BR> So true... <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:38:16 EST Hard Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664049 Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.-Sam Ewing <BR> <BR> How true is this when applied to our lives, not just in the "real world" but when it comes to getting our exercise in? Lately, I've been a bit too lax in that area, so I guess I'd fall into the last category... not showing up at all.... but that's about to change....BIG time! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:29:16 EST Raising or Growing Up?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663249 Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.- Dr. Everett Koop <BR> <BR> I believe the key word in this quote is the "raising" and not simply "growing up", we know there is a major difference! Sadly too many young people are simply being permitted the second option! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:11:41 EST Reminder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662382 However time or circumstance may come between a mother and her child, their lives are interwoven forever.- Pam Brown <BR> <BR> <BR> Love your children no matter what! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:01:11 EST FCCLA Convention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661460 The last few days I've had the privilege of being a chaperon for our FCCLA club at the state convention in Columbia, MO; which enabled me to attend some fantastic workshops. I must say, this group brings in some excellent speakers on a variety of topics! I chose to attend sessions that I felt would be most beneficial to the students I work with. One of those workshops, focused on really talking to and relating to teenagers in a productive way. The presenter was fantastic and focused on re... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 07:53:29 EST Life's Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660588 Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are.- anon Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:11:07 EST Lyndon Johnson quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660416 Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. Lyndon B. Johnson Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:05:01 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659205 There's no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.- Anon <BR> <BR> <BR> This quote works both literally and figuratively! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!!! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:59:00 EST Nice reminder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658856 ..."Finish each day <BR> And be done with it. <BR> You have done what you could. <BR> Some blunders and <BR> Absurdities have crept in. <BR> Forget them as soon as you can."... Ralph Waldo Emerson Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:48:53 EST Children... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657585 Each child is an adventure into a better life-an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.-H. Humphrey <BR> <BR> The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.- Jane Addams Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:50:16 EST God's Not Dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657298 Several of our local churches went together to bring the movie God's Not Dead to our community,; as it wasn't scheduled to be shown in area! (They sold/purchased around 2,300 advance tickets) Anyway it's here for two weeks.... showing at least twice daily, four on Saturdays and three on Sundays.... my husband and I went to the 4:00 o'clock show today, as the 7:00 show is sold out! <BR> <BR> The movie is great and I highly recommend it to everyone, except the very young! (Simply because ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:27:24 EST Education... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655927 Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.-Henry Peter Brougham <BR> <BR> It is my believe that education is the key to success in our lives... for without first educating ourselves we are nothing more than mere followers in whatever area we pursue! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day my friends! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:02:53 EST Seeking peace... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655120 The peace you seek is already there. Stop heaping meaningless drama on top of it, and allow that peace to flow freely throughout your awareness. — Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> How wonderful to know that the peace I seek is already there.... such a great reminder as I scurry from here to there searching... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:39:54 EST Vince Lombardi quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654427 It's not whether you get knocked down; It's whether you get back up.-Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> <BR> This little quote by Lombardi, serves as a reminder to each of us that we're all going to have those moments when we get knocked down, but it's up to each of us to decide if we're going to get back up and keep on keeping on! <BR> <BR> I choose to keep on getting back up!!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:53:04 EST Ralph Marston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653776 There are plenty of obstacles in your path! Do not allow yourself to be one of them!-Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Great reminder! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:05:21 EST Selective memory... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652974 “I think the secret to a happy life is a selective memory. Remember what you are most grateful for and quickly forget what your not.” -Richard Paul Evans, Grace <BR> <BR> I believe there is a great deal of truth in this quote! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:50:06 EST Success/Lifelong learner... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652161 There's a difference between success as defined by good grades and success as defined by learning with satisfaction and joy (as a lifelong learner). <BR> <BR> I choose to be a life long learner.... How about you? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:39:53 EST For my fellow teachers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651318 You have to differentiate between "power with," which creates a partnership with students, vs. "power over" -- or do what I say because I said so. -Anon Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:23:28 EST Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651000 Success doesn't come to you, you go to it..-Marva Collins Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:04:07 EST Kinda, sorta, do like Mondays!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650252 There are those that don't like Mondays, but as for me, I kind of like Mondays, for the following reasons. First of all, I get to see my students and coworkers most of whom are eager to be back at school and in the swing of things! Next, Mondays are a fresh start filled with new lessons, ideas, plans, etc! Finally, Mondays give my students and I a chance to reevaluate where we've been, where we're headed and how we're going to there!! <BR> <BR> Now let's apply these same principles to ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:55:12 EST Weekend and Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649327 Tony and I are headed home, we had a great weekend getaway!! It's always fun to take a break and just focus on us! We're heading home, as I type this, can't believe it's 30 plus degrees cooler today and SNOWING!!!! I sure do love living in Missouri, as it's highly possible we COULD be in the 70's tomorrow!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:27:17 EST A new wife??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648240 Yesterday Tony (my hubby) had a short meeting with one of his work associates that I hadn't seen in at least ten years! Anyway, he actually sent one of his employees out to greet me and get my name, as he thought Tony had a "different" wife and he didn't want to call me by my the wrong name! So, funny!!! After the employee reported back with my name, he came out and greeted me with his same old smile and big hug, and explained the story... <BR> His first question was did I have "lap band... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 08:35:07 EST Get Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647642 This year my hubby and I opted to do a weekend getaway for our birthdays...it's finally here! We're in St Louis for a long weekend! We both really like this town... as there's just such a variety of events and sites to see!!! To top it off it's supposed to be a beautiful weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day friends... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:30:45 EST Birthday Blessings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646754 Today I turn 52 and no I'm not an my "ideal" weight, but that's okay, as I realize what's truly important and that's being healthy and I am certainly healthy and shall continue to work on getting my body in the best shape possible!! During my journey towards being the healthiest me possible I've gained so much more than the pounds lost on the scale and for that I am forever grateful! I am so thankful to spark people as this site has been a true GOD send for me, the support, advice and most ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:15:40 EST Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645956 All children deserve to be challenged to the extent of their abilities. They also deserve to be treated respectfully. -Laura Vanderkan <BR> <BR> As an educator this quote reminds me of the importance of my role! As a parent/grandparent it reminds me how ALL children deserve to be treated, as every child is someone's baby or grandbaby! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:31:54 EST Life's Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645102 Life has a way of working itself out if you simply make the best of one moment at a time. Lord, You have given me this moment, grant me the wisdom to live it in a way that will make a difference! Amen <BR> <BR> Read this on another sparker's page...... love it!!! Great reminder for me that life is made up of moments and not simply hours, days, weeks, months, and years! So, it's important to focus on the moments that make up my life! <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:52:48 EST Peace-vs-Drama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644180 The peace you seek is already there. Stop heaping meaningless drama on top of it, and allow that peace to flow freely throughout your awareness. — Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> <BR> Another little snippet that really speaks to me.... I shall keep this in mind as I head out the door today into the world of teaching and all the drama that comes along with day to day life.. Forget the drama, bring on the peace, that I know is there! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:00:40 EST Stressed & blessed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643447 Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are! <BR> <BR> Read this, this morning and realized just how important perspective is!! Yes, I have stress in my life but my blessings far, far, far out weigh my stress!!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderfully BLESSED Sunday my friends!!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 09:37:24 EST Peace.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642766 The peace you seek is already there. Stop heaping meaningless drama on top of it, and allow that peace to flow freely throughout your awareness. — Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Just a reminder for myself and anyone else who may need it today!!! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 09:51:36 EST Better than who? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642020 The only person you should try to be better than,is the person you were yesterday.-anon <BR> <BR> <BR> This little snippet speaks to me, as I truly have no desire to be better than others, for me life isn't a competition, instead I desire to continually be the best person I can be. <BR> <BR> Have a great day!!! Fri, 7 Mar 2014 09:47:15 EST Simple quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641312 Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do!-Johann Wolfgang van Goethe! <BR> <BR> <BR> So true..... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:25:25 EST Walt Disney... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640277 The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.- <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> <BR> Just a reminder to each of us to be true to who we are as individuals!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!!! Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:54:33 EST Worry and fear... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639307 Worry and fear cannot live in the same space with hope and action. When you stand on faith and take positive action, you evict worry and fear." Dondi Scumaci <BR> <BR> <BR> Love this reminder! Have a blessed day!! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:04:00 EST Snow Day #16 How about you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638403 Today is our 16th snow day for the 2013-2014 school year... a new record for me which is saying something as this is my 26th year as a teacher! This storm isn't selective as it has caused school cancellations all over the great state of Missouri, not to mention business closings as well; including my husbands! So even though today is the first day of meteorological spring, the high is a predicted 20 degrees... without the chill factor...... brrrrrrrr... Looking forward to a big bubbly... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:41:08 EST Birthday, Boy!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637471 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1821680910.jpg">Our youngest grandson, Anderson Wallace turns two this Monday! His birthday party was yesterday at our local youth museum! Oh what fun all the kids and adults had! It's such a blessing to have a day of fun with kiddos both big and little. I love watching my adult son play and interact with his sons, nephews and nieces! Feeling blessed!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1091774513.jpg"> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:41:35 EST Simple quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636652 Who you are right now, or at any one moment of your lifetime, does not define who you are as a person. You—and only you--can change your life today. <BR> <BR> Love this.... <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:35:33 EST