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/ A reminder... Pablo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090673 Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week reach out to someone might need a lift.- Pablo <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's make this our goal every day... to help others... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:35:29 EST Transforming the world! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090127 We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. --Howard Zinn <BR> <BR> Love this reminder.... whatever we can do to help others, no matter how small the gesture is SOMETHING... and does make a difference! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:46:38 EST A little morning blessing!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089123 I am a very early riser, even on weekends! I take lots of "flack" from friends and coworkers about never sleeping...but it is what it is.. Today I'd been up a couple of hours when I received the following text from my six year old granddaughter "Hi" I responded with Good Morning, Jillian- response- "Good Morning to you, Grandma".. these simple words made my day!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! <BR> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:45:55 EST Maya Angelou quote. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088298 "If you are always trying to be NORMAL, you will never know how AMAZING you can be!"- Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> <BR> Love this reminder!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:17:07 EST Touching the future! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087426 "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."- Albert Pine <BR> <BR> This reminds me of the quote, "To teach is to touch the future!" <BR> <BR> Today I will touch the future! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 07:24:04 EST A worthy thought!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086528 Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.- Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros <BR> <BR> <BR> What a great reminder! We never truly "arrive" but we must continue to strive to arrive! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:20:56 EST Happy Groundhog Day and 100th Day of School! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085581 Today is a double celebration at school.... not only is it Groundhog's Day but it's the 100th Day of School! My students are going to vote if the groundhog will see his shadow or not, then we shall compile the votes and create a bar graph which we shall then turn into a bar model lesson! In our reading class the kids will be illustrating a picture of themselves at 100 and also writing a story about what it will be like to be 100 and then sharing their completed projects with our class! Kee... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 07:25:56 EST What's really important? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084578 " Ask yourself what is really important, and then have the wisdom and courage to build your life around your answer."- Anon <BR> <BR> Love this! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:47:24 EST Memory from 35 years ago... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083764 Thirty-five years ago today at 1:15 PM, our first born child, Shadrick Wayne, was born! It may seem a bit cliche' to say his birth changed my world, but it is 100% true! I a not quite nineteen year old "kid" and my hubby was almost twenty-two! Shadrick's birth truly thrust us into adulthood... what a roller coaster ride it has been, filled with all sorts of twists and turns and blessings! Shadrick was and is a wonderful human being... filled with a sense of wonder and awe from the time he ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:30:34 EST Saturday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082919 With a predicted high of 62 today the possibilities are endless!! I do know our day will involve some sort of outdoor activity! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> <BR> Blessings... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:30:31 EST Time to recharge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082104 Yeah! Friday! It's been a great week, but I am so thankful that it is Friday... only being in school one day last week...kinda let my stamina drop a bit... five days this week... has reminded me of just how much energy it takes to work with our little ones... Love it... but am ready for the weekend and the chance to recharge! <BR> <BR> Blessings!!! Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:16:49 EST Blessed are... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081251 Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.-Elizabeth Bibesco <BR> <BR> <BR> What a great idea!!!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:33:54 EST Wednesday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080366 <BR> It looks like we're going to have another wonderful January day!! Yeah!!! Next week is supposed to be even nicer, at least until the rains hit late in the week! Personally, I'd much prefer snow to rain during the winter months! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:37:42 EST This weather... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079441 Our highs yesterday reached 52!! Wow!!! What a pleasant surprise! Today it's supposed to reach the mid 40's! AWESOME!! Our winter hasn't been "bad" at all... but it sure is nice to have some warmer days to brighten the day! <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:33:10 EST Monday and back to school!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078495 YEAH! We get to go back to school today! So excited... so much I need to accomplish with my students! I know the majority of them will be as excited to get back to school as I am! The weather is supposed to be great this week... praying for NO more snow days! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:36:54 EST Sunday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077688 I headed out for a little morning walk earlier and was a bit mesmerized by the moon shining so beautifully! Now that morning has dawned we can see that we've been blessed with another beautiful day here in Southeast, Missouri! Of course, I'm once again reminded of just how awesome our GOD is... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:35:28 EST Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076907 What a beautiful day we've been blessed with! Yes, it's still chilly(cold) but it's winter in Missouri! The sun is shining and looks so inviting! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:18:28 EST Snow Day #3- Daughter's Birthday!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076038 So thankful that the latest storm to pass through our area stayed on track and completely missed us!! We're still out today due to the snow/ice we received on Tuesday, but nothing new out there for us!! Lots of nearby areas received several inches! <BR> <BR> Our "baby" girl turns 33 today, which just doesn't seem possible! Her father and I couldn't be more proud of her and the person she is; whatever she does she gives 100% which makes her a wonderful wife,mother, teacher,and daughter! ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:26:04 EST Snow Day #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075267 Today is our second snow day!! Yesterday, I spent my day working on a Bar Model unit for my students. Using bar models to help solve math equations is a "required skill" for our students... it's not an easy concept for many of my students, thus the reworking... of the unit from our textbook... to make it work for my KIDS!! I spent several hours searching the web for lessons/ideas/activities that were appropriate for my students! I shall soon find out what other modifications need to be ma... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:42:24 EST Snow Day #1 - Hello Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074349 How ironic that our school was out for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, first time in seven years that we haven't had to use it as a make up day! We returned to school yesterday, but are out today due to our first winter storm. Fortunately, we didn't get as much snow/ice/sleet as predicted, so maybe we will return to school tomorrow! However, they are calling for my winter weather tomorrow!!! <BR> <BR> Not complaining, as we have been extremely fortunate this year! It's simply tim... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:51:29 EST Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072449 Life's most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others? ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> For me this is very true... as it's not all about ME, but about what good I AM doing for others; if I'm only focusing on me, then it's time to reevaluate! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:09:55 EST Joel Osteen on getting knocked down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071601 No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up. God sees your resolve. He sees your determination. And when you do everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.-Joel Osteen <BR> <BR> The key to any success is never giving up... we have to choose, which isn't always easy, to get back up more times than we fall down! This is true in ALL areas of our life! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday! Sun, 17 Jan 2016 08:23:54 EST Busyness!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070860 It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, 'What are we busy about?- <BR> Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> This quote by Thoreau, made me stop and think about my day to day life and how much of my busyness is really focused on what should be priorities! Self-reflection is a great motivator! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:08:33 EST Priorities??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069936 Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.- Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> I must admit that I am sometimes guilty of trying to work God into my schedule, instead of the other way around, so this quote serves as a reminder for me... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:12:01 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069102 <BR> You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. ~Steven D. Woodhull <BR> <BR> <BR> Love this one! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:45:29 EST Joel Osteen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068262 You will never change what you tolerate.- Joel Osteen <BR> <BR> <BR> Just had a conversation regarding this idea with a coworker yesterday, unfortunately too many people aren't willing to stand up for what they know in their hearts is right! I choose NOT to be one of those people! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 13 Jan 2016 07:45:17 EST Trying New Things Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067376 Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once to get over the fear of doing it. Twice to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> What a great concept and worth a try... three times! :) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:03:12 EST Charles Dickens on blessings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066457 “Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” - Charles Dickens <BR> <BR> So true! <BR> <BR> Blessings, my friends! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 07:28:46 EST Blessed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065737 This little quote served as a great reminder that being blessed doesn't mean free from all problems or issues, but does mean that we can see the good beyond the not so good! <BR> <BR> "May we be strengthened with the understanding that being blessed does not mean that we shall always be spared all the disappointments and difficulties of life." Anon <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful and blessed day. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:00:34 EST Rain... Rain.. Go Away...But... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064692 We are once again being doused with rain... personally I would much rather have snow, at this time of the year, but instead it's rain! Our yard is standing in water.... the ditches are full, but we are fortunate that we haven't had any flooding! (Many in our area have not been so fortunate, so I shall stop my complaining and be thankful for GOD has blessed us with. <BR> <BR> Rain or shine have a wonderful day!!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> Sat, 9 Jan 2016 08:58:44 EST Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063798 "Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace." -- Jonathan Lockwood Huie <BR> <BR> Such a great reminder for each of us... forgiveness is for US!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 07:40:11 EST Facing Adversity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062859 When you face adversity, you need to remind yourself that whatever is trying to defeat you could very well be what God will use to promote you. Joel Osteen <BR> <BR> <BR> Great reminder for those rough times! <BR> <BR> Blessings!! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 07:49:51 EST Day one of the new year with my students... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061892 There's nothing like a classroom full of excited students to remind a teacher just why teaching is a wonderful opportunity to touch lives and make a real difference! Feeling blessed!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fresh new year.... yesterday was wonderful!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day.... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 07:50:28 EST Ann Landers quote. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060833 "A true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good."- Ann Landers <BR> <BR> <BR> True words!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 5 Jan 2016 07:48:54 EST Back to school... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059675 The first Monday of the new year... oh what potential... it's time to head back to school and prepare our classrooms for all the children who will be returning tomorrow, but more important we need to prepare our hearts and minds for all those that are placed in our care; for they come to us from all different backgrounds and experiences, but each deserves our genuine love and concern as we help them learn and grow! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 4 Jan 2016 07:11:36 EST Always learning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058728 You're always learning. The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct. The world is always moving. You never reach the point you can stop making an effort. Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> In 2016, I vow to keep learning (and applying what I learn) about healthy living, love and life! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sun, 3 Jan 2016 09:16:26 EST Another Paulo Coelho quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058062 Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony. <BR> Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> <BR> Great reminder!!! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:17:22 EST Dreams... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056756 Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> <BR> Another great reminder as we ring in 2016! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:20:35 EST One day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056030 One day you will wake up and there won't be anymore time to do the things you always wanted! Do it now!!- Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> <BR> So much truth in this short quote!!! Perhaps a great mantra for 2016!!! <BR> <BR> Blessings!! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:55:04 EST Tomorrow isn't promised! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055349 We made it home about 10:30 last night... so much I should do today... however my "to do" list is going to wait, as I'm going to lunch with one of my besties!!!! Tomorrow isn't promised!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:11:58 EST Missouri.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054611 We made it back to St. Louis a little after midnight last night! After a short taxi ride to our motel, we discovered that the room we'd reserved had been "given to someone else" as someone had failed to mark us for LATE night arrival! Normally, Monday night isn't a big night for the motel, but due to the flooding they were full, except for one smoking room, we did go into the room, where I immediately had a reaction, yes, I'm that sensitive to cigarette smoke, so we had to return to the fro... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:51:36 EST Time to go home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054012 We will be flying back to St. Louis this evening! It's been a wonderful trip filled with great times and memory making with my hubby! So blessed to have been given the chance to visit New York and Las Vegas! It will be nice to be home, too! We don't land until almost midnight, so we're staying overnight in St. Louis before heading home tomorrow! <BR> Hubby has to go back to work on Wednesday, my first day back isn't until next Monday! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:52:46 EST Vegas!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053418 This is our second full day in Vegas! We're having a great time! Just wish it were a bit warmer... when we left NYC it was 68, the predicted highs in Vegas today, 45 with a low of 27!! :) Sun, 27 Dec 2015 13:22:08 EST Merry Christmas!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052459 Merry, Merry Christmas to ALL! <BR> <BR> May this day be filled with all that you hold dear!!! Fri, 25 Dec 2015 10:29:24 EST Day 3 in NYC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052046 Merry Christmas Eve! Today we are going to do more exploring, including 34th Street! We will also attend Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral! :) We walked a little over 10 miles yesterday, which is good considering how much awesome food we're eating! Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:43:04 EST NYC Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051763 Today we watched the Radio City Rockette's Christmas show! It was wonderful! Their Nativity at the end included life animals...including camels! So impressive! We also spent some time touring Central Park.... it's so massive! Tonight we're going back to Time's Square to watch a late night comedy show! <BR> <BR> Oh what fun!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:34:17 EST Our trip begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051083 We arrived in New York about 7:30, made it to our motel about 8:30 and were strolling through Central Park by 9:00! Where we watched ice skaters skating in the TRUMP skating rink! So beautiful to see... We visited The Plaza motel, where so many movies, including Home Alone 2 have been made... awesome place.... <BR> <BR> Our list of must see and dos is long for today, so I'm going to get off of here and get ready to head out! <BR> <BR> Blessings!!!! Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:49:58 EST New York bound... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050744 We're headed to St.Louis to catch our flight to New York City! So looking forward to all the sights and wonders of the BIG APPLE! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day, my friends! Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:39:44 EST Oprah Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050112 The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. - Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> There is so much truth in this short quote... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 20 Dec 2015 08:23:34 EST Christmas with the Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050023 We had our family Christmas dinner and gift exchange tonight... it was wild and wonderful all at the same time...with six grandchildren ages 9,8,7, 5,3, and nine months, there's no need to explain the wild...However, the memories and fun created are worth it! It's wonderful having everyone together.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 20 Dec 2015 00:10:17 EST