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/ Summer School and lessons learned! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938303 Yesterday was the first day of summer school; although I'm not technically teaching summer school, haven't since the first grandchild was born eight years ago, I do go up and do some volunteering! Today I worked with a "younger" teacher ... must say I was impressed with her and actually learned a few new tools, that I shall be adding to my teacher's tool box! <BR> <BR> This experience reminds me that we can always learn from others, no matter our age or experience levels... <BR> <BR> Hav... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 07:07:20 EST Chris the Spark Guy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937705 Your daily actions and words impact more people than you realize.-Chris the Spark Guy <BR> <BR> <BR> Great reminder as a NEW month begins today! <BR> <BR> Blessings. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:56:56 EST Beautiful Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937158 What a beautiful day the Lord has blessed us with! Here's wishing everyone a blessed day filled with all that you hold near and dear in your own hearts! <BR> <BR> Blessings, my friends! Sun, 31 May 2015 08:43:53 EST Granddaughter's Recital Practice... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937040 Our granddaughter's full dress dance recital final practice was today! To say that it was a great day would be an understatement! We were at practice from 8:45AM until after 12:30, but the time was well spent! ALL the dances and gymnastic routines were so much fun to watch ! Of course, my favorites were the three that our granddaughter was in... she did a Cinderella ballet dance, a Choo Choo tap dance and also participated in the finale.... it was great! Please keep in mind that she's on... Sat, 30 May 2015 23:58:50 EST Off to KC... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936113 Summer break day one... we're getting ready to head to Kansas City, actually Liberty, to spend the weekend with our daughter and her family! Our oldest granddaughter, Jillian Taylor aged five will be performing in her second dance recital on Sunday!! It's going to be a quick weekend as, hubby as to work on Monday...but quick is fine... when it means we can spend time with our grands... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 29 May 2015 07:31:49 EST Last day of school.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935569 Sometimes you need to step outside,get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be!! -Anon <BR> <BR> Lat day of school!!! We only have half a day, but then have mandatory in-service!!! I'm excited about the end of the year, so much I want to differently next year! Strange I'll be starting my 28th year in the classroom, yet it fills like it's only been a few... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Thu, 28 May 2015 07:41:13 EST Play Day and Proverb... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934987 We were able to have our ENTIRE play day outdoors yesterday... the morning started out a little "iffy" but ended up being quite nearly perfect! Everyone had a great time... <BR> <BR> Here's a Japanese Proverb that I find quite appropriate for so many occasions! A simple reminder that NO matter what's going on in our lives we should NEVER, EVER, EVER, give up! <BR> <BR> Fall seven times. Stand up eight. - Japanese Proverb <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 27 May 2015 07:16:04 EST Play Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934394 Today is our annual PTO play day! This is a day the kids look forward to all Spring, as they get to participate in field events and all sorts of carnival like booths! Unfortunately, there are also thunderstorms predicted for our region, which may result in play day being moved inside our big gym! The really cool thing about children is they are very adaptable... I'm sure it will bother WE adults more than the kiddos, once the decision is made! My goal, to be as adaptable and accepting as... Tue, 26 May 2015 07:35:23 EST My forever hero... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933835 Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor the memories of all those who've given the ultimate sacrifice for this wonderful country of ours. Personally I am thankful for every man and woman who has ever honorably worn an American uniform; but would especially like to thank my brother Raymond Alexander Frank who served our country proudly for nearly three decades before making the ultimate sacrifice in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 3, 1993. He lives on in the hearts of many, as a true ... Mon, 25 May 2015 07:45:30 EST Patriotism... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933392 Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.- Mark Twain <BR> <BR> This quote by Mark Twain speaks volumes and one I 100% agree with! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 09:17:49 EST The Flags... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932873 In our little community we are blessed with a beautiful Veteran's Cemetery, which I pass each and every day on my way to and from work! It is also a place where I and other members of our community can go and walk! It was created on a slightly rolling hillside and is complete with reflecting pool and interment wall. Yesterday as I was driving to school, my mind running through all that I needed to accomplish, I looked over at the Veteran's Cemetery and was awestruck by the added beauty of ... Sat, 23 May 2015 06:44:42 EST Babe Ruth Quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932370 It's hard to beat a person that never gives up.- Babe Ruth <BR> <BR> Love this little quote, as it serves as a reminder that no matter how small or slow our efforts are, as long as we keep trying, we can not be beat!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Fri, 22 May 2015 07:18:19 EST Norman Vincent Peale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931819 Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have. -Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> Love this reminder.... <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 21 May 2015 07:13:43 EST What you have -vs-who you are. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931217 It may be alright to be content with what you have, never with what you are.-Anon <BR> <BR> In my opinion it is important to approach life as a learning experience. We must constantly strive to learn new things and better ourselves. Once we stop learning, we risk the chance of becoming bored and stuck in a rut, so to speak. As we strive to better ourselves our "inner selves" become stronger and stronger, making our foundation stronger which ultimately makes it easier to find/keep our bala... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:22:33 EST Food for thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930628 To comprehend a man's life, it is necessary to know not merely what he does but also what he purposely leaves undone. There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body or a human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he is still wiser who, from among the things he can do well, chooses and resolutely follows the best. William Gladstone Tue, 19 May 2015 07:42:02 EST Final Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929981 Today is the last Monday of the school year for our school district! Although we will be in school most of next week, we won't go on Monday, as it is Memorial Day! The kids are excited about summer vacation, as am I, however we have NINE days before we can call it a year! So we shall push on... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 18 May 2015 07:21:18 EST Graduation Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929497 This afternoon another group of young people will be walking across the stage to receive their high school diplomas; successfully closing a very important chapter in their lives! As they flip their tassels they are marking the beginning of the next chapter in their lives! For most, these next pages are filled with lots of hopes and dreams for what their futures hold! My prayer for each graduate is that they never quit learning... no matter what career path they choose... also may they al... Sun, 17 May 2015 08:47:24 EST Another Joyce Meyer quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929183 Instead of concentrating on your problems and getting discouraged, focus on God and meditate on His promises for you. You may have fallen down, but you don't have to stay down. God is ready, willing and able to pick you up. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer on Restoration Sat, 16 May 2015 15:20:48 EST Opinions and Respect!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928473 I 100% support citizens rights to voice their opinions on issues of concern to them; just as I support the rights of those with opposing views to share their opinions! Mutual respect is a BIG deal!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day!! Fri, 15 May 2015 07:38:38 EST Daily Motivator Award http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927340 Yesterday Sparkpeople honored me with the Daily Motivational Award! I was surprised and honored! I do love Sparkpeople and all the wonderful people on this website, but to be honest it is I who am MOTIVATED by all the great people, as well as the current and accurate information covered by Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> So thank you SPARKPEOPLE for being such a wonderful motivator! Wed, 13 May 2015 07:21:57 EST Responsibility... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926774 Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation; Every possession a duty.- John D. Rockefeller <BR> <BR> A great little reminder for all of us! <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 May 2015 07:35:23 EST H. Jackson Brown, Jr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926182 Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.-H. Jackson Brown, Jr. <BR> <BR> This quote reminded me of the importance of doing what I know to be good and/right even when the odds (the world) disagree or fight against me! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 11 May 2015 07:22:09 EST Mother's Day Blessings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925664 Wishing a very Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and grandmothers here on Sparkpeople! This is our special day to celebrate being mothers! Enjoy every minute of your day! <BR> <BR> Remember: <BR> The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sun, 10 May 2015 08:17:38 EST Beautiful Saturday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925190 Just stepped outside to go to the mailbox to discover it's absolutely beautiful! It reminds me of the early morning hours when we're camping.... gorgeous absolutely gorgeous! A little later this morning we're going to do some yard work, laying more shale in the rock gardens and planting some miniature roses! This afternoon we're going to head out for some outdoor fun. No matter what you do, enjoy this day! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 9 May 2015 07:17:29 EST Isaiah 41:13" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924658 "For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."- ISAIAH 41:13 <BR> <BR> So thankful for this reminder today! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 May 2015 07:11:56 EST Shakespeare Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924093 Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win. By fearing to attempt. -William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> Often we permit the fear of "what if" stop us from trying new things. We may doubt our abilities, which easily translates to fear. When our doubts grow too big, fear can take over and prevent us from trying! However, that is not how we are designed.... we must overcome our doubts and fear and push on, as that is how our Lord and Savior created us.. <BR> <BR> Blessi... Thu, 7 May 2015 07:31:57 EST Whewwwww... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923853 What a day.... not a bad day, just so much going on.... feeling a bit overwhelmed as well as kind a blue.... need to take some time to myself to regroup and regain my focus!! <BR> <BR> Prayers to each of you... <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 May 2015 19:04:20 EST Confronting our problems... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922868 All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble.- William S. Halsey <BR> <BR> Our worst fears are typically (and thankfully) the ones that never happen. Sadly, they also the ones that prevent us from trusting ourselves and our abilities. We need to stop second guessing ourselves and giving up before we really get started. We can do anything we set our minds to! <BR> <BR> Blessings. Tue, 5 May 2015 07:02:37 EST New Beginnings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922248 Much as we may wish to make a new beginning, some part of us resists doing so as though we were making the first step toward disaster.- William Bridges <BR> <BR> At times most of us are frightened about taking the first step on a new path, no matter how much we desire change! However, we must overcome our fears and misgivings, if we TRULY desire change! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 4 May 2015 07:51:10 EST Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921681 God is with you, and He'll help you make spiritual progress--strengthening and encouraging you to keep on keeping on during rough times. It's easy to quit, but it takes faith to press on to victory. -Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <BR> Another great reminder from Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 3 May 2015 08:17:33 EST Forget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921194 Forget past mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything exc.-ept what you're going to do from this point forward. -Anon <BR> <BR> This is a simple reminder that we should never permit our past to dictate our here and now. <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 2 May 2015 08:19:59 EST Corrie Ten Boom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920614 When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. -Corrie Ten Boom <BR> <BR> A great quote from a great woman! Just a reminder for each of us to stay strong and persevere! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 1 May 2015 07:27:04 EST God's love and blessings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920070 Today will be a day filled with mixed blessings, as I attend the funeral of the infant daughter of two of my former students. It is a privilege to be able to attend this event to express my condolences and offer them some love and support, although I know it will be incredibly difficult. It is such a blessing to know that GOD has everything under control, especially at these times when we simply don't understand why these horrible things happens. <BR> <BR> Thanking God for HIS love and ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:34:08 EST Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919509 One man with courage makes a majority.- Andrew Jackson <BR> <BR> <BR> This reminded me that even when I feel like I'm standing alone I must still stand... stand up for what is right and good.. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:36:08 EST Living life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918929 If you let fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.-Katharine Butler Hathaway. <BR> <BR> Sometimes we permit fear from letting us truly move forward, let's pledge to truly live our lives and not let fear of consequence keep us from doing what we KNOW is right and good! <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:26:24 EST A little quote. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918346 Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life; define yourself.-Harvey Fierstein <BR> <BR> Love this one! A great reminder for each of us. <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:45:04 EST Prayers for Nepal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917891 Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. <BR> Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Yesterday's earthquake in Nepal reminded of me of the importance for each of us to do what we can to help others no matter how small or large our efforts are. Of course the one thing each and everyone of us can do is pray! <BR> <BR> Prayers for Nepal and all those involved with catastrophic disaster. <BR> <BR> Blessings friends! <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:39:45 EST Saturday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917368 This morning my husband and I are heading to Arkansas to visit some flea markets and lovely little towns like Mamouth Springs and Hardy! Just the two of us for a nice little day tripping! Hopefully the rain will hold off and we'll be able to get out and do some exploring and enjoy nature! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:32:45 EST 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