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/ Life management... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835270 Manage your life. Don't let your life manage you.- Anon <BR> <BR> <BR> How true is this? Sometimes I get so caught up in the "here and now" I forget to look at the BIG picture... often time to leading to undo stress... it's all about management...and I NEED to be the manager and not just an "employee!" <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:16:28 EST Ralph Waldo Emerson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834783 What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say.-Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> Such a great quote and oh so true for all of us, but especially those who work with young people.. Our students are always looking to us see if what we're doing and how we're treating others! <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends! Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:19:48 EST Pope John Paul II Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834276 To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others. <BR> Pope John Paul II <BR> <BR> As I reflected on this quote, I realized just how much truth there is to be found in these words! Sometimes we get so busy we forget to "be servants to those closest to us" because we've give so much to others around us. <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:25:29 EST How busy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833752 The essential question is not, How busy are you? but What are you busy at? <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> This quote hit me hard when I read it... I am constantly busy BUT is what I'm busy at what's important? Definitely caused me pause for reflection, which is always a good thing! My morning reflection was on about Christians being so busy... doing "Good Deeds" we forget to keep our eyes on GOD... hmmm..... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:40:30 EST Blessings? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833240 Blessings are not always delivered as we expect, but as they will serve us.- Anon <BR> <BR> How true is this? Often times I miss a blessing because I fail to see it for what it is. The wonder of this season has me stopping and reflecting on all the blessings in my life. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:31:34 EST God and Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832744 Our God is not made of stone. His heart is the most sensitive and tender of all. No act goes unnoticed, no matter how insignificant or small. A cup of cold water is enough to put tears in the eyes of God. God celebrates our feeble expressions of gratitude. - <BR> Richard J Foster on God & Gratitude <BR> <BR> Love this one!! Reminds me of just how loving our God is... my prayer is for ME to be for grateful for all the blessings HE shares with me on a daily basis. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:10:49 EST Updates on Prayer Requests... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832324 I'd like to thank everyone for their prayers on behalf of both my former student, who is dealing with a serious illness, and my son who continues to battle drug addiction. <BR> The young lady is still in the hospital in St. Louis, it looks like she may have to have her spleen removed, but until they get her platelet count up, that is on hold. Please continue to lift her up in your prayers; as well as her parents and other family members! <BR> As for my son, he continues to battle his inn... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:00:03 EST Perfection quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831777 Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. <BR> Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> I like this as it reminds me that I can strive for excellence without the fear of not being perfect! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:06:59 EST Truth from Joyce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831227 When you're having personal problems, the best thing you can do is trust God and go be a blessing to somebody else.-Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <BR> This is so true in my life! How about yours? <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends! Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:17:29 EST On the way down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830722 I'm proud to say I'm back on track with my weight loss! I have to admit that I've gained way too many pounds... and finally decided enough is enough.... As of this morning, I've shed fifteen of those pounds... still to have quite a bit to go to get to where I was.... before getting to where I would like to be... but I'm on the right path. <BR> <BR> Keep on keeping on! Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:33:39 EST Prayer Request. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830111 Requesting prayers for a young lady in our community, who is also a former student of mine, she is battling a serious illness involving blood and platelets. This illness first occurred when she was in my fifth grade class, and the fight was a tough one that lasted for nearly year! Now she is a twenty-two year old woman and the illness/disease is back with a vengeance! She's currently in a St. Louis hospital after just being released a week ago! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance, the power of ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:03:37 EST Busy Monday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829487 Getting ready to head off to school! I like being there early, gives me time to prepare for the day! Today is going to be a busy one! It's Classic Connection Monday, which means I get to read a book or excerpt from a book that would be considered a classic.... I have second grade, so there are many, many picture pictures that I personally consider classics! <BR> My class is creating "hand print" calendars for Christmas gifts for their families, let me just say, "OH, BOY!" :) Second gra... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:12:39 EST Walt Disney http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829164 We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -Walt Disney <BR> <BR> <BR> Love this one... so true!!! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:21:39 EST Saturdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828494 Up early this morning... relaxing and watching classical Christmas movies!!!! Later, the hubby and I are going to the movies to watch the Hunger Games third movie... part one... Need a nice quiet day.... just to unwind.. <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends!! Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:54:14 EST Prayer Request... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827958 Asking my fellow spark friends to lift our youngest son up in prayers. He's a recovering drug addict and is really struggling... I won't go into great details... GOD knows my son's demons... I so believe in the power and strength of prayer and know many of you do as well. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 5 Dec 2014 07:10:51 EST Christmas Concert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827787 What a way to get into the Christmas spirit! Our elementary Christmas program was tonight.... so sweet seeing the little ones all dressed up and hearing their beautiful voices as they sang a mixture of classical Christmas songs! <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:19:25 EST Leo Tolstoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826800 Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. -Leo Tolstoy <BR> <BR> This quote reminded me of just how often I think/say, "If only someone (they,them, etc) would..." when perhaps I should look at myself and say, "If only I would...." <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:12:40 EST Corrie Ten Boom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826216 Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible. <BR> Corrie Ten Boom <BR> <BR> <BR> Love this reminder from the great Corrie Ten Boom. <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 06:58:53 EST Weather... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825971 So thankful that the freezing rain and sleet didn't disrupt our school today! Many, many in surrounding counties and states weren't so lucky! Our county was on the line and although we did get some freezing precipitation it wasn't enough to cause any issues!! So we had school today, over 60 in our area weren't in session! <BR> <BR> NO SNOW DAY!! YEAH!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:46:44 EST Early Morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825026 There's just something about the early morning hours, when the house is quiet... the rooms are a bit dark.... and I actually take the time to reflect... and be thankful for all GOD's blessings...this morning the quiet will quickly be replaced with the hustle and bustle of three families getting up and around for breakfast, last minute fun and memory making before each family heads off to their own home... <BR> <BR> I am truly blessed.... enjoy the quietness but also love the chaos that comes... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:32:47 EST Five Grands and NO parents!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824848 This evening our adult kids and their spouses have all gone to meet up with old friends... leaving Poppa Tony and Grandma Debbie in charge of all five grands for the night! How exciting!! We're getting ready to make pallets and watch Home Alone all together on the living room floor!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful evening! Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:00:50 EST Blessings continue... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824171 My eldest son and his two little boys will be here in about two hours, Christi, (wife and mom) has to work today, but will be down this evening! By noon today ALL five of our grandchildren will be HOME.... hoping the weather warms enough that we can have our third annual leaf war!!! <BR> <BR> Now I need to get off of here and start a BIG breakfast to sustain ALL the energy rushing through this house!!! <BR> <BR> Blessings!!! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:46:55 EST Thanksgiving blessings.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823769 Let the season of Thanksgiving truly begin and endure in each of our hearts! <BR> <BR> Blessings friends! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:12:05 EST Thankful for life's blessings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823149 There is so much pain and suffering in our world... but there is also a great deal of compassion, kindness, and love... sometimes I lose my focus and tend to focus more on the negative.... but.. I do realize just how blessed I am and wanted to take a moment to say how truly blessed I am with my family, life,and career! GOD is good and I need to remember to be more thankful and appreciative for all of life's little blessings as well as the big ones! <BR> <BR> Blessings to all! <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:56:06 EST A heavy heart for Ferguson. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822627 As a native to the great state of Missouri, I have to admit that my heart is very heavy for ALL involved in the mayhem that is taking place in the Ferguson area!! I am a strong supporter of peaceful protest, but what is taking place in that area is anything but peaceful! My thoughts and prayers go out to EVERYONE involved, including our "local" men and women who have been called up to help make/keep peace in the midst of chaos. <BR> <BR> Prayers for peace! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:50:27 EST Ralph Marston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822059 “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” — Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> <BR> So true..... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:53:04 EST Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821645 Your past is not your destiny. Something good is waiting for you in your future! -Joyce <BR> <BR> This is a great reminder for each of us on the importance of not getting stuck in our past. <BR> <BR> Blessings!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:09:51 EST Be Thankful.., http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820982 “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> This is so true!! <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:24:41 EST Shared from a fellow sparker.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820484 Remember, it's "never too late" to make a change, and we can always depend upon God to stand beside us with an outstretched hand to lead us every step of the way. Let’s Go with God Today! <BR> <BR> <BR> I read this on a fellow sparker's page this morning and it just spoke to me... Love this and all it implies! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:36:09 EST JFK Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819915 As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy <BR> <BR> <BR> This is so true!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:04:52 EST Great gratitude quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819322 As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:51:15 EST Thankful.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818740 Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless, your time is gold and your health is wealth.- Anon <BR> <BR> <BR> This is an awesome reminder for today! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:58:18 EST Snow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818101 Our area received between two and three inches of snow overnight... It's absolutely beautiful out this morning! The great news is we WILL be in school today! YEAH! So happy NOT to have a snow day this early in the year! Of course, the kids will be WILD because of the snow but that's okay... we shall survive! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> 5:52 AM- I spoke too soon.... just came across TV no school in our district today... due to hazardous roads!!! Temperatures are dropping ca... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:08:17 EST Choosing our own destiny. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817662 The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own... You realize that you control your own destiny.- Albert Ellis <BR> <BR> <BR> This is so true... yet sometimes it's easier to deflect our feelings/emotions onto others... sometimes for sanity's sake, but.... the reality is they are ours and with the help of GOD we can choose to be in control of our destiny by the choices we make! <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:44:54 EST Pressure and Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817235 No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.- Dr Joyce Brothers. <BR> <BR> If we could remember this when we're under too much stress at work or home our lives might be a little brighter and easier... <BR> <BR> Blessings. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:53:33 EST Aristotle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816560 Anyone can become angry-that is easy, but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way-this is not easy.-Aristotle. <BR> <BR> How true is this? Too many times, we permit ourselves to be angry with the wrong person, to the wrong degree, wrong time, wrong purpose... working on this one! Anger is not a bad thing, just has to be handled appropriately! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:01:12 EST Proverbs 3:5 AMP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815968 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.-PROVERBS 3:5 AMP <BR> <BR> Still working on this one! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:01:08 EST Abraham Lincoln quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815332 You can't escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.-Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> How true is this? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:10:37 EST Remembering Ray and other Veterans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814674 Very proud and thankful for our all of our American Veterans, but especially proud and thankful for my all time favorite veteran Raymond Alexander Frank... "All gave some.... some gave All!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l795062207.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:59:27 EST Monday! Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814013 Happy Monday one and all!! It's going to be unusually warm here today with predicted highs of 68 and sunshine! Gotta enjoy it while we can as the temperatures are expected to drop to the low 40's and upper 30's by the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed week! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:09:53 EST Heading home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813693 We had a wonderful time in KC this weekend but now we're slowly making our way back home... well not too slowly, Garmin says we'll be home at 7:29 PM and we've been on the road since about 1:00... so... <BR> <BR> Hopefully, traffic will cooperate and we won't have to make too many stops and we will get home before 8:00 PM!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:17:22 EST Weekend Plans-KC Gangster Tour! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813039 We're in KC this weekend to visit our daughter and her family and also take a Gangster Tour! The tour was a 2013 Christmas gift for my husband from our daughter! My hubby loves learning about the Mafia, Mob, Gangsters, etc! His passion has rubbed off on me as I find myself tagging along on these excursions in cities/towns all over the United States!! <BR> <BR> This tour is ninety minutes and ends with an authentic Italian meal at a "little Italian restaurant!"" <BR> <BR> Looking forw... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:46:50 EST Chuck Swindoll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812377 The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. <BR> Chuck Swindoll on Attitude <BR> <BR> The one thing we truly own in this life is our attitude! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Fri, 7 Nov 2014 06:48:22 EST Trials- Charles Sprugeon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811760 Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of. <BR> Charles Spurgeon on Trials <BR> <BR> Short and to the point, yet so true! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:44:31 EST Oprah quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811107 “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> So much truth in this short quote! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:27:38 EST Election Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810463 Today as citizens of the United States of America we have a great privilege and responsibility...one that many in other nations are denied.... the right to VOTE! Please exercise your RIGHT and RESPONSIBILITY by VOTING! Tue, 4 Nov 2014 06:45:28 EST Opportunities... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809740 "We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." - Charles R. Swindoll <BR> <BR> What opportunities will you seize today? <BR> <BR> Have a great day Mon, 3 Nov 2014 06:26:38 EST Hebrews 4:12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809114 "The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to divining soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."- Hebrews 4:12 <BR> <BR> GOD's word is OUR word to live by day in and day out.... sometimes easier said than done, but always the way HE wants us to live. <BR> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:00:15 EST Ephesians 2:8-9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808613 "It is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that we can boast."- Ephesians 2:8-9 <BR> <BR> Sometimes I need to refer back to these verses to remind myself that is by the grace of GOD that I am who and what I am and not my works or lack therein! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:51:50 EST Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807938 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> Joyce Meyer on Restoration <BR> <BR> Such a great reminder for each of us!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:43:13 EST