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 quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275183 Life is filled with highs and lows—valleys and peaks that will test your resilience, that will push you to overcome challenges—and the lessons you’ll learn on your way to the top will only make you stronger, better.- Anon <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:14:22 EST Happiness.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274670 "Happiness is a habit - cultivate it." -- Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> Read this on a fellow sparker's page this morning... I so needed this reminder today... <BR> <BR> Love Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 06:37:19 EST Mothers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274175 “Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason. And those of us who are mothers know it’s the most exquisite love of all.” » Maggie Gallagher <BR> <BR> A mothers love... is like no other earthly love! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:57:25 EST On inspiration... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273681 The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves. Anon <BR> <BR> Great reminder.... we need to work on being the BEST version of ourselves!!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:53:36 EST Family faces http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273152 “Family faces are magic mirrors looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.” -Gail Lumet Buckley <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:27:31 EST Family... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272676 Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.- Anon <BR> <BR> So nice knowing that no matter what happens we are family! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:14:09 EST More on gratitude... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272266 Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. - Melody Beattie <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:11:47 EST Blossoming souls... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271871 Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel <BR> <BR> <BR> There is something about children that truly makes my soul blossom. <BR> <BR> May your soul blossom today, as well! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:50:11 EST Grateful and thankful!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271447 "If there is one thing that will make all the difference to how you feel when you go to sleep and how you feel when you get up, is how grateful you are for everything that you have." <BR> Josh Brendan, Stress to Smile <BR> <BR> I'm so very grateful and thankful for all I have been blessed with! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 07:00:56 EST Like Christmas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271012 I feel like a child must feel on Christmas Eve, waiting for my GRANDS and kids to get home! I've been blessed with six of the best gifts ever given! So blessed with my family! <BR> <BR> Our Liberty kids and Grands will arrive later today; which will allow us to spend some one on one time with them before our oldest son and his family arrive on Friday morning, along with our grandson, Layton who lives here in town! We will do our BIG family meal on Friday.... and then have Saturday to jus... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:13:41 EST Great quote from a fellow sparker!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270599 I read this on a fellow sparker's page and had to share! <BR> <BR> Accept what is... <BR> Let go of what was... <BR> Have faith in what can be... <BR> <BR> Amen and Amen! Not as easy to do as it is to type or read, but definitely worth working on! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:17:19 EST Time...oops... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270121 So, this morning my husband had to leave home an earlier than normal... not a problem... I normally get up about ten- fifteen minutes after he leaves; without the aid of an alarm clock.. haven't used one in years! Anyway.. this morning, I jumped up, took my shower, and was fully dressed and ready for the day, when I happened to look at the clock and realized it wasn't quite 4:00 AM! I normally get up around 4:30! (Christmas movie time!) <BR> I will be fine today, as I am a TRUE morning per... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:46:32 EST Success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270018 "Success is not the absence of failure; it's the persistence through failure." -- Aisha Tyler <BR> <BR> Love this little reminder! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:26:04 EST Grands = Blessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269260 Three of our six grands are home for the weekend.... so blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 19 Nov 2016 06:38:52 EST Friday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268802 This afternoon, my son and two of his children, Anderson (4) and Gwendolyn (18 mos) will be coming down to spend the weekend! (His wife and oldest son, Bennett (8) are on a get away weekend with her side of the family) This is an annual event... and we LOVE having our son home with one or all of the kiddos! It's especially nice, as it gives he and I time to visit... which is a rare pleasure... Of course, the entire family will be home next week and that will be WONDERFUL, but this weekend i... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:55:23 EST On bravery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268289 "The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it." - Thucydides <BR> <BR> <BR> Bravery comes in many different forms! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:30:12 EST On succeeding... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267712 "The people who succeed are the people who don't quit." -- Cyndi Lauper <BR> <BR> Short and simple! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 07:40:26 EST On adversity... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267151 "Adversity . . . So expect the unexpected and when it hits, hold your head up, don't look back, forward march. You'll be surprised at how much strength you have."- Anon <BR> <BR> Many of us face adversity on a regular basis, it's not the adversity that "gets us" its how we react to the adversity! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:43:04 EST T. S. Eliot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266604 "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."-T.S. Eliot <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember to be the change you want to see! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:43:08 EST Sunshine, oh sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266071 I was up early this morning... sleep continues to elude me... but oh the beautiful sunshine that is flowing in the windows!! It is peeking between the branches of brightly colored orange, yellow, green, and red leaves! God's paintbrush... beautiful! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:29:11 EST Scouting for Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265853 Layton, Tony and I headed out bright and early this morning to distribute "Scouting for Food" bags in Dexter neighborhoods! What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning, even though it was quite chilly, we stayed warm on our 5.5 mile jaunt around town!! The three of us managed to distribute nearly 200 bags in an almost three hour time period!!! <BR> <BR> Next Saturday we will work with the Scouts to collect the bags... filled with non perishables; hoping it works out that I can he... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 20:22:01 EST Veterans Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265146 Today is one of my favorite days of the year... the day Americans take the time to thank and honor Veterans! I am so thankful for ALL who have served and are serving OUR country for each of us! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:38:26 EST A reminder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264672 Where there is unity there is always victory. Publilius Syrus <BR> <BR> Oh America, we need to remember this and unify this great big wonderful country of ours! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:54:56 EST Voices heard...prayers continue... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264206 Our voices have been heard and in January a new president will take over as leader of this great nation of ours. May GOD be with Mr. Trump and each of us and we begin this transition and history changing days ahead... <BR> <BR> I also pray that we as a nation are able to come together and work through our differences and begin to put an end to the great disharmony that has split us for so long. <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 9 Nov 2016 06:53:06 EST Vote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263689 Today each of us must to our duty and vote... it is both a right and a privilege that many throughout our world are denied! <BR> <BR> Personally, I shall say my prayers and then mark my ballot! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 8 Nov 2016 06:56:16 EST Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263160 Know your limitations and then defy them.- Anon <BR> <BR> We need to remember this when it's easier to go along with the thoughts/opinions of others, rather than standing on our faith!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 7 Nov 2016 07:28:15 EST Blessed Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262790 Today is so beautiful!! Hubby and I are getting ready to head out doors and trim some branches from our weeping willow tree, before heading out to do a little shopping! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 6 Nov 2016 12:29:43 EST Lincoln quote... still applicable today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262179 In this great struggle, this form of Government and every form of human right is endangered if our enemies succeed. There is more involved in this contest than is realized by every one. - 1864 Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> We must each stand up and stand strong for what makes our country great! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 5 Nov 2016 07:47:38 EST Christmas movies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261750 It's 6:30AM and I just finished watching the first of many, many Christmas movies I have already recorded for this year!! There is just something about an early morning cup of coffee and a "feel good" movie that you know is going to end with a "happily ever after!" <BR> <BR> Now, it's back to reality and off to school! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 4 Nov 2016 07:31:35 EST On being grateful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261269 When you are grateful - when you can see what you have - you unlock blessings to flow in your life.- Suze Orman <BR> <BR> Love this reminder! <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> Thu, 3 Nov 2016 07:40:02 EST Helen Keller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260739 Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller <BR> <BR> How true is this!!! So true! <BR> <BR> Blessings!!! Wed, 2 Nov 2016 07:03:47 EST Halloween and Red Ribbon Week.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260163 Yesterday we had our annual Halloween parade at school... that's right the kids come to school dressed in their costumes.... we "teach" all day... then at 1:30 everyone lines up and we parade through our little town... led by our GRAND MARSHALS- two home town heroes.. two wonderful long term custodians.. love them both.. and ending with the fire truck! It is a LONG LONG day, but the kids LOVE it.. Once the parade is over we return to our classrooms for our Halloween parties! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 07:10:00 EST On Fall... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259645 "I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."- Nathaniel Hawthorne <BR> <BR> Love... love.. love... Fall! It is so hard to stay in doors when the warmth of fall is BEGGING me to come out and play... <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:39:04 EST Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259250 "I love autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it."- Lee Maynard <BR> <BR> <BR> Autumn is by far my most favorite season of the year.... LOVE this time of year... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed fall day! <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 11:51:43 EST Beautiful fall day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258729 It's going to be a gorgeous day and I plan on enjoying some out door time later on... We will be picking up our grandson around 10:00AM, so I'm sure we'll find some outdoor activities to fill our day! He and my hubby will be attending the Cub Scout Halloween party this afternoon.... which will be exciting for them as well!! <BR> <BR> Whatever you do today... be blessed!!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Oct 2016 07:57:51 EST Grandparents' Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258255 Getting ready to head to Perryville for Grandparents Day with Bennett Wayne! Mass at 8:00 then time in his classroom! I'm really looking forward to this morning! Bennett is in third grade and attends St. Vincent's Catholic School... Ironically, when I started teaching way back in the late '80s's I started in third grade at a small Catholic school in Kirksville, MO! (I'm not Catholic, but absolutely LOVED my years at M.I.!) <BR> <BR> So blessed!! :) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:51:03 EST Inservice and PTC's.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257788 Getting ready to head out the door... today we have Parent Teacher Conferences from 12-7, but have in-service from 8-11!! <BR> <BR> I look forward to PTC's as it gives me a chance to meet my students parents/guardians and learn their perspective on their child... <BR> <BR> Going to be a LONG but productive day! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:32:34 EST You gotta... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257302 "You've Gotta Look For The Good In The Bad; The Happy In Your Sad; The Gain In Your Pain; And What Makes You Grateful Not Hateful " Karen Salmansohn <BR> <BR> Love this.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:36:57 EST Roopleen quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256750 The height of your achievements is determined by the depth of your self-belief, the strength of your resolve and the intensity of your efforts.- Roopleen <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:09:22 EST Norman Vincent Peale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256205 "Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that." -- Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> Amen and amen!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:50:41 EST Joseph Rain quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255716 <BR> The strength of human faith or conviction creates the intensity of our perceived reality- Joseph Rain <BR> <BR> Great reminder! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:10:23 EST Intensity!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255290 I finally know the difference between pleasing and loving, obeying and respecting. It has taken my so many years to be okay with being different, and with being this alive, this intense. -Eve Ensler <BR> <BR> As a person who lives with great intensity I can totally relate to this quote!! There are times, my intensity is overwhelming... I continue to work on being less intense, but have accepted that I am an intense person... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:03:02 EST A great little read... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254828 If I desire abundance but keep seeing lack everywhere I look, I need to turn and look in a different direction. If I desire health but my attention is only on ailing, I must change my point of view. I can not experience, achieve, or manifest a desire if I am looking in the direction of what I do not want. I can only see in the direction I face. If I desire harmony, I must look in the direction of harmony rather than staring at discord. If I wish to have a life I am grateful for, I must be see... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:22:20 EST On disappointment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254347 The more loyal you are, the more disappointment you encounter and experience.- Thepsychmind.com <BR> <BR> I would rather be angry with someone than disappointed... anger is easier to let go of, while disappointment means my trust in someone I respect has been shaken and this is much, much harder to work through! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:49:18 EST Anniversary!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253854 My hubby and I are celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary today! Where does the time go? I spent some time looking through our wedding album and was suprised at just how much the two of us have changed... not just physically! I was also struck by the number of loved ones who are no longer with us. A great reminder to live our lives...and love... <BR> <BR> I am so blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:11:39 EST Benjamin Franklin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253315 Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult to still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.- Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> Working hard on this one... especially this week when our administration continues to make decisions that TOTALLY go against what I believe is in the best interest of our students... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:56:10 EST Thomas Jefferson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252775 "It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong." -- Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> Important words for each of us to reflect on. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:25:42 EST Beautiful Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252265 What a beautiful day...sunshine peeking through the clouds! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:36:52 EST A21 Walk for Freedom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251850 I have chosen to participate in A21's 3rd annual Walk for Freedom to take a stand against modern day slavery! This event is being held today all over the world, to help bring attention to modern day slavery... <BR> <BR> I am blessed to be able to participate in such an important event for this wonderful cause! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:09:37 EST Field trip... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251329 Second field trip to Mingo today!!! So excited to experience nature with these kiddos! :) We will have lots of time to explore the nearly one mile boardwalk, as well as the nature center, and other parts of this wonderful nature reserve! <BR> <BR> Hoping the rain holds off! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:37:20 EST