JSTETSER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JSTETSER JSTETSER'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/ Thankful for a Wet Wednesday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953696 Today is a beautiful rainy day! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/752ee206-cd88-4b34-a2e3-e7fac8998df7.JPG"> <BR> I am home in my warm, dry home and not out in a tent or trailer. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5680480-2782-4ba5-a1f4-9ab1fab8d32f.JPG"> <BR> My garden is well watered, and I am getting ready to sew in my sewing room. <BR> Maybe it's not the day I wanted, but God has given me a beautiful rainy day. <BR> Have a great day friends! <em>21... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 05:31:18 EST Live, Love and HIKE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953150 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7873ecc1-3b43-47fd-a1c1-1a83e1bf1e80.jpg"> <BR> Hiking brings me so much joy and peace! <BR> This is the time set aside to reflect on my life, and to distress. <BR> This is my time to plan. <BR> To hike is to live. <BR> To hike is to love myself, and do something very good for me and my family. <BR> Next big hike: the Carter Mountains in Northern NH! <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:39:04 EST A good night"s sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952542 There are times when I struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep. I have found a few things that really help! <BR> 1. I stretch before going to bed. During the last hour of being awake, I stretch. Now my hubby also joins me! This also helps me stretch. <BR> 2. Calming music, tv, or book reading. No thrillers last thing at night! I need a good, but not too exciting book. <BR> 3. Think on good things. I have to train myself to leave the problems out of my mind, and let go of any stress.... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:45:00 EST AMC Mohican http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952078 Blairsville, NH has a treasure~ <BR> It is the AMC Mohican Center. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b45b1ea2-394c-4b90-8aa4-0bb239bc8ae4.jpg"> <BR> We spent 3 days and two nights there recently, and loved it! <BR> I was the main speaker, and I spoke on the topic of <BR> Aware of the Bear. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f04bbcdc-f76f-4e30-9db2-c49e5f213965.jpg"> <BR> We also hiked with family members and had a great time. <BR> If you hike in NH, b... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:54:50 EST Home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951901 Dear Friends, <BR> We are back home from a speaking engagement in Jersey, and visiting my son. <BR> Tomorrow I will post photos of our trip! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/132bd661-8e82-4232-bcb4-57824c09cfb3.jpg"> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:01:59 EST New Jersey Sparking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950630 today my hubby and I drive down to New Jersey to speak for the AMC on the exciting subject of Aware of the Bear! I have never been to the AMC Mohican Center before, so this should be a real adventure! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db1cf9b1-cdec-469e-a354-607d66a86bba.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are so many people who need to be taught proper bear etiquette. Bear need space! They need to be left alone, and not fed. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:43:39 EST Somethings from nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950092 This summer, my goal is to make somethings from nothing with the help of my good friend Nancy Barnaby. We are going through the fabric that we bought years past, and putting it to good use. Our first project is to make sturdy handbags like the one that Nancy bought in Sri Lanka. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c946caf-06c5-4ed3-ae31-8b2429c42616.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de2d89d2-7c6b-4025-b3fc-738493319436.jpg"> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:34:45 EST Why I keep Sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949561 I was in a difficult predicament. On January 3, 2012, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and needed to make major life changes. It was time to take my health seriously. I needed to start monitoring my food intake, lose the extra 10 pounds, and make some lifestyle changes. I also needed to add more exercise. <BR> Since the middle of January 2012, I have been focusing on my health through Spark People. Now I'm hooked! Tracking my food, exercise and learning new things about my health has ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:30:30 EST Thankful Monday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948980 Well, it's back to work again! <BR> I am so thankful for the health to get out of bed and go to work. <BR> I have a car to get me there. <BR> I have the mental understanding to care for kids. <BR> I like what I do! <BR> I love the people that I work with! <BR> There is only 1 more day of school after today. <BR> I have so much to be thankful for on this Monday morning! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f90259e9-dfbe-4330-a50b-f912962596a4.jpg"> <BR> Basin Harbor Gardins Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:36:21 EST Rainy Rememberances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948503 The gentle rain <BR> Watering my lawn and garden <BR> Brings a Peaceful quietness to this day. <BR> I think about my father and the wonderful childhood <BR> He gave to me and my siblings.... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80f61ac0-2835-4263-ab87-fb64d4b3b181.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 06:10:20 EST Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948056 Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy <BR> Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry <BR> Sunshine on the water looks so lovely <BR> Sunshine almost always makes me high <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ddee481a-bfea-47d3-a1ba-f6abdf4fe30b.JPG"> <BR> If I had a day that I could give you <BR> I'd give to you a day just like today <BR> If I had a song that I could sing for you <BR> I'd sing a song to make you feel this way <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:33:05 EST School skipper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947908 Today I took the day off and hiked Mt. Monadnock with my husband. <BR> I jus needed a break from the school drams. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:27:55 EST Growing up with Daddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947008 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a800b7ce-c30c-4c34-86b6-a877ad237ea6.jpg"> <BR> My family was a safe haven for me. A place for me to find the wisdom, love and joy that I needed to grow up. <BR> I have tried to provide that same place for my children and grandkids. Kids can live without the electronics and money. They cannot live without the love. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:27:36 EST Blast from the past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946458 Today I was quite surprised when a friend sent me this lovely photo of my son Sam from many years ago. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5a7f867-9332-45b6-8b1b-306b6f7efccb.jpg"> <BR> He has changed so much over the years, but still has the same gentle spirit. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d44c3515-cbaf-4373-8880-5a77b05b31dd.jpg"> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:39:51 EST Creaky Joint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945898 I currently am experiencing pain in my sacroiliac and my right ilium. (Tail bone and hipbone) area. I have been to my doctor, massage therapist and chiropractor. <BR> I am doing exercises at home too. <BR> spark friends, do you have any suggestions on what works for you? Maybe less time sitting or breaks when I do sit for so long will help. <BR> Thanks. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c1e66a8-2e63-4e11-8b49-fee38ed5d797.jpg"> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:29:56 EST It's Raining in Paradise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945314 Usually we think of paradise as a place with the sun shining, <BR> But not today. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a96dea5-8a63-4f3c-a20e-d573afd79c70.jpg"> <BR> It is raining here in my little piece of paradise. <BR> No need to fear the rain! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cff7923b-3419-427c-93c8-5313965f4d66.jpg"> <BR> It is also a gift from God. Learn to love the rainy days as well as the sunny ones! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:28:56 EST Sparking with my Brother John http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944765 I come from a family of 6 kids, and I can still hear my mother calling us to come in for dinner, <BR> Johnny <BR> Jackie <BR> David <BR> Donna <BR> Randy <BR> Mandy <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efa081b7-b6ed-4c81-8965-ce52d56e1621.jpg"> <BR> Dinner time at our home was a special time where everyone got to share about their day. John, of course, went first. I've always looked up to him, and appreciated the times that he took me under his wing. Once he bought "The So... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 05:41:09 EST Life is a Climb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944312 Is life full of stress and pain? <BR> Are you weary from the struggle, and <BR> Keep looking for the gain? <BR> <BR> Look at your life as though it was a hike <BR> Soon you will see vistas and views that you like! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79134c52-5257-4591-9587-0cedb75fbfba.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Don't be discouraged by sweat and work <BR> Don't be afraid of dark dangers that seem to lurk. <BR> <BR> Look at your life as though it was a hike <BR> Soon you will see vis... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 05:37:06 EST For the Love of Caterpillars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943837 For the love of caterpillars <BR> The students at JFES love their caterpillars! They love them so much that every single day on the playground they search and find as many as they can and name them Cat, Catie, Katiepillar, Sticky and Furry. The caterpillars and inch worms are their favorite pets! There are two different caterpillar houses that they use. Here is one of them. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6776d57a-bcb7-4bb3-8531-7d1da8c7b6e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You coul... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:15:26 EST 8 days and counting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943268 There are 8 more days of school, and the kids are getting restless for summer vacation. This is a time when we all need to take a deep breath, and find ways to keep everyone on track. Kids and adults get nervous about the changes. Students are looking at uncertain summers. <BR> There are teachers retiring, others moving on to other positions. <BR> This is a great day! It is full of joy and excitement. I'm going to make it the best day ever! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 05:37:06 EST Feet and Type II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942715 I am having problems with my feet at night. I have shooting pain in my feet while I am trying to sleep. <BR> Is this the start of Diabetic nerve damage? <BR> Is there any natural cure? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2922214-56e2-46c4-bdaf-6cb10aa48760.jpg"> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:32:21 EST A simple gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942137 Yesterday I took 2 hours and made a simple dress for my 7 year old niece Kylee. I think that she will like it! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/765ae9ec-11a5-4183-b23f-6e778af7b93f.jpg"> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 05:30:15 EST Fresh From the Garden! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941535 The lettuce, chives, basil and radishes are ready for eating. There is nothing that tastes quite as good as the fresh veggies from my garden! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/943767f8-a14a-46f3-bbbc-bdd28a4e3123.jpg"> <BR> I have about two seeks worth of the head lettuce. Hopefully other things will be up by the time it is all eaten! Mon, 8 Jun 2015 05:25:06 EST Just an ordinary day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941023 Just an ordinary day with the ones I love <BR> Is a great gift from the Lord above. <BR> Friends and family to have and to hold <BR> Warms my heart and keeps out the cold. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f97d9cb0-9b3b-4b75-9816-61ea31da3190.JPG"> <BR> With little hands and big hands locked in together- <BR> A circle of love that goes on forever. <BR> This love creates joy-that’s why I smile. <BR> And I’ve been smiling for a very long while! <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 05:45:53 EST Let it RAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940537 Today I was hoping for sunshine, but rain came instead. <BR> Let it RAIN! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00866f9b-7cfe-4657-851f-b91f8fcc7be8.jpg"> <BR> We need the rain, and I can adjust my plans. <BR> No need to be depressed. <BR> Sometimes our biggest and best blessings are things that we did not ask for! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69b5f22d-8bec-4688-bc63-6e0bb9fcdfaf.jpg"> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 05:15:38 EST Care Giving and Mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940011 I have a wonderful family and I love them very much. My mother is 93, and I take care for her every week. As I help her, I’m also learning how to care for myself. You see, as the caregiver, I carry the “motherload”, and other members try to make themselves dependent on me. Finding the balance of giving what I can without becoming drained is a delicate balance. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85e0f1f7-41ab-462d-9f85-827bc1aafd64.JPG"> <BR> A heavy load? No w... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 05:34:59 EST seeing myself in a new light. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939421 I used to think of myself as fat. Now I am healthy and strong. I am in shape! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9759da2b-f715-49d9-af14-c8e4f944230f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used to see myself as a struggling person. Now I am successful and prosperous. I can do the jobs that are before me through the strength that God gives me each day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67c229f9-2dbd-4484-b399-3e1b6deef0b6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used to see myself as depress... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 05:25:36 EST TeamWork! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938859 Working together to make a profit <BR> <BR> So often, we are much better as a team than we are as separate players. Today I am going to talk with a woman who crotchets scarves and hats in hopes that she will consider making them in the colors of my mittens. <BR> Hopefully her frilly scarves will go well with my mittens, and we will both make more profits together when we go to the craft fairs. We know that it will be more fun to sit together at the craft fairs. By working together, we c... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 05:35:50 EST Lower numbers & new goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938268 Lower numbers and new goals <BR> I am so very happy to see my blood sugar numbers below 100! I have found that for me, just eating less is the key. Food brings me comfort, and there are times when I overindulge. Maybe I don't gain weight, but my glucose readings were higher than desired. I made some changes in portion sizes. <BR> I also made a change in my attitude towards the feeling of hunger. It is okay to feel a little hungry from time to time. I am not in danger of starving. I e... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 05:22:32 EST Nate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937645 When I go to church, I often ask prayers of protection for Nate, my son't best friend. Nate serves our country as a private military contractor. He first served in the United States Marine Corps in Reconnaissance, and later with the Army Seals. He has been stationed in the Middle East for most of the time. <BR> Although I don't know any details about his work, I understand that he is never far from danger. He loves and understands the people of the areas where he serves, and I know that t... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 05:34:52 EST Millions of Mosquitos and Dozens of Lady Slippers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937103 Yesterday my husband and hiked Monadnock from the Gilson Campground. We started out just after 6 am, and returned at 12:00. We hiked just 6 rocky miles from our camp site in Gilson and back. Gilson Pond was tranquil as we started our trek. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4869934-f8e8-44ea-8795-e0bde022247b.jpg"> <BR> The Birchtoft trail is relatively flat and easy except for the hordes of mosquitos! We were surprised to find millions of mosquitos waiting for us ... Sun, 31 May 2015 05:54:53 EST True Home Making http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936842 What makes a house a home? <BR> A house is made of brick or stone, <BR> but a home is made with love alone. <BR> How do you make a home? <BR> I hang my sheets out so that they smell fresh, and feel good. <BR> Another thing I do is keep the house organized so that everyone can find what they need. <BR> How do YOU turn your house into a home? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4f5d470-ceb4-4bbf-b424-2e6bd0605299.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 30 May 2015 15:06:17 EST Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936073 My home is a very special place for me. It is my sanctuary and place of peace. It is where I care for my family. It is my nest where I care for my little chicks. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f30db76-8abb-4199-868a-69ed0c62c253.jpg"> <BR> After a long day at school, my home brings me comfort, and helps anchor my soul. <BR> It is much more than just a house that keeps me safe from outside storms. It keeps me safe from the storms of life. <BR> To be homeless is incr... Fri, 29 May 2015 05:18:52 EST The 25 cent stroller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935523 Sometimes unexpected blessings come in special ways. <BR> One of Nora's friends found this stroller for Lina at a yard sale. Now my grandchild is a very happy little girl, taking her baby for a walk! <BR> When Lina is happy, I am very happy! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef1a22b6-a6cf-4793-a630-f72832ba9342.jpg"> Thu, 28 May 2015 05:32:13 EST Beauty from Weeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934947 Making something beautiful from nothing much <BR> Spring time is a great time to take kids outside and help them to discover the plants around them. So often we miss some of the most beautiful and simple things because we are not looking. <BR> Today the Kindergarten kids outside to make a wreath out of weeds, dandelions and lilacs. They gave the wreath to their teacher, and she was thrilled! Sometimes it is the simple beauty that brings the greatest joy. Never discount the flowers,smile... Wed, 27 May 2015 05:25:34 EST Monadnock on Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934345 Monadnock on Memorial Day <BR> <BR> Yesterday's hike was truly memorable for many reasons. <BR> 1. We wished an Army soldier ans his Dad, a veteran, a happy Memorial Day. They were able to enjoy a hike while the son was home on leave. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40d03f61-e4e1-4b7a-b828-7e331fffc12f.JPG"> <BR> 2. The mountain was full of children. I saw 3 babies, and got photos of two. Spark woud not let me post the second one. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Tue, 26 May 2015 05:23:09 EST My secret ambition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933792 After I work my full time job, after I cook, clean the house and work on the garden. After I do all that is necessary, I retreat to my sewing room, and make mittens. I am going to sell the mittens in the fall and winter, and take the profits to visit my precious family. <BR> Perhaps it does not sound like a big deal, but I have a yearning in my soul that motivates me to go beyond the usual work, and do something special. I with every stitch I take, I dream about seeing little Lina, Matty... Mon, 25 May 2015 05:50:02 EST Garden Frost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933330 Our garden is in the ground, waiting for the warmth to arrive. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fef424d5-26f7-485c-997b-701689d5d5a9.jpg"> <BR> Every night, I cover my little seedlings with a blanket of blue. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7749ef34-901d-4af4-86c3-df3d05604448.jpg"> <BR> Soon enough, it will be warm at night, and the cover will not be needed. Until that day arrives, I will watch over the plants. Now I nourish them with warmth and... Sun, 24 May 2015 05:44:03 EST Daddy never marched http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932863 Daddy never marched in the local parades. He served in the Korean War and fought on the tiny island of Tinnean. I never heard much about what happened there, but I knew that it brought heart ache to my Dad. Twice, his Army buddies came to visit us right around the Fourth of July. No one went to March in the parade. This was typical for our family. <BR> My Dad was very respectful of our great country. He loved the USA, but he hated war. He hated killing and dying and all that goes with ... Sat, 23 May 2015 05:48:31 EST New goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932341 New goals for better health <BR> <BR> It is time for new changes! My glucose readings are in the 120-145 range, and I need to see the numbers go down! <BR> 1. Find a new breakfast! I have been eating HM granola and a smoothie with berries and half a banana and kale. I am going to look into making the egg muffins (no flour) or scrambled egg and having that for breakfast. I have very little extra morning time, so I will need it prepared the night before, and heated in the am. <BR> 2. M... Fri, 22 May 2015 05:31:39 EST Looking Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931778 Always move towards the light <BR> If you want life to be bright. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8db7f8d5-e7a1-4204-896e-ac3065448f0d.jpg"> <BR> Yes, the shadows may follow, <BR> But we are not to follow them. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4a521be-4a8d-4eae-b0fe-a9997385b695.jpg"> <BR> Learn from your past, <BR> But do not live in it. <BR> Live in the light of today, <BR> Take the time to love and pray. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Thu, 21 May 2015 05:26:36 EST Move Toward the Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931180 Always move towards the light <BR> If you want life to be bright. <BR> Yes, the shadows may follow, <BR> But we are not to follow them. <BR> Learn from your past, <BR> But do not live in it. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1479197d-30c6-4401-afe9-11d2fafa72e7.JPG"> <BR> Live in the light of today, <BR> Take the time to love and pray. <BR> Tomorrow will be bright <BR> With Jesus Christ always in your sight. <BR> Wed, 20 May 2015 05:28:25 EST Remembering to Forget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930578 It is only when we let go of the old that we are able to embrace the new. This is the hardest lesson for me. On a daily basis, I have to face one of the ghosts of my past. Today I purpose to fill my mind with thoughts about the goodness that is in this day, and my dreams of tomorrow. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e45f2944-9307-4e37-ae12-2e51bcebc436.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Living in yesterday in unproductive and depressing. Living in today with hope for tomorrow is joy a... Tue, 19 May 2015 05:30:31 EST Finding and sharing the joy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929946 Saturday I was unable to post a blog on Spark, and I really missed taking the time to write down my thoughts. Writing is a way for me to focus, and find the joy. It is also a way for me to share the positive with you. <BR> How do you find and share the joy! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9687a340-d847-4860-a554-668bfe017b76.jpg"> <BR> Bohemian Waxwing Mon, 18 May 2015 05:32:58 EST lovely day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929482 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79b0bdaf-2af6-48d7-9ee2-f6641b875989.jpg"> <BR> No matter where you find yourself today- <BR> up on a mountain, <BR> Down at the beach, <BR> Make it a lovely day by your attitude and your actions! <BR> Sun, 17 May 2015 08:19:28 EST My Firstborn Son Sam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928435 <BR> I do not know of a kinder soul, <BR> He is a person with a heart of gold, and a very wise mind. <BR> Sam has learned to quietly follow his dreams, <BR> helping others along the way. <BR> With little fanfare, he moves ahead, <BR> knowing what he wants in life, yet not demanding much from others. <BR> <BR> Loving others and loving nature, <BR> he as found the path that <BR> causes no harm. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 May 2015 05:42:53 EST Life's Curve Balls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927865 The best way to deal with life's curveballs is to face them straight on. <BR> Today I have to deal with someone who has not dealt honestly with me. Here is how I have prepared myself: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8383f1f-8444-4a98-acab-42b29917e4fb.JPG"> <BR> 1. Acknowledged my anger and frustration to myself and to a few friends. Now I am not quite as emotional about the situation as I was. <BR> 2. Organized the facts, and will stick to the facts while acknowl... Thu, 14 May 2015 05:24:11 EST The nature of things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927304 After a cold, hard winter, new life springs forth. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7dfd1a93-e3d7-4097-8f7b-71f03e1e9033.jpg"> <BR> Marsh marigolds in Fox Forest. <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 May 2015 05:35:24 EST When things don't work out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926725 Some days, no matter how hard I try, things just don't work out as I need them to. It's in times like this that I remind myself, <BR> The world does not revolve around me. I can still smile and enjoy the day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a9a2c4f-7c88-4946-ab55-e5a4ceb65541.jpg"> Tue, 12 May 2015 05:26:13 EST Another week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926146 Another week of kids and joy <BR> Challenges of teaching each girl and boy <BR> Every day learning new things <BR> Makes me work hard, makes my heart sing. <BR> <BR> I'm on this journey to both take and give <BR> It's part of life, <BR> It' shown I live. <BR> Sunny days and rainy ones too <BR> We can learn from them all- not just a few! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1386682147.jpg"> Mon, 11 May 2015 05:31:03 EST