KHDOESMK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KHDOESMK KHDOESMK'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/ Really struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437243 I have put back on lots of weight, my life is upside down and I don't have any energy left these days. I'm not sure how to cope as even though I hate the weight gain it the mindset that is worse. Eating is again all I seem to get pleasure from as I can't exercise. My bike is being repaired, but then I have to find the time, in the heat. Having another child at 59 has totally knocked me off kilter. I'm not sure how to get back on track. <BR> <BR> So, I guess one can say I'm discouraged... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:10:33 EST First Ride for the new Knee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216800 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1074611249.jpg"> <BR> On Friday the physical therapist said I could get back in the saddle (bike) again, so yesterday I rode. The weather finally turned around and was in the low 70's. I rode for about 35 minutes and it was wonderful! So nice to be on the bike again. <BR> <BR> The knee is getting better daily and I've even been able to "Walk it Out" on the WII, which is something I haven't been able to do for more than a year now. Wal... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:05:49 EST Two years ago today she left us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196785 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoRZZ05PrjM </link> <BR> <BR> This is the song that reminds me of my daughter Monica Renee, who left us two years ago this a.m. Nicole C. Mullen made it for the movie, "End of the Spear," about the life of Missionary Jim Elliot who was martyred by the Auca Indians in South America. <BR> <BR> Two years ago this morning Monica Renee finished her battle against mental illness. Rest in peace my daughter. Mom still misses you and as I weep as this plays, your ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:01:01 EST Gotta NEW Knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180817 Only have a few minutes here today, but will work on a series of blogs about the whole surgery process. I will probably title it, "If it could go wrong it will for me....Call me Mrs. Murphy!" But, make no mistake, even with the recovery, rehab still going on I think the knee surgery was the RIGHT choice. The one thing I wish I knew before I had the surgery was how much WORK the rehab was afterwards. I don't mind the work, it was that I was totally unprepared to the self discipline I woul... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:44:18 EST Why do professionals LIE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705117 It's a drum I beat, I know, but I HATE when people LIE to me. Tell me I'm loud, tell me I talk too much but DO NOT LIE to me. I loved my CPS case worker and am devastated she left to move to Phoenix. Kati Lapan Farina was incredibly good at what she did and never played games. My current one has been straight with me too. On the other hand another agency I'm dealing with is not the same. I'm not stupid and when someone LIES to make themselves appear competent it is maddening and it ir... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 11:47:59 EST Bad Knee Leads to Struggle with Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696471 Okay, so I went to the orthopedic doctor who I TRUST 150%. He did at least 4 x-rays of my knee and the news isn't great. I thought maybe a "new" one on no more pain and swelling and walking again. Nope. I have no cartilage in the exterior right knee and he thinks knee surgery is too extreme at this point, for my age. He is ordering an MRI so he can see if maybe the issue is a torn tendon. We shall see. <BR> <BR> It's just plain depressing when you've been active all your life to being... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:17:02 EST 21 Irrefutable Laws, Chapter 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672319 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203583738.jpg"> <BR> Chapter 2, "The Law of Influence" <BR> <BR> What's a leader look like? Mother Theresa reached beyond her immediate environment. <BR> Do I have influence? Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less! <BR> <BR> It cannot be awarded, or appointed, or assigned. It only comes from influence and it must be EARNED. <BR> <BR> Myths about leadership: <BR> 1) The Management Myth: <BR> Leading and managing not the... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:44:14 EST The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leaders for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4665791 The Law of the Lid, Chapter 1: <BR> Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person's level of effectiveness. How the McDonald brothers failed to succeed, but failing to lead. While their business flourished, they failed to franchise it as their leadership skills failed. When they partnered with a leader, they went forward. Ray Kroc was the leader, who sold machines that made milk shakes. He formed the McDonald Corp. Kroc worked hard and took little in the beginning, investing i... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 09:59:15 EST The Epiphany of a Legacy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4659445 Epiphany of a Legacy <BR> <BR> “And let him return to the LORD, <BR> And He will have compassion on him, <BR> And to our God, <BR> For He will abundantly pardon. <BR> 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, <BR> Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. <BR> 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, <BR> So are My ways higher than your ways <BR> And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:7b-9 <BR> <BR> This has been a favorite scripture of mine since GOD the FATHER... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 12:02:04 EST The Coffee Mug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4458668 Sunday was the day the mug cracked, not an earth shaking occurance until you understand the day we had planned. We had planned for an uneventful scattering of my daughter Monica's ashes in Parker Canyon. I wanted no drama and just wanted to have it done, with dignity. We had the memorial that everyone contributed to and participated in after she died. The distribution of the ashes was to be anticlimatic. I wanted to do it soon as I know my mom needed closure. With a family of adults who... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:47:58 EST Neither a Martyr, or a Saint, nor a Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4436737 I can't stand it any longer, I have to blog. First of all I want to state I'm not seeking medals nor do I require pity. A little compassion would be appreciated and realize compassion comes only from "for really" friends. Condemnation is from the devil and his tools/people who are willing to dispense it to hurt others. Spark people blogs did a good one from one of the coaches on Judging Others. GOD has taught me a lot in the past few years about judging others, by their weight, or even l... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 12:46:31 EST Darkness and Demons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4408982 I don’t spend much time focusing on satan/the devil. What time I have I choose to focus on the FATHER, my FATHER, who has “delivered me from (the) evil (one).” Focus is important and in the day when I first came to end of myself speaking against the devil was popular, I found myself spending far too much time (energy) rebuking a weaker (but not weak) enemy who “prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) <BR> <BR> But in the 20+ years I have lived with a ... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 13:27:56 EST If ya don't respect me, DON'T READ this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4403543 I feel a need to rant, so rant I will. When people continue to see failures in their life you wonder why they don't change their "recipe of life." When you cook or bake, you have a recipe to follow and if one ingredient is dog poop, why do you wonder why your recipe tastes like crap! You can't blame others if you add the "poop!" If you fail to follow the directions for the recipe you can't possibly see the success you desire. Blaming others for your inability to follow the directions or ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 23:12:19 EST Bikin' with the Babe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4399659 Well, it finally happened. My hubby got the baby seat on my bike, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for this. It does add resistance and I can't take her off the street as the highway is 65 miles an hour, two lane, no bike lane. It's okay for me, but more fearful for Adrianna in the seat. So, maybe will put on the bike rack and take it into the "city" to ride. They have a bike lane. We are still working on tweeking the helmet. It came with pads but they don't have the sticky stuff on them w... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 11:46:29 EST Tombstone School Board Appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4366948 <BR> <BR> As elected members, dedicated community members who give generously of their time and experience, please meet our current Governing Board members: <BR> <BR> Jeffery Crandall, Ph.D., President <BR> Joe Perotti, Vice President <BR> Kara Harris, Member <BR> Lillian Hritz, Member <BR> Barbara Wills, Member <BR> <BR> <BR> So, okay, I did it, I accepted a term on the TUSD board. Am I qualified? Only if you consider my passion for youth and the kids around our area. We shall s... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 20:02:22 EST Back in the (Bike) Saddle Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4343695 Well, I'm back behind the ole handle bars of my bike again. My knee might not let me walk without a limp, but I can peddle without pain. Time was the issue. We celebrated month four yesterday, of having Adrianna (our granddaughter) in our home, as she celebrated 8 months of being alive! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l952428764.jpg"> <BR> But it is not an easy task for us, in our senior years. I have found very little time to ride my bike. With it being summer ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 22:57:50 EST Adrianna and Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4327948 We are into our second week at the pool for Adrianna. She is not drinking quite as much chlorine this week, but a little young to swim. She is kicking her feet more, but prefers to stand in the warm pool, on the bench portion, holding onto the sides. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l607538621.jpg"> <BR> She's a little ham with the camera, and even if she comes up sputtering has no fear, this she gets from my son. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:50:50 EST Southern Arizona Burns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4305267 It is so sad to see the fires raging. Even though the fire is about 20 miles from us. It impacts our friends and their lives. Today I took in my friend's chickens. But the blessing is the community is pulling together to help one another. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l526041436.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l69531295.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l917733559.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:47:10 EST Strollin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4228939 Life is starting to adjust, it has just taken several months. The "new to me" jogging stroller is wonderful. Adrianna loves it and enjoys riding in it, even down the dirt path. She likes to make humming noises as the rocks sort of joggle her around. What a blessing it is to be able to walk and exercise. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l959775155.jpg"> Thu, 12 May 2011 21:15:58 EST Pool Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4226294 We went to the Cove to get into the water again today. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847355024.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878617240.jpg">Adrianna and her grandpa and grandma Wed, 11 May 2011 18:46:09 EST My Newest Perfume...Ode de Spit up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4193794 I've always been a fan of Mary Kay Tribute and was saddened by their decision to discontinue this pefume. But, these days my perfume has been designated by the spit up of my youngest granddaughter, Adrianna. She is so cute, but I sure wasn't expecting this. As my husband and I meet her daily/nightly needs, we marvel at the wonder of GOD's creation and also worry (a bit, trying to keep our trust in HIM) about her future, IF it's outside of our home. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:16:53 EST Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4169533 Most of us remember this little ditty we sang/spoke as children. What does it mean to lie? To make a statement containing an untruth, to fabricate or make up something. Where does the propensity to lie come from? Well, it seems to have ALL started in the Garden of Eden, with Satan, whose name means "deceiver." Why shouldn't we lie? Are there consequences to lying? <BR> <BR> When my children were younger I alway taught them that IF they lied, they would have to remember what it was th... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 10:15:47 EST Resistance is NOT Futile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4138959 During a "Star Trek, Next Generation," the Borg always said, "Resistance is futile" trying to get the crew of the Enterprise to give up, roll over and quit! They didn't, and persisted. Before Star Trek, we as believers had a word from the Creator of the Universe giving us encouragement. <BR> "Submit therefore to God Resist the devil and he will flee from you." James 4:7 <BR> Where do the attacks come from? From those around us, usually not from strangers. Strangers we can ignore, at leas... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 14:58:27 EST 5K Walk for NAMI Was Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4137223 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l808503111.jpg"> <BR> We did the 5K, strutting along with the stroller. Proceeds benefit NAMI (National Alliance Mentally Ill) and will come to Southeastern Arizona. Adrianna did well but was sure glad I had my niece Beka was there to help me. We took turns carrying the baby when she didn't want to ride in stroller. Beka also was on for power walking and think we did about a 15 min. mile when we could break free from the crowd. There wer... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 18:09:28 EST Why Walk for Monica? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4121518 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l128277628.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Monica's gone and it hit me like being run over by a bus yesterday in Sally's Beauty Supply. I had taken in Bry, my 16 yr. old grandson to buy purple and black hair dye for his LONG locks. We had Adrianna with us so her grandpa could finish the water softener he had to disconnect when the winds hit last week, collapsing the shed, breaking the pipes. <BR> <BR> We were ready to check out and a friend I hadn't se... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 13:22:02 EST Oatmeal it is! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4120704 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l211686154.jpg"> <BR> I have been told I needed to get Adrianna eating, and this has been a challenge with her cute little tongue coming out of her mouth, experiencing it. Then when I tried rice cereal she threw it up after I finally coaxed her to eat barely a tablespoon. At her "weigh in" last Wednesday the nurse suggested I try oatmeal. It was a winner, she ate it well. The photo above was taken after she "chowed down" two whole tablesp... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 00:18:42 EST A Kitchen is Created http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4111469 Our Kingman "brethren/sistern" have been building their home slowly, and out of debt. It started simply. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977844301.jpg"> <BR> This is the addition over the basement. It is the future kitchen. <BR> <BR> We like to see things changed when we leave Kingman and Bruce likes to be a part of their change. For several years the stove had resided on the front porch, or sun porch. Running from the back room to the front porch has finally com... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 23:29:49 EST A Good Time Was Had by All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4105805 We enjoyed our trip to Northern Arizona. It was nice to get away from all the drama here. Sad to say we were met with more of it as soon as we arrived back home. It is sad when people like to create drama to wound the innocent. I cannot conceive the evil going on around us...BUT, I have no fear as GOD is faithful and it is HIS job to take care of those who would try to attack us. We don't have to lift a finger or defend with a word as HE is able to do above and beyond anything I can do. ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 21:07:52 EST Enemies in the household/family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4076270 Micah warned us. <BR> Micah 7:6 <BR> "For son treats father contemptuously,Daughter rises up against her mother,Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man's enemies are the men of his own household." <BR> <BR> We knew it was coming as King David found out from his own sons. Yet David had a heart for GOD as seen in this verse. <BR> 1 Kings 11:4 <BR> As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 13:40:54 EST Grandma walks the baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4069417 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l861496880.jpg"> <BR> Adrianna has found her thumb at 4 months old and what a better time than out walking with grandma to relax, kick back and enjoy the thumb! I got in about 2 1/2 miles, she got some much needed fresh air! A good time was had by both! Sat, 5 Mar 2011 22:59:01 EST The Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4050471 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l575126870.jpg"> <BR> Jeremiah 15:17-21 (New American Standard Bible) <BR> <BR> 17 I did not sit in the circle of merrymakers, <BR> Nor did I exult <BR> Because of Your hand upon me I sat alone, <BR> For You filled me with indignation. <BR> 18 Why has my pain been perpetual <BR> And my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? <BR> Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive stream <BR> ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 22:48:53 EST Coping with Anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4046354 I will cut and paste the Healthy Reflections I received in the email this a.m. and then expand upon it from GOD's perspective,HIS Word and what I've learned. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l862487629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned. <BR> <BR> - Buddha <BR> <BR> Is your life filled with anger? <BR> <BR> When someone cuts you off while driving, or mi... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:43:25 EST Insight for Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4045228 I get this daily in my email. I think modern day Christians miss a lot that Mr. Tozer teaches. Even though he has long since passed this world, his words are more needed nowadays. <BR> <BR> February 24 <BR> <BR> The Holy Spirit: An Instrument for God to Use <BR> <BR> If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and th... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 19:15:25 EST Teaching at the Charter School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4042074 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l582855327.jpg"> <BR> This week I'm speaking at a Charter High School called Sierra Summit Academy. It has around 20 students, so it's very small. I only had six girls and one didn't show today, making it five. I guess I will have around 10-15 boys. <BR> <BR> I knew one of the girls I had looked familiar and this a.m. I put it together. She is at a local group home for troubled kids. She is from the Reservation in Gallup, NM and has be... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:46:02 EST I Am a Promise from Prime Time With GOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4033818 This blessed me, hope it blesses you! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341080672.jpg"> <BR> Dear God, This morning I remembered that children's song that goes "I am a promise. I am a possibility. I am a promise, with a capital P. I am a great big bundle of potentiality..." In Jesus, I am a great big bundle of potentiality. I pray that You would fill me with Your wisdom and guide me in Your will. I pray that I will be obedient to You and keep my focus on You. I ask this... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 22:50:19 EST No More FaceBook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4028653 Did you ever have a problem with "foot in mouth" disease? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19472876.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I do, regularly. In fact I believe my mouth is starting to take on the shape of my left foot! Right knee won't allow right foot in mouth. So, why was I surprised that my blog created an issue with my youngest son. <BR> <BR> My solution? Just say NO to FaceBook as no one in my family hangs out on Sparkpeople. I didn't think the blog was offensiv... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 18:55:11 EST YAHWEH Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4016332 My sister (who is not a believer) sent me a link to this website about Christian yoga. With a bad knee I am always looking for exercise I can do. I have done some yoga, which I liked, on my WII, and I also purchased the Biggest Loser Bob's yoga DVD. So, when my sister sent me this link about this group in Phoenix (three hours north of me) I was interested. <BR> <BR> I am really turned off by the eastern mystic's of yoga, so I decided to investigate (Loser Bob isn't too much into it either... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:58:17 EST Prayer from Prime Time With GOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4009317 This is the prayer today on this devotional site. It is good and mirrors Galatians 2:20, one of my favorites. <BR> <BR> Today's Prayer <BR> God, what do you want to achieve through my life? Is there a special calling, a greater purpose, than what I am aware of? Please show me. I want to die to self and live for you. I want to make a difference for good in the lives of other people. I want to glorify you in all I do. I want to do as Paul admonished in ... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:01:40 EST Watchman Nee speaks volumes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4006087 "I believe many people are so rich and strong that they give no ground for God to work. I frequently recall the words, "helpless and hopeless." I must tell God, "all that I have is yours, I myself have nothing. Apart from you I am truly helpless and hopeless." We need to have such a dependent attitude toward God that it is as if we cannot inhale or exhale without Him. In this way we shall see that our power as well as our holiness all comes from Him. Oh how God delights in seeing us coming ho... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:22:07 EST Autopsy In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4002514 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l683045360.jpg"> <BR> I picked up the autopsy report today and couldn't read it. I gave it to my son to read and interpret. He did it for all of us. She died of heart failure, one of her arteries was clogged 60%, it was complicated by prescription drugs and over the counter ones (Nyquil and benedryl). She also had an acute respiratory infection. She had been in the ER two nights before she died. I wonder if they would have done an EKG i... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 22:15:18 EST Without Servants/Oxen there is No Manger/birth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992411 "Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest". - Proverbs 14:4 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l117249518.jpg"> <BR> <BR> An ox is a symbol of servanthood, along with an ass signifying burden bearing, both which were present in the manger to witness the birth of our Savior. It has occured to me without these very necessary traits there is no "new birth." The presence of servanthood and burden bearing qualiti... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 11:46:23 EST Today is a Better Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3974388 *Today I vow to stay away from emotionally unhealthy people, especially family members. <BR> *Today I vow to not let the behaviors of others influence me and to not stress over things I cannot change. <BR> *Today I vow to keep my eyes on JESUS and not be distracted by the failures of others. <BR> *Today I vow to CHILL emotionally for my own today. <BR> *Today I vow to have a better day! Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:09:29 EST Today I Weep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3972324 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l160935426.jpg"> <BR> Today I weep for my daughter Monica and myself. Monica was gone (mentally over a year ago) and was the only one of my children to call me just to "chat." "Let's bond, mom" she would say. She didn't call to ask anything of me but my time. She left me mentally over a year ago, but the times of her just wanting to talk are forever gone now. When she was sick, and in one of those "times," she was hateful and avoided me,... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:26:05 EST Life IS Like a Box of Chocolates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3969971 Forrest Gump had some wisdom from his mother in the movie, "ya (truly) never know what you're gonna get." But, we do know GOD is faithful in all things. Today was a day, neither good nor bad at this time. Alas, it is not over so we shall see what the remainder brings! Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:04:39 EST Slumber Party with Granddaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3967310 I picked up my granddaughter, Adrianna, last night on the way home from my Healthy Choices class. She spent a second night with me. Then she went with me to the Workforce meeting this a.m. She was a hit! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l876742078.jpg"> <BR> She is now 11 weeks old. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580315156.jpg"> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:21:19 EST In the Desert Wandering, BUT NOT Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955560 Psalm 107:4 <BR> "They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region; They did not find a way to an inhabited city." <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel like my whole Christian walk of around 30 years has been done in the desert. Now it mostly has as I have occupied space in Arizona for most of this time, but I mean the spiritual desert. When I came to the LORD, the Charismatic movement was at its height, promoting the theology that it should be "blessing, blessing and more blessing" for any... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:08:06 EST A New Day Has Dawned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3932741 Lamentations 3 <BR> "19Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. <BR> 20Surely my soul remembers <BR> And is bowed down within me. <BR> 21This I recall to my mind, <BR> Therefore I have hope. <BR> 22The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, <BR> For His compassions never fail. <BR> 23They are new every morning; <BR> Great is Your faithfulness. <BR> 24"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, <BR> ... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:46:21 EST Mental Illness in Arizona http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3920828 Mental Illness in Arizona <BR> By Kara Harris <BR> Whetstone, AZ <BR> <BR> My heart goes out to the parents of Jerod Loughner. You see, about 90 minutes before this man started his “shooting spree” in Tucson, my oldest daughter, Monica Stefanov, aspirated on her own vomit and died in Sierra Vista. Both of these incidents can be attributed to lack of mental health treatment and indifferent treatment. Sadly for Loughner’s victims he had no treatment, not that his parents could DO anythin... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:12:40 EST Finished the Obituary and Cried http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3913523 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584610922.jpg"> <BR> Christmas 2008. <BR> <BR> It is hard to pick a photo for an obituary. My husband had the task of scanning all those photos from our/her past. We picked this one, even though she wasn't smiling as it looks like her. This was also two years ago, as the steady progress down hill really begin. <BR> <BR> The following will run in the local paper tomorrow and Thursday. <BR> <BR> <BR> Monica Renee (Harris) Stefanov <BR>... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:46:51 EST Monica Renee 12/23/70-1/8/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3906295 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l713776558.jpg"> <BR> Monica at her 38th Birthday. She would slowly descend into the "pit" of mental illness hell from this time. <BR> <BR> Monica was always a different person. Different, riddled with struggles, but fiercely independent, always landing on her feet, taking care of herself. Her problem with mental illness goes back to her childhood, with numerous counselors failing to help. All this was exacerbated by a drug addiction i... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:53:31 EST