LINDAF49's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LINDAF49 LINDAF49'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/ April 9 - anti-inflammatory AND dairy free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346259 Have been told for few years I needed to try dairy free to cut my inflammatory and fibromyalgia pain...finally greed to give it month trial run - Day one is done nd feeling positive...I CAN DO THIS!!! Sun, 9 Apr 2017 23:03:26 EST April = ANTI-inflamatory diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342842 Those who know me know how hard I have fought to keep moving - strength and mobility is still primary goals for the exercise part of my efforts - the peripheral neuropathy and arthritis are still there and are relentless - Dr says the only way to maintain or ever improve at all is to take anit-inflammatory meds [which I cannot have due to heart stents] and lifestyle = diet. <BR> <BR> So in addition to weight loss efforts with calorie accountability and also intermittant fasting I now lea... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:26:44 EST 03/17 March Goal setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323681 Review of Feb :Goal 1 - learn every-other-day fasting =learned and successful 6/7days/wk. <BR> Goal 2 - exercise with pedometer/Fitbit counting the steps Failed... fit bit not working <BR> Goal 3 Shall remain till I finally see ONDERLAND. No loss, no gain <BR> Faith walk is strong - Joy journal is still getting three items per day too. <BR> <BR> March goals_ continue the efforts with M-W-F at 500 calories and T-TH-S 1200-1400 calories and Sunday not counted, learn to control and estimate ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 23:18:58 EST February Goal setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309344 Goal review and Setting Time <BR> Last month's Goal #1of getting well is 95% met - Still have one inflamed place on left leg <BR> #2 to get sugar out of life probably 90% and <BR> #3 FAILED ... saw .5# loss once but finished with 2# GAIN Take deep breath and work it again... <BR> <BR> Goal 1 - firmly learn the every other day fasting method - see team efforts Basically means 500calories M-W-F and 1200 to 1500 the other four days. I include some learning of Trim Healthy Mama food fuels, a... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 22:48:29 EST January 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292930 I am a little late posting new Year's goals and plans. <BR> <BR> Goal 1 is to overcome the painfull red nodule illness - now in week 4 of expected 6 and finally no more fevers and no new spots for several days. Swelling continues but I am accepting the idea of wearing support stockings all of my waking hours. Will also continue hour to hour and half early afternoon naps IN BED - not on the couch where they are interrupted and distracted <BR> <BR> Goal 2 Get Sugar out of my life - follow... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 23:15:32 EST 2016 ending with a mysterious illness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286133 After my eventful year of learning to walk again after spinal and back reconstruct, walked a 5K in June and then began to concentrate on weight loss harder Goal of ONEderland was not met but will keep working in the new year. <BR> Then in early Dec I had weird flu like symptom several days and on the 6th started developing red painful nodes on my right leg - the joints became very sore and legs swelled alarmingly, by the 10th the spots were on both lower legs and both elbows and running feve... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:36:04 EST Dec. 1 One year since surgery + Month's goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275077 Dec 1 - and exactly one year since the 8.5 hour spinal/ back reconstruction surgery - I had no idea what it would mean in my life but 24 hours later I was able to sit on commode and do my "duty" - the surgery had saved those nerves!!! NOW to retrain the walking nerves and build muscles and the horrendous pain and therapy that I would face for 6 months to be able to walk again - I walk slowly and tire easily but thank God daily I am not in a wheel chair and I am not wearing diapers!!! Have als... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:54:37 EST First Sunday of Advent 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273051 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a650375d-ecd2-482d-a9ee-ffa0a30273ca.jpg"> <BR> Lovely graphic of the Sundays of advent [I know it is hard to read but you get the overview. <BR> Wk 1 is the prophetic candle meaning HOPE. <BR> remember that Christ is coming Read Romans 15.12-13 <BR> Pray: Oh God by whol all things are created and sanctified, pour your blessing on this wreath and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and receive from Thee,... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:59:19 EST First day of Advent for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272162 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3151c80a-9c5f-4627-a822-cfab0711ddd7.jpg"> <BR> The day after Thanksgiving is the first day of Advent for me - with less abilities this year, our precious daughter put up our tree for us and encouraged me until it was decorated .. picture taken with the new -to-me smart phone and shared with you - the picture on one wall is dear husband's tractor and the other is me as a young girl probably 2 years old. This is the 37th year the nativity is un... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:19:47 EST Day two of grief is much more gentle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265756 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf45d863-b88d-40f0-9ca3-b72e3a21d008.jpg"> <BR> This was our family reunion - all five of us siblings and spouses and at least one child from each couple was there...No ways near all of the decendants of my parents but precious and just realized that was the last time were all together. When My youngest brother called to talk that first evening after brother passes, he answered the phone "....and then there were 4..." ...we are blessed with s... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:54:37 EST 11/10/16 My eldest Brother died this evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265068 Seems so very strange to know my brother really is gone ---I have had good preparatory time and knew this was coming but it is still hard to know that he is gone - that my dear sister-in-law must go on without him and their children now have no father. At age 72 he was very special to thousands of students and community members and will be greatly missed but for me - my big brother is gone, he won't be there to talk to, to laugh with, to hear him sing, to be reassured by. <BR> <BR> I am so... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 01:14:08 EST 11/08/16 Sad and yet so very blessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264115 This has been a hard day for me - My oldest brother has been very ill for a month and this morning they signed the papers for hospice care - cancer is a terrible thing and I am so sorry for him, for the family and for the hundreds of people who love and respect and honor him. At 72 he has lived a very full life of teaching, counseling, inspiring guiding and encouraging others and it grieves us to see him gently but firmly set his house in order and wisely tell his family "I am dying and we m... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 23:59:55 EST 11/2016 Goals and comments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261867 Tuesday was my final appointment with Dr. 11 months following the 8.5 hour spine surgery - he is very pleased with my surgical site, my progress and is pleased that it seems I am still getting improvement in neuropathy symptoms - slow but sure and encouraged me to continue to Walk - Walk - Walk and to continue to lose weight. We talked some of the continued and increased need of total knee replacement but I can still not think about the idea of surgery again after the horrific pain of the sp... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:53:15 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244897 October will be a hard month of past sad memories and new concern for very ill eldest brother plus will be away from home on vacation with DH family members for about two weeks. <BR> <BR> *ONE-derland is in reach - 9/30 207# so 8 pounds would see 199# <BR> <BR> *Maintain healthy diet: Anti-Inflammatory, Eat to defeat cancer, Trim Healthy Mama principles, and gluten free for celiac with Every-Other-Day alternating days of Down Day 500-600calories and Up Day to 1200-1400 calories. <BR> <B... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 22:45:45 EST September: new goals and busy autumn harvests and winter preparations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229039 yesterday was first of September and our valley seems cool, with smell of fall and apple and pear harvests in addition to our garden winding down in production. <BR> GOALS SET: <BR> 1. Learn, walk and live the abundant life that Jesus Christ assures me of having. <BR> 2.BIG Push to get to One-derland [get to 199#] I dream of seeing it this month but for sure to get down a pound a week <BR> 3.Maintain walking abilities gained since last Dec surgery and fine tune them esp working at maintain... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 14:31:44 EST August goals and new pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211624 Added new picture to my Spark Page - family pic taken Father's Day, June19th at family reunion. Not a real good picture but is stil very "real" if you knew the family and stress levels of the day. I treasure that pic because it was a special day that my daughter survived a Crisis and is blooming where she is! <BR> <BR> August Goals are "still all out attempt to loose some pounds" - the scales must begin to go down - I need to be physically SMALLER to stay healthy after the hard won goal... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 14:15:53 EST 7/06 Complete week 1 of new goals and lost 2.4pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196218 I usually wait till I see a new # three days but this is too exciting to not share!!! Working at breaking the plateau and looking good - <BR> I get blood test results tomorrow and will have to update you again... but am so thankful for the light in this tunnel!!! <BR> Feeling better, more energy finally returning, going easy on the exercise still trying to find a new routine for that part of this effort. <BR> <BR> still basking in the joy of meeting the 5K goal - I am blessed!! <BR> Thu, 7 Jul 2016 01:14:06 EST 6/29 New goals set http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191951 If you have been reading my blogs - the 5K has been walked and I am proud and happy. It took a lot more out of me than I expected but after a week and a half of rest recuperation and joy and thought and prayer new goals are set in motion: <BR> <BR> I want to break the year long plateau and history of 35 years at approximately the same weight 225#. <BR> I have gone up and down up to 10 or 15 #s but basically have hovered around that weight since children were born. <BR> <BR> April 1, 2016... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:29:58 EST 5K completed and ready for new challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186666 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9afdb4af-d039-4342-b5e3-de5d2a8f2c48.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d37543f9-629d-49b3-b132-fca19d4046e2.jpg"> <BR> Saturday was cool, crisp and sprinkles of rain but first steps of "the Walk" were at 6am. I had encouragers one either side of me and dear husband wrote the times for each lap. I paused every half mile for sips of electrolytes and bites of food fuel, while they checked the pulse and breathing and ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 02:00:57 EST Six month mark since my spinal surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174618 Dec. 1, 2015 I was in surgery for eight and a half hours with one of the very best neurosurgeons trying to save my ability to walk, control own bowel and bladder function and yes, walk a 5K one day. The next morning I had no feeling or movement in Right leg and very little in Left but I began the long struggle back and today I set the date to walk that 5K for June 18 with two canes for between 1.5 and 2 hours. It will be a small group of husband, daughter and a few encouragers on the com... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 18:28:50 EST New things to work on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169665 I feel like I have come a long way ...still working on endurance in walking after the spinal surgery ...but 2/3rds of the way when a week ago I could walk two miles in one hour with two canes. Goal is still 3.1 miles [ a 5K] in less than 1.5 hours but am doing well. <BR> I have also done the "get rid of sugar challenge" and have been studying the THM -Trim Healthy Mama life style of eating which eliminates sugar, artificial sweeteners, and teaches a method of combining foods to fuel our bod... Tue, 24 May 2016 19:41:17 EST 5K ...yes...but with restrictions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146844 I saw the Dr and he says absolutely NO WALKING on pavement after my spinal surgery and no hills So tomorrow I contact the school and see what the restrictions of use of the High school track might be and find a time twice a week to walk there until I make the goal of 5K Walked with two canes <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/640b8b55-f7e1-4ef8-86bc-3542832bf2bc.jpg">in one time span then working with a co-ordinator of Senior and handicap events and get a group to walk this wit... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:39:53 EST decisions...5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145330 Well the 5K I have dreamed of doing has changed course and moved up two weeks - so not sure it is in the possible range but several are wanting to do a Sr / handicapped /cardiac 5K walk on the High School track like I had envisioned .... so I have walked the course that they WALK have planned for the regular one - it is on pavement and lots of ups and down hills - at this stage of my recovery I can Walk with two canes one mile of it in 40 minutes but the arthritis in knee and surgical site o... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:11:25 EST Report on Dr Visit and what is ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140844 Friday I saw my surgeon for 4 month post op visit for spinal fusion surgery and attempt to save feeling and mobility in legs - 8.5 hour surgery and 18 days in hospital and 2 months in-home physical therapy and gradual progress to walking with two canes on numb feet and right leg weak. The Xrays showed good healing and secure grafting and rods and screws secure so....... <BR> 1. Very pleased with healing and will not need to see me till Dec 2 for 1 year review. <BR> 2. Walking will be key fo... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:09:11 EST April 6 ... progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136564 I started this day in "deep dark depression, just doing what I had to do and moping round not knowing why - just painful and discouraged - decided I needed to come record eating since lunch was out of hand and off diet plan but when I opened Sparks there was note from a team member that encouraged my walking outside to help mood....just perfectly what I needed for my therapy walking. So I put the puppy on his leash and grabbed both canes and walked in the sunshine, looked at the flowering bu... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 19:01:23 EST January 28, 2016 return to Sparks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081913 It is time to try to be accountable to someone or some group for my progress in so many areas but mostly I just want to return to the group that has been good for me in the past - Sparks People. <BR> Computer frustrations caused me to leave and then so many things happened. but I am finally strong enough emotionally and physically to come back and share with you. <BR> In May of 2015 I was told by specialist that I should go home and prepare for a life in a wheel chair due to severe spinal s... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:34:59 EST Autumn/Winter meal plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797088 The garden fresh produce is all done for this year...going to miss those simple meals...Now to figure out ways to eat well on the Gluten-free for Celic diet and maintain the DASH -dietary Approach to STOP hypertension- heart healthy meals I need. <BR> Crockpot soups will be a major part of it... <BR> Then the home canned things and freezer fruits nd veggies and learning to shop wisely. <BR> Anyone want to share your grocery list with me? Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:10:51 EST Day 3 of DASH with Daniel Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725913 Working hard at DASH with Daniel plans of getting heart healthy <BR> <BR> Borrowed part of a facebook post and then putting my present status nd will keep working t goals or targets: <BR> 6/25 Did you know that people who keep food journals lose twice as much weight as those who don’t? Journaling is effective not only with food, but with all five Essentials. Start with food. Write down everything you eat: portion size, type of food, time, how you feel when eating it (stress, hunger, boredom... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:20:10 EST New profile symbolic of heart stents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719409 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l834967357.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jesus has been in my heart since I was in Junior High but all the heart verses have taken on a new meaning since my heart stents placed in May 23rd. <BR> <BR> Lavender has always been my color and saw this picture on facebook today and thought ...ah-ha there is my new picture!! <BR> <BR> God bless you-all and looking forward to catching back up with SPARKS friends and making new ones Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:53:36 EST Returning to Sparks with two new heart stents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717310 New emphasis in my life to become heart-healthy --- weight loss is still a big part of this but exercise and diet changes will be important s well s adjusting to hand ful of meds twice day but planning to live a long time with this new healthy plan. <BR> <BR> couple of new teams reflect the change in my life and looking forward to new friends as well as renewing old friendships Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:31:34 EST Another nativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568895 <BR> Artist: Juan Ferrándiz <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1619830808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Enjoying out Advent time - anticipating DD home for two days and DH 70th BDay party tomorrow. First December snow is falling . Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:38:00 EST Another nativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568889 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1876649484.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Juan Ferrándiz is a new artist in my collections of pictures I enjoy looking at per computer... Several nativities painted around 1955 <BR> We are having lovely Advent time - calm in our older years - anticipating having our Daughter visit for a couple days this weekend. Trees decorated and her gifts wrapped and music playing... another hour and I start pacing at the window waiting for her to arrive... ou... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:29:50 EST Advent Nativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568044 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768777873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lovely Nativity painting by Margaret Tarrant <BR> <BR> We are enjoying our Advent season but suffering with severe cold and NO snow to protect the ground crops or store water in the hills for next summer. Praying for white Christmas. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:42:59 EST Advent Nativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568043 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768777873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lovely Nativity painting by Margaret Tarrant <BR> <BR> We are enjoying our Advent season but suffering with severe cold and NO snow to protect the ground crops or store water in the hills for next summer. Praying for white Christmas. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:42:58 EST 3rd Sundy of Advent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565247 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2105485313.jpg"> <BR> Here is lovely nativity painting by Penny Parker. I m so enjoying the art aspects of the glorious Advent season. We enjoyed lighting our 3rd candle of the wreath today. Family relationships, Peace and JOY! Sun, 15 Dec 2013 23:41:27 EST Large church display of Nativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564265 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2115641600.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have never seen this but love the picture with ll the poinsettias around it . Church located in Bristol, Conn. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:00:06 EST Large church display of Nativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564264 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2115641600.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have never seen this but love the picture with ll the poinsettias around it . Church located in Bristol, Conn. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:00:06 EST Dec 13 duplicate again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563883 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389965394.jpg"> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:09:57 EST Dec 13 Childhood nativity set http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563882 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1547120539.jpg"> <BR> My sister and her husband found this picture of the nativity set my family had under the Christmas tree all my memory of Christmas at home ... It is a Whitman 1960 which means I would have been 11 but I don't remember before that I guess. THis is a treasure to have a picture of it...I don't know what became of it the last couple years Mama was alive and she has been gone 8 Christmases so was very precious to see this c... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:09:57 EST Dec 9 &10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561663 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1543217435.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l586395592.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really got excited this week to find the artist's name for these precious paintings that are so popular... I just love the gentle sweet pictures in her many illustrations about Christmas. And her name is ....Ruth Morehead. <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:55:32 EST ???Why are they coming double??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561662 is was a duplicate of Dec 9/10 so am deleting it...I am puzzled as to what is going on but at least it is putting something up for my blog. Love to you all at Christmas time and always. <BR> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:55:31 EST Dec 7 & 8 Advent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561658 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1645256983.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2143758335.jpg"> <BR> Both of these pictures show Willow Tree nativities. <BR> I love the idea of the "hankie tree" shown in the first one. <BR> I have a dear friend that has this nativity collection and each birthday or other holiday I can send her a card with pictures of the nativity figures or other special figures...I could never afford the real thing but the pictur... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:51:13 EST oops -deleting duplicate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558684 deleated Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:57:55 EST Dec 5 and 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558683 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l951051831.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l731964994.jpg"> <BR> Two more nativity pictures both painted by Lisi Martin - such gentle portayal of the wonder of our Newborn Savior. <BR> <BR> I m being blessed with wonderful art and music this Advent season. I pray that others will be blessed in the same way. <BR> As I weekly prepare to teach our church ladies about Advent as devotionals and then onto 45 minute clas... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:57:55 EST Dec. 4 Advent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557139 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1821417742.jpg"> <BR> We always place an empty manger by the Christmas tree at our church and this picture was shared by dear friend who follows same tradition in their home then places a baby doll in the manger on Christmas day. We have one set that has the movable characters and the manger remains empty till the family Christmas Eve reading of the Bible story and then the tiny baby goes in the manger. <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 22:05:00 EST For Dec 3rd - Advent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557133 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1140303150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How many of you have nativity sets on your Window sill? I keep one in my kitchen window year round... smaller than this painting by Linda Picken but always a reminder of the Christ that came . I love the way the family pets are around it and looking at the wonder of the winter and the church in the background. I imagine them waiting for their family to return from Christmas Eve service .. I love to make up stor... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 21:58:49 EST Dec 2 Advent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555183 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l730048578.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is picture of my Cousin's nativity display in their home. Treasures from near and far, new and old... I value my different ones from the child hood 25 cent plastic one to the expensive for me Avon precious moments set collected the first years of marriage [35 yr ago] to the new one purchased just last year and all the little ones around our home for various amounts of time. Each is a Reminder to me to be... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:30:39 EST First Sunday of Advent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555171 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2034499204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love the song 'Immanuel' and todays Advent devotional at church was the lighting of the first candle of the Advent wreath and a family shared how "God is with us" for father, mother, teenage daughter and their family. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:14:20 EST Second day of Advent for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553758 Second day of Advent for me and memories of childhood trees that Daddy went to the mountainside to get and would bring extra boughs and Mama would nestle the nativity set in among them. Later years she would set it up on a low table that Dad built but the tradition was begun and I continue, there is always a nativity set under my trees. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246644440.jpg"> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:21:27 EST Advent has begun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553753 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l276705239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite artists Robert Duncn paints such real pictures of his children nd I love this one of children arranging the nativity scene so am using it to start my Advent season ...Sharing one a day on facebook and hope to here if I can get computer to co-operate with Spark site. <BR> <BR> God bless you each one with healthy and happy Advent seson. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:15:10 EST