MOMMA_BEAR_69's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MOMMA%5FBEAR%5F69 MOMMA_BEAR_69'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/ SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186138 Simply say Yes to success! Sure there may be obstacles in your path. But most often the greatest challenge in making our dreams come true is ourselves! Great things may happen so much faster once you accept the truth: not only are you well prepared and qualified for the very best, you also deserve it!!! <BR> <BR> My oldest grandson, Christopher, will be discharged Friday after serving four years in the Marines stationed at Camp Lajune, NC. He will be going to Alabama and attending Jacks... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:34:37 EST Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154607 There is so much you can do about stress! Stress can only claim all your attention if you let it. Instead you can set it aside for a little while, postpone it indefinitely or outright ignore it. Or you can always shrink it by instantly by shifting your focus on what's definitely bigger: Life's joy!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week and ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never promised to... Mon, 2 May 2016 09:21:05 EST You are moving in a positive direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142866 Whether your "tires" seem to be losing air or stuck in the mud, life can make you feel like you're going nowhere. But in fact, you are headed somewhere--somewhere great! Today is the next chapter in your success story. Make it count!!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week and ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day!!! <BR> Blessings, ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:01:12 EST Good things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135393 You've come so far! You've made progress you haven't even acknowledged, developed talents you haven't tallied, come up with solutions you've shrugged off the credit for, made dreams come true--and set more in motion. Count your accomplishments. It's time to be proud of who you are!!! <BR> <BR> You are in charge! Sure, a big wind may shift your direction this way or that--or sometimes, life may seem to take the wind our of your sails. But you are the captain of your own ship. You are at... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:59:11 EST Encourage yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116752 You deserve the same priceless gift you give other! <BR> <BR> You share so much! Compliments and compassion. Good advice and undivided attention. Plus hope, enthusiasm and encouragement. You are very worthy of them all. <BR> Be good to yourself too. You'll feel so much better. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week and ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never promised tomorrow and need to ta... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:00:28 EST Celebrate You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097970 Celebrate all that you are! It's easy to dwell on what we're not enough or too much and to focus on what we haven't got or what w're must plain not. But so what if you're not perfect? No one is. Really!!! And you are so much better; you! There is no one more special than you!!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week and ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never promised tomorrow and need to tak... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:28:06 EST You are responsible for you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074331 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0d594ee-a6c3-4648-b1c6-6cb8bc73dce2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week and ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day!!! <BR> Blessings, love and hugs, <BR> Helen <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS: <BR> GOD <BR> FAITH <BR> HOPE <BR> LOVE <BR> FREEDOM <BR> PRAYERS and PRAYER WARRIORS <BR>... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:27:54 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070938 Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:54:49 EST Happy New Year 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055939 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fbf48a61-9229-48b8-aa6b-5dab7588a8f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week and ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day!!! <BR> Blessings, love and hugs, <BR> Helen <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS: <BR> GOD <BR> FAITH <BR> HOPE <BR> LOVE <BR> FREEDOM <BR> PRAYERS and PRAYER WARRIORS <BR>... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:31:29 EST Take pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052795 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49abc57b-c709-4a08-a0c3-975de2c50e4d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week and ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day!!! <BR> Blessings, love and hugs, <BR> Helen <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS: <BR> GOD <BR> FAITH <BR> HOPE <BR> LOVE <BR> FREEDOM <BR> PRAYERS and PRAYER WARRIORS <BR>... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 08:39:43 EST Christmas is coming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052052 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7231869-6e99-4295-909f-497663b144c5.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Yes Christmas is coming. Let us remember the reason for the season and keep Christ in Christmas. <BR> We need him in our lives every day. <BR> Have a wonderful Christmas and ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day!!! <BR> Blessi... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:03:07 EST Saw this and had to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047288 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b28ea488-9fb2-41f9-85b7-202cc9f18b1f.jpg"> <BR> This is so very true!!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week and ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day!!! <BR> Blessings, love and hugs, <BR> Helen <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS: <BR> GOD <BR> FAITH <BR> HOPE <BR> LOVE <BR> FREEDOM <BR> PRAY... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:33:24 EST Another great Pooh expression! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046781 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b5e4694-2857-41e6-9bad-4e660dce6bea.jpg"> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:47:49 EST Erma Bombeck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037614 Erma Bombeck was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s This written after she found out she was dying of cancer. She was also one of my favorite ladies. If you've read this before.....read it again. It's so worth it!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "If I had my life to live over... <BR> <BR> I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holdin... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:14:09 EST Just do your best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030346 You're moving forward! There are times when you may feel stalled or stuck, like you're just spinning your wheels. But even then, there is so much you can do. You can plan and prepare. You can start over or try again. And you can stay positive. You have every reason to. Your amazing future is unfolding! <BR> <BR> You don't have to be perfect to make a difference. But that doesn't mean you don't have something wonderful to offer. Just be prepared to do the best you can...one day at a ti... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:39:46 EST SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977731 Success is not an exclusive club. There is no secret handshake, code or test, and you don't need someone else or convince anyone you're worthy to get in. In fact, you are already in, because you have what it takes to succeed--always have and always will. <BR> <BR> Be the best person you can be: yourself! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend and ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never prom... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:49:56 EST Happy 36th Birthday to my beautiful daughter Richelle!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959957 Happy, Happy Birthday Richelle!!! (POOH_BEAR_69 on SP) It is so hard to believe that it was 36 years ago the Lord blessed me with my second beautiful daughter who was named Richelle after her father Richard. That Friday the 13th was very special for me and for her, I'm sure. She has been the delight of my life and continues to be a blessing to me and all who know her. She has been been truly blessed and has dealt with a high risk pregnancy. They tried for quite a while to make this happen. Pr... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:24:16 EST Although a loser, I am definitely a big winner!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912316 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l4955364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been a long time and a lot of work including tracking my nutrition and exercise every day since starting Spark People on 9/23/2007. However since starting my healthier lifestyle journey, I have battled several health issues and won!!! I HAVE WON!!! I will continue to maintain my healthy lifestyle because I feel so much better after having lost 97 pounds. I have to admit I gained and lost many pounds over th... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:19:37 EST HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875578 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l351210579.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug. We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day as our days turn into years!!! (((HUGS))) May your blessings in the new year be so many you are unable to count them all!!! ENJOY your Valentine's Day with your friends, family and loved ones. <BR> Blessings, love and hugs, <BR> Helen <BR> <BR> BLESSING... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:00:42 EST Goodbye 2014...Hello 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841927 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1548130075.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1244534569.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug. We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day as our days turn into years!!! (((HUGS))) May your blessings in the new year be so many you are unable to count them all!!! <BR> Blessings, love and hug... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:42:25 EST SEPTEMBER 30...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!!!! MISSING YOU BUT LOVING YOU ALWAYS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789717 Today is my father's birthday although I haven't seen him in 35 years. He has been on my mind all day. Lots of happy memories of the man who raised six children by himself after my parents divorced when I was five years old. What a brave man he was taking six children, ages 8 months to 9 years. He moved us from Pennsylvania to Ohio at that time...during the summer before I turned six and ready to start first grade. We had some great times as well as sorrowful times but he provided for us alth... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:44:09 EST Update on Shannon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785795 For those of you who were following my blogs on my nephew Shannon, I just wanted to update you on his progress. He was blinded in an accident last fall when an aerosol can exploded in a fire they were burning and had several eye surgeries. <BR> <BR> Shannon posted this on July 5: I got to see the fireworks for the first time in a few years last night. we went to Newton Falls and they put on a fantastic show. I"m not sure if it was just because I could see but it was the best fireworks show... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:55:50 EST Liberty Bell Tolls for Independence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732553 I tried to post this yesterday on our Fourth of July and America's Independence Day but was having issues with SP. <BR> <BR> Here’s a little history of the Liberty Bell: <BR> <BR> The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Liberty Bell in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn’s Charter of Privileges, the original Constitution of the state of Pennsylvania. <BR> <BR> On Nov. 1, 1751, a letter was sent to order a bell from Whitechapel Foundry in London and to inscribe on it... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 13:36:28 EST A little Election Day excitement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703795 We had a very long day last Tuesday at the election polls. Only 27 people showed up to vote and four of the 27 were the poll workers. We had a gas leak in the building and had to vacate. I was really glad one of our poll workers is married to a gas company employee. She called him and he reported it to the gas company and they came right out. They shut the gas off, put a red tag on their cooking stove and aired out the building. Of course there is no contingency plan for any emergency. ... Mon, 26 May 2014 19:57:22 EST Liam and Winnie the Pooh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695298 Today Richelle had scheduled a six month photo shoot for Liam. She crocheted his blanket and his Winnie the Pooh Hat as well as doing the printing on his Honey Pot. What an AWESOME job she has done on everything. <BR> This photo was a sneak preview of his photo shoot....compliments of the photographer, Paige: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l630581702.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141331037.jpg"> <BR> I hope you enjoyed these pi... Wed, 14 May 2014 23:21:56 EST Many things to be thankful for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692146 Ken and I have enjoyed working in our yard today while the sun was shining brightly. Now we are in the middle of a thunderstorm with lots of rain. <BR> Many things have been happening this month. McKenzie competed in a dance competition and her team won Grand Supreme with their routine! AWESOME!!! She was so excited she just about burst her seams. The girls work very hard every week and deserved their very high scores. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l12750985... Sat, 10 May 2014 18:46:18 EST Another great day with Richelle and Liam. PTL for my many blessings!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656560 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1155467822.jpg"> <BR> Liam enjoying his bath time with his daddy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1865902476.jpg"> <BR> Liam's priceless expression when I was talking with him and singing hymns to him today. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed a wonderful day with Richelle and Liam. Days I spend with them are beyond priceless to me. Believe me when I say that I enjoy every moment with them! <BR> <BR> Be sure to tell your l... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:58:57 EST ENJOY my picture blog of Liam and McKenzie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644886 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1530340636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1885054219.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l861047356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1001026229.jpg"> <BR> McKenzie enjoying holding Liam. She just loves him!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1978574087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:23:41 EST THANK YOU SPARK FRIENDS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614493 Just want to say a great big THANK YOU to all who saw my pictures of Liam and read my blogs! <BR> Your support (no matter how big or small) is appreciated and makes me want to continue to lead as healthy a life as I can. THANK YOU!!! <BR> <BR> We live south of I-79 and knew we would be getting hit with a lot of snow, but I was still surprised when I woke up this morning and we had twelve inches of fresh snow. It took me over an hour and a half to shovel our sidewalks and my elderly neighbo... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 22:38:22 EST Recent pictures of Liam...Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607577 With the continuing extremely cold temperatures all our area schools have cancelled classes for tomorrow as well as all the Pittsburgh schools. Even though we did get more snow today, there was no major accumulation. I did complete shoveling earlier. I also shoveled for my elderly neighbors. <BR> <BR> The following pictures of Liam were taken on Saturday, January 25, 2014. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l610953415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:51:19 EST Recent pictures of Liam...Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606511 Just a quick update. First many of you know that the temperatures are below zero with colder than ever wind chill temperature. The weather man said it is the coldest weather we have had in over twenty years. Even our local churches and many churches in Pittsburgh cancelled services for today. I missed going to church but I spent much of my day meditating and reading my Bible. <BR> <BR> I did go out and shovel several times today. It took me a while as we had more than twelve inches of fr... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:47:05 EST Recent pictures of Liam...Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606510 Just a quick update. First many of you know that the temperatures are below zero with colder than ever wind chill temperature. The weather man said it is the coldest weather we have had in over twenty years. Even our local churches and many churches in Pittsburgh cancelled services for today. I missed going to church but I spent much of my day meditating and reading my Bible. <BR> <BR> I did go out and shovel several times today. It took me a while as we had more than twelve inches of fr... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:47:04 EST Winter is back in Southwestern PA!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598409 This beautiful picture was taken by my dear friend Patty this morning. This is an example of what all the areas around us looks like today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1547445531.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First thing this morning I shoveled the sidewalk to the newpaper box to get my newspaper fix for the day. Great cardio right off the bat! <BR> <BR> Later I went out and shovel the driveway. It is so much easier to do it in small amounts, especially when it is on... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 21:36:26 EST January 11, 2014 Memories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590467 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l4892772.jpg"> <BR> The best way to start my day!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1313843238.jpg"> <BR> I saw this and it brought back many memories. I am sure many mothers will relate to this. <BR> <BR> We are having some beautiful 58 degree weather today. I am loving the rain and all that is happening today...getting to spend some time playing with Harley (Richelle's Australian Shepherd). Not as great as... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:15:17 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577248 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l819079229.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a happy new year, full of success, love, health, wealth and joy!!! <BR> <BR> Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug. We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day as our days turn into years!!! (((HUGS))) <BR> Blessings, love and hugs, <BR> Helen <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS: <BR> GOD <BR> FAITH <BR> HOPE <BR> LOVE <BR> FREE... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:25:27 EST Merry Christmas!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571894 Merry Christmas from the Kirby's... Make sure you count your blessings twice and praise God for the miracles He has provided you and yours. <BR> <BR> Although we have experienced many losses this year, I know that my many blessings far out-numbered the sadness and grief. Praise the Lord for his many blessings and for my life which He has given me!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1628793239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 23:13:33 EST Prayers needed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565997 My nephew Shannon will be having his eye saving surgery Tuesday morning scheduled for 8:00 - 8:30. I was talking with my sister-in-law earlier this evening and she updated me on the latest!!! Praying that all goes well and his eyesight is restored. <BR> <BR> Also asking for prayers for the family of my younger sister, Sandy, who was found deceased this afternoon. She had wrecked her car upside down in a creek and was walking home. My niece found her mom lying in a ditch about a mile fro... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:38:09 EST UPDATE ON SHANNON...PTL!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558577 Shannon got the good news that his surgery will be within the next two weeks!!!!!!! <BR> Awesome news!!!! <BR> <BR> Shannon and Lisa went to dinner to celebrate only she didn't know the celebration was for her as well. All of the workers at the restaurant came out clapping and she am thinking to herself... how sweet, it's someones birthday. Then they stop at their table and Shannon kneels down and proposes to Lisa. The whole restaurant was in on it and two very sweet couples payed for the... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 18:29:18 EST Liam... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557886 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1831348238.jpg"> <BR> Liam is two weeks old today. <BR> <BR> He is such a blessing and a miracle which God has seen fit to bless our lives with. <BR> <BR> As his pediatrician said in the hospital and at his first office visit...."He is perfect." <BR> <BR> The following are pictures from Liam's first doctor's appointment on Monday, December 2, 2013. I was proud and very happy to be able to attend his office visit with Richelle and Joe.... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 20:12:01 EST A Soldier's Poem for Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556740 I believe this started last year and it touched my heart deeply. With the Christmas season upon us, I wanted to share it again. Thank you to the soldiers all over the world. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> T'WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, <BR> <BR> HE LIVED ALL ALONE, <BR> <BR> IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE, <BR> <BR> MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE. <BR> <BR> <BR> I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY, <BR> <BR> WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, <BR> <BR> AND TO SEE JUST WHO, <BR> <BR> IN THIS HOME, DID LIVE. ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:06:33 EST Picture blog of my new Grandson...Liam!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554451 Picture blog of Richelle and Joe's baby boy...Liam... <BR> Born Nov. 21, 2013...length 18.5 inches and weight 6 pounds 4 ounces. Such a beautiful baby boy and a miracle for them!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1401006114.jpg"> <BR> Liam's first picture <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l676882628.jpg"> <BR> Richelle with Liam <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1002448949.jpg"> <BR> Liam <BR> <BR> <i... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:15:59 EST Asking for prayers for Richelle. Update on Shannon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551826 Sorry it's been so long with no updates. Shannon came home on Monday. All his tests came back normal so now we just have to wait for an appointment at the primary care doctor to see if this is a nerve issue. According to his wife, he is back to his normal goofball self! Ptl!!! <BR> Thank you for all of your prayers! <BR> <BR> Joe and Liam just rushed Richelle to the ER as her blood pressure is 250/130. Still waiting on news from Joe. Richelle and Liam just came home from the hospital ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 22:23:57 EST Prayers needed for Shannon, please. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546415 Prayers please. My nephew, Shannon Gaines is in the hospital with elevated cardiac enzymes. That is all I know for now. He had pains on Saturday and they have admitted him. <BR> <BR> As of last night, they still have no answers. He is still in the hospital with more testing today. No heart attack , blood clot, or stroke, but they don't know why enzymes were elevated. I will keep everyone updated as I know more. <BR> <BR> He has also not been able to have surgery on his eyes yet. Praye... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:16:51 EST McKenzie enjoyed Halloween!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535295 McKenzie didn't go trick or treating this year. Instead she chose to dress up and distribute goodies to the children who came to her grandmothers house. She was initially bored but was really enjoying herself once the kids starting coming. She had over three hundred children and adults show up and was gracious to each one of them as she shared the goodies and her smiles. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1985276039.jpg"> <BR> McKenzie just a bit bored. <BR> <B... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 22:20:17 EST Things are looking up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532354 I have been dealing with a severe sore throat (feels like it full of broken glass) since Saturday, heavy and annoying coughing, runny nose and watery eyes. I was able to see the doctor today. PTL!!! He diagnosed me with severe bronchitis and a sinus infection and called in an antibiotic and cough medication for me. I picked it up and started taking it right away. Sure can't wait for it to start working. <BR> So sad since I really wanted to go with Richelle tomorrow for her ultrasound to ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 21:14:45 EST Moov-ing in or moov-ing on? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509312 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2057267587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Although the freshman moved into the Waynesburg University in August, an unusual arrival appear on the college campus on Monday. A large black and white cow apparently wandered off a local farm and strolled onto the campus. The bovine apparently caused no harm to person or property, but its sighting prompted university officials to issue an email security alert, saying "It has been reported there is a cow loose... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 21:06:49 EST Fixing the Ranger brakes...maybe!?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503001 Ken and I have been replacing and working on the brakes on his Ford Ranger for the past two weeks. This week has been spent on trying to bleed them so that the back brakes are working. He has tried everything in the book and then some and it just isn't happening. Today we went to the parts store and bought a new tool that was supposed to help in these types of situations that they just got in this morning (according to them). We came home and Ken used it. After squeezing the handle twic... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:04:56 EST Update on happenings at our house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478222 I was finally able to get an antibiotic for my kidney infection. WHAT A TRAIN WRECK trying to get that accomplished. But glad I have been able to start them. It amazed me when those working in the doctors' office don't listen to the patients or pass the messages along. Just glad it is all sorted out. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! The doctor was impressed that I have lost twelve pounds since I was there last month. <BR> I sure don't need more issues to deal with with my kidneys. <BR> My dear ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 23:15:55 EST Update on my kidney biopsy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476128 Just wanted to update all on the results of my kidney biopsy. There was no sign of cancer! PTL!!! <BR> <BR> However they said that the only thing they could find was that I have diabetes and high blood pressure which is causing my kidney to throw protein into my blood stream. Well we all knew that I had both of those, so not sure that the biopsy proved anything. My doctor in Pittsburgh was hoping that it could be pinpointed so that there was something she could do before it got any worse. <... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 21:20:04 EST Last week was very busy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467314 My week went quite well other than a few bumps. We buried my dad's last sibling (my aunt and his baby sister) on Wednesday morning. On Friday morning we left home at 4 am as I had to be at Cleveland Clinic for a biopsy on my kidney. They are trying to find out why my kidneys are throwing so much protein. I should have the results within the week. <BR> So glad that we had safe travels and happy to be home!!! <BR> Have a wonderful week!!! ENJOY whatever life brings your way!!! Be sure to tell y... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:24:49 EST