NORTHWOODSMOM8's SparkPeople Blog NORTHWOODSMOM8's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 46 of Whole30--obviously going longer than 30 days. :-) Hi everyone. Just wanted to stop by and say hi and that I'm still going on my Whole30 [second round]. I had a pretty rough weekend last weekend and felt deprived for the first time since starting. We went to our friend's 60th surprise birthday party. There was LOADS of delicious looking food. I brought chicken salad over chopped red and green cabbage and 3 dates with almond butter for me just in case there was nothing for me to eat. But they had a relish tray and fruit salad so I also ate... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 21:20:33 EST Round 2 Day 1 Dearest Friends! I'm SO excited! I lost 7.6#'s during my first Whole30! I'm such a hard nut to crack for weight loss! I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, post-menopausal, and pre-diabetic [insulin resistant] plus I had a knee injury in May and I'm just now able to start walking again. YET, I lost almost 8#'s! Just thrilled beyond words! <BR> <BR> Today, I start [with Bonnie and a local friend] round 2. Right now, my goal is 3 rounds which will put me right at Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> {{... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:46:44 EST Tomorrow is Day 30 of Whole30 Challenge So I was encouraged on the Whole30 challenge to write a little "After Action Report" or AAR. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Question #1 What went well? <BR> <BR> After 29 days of eating clean: no grains, no dairy, no sugar [including stevia and xylitol], no legumes, and absolutely no artificial anything [not even gum], I feel amazing! I sleep for 8 hours and I'm ready to hit the floor running. I don't even have to set my alarm--my internal clock wakes me up--RESTED! <BR> <BR> I am alert a... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 20:46:03 EST Day 25 Whole30 Day 25 and changing things up a bit!!  Tastes SO delicious!  Cooked my wild-caught salmon in coconut oil with rosemary, chives and pink salt--then put on top of bed of greens with some avocado oil mayo, mashed cauliflower with ghee and pink salt and a little almond milk, and some baked in coconut oil sweet potato wedges.  YUM!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was a fun day for Mary. She did reall... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 21:21:46 EST Day 23 Whole 30 I was SO disgruntled and bored last night but the LORD gave me grace. And today I changed things up. I had the best chicken salad for lunch: chicken, eggs, tomatoes, green onion, and the avocado oil mayo! It was so good and really helped me over the boredom hump. <BR> <BR> BTW, I received my avocado oil and made this delicious mayo and some "ranch dressing" using the leftovers from the blender and almond milk with spices. YUM! <img src=" Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:48:07 EST Day 18 Whole30 I was able to fit into a skinnier pair of jeans today! <em>244</em> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:00:32 EST Day 16 of Whole30 I can honestly, from the bottom of my heart, say that this fajitas salad was EVERYthing I love about Mexican without cheese, sour cream or grains [tortillas or chips]. I honestly feel my taste buds are singing right now. <BR> <BR> Sautéed venison, mushrooms, carrots, asparagus, zucchini, onion, red, orange and yellow peppers in coconut oil. Place on top of a bed of greens with cherry tomatoes, avocado and black olives. Homemade extra hot salsa with extra cilantro. Yum, yum, yum!!!!! <BR> <B... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 18:50:53 EST Day 14 Whole30 While my family had grilled brats, potato salad, baked beans and grilled corn on the cob, I enjoyed salad greens with grilled all natural [no sugar, nitrates, etc.] hot dog and brown mustard on top, roasted cauliflower and baked sweet potato fries. Mmmmmmm, so good! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Things are going well. We start school tomorrow so I'm heading to bed. <BR> <BR> {{{love and hugs}}} Mon, 7 Sep 2015 22:02:47 EST Day 11 of Whole 30 Day 11 for me. Horrible headache last night but good this morning. <BR> <BR> The program has you cut grains, dairy, sugar [even stevia and xylitol], legumes, and anything artificial [even gum] for 30 days. I can't believe the incredible difference in my energy and focus these last 11 days. It's QUITE amazing!!!!!! I've been able to sit and focus on lesson planning for hours and hours and still have energy to go out and weed the garden a bit. I can't express how grateful I am that God is hel... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 07:34:15 EST Day 6 of Whole30 Hi, today is day 6 of Whole30 and I'm loving how mentally alert I feel and how I'm able to stay focused on tasks which I haven't been able to do for quite some time. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning grumpy and headachey. Also, **feeling** like this is one more thing I'm going to try that isn't going to work! I know--totally negative and hopeless. I read a post of a woman that had done the whole 30 days and hadn't lost anything. <em>40</em> <em>24</em> But I press on and hopeful... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:46:11 EST Wake up call; Day 4 of Whole 30 I don't even know if my dear Sparkfriends from FIVE years ago are still here, but if you are, hello and I MISS our interactions! <BR> <BR> Why is it SO hard for me to find my spark again! I lost 63 pounds and kept it off for a good 18 months. I was walking 5 miles a day. But then one little choice at a time, I started developing "less-than-stellar" habits and I gained and lost and gained and lost. In my "losing" mode, I hadn't had sugar for 18 months. Then I made a wrong move! Decided... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:49:56 EST To my PRECIOUS SP friends I just wanted to say hello and I MISS you all! I've been pretty much inactive on SP for at least a 18 months. TOO long! And I need help! <BR> <BR> I've done pretty good the last 18 months with my eating--in fact, I hadn't had sugar since April 2013 or gluten since May 2014, but Dennis and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary last month, and I did something I totally should NOT have done--I indulged freely! I threw caution to the wind and enjoyed our weekend away; however, I forgot a... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:47:27 EST WOW--it's been a long while! Hello to all my dearest SparkFriends! I'm SO sorry I've been MIA for these last 4 months! I can't believe it's been FOUR months since I blogged! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> First off, my dear husband started a new job on September 23 after 10 months of unemployment which was the FIRST time in our marriage without a job. He is working as a Sales manager for a GREAT COMPANY! God was so, so faithful to meet our every need during the time off, and we give Him thanks for His abundant lovingkind... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 15:19:24 EST Update--8/28/13 Hi to all my dearest Spark friends! I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, but sometimes it feels like I'm close! <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see--since I last updated a lot has happened. <BR> <BR> Today is day 123 of no refined sugar, pasta and rice, and I believe almost 2 months since any refined flour, but that could be off a little--it's been at least 6 weeks. You would think I'd dropped a LOT of weight! But no--this postmenopausal, insulin resist... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:15:03 EST 90 day streak I'm THRILLED beyond words that today marks 90 full days of no refined sugar, pasta or rice, and very little white flour [been trying the last month not to eat any]. Rejoicing in God's grace that has empowered me with desire to change. And SO grateful that He rescued me from the vicious cycle of carb cravings!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me share with my wonderful Sparkies!!!! <em>334</em> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 22:37:43 EST WONDERFUL two weeks Hi everyone! Well, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind, but OH so wonderful! <BR> <BR> But first things first, today is day 86 for no refined sugar, rice and pasta, and VERY little white flour. This is the LONGEST I've ever gone--period--WITHOUT feeling deprived and having a 'woe is me' attitude! I honestly don't crave it ONE bit which is itself a MIRACLE! ha! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My sister arrived July 7th with her three kids, my WONDERFUL nephews, Porter and Harrison, and ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:19:46 EST Funny Update :-) Hi everyone, this will be quick but I just HAD to share this funny story! <BR> <BR> Today, Mary came in and announced, "Mom, Emma is making a nest." WHAT! Her babies aren't even a month old! Next Mary runs in the house excitedly announcing, "Mom, Emma is HAVING babies." Come to find out a rabbit can be pregnant with MULTIPLE litters. She delivered 3 1/2 weeks ago, and now is delivering again! She was pregnant when she conceived AGAIN! Now we have 9 baby bunnies! But the FUNNY part is her co... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:11:37 EST Update for all my BEAUTIFUL friends Hi everyone. I posted the other day that it had been 40+ days since eating refined sugar, pasta and rice, and VERY little white flour, and NOTHING changing on the scale. Today is day 45! Wooohooo! This is the longest I believe I've ever gone without that feeling of MISERY and DEPRIVATION! ha! Tomorrow will be a record for me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is what I have to KEEP REMEMBERING! <BR> <BR> Well, the good news is I'm ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:02:38 EST Victory Well, I was actually SHOCKED that the scale was friendly today! <em>334</em> I lost 2#'s and I'll TAKE it! Thank you, Jesus! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, the victory I was going to tell you about had nothing to do with the scale. Thursday I traveled with a friend to pick up our bulk order at a Mennonite store. Afterwards we were going to have lunch at a Mexican restaurant but we were ten minutes early--they opened a... Sat, 25 May 2013 09:19:44 EST Update on Health Goals Here is a link to some of my health goals: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336694 </link> <BR> <BR> In addition to the coconut oil and the raw honey and real salt, I also had started oil pulling while in KC. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e%20oil%20pulling.htm </link> <BR> <BR> And after much research decided that I'm probably vitamin A & D deficient so I started a very good quality cod liver oil this ... Wed, 15 May 2013 20:31:14 EST Jonathan's Graduation Hi everyone! Finally able to post the slideshow that I did for Jonathan's graduation! It was a VERY special time! Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:43:47 EST Mmmm--real food is SO good! Hi everyone! Finally, we're back from our trip for Jonathan's graduation. We had THE best time with my family! 700 miles sure are a LONG way away--and it seems further, the older I get! One FUN thing is that my mom and I both qualified for a phone upgrade [I'm on my parent's plan, and my husband had always had company cell phones, but now we have to share until he finds another job], and I now am the proud owner of a iphone 4 for $.99--OH YEAH! <em>334</em> It's SO fun texting my mom... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:18:34 EST 100 Days of Real Food This is my 3rd week of changing my focus from losing weight to embracing a healthier lifestyle. I've cut refined sugar, flour, rice and pasta from my diet; however, I've still eaten corn tortilla chips, and I had some french fries yesterday at Jack Stack BBQ. Remember, I'm taking baby steps towards better health! <em>30</em> And, I'm pretty sure I'll never earn the title of 'perfect health nut'. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, today I was inspired by a 100 Day Challenge that I'... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:59:18 EST Week 3 & Spark Streaks Starting Week 3 of no refined sugar, flour, pasta and rice. <BR> <BR> Last night I did have a sweet tooth so I made some homemade Hot Fudge LaraBars: dates, pecans, cocoa and vanilla in the food processor until it forms a ball. I took about 1 TBS of LaraBar and about 1/3 cup of fresh strawberries in a ramekin and enjoyed EVERY bite! DELICIOUS! I've heard that dates are high glycemic, but I'm thinking with the balance of the nuts and strawberries that the 'sugars' went into my blood stre... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:12:57 EST Coaching Session I'm SURE enjoying the coaching, and want to publicly thank my good friend, Dottee, for sharing the GREAT deal of 3 free months with a pre-order of the new book. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today during my coaching session, I was encouraged to imagine being perfectly content with every aspect of life, and think about what that would look like. I liked this, and wanted to take this time to blog my response. As I thought of it, and my different roles in life, I came to the conclusion that I w... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:35:46 EST 8-Week Plan--baby steps I'm VERY excited at the thought of taking baby steps towards better health! And what's amazing is I WANT to do it! TOTALLY God's grace! <BR> <BR> Before I share my plan, I wanted to tell you about our day. We went to our former church in KC and got to see our pastor! WHAT a blessing! Then we went to the KC symphony--WONDERFUL! Then Mom and Dad treated us to a stupendous Mexican food restaurant in downtown KC. Then we all went over to my brother's house and he sang three songs for me ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:12:38 EST Update Hi everyone. I've tried and tried to upload the video I made of Jonathan's graduation from Basic to no avail. My parent's internet is EXTREMELY slow! I will upload it when we return home. <BR> <BR> I was SO THRILLED to weigh today and see that I had gone down 4#'s! SO, SO thankful, and I honestly feel awesome! I had a luscious fruit salad w/plain greek yogurt sweetened w/banana, strawberry and stevia w/oats and pecans. WONDERFUL! I made 100% whole wheat buns for lunch and made them "T... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 20:01:17 EST Family Day w/Jonathan at Fort Leonard Wood, MO Well, have you ever spent LOTS of time writing a blog only to delete the ENTIRE thing! UGH!!! Well, I'll try again for as long as I can.. <BR> <BR> My two soldier boys! # 2 & # 4 sons <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Nate [in uniform] graduated in September from Basic, and now Jonathan graduates tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Mary [only daughter] was SO excited to see her brother! <BR> <img src="">... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:05:33 EST SP Coaching…more news Well, a complete week of 'coaching' under my belt, and I LOVE it! Has helped me SO, SO much! Some things that I've been pondering as I go through these coaching sessions: <BR> <BR> The "tipping point" theory from "The Spark". GREAT concept! Keep doing the good things and eventually your body will change. <img src=""> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3943133 </link> <BR> <BR> "But learning... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:03:19 EST Warning: VERY Christian Based blog The LORD showed me something the other day, and even though I've been a Christian for almost 34 years, I was awakened and enlightened. He showed me that having unforgiveness and unconfessed sin in my life gives satan legal ground to attack me. This was amazingly liberating! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The week before starting to Spark again, I was INCREDIBLY attacked by the enemy of our souls, and was extremely discouraged & def... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:06:50 EST YUMMY Salad Spinach <BR> Romaine lettuce <BR> .5 oz. raisins <BR> .1 oz of pecans <BR> .7 oz of Cabot 50% reduced fat cheddar <BR> 36 grams of avocado <BR> 2 small tomatoes <BR> 1 mushroom <BR> carrots strips <BR> hard boiled egg <BR> 4 TBS of my homemade ranch dressing: plain chobani greek yogurt, milk and powdered ranch dressing powder [33 calories, 2 carbs, 4 grams of protein and NO fat!] <BR> <BR> All for the GRAND total of 326 calories, 28 carbs, 17 grams of fat and 22 grams of protein! YUMMY, YUM... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:07:08 EST THANK YOU with tears! I have rec'd SO many nice notes and 'welcome backs' from my DEAREST Spark Friends that it truly brings me to tears! Thank you so much for the outpouring of LOVE and support this last week! I'm THRILLED to say that God is meeting me, and I can't thank you all enough for being part of this process! I'm probably down 3#'s, and my clothes are ALREADY feeling better! And even though I've only gotten in one walk this week [yesterday my girlfriend & I walked four miles], my food tracking has bee... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:36:56 EST Dear Friend Well, Today I pre-ordered the new book [THANK YOU, Dottee] and got 3 months of coaching for free! And I REALLY need it! I've gained 20#'s since hitting my goal weight in April 2011. Yes, it's discouraging! But somehow getting this free membership today is giving me HOPE! The first thing I read was to treat yourself the way you would treat others. I would NEVER tell a good friend, or one of my children, that they were a fat pig, and there was NO HOPE! Yet, I told myself that everyday this week... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 11:07:45 EST REPEAT BLOG I JUST found this and it encouraged me SO much: <BR> <BR> Monday, October 11, 2010 <BR> <BR> I can't even begin to put into words what it felt like to step on the scale after one month of doing things right and finding that I had lost 7 pounds!!!!! I danced all the way to the computer! In fact, I'm STUNNED that in 3 months I've lost 20#'s with SP! The scales didn't budge for weeks and that was somewhat discouraging so I decided to only weigh once a month--WOW! I thought MAYBE 2#'s, althou... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:08:25 EST PERSPECTIVE The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole--I NEED perspective! <BR> <BR> I don't know where exactly I'm going with this, but I'm feeling so, so bad about myself with 20#'s to lose, and absolutely no inclination for embracing healthier eating & exercise. <BR> <BR> On this date I was ECSTATIC to be the weight I am right now! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3837453 </link> <BR> <BR> I felt good about mysel... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:10:12 EST PERSPECTIVE The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole--I NEED perspective! <BR> <BR> I don't know where exactly I'm going with this, but I'm feeling so, so bad about myself with 20#'s to lose, and absolutely no inclination for embracing healthier eating & exercise. <BR> <BR> On this date I was ECSTATIC to be the weight I am right now! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3837453 </link> <BR> <BR> I felt good about mysel... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:47:54 EST This and That--1-18-13 Hi everyone, Was down most of the day, except for taking care of sick ones: taking temps, making tea, pushing tonics, heating corn bags, etc. Good thing I had so much cooking done this week 'cuz they've been eating leftovers for 2 days. I want SO badly to build our immune systems and be HEALTHY for more than two weeks!!!! <BR> <BR> Sipped 2 cups of Rosemary tea [steeped whole rosemary leaves] today and read that there are MANY health benefits as follows: <BR> <BR> Today rosemary tea is reco... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:34:09 EST This and That--1-15-13 First let me preface, this is a lot of repeat to my SMHH team! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> We had Andrew's birthday party Sunday night. Homemade chicken strips and French bread, homegrown frozen corn from my MIL, potatoes and onions, and German Chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert. AND I could NOT resist the cake! Believe me--I TRIED. One of the highlights was going around the supper table as each person expounded on the things they loved and appreciated about Andrew. TENDER moment and ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:14:31 EST Happy New Year 2013 Hi everyone--boy do I MISS my SparkFriends and SparkPeople! One of my goals is to be MUCH more involved with the community in 2013--2 1/2 years have passed since joining and I was so much more involved in the beginning of my journey, but BOY can I tell a difference in my life [and body! <em>46</em> ] without the continuing involvement! <BR> <BR> First off, CONFESSION time--I've gained 16#'s from my 'weight maintenance' number, but 20#'s from my lowest weight on SparkPeople. NOT a happy ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:35:14 EST CHRISTmas Letter 2012 Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind. - Helen Steiner Rice <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Treasured family and friends, I contemplated *not* even sending a letter this year. I wondered if people were weary of my letters every year, and then I realized that it’s important to connect at least once a year with those that are so important to us. I hope that I’ll be brief a... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 17:58:18 EST The MOST wonderful time of the year… Nana--the most BEAUTIFUL name in the world! MY Nana was the MOST special person in my life! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Isn't she BEAUTIFUL!!!! This is probably what she looked like in 1961 when I was born. <BR> <BR> When my mother was 23, she got pregnant with me, and 2 months later her father died of a massive heart attack. My grandmother was only 52, her husband was HER world, and she grieved much for his loss! Naturally, ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:06:45 EST Rejoicing in the LITTLE things that are really the BIG things! As many of you know, my husband lost his job over 3 weeks ago, and I've felt bad that I wouldn't be buying my kiddos gifts this year. We decided at Thanksgiving that we would exchange names and that would be our gift to each other [although LOTS of them are deciding to get everyone a gift--SO sweet!] <BR> <BR> Well, GOD is SO good and WONDERFULLY faithful to give us the desires of our heart--the ability to give each of our children a gift! We use our Cabela's credit card through the year ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 19:10:24 EST Answered prayer As many of you know, my husband lost his job two weeks ago yesterday [time flies!]. We've certainly been in a state of upheaval and have had some turbulent moments, but God is miraculously giving us the grace to rest in Him, knowing that if He holds the world together in His hands, He can certainly hold our family together! Well, we decorated the house the other day for Christmas and Mary was quite disappointed that we weren't going to get a tree. I said, "Honey, we need to watch every penny ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:29:31 EST Thanksgiving Blessings! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SO, SO grateful for our Heavenly Father's GOOD GIFTS to us--ALL our family around our Thanksgiving table, and food provisions fit for a KING! <em>30</em> God is GOOD!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:35:35 EST NEEDING my SparkFriends! Oh, WHERE do I start! <BR> <BR> Today was NOT a good day! One week ago today we got the distressing news that my husband lost his job. I can't stop crying! I SO need to know the LORD delights in me and I know my SparkFriends will pray for me to that end! <BR> <BR> I'm not being steadfast in faith and I would SO APPRECIATE that you would pray that I would HOLD ON to the confidence He promises steadfast until the END! Every step is an effort! I feel a constant barrage of attacks from the ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:33:56 EST Hard times I NEED your prayers--my husband's position was terminated today. Simply a financial decision on their part, but still incredibly difficult. Lost our health insurance effective TODAY! Lost the company vehicle, phone, computer, etc. Lost all our benefits! Lost our INCOME! PRETTY stressful! <BR> <BR> Thank you, thank you, thank you for your faithful prayers for our family! I heard a quote years ago that said, 'if God gives the mouths…He'll always provide the food.' <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS and muc... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:58:34 EST TEACH 'em young! :-) You know how I adore my little baby boy, Sammy [NOT so little anymore--1st grade and excelling in reading and math and is a COMPLETE joy to homeschool!] <BR> <BR> As many of you know, we've ground our wheat and made our own bread for over 22 years--all of our 8 children have grown up eating this bread. Well, my Sammy is getting ready to go on an overnight with one of my dearest friends [like an aunt to him] and the following conversation transpired. We were sitting at the counter eating lu... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:37:10 EST Met B and Lab results Elated, excited, exuberant are a few adjectives to describe my mother after receiving her lab results yesterday! She told the nurse that she wasn't taking metformin [I think I have that right, the diabetes medicine] but the nurse failed the tell the doctor. Her A1C had improved in the 8 weeks since starting our Met B diet [I think it went from 6.9 to 6.1] and her blood sugars were in the normal range. At the end of the letter he said he was very pleased, and to continue the metformin. At ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:30:01 EST Update We are in week 7 of the MetB diet--technically you're not supposed to weigh for 8 weeks, but I've been naughty and weighed twice! <em>40</em> I've lost 8#'s so far, and I'm tickled pink with how my clothes are fitting, and how my stomach 'muffin top' is disappearing! And for my mother! WOW!!!! She has lost 12+#'s, off her diabetes meds and blood pressure meds. She is thinking that they'll cut her cholesterol meds, AND the most exciting part, she has MORE energy than she has had in YEA... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 17:36:26 EST Graduation pictures/updates We are traveling back from my son, Nate's, graduation from Army bootcamp. We were in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and it was such a beautiful time! My husband dropped me and 3 of the kids at my parents [KC] on Saturday and then he traveled south, continued working, and finally met up with Nate on Wednesday morning. VERY emotionally charged reunion! They both burst into tears!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Nate and my husband <BR> <BR> We ar... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:03:47 EST