PATTYSH's SparkPeople Blog PATTYSH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Eldest Meet the Youngest! (finally!) 4 generations together! It has been over 3 years since my boys have seen their grandparents (since my youngest son's wedding in June, 2008) Now that they have moved south from the U.P. of Michigan they are only 2 hours away from us instead of 12. Much more doable!! <BR> <BR> This picture was taken last weekend when we had everyone home for my husband's Masonic Installation. It was crazy and fun! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Left to right: My husband, ... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:10:34 EST Music is what feelings sound like. ~Author Unknown Music has always "spoken" strongly to me. Sometimes I get as much out of the choir singing, in church, as I do from the sermon. <BR> <BR> Today the music rose up and smacked me right in the heart. Oh, it wasn't a great song of the ages or a beautiful hymn, but for me, it was just as powerful. It was "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and in my mind and heart I could just picture and hear my brother belting it out. It was always one of his favorites. Tears ran like rivers down my cheeks. It ... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 15:02:02 EST The Definition of "Grandma Heaven" We babysat for both baby boys today! What a wonderful day!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep!! I was in heaven, alright! Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:35:26 EST Our vacation was just "Grand"!! My husband and I started a very special tradition. We went to The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for our honeymoon and made a promise then that we would return every 5th anniversary. We have done exactly that, and this year we celebrated our 30th anniversary, and we're back at the Grand! <BR> <BR> For those of you who have never been to the island and experience this 'Pure Michigan' as the beautiful ads say, the trip begins with a ferry ride. For you see, there are no motorized vehicles a... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 21:36:39 EST How to spend a sunny Saturday Afternoon.... We got to see the kids and the babies yesterday! It was a beautiful day and it felt so good to be outside! The babies thought so too! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Baby Cooper---4 weeks old <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Baby Jude - 11 weeks old <BR> <BR> They just make me smile!! Sun, 1 May 2011 08:49:58 EST 50 Things (Thanks to Sue!) 50 Things <BR> Sunday, April 24, 2011 <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Yes, my Aunt Pat. She was 4' 10" and really fisty! l loved her! <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> Today in church. <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Yes <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> That would be ham <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> Yes, 2 boys <BR> <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? <BR> Of course! <BR> <... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 18:13:19 EST If only you knew what they might be thinking..... I can't help but feel that these two little boy cousins are going to grow up to be great friends! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "HANG OUT HERE OFTEN?" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "JUST SMILE AND PRETEND YOU LIKE IT" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "WHAT ARE THESE PEOPLE DOING TO US???" <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Apr 2011 18:58:54 EST The cousins meet <img src=""> <BR> Today the two baby boy cousins met for the first time. These are our two boys--Rob on the left with Jude, 7 weeks old, and Chris on the right with Cooper, 2 days old. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My heart is full of gratitude and love. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:31:07 EST Cooper Samuel arrives today! What a journey this has been! After all the worries and prayers, Cooper has arrived! He is wonderful and has all of us, doctors including, wondering how in the world all of this baby fit into his tiny living quarters! This is the baby living in half of the double-uterus, and mom has been on medicine since Week 24 to prevent early labor and pre-term delivery. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today erased all of our worries and brought us a p... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 22:39:10 EST The cure for all ills..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Jude, our 3 week old grandson, and the newest love of my life. <BR> <BR> As my mother once said, "Thank goodness we have this baby. You just can't be sad around a baby." This statement was made almost 29 years ago when my dad passed away and our son was 6 months old. It is still true today. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, everyone! Sat, 5 Mar 2011 09:41:11 EST God's Hand involved or just coincidences? I know which it is. I have always believed that God has a plan for all of us, but never has that been more evident than what the last few days have demonstrated for me. My brother passed away on Saturday morning. I already did a blog on that. This blog is about God's timing and how He works. <BR> <BR> I first learned of Angel Food Ministries 3-4 years ago. It is the largest non-profit, non-denominational food co-operative in the USA. It was founded in 1994 by Pastors Joe and Linda Wingo in Georgia as a way ... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:27:08 EST My brother's battle with cancer is over.... Christ's faithful servant has gone to be with the Lord. My brother passed away today. <BR> <BR> 1 Thess. 4:13 "Whether we are living, we are living unto the Lord. Whether we are dying, we are dying unto the Lord. Therefore, whether you live or die you belong to the Lord." <BR> <BR> My brother certainly belonged to the Lord in life and now in death. <BR> <BR> Its been a long, rough road. Grief is a selfish emotion. We are sad for our loss, but we should rejoice and know that there is no... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 14:07:25 EST A chuckle for today---Boy did I need that!! <BR> What is a calorie? <BR> <BR> Calories are the little creeps that get into your wardrobe at <BR> night and sew your clothes tighter. <BR> <BR> MY CLOSET IS INFESTED WITH THE LITTLE %$&#s! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 08:02:29 EST Baby Jude Arrives...... Just a quick blog with the stats: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jude Eugene <BR> 2/11/2011 <BR> 10:56 a.m. (C-section) <BR> 8# 15 oz. <BR> 20.5 inches long <BR> <BR> I didn't know my heart could hold so much love! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is Jude with his daddy (our son). He looks like Rob, only Jude's cheeks are fatter. He has Rob's hair and great dimples! <BR> <BR> More to fo... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:01:56 EST Indy Officer's memorial service yesterday I wrote the whole story on the blog prior to this one, but wanted to just add how very sad yesterday was for so many. Officer Moore must have been a great guy. That's what my son said, anyway. They said goodbye to him in the midst of one of the worst storms seen in the country, but that didn't stop 2,000 people from coming in to attend. Officers came from all over the country to pay their respects to this hero. <BR> <BR> There was a 21 gun salute. His patrol car sat inside the fieldhou... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 13:45:32 EST Thankful for all of the first responders out there, but scared too..... I have a worried and sad heart right now and thought if I wrote about it, perhaps it would ease a bit. Most of you know that our oldest son is an Indianapolis police officer. He has just completed his first year on the force, and we are so very proud of him. He is 28, married, and now his son, our first grandson, is due in just one month! Needless to say, I am so excited! <BR> <BR> Sunday morning, while on regular patrol, another Indianapolis police officer pulled a car over, in a routin... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:03:16 EST WOW! A Sparkpeople Motivator! I am so honored! I have to just say that I was shocked to receive that email that I was being named as a Sparkpeople Motivator for a Positive Attitude! That just blew me away! Thank you to anyone who was involved in that nomination, voting, etc... I feel so honored. I don't particularly think of myself as a motivator, so that is why I am so surprised. <BR> <BR> This just made my day! Thank you so very much!!! <BR> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:55:18 EST Indulge me for a minute----A little As the children's book goes, "Some days are like that, even in Australia." But this has been ongoing for more than a week. Enough is enough! <BR> <BR> I have always grind my teeth at night, but now I find myself clenching my teeth when I am stressed. Which seems to be quite often lately. It has gotten so bad, that over a week ago, I started with shooting pain on the right side of my face. I couldn't decide if it was an ear infection, glands, teeth, or what. Finally I gave in and went t... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 19:47:52 EST I'm scared and worried for my son and DIL's pregnancy..... My son and DIL went to the doctor today. It seems that she is now in a higher risk category than we thought before. She has a double uterus. Because of that, it presents complications a bit. The uterus can not expand and grow like usual, so the baby will have to be delivered no later than 37 weeks. And the doctor said that is pushing it. She may go on bed rest at the end of the pregnancy because she is at risk of pre-term labor. She's scared and worried. I could tell she was getting u... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 07:35:16 EST Kids say the best things! Our school nurse shared the best story about her 2 1/2 year old granddaughter. I just had to pass it along. It just makes you smile and in the midst of our sad news at school, this week, it was exactly what we all needed to hear. <BR> <BR> Ellie was riding with her mom early one morning to go to the sitter's house. As they drove up a hill, the sun was just beginning to peek up above the horizon. Ellie's mom said, "Ellie, look at that beautiful sunrise!" Ellie was quiet for a moment and ... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 13:26:14 EST My nephew's wedding---What a glorious day! First let me begin by thanking God and all the prayers from my spark friends for bringing to us this glorious day! It is only by the power of prayer that we were fortunate to experience it all together. <BR> <BR> You all know how scared we were that this day wouldn't get here in time, but it did, and it was wonderful! My brother, the groom's father, is a retired minister, and of course, was to do the wedding ceremony for this special couple. My brother is battling brain cancer, and we wer... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 13:28:25 EST Happy 4th of July! We live in a great little community, not far from Cincinnati, Ohio. But, it really is a small town. Everyone know everyone---sometimes that's not such a good thing, and most people who grew up here stay, or return to raise their families. We, on the other hand, moved here from Cincinnati. We wanted a better place to raise our boys, and we found it. They truly were able to do things that they would never have had the opportunity to do had we stayed in the city. The high school they would... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 16:11:57 EST Happy 29th Wedding Anniversary! I believe every year needs to be celebrated as reaching a major milestone---not just those traditional 'biggies' like 10-25-50 and so on. Today is our 29th wedding anniversary. We had a good day. It began with church. I needed to thank God for our many blessings---our health, our home, our boys and their successful lives, and so much more. And, I needed to ask God to watch over my brother this week as he begins his chemo for the brain cancer. This is scary stuff. <BR> <BR> Here is 29 y... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 20:32:05 EST Update on my brother...... As many of you know, my brother was diagnosed in Dec., 2008 with a brain tumor. The doctor removed as much of it as was safe to do, and then he had radiation and cyber knife treatments. He was not a candidate for the chemo therapy as it is an oral program and my brother doesn't have a stomach. It was removed 5 years before this when it was discovered that his stomach was filled with cancer. He is a walking miracle! Yes, indeed! <BR> <BR> Then last Aug., 2009, the tumor returned. Again,... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 15:25:12 EST Breakfast with the Easter Bunny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband's Masonic Lodge does a free Community Breakfast every year. This year they decided to offer it as breakfast with the Easter Bunny (a.k.a. my husband!). I flipped pancakes all morning! It was such a success! We served well over 200 people, and a lot of kids were there. That was the best part! It was a huge hit. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 21:18:36 EST Hawaii---it really is everything "they" say it is! What a wonderful nine days! It truly was the best vacation we have ever had. It was filled with sunshine, beach walks, lots and lots of activities, and----just the two of us! We didn't have to do anything someone else wanted us to do. Talk about total self-indulging! This trip was filled with it. I'll not bore you with all that we did but just list some of the highlights and a few pictures. Words can't really do Hawaii justice anyway, and even pictures don't let you feel the island spi... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:16:16 EST Police Academy Graduation Today was the day! Finally!! It is so hard to believe that this process began two years ago, and now we are the proud parents of an Indianapolis Police Officer. The interview and selection process takes 18 months. They go through so much. We had no idea. I guess it should be vigorous, when you think that they are protecting us. They have the physical challenges to complete; a written exam; 3 panel interviews; psychological tests; medical tests; drug tests; neighbors surveyed; and a fin... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 21:36:15 EST EXERCISE IS A POWERFUL DRUG I was starting a downward spiral---a real pity party. Good thing I didn't blog right at that moment. I almost did, but then I thought about what some of the other sparkers might say and decided not to do that. I really don't care if someone agrees with my feelings at that time, but I really didn't want to hear, "suck it up and get over yourself" either. Sometimes you just have to honor your feelings and sit with them for a little while, and that's okay. <BR> <BR> Being in the Counselin... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 14:21:25 EST Christmas Memories & Bonus Time I absolutely love the holidays. I love Christmas lights, and all of the decorations. I love the fact that most people are happy. I do worry about all of those who are alone at this time of year. I have a dear friend who isn't married, nor has any children, and I always try to send her a fun box full of surprises. I have another friend whose husband passed away 2 years ago. She is my hero! She has the most wonderful way at looking at life and never-ever has that 'why me' attitude. She d... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 20:50:03 EST Thoughts on the weekend..... I groaned when the alarm went off. After all it was Saturday but I was going to the Sparkpeople Convention in northern Kentucky, so I was getting up at the same time that I do all week for school. Another groan, inserted here! I had planned to do the 7:30 walk, but in the somewhat-apathetic frame of mind that I had been in about sparkpeople, with the fog and all, I found excuses not to walk. I still wanted to go to the convention, partly because I was hoping it would make me feel better a... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 14:30:39 EST Need a kick in the rear I have never been one who can ask for help when I need it. I have always been independent -- even as a little girl. My mom used to say if I had a problem, she heard about it afterwards. That's just me. Its not that I'm embarassed that I can't do something, or that I have to act like I can do it all. That isn't it. I just don't want to put someone out, or look needy by needing or asking for help. And, I don't want to ever appear like a whiner, or making excuses. I actually became offen... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 14:47:43 EST WooHoo--little bits of good news! My cell phone rang and I almost didn't answer it as I was getting ready to go to my nail appointment. So glad that I did! It was my brother! It was so good to hear his voice. He was released from the hospital late yesterday afternoon. That just amazes me---4 days after having a brain tumor removed! He said "Brain surgery is a breeze. Its the urinating that is the problem." Which actually is the truth right now. He had a blood clot that was clogging up the works, so to speak and he ha... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 17:49:45 EST I am just so sad.... My eyes flew open at 5:30 a.m. on the dot. My alarm wasn't set to go off until 6:30 but I wasn't surprised when I looked at the clock and saw what time it was. It was exactly when my brother was being wheeled into surgery---AGAIN. He has a brain tumor. It has a long, ugly name, which I don't remember, but it all means the same thing in any language--scary. <BR> <BR> Today was my first day back at school, which I was actually grateful for. It helped to occupy my thoughts for most of the ... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:33:45 EST Prayers are needed (again) The phone rang.....I looked at the caller ID and saw that it was my niece, my brother's oldest. Becky is the rock in that family and the one who handles anything the least bit difficult. It was on her shoulders that she carried my brother/her father through the winter and his recovery from the brain surgery. When I saw that it was Becky on the phone, my first thought was "Crap. This can't be good." Becky doesn't call unless it has something to do with her family's issues. Sometimes I ha... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 09:15:19 EST He's in!!!! After an 18-month long interview process, my son received a letter today from the Indianapolis Police Department that he has been selected for hire! What a process! There were 980 applicants to start with. It began with a written test that took almost 4 hours. Then those who passed, took the physical test the following month. That was the 1.5 mile run, sit-ups, push-ups etc... Again, you have to pass to go on in the process. The next step was the interview. He interviewed with two s... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 15:27:46 EST What's in a number? 56 today. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Like Shakespeare said with, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet." So, its just a number, right? I would feel this same way whether I turned 45 or 60 today. I sometimes have to stop and think how old I really am. I feel the same as I did (some days even better) 20 years ago, so the number itself doesn't really bother me. <BR> <BR> When my ankle hurt yesterday, by neighbor and walking partner ... Mon, 25 May 2009 09:46:49 EST Girls On The Run 5K walk/run race This has been a great weekend and it is only half-way through. It began with my youngest son, his wife and their dog surprising me by coming home last night. I was almost ready to go to bed when in they came. What a great surprise. I'll admit I was feeling a little sorry for myself that I wasn't going to see either boy this weekend. That all changed in a flash! They also gave me a great present, too. It is a 8 X 10 picture of my two boys and thier wives. It is a great picture of all ... Sat, 9 May 2009 16:03:09 EST Empowering Young Women Conference WOW! What a great day! Today was the third annual Empowering Young Women Conference hosted at my school. This is something that I began three years ago. It was always something that I have dreamed of doing but didn't have the time or the energy to do until then. Now that I am working part-time, and I have wonderful co-workers and friends to help, this has become an event that girls look forward to coming to each year. The other two part-time counselors and I did all the planning and pre... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 21:43:02 EST Good News! Finally, some good news to report! I feel like I have only been posting sad news and having little pity parties. It feels so good to have good news to add. First and foremost, my brother is doing really well! I am absolutely sure this is due to the multitude of prayers that are being lifted on his behalf. The oncologist has said there is only a 30% chance of the tumor returning. He is doing radiation right now and the scan will be done in the middle of March. We pray that it is totally... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 21:26:22 EST My own 5K walk/run What a day! It began as I woke up in my oldest son's home and prepared to go to the conference in downtown Indianapolis. I stayed with them because they only live 20 minutes away and it was a good excuse to get to be with them, at the same time. Maybe a little sneaky, but --oh well :-) There were maybe two snowflakes coming down as I said goodbye to my son and his wife and drove away. 5 minutes later I was in a white out. It was crazy! Fortunately, everyone was going pretty slowly so I... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 23:03:48 EST Frustration The scale is moving in the wrong direction. What worked so well a year ago is not working now. I think perhaps my body has grown so accustomed to walking each and every day that now it expects it. I can eat less than what is recommended and do the same walking and exercising and I am gaining weight. Ugh! I am already eating less than what I should, so that isn't the answer. I guess I need to bump up my level of exercising but I already walk over 10 miles a week. I suppose the answer i... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:46:28 EST I feel so sad and so helpless...... Just a few minutes ago I received a phone call from my oldest son's wife. She called to ask if I had talked to my son yet today? Since he is rarely the one to call, the answer was no. She went on to tell me that one of their dear friends (the husband) had died last night. This is the son who is a part of a great group of friends. There are about 6 couples who do everything together. This couple went to college with my daughter-in-law and she had been in their wedding, and the now young ... Sat, 15 Nov 2008 12:42:35 EST Mary Ingles Statue Unveiling What a wonderful, glorious day! Today was the day that we have been waiting for, for almost 2 years. The new library in Boone County commissioned a local sculptor to do a statue of Mary Draper Ingles. For those who don't know the story, I would highly recommend reading the book, Follow the River, by James Alexander Thom. It is so inspiring. You will be convinced that there is absolutely nothing you can't do, after reading it. Briefly, it is a TRUE story about a very REAL person, Mary In... Sun, 26 Oct 2008 11:32:00 EST 43.46 minutes today! Okay, I admit it. My husband is right. This walking in 5Ks is "the gate-way drug"!!! I love it! He keeps teasing saying he isn't going to walk because its the gate-way drug that leads to more and more. He said that each time I want to beat my time from before, and before I know it, I'll be running, and then the running will lead to more races, and then the Boston Marathon!! Crack up! I don't think there is any danger in that happening, but I really am enjoying these 5Ks that we've been... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 15:02:32 EST Our second 5K experience Today was the day for the Tiger Classic. A 5K run/walk right here in town. It was a bright sunny morning, so no excuses for not doing this one. (My neighbor and I did not walk in the July 4th race because it was raining. We picked up our t-shirts and went to breakfast! LOL) So, another Sparker and another teacher friend of ours, and I walked together this morning. It seemed to go really fast, and I commented that I could tell that we were stronger now. I just felt better while we were... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 15:14:35 EST I'm back......... Whew! I feel so much better. I just came in from walking. I did a new route this time. Since my walking partners have been both out of town, I am on my own. Which most of the time, is fine. I stick in the ipod and off I go, but lately I have been in a funk of sorts, and have had a difficult time shaking it. <BR> <BR> I don't know if this mood was caused by the last son marrying and its the old "empty nest syndrome" or what, but something sure pulled me down. I didn't enjoy the little ... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 16:34:40 EST And they lived happily ever after...... My son's wedding was this past weekend. The right words will be difficult to find that will truly describe it all accurately. I could use wonderful, awesome, beautiful, and so on, as those are the words that you hear to describe a wedding, but they just don't measure up or reflect the love that was felt there in the presence of God and those witnesses. The love that was showing in Chris' eyes when CC started down the aisle could take your breathe away. She truly was a vision in white as ... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 17:35:31 EST Multitude of feelings rolling around inside..... With the countdown to less than 3 days, I am finding myself with feelings that change faster than the weather in southeastern Indiana! I'm happy, but I'm sad. I'm overwhelmed, and I'm bored. I fluctuate from taking care of too many to feeling like I don't matter at all. WEIRD, WEIRD, WEIRD! I know all of this will shift (hopefully tomorrow) and the gray cloud over my head will lift, but right now it doesn't feel very good. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a busy day, starting with a nail appointme... Wed, 4 Jun 2008 22:40:09 EST Some days are like that......even in Austraila If you've ever read, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, then you also understand that some days are like that.....even in Austraila. Today was one of those kind of days. Just plain yucky....I'm glad that I could leave school early, and I am also very glad that my husband and I have a double dance lesson tonight. Its hard to feel down when you're dancing! WooHoo! Tue, 27 May 2008 15:32:26 EST Feeling pretty proud right now.... Today, 3 other friends and I walked in a 5K honoring the armed forces. Proceeds from the race will go to put together goody boxes for soldiors in Iraq. We did the 3.1 miles in 52 minutes, so not only am I feeling pretty good about that time, I feel good about in some way doing something good for the soldiors. I thought about wearing something to recognize my two nephews who are both majors in the Army, but didn't. I am very proud of them and what they do. They both have done year long to... Sat, 17 May 2008 12:27:58 EST