YATMAMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=YATMAMA YATMAMA'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/ You are beautiful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299814 You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance. <BR> <BR> Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you f... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:36:56 EST Is there a thief in your house? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267549 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1038623027.jpg"> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:56:49 EST How Babies are Made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251869 <BR> Canadian photographer Patrice Laroche surely will have no trouble explaining his kids about the birds and the bees. During his wife Sandra Denis' pregnancy, the artist created hilarious explanatory photo series titled How to Make a Baby. The creative couple planned and carried out their project throughout the whole period of 9 months, taking pictures in the exact same settings as Sandra's belly expanded. <BR> <BR> The pregnancy saga of Sandra and Patrice basically denounces all the tr... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:21:49 EST Good Deeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239020 I stole this from a friend on FaceBook. Isn't this a fabulous way to handle people? I realize it wouldn't work for lots of crimes, but for many wrongdoings, I bet this is very effective, and certainly it is in relationships. So snatch up someone today and remind them of the good they do, the good they are. Affirm those you love. I bet it has a fantastic affect!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2024083205.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was recently told of a... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 16:34:16 EST Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228649 For those of you who haven't befriended me on FaceBook and may have missed this one, I had to share it here. It cracks me UP because it's SO me. Keep in mind, now, my dear, darling, big, strong, brave husband wakes up speaking in complete sentences, paragraphs even, and SINGING. I, on the other hand, cannot hear or speak more than two words upon waking without great difficulty. lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471142222.jpg"> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:34:51 EST World's 20 Most Amazing Dams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220067 I cannot even begin to imagine the extensive engineering and construction of one of these monsters. <BR> <BR> <link>www.weather.com/travel/worlds-most-a<BR>mazing-dams-20130110 </link> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:04:40 EST Nuff Said http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207117 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1934823177.jpg"> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:27:26 EST Another Mother Teresa Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199124 "People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them <BR> anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior <BR> motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat <BR> you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be <BR> jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be <BR> forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best <BR> you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway." <BR> <BR> <BR> -- Mother Teresa Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:34:32 EST Reminders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183834 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l242070745.jpg"> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:41:01 EST Corgi Puppy with Ice Cube http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176181 This is TOO cute! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyZgT-p4qT4 </link> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 22:41:35 EST Heroic Mama Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171166 Never underestimate a mama!!! <BR> <BR> Incredible photos of heroic mother dog carrying her ten-day-old puppies from a blazing home to safety <BR> By Daily Mail Reporter <BR> <BR> Touching pictures of a dog rescuing her ten-day-old puppies from a house fire and carrying them to safety have emerged on the internet. <BR> <BR> The blaze broke out at a home in Santa Rosa de Temuco, Chile, on Thursday after a car bomb went off. <BR> <BR> The mother dog - a German Shepherd mix called Amanda - r... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:17:45 EST Quote by Mother Teresa... SO appropriate for us right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168633 There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways. <BR> <BR> - Mother Teresa Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:53:26 EST Long Live Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157522 After losing his parents, this three year old orangutan was so depressed he wouldn't eat and didn't respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought he would surely die from sadness. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646287174.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The zookeepers found an old, sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the orangutan lived and took the dog to the animal treatment center. The dog arrived at the same time the orangutan was there bei... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 20:58:17 EST What little boy wouldn't LOVE this? (Or BIG boy, either!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050264 <link>www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=gn1qMY<BR>fFrro&feature=related </link> Sat, 8 Sep 2012 21:33:36 EST Lessons from Pearl Harbor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041274 I love Admiral Nimitz's attitude. A positive outlook is a HUGE key to happiness and success. I hope you will be inspired by this wise man's words. <BR> <BR> Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. I went into a small gift shop to kill time. In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, "Reflections on Pearl Harbor " by Admiral Chester Nimitz. <BR> Sunday, December 7th, 1941--Admir... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 14:38:03 EST Hurricane Isaac http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040570 Thank you so much for checking on us and praying for us. Isaac was not nearly as mean to us as Katrina was, and for that we are most thankful. So many were not as fortunate, though, and have had outrageous flooding. Waters are STILL rising and there continue to be new emergency evacuation orders put in place as dams, levees, and locks are stressed -beyond their limits from the incredible rainfall. Please continue to pray for those who have lost their homes and have such horrendous damage ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 22:21:36 EST Paraprosdokians http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016976 Paraprosdokians (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it. <BR> <BR> 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list. <BR> <BR> 3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. <BR> <BR> 4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong <BR> <BR> 5. We n... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:38:12 EST One Bad Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009876 This guy is TOUGH! <BR> <BR> <link>xfinitytv.comcast.net/tv/Bad-Dog!-/1<BR>42030/2258005751/The-Cat-Who-Slaps-Gat<BR>ors/videos?cmpid=FCST_hero_tv </link> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:52:42 EST Underwater Sculpture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907745 What amazing sculptures by Jason de Caires Taylor. Located in Grenada’s Moilinere Bay, Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures are a monument created to pay homage to the hundreds of slaves that sought freedom or were forced to jump overboard slave ships traveling through the Middle Passage from West Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean. <BR> <BR> Moiliniere Bay suffered considerable storm damage in recent years and the placement of an artificial structure has provided a new base... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 16:40:53 EST When a puppy drops from the sky ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891573 This affirms my belief in providence. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dogheirs.com/larne/posts/1167-ha<BR>wk-drops-puppy-from-sky-and-into-arms-<BR>of-new-family </link> Mon, 21 May 2012 15:14:42 EST Amazing Places to Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886651 What an incredibly beautiful planet we have. God is the most creative, exquisite artist! <BR> <BR> <link>www.stumbleupon.com/su/2Yb6Ck/:1FoZ6<BR>2ksl:c.CCN0v3/www.thecoolhunter.co.uk/<BR>article/detail/1957/amazing-places-to-<BR>experience-around-the-globe-part-1/ </link> Fri, 18 May 2012 02:19:42 EST The Dreaded Stairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881230 How clever this is! It got more people using the stairs than the escalator, by FAR! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx_8gxh76iM </link> Mon, 14 May 2012 16:19:19 EST Top 50 Pictures a Day for 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855014 These are fantastic! <BR> <BR> <link>twistedsifter.com/2011/12/top-50-pic<BR>tures-of-the-day-for-2011/ </link> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 14:04:51 EST A six year old's observation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853312 As most of you know, we have a new grandbaby in our family, so this joke gave me quite a chuckle. <BR> <BR> As I was nursing my baby, my cousin's six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was doing. After mulling over my answers, she remarked, "My mom has some of those, but I don't think she knows how to use them." <BR> <BR> Here's our own little bottomless pit, Angel, ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:27:07 EST Lucky Herman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847792 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l435824988.jpg"> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:51:21 EST Mighty Rushing Breath of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836168 Let this wash over your soul. And be refreshed. Love you, my friends. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwXgW9rHtX8 </link> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 14:37:06 EST Need a laugh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832631 If this doesn't make you laugh out loud, I can't imagine what it would take to make you laugh. We belly-ached watching it. lol <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9oxmRT2YWw </link> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 22:31:31 EST Smart Pigeons! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814969 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l238223868.jpg"> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 13:01:47 EST Sometimes fat people really AREN'T taken seriously... UNTIL they earn it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809047 This kid EARNED it. I hope Simon and everyone else who passed judgement before this young man began to sing learned a very important lesson. I cried from the first note to the last. I hope this touches your heart as it did mine. <BR> <BR> <link>www.godvine.com/Shy-Boy-and-his-Frie<BR>nd-Shock-the-Audience-with-The-Prayer-<BR>Unbelievable-1318.html </link> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:08:46 EST Incredible Music Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792394 This is truly amazing. Wow! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOqpnmNh8GU&<BR>feature=player_embedded </link> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 18:27:11 EST Welcome, Angel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737716 Our oldest delivered a beautiful, healthy baby girl today, Angel. She weighs seven pounds, ten ounces, is twenty and a quarter inches long, and is already nursing like a pro. We are so blessed! <BR> <BR> Aunt Melanie, our youngest, 14, got to hold Angel before I did. I don't think she'll be letting me forget that for a while. lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l737872866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wasn't far behind, though, in the introductions. What IS it about n... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:26:22 EST First Mardi Gras Parade of the Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733997 What fun we had! <BR> <BR> It was Angie, Leandro & Alesandra's first Mardi Gras. It is SO fun to see their faces light up and how excited they are when they catch beads, frisbees, stuffed animals, and all the other goodies thrown at parades. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l896915209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our dear friends, Randie & Vernon <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l871906056.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Michelle & her grandson, Randen <BR> <... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 16:11:19 EST This kid is truly amazing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712849 I made it through about a third of this before I was in tears, my heart filled with worship. This little boy is truly off the charts. I hope this blesses you as much as it blessed me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6cDQcLkprk&<BR>sns=fb </link> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:06:15 EST Christmas 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712803 I am able to get a lot of stuff done now that I'm on a SparkBreak! One of those things is organizing photos. Here is our Christmas morning, albeit a bit late. There were two big holes in this Christmas: Bill was at work, out on his ship, and our son is living in Ohio. I missed my menfolk big time. <BR> <BR> Our Irish angel atop the tree, watching over the presents <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l731672613.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our four daughters (Melanie, Mic... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:35:05 EST Cold Water Can Clean Dishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709260 John went to visit his 90 year old grandfather in a very secluded, rural area of West Virginia. <BR> <BR> After spending a great evening chatting the night away, John’s grandfather prepared a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast. However, John noticed a film-like substance on his plate, and questioned his grandfather asking, “Are these plates clean?” <BR> <BR> His grandfather replied, “They’re as clean as cold water can get them. Just you go ahead and finish your meal, Sonny!” <BR> <BR> For ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 20:34:33 EST Peek-a-boo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699528 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l9539405.jpg"> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 17:23:31 EST Porcelain Unicorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685621 I know. I know. I'm on a break. lol Still, I just got this and had to share it because it is SO beautiful. <BR> <BR> <link>www.porcelainunicorn.com/ </link> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:28:50 EST Taking a SparkBreak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685517 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l811588069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to focus on things at home in a bigger way than my 200+ SparkMails a day allows. I will be taking a break for the next 30 days. I'll check in daily and will be checking SparkMail, so if you need me, please contact me there. If any of you need me in a quicker way, I'll be glad to give you my phone number. I will check in on FaceBook but it is probably the worst place to actually get hold of me. I miss a ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:41:53 EST Some awwwwwwws to brighten your day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682621 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l273182584.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Smile! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l734703508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Best friends <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l826297540.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Find a sunbeam... take a nap... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l453642245.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l331729718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:11:16 EST Reggie's ready for the game! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664690 Our 75 pound furry-daughter is waiting for kickoff. Go Saints!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14677444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l785370789.jpg"> Sat, 7 Jan 2012 19:16:32 EST So proud of Michelle (my oldest, second-oldest of our blended family) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664450 At 22, she got her own financing, no co-signer, and is the proud owner of this little beauty: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l373379830.jpg"> Sat, 7 Jan 2012 16:59:15 EST Christmas Caroling - 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639258 Until two years ago, I'd never been caroling, never even seen anyone caroling. What an awesome time we had then and again this year. We went to seven homes. At each we sang three songs, with a reading of the Christmas story from Luke 2, with the kids taking turns reading (even the big kid, Vernon lol). Then we presented a little gift to the folks at the door. It was short and sweet and put SUCH a smile on so many faces... mostly OURS! If you've never done this? DO IT!! <BR> <BR> Firs... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:10:02 EST Believe - Trans-Siberian Orchestra http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636346 Let this wash over your soul... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=F_7xevfdixY#! </link> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:13:45 EST Toe owwie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635590 As most of you know, two years ago I severed my left little toe in a treadmill accident. (NEVER GO ON A TREADMILL BAREFOOT!) If you haven't read the story, here's the link: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2257103 </link> <BR> <BR> Day before yesterday I was putting on a double batch of New Orleans style red beans. Yummy, right? My huge cast iron Dutch oven was on the floor next to the stove. It's very heavy, so I hefted it up with my right ... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 21:18:11 EST A Christmas Flash Mob (This is sure to melt your heart!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4628423 I cannot imagine being out shopping and having this happen. How awesome is THIS?!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnt7euRF5Pg&<BR>feature=player_embedded </link> <BR> <BR> Our life is getting a little nutso but in a glorious way, filled with friends and family and, best of all, friends who ARE family. I will be spending more time visiting and less time Sparking until after Christmas, so forgive me when I'm not here and hold a spot for me for when I return, will you? I'll c... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:44:19 EST Cliffhanger: Can a mama lion save her cub? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591793 Mish Whalen writes <BR> <BR> A lioness looks around helplessly after her cub fell down a ravine and couldn't make it back up the cliff. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l968127970.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Other members of the pride attempt to rescue the cub but stop trying when they realize it is too steep. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l728555111.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Only the mother lion is willing to take the risk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 21:50:41 EST Time Lapsed Photography http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591518 This is just amazing. Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/v/xHkq1edcbk4?versio<BR>n=3 </link> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 16:23:17 EST A Dog's Seeing-eye Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589228 To all my animal loving friends who I send these kinds of things to all the time, but also to those of you who might need a bit of inspiration and encouragement for the day or just a feel good moment! Even if you've seen it before, it's worth a few thoughts about love and compassion. Oops! Those are only human emotions. Right? Well, there's something going on here. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286853623.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lily is a Great Dane who h... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:55:17 EST Three A's of Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580963 What a great message this is! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPE0G00XFV0 </link> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 14:45:45 EST What a birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580801 How cool is this? <BR> <BR> Boy born at 11:11 on 11-11-11 to vet on Vets Day <BR> MOUNT HOLLY, New Jersey (AP) — Jacob Anthony Saydeh won't have any trouble remembering precisely when he was born. <BR> A U.S. hospital says Jacob entered the world at 11:11 a.m. on Friday — 11-11-11. <BR> And to make the Veterans Day birth even more remarkable, the boy's mother is an Air Force veteran and his father is serving in the Air Force. <BR> It's the second child for Staff Sgt. Christopher Saydeh and h... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 12:17:38 EST