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A Trophy That Means Something
Thursday, July 21, 2016      16 comments

Over the 6+ years I've been a SparkPerson, I've never really been motivated by the Spark Points or Wheel or trophies that much. Except for the fitness ones. In 76 months on Spark, I've hit at least 1,000 fitness minutes every month but one, a... Read more
Mary and Martha
Wednesday, July 13, 2016      9 comments

I'm leading worship and preaching every Sunday this summer at a church about 80 miles from my home. This week's text is the story of Mary and Martha. Nothing could hit closer to home for me right now! Even as I'm trying to study, reflect, and... Read more
The News You Never Want to Hear
Thursday, June 23, 2016      10 comments

As many of you know, Rick's mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late April and had major surgery to remove the tumor, which involved stomach, pancreas, spleen, and intestines. The cancer was caught earlier than pancreatic cancer normall... Read more
Slogging Through Molasses
Thursday, June 23, 2016      7 comments

This morning I had the worst run I've had in months, maybe ever! I got out at 7:30 to beat the heat. There was a stiff breeze, but nothing like some of the winds I've run in. I don't know what was wrong, but I just had NO energy. It was like... Read more
Decisions, Decisions!
Thursday, June 16, 2016      10 comments

I don't actually know what I'm going to write about...just whatever comes to mind, I guess! We are in full Summer Library Program mode at work, with activities and programs for preschoolers, grade schoolers, teens, and adults. Our theme th... Read more
I Just Don't Understand!
Saturday, June 04, 2016      5 comments

Sometimes things just don't make sense. While on our trip to Britain I decided not to track, to eat with enjoyment, and not to worry about it. No problem. We ate at lots of wonderful pubs, tried the local specialties (haggis, anyone?) and wal... Read more
Heading Across the Pond!
Tuesday, May 03, 2016      8 comments

Just a quick update. My mother-in-law is recovering, slowly, from her pancreatic cancer surgery. They did find cancer in 3 of 9 lymph nodes, so she is facing chemotherapy once she is healed. It's been a very up-and-down ride and I'm sure that... Read more
So Much.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016      11 comments

I see it has been a long time since I wrote a blog. It's been a stressful time. My husband's mother, Geneva, has been in the hospital for two weeks. During the first week, she was here in our small local hospital while tests were conducted an... Read more
Bright and Cheery!
Monday, March 21, 2016      11 comments

Last week I was feeling really stressed out and overcommitted. Rick really made my day by surprising me with these bright, cheery flowers! Anot... Read more
Aging Gracefully
Thursday, March 10, 2016      12 comments

Inspired by my friend CLAIREINPARIS, who does beautiful photo blogs of her hikes, and my friend SMILINGTREE, who always includes a fun picture in her blogs, I am including a photo I took this morning while on my run. It was a beautiful, wa... Read more
Sweet Season
Tuesday, February 16, 2016      12 comments

My birthday is six days before Valentine's Day. The cake! The chocolates! The dinners out! Yes, this is traditionally a time of indulgence for me, and this year was no exception. My daughter made my favorite Italian Cream Cake. It is ... Read more
Saturday, January 30, 2016      9 comments

My word for February is going to be determination. I am determined to stop messing around, grazing, cheating, and generally being a constantly-nibbling sloth. What has caused this awakening? My monthly weigh-in. It was as I expected. In... Read more
Thursday, January 14, 2016      11 comments

All of my life, I think the emotion that I have hated the most and felt the most keenly is regret. I can even remember being a young child and feeling this horrible feeling that I had messed up and that it was absolutely irreparable...there was... Read more
Wrapping Up 2015 and Looking Ahead
Saturday, January 02, 2016      7 comments

Since joining SparkPeople, I don't do New Year's Resolutions, but I do like to set a few overall goals for the year which I post on my Spark Page so that I am reminded of them often. Here were my goals for 2015: ~Maintain within 3 poun... Read more
Getting To Know Me
Wednesday, December 30, 2015      4 comments

Borrowed this from a Spark Friend, just for fun! 1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:20 am 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Last Hunger Games movie. It was pretty good and followed the book, which I appreciate.... Read more

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