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7/26/14 12:15 P

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Working this week-end...miss my church time when I work. But it is only every 3d week-end.

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Hi Everyone,

I met my new therapist and so far I like her. She also talked with the psychiatrist about my concerns about my medication possibly being changed. We shall see how it goes. I see him again on Aug. 14.

My husband is still out of work. It has been since Mar. We are severely behind in rent. I am very freaked out.

I slept in late which is what I usually do on Saturdays. I need to dye my hair. I don't feel like it but I will probably get it done.

Our church has a picnic after church this Sunday. We are planning on going.

What is everyone else up to this weekend?

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7/11/14 8:49 A

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Oh Vicky! I'll be praying for you that your new Dr listens to you and comes up with a good treatment option. I know it's scary, but I'll be praying for your courage as well. Just know that you are covered in prayer.

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Hi Everyone,

I saw my new psychiatrist and I am not sure I like him. He is nice enough but the first thing he did is take me off one of my meds and is talking about messing with some of the others I am taking in the future. He also changed my diagnosis from Major Depressive Disorder to Bipolar II. I also have PTSD.

Vicky

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Hello Everyone!

I'm back from my long 4th of July weekend. Big family reunion, church festival and then time with my grandkids. I have to admit that I wasn't perfect in my eating (darn homemade bread gets me everytime! and who can resist a Polish feast), but I only gained 1.3lbs .. so that isn't too bad. It gets very hard when I can't stick to my routine.

The good news is I'll be having less stress after Friday .. a person I worked for is leaving, so I'm hoping that things will be more livable from now on .. still have the "losing the job to outsourcing" hanging over my head, but I feel that I'll be on a real team that can support one another.

I've read down through several of the posts, and see all the positive responses to folks who ask for help .. you are a beautiful group!

Have a blessed day!
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7/6/14 12:40 P

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It's been an emoticon 10 days since returning to Spark after a 10 month absence! I've b made some great choices, quickly changing my bad habits into healthy ones! I am sooo proud of myself!

I feel emoticon emotionally and mentally with increased an increased sense of happiness and self-esteem! I'm coming along physically, adding movement and exercise to my days! I'm sure weight loss is to follow! I have a renewed sense of excitement about this program, just like I had when I first started Spark over 2 years ago! I'm like a little kid in a candy store. eyes wide open with wonder! But I don't have to wonder. I know that Spark works if you work it and throw yourself completely into it.

Thanks team for your support and encouragement from the very beginning! You have stayed with me through the thick and thin, and I'm so grateful to you.

Be blessed by God as you continue on your healthy journey today! If you happen to misstep, be encouraged that you're one decision away from healthy! emoticon


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The beginning of July is a tough time with the immediate 4th Holidays....

But...anyone have new goals or plans for the month?

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Here it is almost 11 AM and I am not even dressed yet. Saturdays I tend to do that.

The mental health clinic I go to is setting up a new one only a few blocks from my house. The one I have gone to for years is 20 min. away. They want me to switch because it will be easier to get to and save on gas money. I am nervous though because it has taken so long to get the meds straight and I am afraid someone new might mess with it. But they talked me into trying it for a couple of months. They said if I am not happy there I could always switch back. I have my normal appt. this Thurs. and they will probably switch me after that. We shall see.


I guess I should go for now.

Blessings,

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Amen and all praises to our Heavenly Father! emoticon

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Dear Lord, Thank you for the improvement in Vicky's mood. Please keep her covered in Your grace. Lord, I also ask that you fill her with Your peace and ease the stress at work. Calm her mind and heart. I lift up her husband's job situation. Please open doors quickly so he may find a good job that fits his skills. You are the Great Provider, use his employment to provide for their needs. Please be with their daughter as she leaves the nest to make a go of it on her own. Guide her steps and give her wisdom as she makes new choices. Lord, I lift up praises of thanksgiving for all You have done in our lives and for all the blessings You shower on us every day. It's in Your Precious Son's name I pray. Amen.

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Good Morning,

I am doing a little better. I am seeing my therapist almost weekly. I couldn't fit it in this week though. Work has been very stressful for me. I was almost in tears yesterday. Starting next week I am not going to be volunteering as much. I am hoping that will cut the stress some.

My hubby is still out of work. He has been out of work since Mar. 15. I really hope he gets something soon. We are so very much behind in our bills.

My one daughter is moving out Aug 1. I will so miss seeing her everyday. But I am proud of her for wanting to make it on her own. She is going to be sharing a house with two other girls.

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6/14/14 9:17 A

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Joyce: I too am praying for your family. It's hard to watch our children struggle.

Tina: thank you for the encouragement

It's Saturday! Yay! After a very long week at work, I'm glad to be off for a couple days. I slept better, and feel more positive to face the day today. On the high side, I hit the 40# mark today (from my restart date of Feb 16th). It's good to see a milestone hit. Now to stay strong this weekend, and keep it off.

One day at a time! Sometimes, one hour at a time! We are blessed!
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Praying for doors to be opened Joyce! :D

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Son hibernating in our basement has gotten out for TWO job interviews this week!! That is a great start. emoticon emoticon

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I like to keep busy too. Too much down time leads to snacking. emoticon At least now the kids are out of school and I can keep busy with them.

Sue - praying for a good solution to your work situation.

Today the new wood trim is being delivered so I'm hanging out at home for a bit. I have a counseling appt at 3 pm so my MIL is coming to watch the kids for that. I'm going to work on getting the last of the kitchen stuff put back and out of the living room. It'll be nice to be able to do my workout dvd's again. I've been seriously slacking with my exercise while the reno was going on. Eating hasn't been too great either. With my new kitchen, I'm inspired to make some healthier meals so that's a positive. It's so nice to have prep space and room to really make a nice meal. Speaking of which, I need to plan tonights dinner.

Have a wonderful day, ladies! Praying God's blessing for you!

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Tina: glad to hear you had a great time .. very exciting about the renovations, we redid part of our kitchen a few years ago, and it was very exciting to see the transformation

Joyce: busy is better for me .. otherwise, I brood and think about what to eat next .. but I wish my "busy" was more fun stuff, and less housework, and work-work

I've been doing okay. Still having a lot of stress and tension at work. My company announced they would outsource my area's jobs within the next 6 mos to 1 year. I have 41.5 years with this company, but still need to stick it out for 4-5 years to retirement. It's very sad that there is no dedication to employees anymore. Well .. on I go .. taking it one day at a time.

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Great Wolf Lodge was wonderful! So fun with the kids. I also kicked butt on the putt-putt golf course. :D I think one of the best things was coming home and finding that hubby had planned for the granite countertop and tile backsplash to be installed while we were gone as a suprise. He's such a stinker. ;) All we have left to do is tear out the old pantry cabinet and rework it with new shelves to make it more user friendly and install the new doors. That can happen after other things settle down around hubby's work. (He works at a country club that hosts a major gold tournament the first week of Aug - the Bridgestone Invitational - things are already getting set up, it's a pretty big deal around here.)

Anyway - I hope you all have a blessed Sunday. We are off to church in a few minutes.

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You are correct!...been a busy week so all the laundry left for Saturday....plus some extra chores such as cleaning off the craft table so I can get sewing again... emoticon

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Hello Everyone! Looks like everyone is too busy to post. I want you to know that I'm praying that all is well in whatever you are doing.

LittleGuysMom1: wow .. Great Wolf Lodge sounds like great fun! Enjoy!

God Bless all!
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Good morning, ladies!

I just wanted to check in and say emoticon

We are off to Great Wolf Lodge (indoor water park/hotel) for a couple of nights since school is out for the summer. Our kitchen reno is slow going. The granite should be in next Monday so we are still in a holding pattern. It will be nice to finally have it done.

Well, I have some packing to do! Have a great day!

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Sending prayers for you Vickie. It is definitely NOT boring to hear you ... keep talking to us. Sometimes, just writing about things help to lift us up. I've been in the same situation you have, and God pulled us through it. I thought too that my hubby could try harder .. but a lot of it was from my fear. Trust in the Lord! He has a plan, and will provide for you. My hubby has a job now, and now my job is at risk. Yikes! I'm pray each day for help to deal with it. Take care of you! God Bless!

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I'm lifting you and your husband up in prayer right now, Vicky! It does NOT bore me to hear of someone's prayer requests, EVER!

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Vicky - Thanks for checking in with us. I will continue to lift you and your husband up in prayer. Are you able to see your counselor? How about getting your meds tweaked to fight the depression? You are dealing with a lot of stress right now and I'm sure it's not helping with the depression. We are always here to lift you up in prayer and encourage you. Please take some steps to get yourself some help soon. You don't have to live like this. I'll be praying...

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Just checking in. Still very depressed. Husband is still out of work and doesn't seem to be trying very hard to do something about it. It must be boring to hear that I am depressed once again.. It never seems to end. Vicky

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Adding my prayers, Vicky!

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Adding my prayers as well, Vicky! I know it's hard to trust right now, but God is with you. He will make a way in the desert. Hold fast to Him.

Dearest Heavenly Father - I lift Vicky and her husband up to you now. You know their needs, please bring Your peace and provision into their lives now, Lord, as they trust in you. Lord, I ask that you calm their anxious hearts and for complete healing for her husband's knee. You promise in Your Word to never leave us nor forsake us. Comfort them in their time of need and may they blessed by Your provision. It is in Your precious Son's name I pray. Amen.

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Continuing to pray Vicky ... one minute at a time...
God in Heaven and Father of all, hold Vicky and husband in your arms, provide them with the food and housing they need as they look to you. Amen

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Easter was quiet. We went to church and then just hung out together/ (hubby and I). My husband is still out of work. It has been a month now. Things are getting really rough. We are behind in rent. We need something to happen now. On top of everything something is wrong with my husband's knee and he is limping. That doesn't look very good even if he did get an interview. I am still working part time and that helps a little. Depression still haunts me. Some days are worse then others. The psychiatrist is worried about me so he has me going to counseling weekly. One of my daughters is moving to a town three hours away in June. I will miss her greatly.

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emoticon on the new job, Abby! I'll be praying for God to open doors for you!

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emoticon Princess Abby! Now I will think of you every time I go to Dollar General; Dollar Tree, or the Dollar Store!!

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I've been doing great! I have a new job (a cashier at a dollar store) and I'm also still doing my cleaning job. However, it's not allowing me too much time for anything else...BUT the new job is thinking of promoting me and, if they do, I'll be able to drop my cleaning job all together. I'd like prayers for God's will to be done in this situation please! Thank you all so much!

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Good morning Ladies!

We had a lovely Easter with my MIL. Now we are in full swing of our kitchen renovation. We have a new tile floor and the new gas stove and microwave will be delivered this afternoon. The cabinet maker wasn't happy with how the finish came out on the cupboards, so he is restaining them a shade darker (I wanted it darker anyway - hubby thought it might be too dark for our space) and we'll get them when they are ready. So we have been living with a counter propped up by 2x4's so we can still use the sink, the fridge is in the dining room, no stove, and stuff EVERYWHERE! This is all to finish what was started last March when the dishwasher flooded the house. I sure have learned patience through this process. ;)

So how have you been? You are all in my prayers! Drop a quick note to let us know how you are doing and how we can pray for you!

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Shirley - you are one busy lady! Congrats on the weight loss too! What a blessing that your son is able to help you out.

I got to spend the day with my son today. He chose to stay home with mom and not go to Nana's with his siblings. :D We took the dog for a walk and played outside for a bit and then we came in and he played wii for a while. Right now, hubby's home and playing with him. Overall a good day. emoticon

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I been really busy doing yard work this week and my back is yelling at me for it. Was cutting the grass with an electric weed eater and only being able to do a little bit each day.

Did not get anything done in the house like I wanted to but feeling good about the yard. So trying to look at the accomplishments instead of what I have not accomplished and praise myself for what we have gotten done.

Bud my husband is going in for a sleep test sunday evening and been summens for jury duty on monday at 8am So Tim one of our sons is going to help me with the paper routes monday morning and hoping to get it totally done by the time Bud gets out of his test.

I went from 210 lbs to 205 lbs in one week. emoticon

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Hey Ladies!

It's been a while since anyone chatted here.

I just got back from picking up my daughter's bday present. She'll turn 8 on the 29th. Big girl!! :D I did manage to take advantage of the great weather we are having and took the dog for a walk this morning. Getting my steps in! I got a fitbit zip a while ago and love it! Yesterday was my all time high of 13,613 steps! I average about 9,000. Trying to get that 10,000 mark consistantly. ;)

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the Spring like weather that is finally here.

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I agree with Joyce. I joined the Spring 5% challenge team and look forward to the weekly assignments (fiber, sleep, water...) plus it helps to get exercise in knowing my team is counting on me for the 'miles'. It's a nice way to challenge yourself, but doing it on your own terms.

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I 'challenge' or 'play games' with myself. Today's pedometer reading was 6923. Can I get 8,500 tomorrow?
I do find the pedometer helpful. We have an 8 week challenge going at work....How many flights of stairs do you do in a day....Doesn't really matter WHAT the challenge is, just setting a goal to do 'more'.
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I'm in the same place as you Shirley. I've gained back all of the weight I'd lost and now I'm back to square one. I find music helps make my exercise more bearable but, as for fun, I have no clue. I'm just putting a comment on here so I get all the same answers that you do! I hope the music helps though!

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Hi everyone yesterday I went to the doctor just for my usual 3 month check in and found out that since the beginning of the year I have gained 13lbs back. I told him that I have cut down on what I been eating and said what is next on losing this weight. All he said to me is get up and move around a lot more but be careful.

I thought man that is so helpful so been looking up more chair exercises and found out there is a lot more out there then I thought there was.

Thinking I need to figure out how to get the umph up to get moving knowing that once I get started with a task I stay on it until it is done for that section at least. Then I need the umph to get up the next day to do the same thing.

I told dh that maybe I should just walk around the house a lot to get in 2 or 3 miles a day going in a circle until this rain stops. But that is boring to do that every day several times (I know excuses, excuses). When the weather is good enough to go outside I can take one dog to the corner and back, (since we have three dogs) that would be three trips to the corner and back. the round trip is about 1/2 mile so that would get me 1 1/2 miles a day as long as I keep it up.

Weather here in California is raining, in the summer time it can get up over 100 at times. So need some suggestions on how to make the exercise fun so it would be more like play time so to speak.

Thanks in advance for all the help.

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Awesome Joyce! Thanks!

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Abby, I posted your LENT commitment on the "Ash Wed Blessing" thread....

My Lenten disciplines: are posted there as well...
1) Three meatless days each week...save up the money not spent and give to a charity

2) Engage in several extra devotional/study activities

3) Make my Prayer request flash cards for my Spark Ladies...and use them daily.


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I'm praying for you still, Vicky! Don't give up!

I'm giving up all alcohol for Lent. I don't drink often but, as it can be a stumbling block to other Christians, I was lead to this. I'm also spending 30 minutes in the Word a day. What are you all doing for Lent?

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My husband's last day of work is Sat. No new job on the horizon. I am hoping for a quick resolution.

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Today is Ash Wednesday....should you run into people with a dark 'smudge' on their forehead.....

Lent invites us to reflect on loving God and neighbor and to examine our own actions and inactions. Prayer, study, fasting and giving alms are traditional ways to observe this season


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I wasn't aware of that! Thanks Joyce lol.

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Someone asked, "Is there really a day called Fat Tuesday?"
Catholic (and other main stream churches) start LENT tomorrow with 'Ash Wednesday'. You are supposed to pick several 'lent disciples' many people restrict sweets during lent. (I usually save the money I would have spent and give it to charity)
So 'Fat Tuesday' is the day many eat up sweets to get them out of the house in order to reduce temptation starting on Ash Wednesday.
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This is the source of Mardi Gras (New Orleans)

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I'm praying for you and your hubby, Vicky!



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Hi Everyone,

I am struggling with depression although a little better then before. My hubby is losing his job sometime this month. I am trying not to freak out but I am some.

I have to get some work done today. My house is a wreck.. We are celebrating my daughters 21 birthday tonight.

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Hey Ladies!

Just hanging out with the kiddos waiting for hubby to get home so we can have dinner (potato soup). We are expecting another big snow tomorrow night. (No, not again!!!) It's been awhile since anyone has checked in. I hope you all are doing well, staying warm this cold, cold winter. There's not much going on here. I just finished up the Made to Crave Bible study with Proverbs 31. I love that book! We are following it up with the M2C Action Plan book next - it starts tomorrow. I've done really well this time around. The 5% Challenge is going on at the same time and I am 0.4 lbs away from meeting my goal 2 weeks early! Woohoo! I'm finally seeing success after such a long plateau. More importantly, I'm learning to lean on God more every day and trust in Him for everything. I'm becoming more consistant with my quiet time and getting back into reading the Bible, not just Christian books and devotionals. It's been awhile and I feel really positive about the changes I'm making. With God all things are possible!

I hope you all are doing well on your own journey. I look forward to reading about it. ;)

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A friend sent me this link www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-11
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It is originally for people stressed by caring for family members 24/7 (stroke, dementia, etc)
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Yes, it has been cray cray this winter! Let's all pray for better weather this year!

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Praise God for no flood damage! We are in a big meltdown now plus rain - it got over 40* the past two days. It had started to melt on Mon-Tues and then it froze again overnight so my driveway was a skating rink. Since then it gotten a little warmer and the rain started. So far the ice is pretty much gone, but our yard is a giant puddle of melting snow/rain water. We are very blessed to have no flood damage to our house. Still praying for the weather to even out. It's been such a crazy winter all over the country.

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I'm so glad that things with your MIL and FIL's passing are getting easier! I'm also glad that your kitchen is going to get done pretty soon! What a good hubby you have! Just think, the more time you have with your kiddos now, the less summer time you'll have lol. Seriously though I'm praying for the snow days to stop!

We had flooding here today because we got over 4 in of rain in 24 hrs. Also, some of the drains are still frozen shut by ice and snow. But our basement was dry unlike some of my friends'. Praise God. Plus, our garage flooded and some books that I had in a box on the floor were actually NOT WET! Praise God for He alone is good!

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just 3 words: ANOTHER SNOW DAY! :P

seriously, when is it going to stop!?! I really need my kids to go to school for my own sanity. No, they are pretty great, I just can't catch up on my Bible study or my chores when they are home making noise and messes. I'm behind listening to my Bible study podcasts by 4 days now, There's only 2 weeks left. yikes! I was going to do 2 today...guess it'll wait until tomorrow.

Anyway- things are going pretty well here. We are still adjusting to my FIL's passing. It is getting easier, but when we do "Best and Worst" at the end of the day, his not being here is always the worst thing of the day for the kids. My MIL is holding up pretty well. We are still getting things transfered into her name but we're almost done with that. She is going to sell her van since she doesn't need 2 cars. She wants to give it to us, but we are aren't sure if we want it. We have a van with a tow package for when we get a pop up camper, but we still have about 1 year left on the loan. We could sell ours and have hers (with no payment) but no set up for a camper which we really want to get. I know - some problem to have! We are very blessed.
Hubby is working so hard at work with a $2 mill renovation of the main clubhouse (he works at a large country club) so he's pretty stressed. He's in charge of the whole thing. Long hours and lots of stress. But it'll be over come Spring when they reopen for the season. Just in time to finish the work on our house. He likes to work on our house, but hates too it since he doesn't get paid for it. ;) He also does side jobs remodeling for other people. He's a pretty busy guy. Our house is coming first this time. We are still in disaster mode after our dishwasher malfunctioned and flooded the whole house last Spring. Still waiting on a new kitchen (the cabinets are being stained and finished and will be ready in a week or two). We have the floor tile but can't do anything until everything is ready since we can't live without a kitchen until it's ready to be replaced. Thankfully we can stay with my MIL for the week or so we'll be without a kitchen. It'll be a lot of running back and forth for me as the kids will need to get to the school bus and such. We'll figure it all out when the time comes. I feel so bad since he works so hard and I can't really contribute that way since I have to be here for the kids, plus with his job he's on call 24/7 so I can't really get a job. I can help with our renovation, I know how to paint and prep for tile. Maybe he'll let me tile the floor or backsplash. :)

Sorry to be so long winded! Just a lot going through my head. Thanks for 'listening.' :D

I hope you all are doing well. Many prayers going up for you.
Stay safe and stay warm!

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Kathy, I'm in the same boat as you! I'm praying for nicer weather too!

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Just checking in - haven't been on for a couple weeks. I hope everyone is doing well.

Our weather finally turned more temperate. We have temps at or just above average and it feels so warm! Funny how 18 days of below average temps (way below average) can make the average seem so nice. We have been in the 50's and will hit the 60's this week before winter comes back over the weekend. Just hope it doesn't bring more snow and ice.

Maybe March will have nicer weather.

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Thank you, Joyce, for the reminder of Jesus' love! I needed that!

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Valentines Day...difficult day for any ladies NOT in a relationship. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon in all the magazines, TV, stores selling gifts.

May Jesus be the basis of all Love in your life.

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We probably got 8-9 inches...ergh! But I'm glad the diet changes are working for you, Kathy! I need to do something to dump this weight because I'm just staying the same. I did lose the same 2 pounds that I've been losing/gaining for months now *sigh* But I couldn't sleep last night so me being a downer today is no surprise to me lol. Hopefully tonight is better!

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It's snowing here in SW Missouri too. We're supposed to get between 5 and 8 inches and we will have another storm come through on Friday and Saturday which is forecast to dump more snow on us. I haven't seen this much snow since I left the Chicago area in the late 70's. We always had a lot of snow in the winter, but here it's usually just a couple of inches and then it melts before we get any more. Not this year! I must say I am tired of winter.

I woke up Sunday to find my heater had stopped working and the house was a chilly 61°. Couldn't get anyone out until Monday. I did manage to keep it from getting too cold by using the two space heaters I have. I'll hate to see my electric bill, but what can you do? the guy came out and fixed it yesterday - bad control board - $365. I DID come home to a warm house after work yesterday, and that was worth every penny!

I've made some changes to the way I eat and it has been helping me a lot. I quit eating dairy products. I'd seen a study that links dairy with arthritis and since I never liked milk anyway thought what the heck. I've been off dairy for five weeks and have no more knee pain. I have also noticed that my thumb joint where I have arthritis doesn't hurt anywhere near as much as before. I'm a believer. I use Almond milk, which I like way better than dairy milk. I do miss cheese now and then, but not having the pain is worth not having cheese.

I am also eating gluten free for now. I have been revamping some recipes and make GF pancakes and muffins which taste great. I'm going to try a recipe for GF cookies today. I'll lket you know how that works.

The changes have been working for me. I have lost 18 pounds this year and am wearing jeans I haven't fit in for the last five years. I'm more excited about losing the inches than the pounds! I am also having some trouble keeping my work pants up - they slide down to my hips and I am constantly having to pull them up. Not a terrible problem to have, and I do have some work pants a size smaller. I'm just not quite into them comfortably yet.

I hope everyone is having a good week and a good start to the month. And I hope your snowfall isn't as bad as predicted!

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We're getting another 6-10 inches on top of the 7 we got last weekend. I'm so over snow as we can't get out of our alley and garage when it snows and parking on the street isn't an option because they never plow our street until last.

As for the break-up, we are working on things I think. He said that he's very conflicted and that he wants to think of this as "a break" instead of being broken up. I said, "No, either we're together or not, you aren't going to keep giving me hope for no reason." So we shall see...Thank you for asking, Amy. I'm praying for all of you gals today and I hope for NO MORE SNOW! lol

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Thanks for asking, Amy. We are keeping busy and just taking things day by day. The kids really miss my FIL. Every night we do "Best and Worst" about our day and the worst is always missing Papa. I'm doing the M2C study too! I've gone through it before, even lead it on this team once. I feel like this time I can really devote myself to it. It is also nice that is coinsiding with the 5% challenge I'm doing. Making healthy choices all around. :) CRAVE = PRAY!

We are supposed to get anywhere from 2-12 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow morning. NO MORE SNOW DAYS PLEASE!!! My sanity depends upon it. ;) I do like sleeping in though...

Stay safe and warm!!



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Good grief! Where do you live that you have that much snow?! That's ridiculous. Stay warm too! How are you doing since your breakup?

Tina, I'm glad your ECG didn't find any problems! How are you and your MIL doing since your FIL died? And I'm with you about the snow. There really do not need to be any more snow days; my kids need to spend time in school! We're supposed to get snow here tomorrow and Wednesday, but I don't know how much. I've heard anywhere from 2-10 inches. Hoping more for 2 inches than 10.

Joyce, I'm praying for you too! How are you feeling today?

I've been doing an online Bible study on the book "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkhuerst. It's such a good book!! I'm trying to make changes to how I eat. I'm doing pretty well actually, but it's been hard. Today especially I am just tired of being good and desperately want to eat everything in sight. Trying to be good anyway.




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I'm praying for you as well Joyce.

Seems like we have about 7 inches of snow on the ground from the weekend. Now, tomorrow, we are getting another 5-7 inches and possibly a FOOT over the weekend which I'm praying doesn't happen...but it'll be whatever it'll be!

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Joyce - I'm hoping you feel better soon!

I got the results of my echocardiogram - everything looks good there. My bp is responding to a low dose of meds and my pulse is slowing down (it was running in the high 90's pretty consistantly). I'll be on the meds for 3 months and then be checked again. It helps that I'm back in a full swing of exercise too.

I've been busy helping my MIL get things taken care of after my FIL's passing. I need to take her on a couple of errands this week, but it looks like things are settling down. Hopefully there will not be any more snow days so I can get things done around here. ;) Too much chaos with the kids home so many days last week.

I hope you all are staying safe and warm. Enjoy the Super Bowl if you are a football fan! emoticon emoticon

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I donated plasma before going to work on Wed....and then got overwhelmed at work
didn't eat until 9pm, didn't drink when I needed to.....

Affected my immune system. I have 3 days off and , of course, I am sick.
Oh yeah, and whining ! emoticon

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Just stopping in to say, HI!

Not much new here. Struggling with the same old stuff.

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So many people struggling with money issues...you are in my prayers Amy and Vicky.

Lord, I lift up Amy and Vicky to you right now. Please answer their prayer for provision in this difficult time. We know you as the Great Provider. Please bring about job opportunities or a way to meet their monthly needs. We trust in you Lord, even when it is so hard. In your Son's precious name I pray. Amen.

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I'm sorry to hear that Amy. But I am praying you through this!

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Oh Abby, I'm so sorry to hear about your breakup. I'm praying for you through all this. Hang in there and remember YOU ARE LOVED!

Tina, I'm sure hoping the weather cooperates for at least a little while so our kids can spend some time in school! My kids are going a little crazy having so much time off this month.


Vicky, I'm praying for your finances, that God provides wisdom for you and the money you need to cover everything. I am praying that for myself as well. My husband is working but doesn't make enough to cover our bills. I make some money doing research studies but haven't been able to find a more dependable job. We are never able to pay all our bills every month. Currently we have fallen so far behind on our gas/electric bill that the power company is threatening to shut our power off in 2 weeks if we don't come up with the money. And I honestly don't know where it will come from. If we pay that, we can't pay the mortgage on the house. I am trying to trust God and lean on Him, but am still really stressed. This is a bad time of year to be without power.

Stay warm everyone!


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Thank you all! I have put a new prayer request in my blog and the prayer request message board too. Thanks...

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Praying for you Abby!

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Saying prayers over you, Abby. I pray God is preparing your heart for when the right man comes along. Don't give up, He's got you! Also praying that today goes smoothly.

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Saying prayers over you, Abby. I pray God is preparing your heart for when the right man comes along. Don't give up, He's got you! Also praying that today goes smoothly.

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Vicky, I'm praying for your finances and peace today as well. Tina, I'm praying for a peaceful situation during the school break.

I need prayer as well. Eric and I broke up last night. I have to go get some stuff from his house today sometime and I need strength to get through this because I really thought he was the one....thanks everyone!

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Vicky - I'm lifting you up in prayer today. I'm praying for God to provide for your needs and to fill you with His peace.

It's another day off of school (today and tomorrow) due to the weather. That's 6 days off since the first of the year, on top of MLKjr day and a teacher records day too. We are going a little stir crazy around here. Catie and I have an eye dr appointment this afternoon so my MIL is coming to watch the boys. At least we made it to the library last week.




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Hi All,

I didn't get the full time job I applied for. They said I didn't have enough experience. We need a miracle in our finances. We just don't make enough to cover our basic bills.

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I'm praying for us all to get through the winter. I think everyone is getting the blahs. I'll add you to my prayers, Amy!

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Hello friends!

Well my husband and kids are home yet again. We got about 4 inches of snow last night so we have yet another snow day. At this rate they'll be going to school until July!

Meanwhile I am rapidly losing motivation and not getting anything done. I haven't had time to myself in a long time and I'm an introvert so I really need that alone time. So I'm eating badly and spending lots of time on Facebook playing games. Winter is just really getting me down this year; it's so much worse than it's been in quite awhile.

Sorry for complaining so much. Sigh. I hope you all are doing well!


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Praying you feel better soon Cathy!

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