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"Change never happens until the pain of staying the same is more than the pain of changing." (from my friend, Jo)


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1/31/13 11:48 A

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Good morning, ladies, no school again today. We got the 8 inches of snow they were calling for, along with the wind. I will be able to get out as it is better than it was yesterday.

I signed up for the Dave Ramsey financial planning course. Looking for ways to cut costs. One thing we are going to do is cut our cell phone bill, not too popular with the kids but, hey, if they want internet on their phones, they can pay for it. I am not going to sign another expensive -year contract, thinking of going with straight talk.

"Change never happens until the pain of staying the same is more than the pain of changing." (from my friend, Jo)


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Good morning, ladies, it was only lightly snowing when I woke up this morning but you should see it now. We are supposed to get up to 8 inches. School is on for the day but I will be very surprised if they do not get out early. I ran all my errands, so I feel better about that. Funny how people scurry around before a storm.

Jan, I hope that you will be able to go to Florida and enjoy Universal with your grand children. What a nice break it would be from the winter weather. I have been tracking my food, too, and I feel so much better when I am in control of what I am eating and actually enjoy eating more when I am making healthier choices. Seems like when the food thing is under control, other areas of my life are more manageable as well. Congratulations on your weight loss! I am hoping to be successful this week as well. It is always a bonus when it shows up on the scale.

I am going to continue to plug away at my to-do list. Tim has been helping me paint the bedrooms upstairs. They are going to start carpeting next week, one bedroom at a time. It will be nice to get the inside of the house done before summer so I can work outdoors when it gets nice out.

Is anyone else getting snow?

"Change never happens until the pain of staying the same is more than the pain of changing." (from my friend, Jo)


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Mary I make smoothies almost every day. It is a great way to get in the fruits and veggies. I add a few carrots too or avocado. It gives another texture. Sometimes I add a scoop of protein powder too.
I know people that have had great results with weight watchers. You can do it Mary. One step at a time.
I am learning it takes time to develop new habits and wise choices. Victory comes one choice at a time.

I have been tracking food now for 3 weeks. I have added some exercise but not on regular routine. My knee still is giving me problems so I am taking things slow in that area. I have focused on water getting plenty each day. I read a tip that said drink 16oz of water in the morning before breakfast. It helps cut the appetite and kicks the metabolism in. I have been doing that too.

Today was my WID. I asked the Lord to please let me see something below last weeks 198. I was so pleased and excited to see the number was 196. I had lost 2#. I just might make it to my goal of 195 by next week.

Jo I hope you are enjoying your time away and have had opportunity to share with the other people.

Elaine it is great Sean went with you to the gym. Encourage him to continue I think it is good for the two of you to find something you can do together. I hope you can keep balance in all you are trying to do.

If all goes well we plan to go to Florida next week. It will be good to see family and friends. The grandkids are waiting for us so we can all go to Universal Studio again. We have a good friend that works in management there so he gets us free tickets. That is such a blessing.

Well I am going to track food and then curl up with a book for the evening. I am doing good at getting to bed earlier and up in time to have my quiet time. I so need that time each morning.











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Jan, as you know, I gave up soda. I found a great alternative that I would like to share, plus, it is a good way to boost fiber. I buy those big bags of fresh frozen fruit from GFS. I have been putting some in the blender each day, along with a frozen black banana from my freezer. I just mix with water and it tastes great without adding the calories. It really satisfies my sweet tooth and helps when I want something besides water.

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Good morning, ladies, school has been canceled again, this is the 3rd time in just a matter of days. We got 6 inches of snow yesterday and then freezing rain last night. We are in another heavy snow advisory for tomorrow and tomorrow night. I am ready for spring. On a good note, we are getting lots of moisture and we need it after the dry summer we had. Also, I wanted a day to stay home and do paperwork and cleaning, well, I got it.

Elaine, wow, how wonderful that Sean went to the gym with you, wouldn't that be a great thing for the two of you to do together. I am sure it helps you with your stress. I am getting closer to getting to the gym. I joined on Saturday and got my gym bag together yesterday. I am ready to go on the next nice day. I am going to start out slowly. I hope you have a productive day with all you need to accomplish.

Jan, I am attending Weight Watchers as I can deduct it under medical spending. I like the accountability of weighing in and also the meetings help me to stay motivated. I use the spark tracker to track my food and have also added fiber. I had pizza last night, too, my son made a Tony's pizza and thankfully, only left two pieces, which I tracked into my food for the day. I am working on the food thing right now and wanting to get started with the exercise. I know that I need to make changes that I can continue to live with, wow, that seems to take a lifetime.

Jo, I am sorry to hear the news about Dan. This is one of those things where my first thought is, "why, Lord". Then I think of how we need to trust him and that he is in control and all these trials that we face, keep us close to him. I need to keep that in mind as I deal with my own issues. We don't want these things that complicate our lives but they happen anyway and God is with us through it all. Some day, we will be in a problem-free heaven in our permanent home. I think you are wise in suggesting physical therapy for Dan and his back. I have been through two rounds over the past few years and it has been a great help for me. I will be praying for you and Dan as you interact with friends this week. I know that God will use you in this situation. I also pray that you are able to enjoy this time together. I think Dave and I could use a few days away together.

Ah, yes, and the battle of the bulge that brought us all together in the first place. I have heard so many times that losing weight is the easy part and keeping it off is the most difficult. I think both take a lot of effort. We all know what to do, it's just doing it. Right now, I am working on sticking to a calorie range, and trying to find other ways to deal with my stress, rather than food. I agree that another challenge is all those exceptions we tend to make when there is a special occasion, there are just too many special occasions and making those exceptions is what got us where we are. I am also trying to make healthier choices and really need to eliminate foods that are a trigger for me. I finally feel like I am motivated to take this on and make the change. It has been a very long time since I have taken off a significant amount of weight. It would be so nice to be slimmer for summer and be able to do more of the things I enjoy. I pray for success for us all.

Have a great day!


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Jo: Praying for you and Dan as soon as I post this.

All: I got to the gym this morning at 5:30, and Sean actually came with me. We worked out on different machines, but it was good to have someone there. I got in a full 30 minutes of cardio and did strength training on the upper body machines. Yesterday I did 15 minutes of cardio (on the eliptical) and strength training on my lower body. I worked my abs both days because they are so weak.

I have to get way ahead in school today. Destini is ready for school and I have to leave soon, but this class is very demanding! I had 15 things to do last week, plus 2 things I didn't get done that I have to catch up on today. I have to get ahead because my dad and stepmom are coming tomorrow through Friday. I also have a 3 page essay to write for a position at a school that would also be ideal for Destini. It is a Classical education school. It is part-time and if they hire me it would be full-time. When I get home I'm going to dive right in. I have to make a list of what is due and then complete the group portion first. The other girl working with me on the group project asked for prayer for some major stress in her life and I am going to do as much as I can to relieve her from the more time-consuming stuff. Then, I'm going to write ahead on the journal so that is not over my head. Pray for me. I rushed through one of the quizzes (there were 4 of them) last week and got a terrible grade. I did fine on the rest. I am determined to work ahead this week though. I look forward to my family's visit. Right after I got the bad grade, my brother texted me. He's so funny...and I miss him. I think he seems sad though lately, even though he seems like he really likes this lady he's been seeing. I like her too. She's so nice.

I have to run and get Destini to school. I hope you all have a good day. Another thing I am trying to do is set up the machines I use at the gym in a fitness plan with the mobile app through Sparkpeople, and chart my food. The mobile app is cool! I can scan a label too, although I haven't tried it yet.

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Jo thanks for the update on Dan. We will keep praying. I forgot you were heading off to ski this week. We just got fresh snowfall here for the past few days. The skiers will probably like that. Some schools cancelled today.
My friends I was meeting for lunch also cancelled. One had to help with caring for grandchildren who did not have school. We will try again on Thursday.

Last night I did eat pizza. But I went onto the website of the pizza shop and found the one that was lowest calorie and carbs. I made a healthy choice and healthy portion. So I felt good about that. Since I did not track for the day I am not sure how I did overall.

Jo I agree a plan is very important and it is good you have decided to choose one that can be a life style. I find for me if I keep my proteins up and balanced I do not crave sweets so much. And if I think about the choice I am making I can work in frozen yogurt or a piece of dark chocolate. I even have fiber one 90 calorie chocolate brownie snacks. It increases my fiber count and it satisfies my sweet tooth.

Mary I am using the sparks food tracker to chart my food. They have it set to track the basics of calories, fats, carbs, and proteins. I added to that fiber, cholesterol, and sodium.
I am doing well staying in limits. I try to track at various times during the day so I do not overeat in the evening or at dinner.

I went to bed earlier last night and was up earlier this morning. I enjoyed my quiet time and even wrote in my journal. I caught up on my Made to Crave devotional and had some prayer time.

Now time to get some work done on month end finances and set up payments for Feb so I do not have to worry about it if we are traveling.
Have a great day all.


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GREETINGS ALL: Thank you for your prayers! We are safely in Breckenridge and have had one day of skiing. The snow is not great ( :-( ) but it isn't horrible either, so I'm trying to be grateful. We only skied in the morning yesterday b/c the weekends are so terribly crowded. We were in line when the lifts opened at 8:30 a.m. and skied until noon. There are bare spots we have to watch out for and also places of "hard pack" which is almost like ice. I have a hard time cutting my edge into the hard pack so I slip a lot on it and it makes me nervous any time, but especially when crowded b/c I need more room to maneuver in it.

We were also tired from the time change, not sleeping before the travel and the altitude, so we came home and just rested. Then friends of ours from the area who are actually staying here in the resort this week (long story) invited us for dinner in their condo so we didn't even have to fix dinner. Pray for us as we interact with them this week. I don't think they are saved and it is an opportunity to be a testimony...pray that God will give us the words and the courage we need.

Forgive me for not getting my update about Dan done earlier. We did not get the results until about noon on Friday and had so many things to take care of before leaving. I was hoping to get it written on the plane but we were in a small plane and I only had my iPad out. It is very tedious for me to "type" on my iPad so I don't like to do a lot of writing with it. Plus I was so tired I just wasn't up to carefully writing a solid update.

Although you all will read the update later, I'm sure, with all the details, the bottom line is that there are two new tumors. He will have them radiated the week we get home. At least this time they will be able to use the mask again rather than the halo. There is STILL swelling in the area of the larger tumor from last time so he needs to stay on the seizure medicine but thankfully, he doesn't seem to have any bad side effects from that.

I have to admit that I was both disappointed and at the same time, not surprised. Chemo doesn't usually protect the brain well....we were just so fortunate with the Avastin...so I was hoping against hope that this new med might eventually overtake the disease systemically so that no new tumors would form. At this point, we are grateful that the tumors are caught when tiny and can be dealt with in this relatively benign way.

Dan still has increased back pain...I'm not sure what that is about. The bone scan and body CT scans don't show any changes there. I'm going to try to encourage him to go back to physical therapy for awhile to check on the way he is doing his exercises for his back.

I"m encouraged and impressed by all of you and your commitment to getting healthy. I am still struggling...am about 20 lbs. over my low from last year. In answer to Mary's question about what I"m doing now...that is part of the problem...I don't really have a specific plan and NEED one. Last night I was looking at "Beyond Diets' plan and thinking maybe that is what I will try to lose that 20 again, plus more. I'm reading more and more about the bad effects of wheat but honestly, I have been eating very little bread for the last two years and I cannot say that fat melted off of me...at ALL. And it certainly has not been the only thing I have been doing to lose weight! The Beyond Diet thing has a lot to do with getting rid of bread and wheat products. I don't really know the whole program so I need to investigate a bit more but what I DO KNOW is that I need a specific plan b/c when it is left up to me to use my "judgment", I fail. I have to make decisions BEFORE the temptation is there and I can't do that without a plan. I'm leaning toward a moderate plan that I can live with long term b/c this on/off thing has never worked...and yet I also need the encouragement of seeing some results to keep me motivated. sigh. Basically, I'm eating fruit..the lower glycemic fruits like apples and berries and grapefruit; rice cakes with natural peanut butter (although I'm gonna try almond b/c I read that it is better for you and lower in calories) meat and plain, low glycemic veggies. I do use real butter on some of the veggies, like sweet potatoes and squash but try to just use seasoned salt on green beans and broccoli which are my go-to veggies. When I make salad I tend to use too much dressing and need to find a way to fix that and still be able to make myself eat salad. Oh, I also eat low fat cottage cheese with pineapple (canned in its own juice...not heavy syrup) and walnuts. That is my lunch a lot, but I think I need to gradually lower the portion. That is what I"m doing right now but I need a more structured plan to be able to say NO to "special treats" like dessert at friends' homes or special breads when we eat out, etc.

I absolutely LOVE bread and it is hard for me to not have it but I do think it is not helpful in maintaining a decent weight and body fat content. As for trigger foods...SUGAR...in anything! I don't know that I can ever give it up completely but it may come to that.

Elaine, I know it is hard to eat healthy when you don't have a regular food budget you can count on so you can plan how to spend it and include as much healthy foods as possible. All you can do is pray for God to give you the wisdom to use what you have as wisely as possible and don't use that as an excuse to cave to what is easy. I KNOW how hard that will be but I truly believe you CAN do it with God's help. He kept the Israelites healthy on manna....he fed Elijah with what ravens brought him (probably road kill!) and fed the widow and her son on divinely re-filling jars of oil. If you are doing all that you can do, it is enough.

I saw a book advertised the other day that I really want to read called, Choosing Significance: Against the Odds, by Brent Phillips. He and his mother were cast out by his father.....I believe it is a Christian based book, but want to read it before recommending it.

OK..I'm gonna go try to get that update at least started. We will need to start getting ready for our ski day as well....we do better in the mornings. Bye for now. Jo


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1/28/13 6:44 A

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Good morning, ladies, I got called in to school. I was hoping for a snow day so I could sleep in but no such luck.

Jan, taking Sundays off is a something that we strive to do as well, but one thing I don't want to let go on Sundays is making wise choices. Making exceptions is what got me where I am right now. I feel so much better when I am taking care of myself. Our temps have warmed but along with them have come the snow and rain. Tomorrow we are supposed to have rain and ice. I don't mind the snow but I do like to have good roads for safe travel. I am glad that you mentioned Bob Evans and healthy choices. I do enjoy that restaurant and will keep that in mind when we travel.

Best get ready as I will need extra time to clear off the car.

Have a great day!

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Hello ladies
You are an encouragement to me. Thank you. Your healthy choices today nudged me in the right direction today and kept me on path.
Normally on Sunday I do not cook. I had decided also not to exercise or track my foods. But I found as I was making choices today I still stopped to think about what I was eating. I could easily cave to wrong choices for dinner. I took a break to check emails and found you had posted so came in to read. Now that I have finished reading I will make a right choice.
We have a house guest staying with us and you can tell he is a single guy. He keeps wanting to go out to buy pizza or sandwiches or KFC. The good news is our town does not have any fast food places other than pizza shop and deli. The nearest one is 8 miles in to Petoskey. This is a big help.

I also took the day off from any other work. After church we went to Bob Evans for lunch and I had a veggie omelet from their healthy choice menu. Delicious. It had fruit cup and wheat toast and all for only 372 calories.
This afternoon I read for a while then took a nap then Dale and I played a game of scrabble.
Now I think I might curl up and watch a movie or read some more.
Elaine I want to work on getting to bed earlier too so I can get up earlier. I have always functioned better in the morning hours. Since Bruce moved home last month he and Dale are night people so I tend to stay up later than my usual. We all sleep later in the morning since we are all retired. I am getting 7-8 hrs sleep but it is not the same. My day is starting too late and I am not being as productive as I like. So that is my new goal this week. Off to bed by 9:30 or 10. Read my Bible then get to sleep. I am missing my morning quiet time with Jesus and that I very much need to stay on track.
It is good Salina can talk to you about things and be honest with you. I hope you have told her how much you appreciate her taking care of her rabbit on time.

Mary I am glad you felt well enough to get out and ride. That is good for you. Are your temps rising? Ours have gone up some and they say it may hit 40 on Tuesday.

Jo any news on the reports yet?

Dore I hope you are hugging and lovin on that new little one.

Be blessed all.



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Good afternoon, ladies, had a great time riding horse with Christina this afternoon.

Elaine, Salina only knows what she has grown up with and to her it is normal. It is good that she will talk to you about her feelings.

Jan, did good with my choices over the weekend, hope it went well for you, too.

I need to get in the shower and going to church tonight with the kids.

Jo, hope all is well with your travels.



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All: We had a good message today, although I struggled to stay awake, so I went into the lobby and had a cup of coffee. Salina is struggling to stay focused at church.

She is worried that we are going to divorce. She told me last night basically she doesn't think what her dad does is wrong. I told her after pondering it for a night that I disagree. I told her that I want her to honor her dad and continue to love him, but I cannot agree that putting me in this place week after week is justified. I told her that I am not looking at that, just trying to get financially independent of him, and praying that he would repent.

I was weary today, but Sean did give me some money to pick some things up from the store and then, when I went over, he gave me more. That at least is a better thing.

I have so much left to do for school. I had so much distraction this week with Salina having half-days. 6 more things to go. My partner for my group project did a good job editing the first part of what we have to do. After I get caught up with this week, I have to write a 3 page essay on Classical Education for the one position to provide a sampling of my writing along with the cover letter and resume, and I'm going to hand-deliver it, hopefully tomorrow. Tomorrow is the day that I will need to get up super early to work out. I am trying to establish a habit of working out every day but Sunday. On weekdays I'm going to try to workout from 5:30AM to 6:30AM. Salina has been very faithful with getting her rabbits fed before 5PM. I am so proud of her!

I have to run, it is good to have things a bit further ahead.

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Mary: Way to go! I am so inspired to watch my choices by you guys on here!

There are a bunch of jobs available on Indeed.com, so I am going to start applying for them. Today I talked to a lady at the gym about temps, and she gave me a salary range for this day and age, and I'm thrilled to see that the amount I would need to pay all the bills and put the girls in school is within that range.

I found a job opening for one of the Classical schools here in Grand Rapids! It is part time for now but perhaps there would be a break in tuition if they hired me on full-time.

I have everything but 7 things done for this week, which seems a lot, but I got 9 things done so far. It is incredible the work load we have in this class. I hope I can get everything done! I also wanted to get ahead in this class for next week when my dad and stepmom come! I have SO much to do! Why can't Salina just fix dinner? I asked her to...but she is cleaning her room. She HAS fed her bunnies early though, which is a huge obstacle to my sleep! I'm hoping to get her to do it regularly. I have to establish a workout routine, and I like to have that early morning prayer time.

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Good afternoon, ladies, I am usually quite busy on Saturdays but so far it has been a lazy day and that is okay.

Elaine, I think temp agencies are a great place to start. I worked for one when I lived down state. It gives you a chance to try out different jobs and very possibly land a permanent one. I was offered a very good job but that is when I split up with my ex-husband and I just did not want to stay down state. I think it is a good avenue for you to pursue. Great job on the exercise!

Jan, I am so glad you got good news about getting more money each month, what a blessing! You are so right about not only having trigger foods but trigger emotions as well. I have been trying to keep the food triggers out of my house. Today, my temptation was KFC that Dave had brought home two days ago. I was so tempted, in fact, that I opened up the box, picked up a piece of chicken and smelled it. I thought, do I really want a 2-day old piece of reheated fatty chicken? NO THANK YOU! It feel good to make healthy choices.

We have a party to go to tonight with food and music. I am sure I will be tested again and need to learn how to deal with these situations.

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All: I got to the gym today. I had a good breakfast, with sauteed multi-colored peppers and a bagel (which might not have been so good) 2 large glasses of water, some coffee. Then, at the gym I did 30 minutes of cardio on a machine that is quite like an elliptical machine. Switching from the treadmill, it assists with form, and I can focus on consistency. Then I did strength training machines for my upper body. Tomorrow I'm doing lower body and abs. After I get done with the millions of things for school, I will be getting the stretching in for today.

I am going to succumb to the temp agencies. I talked to a girl who said she started as a 3 month temp and was there for almost a year. I have been getting emails from agencies but I resisted because I simply need money. Please pray for me to get a job. Sean is working constantly and yet gives me less and less.

I am so tired of the battle to feed my kids. But I know the Lord is in control.

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Jan: That letter sounds wonderful! God is so good. I think this year will be a year of prosperity. I am trusting Him for this this year. This will be the year that I find the perfect job. God will help us through the adjustments. Pray with me for favor. I have been reading through everyone's posts about eating right. I need to focus on that as I establish my fitness routine for maximum potential weight loss.

Today I went to the Kroc Center and got my fitness orientation. The young man (23) says I need 2 hours a day. I think I'm opting for at least 1 hour a day. I think that fits best with my schedule. Monday through Friday I can work out from 5:30AM to 6:30AM. That way I can be home to get the girls off to school and when I work full-time, it will be habit. I think for the first week I'll do that, at least. I am going to do cardio for 30 minutes and do a different muscle group per day. I am so physically weak. I especially have weak abs. I believe moving slowly with the lowest weight I can for now is best. The mere movement is trying. He also gave me the tip to stretch several times a day.

I am so ready to work out. NOW...as for the eating. I really need prayer. My husband gives me little to no food. Then, if Salina wants pizza, she gets it with her money and he pays her back...something he doesn't do for me. He also buys things other than food that we can do without. I would LOVE to do more raw fruits/veggies, but I can't get them. I have to stretch everything I can, and canned goods are the best way to do that. Apples are about $5 per bag these days. It is crazy! I also can get bread from this discount store for super cheap. I was discouraged putting away my groceries tonight because they were mostly carbs! YIKES! It is SO hard to plan! I am drinking the water though. I know I'm doing well there, however Destini had another super hard stool that hurt, and so I need to refocus on her drinking enough water too. I know that once I find a balance, and have my own money, I will be able to help her too.

We had a great movie night. My eating choices were not good though.

Earlier I got my paper written for my group project and 1 of 3 quizzes left for this week done. I have to read a ton more. I'm ready for this week of school to be over, but I feel pretty good about how much I got done.

I had to take my mattress back and exchange it because since I bought it, I have had pain in my lower back.. I explained to the guy of the death and the cancer surgery and how I couldn't deal with it before now, and he was kind enough to waive some of the return fee (he has to sell it as a used mattress now), and I chose a cheaper one so he was able to take some off for that too. I also opted to have THEM do the exchange so it was handled properly and he knocked off $20 from the delivery fee. I still had to pay some but it wasn't as bad as it could be.

I am so tired. After going to the appointment this morning, home to shower, finish a paper and a quiz, then pick up Salina from visiting her homeschool group, then to Destini's school, then to the mattress place then to get groceries then home to do a "movie night" with the girls and then reading some more for this class...this is my break.

I haven't been getting enough sleep. I am cracking down on Salina because she is staying up late and not feeding her rabbits (outside) until after dark. I want her to have them fed by 5:00 from now on. I don't want her out there when I am so exhausted I can't be there to protect her. She thinks I'm crazy for thinking something could happen to her in the pitch dark. This is a habit she's had for a while and I should never have let her get it in the first place. She said it is habit and I believe she sincerely wants to break it. I need it to be done because I need to be able to go to bed early to get up early.

Sean's family from Louisiana sent a very nice card to him where everyone signed it. He will really like that. I told him about it. He said he was thinking of his dad and how his dad said he didn't feel like he was dying...like he didn't really believe it.

Well, I am so tired, but I want to thank everyone for the food discussion tonight. I really need to refocus my efforts the best I can. Tonight I bought some cookies that I would typically not buy and they were mostly sugar and sugar does weird things to me so I try to avoid it the best I can.

Jo: I hope the report is good from Dan's MRI.

I think I am going to sleep and get up early tomorrow morning to read. I'm so incredibly tired.

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Jo I pray for a good report from Dan's tests. I know the Lord is guiding you through this process. You slipped but shake it off and get back on track quickly. It is good you realize the slips can pull you in the wrong direction and downward. But you can take control and get back where you need to be.

Mary I have learned I need to be aware of the trigger things in life. Sometimes it is a food and sometimes it is emotions. The first step is to identify those triggers. Then make a plan what to do about them. Trading soda for lemon water is awesome. So much better for you and cutting the sugar. Trigger items will always be there. We need to learn how we choose to manage them or reject them.

Today I have battled with the temptation of cupcakes a friend made for us while we were doing some work for her. But I had victory. I was so glad I had a Fiber One snack in my purse. As soon as we got home I fixed a proper lunch.
Yes Jo I am moving forward little by little.

I wrote another blog this week called Little is Much. Small goals and small steps do make a difference and do add up.

Mary it is so wonderful you and your family shared prayer together. That is a very positive step.

Dore congratulations on the new baby. We will look forward to photos at some point in time.

I have a few office tasks to complete today. Most of my day was spent helping Dale but I still want to do a few more things before dinner.

Oh one more big Praise the Lord. Yesterday we got another letter from the VA. The completed Dale's evaluation and gave the final determination. We looked closer at the first determination and it only listed one area. This listed 3. Good news is his check will be $400 more per month than we thought. And they sent another back pay lump sum to us today and we paid off another bill. The end is almost here.
This is such a blessing. God is starting 2013 off good.









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Good morning, ladies, it is snowing like crazy and we are in a heavy snow advisory for the day.

Jo, my goal was to do a lemon water fast yesterday with a fresh fruit back up plan. I am happy to say that I was successful but did end up adding fruit. This is also my 4th day without soda. The past 24 hours has opened my eyes to how this food addiction has been affecting my life. My thinking has been more clear, I have spent more time in prayer, I did my stretching dvd for the first time in about a year and I got up early without feeling like I did not want to get out of bed. I am going to continue today with the fruit, lemon water and tea. I am praying for the wisdom for an eating plan to avoid the foods that are problematic for me. We also prayed as a family yesterday for the first time in a long time. I have seen a lot of good come out of not being bogged down from what I am putting in my body and I would like it to continue.

So, my question for you, is, I know that you followed a very restricted diet while you were taking off the weight but are you following anything specific right now? Any foods that you are trying to eliminate and not ever have again? I feel like an alcoholic when it comes to food and have to wonder if I am just going to have to avoid certain trigger foods forever. I am very interested of your take on this.

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MARY: How long are you doing the lemon water fast? I hope not for too long. I kind of get the cleanse concept. I guess that is sort of what my "steak day" is like. I need a longer cleanse from bad (for me) carbs. Like, try LIFETIME!

But I'm proud of you for beginning. That is always the hardest.

I did not have a good day yesterday. Did fine till dinner. We gave the kids spaghetti for supper...we don't have much food on hand now b/c we are leaving for 10 days. They like pasta and it is something I always have on hand. Well, I LOVE Pasta and haven't had any in months so I succumbed. Then, on top of that, I had birthday cake. That first step off track is always a disaster...sort of like that first "little sin" that leads down a slippery slope....

Anyway....I did have one small victory. While I was out shopping for my dgd's gift card, I craved all sorts of things...walking by Auntie Annies..the smell is just almost too much to get by....and then the fresh carmel corn which was only about 20 feet from Auntie Annies! Then I begin to crave chocolate and ice cream....and it was just awful. But I managed to get out of the mall and home without caving. Dinner was just the last straw and the fact that there wasn't much for an alternative did not help. sigh.

Anyway....I'm trying to be back on track today.

DORE: Congratulations on the new grandson! How exciting. As I was holding a beautiful little baby girl in the church nursery yesterday I was lamenting how my youngest grandchild is 7 already and the oldest turns 14 TODAY!! Where has the time gone? I love babies and am truly sad. I felt this way, only stronger when my dh insisted that we only have two children. I wish I had fought harder for more. But regrets about things you cannot change or where personal growth doesn't result, is wasted energy. I just need to focus on pouring into my children and grandchildren's lives as well as I can and praying for them!

JANS; HOpe you are continuing on your commitment to "move forward".

ALL: I have to run. I'm meeting Dan after his MRI this morning to meet with his doctors. Praying and hoping for good news. Jo

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Elaine, the sad thing is that the class is going to be held on Tuesday nights, which leaves Dave out as he is on the road. He thinks I should take the class and share the information with him. I am wondering if something is better than nothing. I am sorry that Sean was not on board with being on the same page with financial commitment.

I am trying so hard to just stick to fruit today and tea. This is my 3rd day without soda. I am trying to purge my body of the junk and stick to a healthier way of eating.



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Dore: Congratulations! Don't worry about posting to US...we want to know all about that precious little guy! I hope you have safe and warm as you can travels. It is awesome that she has help. I didn't have any with my first and my oldest helped (9 years old) when my youngest finally got home. You are so priceless in the picture! I want to be there for my girls too.

Mary: I was thinking the same thing as you are, that I need to really get stronger for my girls. I really need to be focused completely on my health still. I took the rest because I couldn't shake bronchitis without it, but I need some kind of plan that strengthens all these unused muscles for the years my neck was in pain.

I am glad you are feeling better and hope Tim is too soon.

I took the Financial Peace course and I would definitely recommend it for your whole family! It is perfect for couples who are willing to work together. Sean and I took it together and then he wanted to put ME on a budget where HE would have no accountability with whatever he made with his business. It was totally a control thing for him. BUT what this program does do is to establish a line of communication with money and a sense of unity in the goals you have. It is important to have fun money for everyone I think. A sense of autonomy is lost with budgets I believe that some find difficult to process. I believe it can be $5 and it gives you a sense that it is there, and you can fall back on it each week. It is amazing what you can accomplish, especially at Tim and Christina's age with Dave Ramsey's concepts. They can become VERY wealthy in the long run with these common sense principles. The greatest thing is the lack of debt. It is so freeing. I was very traumatized by my experience, because for the first time, it seemed Sean and I were going to make things happen. He refused to do the first thing, and it just stopped everything in its tracks. I will follow these principles when I work, but with him, it will still be only really 65% successful because of his selfishness. BUT God can change everything for me, and I believe that fully, if I am faithful to Him, and let Him take care of Sean's part.

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Good morning, ladies, feeling a bit better today, thankfully. I did not seem to be as affected by this as my son, Tim, who just got back to school today. He had been in bed since Saturday. He went to the YMCA last night and took a sauna and said that it helped.

Dore, congratulations on the new baby and a boy this time! I will be interested in seeing what kind of outfits you can sew for him, it seems to be more difficult to sew for boys, not as much available as far as patterns but you are so creative, I know you will think of something.

Elaine, I am going to attempt to fast on my lemon water today and if I get desperate, I have some fruit available. I know that I truly have an addiction to bad carbs and need to eliminate them from my diet if I want to be successful at losing weight and keeping it off. I have been terrible about committing to exercise as well. I did dig out my stretching dvd and need to start with that.

Jo, so glad to hear the good news about Dan's tests and praying for the same on the MRI. We are in the winter weather watch as well, ours is for heavy snow, will be praying for you as you travel, Dave will be traveling, too, and the weather is always a concern. I share your dislike of air travel and the anxiety that goes along with it, so my prayers are with you on that as well. The last time I flew, I had trouble with my ears. I will never again fly without having "ear planes" with me. When I read your posts my hope is dashed to having things slow down for me as I get older and we retire. I guess I would rather be busy and able to do things than the alternative, which is why I need to get serious about making better choices. I know what I need to do, why is it that it is so hard to do?

Have any of you taken the Dave Ramsey finance course? A local church is offering it and I am thinking of taking it and having Tim and Christina join us as well.

Jan, congratulations on the weight loss and making some good choices. It is all about making lifestyle changes. I need to quit making exceptions!



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Good evening all,

I have not read the back posts but I want you all to know that my grandson decided to make an early appearance. He arrived this evening at 6:05pm MT. He is a good size boy. Both Mom and baby are doing well. I was leaving to heat to Montana on Sunday so that I would be there when the induced on Monday. So instead I will still head up and be there to help mom while she rests.

I try and get back later.

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Jan: I was inspired by you to get to the gym and restart my fitness, and then some. I changed my routine totally. Instead of running on the treadmill, because I've had low back pain since I got my new mattress, I decided to strengthen my lower back. I rode the recumbent bike for 20 minutes as fast as I could and then did this machine that they showed me how to do and I actually relieved the back pain! I am also working on posture when I am reading and sitting at the computer. It is really helping. I want to continue, however slow or fast, to battle as you and Jo do. You both inspire me! Congrats for the continued effort.

Jo: Last night I was realizing that the troubles inside of Salina are not HER not having connections, but ME. I really don't think it has anything to do with our church, and I've felt that for years. I have a few friends that I look forward to seeing every Sunday and they feel the same. I just need to step up and have them over. I've decided to start having ladies' coffee once a month, just coffee and hot chocolate. I hope to get something simple made like cookies or lemon bars out of a box, and just love them. I hope to also get with my pastor like I intended before. My heart has been so full of condemnation over the state of my marriage for so long. Its time to move forward. I believe I need to be connected with others. My husband has treated me as though I'm unworthy of a connection for so long. I realize too last night that Salina is young and immature and needs SO much guidance. I think though that as I get more healthy connections, she might reach out too.

Mary: I hope you are getting tons of rest and fluids. I hope your body is bouncing back. How's Dave feeling these days? Is he feeling better? Is he having less pain? I hope Tim is feeling better too.

All: Got to the gym today and did cardio and worked on my lower back. For now, I am going to keep that routine as my back improved from that. I need to strengthen it because it has been sore since I got that mattress. I feel bad but I'm going to check and see if they would switch it for a mattress like Salina's twin mattress is. It is less expensive too.

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ELAINE: I still didn't understand the thing about changing churches...too many people I don't know, I guess. But that is fine. It isn't a matter of answering to me, for SURE! I just wanted you to really think about it and consider the why. No church is perfect and I guess I have been disappointed a lot in the past by folks jumping from church to church b/c things were not just as they wished. You do need to consider your children without allowing them to dictate. It really helps when the kids feel they belong. My kids never really had that and I believe it is a large factor in their less than great relationship to God right now. Of course, regardless of church experience, God provided each of them with more than enough exposure to the TRUTH, so there is no excuse for them. But as parents we want to give our children EVERY chance we can to make the best choices. So keep praying about it and try to do what would honor God the most and provide the best spiritual support for your family.

JANS: Good for YOU!! Yay!! Now, WHY is it SO hard to remember that good feeling of victory when we are in the throes of the choice? That ice cream would have been SO hard for me to pass up. I have done it before and have experienced that same feeling of victory....so you'd think it would be easier now, right? gosh....not so much. I still really struggle. While I was having coffee at the bakery this morning, two friends came in and both of them had TWO donuts drenched in carmel (my favorite) icing!! OH MY! What a mental struggle that was. On top of that, I'd gotten up late and forgotten to eat my breakfast before I went. NOT a good idea. I managed to get out of there with just coffee but it was so hard.

My weight has not budged past the "down 4" mark. But I'm still trying to eat primarily healthy and just very gradually reduce the size of my portions, which I think is part of my problem.

I heard an interview on Dr. Oz about a book called "Eat to Live" and want to read it. Dr, oz is all about his show and so I don't take things he pushed too seriously, but I think this philosophy fits with what I feel I have learned over the many years I have been reading about dieting and health. I"m hoping it puts it all together in a plan that I can live with. I'm trying to decide whether to get the Kindle version or the real hold-in-your-hand version. There are advantages to both. The Kindle version I would always have with me via my phone or my iPad. But I still like holding a book, if you know what I mean. sigh.

MARY: So sorry you have the flu but praying for a speedy recovery!! Glad Dave is there to help! At least now, you have an excuse to stay in bed and pull the covers over your head! Hahaha...that was a joke :-) I know winter often makes you feel like doing that but we won't let you... :-)

I was supposed to go on a bike ride tomorrow but it is going to be too cold. The cut off temp is 34 and the high tomorrow is supposed to be 27. Oh well. Maybe I'll go to the gym one last time...or maybe not. :-)

Today I'm getting some things in the mail (an early Valentine package to my dd in Columbus) and doing wash to be able to pack for Colorado, and straightening my bedroom...the first room to get messy. Tonight is Bible Study. Tomorrow morning is nursery. I hope no mommies bring sick kiddies. I really don't want to get sick right now. I felt bad on Monday..NO energy and was cold all day. Just laid around the house all day after Pilates, and even fell asleep on the couch (very unusual!) and then went to bed early that night. I felt much better yesterday and got all my Valentines bought b/c I knew I would not have time between Colorado and INdiana. BUT I forgot to get my dgd's birthday card. She turns 14 on Friday...oh my goodness...where have the years gone???

I'll stop on my way home from the nursery tomorrow and get one. Then tomorrow afternoon, we pick the 3 kids up from school and feed them a snack. Then I take the older one to volleyball practice and pick her up again while Dan works with the two younger ones to get their homework done before their mom picks them up. I need to have a special something for Morgan (the older one) to celebrate her birthday....maybe a tiny cake from the bakery. We are just giving her money or a gift card.

Then on Friday morning early (in the middle of a winter storm warning..yuck) we have to drive north on the freeway to get Dan's high def MRI and then see the oncology radiologist and the neurosurgeon about the results of the last radiation in Oct., plus the condition of his brain today. He just had a whole body CT scan and Bone scan yesterday and they were both good so that is a big PRAISE GOD!! We are thankful for every day! An exclamation point on that was that on Monday, we had a snow squall that hit...5 inches per hour but only for a short time. We had TWO huge pile-ups on expressways...one with 52 cars/trucks and one with 86! One little 12 yr old girl was killed (she got out of her car to check on her mom and siblings in the car behind them). And several others were seriously injured. Seeing the photos, it is a miracle that more people were not killed!

Please pray for good travel weather for us. We are flying to Denver on Sat. morning in a tiny plane (you all know how I hate flying!) and then driving 2 hours from Denver to Breckenridge. We often have bad weather driving. Please pray for calm, safe flights and for me to be able to hand my anxiety over to God!! Thank you!! Jo

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Mary I hope you are feeling better soon. They say that flu is rough one this year. Remember to drink lots of water.

Elaine it is so great you got to spend time with Salina. That is very important at her age. Keep the communication doors open.

Jo praying for good results from Dan's tests. I know you are taking one step and one day at a time.

Dore I hope you are warm and safe out there. This is not the time of year you want to be out feeding the animals. Be careful.

Today was my WID I am down another .6 lb every bit is encouraging. This last week it was so much easier to stay away from the scales. But this morning I laughed at myself because I got up about 3am to use the bathroom and noticed the scales and thought hey it is Tuesday. Of course I jumped on to check out the results. I guess it is still a measuring point. This week my new step is I signed in to Sparks Coach. If I click it each day it walks me through steps and encourages me. It is a good check point so I will see how it goes this week. One thing good about it was I was in the middle of tracking and posting my daily success report when our house guest pulled out moose track and mackinaw fudge ice cream that he bought as a treat. I thought about it for a moment and then said no thank you. I had just made my legal snack of a yummy baked apple (spark recipe) and enjoyed every bite of it. Boy that little victory felt so very good.

Now off to bed and some reading. Be blessed all.

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Mary: I’m so sorry you have the flu! I am praying as soon as I post this! I have to run to get Destini. I hope your day is restful and I’m glad Dave is home too.

I’m glad you are looking at ditching soda. I rarely drink it these days, probably because when I was really disciplined and ate mostly raw I lost the desire for it. I had a Coke a few times when my dad was here and I didn’t mind it so much, but it is no longer my number 1 choice…I probably should have had bottled water because I took in SO much caffeine those days, trying to keep up with everyone I had to drive places.
Jo: I really am still praying about changing churches. I love my church, but I am realizing the importance of connections and I have had very little there, even with the wonderful support. What I mean is, I don’t meet up with anyone outside of chatting a bit on Sundays. I have two friends who meet my friend who’s children I just watched up in Ludington and I see them there. I feel very isolated, mostly because, and my pastor’s wife (who rarely approaches me approached me the last Sunday I was there and really basically said I need to fight condemnation. Romans 8 is my favorite scripture (the entire chapter) and it relates to that “Spirit verses flesh” battle, and when you are walking in the Spirit you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh and you are no longer in condemnation. I really felt that was God. It is NOT about me, but about the Lord. The more I walk in His Spirit, the more I need to avoid thoughts of condemnation, no matter how many times I am loved conditionally. I do not take changing churches as a light thing, however, Salina knew another girl there and one of her friends from Cross Country at her school goes there, and her mom is really sweet, and teaches the Hispanic classes there. She really wants to connect, and though there are a few girls that also grew up in our church, they both live close to each other and an hour away from us. Salina being shy never connected with them…and said they talked too much about boys for her. Many girls in the church wear makeup at a very young age, and though I told Salina that I would pay to have her learn how to put it on whenever she is ready (so she would continue to look natural) she has very little interest. She really is a beautiful girl…even without makeup. I encourage her to limit it for the health of her skin.
I can’t imagine the parent if they were the one driving of that little girl. My heart breaks for them.
Praying as soon as I type this for Dan and for you for the focus and comfort as you wait, so worry will not consume you. I can imagine that battle…it is hard.
Jan: It is freezing here too. I am thinking that electric blanket sounds wonderful about now. I’ve been proudly keeping my heat to a lower temp of 67 during the day to save money…I say proudly because I used to have pain when the heat was lower than 68. Congrats on staying on track! You are a light and an inspiration.
I am so thankful for petition before the Lord. In the Greek it means a passionate cry. I had one of those prayers last night. Salina was a bit distant and I tried to talk to her and she took it wrong and I just felt like I wasn’t connecting. This class I’m taking is focusing on that. I feel so much of a struggle in this area. Sean especially simply never really fully connected. It seems he’s always unavailable to talk things out. My dad’s advice for marriage to me was ALWAYS talk things out. Anyway, I prayed earnestly for God to soften his heart and for him to know the Lord more personally so he would learn how to truly love me. Later he went to the store and bought a few items I needed for breakfast today. He also met us at the pet store to buy bunny food and give us another small amount to get some snacks for Salina as she studies for her exams. Salina crawled into bed with me last night and wanted to sleep with me. Today, she didn’t have school because of the weather but Destini did. She went to an appointment with me and then I took her for lunch and we shared an entrée. It was just enough. I am going to do this as often as I can, when I do eat out that is! Entrees are SO huge these days, and sharing is so cheap.

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Good afternoon, ladies, I am afraid I have come down with the flu. It started with the aches and pains and chills last night. I got up this morning to cancel the carpet installer coming to measure and went back to bed until now. Got up to have some chicken soup and will be going back to bed. I have no energy. We had 2 out of 4 vehicles start today because of the cold. I am glad that Dave is home and glad that the worst of the cold is behind us.

Jo, praying that Dan's appointment and tests go well. I remember having checkups with both Tim and Christina and waiting for those test results. I had to try and tell myself that God was in charge no matter what those tests revealed. Sometimes those tests revealed things that were devastating but God pulled us through it all. Things are changing so fast as we are growing older. So many people in difficult situations, many, health related. We really need to be there for each other.

Jan, are you keeping track of your food on Spark? How about the exercises, have you tried any of their 10 minute videos? When I feel up to it, I want to commit to those 10 minutes again.

I am ready to lay down again, hope you are all staying healthy.

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Elaine: I wish I had more ways to help you. I really empathize with how you feel and how difficult your situation is at times. But I also see the tremendous spiritual growth that has taken place in your life and praise God for that. I'm grateful for that thoughtful friend who brought food along with her children. You both were helping each other in your immediate area of need.

I do wish you could find a Christian Women's shelter where you could get good advice that would not go against Biblical teaching. That is tricky in today's world full of churches that claim to follow Christ but follow the world's ideas instead.

It seems like the church you have been attending has been helpful in providing food when you need it. Why are you looking at changing churches? I'm just curious.

Mary: it got to the high 50s while was riding on Sat. Then the temps dropped dramatically all through the night and during the day on Sunday. Yesterday we had snow squalls of 5 inches per hour....except they only lasted for a few minutes. Unfortunately, during those minutes, the roads became icy and drivers were suddenly blinded and there were two major pile-ups on two different expressways here. The one on I-275 involved over 80 cars and 4 people are in critical condition and a 12 year old girl was killed. The other one was on I-75 and had about 40 cars. Don't know about casualties in that one. Just goes to remind us of the frailty of life and that we need to be grateful for each day. Very little of the snow remained even tho the temps are still in single digits. The ground had been so warm it had not yet frozen when the snow came. It is now, though. But we have bright sunshine to lift our spirits.

Hope Tim recovers quickly and the rest of the family avoids the flu. Keep an eye on Dave....you could be right about his injury being connected to his dizziness....maybe not but it is wise to be watchful.

JAN'S: way to go on tracking and exercising! Have you tried riding a stationary bike yet?

ALL: Dan is at the hospital having tests...his regular follow-up CT scan and bone scan. Then Friday he will have the high def MRI and see both doctors...about the results of the scans and also the results of the radiation he had in Oct. I tend to get anxious at these times, but am leaning in on Christ to sustain us no matter what comes. We have a good friend in NY with stomach cancer who is in very bad shape and I am praying for them along with praying for us! Jo

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BRRRR Mary that is really cold. We are at 3.6 but they say feels like -19. I am glad I am inside at the moment. I turned on the electric blanket so our bed should be warm when we climb in. I hope your family gets better soon.

Elaine it is so nice the mother of the other children blessed you by bringing food. It is so nice the girls were home to play with the extra kids too. I am sure you are a blessing to this mother to give her peace of mind that her children are in good hands.

Jo I hope you are warm enough to ride today. Are you getting this nasty cold weather? We are getting the lake effect snow too. Today we got about 3-4 inches of fresh stuff on top of the 3-4 yesterday.

I have been tracking food the past couple days and staying in range in all areas. Plus the past two days I have done a few upper body exercises with the dumbbells. My knee is still in pain so I cannot do much else. Tomorrow is weigh in day. So will see the results.
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Just got the blankets on the horses, it is already -27 with the windchill. The cars are not starting except for the one we used today. Dave is going trying to jumpstart his and put it in the garage so he can get to work tomorrow. They have already canceled school for tomorrow, yay!

Elaine, so glad you had a productive day and got the snow that you wanted. I hope you do not get the cold. You are trusting God and seeing that he is providing and will continue to do so. I am trying to stop drinking soda, too, and drink more water. It is so difficult at school. I will have to remind Dave to drink more water, too. I think my whole family should drink more water. Maybe it would help if I set a good example.

Hope you all stay snug and warm and healthy!

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Mary: Ask Dave to pay close attention to his water intake. I was having the same thing until I made myself drink more water and it went away. We have a tendency to drink more coffee when its cold and then on top of that the heat removes moisture from the air inside our homes and places of business. It is easy to get dehydrated. I was overloading myself with coffee and caffeinated drinks for a while and I thought maybe something was seriously wrong with me until I focused on it. Plus the viral thing going through your house might play a role. I hope that's all.

I hope you or Jo don't get it. I'm sure you are exposed at school too.

Well, thanks everyone for sending me the snow I've been asking for. Thanks to the Lord as well. It is a great day for it as both girls are off from school and my friend left her girls here. They have had so much fun! I was not sure if I could do it because Sean never gave me money for groceries but my friend sent them with food. :-( I am blessed, but I want to bless them...but I believe the Lord is my Source. It is the only place we can move forward is focusing on that.

I got so much done with school today. I'm going to start reading my chapters now. The girls are watching a movie and are super quiet and sweet. They have been having fun the whole time. They played outside and had so much fun.

I am hoping Sean will bring money today for food, but in the meantime I'm finding tons of new recipes. I'm going to serve them at my gathering I'm having with coffee and hot cocoa for ladies in a few weeks. I'm trying to get ahead in school in order to do that. I have been doing OK in school even with all that is going on.

Mary I need to focus on the fact that I have the Lord and I am not alone in this. When this began to escalate I mentioned to a friend that I needed to really pray up and study the Word hard to get ready for a real battle. He said he felt the Lord was saying that I would not have to fight this battle but He would go to battle for me. The Lord has. He has been faithful throughout. He will continue. I trust Him more and more every day. I choose daily to give this to Him.

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Good evening, ladies, it is cold and miserable and there is no doubt that Tim has the flu. Please keep him in your prayers. He had just started his college classes and was so excited about them. I hope he doesn't get behind. I am hoping this virus does not go throughout the house but I guess I have to be prepared just in case. I have to work in the morning, just wish I could stay home. At least Dave is home and has the day off. He got dizzy yesterday and almost passed out. I have to wonder if it has anything to do with the accident. Please pray for him as well.

Elaine, I know how painful it is to be in a relationship where you do not feel loved and you are not able to trust. When I was going through it, I did not have God in my life to the extent that I do today, which made it even more difficult. I continue to pray for you and your family and for wisdom and guidance in this situation.

I hope everyone is staying safe and warm.



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Mary: I always think of you when I have a grey day and think to pray. I am feeling some of the effects of it and the "outsider" feeling again, as Sean's cousin just about died the other day from a virus. He is a trucker and came home and they admitted him. His blood oxygen dropped as low as 60. At least Sean is sensitive enough not to go see him, even with the precautions they are having visitors take for Destini's sake. We don't see this cousin very much so I suggested he call him at least. I'm sorry that you got that kind of snow. What we got is a light dusting. At least it adds a bit of brightness.

Jo: I agree totally on your design for winter. I think we should have a talk with God about that. Perhaps He has some kind of wonderful gift for us, if even for a short time this winter...a few of those midnight to 4AM snows with sufficient time for the snow plow to tackle it...and add so sunshine for Mary. :-) I hope you find people to ride with you. I'm sure that is a huge benefit. I have not started working out yet, but I am going to this coming week. I FINALLY have no more cough. I do have some low back pain, but I assume it is from lack of exercise, and trying to lift Destini, who was so weary lately. She seems better this morning too. Sean took a super hot bulb out of one of our new track lights this morning and laid it on the counter and she grabbed it (she wanted to talk to her dad about what it was but he was standing on the island trying to determine whether this type of bulb would make a good replacement. Anyway, we had some cream from the doctor from the time I took Salina so I put that on. One good thing is that those are the fingers she sucks that we've been trying to break her from sucking. She is better.

We are going to a different church this morning to visit. I have been filling out an application all morning with the State of Michigan to work for the Grand Rapids Veterans Home, managing supplies. I would make enough to take care of all the bills in this house and put Destini in a school with a Classical Education...all without Sean.

I don't like the thought, but he is talking more and more of how I don't "connect" with him. He is the one who avoids a simple conversation. He thinks I need to hug him more. He is gone all hours of the night and hasn't kissed me for years. I think there is something going on elsewhere and I have felt that for years...late nights...password on his phone that I can't have...taking calls in another room...not being available by phone...never coming home just to be with me...not defending me when there is no reason and accepting people's false accusations against me as truth...hardly ever going to church and then proclaiming that he "can't sit still" in the service, so leading Salina to believe the same thing about her...never just making sure I have grocery or clothing money, but always asking me to justify everything while bringing home things for himself randomly such as recently a $10 bottle of wine. There is more, but I really think I'm fooling myself if I think this is going to be a forever thing. I got him to help me with my headlight the other day, but he was trying to humiliate me the whole way. I chose to thank him anyway. He also tried to cause trouble with his worker by right in front of him saying I didn't want to give him coffee, and I told the guy I was sorry he didn't feel welcome but I didn't have any money from Sean for coffee, and I was only addressing that issue, not him. He said HE would bring me some coffee...unfortunately that seems to be Sean's preference...other people taking care of me. He said I need to get a job...like I haven't been applying, or hadn't decided this prior to this. He makes no time to discuss it, so here we are...no connections...avoidance...and the only way I can survive this is to NOT try to think about what he is doing behind my back. I just move forward...trying to build an actual career so I don't have to depend on him at all. I don't trust him enough to put my money with him anymore. As soon as I start a job, I'm changing the password on my bank account, and switching all the utilities over to my name, so as not to have other houses on them. I will pay every bill on my own. Then I will start looking into what to do next. I can't tell you how hard this stress has been on me with not knowing if I can feed my kids, as well as the sadness that there is no way to make this work without him, so I have to face facts and move on. I keep returning my mind to the Lord is my Source. I pray for favor with Him. I pray for a job.

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful. We will be getting dreadfully low temps this week, wind and snow and cold.

We went to some local entertainment tonight for a fundraiser for a church in town. It was so much fun. There were remakes from Hee Haw and Sunny and Cher and many others. There was also a sing a long. Many of the entertainers were older. I have to wonder if the next generation will carry on any of these things.

Jo, I think Tim may have the flu as well. He has been coughing for a few days and not really wanting to do much, stubborn and does not want to take anything, oh, well, chicken soup and orange juice on the menu for tomorrow. I have had a sore throat in the evenings, hope we can avoid this nasty illness. There is a respiratory one and a vomiting one. I can't imagine 48 degree weather right now.

I am going to hit the hay. Hoping to have an easy day tomorrow and wishing you all a day of rest as well. Hope you are staying healthy and warm.

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ALL: Last night we had the two younger grandkids for overnight. One came sick...oh goodie. Now this is the 3rd time I have been exposed! Geesh...my luck is gonna run out one of these days... I just don't want it to be now...right before we leave for Colorado or before our Counseling Conference.

I'm gonna try to gear up for riding again today. No one from the bike group wanted to join me later (a bunch went out earlier) when I could go. Makes me feel bad...like no one wants to ride with me. That is probably not it...more like they all just want to go with the bigger group and get it out of the way early in the day. I just could not go then. Another friend will only ride on the trail. That is fine except it adds over an hour of time just getting to and from the trail. sigh. I was going to put it off till tomorrow but the temps are supposed to drop a lot. Right now it is sunny and 48 so perfect for riding. Guess I'd better get it in today.
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What craziness! Our electric went out in the night and had to set my cell phone to get up for school. Did not even get to take a shower this morning. Then it started to snow this morning and just kept right on snowing. We are still in a winter advisory. I hope Dave and the kids all make it home okay. Did not plan anything for supper. If it wasn't snowing so much, I would suggest going out.

Jo, you are so right, I am experiencing the doldrums of winter as are many others and finding it hard to be joyful. Winters have been difficult for me for many years now. I am hoping that Dave will be traveling south before spring as I would like to go with him as I could use a break from the cold and gray days. It is hard for me to imagine anyone biking right now with the piles of snow outside.

Elaine, I certainly got the snow that I wanted. I am thankful for the ground cover but along with that comes removing it from the walks and the driveway. I think we will have to wait until tomorrow for that, as long as we can all pull in the yard. I hope that you enjoy doing something fun with Salina.

Hope everyone is staying warm and healthy

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ELAINE: I used to say all the time, that I miss "real winter"...meaning cold, snowy, winter that I grew up with in Michigan. Well, I STILL do miss real winter....but I am now admitting that the 6 or so months of cold/snow would NOT be welcomed. I like just enough to know we had winter. Like, if I could design winter, it would begin the week after Thanksgiving and leave the first of March. That would be just enough :-) And of course, the snowstorms would come at about 12 midnight and end by 4 a.m. so the plows could treat the roads...... ah, if only :-)

I was thinking as I pulled up our thread that next year we need to name this "Joys of January" and really work hard to focus on all that we have to be grateful for. It is so easy to get sucked into the doldrums of gray, ugly, damp, cold days and forget all that we have to be so thankful for....even in the midst of hard times! Just pondering.....

ALL: Yesterday I did another ride. It was still windy but a bit warmer so I did not get so chilled. Plus we did a bunch of hills...ugh. My chain came off once b/c I did not change gears at the most optimum moment (I seem to have trouble learning that skill) but a friend stopped and helped me (I can usually put it back on but it was jammed as well as off the gears) and I completed about a 15 mile ride. I hope to go again tomorrow. I know one goup is going out at 9:30 a.m. but I have Pilates till then so want to go after 11 or so. We will see if anyone is up for a later ride.....

Then it is supposed to get really cold again...like staying below 30....and that is just too cold for me. I can't figure out how to keep my legs and toes warm at those temps.

Even with all this exercise and my moving OFF of sugar except for fruit, my weight has not budged the last few days. :-( Still plugging along trying to get it right. Jo

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All: I noticed that I haven't been focusing on any specific goal yet this year. With the loss of my father-in-law, I've been just trying to keep my wits. One thing I have been doing well is getting the water and rest I need, but I am finally feeling much much better this morning physically. I'm determined to continue this regimen of drinking a large glass of water with my vitamins first thing in the morning. I've been working hard to get the water in every day.

I got a test done yesterday and I am going to try taking another today and getting ahead on some of the writing projects. I'm a bit concerned about my group this time because one of the names listed for my group never responded to my emails (she was in my group last class) and I believe she dropped the class. It is very frustrating trying to accomplish what we are assigned with people who aren't there. I hope the other girl responds to my email last night about scheduling assignments for the group. Praying for favor there. I also emailed my instructor to ask if she would check to see if this student is actually still joining our cohort (the class remains together throughout the pursuit of the degree, taking one class together at a time).

I am sure that today is going to be a great day. Salina and I are going to do something together, even if it is just to "window shop" at the mall, we are going to have fun. We're going to eat here first, then my friend is taking Destini so we can have some one on one. I hope to encourage her not to give up. She SO misses her friends at Classical Conversations, but the problem with that is that I don't monitor her enough and she is home alone all day and only sees her friends on Friday. It is insane to think that that would work. She really just needs to push forward and not get overwhelmed. The Lord can help her. I have to do the same.

Also, on Monday my same friend asked me to watch her 2 youngest. I was thrilled to watch them (they are ages in between my 2 girls) and later that day when I went to put it on my calendar realized both my girls don't have school either because of inservices. Her children are homeschooled. I hope to have some fun with them when they are here. I'm going to get out an old sheet and some art supplies.

I'd better run and take Destini to school. God bless you guys. We might get some snow over the weekend yet. I hope so for Mary's sake so there is no freezing of pipes, but also I just miss our Michigan winter...never thought I'd say that! :-)

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Dore: Thank you for the prayers. I have to say after the start of my day...it is what is keeping me going, that I am not alone in my quest to let God arise and His enemies be scattered. It seems like there were all kinds of attacks today. Sean was really mean about money today, talking over me rather than talking to me. I felt discouraged, but then I kept thinking about that verse, and sang the song. I kept praising the Lord and getting my mind on the right things. He helped me accomplish something for school, and as I did, He gave me an idea for a possible business I could do, either on the side or where ever the Lord leads. My brother can rebuild old computers. He doesn't work outside the home, but I actually called him today to inquire of the cost of getting a back up laptop for my home since we use a laptop for both my school and Salina's. I thought if they weren't much for a lesser one, I might look into it especially since my brother could maintain it for me.

I am researching what it would take to have a business that takes used computers and gets them up and running for low income families. It could be a way for people to connect, possibly find jobs, or the like. I have a friend whose father owns a huge business selling computers and servicing mainframes, and providing security for businesses. It is an incredible company, which he started from scratch and with much prayer. I would seek his wisdom on it if I thought it possible to live off some of the money from the business. I look at "non-profit" as volunteer only, so I just simply don't know how I would care for my family, including my brother and his wife. I would LOVE to help others though.

Mary: When I realized we get about 30,000 messages a day I realized, it is time to shut things off. When I do that, I focus. I actually think. I didn't realize how often I either have my laptop on, or the television, or radio. Right now, it is quiet here, except for sirens. I'm still not a fan of the city. I grew up living in a community where I was either related to or knew almost every person. When I hear sirens, I want to check it out. I really hate them. I have not been able to drown them out like city people do. And, right now we live down the road from a fire station and they are going on a call.

Jan: I noticed you got some snow. I wish we would. I wish like Mary it would stick. It is so pretty. Funny the things we miss. We are usually tired of the snow here in Michigan about now but down here it just keeps missing us.

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Good evening, ladies, got called in to work today at the last moment.

Dore, I actually wish we had a bit more snow. We get it, then it rains and melts and the cycle continues. The only reason I want more is for ground cover. Our water line is not dug deep enough and I am worried it will soon freeze and we will have to haul water but we will do what we need to do. I wonder if you look like I do when you feed the cow and I feed the horses. I bundle up quite a bit and haul grain and a bale of hay down the hill on a sled. I must look like quite a character. I don't feed too often but if Christina is not around, I take over for her. I do enjoy the horses.

Jan, sounds like you are making progress on your goals, congratulations. I am trying to do the same. I am hoping that my visit with the doctor and the new prescription will aid me in this. I know that I need to make lifestyle changes and work towards balance in all areas. I just want to be as healthy as I can be and set a good example for my family. I never knew there was such a thing as spark radio.

Elaine, life is so busy, isn't it? I keep thinking as I get older it will slow down but no such luck. I read that one of the reasons our memories are so poor is that the amount of information that we receive doubles every four years. It's just impossible for us to process so much. It made me feel a bit better, that it's not just me.

I made a crock pot dinner for Dave, he is a meat and potatoes man and I am sure he will enjoy.

Have a great evening!

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Good evening all,

First - Elaine I have been keeping your family in my prayers. I know that it has to be a difficult time for you and everyone else.

It has been about 6 days since I have seen blue skies or even a bit of the sun. Every morning I have awakened to some more snow. So I was so very happy to see not only the sun but also blue skies. I think we might even have gotten into the 20's today.

I guess I responded to the gray skies. I even took a nap most days. But with the sun up today I have been a busy little girl.

I know that I have lots of posts to go back and read. I just wanted to let you all know that I am doing okay. I will be glad when it warms up a bit but I know that this is part of winter and we need the snow for the summer.

Have a good day tomorrow all.

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Elaine I hope you are able to get some good rest.
Mary hormones can do so many weird things to the body. Praying you get them balanced out soon.
Jo you are amazing to be getting out on your bike already. We could not do that up here. We have fresh lake affect snow. I stayed home from Bible study tonight because the roads were nasty with ice underneath.

I just posted a new blog. My new goal is to once a week post a blog about my journey. Today I told Dale my main goal for the year is to move forward. I may not reach my goals or complete my plans but I want to move forward toward them. I want to focus on God's plans not mine.

Yesterday was my WID and I lost 1.4lbs. I had a good week of staying with my goals. I have had to make a few choices along the way and I did well. I stayed up later than I wanted a few nights but slept later so still got 7hrs of sleep. I need to get back on earlier schedule so I have casual reading time. I made a decision to not do office work projects after dinner and messed that up a few days. Need to press in on that this week. I like to use the evening for tracking food and posting. Then reading.
Tonight I decided to listen to the Spark Radio while typing. I am catching some things but not giving it full focus. It is interesting.

Well need to get off here for tonight. Be blessed

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Mary: I'm wondering about my own situation with hormones. I hope you get it all sorted out and let me know how it goes.

Salina and I were just talking about how mentally drained we've been. I realized it was only last week that my father-in-law was in Hospice. I am so thankful that I don't have too much to do.

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Thank you for your prayers, Elaine, I was very happy with my doctor visit. I am going to start taking a low dose of Wellbutrin for the remainder of the winter. He also had me fill out a questionnaire on female symptoms. I had to rank from 1 to 10 where I felt I was relating to things like: depression, anxiety, irritability, sex drive, weight gain, food cravings, sleep, etc. He also ordered a blood test to see where I am relating to menopause. He is sending my information to a women's compounding pharmacy in Saginaw. He feels that I may benefit from a low dose of progesterone, so we are going to give that a try.

I will pray for wisdom in a decision relating to Salina and school. Kids can be so cruel no matter where you go. When Lindsay was in school we came so close to switching her. Ultimately, I let her make the decision and she opted to stick it out. Now, years later, she is glad that she did. Christina, however, ended up switching and the switching back. She thought it would be better some place else and for some kids it is. I know how difficult it can be when they are being bullied. I am also praying for you and the right job for you. God already has something in mind for you and in his time. Sometimes it is hard to wait on him but he knows best.

I am having a good day and so thankful I did not put off this doctor visit.



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Mary: Praying as soon as I post this. ((hugs)) I hope you find relief today through your doctor and the comfort of the Lord.

All: Beautiful flowers came today from my church. I dropped off my cover letter and resume to a place only 5 minutes from my home. It would be perfectly situated with my daughters' schools too. I am praying for favor there. I got an A in my Business Writing class and I'm starting a new class this week. I feel better physically. I went to bed super early and I didn't cough at all last night so I slept pretty well except for Sean being loud when I got home. I'm getting ready to get a ton of schoolwork done today. There is a great deal of reading in this class. One thing I read yesterday sticks out. There are 30,000 messages a day bombarding us. When I read that I turned things off. It is no wonder children are struggling with the meaning or significance of their lives. They have no time to dream. I pray my girls will. I pray we will all take a moment of silence today just to reflect on Him and how awesome His plan is for us.

Salina is still talking about switching schools. I am not planning on doing anything regarding that before I start a new job. I really need to focus on what is not working, not on what is. I agree with moving Destini because she is so sweet and the kids are pretty mean at her school. She is doing OK, but she seems so tired lately when she gets home. I think she might be under the weather. Her teacher is running interference for her all the time at school because the kids are steering her in the wrong direction. I trust the Lord will help us through everything.

I am going to get to schoolwork. I don't think I've gotten much done this week. I need to finish everything by Friday. Salina and I are going to have a date. My friend is watching Destini. I am trying to get everything done before this weekend. I'd like to take Sundays off. Monday is a good day to make sure everything is turned in on time.

Well, time to get that reading done.

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Well, here it is 2:00 a.m. and I can't sleep. It seems as though my SADD has kicked in as it usually does after Christmas and I have to force myself to keep going, when I can't do that it is time to see the doctor and I will be seeing him today. I think I better make a list. I feel overwhelmed by things I need to do, hoping this visit will help.

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All: Joshua and Caleb received the promises because they believed they would. I believe this for me today. I believe we can all be successful through the grace and strength of the Lord. We can with all the things we want to do...whether for our health, or for our relationships. It isn't about those who reject us. Its about our choice not to reject them back, but allow them their space and pray for them. Now is the time for me to do what is right for my children, but ultimately the provision will be from the Lord. It is all in His hands.

Today I have to go over all of the stuff for the class that ends today and transition to the new class that starts as of tomorrow. I have to access the cost of before and after care as I search for a new job and work out a system of followup for the many jobs I have applied for. I need to press on. In the meantime, I got some food from church and I continue to go through my closet and get rid of the stuff that is just simply clutter. The Lord is my provider.

I woke up late this morning and was a bit late dropping off my little one. Usually that would start to ruin my day and I would have to work to get my focus, but at church my pastor's wife walked up to me and said she knows I've been struggling, but encouraged me to avoid condemnation. I have really been focusing on Romans 8 today, and shared with Sean that it does no good to give advice to people who have not surrendered their lives to the Lord. He started talking about the guy he was with and the problems he has with the prostitute he's shacking up with and I simply told him that the carnal man cannot please God. He will have problems until he surrenders his life to the Lord no matter where he lives. I hoped Sean would hear the Word for himself. It is in the Lord's hands. In the meantime, today is about organizing and planning the week. Tonight is Destini's American Heritage Girls. I look forward to our special time together. Salina made a super suggestion for me. On Wednesdays she wants to stop at Burger King and have hot chocolate before we pick up Destini. It is right next to her school and on the way to Destini's school and we have about 45 minutes before Destini gets out. I hope to encourage her in that time period.

Mary: I hope you get that sorted out. I would like to get my hormones replaced naturally too. There is a clinic near me that does that. I think it would make all the difference.

Jo: Thank you so much for your encouragement. I really can't tell you enough how having someone confirm I am on the right track helps me to remain focused. I am still hoping to incorporate meeting with my pastor into my life. In the meantime, I will pray hard to sort all this out.

Jan: I hope you are able to get the pain under control and that the Lord gives you wisdom on what to do. He will provide for ALL your needs, whether it is healing naturally, miraculously, or medically. He is going to look after everything. I believe that when you are in pain, it is best to write everything down that you have questions on. The medicine can make it hard to focus.

Dore: I hope your able to get around freely and the snow is cleared. How is your friend who had the transplant? How is Rory? It has been hard for me to keep up.

I have more to share but I will have to wait because I have to get things done today. I had to clean my living room and get things organized in my dining room, and now planning my week has to be done. Then its the kitchen and laundry...but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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All: after laying around all afternoon yesterday, I was kind of stiff this morning. I feel better now that I have had Pilates. Hope you all are doing well....trusting God for ALL of your needs.

I am really getting a lot from the "Made To Crave" devotional s...I highly recommend them. I got 21 days free at YouVision. Jo

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ELAINE: You just need to give up on expecting Sean to be rational. I honestly think he cannot. He is a "prisoner of war"...being deceived by the powers of this world. He will justify anything he wants to do and it will seem to make perfect sense to him. When we deny TRUTH, we no longer can discern truth...even with ourselves. YOU, however, cling to TRUTH by being in the Word and praying and praising our Heavenly Father. I'm not saying that that absolutely keeps you from being deceived, but it protects you a whole lot more than he is being protected. We need to continually guard our minds and hearts by making SURE that we STAY in the Word and put ourselves in fellowship with others who study God's Word with the understanding that it is THE TRUTH. (there are some who study Scripture in an academic way who cannot see truth b/c they are only using their human minds rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to inform them. They do not believe that it is divinely inspired and the absolute in truth....those we do not listen to!) So...what I'm saying is, don't set yourself up for frustration and disappointment by expecting reasonable answers from him when he does unreasonable things. I know you are feeling like it is unfair (it is!) and you are tired of being the only parent (you are!) but God has entrusted this to you and will give you what you need to get through it.

Just try to be thankful, first to God and then, even to Sean, for the little he (Sean) does or gives you and show your girls your faith that God is providing what you need.

JAN: Why don't you call your doc and ask if you can just lower the dosage. I think the muscle relaxant might need to be taken long-term to do the job. Maybe you can find a dose that will relax the muscle without leaving you in a fog all the time.

OK....I had to abruptly stop b/c I needed to finish getting ready for church! Went to church...great service...then went to Panera with Dan and two couples from our Bible Study plus another couple who were guests of one of the couples from Rochester NY. Turns out we had a lot in common with them, including the husband fighting a long battle with cancer.
It felt as if I had known the wife for years....funny how that happens sometimes...especially with other Christians.

It is a very rainy, dreary day. I came right home and crawled into bed to read. Now I'm gonna watch the Truth Project that I missed last Wed. and maybe the one I'm gonna miss this Wed. (we have our once-a-year homeowner's assoc. meeting that night). Oh wait...I only have to see one b/c this week they will be discussing the one I missed...so if I watch it now, I can send any comments or questions via email. If any of you haven't done the TRUTH PROJECT, I HIGHLY recommend it!! Jo

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Good morning, ladies, had company over for the game last night, when tensions rose with the Packers not doing well, my friend Michele and I went upstairs to try and arrange the furniture in the apartment. I am sure that Christina will want to make some changes when she comes home but it will give her a starting point.

Jan, I think Dave is actually doing better than I am. I am thankful that he just seems to be dealing with soreness and bruising. I am having issues with my neck and back and also the heel spur that gave me issues two years ago. I am taking Ibuprofen, too. I really need to get in shape and trying to take steps to do that. I hope and pray that you will be feeling better by the time you go to Florida and have the energy you need for those grandchildren.

Elaine, I made an appointment to see my doctor this week as my hormones and TTOM seem so out of whack. Also, need to address some other issues and start taking better care of myself. I am glad you found some great deals on clothing.

Jo, glad you are still holding out against the nasty flu virus. I am exposed to so much at school. I just keep taking my vitamins and bring my hand wipes and do the best I can to avoid getting sick but if it happens, I will just have to stay home and rest. I am hoping to get my bike out this summer. We have a nice place to ride out here. There are groups that go out on Tuesday nights and the route takes them right past our house, maybe some time I will join them.

Hope you all have a blessed and restful Sunday!



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Jo I am glad you got back on the bike. I know how much you enjoy it. It sounds like you have a large group to hang with this year.

Elaine good you found some pants. I join Jo in encouraging you to check out the services in your area. The service with a consultant should be helpful.

Dore have you dug out yet??? They say we are to under a storm advisory tonight. Temps today were record high of 50 and tonight they are back down to the 30s. Snow on the way on top of the rain and snow covered roads. Not sure we will make it to church tomorrow.
Mary how is Dave holding up?

I tracked food today and did good staying in range in all areas. I think that will be my goal for next week. I have managed to increase F&V this week. I bought a few new things to try so I can get variety. Berries were on sale this week so stocked up on some of them to add to my protein drinks.
I did not get the exercise added in because of the meds but will see how next week goes.

Yesterday I spent hours in my office catching up on year end stuff. We have board meeting on Monday so I still need to get a few more things done for that on Monday morning. But things are looking good. My organizational projects are moving forward.

I am a bit behind on my daily Bible reading but plan to head upstairs after this post and get lost in the Word for a while.
I have kept up on the Made to Crave Daily Devotional. It makes me thing and challenges me in areas. This is a good thing.

Today instead of taking a flexiral I took Ibuprofen 600 and that help pain without a foggy head. I think I may go back to that. My leg is feeling better but the knee area is still painful. It is like in the hinge area of the knee. I will give it another week then call the dr again if it is still bad. We plan to go to Florida in a few weeks and I want to be able to walk around Universal with the grandkids.

Night all stay safe and warm.




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Jo: I did check, and there is a place in Grand Rapids where you can go and get even a fashion consultant! I'm going to check it out. Today I was able to find a pair of pants in my old size and I can get them on but they are still a bit tight. It is TTOM and it has been worse than ever...possibly the stress. I almost never have cramps. I thought something was seriously wrong with me for a few days. Then, when my period started, I took the medicine for menstral issues I bought for Salina who gets cramps, and I immediately felt better. I am feeling better, but I am still having to take some medicine to get through it.

I also found 5 shirts for Destini for $1 each. I was in heaven. Sean didn't give me much, but the Lord provided for that, and for me to get a pair of stretchy jeans. I also got everything on my list, and tomorrow they are going to get a food box together for us.

I am so tired. Sean bought some kind of fancy cheese server. He said he likes cheese (his reason for getting it). He said, "I told you, it is because most homes are a 2 income." This is his excuse for not giving me anything. He never told me he wanted me to work all these years. His mom and sister are talking to him about it, as well as the rest of the family. It is depressing. He continues to act like he's completely justified. I just walk away from any argument, but he is definitely pushing me out. :-(

But I can see tonight that the Lord is providing.

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Hi ALL: I am back home now. Left the ski place on Thurs afternoon. Got to my sister's at about 5 pm. Enjoyed my visit with them. Left from there for home at about 8 am on Friday and with a quick stop at the grocery, arrived home at about 1 pm, it rained pretty hard till I got to Ohio. Had dense fog around Ann Arbor but it lifted at about the state line. Even had a little sun around Loma, OH, but it quickly got dark again.

Today I got up early and fried apples to take to a breakfast meeting for our cycling group. There are ove 70 ladies in this now. The meeting was to plan a 4 day bike trip over Labor Day Weekend. I have decided to come back to Ohio for this this year. It will give me a reason to push myself riding this summer. I need to ride 2 60 mile rides 2 different times, each 60 miles in one day. The most I have ever done is 50 so this will be a challenge, especially bc I will have to do most of my training on my own while I'm in NY.

We followed the meeting with a short ride through the city. The road was still wet so the tire kicked up mud splats all over my bike and my new jacket :-(. I wiped it down right away when I got home and didn't need to wash it ( the jacket) so that made me happy. I probably should clean my bike but our hoses are shut off for the winter......

Anyway, it felt good to get back on the bike.

I think I told you that one of the children in our group got sick Wed. Evening. No one else got sick as of yesterday but today I got a text from my dd that she was sick :-(. So any day now, I will probably get it. I babysat that child and cuddled him quite awhile bc he wasn't all that happy about being left....so I'll be really surprised if I escape it. Ugh! Just got a text that the other child is down with the flu too.....not looking good for me.

Elaine: I'm so sorry about your fil. But as Jan said, God is merciful and we don't always know the last thoughts of someone. I also agree with her about Sean and gently reminding you that he is dealing with some powerful emotions right now. We know that you are as well, but it isn't the same. Even though they had a rocky relationship, it is still very hard. In spite of his thoughtlessness and selfishness, ask God to give you His love and mercy and compassion for Sean and his other family members right now. I know you have been trying to do this....we just want to encourage you.

Good for you for asking for help from the church. There are other sources as well. I think I gave you the name of a shelter in your area last winter. Do look for help with the clothes as well. What size do you think you need? I might be able to ask around. Some of my friends change their wardrobes frequently (not me...my cast offs aren't fit for good will, let alone a friend!).

Jan....I thought you seemed more quiet than I had remembered....totally understandable, but it was still good to see you in person and I hope to get that chance with the rest of you some day.

Dore: I'm a little jealous. I love being snowed in. Of course it is a bit stressful for Mike so I'm not wishing it on you. Glad he was at home when it hit....for his sake and for yours!

Mary: praying for Christina's safety. It is freaky warm today....in the 60s. I had a light weight jacket on for our ride ( it was in mid 50s when I left home) and I was way over dressed! Had to open the jacket and was still all sweaty when we were done.

Glad to hear the good news about Dave' spinal X rays! The muscles may take some time to calm down.

Guess that is it for now. Jo

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All: I am doing OK, but yesterday when I picked Salina up she asked to go to the Homecoming dance with her friends. It shocked me because she always avoided the thought, and suddenly she says this friend (one I'd never met or heard of before) talked her into going. So I began to inquire. I was met with negative resistance about 5 times and each time, I said when I ask her a question, she needs to answer, not get defensive. One of the things I asked was why would she want to go to the dance when she doesn't even listen to that music. She told me that she does and that I don't know everything about her (not a good answer if you want someone to trust you). Then, she attacked my faith in Christ by saying I thought the dance was evil. I told her she needs to approach this conversation with the goal result being peace and I went to the next question. I asked why she would want to go if she was not looking for a relationship with a boy, and she said she just wanted to hang out with friends. Again she was mean and I told her she had to focus on peace. I asked her what she would do if a boy asked her to dance. She said that there aren't many she would dance with. I asked what ones she felt were good choices. She got defensive and burst into tears. I have been dealing with her acting out at night all week, plus with her grandpa in Hospice they have been late nights. She did terrible on some tests Friday and it overwhelmed her, so she said later when she calmed down. She claimed she couldn't talk to me about ANYTHING and that she'd rather talk to her dad because he'd listen. I told her I would listen to the answers to my questions, but not mean responses, nor insults to my character. I had to walk away. She finally, later tried to be nice, and then wanted to go to the mall with again, this girl. I told her no. She said, "What happened to forgive and forget?" I said I have forgiven her, but I was not going to reward her for the bad behavior, plus I wanted her home with us. Her sister was still pretty tired, she had just told me that she struggled to finish some tests at school, and I really needed to finish my final paper, and post some last assignments, which I did, all but one. Sean came home with a pizza which was nice.

Then, there's Sean. He hasn't given me grocery money, but came home with special mushrooms he'd read fight cancer, so he grinds them into a powder for himself and eats them every morning. On top of that, he paid $10 for a bottle of wine. I asked him if he was going to give me grocery money, and he said he would tomorrow. :-( I am so sad this morning. He claimed his reason for buying the wine is that one glass a day for a man is good to again, fight cancer. I said as long as I get grocery money it is not a big deal...but that was not discussed. He bought me candy I liked, but I am not eating it because I haven't felt good and I need to eat healthy, plus it is the kind of candy that sticks to your teeth so I try to avoid it especially as I get older. That gummy stuff is the worst thing for your teeth, like licorice.

I so need prayer. I'm still battling some lower back issues and the menstral relief medicine really helps. This morning I am doing some stretches geared towards realigning the lower back and my PT exercises. I figure all of these are a great routine for me for now.

They aren't having anything in my father-in-law's honor until next month. My sister-in-law who is making the arrangements is having a hysterectomy. She also did the obituary. She had the most contact with him. I was not aware of her having surgery. She is Sean's brother's wife. His sister did nothing, but she just reunited with her dad after 3 years, so she wouldn't know what her dad wanted.

Update: I just asked the church for more food. I got less than half what I normally get from Sean for food, so I figure I"m better off just receiving the help and not fighting with him anymore. I have yet to contact my pastor, but I will as soon as the house is quiet again on Monday. I've been dealing with warrantees for Salina's laptop all morning and I'm still not done because she was trying to handle things herself and the company was going to charge her for shipping, so I took over and she was mad, but I spent the money on it and I will not put any additional money in it.

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Good evening, ladies, we had rain all last night and I was very surprised that they still had school today. The country roads were very slick. Christina is traveling to Wisconsin for a pony club event and pulling a horse trailer. I did not want her to go but her dad gave her permission when I was at school. It is all in God's hands.

Elaine, I am so sorry about your loss. I know how much you wanted your father-in-law to turn to the Lord. We know how merciful he is and I believe he gives us until the very last second to turn to him. He loves and cares about our loved ones even more than we do and our prayers for them do not fall on deaf ears. I believe that you will be a comfort to the family members. I pray that your family and health for you all.

Dore, we live in what they call the banana belt. We have a bluff of cliffs above us and the lake below. It is usually hit or miss as to whether or not we get the storms that they call for. I am glad that you are stranded together with your family. What odd weather we have had over the years. I guess we cannot predict our winters any more or summers for that matter. I am thankful that the days are already getting longer. I need to stay positive.

Jan, thank you for the Bible verse. I do not know how people who do not believe can make it through the difficult times. Are you getting any of this crazy weather?

I think we are having company for the football game tomorrow. The guys sure enjoy getting together. We women, tend to chat and sometimes even in another room.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

I am working lots next week, too, but that's okay. I tend to be more productive when I am busy.

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Elaine sorry to hear about the loss in your family. I pray for everyone. I pray you can focus today on things you need to focus on and complete tasks at hand. I pray you can see beyond your pain to see the pain in those around you so you can reach them through love.
Today I read Psalms 18. Verses 1-3 stuck out to me. Today I make that my prayer for you personally.
I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

It seems sometimes you see your in laws and even your husband as your enemies. But remember God is with you. Praise will overcome. Look to Him for the answers as you walk through the next few days and all the good byes and emotions that go with losing a family member. God be your strength and you be a light unto those around you.

Dore I pray that storm passes and you all stay safe. It is good you guys are at home and not in the midst of it.



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All: At 12:23 last night, my father-in-law Jerry passed away. Our hearts are very heavy. There will be a gathering to celebrate his life as was his wish. Please keep his family in your prayers today. He was only 64, and was seemingly healthy up to a few months ago.

I'm super tired and have to force myself to eat something this morning and finish my final paper and turn in a few last things this morning...so I will share later more...but please pray. I simply feel like an outsider in so many ways...pretty much like an ex-wife rather than a wife. But I have resolved to seek peace, and ask for the Lord to provide for me, and to help me to be able to talk to Sean and reach out to the family. I have asked the Lord to draw the person who is seeking Him to ask questions, and that He would give me the Word for them.

After I am done getting things cleaned up I hope to get some quiet time with Him. My prayer request is that I can get all of that done today. I really need to not do school for at least a day.

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Good evening all,

We are in the midst of a big winter storm. They are calling it Gandolf. Our road is closed due to snow drifts. There are even some cars that are stuck down the road. Supposedly somewhere around 3 am. it is supposed to start up again. I have stayed in all day.

Mike has been stranded here. He has a load that is suppose to get to eastern PA but he can't travel in this weather. It is an oversize load and the wind would be terrible to navigate in.

I should be able to be more detailed after things settle down here.

Hope all is going well.

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Jan: I am so glad you got to meet with Jo. I'm sure it was a bit frustrating to be on pain meds. I remember that feeling...like you're in a fog. I hope you don't have to take them long.
Thank you for the advise with Sean. In my heart, I wish that was it...but I believe I should just serve him and leave the thought of his helping me out, especially during this time. That's why I decided to go to the store...though Destini has been so tired and listless today...I really don't like how she is acting. The doctor didn't seem too concerned. I am a bit worried bacteria might get into her heart, but I will just simply have to watch her. Hopefully she will have the energy to go to school tomorrow. The school counselor called me today because I had inquired about a video they were going to show and that she was going to talk to the kids about "inappropriate touching". She said she mentions that in her talk with the kids but basically to say that when you go to the beach, you wear something that covers your private parts, which means that is not supposed to be touched by anyone, except your doctor. Otherwise the video itself was about 2 frogs that talk to a kid about not going with strangers. Since this is a huge problem with Destini, I asked her to talk to her about it. She LOVES everyone. Of course, my teenager thinks she should instill fear in her and I advised her not to, but to say we don't go with anyone that mom and dad don't know. She has no fear of people. She simply has a wonderful heart and I want her to learn to be cautious, not fearful...this world makes it so hard. A young lady (17) went off with 2 men from her small town outside of Grand Rapids to Grand Rapids, and they haven't seen her. She had done this before...making bad choices. I hope she is OK.
Salina who I was praying for a hunger for the Word is studying with my friend's oldest daughter tonight who is 18. Then after studying at a coffee house, they are going to a bible study. I'm so proud of her.
Jo: I hope you don't get the flu. After 2 days where my back was bothering me (lower back) and my stomach, today is TTOM. I rarely get cramps, so it was something I wasn't familiar with. I took something for mentral relief and I feel better already. I'm also glad you got to see Jan.
Mary: You mentioned the spine x-rays, but how'd the shoulder ones turn out, especially since he said that was where most of the pain was. If it is frozen shoulder, which I have, he should avoid sweeping, shoveling, vacuuming, or anything with the old-fashioned sawing motion. There are great PT exercises to relieve it, but it takes time. I only had 25% usage of my arm on my right side at one point. I try to keep up the exercises still. It keeps the motion better and the pain level down. I rake but for only 15 minutes a day...mine might have been worse than his, but this is stuff I learned the hard way. I use a push broom to sweep my floors with a replaceable head, and my daughter does the vacuuming. Raking hardly gets done if I don't do it...but I try to do a bit at a time.
My daughter loves to help people and she gets annoyed by the kids at her school that simply don't care about grades or really anything. She doesn't understand them. I told her they will be working for her some day and to keep pushing forward...praying for them.

Well, I have to finish re-writing my research paper. I'm part way through 1 of 5 people who looked at my paper, but she is the online tutor. After I finish hers then I move on to everyone else. I am determined to finish this class strong.

Destini needs to go to bed so I have to run. It is only 6PM, but I plan to hold her for a while first, then put her to bed super early. I figure I can get a ton done while she's sleeping and right after we got back from the doctor she fell asleep, so she really needs it. She's so strangely tired.

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Good afternoon, everyone, what a busy week with working and having Dave home with his injuries. The spine x-rays turned out okay and I made him an appointment for a massage and adjustment today. Just need to remind him to take his pills, what would these men do without us?

Jan, congratulations on not eating the cinnamon rolls, thankfully, you had someone to eat them for you, what a temptation. How wonderful that you and Jo were able to have lunch together. I am taking flexeril, too, as needed for my back spasms but it makes me very tired. I think the best thing I can do is try to do things in moderation, continue with massage and take this weight off.

Elaine, my parents are very sick with the flu but it is not the stomach flu, it is the flu that affects your sinus and lungs. They have been sick for 2 weeks. The stomach flu is going on around here, nasty stuff. I carry hand wipes in my purse. Do they have any agencies in your area where they offer clothing to people looking for work? We have one here. The clothing is all donated but really nice stuff and they help people out who are looking for jobs, maybe something to check out.

Jo, I sure hope you don't get the flu. I remember last year we did not have much of an outbreak, seems to be bad every other year. I have already had my share of sickness this year. We seem to be having some spring like weather, which tends to bring it on. It will be hard when it gets cold again. How are things going with Dan?

I am glad I am only working part time. Been working with the teens while they work with preschoolers, thankfully, I am only observing them. I forgot how much energy those little ones have. Some of the teens need reminding that it is their job to work with the kids, they just don't seem to want to do anything. I told them I will be leaving their teacher a list of kids that were not helping out, some things never change.

Thankfully, it is Friday tomorrow.



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Hello everyone It is a beautiful day here with the sunshining. However I have a full day of office stuff to do so probably will not get out much to enjoy it.

Jo thank you for lunch yesterday. I really enjoyed our time together. After we said good bye I thought maybe I should have walked to the parking lot with you and then we could have prayed together. So on the way home I spent time praying for you and the things we talked about. Even though I did not take any meds yesterday morning my head felt cloudy. It seemed it took time to shape my thoughts from my brain to my mouth. So I was not real good at conversation yesterday. I felt the same today and only took half a flexaril last night at bedtime. My knee and leg are feeling better because I am resting them. I slept over 10 hrs last night and still woke up fuzzy. Now that I am moving my head feels clearer. The young lady I had hoped to see yesterday at the mountain was not at work she was home with the flu or morning sickness.

Elaine praying for you fil. Do you know if he accepted Christ? Try to be patient with Sean. His father is dying and I am sure Sean has many thoughts in his head. I know it is hard to see beyond his responses at this time but know he is in pain. Men handle death much different than women. He too is probably having thoughts of his dad and the past. How he processes them will reflect on his moods.
Could your act of dragging your sick little one out to the store been an act of stubbornness on your part because of Sean's response. Could you have found an alternate recipe using what was in the house since you had the main ingredient?
I hope the flu will pass by soon from your home. And I pray your stomach will be better soon. I have been paying more attention lately to how my stomach reacts to certain foods. Then I try to be wise enough to stay away from them. It is not easy. But I know I pay when I eat wrong stuff.

Mary I hope Dave is healing well and allowing you to nurse him back to health. I know you are back to teaching so he will be on his own. But I think you will take any opportunity to spoil him a little.

Dore how are you doing? Is your friend out of the hospital yet? I pray her recovery is fast and smooth. I am sure she and her family are all excited.

Victory of the day yesterday....On Tuesday evening Dale bought those popping fresh cinnamon rolls. The can exploded in the fridge right after unpacking the groceries. I realized it just after dinner. So we had to bake them right away. There were 5 rolls. I baked them I glazed them. I did NOT eat any of them!!!!!! He and Bruce at them all. PTL!!

This morning the kids in Ukraine called. They received the box of Christmas presents we sent them. So they skyped us as they opened them. It was so fun to watch and share the Christmas moment with them. Danya loved his hot wheel loopy loop race set. Yan loved the little noise making stacking toy.





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Ladies: We really need to pray for protection for our families from this flu. It has been so bad this year. Destini is sick again. This morning she had sore throat and her tummy hurt. I was trying to get to my father-in-law but I haven't had the opportunity. Sean has been updating me. He hears everyone but he is slowly responding less and less. I keep thinking about the time he came over to my apartment when we first got home from our honeymoon and told me he wanted me to call him "Dad".

Sean has been difficult lately. Last night I asked him to stop and pick up a few items. This morning with Destini sick I asked him to pick up an onion and a can of cream of mushroom soup because I'd already thawed my roast and hadn't picked up the stuff yet. He said he had to first go to this place which is 30 minutes away, even though our house is on the way there from the Hospice House. I just carried my sick little honey and went for those 2 items. She is so lifeless. She usually isn't like that even when she is sick. The poor thing. I'm going to try to make some chicken broth. I made the mistake this morning of before hearing his answer about the never-ending question of grocery money also asking for money to buy a shirt. I've been weeding out the stuff in my closet that either has stains, rips or simply look dreadful as I've been losing weight. I discovered I don't have much left. I figured there would be something more since I was getting thinner. He buys new-to-him clothes all the time, as he shops with money in his pocket. When I asked him about that he said he works and if he spends the money, he just works more. I asked him if that is true then why doesn't he work hard for the grocery money...no answer. :-(

I'm so tired. I slept better last night though, and I am going to finish my final draft of my research paper today. It is a huge project as the rough draft was edited by at least 4 different people. I have most of the comments printed out. I'm going to work hard all day to get that done. My stomach still has random pains...but I tried a new recipe which included sour cream and cream cheese, both dairy and I don't tolerate that much. Plus as we have been zooming around I bought cereal (while my dad was here) and ate stuff with wheat in it. I know I just need to focus. I do have the meal replacement shake for lunch.

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MARY: Hope Daves issues are merely muscular strain and bruising and will heal quickly without lasting impact. Men can be so frustrating! Yes, it is a stereotype...b/c it FITS! :-)

ALL: Jan and I did manage to get together yesterday and had a nice lunch and visit at the lodge here. We both know so many people who are hurting....we have multiple lifetimes of ministry right were we are, it seems. I bet if each of you thinks about it in those terms, you do as well.

I got up early this morning, as usual, but was trying to be extra quiet b/c Meg is now here and staying in my room....when I went in the living area to make coffee, there was a child sleeping on the sofa. I tried to be quiet but didn't know who would be worse to wake up...Megan or the child....I made the coffee in as little light as possible and then came back into our room, using my computer in the dark. I'll go back and get some coffee in a little bit. While I was there...the friend came out of her room to tell me that the littler child had gotten sick last night so she moved the older one into the living room b/c the sheets need to be washed. sigh. So now I have been exposed to the flu. ugh. HOpe I can get home before it hits. Jo

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Good morning, ladies, what a whirlwind things have been. Dave went to doctor yesterday and had orders for a spine xray and a shoulder xray. He told the technician he only needed a shoulder xray. Well, today his back is really bothering him and he needs to go back and have the spine xrays. He did not want me to take off work, insisted that he can handle things on his own. Sometimes, I do wonder. I made him an appointment for massage tomorrow but first need to make sure the xrays are okay.

Thank you all for your prayers, try to check in later and catch up but it is back to school for me.

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MARY: I was so shocked to hear about Dave! What a freak accident!! We just never know about our future, do we? I'm praying that the only injuries are bruises and soreness that will quickly heal. How good of him to stop and help that lady.....I'm so sorry he was hit.

DORE: Good to hear from you. GOOD FOR YOU, for eating better!! YAY!

ELAINE: Keep the course.....I am just amazed at your spiritual growth in the last 5 years! You have gone through a lot but you have GAINED SO MUCH!! I continue to pray for your fil and the whole family.

I feel a little bad b/c you were impressed with my skiing this morning before meeting Jan. Well...don't be. It was so dark and gray this morning when I was walking over to buy my lift ticket, I changed my mind. Of course, as soon as it was late enough that buying the ticket really wasn't worth it, it got sunny out. sigh. Oh well. I made the choice and now I live with it. Anyway...I'm squeaky clean from my shower this morning when I meet up with JAN so that is good :-) Jo



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Mary glad to hear Dave is home. I know you will take good care of him during his healing time.

I have good news today....
Dr office just called and said all xrays are clear. Nothing broken or torn. Just inflamed and irritated. I am to take the muscle relaxer and try to rest the knee as much as possible.
So I will just continue to baby it taking half a pill in the daytime and 1 full pill in the evening.
I am thankful nothing serious is wrong. Now to get it better soon.

Also today was my weigh in day. I lost 4lbs this week but that is normal in a first week back on plan. I figure most was water but hope other was fat too.

The daily thought of the day from my Made to Crave devotional was " My weight loss goal isn't a number on the scale. My real weight loss goal is peace." Do not let the scale steal the peace of Christ that we should have. Do not let it get you discouraged or disturbed. When we can find peace no matter what then we are making progress.
I realized today I put too much emphasis on the scale as the marker of how I am doing. I often step on it to see if what I did yesterday made a difference. I need to stop this. So my new weekly goal is not to step on the scale again until next week Tuesday. Then we will see the reward or consequences of what I choose to do during the week. The day before she talked about triggers. I caught myself just before jumping into a trigger point today. It also involved the scales. I have a tendency to want to reward myself for good news on the scales. Dale made pancakes for breakfast. I started to pile them on my plate and stopped. I only needed what equaled one serving. And I set the syrup aside because it is loaded with sugar and I have been trying to stop the sugar. I smiled when I stopped myself realizing I do not want to be a slave to the scale anymore. I keep praying for the Lord to help me break barriers this year.
Have a blessed day all.





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Thank you all for your prayers. Just talked to Dave and he is coming home. He is going to see our doctor here later today. He is pretty banged up and having back and shoulder pain. They did not do much for him when they checked him over at the hospital. I think he was in shock and actually did not start feeling all the pain until today. I am so thankful that he is alive. I will keep you posted.

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Mary so sorry to hear about Dave. Thank God he is alive. I hope he is released and able to come home soon. Praying for fast recovery. Keep us posted.

I saw the doctor and she ran xrays but did not call with any results. She gave me Flexirol which is a muscle relaxer. That made me very sleepy this afternoon so I slept on the couch for a couple hours. That is probably a good thing. But now I am awake late. It is nearly 1am. My leg and back feel better than they did earlier but my knee is sorer. I think that is because they twisted is different directions for the xray then we had to walk from hospital back to parking lot. From there went to Walmart to get the perscription and send wire transfer to Kenya. By that time I was done and in pain. so guess the rest was good for me.
We will see what happens in the morning.

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Mary - saw your post once I posted. Praying for Dave. How terrible. Keep us informed on how he is doing.

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Good evening,

We are in the midst of a heat wave. It was 30* warmer today than the past 6 days. It actually reached the 20's today. I didn't have to bundle up so much today to feed Bessie.

Elaine - you asked about our friend and how she is doing. She is supposed to be released from the hospital tomorrow to a small apartment for the next week to 10 days. She was told that it is not unusual to have to do dialyses for a bit after surgery. But her new kidney is working just fine. She has to stay close and have blood work done every day. She has not run a fever or had any problems. She is dealing with the normal pain.

I am praying for the family as you deal with Sean's father. It does seem that something is always coming up to be dealt with. Praying for wisdom for you.

Mary - So sorry to hear about your adventure this weekend with Tim. I think it is harder to parent adult children than younger children. Our biggest issues came after our kids had graduated and gone to college. Praying for you to have wisdom also as you deal with Tim.

Jan - how did your Dr. appointment go? I have found that certain shoes cause my knees to to hurt. I think it is because some of them as so old and the support is gone.

Jo - enjoy your time together with Jan. And good for you for the choices you made food wise.

I had a good day myself and made good choices in food.

Take care everyone.

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Ladies, please keep my husband in your prayers. He was hit by a car tonight and was hauled off in an ambulance. A lady in front of him had hit a wolf and killed it. He stopped to see if she was okay and was standing there with 3 other men. A car was coming up to the site and had it's emergency flashers on as a truck behind her was coming on extremely fast. the truck side swiped her car and hit the car that hit the wolf. The car hit Dave and he flew straight up in the air and over the car and onto the road. I got to talk to him, he is very bruised and cut up and his shoulder hurts the worst. He is calling me in the morning. I will probably have to go and get him as he is about 3 hours away. It is amazing that he is alive. Thank God for guardian angels. The officers think that the guy in the truck was drunk or texting.

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All: No news on my FIL yet. I am thankful to get schoolwork done today in quiet. They hired someone bilingual for the job I interviewed with. My friend said they told her it didn't matter, but apparently it did. The Lord has something better. I trust in Him...He has a perfect plan. I have a ton of schoolwork to finish today so hoping to get it all done before the girls get out of school. Please pray with me I will be productive as this virus has kept me very unmotivated.

Jan: I hope your doctor's appointment goes well today and you leave well-informed of any steps you need to take. That is my prayer for you as I post this. I hope you and Jo have a great visit!
I'm glad you have a new DVD player so you get the chance to relax with a good flick if you need to, but you also have that wonderful nook. Sounds wonderful with the day I'm looking at right now. I looked at what I have to do by midnight tonight and I lost it. My daughter was right there and made me some tea and encouraged me to get something done before bed and I did get the chance to get one thing done at least. She has such a servant's heart, like you and Dale.

Mary: I hope you got a good talk in with Tim. When I read Jo's post I thought of how my daughter's school had firefighters come in and show some VERY gruesome pics of dead children from drinking and driving. In my small school in Cheboygan, we lost one student every year. People actually told me they thought it might be me. I was not saved. Please ask Tim to consider the eternal ramifications of the young people who could have died without a decision for Jesus. Death is not pretty in a drunk driving accident, and comas induced by alcohol are also a horrific existence. But, beyond that, I pray that you and Dave will find the perfect way to reach him. I think sometimes we feel powerless, but don't give up. He needs you, and you both have what he needs. I believe even if Dave didn't love the Lord he would have some of the Father's heart, as we are made in His image. But Dave loves Jesus, so I am praying for him to have whatever wisdom the Lord speaks to him as he approaches his son. It has to be so hard for both of you.

Jo: I think you're awesome, skiing before you visit Jan. You have so much energy. I wish I had that much right now. I have so much to do. I just need to keep focused. The first thing I did was clean up my living room. Now I'm getting set up to work on school. The girls are at their schools so its time to tackle things. Sean isn't here either which is also a benefit.

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MARY: I hope that some time after the "dust" settles from the party incident, that you and Dave will be able to sit and calmly talk to Tim about what "COULD" have happened. Had anyone seriously gotten hurt (I know of kids who have died from over-drinking or from aspirating vomit when very drunk or high on huffing) it could have destroyed everything your family has b/c of lawsuits. If that information is heard when one is being attacked or feels as if he is being attacked, defenses go up and they don't really hear it. But if you can find examples by doing some research....might be able to find stories on the web about other people....it might have more of an impact. I remember when my dd got caught in OUR car with two other teens, drinking! I never would have expected that from her....EVER. I had to go at about midnight to a sheriff's office to pick her up. But what was worse than my disappointment and inconvenience...although those were no small things, was the thought of what COULD have happened had they NOT been caught!! I thank God that she was caught and that nothing horrible came of it. Many teens are not that fortunate!

ELAINE: Praying specially for your this morning...for peace, for strength, for comfort, for wisdom....to be strong for your girls and even for Sean. The verse about Jesus telling his disciples that we are to love our enemies comes to mind. "Even the pagans love those who love them". We are called to love the unloveable. OH LORD! WE NEED YOUR GRACE AND POWER AND LOVE to be able to do that. That is what I am praying for Elaine!

I'm also praying for your fil...for him to admit he is a sinner in need of a savior.

I have two friends in our small Bible Study group who have loved ones who are near death right now. One has a sister who is probably not long on this earth and the other one's 94 yr. old mother is in and out of heart failure and just got hospice involved. So it is tough times for many.

JANS: I'm excited!! I meant to call you before I left but I'm so ditzy these days. Anyway, I'm glad we could work out a time and place and hope it isn't too inconvenient for you. We will let all the gals here know about our special time :-)

Don't expect me to look my best. I'll have been skiing and will have serious "hat-head" :-)

DORE: Hope things are going well and you are making progress with your NOOK. Jo

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Mary sorry to hear about the issue with Tim. Praise God no damage to house or people. I hope he sees the seriousness of the situation and will follow your guidance. It is good Dave was with you to set the rules together. Praying also for wisdom.

Elaine I am praying for wisdom for you as well. You need it. It is good you have shown your daughters to respect and pray for their father even when he does stupid stuff. This has to be a stressful time for all of you so hang in there. Praying also for your father in law to know Jesus soon. God can change hearts.

Jo called me tonight and we plan on meeting for lunch on Wednesday. I hope it works out. I am looking forward to it. We have met one other time but it has been quite a while ago.
I had a lazy day. We went out to lunch after church at Bob Evan's they have a low cal veggie omelette made with egg beaters. Then we went to KMart to spend our gift certificates we got for Christmas. We bought a new DVD player for the basement family room. Once we got home II laid on the couch and watch two movies one with my hubby. I have been keeping my leg up and my knee is feeling much better but still sore. I have a doctor appt in the morning so will find out if there is anything to be concerned about and what I should be doing or not doing.
I have managed to make wise food choices today and will do my Bible reading before bed. Sunday I do not worry about counting stuff but I want to be wise.
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Mary: I am so sorry for what you went through. It is quite a huge obstacle. I am going to pray as soon as I post this for wisdom for you and Dave as you handle this. I pray that together you will be able to protect your property and your son from unwise choices...how hard this is as they grow older. I pray for wisdom for myself as my girls continue to grow.

All: Well, the visit to Hospice House went well. My father-in-law's resting right now. My friends came and visited too and their daughter sang and played the guitar and it was so beautiful. I hope my father-in-law found some comfort in it...if not, I did.

Sean claimed first that he'd already texted me, which he did but it was right around the time I called him. He'd been MIA most of the morning, but he claims he didn't get any sleep. His worker slept most of the time he was with his dad in the car and on the couch. I asked why he didn't drop him off to his house before he visited his dad but he said they had more work to do. He said he'd be home early. He accused me of wanting more and more money while we were there, and I just said I only want enough for groceries. I'm hoping for full-time work soon.

Well, I have to finish my schoolwork. I've been organized, but I just need to finish a small bit of work. I have to make sure I get the rest done.

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Good morning, ladies, sorry I have been missing in action but have had quite a bit going on around here. Without our knowledge, Tim ended up having a party at our cabin last week. It got completely out of control with kids texting other kids to let them know about it, including minors. The cops had to be called and could net get in to the cabin because of the security gate, so they waited to make arrests as the kids were leaving. Dave and I found out about this party, after the fact as, it seemed to be the big news in town. We were horrified. We were so thankful that no one got hurt in this situation as we would have been responsible. There did not appear to be any damage or anything missing. It was actually cleaner than it was after hunting season. Tim and his friends had scrubbed the place down. I was really disappointed with Tim. Dave and I had a good talk with him about the whole situation and what could have happened. We just want these kids to be safe as they mature and really wish they would mature more quickly. We also set some new rules for Tim. We told him that if he wants to continue to live at home while he takes his college classes, we expect him to be home by 11:00 at night and no overnights at friend's houses.

Need to get ready for church, Tim is going with us and we are going out for breakfast. I sure hope we can all communicate better after this incident.

Elaine, praying Sean's Dad and also the situation with Sean. I pray that God touches hardened hearts.

I will try to catch up with you all later.

Have a blessed Sunday.

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Great job, Jo!!! I'm so inspired by you! This morning I'm still in the process of making my breakfast, but I wanted to shoot yet another prayer request out there. My father-in-law is at the Hospice House, and Sean called me from there, and I asked about his dad and we talked about his dad. He sat with his dad a while and then went to install a furnace for this single lady who I have wondered about for a while. She's the one that Sean's mom bought that house from. I've never felt comfortable about her and Sean. Anyway, he didn't come home all night nor is his phone on this morning. I'm sure he'll say it's dead. I didn't expect him to come home. He spends a great deal of time on the Northeast side. It is where she lives.

We are going to go to visit his dad this morning, and I have to get groceries so I'm going to get ready, do my stretches/exercises and then I'm getting groceries. I look at this as a praise report because years ago I would have been boiling mad, got myself all worked up and cried all morning. I have to face facts. In the meantime, I'm still looking for work. Praying that he'll be safe. Praying that he will be convicted, even if he isn't with someone, that he didn't make any effort to text me and let me know he would not be home until morning. He is a coward. I can't pretend anymore.

Basically, my life is about pushing past things and moving forward. If I want anything out of life, I have to work hard, fight emotions and forgive, but most of all trust in God alone. In the meantime, Salina and I the other day have decided to pray for him and everyone that is lukewarm. She really has a burden for those living like that and I'm so glad. I've tried hard even through my own pain to teach her to love and respect her dad.

Meanwhile, this is going to be a hard day. I am so thankful for you all to pray faithfully for me for wisdom. Without your prayers and wisdom, I would not be able to pull myself up this morning and choose the right way, but just let myself lose my temper.

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Had a beautiful drive yesterday morning to Michigan, to my sisters. We saw The Hobbit in 3D. (it was pretty boring, in my opinion...the effects were fascinating, but it was 2 min. of plot: 10 min. of fighting over and over again....just like Lord of the Rings.)

That took 3 hours! Then we went out to dinner. You would have been proud. I had a chef salad with blue cheese dressing and a baked potato. I ate half the salad and saved the other half. I SO wanted the lasagna.....it looked a whole lot better than the salad!

And my sister had these gourmet chocolates that she wanted to share with me but I resisted. YAY for me! Now its another day and another (many) challenge! Jo


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Jan: Today I got in the water and drank a meal replacement shake which is all natural from the health food store. It feels good. I got caught up on the laundry and dishes today. I've been really feeling a huge lack of discipline the last few days but today I am working on getting organized again. I also gave myself permission because I really needed the rest for the lack of sleep when Destini had her growing pains, and also because the bronchitis has been trying to hang on.

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Elaine praying for your father in law's salvation. Lord soften his heart now.
Jo hope you are having a great time on the slopes. It was such a beautiful day today.
Dore excited to hear your friend is making progress. Lord continue to bless her and strengthen her.
Mary I hope you have had a good week.

Well part of my goals was weekly accountability with someone and for now that will be here with this group. Hope you do not mind and hold me accountable if needed.

So my goals summary for 2013....
1) Daily ....Seek first the kingdom of God and craving Him and His word more than food.
I was able to start most every day with quiet time and reading in Psalms. I have read almost everyday from Made to Crave devotional at some point during the day. And in the evening I end the day with my One Year Chronological Bible. I love it.
2) Daily.....Increase reading time ....some inspirational and some for pleasure
This week I managed to read two books. Both easy read and not too long. One was by a friend of ours about a fox. My gdg wanted it so needed to get it read. Then read a free book I downloaded on my Nook about a man from Russia in late 1800 it was his life story and so amazing. God's hand was all over his life. He went from seeing both parents die, being seperating from his sister, sent to orphanage for boys, run away, taken in be gang of robbers, then the hand of God moved in his life and turned it around in miraculous ways. He lead many to Jesus. Amazing story. The title is Greasy and is free book from Barnes and Noble.
3) Weekly...seek support and accountability
Here I am!!!!
4) Weekly...At least One organizational project
I actually got more than one job done. Christmas is down and put away. Furniture will be back in place before evening is over. Since I did not want to be on my leg to much this week I sat in my bedroom sitting area and sorted books. They were everywhere. Then Dale built me a bookcase that he mounted on the wall. Now all the books are organized and so is my sitting area. That is where I escape to do my evening reading. I also set up bills for pay and did a day in my office but since it is in the basement and the steps hurt my knee too much I stayed on the main floor. Next week I will get back to the office stuff. I am happy with what got done.
5) Weekly....set goals in area of steps to weight loss
This week my goal was to increase water intake and increase fruits and veggies. I did both. Next is to get at least 7hrs sleep a night along with 8 water and 5 or more F&V. And I want to add a couple days of simple exercise using dumbells. No weight baring exercise until the leg gets better.
5) Yearly.... Lose 40lbs that is less than 1lb a week.
I will weigh in on Tuesday since that was my start date. But one lesson I learned this week from Made to Crave is do not be a slave to the scale. Look to your other goals first are you making progress. Are you doing what is pleasing to God?

So this week I feel good about things. And thank God for progress step by step.










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All: Sean called me and asked if I received his text. He said he had some grocery money for me (I'd asked for days...so it was really all I started to say to him lately) and that his dad had only a few days. His aunt had seen signs that show that. My friend's husband has been reaching out to him and I asked her to see him sooner than later. He is SO close to receiving Christ! I'm so thankful for my friend's husband!

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Mary: I agree, we all need to keep pressing forward to do what we CAN do and leave the rest to the Lord. How'd you do today? Even if you did some of those things you did well.

Dore: I'm still praying for the lady who had surgery. Keep us updated so we can continue to pray as she recovers. It is a long haul I'm sure, but if her color is good...that is awesome!

Jan: I hope you get to meet with Jo when she comes your way! It will be awesome to know you are both encouraging each other! :-) I hope your foot feels better. I am learning that some stretches are really helpful to keep us moving, and can be helpful while we are having to keep of our feet. Each of us have ones that work best for us. The other day, my lower back was bothering me...my pelvic bone was out of place for a while, but since my new mattress has helped me with the alignment, my lower back is bothering me. I started doing a few stretches and they alleviate the pain.

Jo: Thank you for the encouragement. It has been just as you said. I am learning that there is so much to do these days and there is no time to dwell on what we don't have. I can't let Satan steal my joy and I can't focus on what I don't have. It is time to stay on course. I think of the time I got to drive one of the ferries that went to Mackinaw Island. The captain called me up there because he'd heard my last name (I was single at the time). He was on one of the ships my grandpa worked on (he worked with the freighters from the same line as the famous Edmund Fitzgerald). Anyway, the captain shared that when we steer the ship, we focus on pointing the head of the ship to the correct direction. He helped me zero in on the point of focus and it was my job to keep the ship steady on that course. He said I was a natural. Perhaps with constant digging into the Word and prayer for guidance I can keep moving forward.

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Greetings,

Jan - I understand the knee pain. While Mike was home he took care of feeding the cow. I didn't have to walk over the uneven ground out in the field. But with him gone I have begun to feed her again. Today my left knee has begun to cause my pain. I am pretty sure it is the the uneven ground and so in between the feeding times I am trying to rest it and raise it. Today I even drove out to feed the cow. It was below 0 and just too cold to be out too long. I feed her as soon as the sun comes up and it was bitter cold this morning. She has a frost beard this morning.

My friend has been move out into a regular room. She is doing so well. We all know that she has a long healing process in front of her but at this point she has not had any of the problems she was warned about. God's hand is certainly in this. Thank you all for your prayers.

My simple goal this week was to replenish the healthy food in my kitchen. I am also downsizing my meals. I tend to eat more when Mike is home. He could cut down on his meals but mentally he is not ready to do this. He keeps reminding me that he is not a bird.

Mike is not going to make it home this weekend. He missed his pick up appointment by just a bit and the company wouldn't wait for him. So now he will have to wait in Kansas until Monday and then head to Parma, Idaho. Then from there he will pick up something else. Maybe next weekend.

Jan - I will take some time to sit down and work with my Nook. I know that if I would just investigate I would be able to find what I need.

Stay warm and keep safe.

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Jo I would LOVE to come see you. Will you be at the Mountain or the Highlands? Tell me when and where and I would love to meet you. My niece is a manager at the Spa I might be able to get a couple passes and we can enjoy the hot tubs. my cell is 231 675 0817.

I did not get to see a doctor today about my knee but have an appointment for Monday. It is not as sore tonight as it was last night but then I have stayed off it as much as possible today.

Dore praying for your friend. I am excited they got the kidney. Dale's niece donated a kidney to his nephew (her cousin) several years ago. Both are still doing fine.

It is dinner time so I better go find food.



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DORE: I know that a successful surgery is just the beginning for your friend. There are lots of hurdles to go through yet to come. Praying for God to sustain her/him through it all and to give new life through the kidney!

I was trying to find a humorous video done by a friend of mine who gave her kidney to help a stranger. Couldn't find it but will post it if I do.

ELAINE: I can't imagine the tension you feel right now. I'm praying for God's perfect PEACE that passes all of our understanding to cover you. I'm praying for HIS wisdom to flow in and through you in how to respond to these challenges. DON'T let Satan win!! No matter what Sean does or doesn't do, YOU have the power of the Holy Spirit to rely on and friends to encourage you. Do your best to not worry and to remember how God has been providing for you along the way. I'm praying for that provision!!

Also...there are Nooks of varying capabilities. I use my iPad to do my devotions sometimes...other times, I use my computer. There are bibles you can download for free if your Nook is internet compatible. And programs for devotions. I'm doing a 21 day challenge from Made to Crave I got for free. I think JANS bought a 60 day devotional by the same author. I also am using the Read through the Bible in a Year program from YouVision.

MARY: I don't think I can keep up with those demands....I need to follow my 3 days a week schedule, I think. But will try to do better about tracking it.

Ohhh...time is getting away from me. Gotta run. Have some errands to do and then have to pack and get ready for my trip tomorrow. Dan left last night to go to Megan's. They leave this morning to fly to Ft. Lauderdale. They will spend today and most of tomorrow with Mom I think. Sunday will be events in Miami and the Monday will be all about the game which doesn't start until 8:30 pm! Ugh! Hope they have a super time.

Meanwhile I'm headed to Michigan...Boyne Mountain. Wanna come see me, Jan? Jo

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Hi Ladies just a quick check in before heading upstairs to read. I finished a book today. I have enjoyed my daily read for pleasure time and look forward to my next book. I am loving the Bible on my Nook. I lay in bed and read just before bedtime.

I am having some problems with my knee so tomorrow I think I am going in to get it checked out. This has been going on for several weeks and is getting worse. It seems good in the morning but by evening I am in pain. So pray they find o
ut what it is and healing comes quickly. I would like to start doing some sort of exercise but cannot with it like this.

Elaine I think it is so great he girls got their Bibles and sweet of Salina to pay for Destinys gift.
Mary I hope they get the water fixed soon for you.
Dore I would be glad to try to help with Nook questions if you like.
Jo have a blessed day.

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Good evening all,

Report on the two prayer requests that I asked about. The single lady has hot water. She was very thankful for it. Our other lady is doing fine after her surgery. She didn't go into surgery until 11 pm. our time. The surgery lasted until 3:30 am. This afternoon she was awake and talking. Her color is good and all of her vitals are strong. We are truly praising the Lord.

Mike is back out on the road. He is headed to the panhandle of Texas with a load of hay. If things work out he should be home this weekend as the load he is picking up will come back this direction.

Elaine - I will be praying that things work out for your brother. It can be so very frustrating dealing with government agencies. I am sure that the girls are enjoying their new Bibles.

Mary - I can assume that the plumbers are very busy around here also. With temps. barely going into double digets for several days, they are busy unfreezing pipes. Thank you for the invite to the other team. I will go over and check it out.

I think I am going to spend tomorrow doing some cleaning and organizing. Putting things back where I like them. I managed to relax enough to let the guys relax at home. Mike did the dishes a few times and now I am having trouble finding things. I am smiling because I was just glad that he was able to be home.

Stay warm dear friends,

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Good morning, ladies, I think it would be good for all of us to focus on the positive!

For those of you wanting to start out with a simple plan this year, I would like to share that I joined the January Jumpstart Team and this is the week 1 Action Plan:

Do one 10-minute toning video each day. Follow one of these routines each day (all you'll need is a pair of dumbbells), starting today! If you have more time, repeat the video once or twice for greater benefit. Get your workout videos.
Do 5 cardio sessions this week. In addition to your toning videos (above), plan for cardio exercise any five days of the week. Aim for at least 10 minutes, but if you've been exercising for awhile, shoot for 30 minutes. Get cardio ideas.
Track your workouts. Make sure you are tracking your workouts on your Fitness Tracker. This will keep you accountable and help you see your progress over time!
Learn how to earn your trophy. By completing this challenge and tracking your goals in the "Jump-Start Your Fitness" SparkTeam, you'll be eligible for a special SparkTrophy at the end of the month. Get trophy tips here.

Dore, Dave is already in Green Bay but it is a short week and he is coming home tomorrow. Hard to believe that Christmas has already come and gone. Must be a busy time for plumbers. We have been trying to get the water hooked up for the horses for quite some time.

BBL plumber is here!


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Dore: Praying for stolen moments for you and Mike. Praying as soon as I post this that your friend's transplant will be a success. Prayed. I hope resetting the water heater will be enough for the other lady.

Maybe Jan can help you with the Nook.

All: Sean didn't put enough money to reconcile the bank account and I'm sure he's going to say to me that I have to go ask for the money back from the bank in order to make the payment, as opposed to doing the right thing. :-(

I'm so drained. I tried to call the state of Michigan about my brother regarding an issue with that stupid money we got from Grandma and I put in my name so he wouldn't spend it on something unnecessary then we started losing money on it so we gave it back to him and were told it wasn't enough to worry about his losing his assistance and now they are questioning it and said they would call about it and didn't. :-( Tomorrow we go to another agency where I have to advocate for him to get transportation on a smaller bus for handicapped people as opposed to public transportation because in our city the public high school students cause trouble on it because that is their busing and the caseworker said Brad would not do well with it. His caseworker is dropping the ball for the 3rd year regarding his insurance. In the meantime, I am so tired.

Good things: Salina got her replacement laptop, and her bible with her name on it and "Ready to Serve". Destini got her name on it...her sister bought that for her with some of her own Christmas money.

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Good day friends,

I really should get my day going but this is Mike's last day home and we have some things to get done. He is off checking on the water heater for one of our single ladies at church. She called to ask what could have caused the water heater to stop working. Before calling in a plumber he is going to check on it and see if just resetting it helps.

Also we have a dear friend at church who received the call that a kidney became available for her. She has been waiting now for almost two years. She will be going into surgery sometime around 1:00 pm our time today. She has been so sick for so long. As a church we are so excited. One lady I passed the news on to let me know that this was more exciting than a new baby. Praying that all goes well and that God's will is fulfilled.

I have a Nook that my kids got me for last Christmas. I must admit that I rarely use it. I have thought of pulling it out and seeing what all it has to offer me. I have shared books with my girls but nothing else.

Praying that all stay safe and warm. I will be able to be more active once Mike hits the road again.

Dore.

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Jan: I think you did great with the weight loss. I was also inspired to look at the version of the nook at the Christian bookstore today (they come there with 3 different bibles already loaded). I am thinking there are some books I just might find the time to read if I had one in my purse. It might just be something I could reward myself with when I get a job. The girls opted to use their Christmas money to purchase bibles, and I offered to put my oldest's name on hers and she opted to pay for her sister's.

I had created this post earlier and it got deleted. I guess I'm still struggling with my bumbling fingers with the use of this laptop. I love having it though.

I also got the chance to read all the Lord has used you and Dale to do. I am so honored the Lord put you in my life as an example and to inspire. May the Lord continue to bless you this year! I'm so glad to hear that Ps. 12:5 has already come to you. It is what I am believing for this year. It is the scripture that He gave me on New Year's eve.

Jo: I read that if you address your journal as a letter to your children you are more apt to do it regularly as you think of them daily. I looked for my mother's after she died. She talked about a friend who told her it was encouraging. I hoped that she had done it. She hadn't so I started writing letters to Salina but I never kept it up. Recently someone said successful people do that and it makes sense...helping you to carry a clear perspective on everything you write about. Another person told me to focus on the positive and remove the negative so your writing focuses on the solutions.

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Jo my goal is an additional 40lbs or more this year. But I will keep my sight on 40 that would be a victory. My Made to Crave Devotional is 60 days. I downloaded from Barnes & Noble but they also have it at CBD.
In today's message it talked about how when we fail we think we will let God down. Her quote is "How can you let God down when you weren't ever holding Him up?" He will lift us up and be our strength.
My main weekly goal this week is water intake....getting it back on track and tracking it. Also more fruits & Veggies. That is my focus if other things fall in to place Praise God but if not still Praise God.
I do not lock myself in to journaling and it may only be weekly but as the Spirit leads and gives me thoughts or insights I like to write them down. I also use it as my sounding board to God. Sometimes putting it down on paper helps me sort it out.

Games are now officially off the computer except Scrabble which Dale and I like to play together once in a while.

Exercise is on hold because of my knee. Still not sure what is happening with it and may have to give in and visit the doctor. I overdid it this past weekend being on my feet alot and by night my leg was in major pain. This all started with the fall on the ice about a month ago. I thought it was all ok but pain still keeps coming so not sure. Today I am doing year end computer work so no pressure on the leg. Then will take a break in a while to ice it.

Today is office day so need to get busy. I have three projects of the week.
1) take down Christmas
2) balance personal expenses and set up bill pays.
3) organize my to do lists both personal and ministry







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MARY: Thanks for starting the new thread. Sounds like you had a great New Years. I am usually so pooped from Christmas that even though having friends over for New Years SOUNDS like a good idea, it rarely happens. Dan and I just played a children's card game I found while Christmas shopping, that I have not played since I was a kid. IT was fun but by 9:30 p.m. I needed to go to bed! I had not been able to sleep the night before and only gotten about 3 1/2 hours of sleep. He stayed up to watch the Clemson/LSU game.

ELAINE: Before you begin a new church...are either location of this church near you? I have heard the main pastor, Rod Van Solkema, at camp. Looks like they have programs for kids. What do you think? I don't really know how big Grand Rapids is these days or how hard it is to get around.

JANS: Good for you! 15 lbs is a great start!! in your goals...did you mean 40 MORE pounds this year or to bring the total to 40?

You all are setting a good example by setting specific goals. I have not done that yet. I will consider it today.... I really like your goals and may just tweak them a bit to make them fit me better, but I know I need to get more specific.

I know journaling/tracking is helpful but I also know how BAD I am about doing it. I hate setting myself up for failure and need to find ways that support my eating healthy that I can realistically keep up.

I also am doing the Made To Crave devotionals, but they only last for 21 days, right? I'm hoping they encourage me to lean on GOD to overcome this addiction.

DORE: Hope you are enjoying your quiet time with Mike. Looking forward to a quiet day here, too. Just going tot he pastry shop (only for coffee!!) and meeting my friends again after a week hiatus, and then going to the gym. ugh. But MUST do it!!

I walked for an hour yesterday...felt fine doing it but last night my feet hurt really badly. I wore hiking boots b/c of the snow so don't know if my new gym shoes would have helped. They are still a bit sore today but a little better.

The walking I did was more than undone by the eating I did. I made cookies for the gathering. I did very well while making them...not licking the bowl or spoons or beaters for either the cookie dough or icing. But at the gathering, I caved. There are still a few left and I am determined to NOT TOUCH THEM today. Jo



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Happy New Year all. I am looking forward to a year of change. Not sure what that looks like but I believe we will see changes in our life and ministry.
In 2012 the VA changed Dale's disability rate to 100% and unemployable because of that. This brought increase in our income. This allowed for us to pay off a large portion of bills and in a few months we should be debt free. This also allows us to be able to increase giving. Also since he is no longer needing to focus on working he can focus on other things. When his situation changed so did mine because I am his helper on most every job he does.
In reading the details of what this means we found he can still do work that generates small amounts of income. Basically because of the disability he cannot maintain a full time job that provides adequate income. He is capable of working for short periods of time at a slower pace than what an employer would want. So all this to say he can choose projects based on his desire not on our need.
Because of political issues between Russia and US there are stories visas may be affected but this is not fact yet. So we do not know if Russia will be an option this year.
As for me it seems lately I have an increase desire to read and feast on the Word or topics relating to the Word. I have to sort the books I have and figure what to read first.
I just got a new Nook for Christmas and have spent the past two days downloading several Christian books. I hope to build a library on there that will help me in teaching when on the mission field.
I also downloaded the Made to Crave daily devotional. It is my plan to use that on a daily basis. I also downloaded the Chronological Bible set up with daily readings to complete it in one year. This will be for my evening Bible reading. I will still do my study Bible in the morning and like you Elaine I am getting back to journaling of insights. It seems lately those have been increasing.
someone said maybe God is preparing us for a new level of ministry. so we wait to see.

I have decided to limit my internet communication time for a while and delete games from my computer. These tend to distract me in the evening.
As for weight issues I have gained 5lbs. However I can rejoice that in 2012 I successfully lost and kept off 15lbs gone. And I intend to increase that number to 40lbs this year.
I plan to focus one step at a time. Focus on one area each week then add something else the next week until they become habits.

So my goals summary for 2013....(subject to change as time goes on)
1) Daily ....Seek first the kingdom of God and craving Him and His word more than food.
2) Daily.....Increase reading time ....some inspirational and some for pleasure
3) Weekly...seek support and accountability
3) Weekly...At least One organizational project
4) Weekly....set goals in area of steps to weight loss
5) Yearly.... Lose 40lbs that is less than 1lb a week.







Janice

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Mary: I like your resolutions.

My resolution for this year is to Journal every day, something I've never resolved to do, and get a fitness plan to strengthen my muscles at the workout center. Also, I am going to use a meal replacement shake for myself while the girls are in school. And, I will find a full-time job by the end of next year. I am determined.

Salina is interested in trying a different church. She has a friend who attends there, and it is much closer to our house. I went there for 3 years when I first moved to this city and it is really great for young people. They also have a great counseling program there. I never left for a negative reason...just more of an opportunity to minister at the church I moved on to. I met with my closest pastor there before I made the move final.

Today we went to the store so I could pick up a journal, and Salina chose a bible and we'll be getting it personalized. I'm so proud of her hunger for Him! I've been praying for that for all of us.

I have been also wanting a deeper study time daily with Him, which I've already only slightly begun.

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Just stopping by to wish everyone -

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!

Will check back in tomorrow.

Love you guys.

Dore

Believe you can and your halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do.
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Welcome to a new year!

This year, I would like to try and live by the Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference, and to pray more for those who I have a difficult time with.

Continue with Weight Watchers, make healthier food choices, plan and cook more meals

Establish a consistent exercise routine

Edited by: MERRYWON at: 1/1/2013 (08:59)
"Change never happens until the pain of staying the same is more than the pain of changing." (from my friend, Jo)


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