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9/28/14 3:50 P

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Good Afternoon Friends,

Wow, sorry it has been so long. My dh and I took a few days off together, then the children and I went to the Columbus Zoo again before our membership expired and last we took a family vacation. We lost most of our summer with my children's illnesses.

Thanks for asking, my dd had micro plasma pneumonia and my ds is now being checked for lymes. Just pray. I really do not understand why this is all happening.

Melody, so good to hear that you all have a roof over your head. I am very glad you did not end up homeless. Is this house near where you were? I am sorry if you gave this info before.

How's everyone's school year going?

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9/3/14 4:53 P

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Really quick note to let you all know we have a secure roof over our heads. :)
Managed to find a rental and then found out from the owner that they received an offer from someone to buy the home, but she and her husband honored our rental contract. They could have taken the buying offer and sold the house and I never would have known! So we were almost homeless twice. Oy what a test.
Both ds and I miss the country something awful like homesickness, but we are looking at the positive, we're not in the car or at a friends house in another state. LOL
Ali, are your kids better?
Our summer disappeared on us and I'm hoping to do little things in the fall to make up for it. There's a quilt show coming up soon and I definitely want to attend that. I haven't been to one in years!
gotta go, hope everyone is doing well and accomplishing the goals you've set for yourselves.

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8/26/14 6:55 A

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Morning Friends,

Long time, I know. How is everyone? We have started back to school and are off to a good start. My ds is doing O.K. considering the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The dr. is now checking him for lymes. My dd has been getting better since her issues this summer. We are still seeing dr. I am just happy we homeschool.

I just do not understand why both my children are so sick. Praying for complete healing for both. I am open to any suggestions.

Enough about that. I skimmed the recent post to try to catch up. Did everyone have a good summer. I know I have been MIA a lot. Did anyone do anything special?

Have a great day!

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8/5/14 2:07 P

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Good to see you Faylei~
Congratulations on your soon to be born grandbaby. It's 17 days away.
I may become MIA myself after that day as my son and I may be homeless at that point. So I may need someone to step in and keep things running around here as I won't have immediate access to online service.

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Hello and hugs to all. I know, I know...I've been MIA again. LOL! This new Health and Wellness "P" business has just boomed into a huge deal for our family. We are so excited but with that come busy. Tis the season to get ready to start homeschooling again as well. Dh is going to be doing high school chemistry and high school geometry this year among other subjects. The little wee schoolers (I have 3 that are turning 4 and 2 that are turning 2) will be working with handwriting without tears, math u see Primer (possibly...we shall see if ready) and then working on speech with all of them as well as Five in A Row. Excited for a great new year ahead. oh and among all of that...............

emoticon emoticon my new grandbaby is set to arrive csection on Friday Aug. 22 so just a few more weeks!!!




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8/2/14 3:47 P

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Oh Ali, You're not Debbie Downer. I'm honored you trust us to share with us. I think we all go through times such as what you're experiencing. You're a great mom and I know your kids will look back and say, 'remember when we went through this/that?! How did you do it Mom?!'
Stay strong my friend and know you have back up reinforcement prayers praying for you and your family and that your children will be healed with a miracle of God.

On my end, everything for the sell of the house is moving along. haven't filed yet and he's working on buying the house for ds and I. We still have land to sell too. The buying on the farm house we want is lagging and it's hard to trust someone I have no reason to trust. But I've already talked with God and it doesn't matter if we temporarily do not have a place to call home. He's given me peace. I'll probably travel to TX and visit family. :) ROAD TRIP!!! LOL

We're scheduled to start school on the 11th. I've printed out the letter of intent among the chaos of boxes for packing and what not. And our very first week we are expecting guests, (my first ex-mother-in-law whom has become a mom to me and a grandma to ds. Isn't life funny that way?)
Unfortunately, my stbx's mom is in the hospital. She's been battling cancer for a few years now and wasn't expected to live beyond one. They're working with social services to get her things in order. Weird since the day before I had a thought his dad was going to pass. I don't like it when I get thoughts/feelings like that. They just jump in my mind from out of nowhere.

ugh, seriously, a stupid ad just popped up while I was trying to type this and would NOT close. So annoying. :P

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and the weather. The weather this year has been so mild and lovely! I'm looking forward to being on the farm, (the farm house ds and I want) and starting a new chapter in our lives. I know it will be a lot of hard work. Though maybe not as hard as building a house. Chris, how you doing?!

Jump in people! Join the conversation or start a new one. or just ramble about what you're feeling or about your progress in eating or dieting.

Oh! Which reminds me. There's this new to me magazine that I really like. What Doctors Don't Tell You.
Has anyone heard or read it?

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8/2/14 8:34 A

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Morning Friends,

I have not been posting as I have just felt the need to hibernate. I am usually such a positive person trusting God to handle everything. I am still trusting God, I am just a little lost right now. My ds basically lost a year of school last year. He managed to clip 2 college classes and that is it. He did not finish any of his high school work. This is due to the RMSF. Very hard for a mom with a normally bright driven child to watch.

My dd spent most of her summer in the bed, at hospitals or in doctors office's. We are still searching for answers really with this. She does have a Chiari, however that is not the cause of these headaches. She still has headaches every day just not as many and not as intense. The neurologist says it was probably hormonal.

So sorry did not mean to be Debbie Downer. I just wanted to explain where I am. I am spending time on me and getting organized. I have recovered all but 1 thing so far.
Thank you for your prayers and understanding.

Melody, praying for you. I know with filing, selling your house and moving this is not an easy season for you. Thank you for your support!

Hope everyone is doing great! Where is everyone at right now in their schedule, still summer break or starting school?

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8/1/14 10:26 P

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Ali, Still praying for your kids and your family. Hope everyone is well.

Not sure if I've shared this link or not:
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7/28/14 11:23 P

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What fantastic news Ali and a huge relief. Be sure to keep us posted on what the neurologist says tomorrow.
The fact you have any order with all your family and friends of the family have been faced with ...the past three years? is amazing. You've done a great job as have your kids, being able to stay on track.
We start school next month. I'll be filing just before we are supposed to close on the sell of the house.
Sending more prayers your way.

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7/28/14 6:31 A

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Morning Friends,

Just wanted to drop by and post an update on my dd. We found out Friday, that she will not have surgery. We met with a great neurosurgeon and he explained everything. We go back to the neurologist tomorrow to see what we do next.

Thank you all for the prayers as she is getting better.

We will be starting some school today. I have become a little disorganized with all of this and lost a couple of things I need so pray for me. I am just struggling with my dd and then my ds Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Hope you all are having a great summer! When will you all start school back?

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7/21/14 9:48 P

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Evening Friends,

Thanks Melody!

Have you found a house?

Please pray for us as we take our dd to the neurosurgeon Friday morning. We want complete clarity.

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7/21/14 9:22 P

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Ali so good to see you dropping in. Sorry to hear about all that your family is going through.
Glad to hear your friend has had victory!

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7/18/14 9:06 A

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Morning Friends,

Wow, I have missed a lot while I have not been posting. Missed you all. We are just going through many things, continuing the process of getting my ds caught back up after losing a year to rocky mountain spotted fever, one of my bff's battle with ovarian cancer was won with her joining the Lord and my dd has recently been diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation. We are currently waiting to see a neurosurgeon on my dd next step. This has been a whirlwind for us.

No, I usually have a quiet life and love day to day routines! My diet and exercise show all of this. I am now focusing on me.

Melody, wow, I missed the whole situation with you selling your house. Is this good?

4redpeppers, Hi, I am Ali. I have been absent for sometime, but I have always homeschooled, my oldest will be in 11th grade.

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7/14/14 9:36 P

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How lovely to have an old home. What is the architectural style? There were some lovely older homes I wanted to buy; one my husband flat out said no, and the other the woman seller changed her mind. =/

My home is about 13 years old. We don't have red dirt like South Carolina, but from what I could find online, it's in every state. I couldn't find anywhere online where there was an explanation of specifics on where radon comes from other than well water and soil. I find that odd. Loads and gobs of info on testing and more money on how to easily remove it though. Also extremely odd to me.

Anyway, scheduled to close in August. I'm not worried about the inspection or the test or even closing. I'm more worried about finding a house to move into, packing, scheduling a mover and and all the minutia of moving in general. How to coordinate it all so my son and I aren't "homeless" in the interim. Trying not to panic here. LOL

I haven't even started looking at houses yet. I'm waiting for my prequal letter. I have two houses I've seen online that I'll schedule to see and hope they're as nice in person as they are online. In the meantime I'm still packing and getting minor repairs completed. This is one busy week.

How's everyone doing on their exercise and eating? I've been awful on both and last night I exercised and thought for sure I'd be sore today, but nope. I guess I didn't push myself enough. Surely I accomplished something right? I mean I don't have to be sore for toning to take place. :)

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7/14/14 9:52 A

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We had a radon test done during the inspection of the house we just bought. The test was set up in our basement and the number was way low. The inspector said this was due to the age of our home. (124 years old! ) The radon had already been released from the ground. If your home is new, you might want to air it out before the test starts. I think that might help but it might not as I think the test runs for 24 hours. Also, if you live in am area with red rock and red dirt, radon is much more of a problem. When is you house supposed to close?

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7/12/14 6:52 P

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work ethics and drive..
The young man that mows my lawn is an amazing worker. He's a fireman like his dad, he works the lawn mowing business his dad started and during the summer he works the fair or does volunteer work. Don't ask me when this boy sleeps I don't think he does. (oh blessed youth) LOL

Anyway, on a fluke, I asked him if he new someone to install a vanity for me and work on my small side deck and he did and gave me his friends name and number. This young man also has a full time job and then does side jobs.

It's so refreshing to know there are still young men with good work ethics and drive. I'm happy to know them and hope my young son takes mental notes and follows in their proverbial footsteps. :)

Okay, so the work should be done next week before the home inspection and two days before that they want to set up a radon testing. I don't think I've ever heard of this let alone have had one done. I've bought my fair share of homes too. Is this something new?

I googled it and apparently it can be in the water not just the soil.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!

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7/11/14 9:41 P

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Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it. And even more, your prayers. :)

Good news, the electrician came today and took care of the outlet that was not allowing my garbage disposal to work. I wasn't sure if it was the light switch or the outlet or both. Luckily just one thing.

Tomorrow a carpenter is coming to look at a couple of other jobs I have and he thinks he can get to work next week.

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Normally, there are more jobs of that kind than there are contractors. We have a friend who is really good and he has a waiting list of people who want his work. I will pray that you find someone soon!

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7/10/14 5:58 P

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is it just me or my area? Why is it so hard to get a contractor of any kind; carpentry, drywall, plumber, painter, (am I forgetting any?), to get to the house or return phone calls let alone get a job done?!

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7/9/14 10:14 P

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Hello 4REDPEPPERS,
So glad the article was able to assist you in your goals. And baby steps is certainly key for maintaining the long term healthy lifestyle. I think we can all attest that "diets" don't work? LOL
Congratulations on meeting your goal this week too.


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The goal setting reminder was just what I needed today. My goal has been to log EVERYTHING I eat for a week. Somewhere in there I found myself frustrated that I have not been staying within my calorie allotment and I am not exercising as much as I should be! But now I have been reminded to just focus on my small, original goal: Log it! I have logged so I am meeting my goal so far this week. Next week, I can add exercise or staying within my calorie allotment! Thanks for an encouraging reminder!

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7/6/14 6:41 P

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Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting

Here are two from the article:
DO create a plan. DONíT wait for "someday" to roll around.
Setting the goal is just the first step. Know where youíre going, what resources youíll need, who can help and Ė most importantly Ė what Plan B is when life throws a monkey wrench into Plan A.

DO start small. DONíT focus on too many things at once.
Try focusing on one goal at a time. Use a small goal that you know you can do each day for the next two weeks, like getting up without the snooze or drinking eight cups of water. Build that first habit to boost your confidence and pick up speed.


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7/4/14 11:21 P

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I totally dropped the ball and forgot to change the team icon to something for Independence Day. boo
sorry

Hope everyone had a lovely and memorable day celebrating the day of our Independence.

Ds and I were supposed to go to a friends house and her husband was going to contact my son in law with the info, but son in law never relayed the message to me. ugh! So ds and I spent the day at home waiting for a call that never came.

I worked on the garden and it's coming along, but oh my goodness! All the crab grass that's growing this year is unbelievable.

Offer on the house, countered and they accepted the counter. Now ds and I have the inspection and depending on how that goes, we need to move by mid August. Oh boy, now we need to find a new home. Many prayers needed my friends.

How's everyone's summer?

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6/28/14 8:31 P

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Need some prayers. First showing of my house was today and hoping they give an offer so my ds and I can move on/forward.

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6/26/14 11:20 A

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Hello Everyone~

My son and his wife found a place to rent and they and their hairy dog left on Sunday. I haven't stopped cleaning since and I'm still finding dog hair. agh! Make it go away. LOL AND, even though my house is no where near showing ready, there's someone that wants to see my house on Saturday. I'm not going to drive myself crazy. I did that when the house was perfect and never got an offer only, "it shows beautifully." So now, it is what it is and if someone wants it they'll put in an offer. I am putting it all in God's hands. Otherwise I'll feel too overwhelmed trying to get everything fixed and perfect and drive myself crazy.

Tomorrow my ds and I are taking our pastor's wife and their teen daughter to lunch. The daughter just got back from a missionary trip, but it was in Hawaii, does that really count as a missionary trip? LOL

We've also adopted soldiers to send letters and care packages. Ds likes drawing pictures. My older ds and his wife gave us suggestions on what soldiers like to get in care packages. :)

Ds has been studying physics and relativity. His favorite theorist is Michio Kaku. He was talking with his big brother about some ideas he's had and his brother said it wasn't possible. But at the library the other day we found a DVD Through the Wormhole that talks on all kinds of subjects and it discusses some of the ideas my ds has. Maybe his older brother will learn about them at Florida Tech? LOL

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

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Laughed at the horse sized dog comment. I picture marmaduke in my head or clifford the big red dog.

We just went to our first renaissance festival last year actually and absolutely loved it. Can't wait to go again but yes, the clothing was eeek! I did love though that several wore clothing from a variety of countries but same time period. I would not have thought of that. Ditzy me!

Tomorrow I am cooking homemade spaghetti sauce and spaghetti for dh and ds as it's both their bdays and that's their absolute favorite. I actually have not cooked it since I began the week of thanksgiving. I pretty much had to cut all pasta out as that is my weekness and I am afraid I would not limit and measure and be happy. Gradually, I've added back in rice and small amounts of pasta that I measure when I do eat them. Usually I just skip them however as I no longer crave pasta's and potatoes ect. Hopefully I do well tomorrow. I have been letting my water slip though so back to counting I go.

Hugs to all. Off to work on my new business site a bit. It's very unorganized the way facebook sets it up and it drives me insane. So off to see what kind of magic I can work to make it organized.




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6/15/14 1:47 P

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Hello All~

You got that right Faylei, one lifestyle change at a time. About six months ago I talked with a lady in my crochet group whom was told by her doctor she needed to lose weight. As is the reaction of most humans, we want it all to drastically happen at once. And the doctor told her to slow down! LOL Slow and steady certainly make the changes more substantial. No diet, but lifestyle changes. If she continued on her pace she'd have surely burned out and went back to old habits. I haven't seen her; conflict with my discipleship class at church and crochet class.

Hope everyone else is being successful in their journey.

My oldest son and wife are in the process of moving to another state. They arrived Thursday night, the family all went to a renaissance faire (*see more on this below) and they left at five this morning to check out possible places to live. It will take them 11 hours to get there. They left their horse size dog for me to dog sit. What kind of dog doesn't like running through the sprinkler? phfuh what a disappointment.

* the renaissance faire; oy, well I guess my youngest ds was too young to remember how people dressed, but he pointed out how people weren't dressed appropriately, (mainly women). He said he much preferred the Jane Austen festival where people were (in his words) dressed modestly, more historically accurate and it was worth the money. (things at the rf were ridiculously overpriced.)

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Crazy busy here lately but loving life! Hope everyone is finding themselves in the middle of a wonderful summer. This weekend, we had a garage sale and sold quite a bit of "junk" and also set up our Plexus booth and sold some there too at our garage sale. Enough that we headed out of town that evening to the "bigger" town and spent the night in a hotel with fun relaxation and swimming and hot tub. Dh also talked me into treating myself to a fitbit one with my Plexus money so that was a treat. I rarely treat myself but will easily spend that on them. Hope it helps me continue on my fitness journey to better health.

I'm down 40 lbs and 40 inches now and quite a few sizes in clothes. Starting to relax a bit too much though so tomorrow I will kick my charting back into gear so I dont get too relaxed. Found I was starting to slack on my water and eat a few too many carbs ect...so back to the grind. Also finally last Tuesday kicked in excercise. Did 4 days last week of total fitness machine, weights, stretches and abs on my workout ball. This week, I hope to add in tread mill. One lifestyle change at a time.

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The weather here has been sublime; not too hot, not too cold, sunny with a cool breeze. I know it's going to be humid this summer though as the fireflies are out at night. I don't remember so many in so many years. Our first summer here was magical and it seems as though this summer will be just as magical.
No plans yet on a summer vacation, but my ds does want to make a visit to Purdue.

Faylei, looking forward to your new pics.
What is your mom's surgery? (sorry if you posted and I missed it) I hope you all have a blessed summer vacation in TX. :)

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Hello and hugs to all! Wishing everyone a great week and weekend ahead. Full SUMMER mode here. Super busy with my new business though and still traveling back and forth between here and Texas to help mom after her hip surgery. emoticon

Still down 40 lbs and 37 inches and LOVING IT! I'll have to post a few new picts for you in a few mins. in my photo album. emoticon

Due to mom's surgery, we have decided to make vacation end up at her house in Texas for a Wed-Sun and we will just do all the fun stuff in that area like museums, water parks...ect... Amarillo Texas




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Hello Everyone~!

Glad to see you Chris and Ali, dropping in. Chris, good news on your progress. Ali, continued prayers and added ones for your friends. You're probably on vacation now and I hope it was very relaxing!

Faylei~ CONGRATULATIONS on your success!!!

Where are all the newbies? Come on and join in.

House is listed for sale. The land is listed for sale. I'm still trying to scramble to get everything fixed. (sigh) One item done seems to give me one or two more things to do. ie the laundry room exterior door replaced and now I have to call the security company to reinstall the sensor (the home improvement company neglected to inform me the installers wouldn't be able to replace this, and I also need to buy a new tool in order to reinstall the blinds on the door windows and valance. =/ Got the garage door opener replaced and the installer pushed a hole in the drywall and now I need to patch that up. All I can do is shake my head and laugh and say, seriously?! LOL emoticon

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day; Chris your day is coming up soon. I hope your wife and children treat you to something special.

Ds and I have been attacking/pulling out, this crazy ivy/vine plant that tries to take over the world. Okay, maybe just our back yard, but chipmunks like to hide in it and that probably means mice too, (I do live in the country after all), and I DON'T want snakes. So we've been making mince meat of this stuff. My poor son got sunburned and a blister already. :( He worked so hard though. I really needed his help. We still have more to do, but it will have to be tomorrow and Friday. We have a PARTY on Saturday for my daughter and invited a few of her friends. It'll be really low key and family friendly. Everyone is always so surprised when I encourage them to bring their kids! LOL

Anyone have special summer plans?

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Wishing everyone a wonderful Mother's Day!

CHris- Hello and hugs and hooray for all the progress on that site! So excited for you!




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Hope all of you are having a great day! Hug your children today! Happy Mothers Day! emoticon

Chris, it great to hear from you!

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Happy Mothers Day !@!!! I hope you all have a spontaneously amazing day@!

We have been camping in our camper at our cabin build sight in the country. The phone gets turned on Tuesday and internet hopefully soon after.

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Happy Mothers Day! Hope you all have a great weekend! emoticon emoticon

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Ds is working very hard to FINISH everything this week. Not sure if he'll make it but he says he'll work the weekend if need be to be DONE. LOL! Love that about homeschooling. :)

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Morning Friends,

I know I have been MIA for a while. Many things going on, my ds and his illness and my dd with her performance in the Drama Clubs end of the year play, just to name a few. The play is over and my ds goes to the doctor next week again. Praying things are getting better. The dr. tested so we will get the results next week on what the progress is.

I also have 2 very dear friends with cancer. My dd best friends mom and one of my ds best friends mom. I am close with both and it is hard.

We have finally replaced the car that got totaled in the wreck and that has helped, but also took time.

We have not finished school and by this time every year we are usually done. This is hard. We leave for vacation next week so it looks like what we do not get done will become summer school.

Faylei, wow you are doing great! you look wonderful! I am sad to say I have not made time for me like I should. You go girl!

Melody, I have not notice the sp points not adding up, but I will say I am not sure I like the changes. I am not at change though. It sure sounds like you are having fun! classes with your ds, keeping your granddaughter and laughing with your other ds. Hope you are doing as great as it sounds!

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that sounds cute; miniature baked potato. :)
I read a blog of a man teaching English in Korea and he said the reason Americans are so much bigger than Koreans isn't the food, but the portion sizes. Isn't that the truth? Portion sizes are crazy here.

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Rarely eat breads except home made biscuits or such. Do occasionally have a "bun" on my chicken sandwich if we are traveling and going through a drive through. Potatoes- I only eat new potatoes now and limit myself to just 1. I still cut it in half and put sour cream, butter and cheese on it like a little tiny baked potato. SO CUTE and yummy :)




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Unfortunately I think it's one of the many changes we have to contend with and not a glitch. =/

How wonderful to get a relaxing weekend and something as serene as a lake atmosphere. :)

Super excited for you Faylei and your success. emoticon

That's interesting about the rice and bread. Have you noticed the same with potatoes? Or anything "white"? How about beans/legumes?

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Wow, the format to "read" our page changed over the weekend. Hope it changes back or is just a glitch I'm seeing today.

Went to Texas to help my mom and dad this past weekend. This weekend we are lake bound for relaxation and the weekend after that...back to Texas....it continues like that almost all summer. LOL! Mom and dad just need the "extra" help right now.

On a great note...I'm down another 2 pounds and 1 1/2 inches. So 39 lbs and 37 inches now! LOVE THIS! No cravings, eat less and sleep so much better. My blood sugar is still way down now in the low 90's now vs high 100's to 200ish before. emoticon

I measure on Saturdays but weigh almost every day as I like to see if what I ate/drank helped or hurt me so I can do differently that day. EX: rice causes me to gain ...even if a tiny bit. Of course, the more water...I lose....less breads ect I lose. Common sense but can see it with the foods as I go.




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has anyone else noticed the SP points not adding up correctly? I noticed it the other day when it didn't calculate my bonus points, but now I'm noticing it isn't calculating the emails read points either. =/

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Yesterday was such a wonderful day. Ds had a science/physics class at the local university with the scouts and though it was all review for him he had fun. When we got home I got to babysit my grand-daughter for the first time with the parents away. :) (my older son said he wouldn't have any reservations leaving his (future) kids with me. It's not like I didn't have any experience.
Yeah, my older son is quite comedic. So then he goes on to say, he'd be available by phone, but he wouldn't answer and he'd be back in a week. LOL
I'll have to keep that in mind for when I offer to watch his (future) kids. emoticon
My grand-daughter did great. She didn't seem to miss her parents at all and didn't seem to be looking for them. Not until she was getting really tired she wanted her mom. I'm really looking forward to spending more time with her as she gets older.
AND to top it all off, my daughter and her dh found out while on their "date" that their offer was accepted on the house and they sign the papers on Monday. Woohoo! If all goes well they'll be moving the end of June.

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grrrr, it looks like SP has made more changes.

Today I noticed our team has slipped from number one to number two in the Parenting Style category. Does anyone know how we get back to number one?

Lots going on in life in general and getting the house ready to list for sale. My dd and her dh put in an offer on a house they like today and are expected to hear if it was accepted on Monday. I'm super excited for them.

Faylei how often do you check your progress/success? :)

Ali, how are you doing?

Chris, drop us a note.

Where are all the new ladies that joined? Jump in and join us. We're a very supportive group.

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Thanks, I'll check that out! Blessed to have you as a friend. Hugs




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i could search for some, but I don't assess essay writing.

Do you mean something like this?
www.writingtester.com/

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If they are free online that don't go with a certain program you use, would you share the sites please for assessing essays. Thanks so much. That's the only area I feel we are lacking in. I guess because I went to a Private American School overseas for most of my school yrs and I had an over abundance of English. My son has spelling and reading to a T...lol...just the writing part I think may be lacking and need guidance in that area how to do better. Thanks




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I use free assessments from online;
reading,
spelling
math
and for civics, geography and science I asked questions from a book I have for what is supposed to be known in certain grade levels.

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How do you do assessments essay wise, please? Are you using a certain program that does it or free assessment somewhere? thanks for sharing.





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Congratulations Faylei~ Thank you for sharing.

All last week was preparing for Saturday afternoon tea for the church ladies. It was quite an experience. I've found out my pastor's wife is a little high strung and feels out of her element when she can't assist. LOL I told her she's a guest and she wasn't allowed to help. (at all!) And she had a lovely time. She said all the ladies had a great time. One of the ladies told me at church she was a coffee drinker and wasn't feeling well when she arrived to tea, but after drinking the Oolong she felt a lot better and wants to try drinking tea more often. (I'm going to give her some loose leaf Oolong and a tea infuser so she can drink it at home). =D
So, overall I think it was a success.

Ds and I are doing assessments and it's been a bit trying. Ds has been very emotional and not doing well on the easy stuff and doing well on the hard stuff. What is up with that?! What do I do?

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Wishing everyone a wonderful week! It's been crazy busy as usual. Love it though! Just dropping in to plug in new weights and measurements on my page. Down 37 lbs and 35 1/2 inches now and loving it! emoticon




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both my ds and I realize when we eat healthy we crave healthy. If we eat garbage then we start craving it. Like you Faylei, it just doesn't taste good to us. We literally cannot walk into certain place or be near certain places, because the smell upsets our stomach. When ds was 3 the kids had a field trip to an ice cream place and we had to wait outside. LOL
Congratulations on your pounds gone! Great job.
Hope everyone had a lovely Easter.

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The product I'm taking has helped me no longer have sugar cravings an candy and sweets no longer even taste good if I do take a bite. It's an amazing new feeling. If someone had even told me this was possible, I would have said they were crazy. Also on a probiotic that is amazing and breaks the candida that makes you want more sugar. I think the hardest part would be to go sugar or even healthy carbs only for my daycare. May have to give that a try. Trying to convince my hubby now to go sugar free to kill the candida i'm sure he has.

Down 36 lbs now! Hopefully will do good this week as I'm out of town now at
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Today would be the perfect day for a barbecue~ It's so gorgeous and sunny, but a cool breeze.

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Hello Everyone~

I hope you all had a great week. Mine went quick. Not sure if that's a good thing or not. I got a lot accomplished, but not as much of the yard work I wanted, (due to rain). And the weeds, why do they all pop up over night? LOL emoticon

I stumbled upon this article today and thought I'd share it.
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does anyone think they could do this? I'm contemplating it. When I was in high school I avoided sugar on a bet for two weeks. I was also in weight training (PE) and the coach had us running twice a week. Needless to say I lost a lot of weight in a short period of time and my mom freaked out. LOL If she only knew how much healthier I was. So before the bet I was thunder thighs and the bet I was anorexic. Geez talk about mixed messages from the adults in my life. Anyway, I didn't go to the extreme that is listed in the article. I'm not even sure I could go to that extreme. I'd like to know what the family's menu was.

Any thoughts?

OH!!! I almost forgot. Next week ds and I are going rock climbing and zip lining. Super excited about doing both.

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I still have not played around with the resistance band much. I need to do that. I do love my exercise ball though. Took me several yrs to get that out of the box but now I love it!




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Thank you Faylei, ditto that! emoticon

My SP article today is about gardening and it gives four suggested exercises that are super easy. (which reminded me I need to buy a new resistance band). They seem so expensive now.
Ds and I managed to get some clean up gardening accomplished on Saturday. I have piles of branches to prove it. LOL

I doubt I'll get any gardening completed today as it's a rainy, foggy, England type of day. My ds tends to sleep in late on days like today. (especially when he's going through a growth spurt) LOL

How is everyone doing? Come on ladies drop in and say hello. There have been a lot of women joining lately and it's fantastic. We want everyone to join in.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful week! Hugs to all emoticon




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Congratulations Faylei to your dd and to you for another grand-baby.

One of my dear friends is expecting her second grandchild in August as well. =)

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Ali, I'm so relieved you and your dd are okay from your car accident. Sorry to hear about the car. What kind of car was it? How scary that the brakes failed.

You're right about Noah. I did more research on it and it isn't getting good reviews and after all the research I did I have also decided ds and I will pass on it. It isn't accurate to the Bible and so what's the point?

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Evening,

We had a beautiful day today. It was so nice to go outside. I also did not have to leave the house for anything so that was good. I love days I can be at home.

Faylei, loved the "popcorn movies" those should be fun movies. We go to very few movies, we do not seem to find many. Congrats on the new baby. What fun!

How's everyone's school year? We are moving very slow.

Blessings,
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Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Ali- I'm so glad no one was seriously hurt. How scary. God is good. We are hoping to go see that movie too. We actually have 3 lined up and that's unusual for us. We are wanting to take ds to see that one and his favorite Captain America. Then, the twins to see Rio 2. They are 3 and they've only been to one movie and that was Frozen because I grew up in Norway and loved sharing that with them. They called it the popcorn movie. "..Member when we saw the popcorn movie" they will say or "look there's the popcorn movie!" when it came out on dvd. LOL! So fun!


Not sure if I told all of you here that my dd, mom of the twins is having another baby and due in August. We should find out this mo if the baby is a boy or girl or several :) LOL!




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Morning,

We have had some interesting weather also. Cold one day, warm the next? Should be in the 80's today, and we have 30's over the weekend with rain. I am looking forward to spring!

We have been very busy. My ds is doing a little better and my dd is so busy she is just worn out. My dh and I decided to just slow down and let her do what she can. Drama this time of year takes up a lot of time. We do push the academics, however drama has done helped my dd come out of her shell and really helped her. This is a Christian group.

My dd and I had a wreck about a week ago and totaled the car. The breaks failed. My dd sprained her foot and we were bruised up. We were very lucky. I still have thoughts of it at times. I am just prayerful my dd does not have flashbacks of it.

My children did go see God's not Dead this weekend. This is the 1st movie they have gone to see in a long time. i am not seeing very good reviews on Noah. I do not think we will be going to see that one. My dh and I are going to see God's not Dead when we can work it out. Most of the people we have talked to said it is worth the time and money. I have trouble spending the money and wasting time on so much that is out there.

Hope you all are having a great week.

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Spoil yourself! Stop and buy (smell) the flowers.... LOL! emoticon

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!




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You look fantastic Faylei~ Most definitely not a failure. Thank you for sharing your before and after pics.

Does anyone ever get the urge to just buy flowers? For the past few days now I've had a desire to buy some cut flowers. I love them, but gosh they're so stinkin' expensive and I think of all the other things I could use the money on. =/

Next month I'm hosting a tea party luncheon for the ladies in my church. I am thinking I should suck up the desire and then buy flowers for that occasion and maybe send home flowers with each lady. What do you all think ?

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We haven't been to the movie in a long time:( Need to make a point of doing that. Hello and hugs to all. Busy busy here! Ready for life to slow down this weekend and give me a PJ day. LOL!

Did a before (thanksgiving) pict and a today and naptime comparison. Still have 40 more to go but love that Plexus is finally getting me there. Wish I could do it like other people and just exercise and eat less but I just worked and worked and couldn't . I finally don't feel like a failure. LOL! emoticon




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Hey All~
My ds was supposed to have a bowling get together with a friend we met through co-op, but it was cancelled. I took ds to the movies instead and we saw Son of God. Has anyone else seen it? I thought it was good. There was one part I wanted to stop the movie, rewind, replay. LOL
There's another movie coming out that I want to view, Noah, with Russell Crowe. It comes out this Friday.


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I hear ya! Yesterday was kind of cool, but still a decent spring day. snow is in the forecast for tomorrow night. I'm finally ready for spring. Next month I'll break ground and get the garden plot prepped for May planting. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon etc. LOL
Hope everyone had a great weekend. (mine went too quick)

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Frost and snow on the ground in Kansas this morning! Please BRING ON Spring! emoticon




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How awesome to be able to take an entire week off. I hope in the future we can do that as well. It is a well deserved break for you Faylei. I do not know how you keep up with all the little ones and homeschool your son as well. I can only imagine how exhausting it is. ;-)

The day here was pretty. All my kids were here and we played outside; bike races, obstacle courses, basketball games and then went to dinner. Loads of fun.

And it's supposed to snow in two days. Lol, so we enjoyed the vitamin D while we could. Hope everyone else is having a great beginning of spring.

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All is well here. We are on Spring Break and getting caught up on Spring cleaning and just enjoying no curriculum for wee-schoolers, tiny tots or ds. Gosh I miss laid back life. LOL!

Late dinners, late to bed (after midnight) and a few more carbs than normal last weekend and I'm not down any yet the past few days. Hopefully will get my 2 lbs by Saturday. Drink drink drinking that water!! emoticon




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Hello All~

Some interesting weather we've been having this spring; sunny one day and snowing the next. It sure has been fun. Ds and I have been spring cleaning and airing out the house on the warmer days.

Tried to read a history book about Jezebel. Oh boy. What a mess. The Biblical information was completely inaccurate if not blatant lies, (I'll give the author the benefit of the doubt), but if she couldn't even get that right how am I to believe any of the other historical information the author wrote. I gave up after page 51 when I had almost as much writing from my notations and verses she'd twisted as well as the time periods she'd skewed to fit her needs/story? I was so frustrated. And how many people have read her book taking it at face value without researching it for themselves? I summed up she was either agnostic or an atheist.

I've been de-cluttering and deep cleaning. My dd is helping me sell items on FB, (since I'm not on FB) At some point I'm going to have to move and I doubt I'll have the space for some o the furniture that's in the basement. (My current basement is set up for in-law living)

And my ds is wanting a puppy again. (he has wanted one for so long, but when we were blessed with kittens last year he backed off. Our last cat has gone missing though and I think he may have become snack for a larger animal. Now he's back to wanting a puppy. So much work, so much money, so restrictive on traveling. But I'd like a guard dog, especially since it's just ds and I.

My other ds and his wife were here on Saturday. I took the family out for dinner and we had a LOT of fun and laughed. They'll be moving further away, but I just found out that one of my cousins is also looking at moving to FL and so I'll have more people to visit and it will really make the driving worthwhile. ;-) (not that my son wouldn't be worth the 14 hour drive. LOL)

Life is moving right along. It's amazing to me that we're already in mid-March. How is school going for everyone? How about exercise, (hanging head down low), and healthy eating going for everyone. Faylei great job!!!

Ali, I am so happy to hear your friend is doing well and has the right attitude. I pray my mother would have the same attitude, but she's still in denial. She's starting to mail stuff to us; old pictures and postcards. She mailed my older son money for his schooling. She remarried in January and just told me via a letter this month. I know she married him for his medical insurance, but still, why the secrecy? She's been acting weird since December and my brother said in November she was very forgetful. Anyway, all I can do is pray for her.

I have to run to Scouts. Hope everyone is doing great. Delia is so good to see your posts. I hope you're doing great too and hope to get to know you. =)

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Just home from Texas. Lost another 2 lbs so will have to go plug it in or maybe wait and see if I gain it back by morning as my eating was not good at all this weekend. Well, it was good but I ate more carbs/sodium that usual with us eating out the whole weekend being in Texas. Chicken salad (but ate chips and cheese with it), grilled chicken sandwich from sonic (usually don't eat 2 pieces of bread), grilled terriaki chicken today for lunch but they put alot of dressing on my salad and I ate the rice that was with it, then ate the special K chips/crackers on my way home (only110 cals but more than I usually eat for a snack) So we shall see how horrible the scale looks in the morning I guess.

Ds is on spring break this week.

Off to bath. hugs to all.




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3/15/14 8:25 A

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Morning Friends,

Great Job Faylei! emoticon you go girl! You are inspiring me to do better.

My friend that has cancer, has been wonderful. They do guard what they tell everyone as she did not want anything to write her off. She is trusting God and doing all she can to fight. She as had an experience where one doctor did take try to take away her hope. She just witnessed to him about the Lord. She has since been moved to Cancer Treatment Center of America. We have a location in our area.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Melody, how are you? i know you reached your goal a long time ago and continue to eat right, but how is everything else?

Delia, welcome! emoticon sorry if I have missed you and you have been here a while. How old are your children?

have a great day,

Blessings,
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3/10/14 12:03 P

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Woohoo congrats faylei

delia* believe in yourself and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish

its only considered failure when you quit trying

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Wishing everyone a wonderful week! Finally hit my 30 lbs mark and 30 inches down! Loving this. I just know I'm going to hit a plateau but keep hoping NO. If I keep up at this rate, I could be at my goal sometime this summer! So excited! emoticon

St. Patrick's Day theme for my wee-schooler's this week! Ds really needs something fun and new to add in this week too. Maybe a fun art project for him to keep school life from becoming boring. emoticon

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I also have a lot of people I know who are fighting cancer and I also am a firm believer in the power of prayer

delia* believe in yourself and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish

its only considered failure when you quit trying

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3/8/14 2:53 P

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Amen Faylei. I'm a firm believer in God's creation, (us, our brains) and the powerful dominion we have over disease. =) I also believe in lessons we learn as we or loved ones experience diseases.

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Prayers for you mom too. Hugs emoticon

My dh's grandmother, many years ago, went to a hospital and they didn't want to explain all the details of the cancer she had and the expectations ect to her or the family as they believe she would do better just continuing to fight with more hope. That sounded horrible to us the family. We were glad we were able to get her to another cancer center and she could fight and know how to pray and what she was facing. Like lamaze...the fear is in the unknowing...the more you know...the better you can handle and feel in control. ...or in cancer's sake....give the control over to God maybe. Hugs to all.





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So many people these days are fighting cancer. I'm a firm believer of fighting it with prayer and diet. My mom still won't say she has cancer, but she's started chemo she claims it's for her gallbladder. riiiiggghhtttt. She's the only one in denial. How can one fight something they're not willing to admit to? But because she refuses to admit it, she won't discuss alternatives. I had really hoped she'd try the Gerson diet. All I can do is pray.

Ali, I hope your friend doesn't push everyone away and remains strong in faith.

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oops, what I had on paper and her in sparks differed some how so it's 1.5 inches loss instead of 3 so 30 inches lost and 29 lbs. emoticon




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Just dropping in real quick to plug in my measurements and weight for the week. Lost 1 more lb and 3 inches so now at total of 29 lbs and 31 1/2 inches. I SOO badly wanted to hit that 30 this week but guess it just wasn't meant to be. Big 30 celebrate next week I guess! LOL! Don't know why I really like those #'s like that but I do:)

Ali- I'm so sorry sweetie for your friend having cancer. I will keep her family and yours in my prayers. Cancer is a horrible word:( Hugs and more hugs emoticon




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Morning,

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. We are so behind with so many things going on. We have always been ahead so I am struggling. I know it will all work out, I just need to get everything organized.

I would like to ask for prayer for a dear friend. She was my 1st friend when we moved to where we currently live and is really a friend to all, very much an inspiration. My friend has cancer and is fighting for her life. Her youngest is the same age of my ds and they have been friends since we moved her. My ds is also concerned about him. Cancer is hard.

Thank you all for letting me share and for the prayers.

Blessings,
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Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

I am actually trying to make myself sit up straight more often. I have somewhere slipped up and started slouching over the yrs and so I'm trying to make myself arch my back - back again. LOL! The other day, I was sitting and looked down at my legs and was thinking wow, I am crossing my legs and they look so much nicer and neater than before. Funny things you notice when you lose weight. LOL! I have so much more energy now with Plexus too and yet I sleep much better at night. No more waking up at 4 am. My nerves are also more calmer...sounds strange I know but I used to get irritated if the kids were extra fussy ect and I would thing oh my give me a dr pepper NOW.... now, I am just chilled out and not frustrated. It's like a prozac comes in that drink. LOL! My hubby will probably never let me get off of it. emoticon


Kids arriving so off to play! Hugs to all!




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Congratulations Faylei for finding what works for you for a healthy lifestyle!!! Have you noticed any subtle improvements such as posture, reflexes, clearer thinking, etc.?

If a student is doing high school work in 7th grade such as your ds are we to include that on the high school transcript? (I know this can be done for 8th grade)

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Sorry MIA a few days. Busy with Dr. Seuss week last week with all the wee-schoolers and then we went out of town for the weekend to a Plexus conference. So exciting for dh and I to do that and meet so many others and hear so many amazing stories.

Ds is actually in 7th grade this yr but is already working through many high school subjects so to speak. My how time flies!

Off to see what I can accomplish during naptime here. Hugs to all.

Still sticking with this program and weight loss! 28 lbs and over 28 inches now. Love that I'm making healthy new choices each day/week. Changing tiny things at a time and getting them to stick. My new go to lunch has turned out to be cabbage with canned tomatoes and ground beef or a salad with grilled chicken. Dinner, I make sure is something we can all eat. Tonight it's roast. I can even have a new potato and celery and carrots with it. My breakfast is so ecclectic! Last week, I was hooked on cottage cheese w/fruit on it. LOL! This morning it was a blueberry muffin with the kids.




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