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I was born and bred in the Midwest, to parents who valued hard work, honesty and integrity. My mom, a dietitian, was before her time as a working mom of three who somehow managed to juggle it all. My dad was a general contractor who shared in all responsibilites 50/50...he too was before his time.
From them I learned a lot of life-lessons about being independant, working hard, not worrying about what others think, taking the bad with the good, that relationships ...
My story -

I was born and bred in the Midwest, to parents who valued hard work, honesty and integrity. My mom, a dietitian, was before her time as a working mom of three who somehow managed to juggle it all. My dad was a general contractor who shared in all responsibilites 50/50...he too was before his time.
From them I learned a lot of life-lessons about being independant, working hard, not worrying about what others think, taking the bad with the good, that relationships are more valuable than things, being strong, helping others, planning ahead, moderation in all things, that everyone has a job and can contribute, that faith is essential, and that all things are possible.

Despite their watchfulness and good parenting, I was sexually abused by another family member as a child. I hid that part of my life until I was away from home and in college. Through therapy, I made swift healing progress and shared 'my secret' with my family. To my amazement they didn't hate me or banish me...instead we all began to heal and move forward.

While I would never wish that kind of childhood on anyone, I do know that I was blessed with strength and compassion because God knew that I would need those things to survive and thrive.

Through ups and downs of relationships and college, I also felt called to pastoral ministry. Several people supported me in that, but God intervened several times to make sure that I never attended seminary or went into pastoral ministry. (Thank goodness!)
Instead God put me smack dab into youth ministry and into situations where I would have to continue to deal with my past and keep learning new life skills. I dealt with a pastor who sexually harrassed female staff and parishioners. I dealt with other victims of sexual abuse. I worked for another pastor who had extra-marital affairs. I worked for another pastor who was a compulsive liar, and another who sabotaged me and got me fired because he didn't deal appropriately with a student who was sexually harrassing me.
While the pastors I've worked for have been devoid of ethics, I've had a stellar career in youth ministry, working 18 years with hundreds of youth and families who have affirmed my gifts and calling.

For me, ethics are not optional or on any kind of scale. Sin is sin no matter how small or big. A lie is a lie - a breach of trust. Forgiveness has been a lifelong theme, as has judgment.

Because I've spent most of my life volunteering in or working in churches I've walked with families through some of the deepest tragedies. As a result I tend to take life more seriously because I feel the urgency, fragility and preciousness of it. I often get annoyed at the 'superficial' in people, especially when I know they are hiding pain. There are times I have 'radar' for people in pain but I'm very clear about who I am called to help and who I am not called to help. Time is short, I intend to use it well.

I met my husband in Chicago while working at a church...we are a great match and now that we have our own children, we are learning even more about ourselves, our faith, and what we are here on this earth to do.

Through mission experiences throughout my life in almost all 50 states and in Africa, I have learned a great deal more about wealth, gratitude, justice, war, evil, life and death.

I've also had some great wilderness camping, back-packing and survival experiences that have taught me a lot about what is essential and what is non-essential in life, not to mention the simplicity and beauty of God's creations.

After my kids were born I was plagued with joint pain and symptoms similar to Lupus. Since my mother also has Lupus, it is likey that it is the aut0-immune disease that I have, although tests over the years have been inconclusive. (I get both positive and negative everything.)

Now, I'm completely changing my life. Getting back to a weight I can handle, exercising and being more active, making career changes, and continuing to strip away any uneccessary baggage.

I continue to be a writer for a Christian youth curriculum, and I teach beginning piano lessons from home. I continue to learn about and try to help my daughter deal with anxiety and ODD issues. And I continue to cut out processed foods and eliminate all kinds of chemicals from our home, choosing simple home made foods and cleaning solutions. So far with SP I've lost about 35 pounds and would like to lose 10 more.

Through it all my well of faith continues to go deep and to keep me afloat. I look forward to the next chapters of life...especially with less weight and hopefully less pain and fatigue!
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Lose weight I gained after having two kids, getting healthier so I can fight an auto-immune disease

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I love a lot of outdoor activities - walking, biking, gardening, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, hiking, and more, but some arthritis is interfering. Also working and parenting leaves little time for working out, but hoping to change that!

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HARRINGTON5
11/26/2013 9:37:39 AM

I just wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!



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APHRODIDTE
11/19/2013 3:35:58 PM

Your comments on my blog about being off track on spot on. I don't know why it's so hard for me to take care of myself the way I care for others?
My husband was really worried, because I am in a flare state with the Lupus, and all that I was, and have been doing. Today is better, and yesterday was pretty good too. I just have to pace myself, and remember that I can't do every thing even if I want to. I was at my neighbors, and I was working on her kitchen cabinets, and I just stopped and said enough for today! I think I'm listening to my body a little better, and it's a good thing, since I don't want to get to the point that I don't have a choice!! I'm sorry the dogs kept you up, praying you find time for some rest in your busy day. Many blessings-Dee



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MRSBENNETT2
10/24/2013 4:32:37 PM

Thank you for your very kind and supportive comment on my last blog. :)



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APHRODIDTE
10/16/2013 2:09:36 PM

You shared a lot of wisdom with your comments on my page, because you know what I am going through, and I appreciate it.
I did notice that my water intake was lower than it should be, and I will keep logging my food.
I pray that you will feel stronger, and get better too. Today is a rest day, the weather is wonderful, and I will rejoice in this day.
Blessings, Dee



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