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I seem camouflaged by the mural! Cuzco Feb 2007

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Jose, Rut, Vicky, Tito...almost constant companions, FAMILY, in Lima.


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I didn't mind being "gordita", but my doc said I should lose the weight for health. I am post menopausal, married 37 years before my husband passed away in Feb of 2011. He loved me the way I was and so do the people I've come to know and love during my mission trips. I am not trying to impress anyone, but I want to be around for my grandkids and for my extended family in Peru
People can see more pix - and videos - at My album is mumz2you. and follow my mission trips in Peru at

Member Since: 4/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 51,074

My Goals:
To reach and stay around 180, maybe even as low as 160 if possible, SOME time by 2017. I may never be able to fit into my 40 year old wedding dress, but I can at least hope to be fit and healthy for my remaining years of service.

My Program:
My daughter, Abi, and I got in this together, by changing our eating habits and developing an exercise habit. I am trying to exercise more regularly and eat more "freggies".

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I was born in Texas, but I''ve lived in Rochester most of my life. I became a Christian my senior year of high school (Spencerport class of ''71) and met Ansel at an Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship retreat during my 2nd year at SUNY at New Paltz. We married less than a year later (Oct 27, ''73) and after losing our first child went on to have 3 others - Abi (12 -77) Ben (8-83) and Cassie (10-86). Ben married October '06 .Abi has given us our first 2 grandchildren-and yes, by the same man!Our son Ben gave us a granddaughter, Penny, in Sept 07 and grandson Jack in February 09! My husband Ansel passed away in February of 2011, but the Lord united me with a wonderful Peruvian man in August of same year, Levi Utia. We tried to have a civil ceremony either here or there. But we encountered so many obstacles. We finally married in August 2016, and are now in the process of getting his spouse visa.

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I've made 11 mission trips to Peru, and will gladly explain how I became involved to anyone who has ears to hear! I have "second homes" in Pucallpa, Lima, Chiclayo, and Iquitos (just wish I could go more often) and I have cultivated some very close friendships there.
Anyone interested in seeing photos and videos from my trip in June-July 07 and to Machu Picchu in Feb of 07 can see them at the album under mumz2you . I have two blogs - the bilingual : and my 'Perunews" where I have blogged about my most recent trip - complete with photos. Stop by and read all about it! I will try to update the photos in my gallery, so stop by again!

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    I'm glad that we can get back on Spark People. A couple of other sites wouldn't work either.
    7 hours ago
    My brother-in-law has one of those things that you throw a tennis ball with. We played with Bayau and my sister's dog, Rose, when I last visited with my sister.

    I never saw the movie, Turner and Hooch. I have seen online pictures of the aftermath of dogs chewing. Our first rottweiler was crated in the living room and the crate was against the couch. She chewed the couch that she could get at through the wires of the crate.

    We were leaving for church last night and I double-checked the crate. Hubby had put Bayau in it, but he didn't latch the pan in. I take it out after she has been crated and clean it with a wash cloth because she has slobbers on it from panting and spills her water on it. I was glad I saw that he doesn't know how to fasten the tray. He gave me a lot of grief over the dog chewing the carpet.
    4 days ago
    I need to get back to measuring and tracking. Thank you for the Thank you card goody.
    12 days ago
    The doctor's office called today to say the polyps were benign, but I go back in 5 years, not 10 years, for another colonoscopy.
    12 days ago
    I am sure a book about you missionary adventures would sell. For those of us that have never been out of the United States, it would be interesting to know how others live, what their country is like, etc.

    Some visited a missionary and his wife in Guyana and I was shocked to see pictures of the showers, no hot water. We have so much that we take for granted here.
    16 days ago
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