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I seem camouflaged by the mural! Cuzco Feb 2007

summer 08 in Bretaņa

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: 51,514

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 slept well last night. Bayau woke me up before the alarm went off. I put her out and let her back in, set the alarm on the stove and slept until 8 AM. I had to get up then in order to get ready to go to church and be on time.
    14 days ago
    I used to hike in the woods with a walking stick. It would sure help in my old age to have one, but it might look out of place in the city. We walked longer today and I sat down for a minute after climbing a hill. It was 70 degrees here, but cold weather is on the way starting tomorrow.
    16 days ago
    Enjoyed your blog and added you as a Spark Friend. Would you mind adding me as well ? I need your positive attitude.
    God Bless You,
    21 days ago
    My husband and I said that if you were traveling on Veterans Day and wanted to stop and eat at a place that was serving veterans, that you might be there a good while before you got in the door.

    At most places, we had a 20-25 minute wait to be seated. Since we are retired and had no other place we needed to be, we waited. It was worth it!
    22 days ago
    My son is supposed to come by tonight after he gets off work to take me to the polling place. I too will be glad when this election is over. I will be able to see for myself if he is feeling better. Years ago, he had his nose broken in a fist fight. He had it reset with no anesthesia. I hope he doesn't get a deviated septum.
    26 days ago
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