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I seem camouflaged by the mural! Cuzco Feb 2007

summer 08 in Bretaña

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: 50,569

My Goals:
To reach and stay around 180, maybe even as low as 160 if possible, SOME time within 2014. 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 are in this together, by changing our eating habits and developing an exercise habit.

Personal Information:
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. I don't know if or when we'll ever be able to marry, but for now Jesus Christ is uniting us.

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I've made 10 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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    People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day to day. Rollo May

    Thanks for all your support. Have a blessed and productive week!

    50 days ago
    We are so grateful that we will have money coming in. Our daughter's visit will require some cash to go site-seeing and to feed them. I am also hoping that Crellie will not require another vet visit.
    52 days ago
    My Mom made a cole slaw dressing of Miracle Whip, vinegar and sugar. I suppose that you could do that with this recipe. I am not sure how raisins would taste with the other things, maybe take one ingredient out and add raisins.

    She used to make a Waldorf salad of apple, raisins and a dressing.
    52 days ago
    I have a couple of dresses that belonged to my mother-in-law that I call sack dresses. My stomach and abdomen are prominent and I will wait on some more weight loss before getting new dresses.

    The feeling that I am taking better care of myself for myself, and not just to please doctors, feels wonderful!
    57 days ago
    1Co_15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
    1Co_15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
    We would die in our sins.
    60 days ago
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