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Coat Ministry went well yesterday

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The sorting of the coats went well yesterday.
Over 300 coats were sorted and matched to
the children's names who needed them. We
had the list of the schools, then the list was
broken down into classrooms....then the
children's names. Everything was packed
into garbage bags with stickers of the children's
names on each coat. Each bag was tagged with
the school and teachers room. I was so impressed
with how organized it was and how smoothly it
was done. As you can see in the photo I took.
There were 3 rows of tables. Girls/Boys/Unisex.
Each school's list was done and finished and put
in a special place. There was no way to mix the
bags up. They have been doing the coat ministry
for years and it showed. This was my first year.
I will help at one of the school....passing out the
coats. We don't know the date of that yet.

I was quite proud that I didn't get into the sticky rolls.
I just drank the coffee. I took the pastors wife out
for lunch. I was so glad that I had the ranch dressing
put on the side. We had chefs salads. They had three
small containers of ranch with my salad. I only ate one.
By just dipping my fork into the dressing ...them the
salad, gave me the taste I wanted of the dressing while
keeping the amount I was eating of a healthy

Bob stopped by the office where he had gone for the
other job. The one where they had called him to see
if he would come back...They said they didn't want
him after all. Very strange. I have been praying daily
on God making it clear to us where he wanted Bob to
work. We got our answer with that job. What is strange
is that during the adoption event where I was face
painting I spoke to a man. He works for the Gas wells.
He was saying was hard to find anyone who was
wanting to work in our state. Both the other volunteer
and I just looked at him like he was crazy. We told him
that they don't want to hire men over 50. He said that
was wrong. He gave us his number. When Bob gets off
work Friday he is going to go straight to have winter tires
put on the car. While he is there he will be calling this
man. Again...prayers for guidance is needed. We need
the doors open to Bob on a job God wants him to do.

Bob and I were talking. He asked at work and found that
he now qualifies for health insurance. I told him to get
the info on it. We need that insurance. We also decided
that from now on I would be saving my paychecks from
now on. First to save for that computer is need. We had
to spend the money on tires. After that all the money
saved will be added to our tax refund so we can get a
second vehicle. If it is Gods will....I will be working full
time come spring. Depending on the job....I may keep
the church cleaning job. I will be focusing on loosing
weight and getting healthier before I have to go job

I had a nice surprise. I had to go before the church to
give an account of what was talked about at the pastors
meeting this month. I went up and down those steps
like a pro. I never did that before. I am moving around
better. Yea! I still get stiff and very sore. But I am able
to move around better.

I will be making stuffed peppers this week to freeze.
I so enjoy being able to pull something out of the freezer
and thaw it....meal ready.

Today I am focusing on cleaning the apartment. I have been
so busy this passed week. The only thing that was kept up
was dishes. Everything else was just dropped. So major
pick up and put away will be needed. Along with regular
cleaning that is.

Thanks for reading
God Bless

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COLOR-BLUE 10/21/2014 10:59PM


It's just so good to have you back here, and me reading about what's going on in your life! You're doing an AMAZING job, all around! Your family, the church, job hunting for you and Bob, girl you've done it all!

Now a MAJOR thing happened to you, when you helped prepare the coats for the kids. You didn't even have ONE STICKY ROLL!!! emoticon my dear emoticon

Then another MAJOR thing happened, when you gilded up and down those stairs with no problem! Oh my gosh can you say, "TWO NSVs?" Yes, young lady, 2 of them!!!! Keep up the FANTASTIC WORK!

I'm lifting Bob up and asking God to go before him and open the doors and give him HIS UNMERITED FAVOR!


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MCFITZ2 10/21/2014 11:40AM

    You are doing fantastic. So happy you came back to SP. You have had a lot of blessings.
Presenting the meeting notes is really increasing your confidence in that type of setting.
You a\may not enjoy it yet, but you are successfully doing it. emoticon

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Another day Face painting at an Adoption Event

Monday, October 20, 2014

Had a busy day Sunday.
After church I had to go to an Adoption event.
Here are some photos.

The face painting was a huge hit.
I wasn't sure how the store would feel about it.
The manager knows me from all the adoption events.
She was also the manager there when I brought the
hotdogs for all the employees when my church was
having a hotdog sale. Once she found out that I was
just asking for donations for PURR WV and not taking
any of the money for myself....she was thrilled.
She came out with signs she made up telling customers
that for a donation to Purr they could get there face
painted. She had them on display at all registers....
on the doors... and she kept making announcements
over the loud speaker. She even ask me if I would be
interested in doing events for them....getting paid for it
was a bonus. So that is in the future. The store is
advertising the face painting for this coming Saturday.
I have a feeling I will be very busy Sat. Now that Purr
knows what I can do...I am getting more invitations to
do different events for them. I just have to check our
schedule to see just what I can do.

Sadly we only had one adoption. Oh here was a surprise.
The adult cats were afraid of me. The makeup scared them.
The kittens could have cared less. I wasn't going to wear
the makeup next week....but was out voted. Everyone liked
the makeup. Oh the manager of the store had me do her face.

I am overly tired and sore. Went to bed at 9pm and back up
at 11pm. wasn't able to sleep. Just to sore. Its 12:30 and still
up. Took more meds...hoping that helps. I get so sore when
I face paint. My back, arms and inner legs get very sore. Just
think sitting in a chair.....leaning forward reaching out to paint.
Now do that for hours. I need a tub of hot water ...up to my

Tomorrow will be a busy few hours. Sorting through winter
coats....300 of them. Matching up names with coats that will
be given out the children who need them. When I get home
from that...I am doing nothing. I need to just relax.

Bob and I went out to eat. I stayed on program and was very
happy with what I chose and the amounts. Bob went hog wild.
I was very disappointed. I just felt like the threw it all away.
Was a buffet. I told him at the end that we wouldn't be going
back. As good as there food was....and it was good! He had
three huge plates and thousands of calories. I will be praying
for him...better choices, strength to choose wisely. Well its
late. I plan to just watch a show....hopefully unwind so I can
sleep. Thanks for reading.

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ANNEMARIA6 10/20/2014 5:54PM

    The face painting is terrific, kitten is sweet too!You are so talented!
Cat adoptions are hard, when our elderly Patches died the grandchildren took their grandpa to the SPCA after Christmas and they helped him choose a sweet tabby, there wee 64 cats to choose from, so sad to see so many with no home.
I understand your husband, buffets are quite hard for me to handle too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLOR-BLUE 10/20/2014 4:46PM


I've said it before and I'll say it again! YOU'RE ONE AMAZING WOMAN! God has blessed you with so much talent, and you're making other people so dang blasted happy, which is GREAT! I know it makes you feel good, too!

At least you had one adoption! That's better than none at all. Remember there has to be a fit for that new family member, in the home. If one thing is off kilter, then it messes up the pot.

I know you are sore, and you do need that tub of hot water up to your nose! Put some Epsom Salts in there, like the lavender scented and there you go!

Is this the first time that Bob was at a buffet? It's evident that he's not disciplined enough to be in a buffet setting. This takes some time to adjust to and learn how to block out EVERYTHING YOU SEE! I know that you can get him back on track!

Here's to your good health and Bob's as well! emoticon


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DALMOM2007 10/20/2014 7:08AM

    Beautiful face painting. You have such a great talent and its so nice of you to donate it to such a great cause.

Hope you muscles feel better today.

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Oct 18th...Happy Birthday to Me! Had a busy day!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I was so busy yesterday.
I was up early and took Bob to work.
I needed the car to get a lot of running done.
I went to Walmart ..picked up a Boston cream pie
for Church tomorrow. I signed up to bring the treat.
I picked up strawberries, seedless grapes and black berries
to make a fruit mix for a post luck dinner last night.
I had to pack up the PT Cruiser for the fundraiser I was
going to for PURR WV. So a table,2 chairs, Indian corn
decorations to sell, my face painting, 2 thermos's one of
hot chicken noodle soup and one of cut fruit. Along with
a big colorful bowl. I face painted myself as a Tuxedo cat

We were set up outside and froze. We had fun. Raised $121.
Which was good considering not many came. It was the
first time for this event. Next year it will be much larger.
Then I had to head out and travel a good 30 miles to a
church. There was a pot luck dinner and service for the
members who went on the walk to Emmaus. My bowl of
fruit was empty when it was over. Oh I wore my makeup.
Felt strange but sometimes the black when taken off will
leave a trace of color on me. I didn't need gray tint to my
skin. A good soak of my face and cream scrub late last night
and it came clean. It was one of the few times that I could
come straight home and wash my face, bathroom and right
into bed. It was just 9pm. I needed a really good sleep.

Today I am busy again. I am waiting for Bob to call me to
come pick him up. Then Church. I will stay for the little
social after then I need to get back home. I have to do a
face paint on myself again and head out for an adoption
event. We have another double one. We usually don't have
one on Sunday. I will be face painting at this one too. So
12-5 I will be at a pet store.....Inside...yea. I am always so
tired after these events. I k now I will be in bed before 8pm.

I need that good sleep because Monday I am running again.
We are matching up names to the winter coats we are giving
out the children this year. Over 300 coats. So 9:30 I
will be out the door and off to a church to help with that.
It should take a few hours.

My arthritis is acting up....has been all week. Its been a really
busy one for me. Tuesday I am relaxing....and cleaning the
apartment. I have left it go to do all the other stuff.

Thanks for reading. I'm not doing spell check....I have to get
dressed and ready for this day...
Thanks for reading.
God Bless

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CONNIEDETHOMAS 10/19/2014 10:31PM

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments.
It feels so good doing these things.
Again ...Thanks so very much!!!!

Love Connie

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MCFITZ2 10/19/2014 9:09PM

    Connie you look so cute as a tuxedo cat. emoticon
emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY emoticon emoticon
Glad you were able to help PURR
Have a healthy, happy and satisfying year.

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DALMOM2007 10/19/2014 4:04PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Although you were busy, sounds like you had a great time and all for good causes.
Love the face paint. emoticon

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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/19/2014 1:20PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon From this year to your next birthday we will see a healthier you!

No wonder you go to bed early you do so much for others that you are exhausted! All good things too! My mom was from Welch and I still have cousins in WV. Thanks for all you do for your friends and neighbors and for friends you haven't met yet! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYSTARWIND 10/19/2014 12:16PM

    Celebrating Life in all the ways you are this week is a wonderful way to celebrate your Birthday!! Here's wishing you a Great Year...and many more years filled with health and love.... "For it is in Giving that we Receive"
emoticon emoticon your Pic!!

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COLOR-BLUE 10/19/2014 8:53AM


I love the way that you're letting the Lord use you in any way that He sees fit. Even though there is discomfort for you, you're there bringing some ray of sunshine into someone else's life and it's beautiful.

Happy Birthday, kiddo! A birthday wish is never to late, because the way I look at it, everyday is our birthday! Yes, God has not promised us tomorrow, and when we open our eyes and thank Him for a day never promised to us, that's when I realize that I've been reborn, I've been resurrected, and I'm made new! So Happy Birthday to you on the special day God set aside for you and Happy Birthday to the both of us, for being made new!


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Another Amazing Weight Loss!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

emoticon m emoticon m emoticon
I hopped on my doctors scale to show my husband my weight loss.
I always put the weight at what I had weighed last. Yesterday I
weighed 289 and was thrilled to be there. Low and behold I get
on the scale and it goes down. I lost another 2 pounds. WOW!!!
48OFF! My body must be ready to fall off me right now. This
makes a loss of 7 pounds since October 9th. That only a week.
I have been eating. The only thing I can think of is that my body
is ready to drop some weight. I do believe some of this could
be water weight. I notice such a big difference in my fingers.
They feel slender. No swelling at all. With all the extra work
my hands have been doing I am surprised they aren't swollen.

I worked on the Indian corn decorations. Adding bows to the corn.
Working with the wire needed to attach the bows and forming the
bows have my fingers aching. Today they are going to get another
workout today at the Church. My upper body is sore...arms, back,
shoulders and fingers. I am hoping that once I start moving around
while working ...that some of this soreness will work out. Today I
need to finish the whole upstairs of the church. I also need to walk
to the post office to end a few things out.

I surprised my Mom yesterday. Saturday is my birthday. I decided
to give her a gift for my birthday gift. I sent her some beautiful fall
flowers. They have sunflowers in among the flower. So pretty.
She called me so happy. She went to lunch and when she returned
to her room they were waiting for her. She also asked me how my
big trip went. I hadn't told her and was surprised. I think she
thought I had gone on a ship some where and was disappointed that
I hadn't told her about it. Once I explained that I only went 30
minutes away and that it was in a Girl Scout camp...not a different
country ...she felt better. I don't remember telling my sister that I
was going to the Walk to Emmaus. But I must have and she told
Mom about it. My sister Brenda is a strong Christian. She was a
Deacon in her church at one time.

Bob and I went out to eat last night. He wanted to try a buffet. I
don't like them. Way to easy to over eat. I am proud of what I ate.
I had baked chicken breast, carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes
and a slice of pumpkin pie. I made sure the serving of potatoes was
small. The pie was also a small portion and Unsweetened ice tea.
Bob did eat more but I did notice that his choices were healthier
that he normally would have picked. But he still ate way to much.
He had a nice surprise at work. He had someone take his blood
pressure. It has always been on the higher side. It was normal.
He had three different people redo it. It was normal. The weight
he has lost has done wonders on his blood pressure. He has not
had that low of a reading in the seven years we have been married.
It really showed him what the weight loss is doing for him. We
talked last night and he was telling me how he has changed what
he eats. If he grabs chips it will be a small bag. He passes up the
candy and gets string cheese. He eats out and most of the quick
stops are convenience stores or a drive through fast food. Its the
little choices that he is making are really effecting his health in a
good way. All my hints have sunk in. I keep sharing ideas and
suggestions that I find on Sparkpeople. It is nice to know he has

I didn't sleep good at all last night. I was tired and went early to
bed...but just laid there. Two hours later I crawled out of bed.
It was after 1 am when I crawled back to bed. I woke up before
7 am. My body wasn't ready to be up. I have just to much to do.
The cleaning at the church has to be done by 3pm so I can take a
good soak in the tub. The monthly meeting of the pastors is
tonight... I always find taking notes at this meeting difficult. This
one should not be any different. There is always something that
I don't understand being said. A good prayer before it starts
should help.

Well I just made a wonderful English muffin and having my
second mug of coffee. So I need to get off here and get my
day started.

Thanks for reading the blog.
God Bless!
Connie in WV

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LADYSTARWIND 10/16/2014 11:17PM

    What a delight to read all your good news! So happy for the both of you....
Hope you enjoy more of a day off tomorrow while your soup cooks!
And what a wonderful thing you did for your Mom!! :)

Take care,

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MCFITZ2 10/16/2014 9:39PM

    Connie you are doing it. And Bob is too. How great is that? emoticon

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emoticon and emoticon for you and Bob! This is so cool, that you're body is just melting off the fat and Bob has a normal BPR, and he's making smarter choices with his food. Connie, it rubs off, as you and Bob are proof of that!

That was so sweet of you to surprise your mom, to celebrate your birthday!


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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/16/2014 11:54AM

  Busy people are happy people! Volunteering is good for your soul and it keeps you busy.
emoticon What a weight loss!

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DALMOM2007 10/16/2014 9:54AM

    emoticon on the weight loss! You're doing great.

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HMBROWN1 10/16/2014 8:16AM

    Have a wonderful day!

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Life is Amazing!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On October 9th I went to a "Walk to Emmaus"
October 12th in the evening I returned home.

294 is what I weighted the day I left.
293,5 the morning after I returned home.
289 is my weight today October 15th.

I can't take the credit for any of this loss.
At the Walk to Emmaus all food was prepared
for us and presented with great joy. Here is
just one example of a day of food.

**Awaken just a day is breaking...
Given coffee/orange juice/donuts/mini muffins
and fresh fruit at our beds.
**After Chapel was breakfast.
Bacon/pancakes/scrambled eggs/fruit/and drinks
**Break time was an assortment of cookies/candy/
vegetables/dip/pretzels/nuts/bagged chips..ect/and
**Lunch was a sandwich (grilled cheese/peanut butter)
soup(tomato/chicken) / a choice of 2 desserts and
drinks. There was seconds if anyone wanted more.
**Break time was the same layout as the morning one.
**Supper was a big salad/spaghetti/meatballs/garlic bread/
bowls of croutons, grated mozzarella cheese, parmesan
cheese/choice of 2 desserts and drinks. Seconds if
anyone wasn't full...
**Snack time was just like the other ones.

**At each table that we heard lectures and such
was a bowl of candy. The good stuff.
(I never ate out of this bowl.)

I had the cookies and fudge at two of the breaks the first day.
But that got old fast. My body wasn't used to eating them so
often. I only ate the vegetables and dip from then on. Pretzels
or nuts too. Meals were like a family setting. Bowls and
platters of food passed around. I had to watch the amounts.
Yes I ate...but my plate didn't need side boards to hold the
food on the plate. I had a bit of everything and yes dessert too.
I even drank regular pop.

This was a once in a life time joy to be part of.
So I did enjoy the an extent. I was so proud
as I looked around and saw plates around me heaped
HIGH of food. Some had 2 and 3 pieces of garlic bread
placed at the side of there plate before they even started
eating. I didn't want to gorge myself like quite a few did.

I was lucky that my body had a reaction from the junk
food. Bathroom problems...Praise the Lord they had
meds for that. It was my body telling me it wasn't used
to all the sugar and junk. That made me so much more
aware of what I was eating. I even skipped the snack
after that bathroom episode. My body needed a rest
from food for a bit.

I was also grateful that each building was apart from the
others. There was walking. They were offering rides to
the ladies that needed it. I turned that down. It had
rained 80% of the time I was there. I had a big umbrella.
I needed exercise. 99% of our days were planned for us.
The only exercise I was able to get was that walking.

I just felt lighter this morning when I woke up. After a
nice hot soak in the tub I just had to get on the scale. I
was quite shocked to see the weight loss. Yes I felt lighter
but I just didn't expect such a large loss. 4.5 pounds is
huge. I lost a total of 5 pounds since I left for the
72 hour Walk to Emmaus. Thank you Lord! You are

My goal for November 1 is 285. That is just 3 pounds way.
A very reachable goal. I am so unbelievably happy.

I have been very busy.

Monday I started washing the woodwork in the sanctuary.
I finished 3/4 of it. they were having a big
important meeting and service for the pastors
and there bosses. So I had to clean the bathrooms
and touch up things. I wasn't asked to do this, I
didn't even know about the meeting. I watched
everyone get ready for this meeting as I washed
those walls. I wanted it looking good.
Tuesday I cleaned the apartment. Went to Walmart for a
bit of shopping. Needed more ribbon to make up
a few more indian corn decorations. I made a trip
to the pet store to take photos. 5 adult cats 3 kittens.
I created photo ads to help them get adopted. Here
are 2 of the you have some idea of what I
do for Purr.

They are beyond cute. Well I also did paperwork.

Today(Wed) Laundry/Grocery shopping ( I am making the
soup for the Soup Ministry this month.) I will be cleaning
the church. And when Bob calls...I will be picking up his
cute butt from work.
Thursday I will finish the washing of the woodwork and sweep the
sanctuary...I will have to sweep all the hallways. At 5:50
Brad and Debbie (pastor and his wife) will be picking me
up for the monthly meeting of pastors. I have to take notes
and present them to the congregation on Sunday morning.
Friday I will be up early and will be taking the fixing for chicken
soup to the church. I am making 8 quarts for our soup
ministry. Two to three people will deliver a meal and a
smile to eight people this month. Different people make
food and it all comes together at Friday noon to be put
together as a meal. Then it is taken to the people. Some
want a visit...which is great. If now a hug and a reminder
that God Loves them is given and on to the next person.
I have never done the delivery part of this ministry. The
ones that have ...enjoy it. I am making the soup at the
church for two reasons. I don't want to carry a pot of that
size to the church. And while it is cooking ...I can clean
the downstairs. The soup will have to cool before we can
package it up. I figure a good 3 hours from start to having
it cool enough. That is just what is needed to clean. I
want to finish the window washing too. Just 10 more.
Its two rooms, they just have a lot of windows.
Saturday is a crazy day. First I will be face painting myself. At
12-4 I will be going to a high school for a big craft event.
Purr WV had been invited and are setting up tables. I
will take photos. Along with face painting I will be
photographing. For a $5 donation I will take a few
photos of people and do one up nicely and email it as
a 4x6 to them. They can share it with family and friends
through emails and Facebook. They can also save it to
their computer and print it. Everything I am doing is
a first for Purr WV. I will have to pack up everything
quickly and get to a store. At 5:30 is a Emmaus potluck
dinner, in the same town. So I have to pick something
up for it. At 6:30 is there monthly gathering. It will be
my first. A lot of the ladies that I was with at the walk
will be there. Should be great fun.
Sunday....Church and presenting the meeting notes.
Fall over

A very busy week for me. Bob had his interview this passed Fri.
His third. This coming Friday he is to do a drive along. Since
he used to work for them he is just going to see if he can say
yes and do the paper work. He did this job in the passed he
did a good job. That is why they called asking him to come back.
He will be so tired this coming Friday morning. He will be just
coming off of a 24 hour shift driving the ambulance and going
straight to the drive thru. He will be so tired. He is worried that
he wont get off in time to go to this drive along. Prayers please!

Lord, give him the strength, and clear mind to do well.
I love him so. Amen

I have been so happy lately. Since the Walk to Emmaus I have
felt so drawn to praying. I have such a inner comfort. I so like
this feeling. I feel so much closer to God. I was close before the
walk....but this is different. I feel Blessed.

Love to all
Thanks for reading my blog.
God Bless.
Connie in WV

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LADYSTARWIND 10/16/2014 12:04AM

    That little Tabby is the kissin' cuzzin to the one I had...! And the little white one is an angel... Do hope both are adopted soon...!!
LOL: re " his cute butt".... You two are so much in Love---its wonderful!!

Congrats on the weight are gaining steam here Lady---Go For It, and don't let anything get in your way!!

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CONNIEDETHOMAS 10/15/2014 8:44PM

    If you look you can see the store shelving in the background.
The green ings a towel I bring along and lay on top there cages.
Just makes for a nicer photo.

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CROUCHINGFLEA 10/15/2014 8:17PM

    Sounds like Walk to Emmaus was really good! Love the pictures of the cats, you did such a good job! emoticon

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emoticon I'm so delighted that you did the Walk to Emmaus! Girl, I knew you would love it and feel at peace with it! It seems to me that sine the Walk to Emmaus, that everything's been pure GOLD for you! God has His way of stepping in and putting you where you're suppose to be! You're a servant for God and it truly shows in EVERYTHING you do! It shows with Bob, also, and their should be no problem with his drive along! Prayers going up!


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