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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Prayer needed immediately for our son Daniel and his team, they were
ambushed while on patrol. All we know is 1 killed and some wounded.



David called Daniel's CO at Ft. Bragg. They were in an ambush while on patrol, wounds
were minor and Daniel is safe....the fatality was a special forces member from another
Please hold him and his family in prayer.

Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for everyone who dropped what they were doing
and prayed...and please pray daily for the brave men and women who are standing between
us and those who would do us harm............

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    Praying for the soldiers and their families.

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SANDYMAE3 1/21/2014 5:04PM

    glad daniel is ok darlene. will keep him in my prayers. keep us updated. hope he comes home soon.

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JELLI-LEAN 1/20/2014 8:57PM

    {{{{Hugs}}} and Prayers!!

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MUMSKI 1/20/2014 11:02AM

    So glad Daniel is well Darlene, but so sad about the other young man, prayers for his family. Let's hope he comes home soon safe and well. emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 1/20/2014 7:24AM

    I am glad he is safe. He will be in my prayers until he is home. Hang on, I know this can't be easy.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/19/2014 1:35AM

    Darlene, I'm so glad that your son is okay. I will continue to keep them all in my prayers.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 1/18/2014 7:03PM

    I'm so relieved to hear your son is safe. God is good!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/18/2014 5:46PM

    Oh Darlene! My heart goes out to you. I'm so glad to hear your son is safe, but so sorry to hear about the loss of life and injuries. That much have been so scary.

I'll continue to pray for your son's daily safety.


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LIFE-FAITH 1/18/2014 2:24PM

    emoticon for Daniel and his team - I believe that God is big enough to protect all that serve our country (I will pray for all that serve).

Glad to read the update.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 1/18/2014 1:30PM

    Emergency prayer service activated! I can't even imagine the fear in your heart right now. emoticon

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ALICIA214 1/18/2014 1:06PM

I hope you will be hearing from your son Daniel telling you he will be home soon....


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BIGPAWSUP 1/18/2014 12:55PM

    OMG!!! Please keep us updated!

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UPDATE on me

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Laughing here, yes I am home and thank you to each of you who took the time
to read my blog and say a prayer....I did very well if you discount the swollen
lip that I evidently bit, and the sore throat from the intubation....seems to me
that causes more trouble than not....lol

Anyway, I staggered in and got on my scale this morning, and alas/alack, I did
not lose 5 lbs....after yesterday, I would have thought that would have been the
case....all the hurling and no eating.....my BP did spike on me last night and I
had to take a 1/2 tablet to bring it down....David must have checked it 5 times
while I was trying to get to sleep....when it started going down, he relaxed....

At any rate, I am home and seem to be fine except for a wee bit of soreness.

Talk to ya'll soon, blessings on each of you my friends,

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MUMSKI 1/20/2014 11:00AM

    Great news Darlene, so glad all went well with the surgery!

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ILOVEROSES 1/17/2014 7:37AM

    So good to hear that you're doing well and David is looking after you. I am sure your lip and throat will get better if you rest and take care of yourself. emoticon emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 1/17/2014 6:56AM

    Glad you are on the mend. Hang in there and wishing you a speedy recovery.

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PEPPYPATTI 1/9/2014 5:40PM

    So glad to hear all went well! And no you will not magically lose 5 lbs-lol! Hope you feel better soon, girl!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/9/2014 12:19PM

    Surgery can cause temporary swelling that probably contributed to your reading on the scale. It will go away.

I'm glad you made it though everything okay. We have a lot of nerves in our lips and they clamp the tube to it so that's why we feel so much there right after surgery. It's wierd. I have very major and extensive surgery several years ago and the thing I noticed hurting first when I woke up was my lip from the intubation. That all changed quickly as the pain killers wore off.

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MRS_EVA_K 1/9/2014 6:52AM

    Thank goodness. I'm glad to know you made it well through your surgery Darlene. I'll keep you in my thoughts and pray for a speedy recovery.

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    I'm glad to hear that you are home. I'm sure David will take good care of you.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/9/2014 12:19AM

    Glad to hear all went well. Hang in there and take care of yourself!!

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50HARLEYGIRL 1/8/2014 10:14PM

    Glad your doing good! Get plenty of rest & let David dote over you! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 1/8/2014 5:08PM

    So happy you are home and healing. Please rest and take care of yourself.

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    Glad you are doing ok!

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Prayers requested.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you know I will be AWOL for a few days on Spark, likely 2-3 days.
Depends on how well I recoup after surgery tomorrow.

The dr. ran 3 different tests and says my Gallbladder is only functioning at 6%, and
if it goes completely down, and stuff starts accumulating, there is a chance of getting
pancreatitis(which is usually fatal in any adult and most children) by my own research..
and the experience of a friend whose husband had it, and passed.

Just wanted to let you know where I am, and ask for any prayers you care to send up.
I do not do well with being anesthesized, so this may take all day......which is why I
avoid surgery like the plague.

Blessings and thanks in advance,

PS: Am downloading some pictures if I can get the fool thing to load out of the zipper

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MUMSKI 1/20/2014 10:59AM

    Sending prayers Darlene, hugs,

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    Sending prayers for you, Darlene. I hope all goes well with surgery and you recover quickly!!
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LVIVIERS 1/7/2014 3:45PM

    Prayers for you for strength and recovery! emoticon

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50HARLEYGIRL 1/7/2014 3:18PM

    Hope all has gone well with surgery! You and the family are in my prayers! Hope your recovery is quick and as pain free as possible.

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MRS_EVA_K 1/7/2014 6:51AM

    you have them Darlene.

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    Darlene I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything goes as planned and they find what is going on.

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AMURRAY402 1/6/2014 6:47PM

    Sure will. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

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LIFE-FAITH 1/6/2014 6:28PM

    emoticon for God's grace... emoticon .. take care of you.

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WENDYSPARKS 1/6/2014 3:34PM

    Praying for you to get well.... emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 1/6/2014 2:42PM

    Prayers love and light.

Look forward to hearing about your recovery.

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CAT-IN-CJ 1/6/2014 2:39PM

    Prayers for you!!!! Eagerly waiting to hear from you . . . .

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LOWCARBRENEE 1/6/2014 1:57PM

    Prayers for you!

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    I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers that the surgery goes very smoothly.

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WIFE48 1/6/2014 1:31PM

    Best of luck to you. I recently had gallbladder surgery. You will feel much better when its gone. emoticon

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CPRCINDYC 1/6/2014 1:27PM

  My friend is currently in the hospital with pancreatitis and probably having her gall bladder removed. Hope you have a smooth recovery and feel better soon!

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

I have decided my attitude is my own worst enemy. So I have been reading positive
articles by other Sparkers, comments by those whom I am in contact with, like PAM
and MICHELLE and CINDY and many others...also CAZ sent me a great blog yesterday
that sent me off on this thinking expedition. I shared it with others because it was so

Why we allow ourselves to talk to us as we do, so often, when we would not allow someone
else to berate us, or put us down, but we are actually MEAN to our own self, is beyond me.

David said yesterday that I am harsher on myself, than I would ever let anyone. For some
reason, I expect more out of me than me can perform, to be honest.

I have no idea why I am so hard on me and expect perfection, and no deviation is allowed
from the narrow line I am balancing on???

Therefore, I sat me down and had a talk with me. Me, myself and I have decided to be
positive and find a positive point in everything that happens. I have decided to approach
my goals from a positive side and instead of being upset with me for slipping, to be nice
to me and sell myself a few extra minutes on the bicycle and move on along with a compliment to myself for never giving up.

I can feel for others, share with them, because I have been there, and I always want to
lift others up, help them lift themselves up, and be positive and joyful...it makes me feel
better, maybe whomever reads this will agree.............
Let's give ourselves a break, make a list of what needs to be accomplished, then go after
completing that list in a REASONABLE length of time....

Love n hugs,

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SKYEFYR 11/29/2013 1:12PM

  Well said - and very true. Most of us would never think of allowing others to speak to us the way we speak to ourselves. I wonder why that is? It's a challenge to "catch" yourself at it and turn it into something positive instead, but worth the effort. A few months back I started really making an effort to do this and it's made a huge difference.

Good luck!

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LIFE-FAITH 11/27/2013 1:27PM

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/24/2013 1:33AM

    I would say I'm pretty positive about things and life. I love that you had a "talk" with yourself to get yourself into a positive attitude.

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REJOHNSON3 11/23/2013 6:02PM

    Yeah, DARLENE, be good to yourself more often. And have another drink of water on me, remember the water and keep life fluid

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/23/2013 5:10PM

    I think it's really important that we are kind to ourselves.

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JUNEBUG1944 11/23/2013 12:28PM

    emoticon Great blog, Darlene! I wish you the best! emoticon

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

DD TEAM CHALLENGE: 10 Things I'm Thankful For
1. that God loves me in spite of my flaws
2. I live in America
3. David my husband
4. our children
5. our home
6. our health
7. for the farmers who grow and harvest our food
8. patience
9. love

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LINDAINALABAMA 11/20/2013 1:57PM

    Hey Darlene,

I enjoyed your gratitude list. emoticon

You mentioned on my Streak blog that you read a magazine article in Good Houskeeping that motivated you. I was wondering if you might write a blog about it.

Linda emoticon

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REJOHNSON3 11/20/2013 9:43AM

    DARLENE, wonderful list! You are equal to the challenge. Keep up the good work. Have a glass of water on me!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/18/2013 4:02PM

    very nice!

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LIFE-FAITH 11/18/2013 11:13AM


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GAYLLYNNE 11/18/2013 6:58AM

    Lovely list!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/18/2013 1:30AM

    That is awesome! emoticon

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JAMBABY0 11/17/2013 8:24PM

    good for you

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