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Keep going . . . the magic is happening.

Monday, July 08, 2013



Don't stop -- just keep going, just keep moving!!



You're going to make mistakes along the way -- no big deal. Just keep going -- keep moving.



The magic is happening, even when you can't see it.



Never give up!!



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BONNIEMARGAY 7/9/2013 5:41AM

    Yes, thank you so much.

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GODS_TEMPLE 7/9/2013 12:50AM

    I agree with every one of these! Let's do it...even if we make a few mistakes along the way...

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    A winner with magic in the air!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MADAMES 7/8/2013 4:20PM

    I love your message!



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PEZCATHY 7/8/2013 10:14AM

    Wishing you an awesome day today!!!


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HELEN_BRU 7/8/2013 9:18AM

    Very Encouraging!

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KIWIANN 7/8/2013 8:59AM

    Thanks for the morning encouragement!! Have a wonderful Monday!! emoticon

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MICKEYH 7/8/2013 8:56AM

    Great blog. Thanks for positive post. emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 7/8/2013 8:30AM

    Very inspiring indeed! emoticon emoticon

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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/8/2013 8:26AM

    Blessings to you too. Great message!

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ANHELIC 7/8/2013 8:22AM

    Great inspiration for someone intending to quit. emoticon

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LIFEISPURRFECT 7/8/2013 8:15AM

    emoticon Wonderful blog! Thanks for the words of encouragement!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/8/2013 5:28AM

    Wonderful!

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    Great Blog!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 7/8/2013 4:43AM

    emoticon Keeping on, keeping on!!

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We don't grow when things are easy . . .

Sunday, July 07, 2013



. . . we grow when we face challenges. ~ Joyce Meyer~

This road is going to be easier for some than others, but I don't think it was ever meant to be easy. There are so many things we need to learn about ourselves along the way. It's all a process. I think there is some struggle that is required . . .

Like there is struggle when a chick is leaving the egg:



Or like there is struggle when a butterfly leaves the cocoon:



Don't lose heart . . . there is ALWAYS a way:



You just need to find it. emoticon



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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MADAMES 7/8/2013 4:22PM

    Thank you for your message!

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/8/2013 3:53AM

    Thanks, I needed that.

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MATTEROFHEART 7/8/2013 1:24AM

    Beautiful and inspirational!

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 7/7/2013 10:49PM

    emoticon I love this! emoticon
A very simple but effective message. I especially related to the visual of the plant sprouting through the knothole in the wood. That sprout had to FIND a way into the sunlight.

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TXGRANDMA 7/7/2013 9:53PM

    This is really uplifting! emoticon for sharing! emoticon

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JAMER123 7/7/2013 9:29PM

    Fantastic analogies!! Great blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 7/7/2013 9:00PM

    Some of us have found our way on SparkPeople. :D

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SPOONGIRLDEB 7/7/2013 7:40PM

    What a good reminder! Love the pictures...thanks for sharing!

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DIAMNDSPRKLMOM 7/7/2013 5:04PM

    This is beautiful. Thanks for the post! emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 7/7/2013 4:15PM

    emoticon I especially like the clovers coming through the wood.
We can do whatever we think is important, but we'll never make it if it's not important to us. That's why we'll never make it, if we're doing it just to please someone else.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/7/2013 1:03PM

    I'm with you.

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FELINEBETTER 7/7/2013 12:45PM

    Agreed! And it does make the journey easier with the loving support of Spark friends! emoticon

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INGMARIE 7/7/2013 12:19PM

    emoticon a good reminder for us all. thank you

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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/7/2013 11:14AM

    So true! Life is full of lessons.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 7/7/2013 10:28AM

    Great reminders!!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/7/2013 9:32AM

    Wonderful blog!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 7/7/2013 7:55AM

    Never ever giving up!!! emoticon

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You have a gift . . .

Saturday, July 06, 2013



Every one of us has been blessed with gifts & talents. We are unique because of the set of gifts & talents we possess. No matter where you live, what you do for work, what hobbies you have, or where you spend your time, your gifts & talents are needed to make the world a better place.

Don't be afraid to share your gifts. The reason we have them is to give them away.



Me: I am good with details & with the English language. In my job, I read documents for accuracy & make edits as necessary -- basically, I provide quality control. My job is very detail-oriented & though I could probably be making a lot more money doing something else, it's something that I enjoy, so I've been there for 12-1/2 years.

I am an "encourager" by nature. I love to encourage people. I have a different way of looking at things sometimes that naturally helps people to see things from a different angle. I am a good listener. I don't feel that I'm good at giving advice, but people have told me that I'm good at that as well. I guess that's all rolled up into "encouragement."

I love music & I love to sing. I've been singing since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. emoticon I volunteer at my church as the worship leader.



What do you enjoy doing? At what tasks do you excel? These may be your gifts & talents.

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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WHISPERINGPINE9 7/7/2013 7:44AM

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/7/2013 4:53AM

    Thank you. What a blessing to read this right now. I needed that!

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MATTEROFHEART 7/7/2013 1:18AM

    You have definitely found your gift! You are such an encouragement to all of us out here in Sparkland!

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EVWINGS 7/6/2013 10:59PM

    Great blog and I thank you for sharing your thoughts with all of us. I envy you all your detailed work. Also your singing is wonderful. I was the same as you until a few years ago when I had tonsil cancer. Now I can squeak something out as long as I have water to drink!! As for my own things. I have always like to research to learn. I also enjoy writing and reading. I believe this is where my talent is.

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KARENLEIGH32 7/6/2013 10:53PM

    I excel at being me!

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JAMER123 7/6/2013 10:25PM

    Great blog and we all have talents that we can share.
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BIGPAWSUP 7/6/2013 7:58PM

    This is an awesome blog. I think it is something we tend to diminish or forget bout.

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 7/6/2013 7:16PM

    You're so right. So why do I concentrate on those things that I'm not talented at? Time for an attitude adjustment.

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1EMMA2011 7/6/2013 5:40PM

    Love the Picasso quote! Beautiful thoughts!!

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CINDYAST 7/6/2013 2:40PM

    I could have guessed your gift was encouragement just from readiing your blogs! Thanks once again!

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FELINEBETTER 7/6/2013 1:25PM

    Great blog! Kind of makes you take stock and count your blessings! You have more gifts than you know, Girl!
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ANHELIC 7/6/2013 11:31AM

    This makes me sit back and think about my talents. Thanks for sharing. Have a Blessed weekend. emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 7/6/2013 8:47AM

    Great blog!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 7/6/2013 8:28AM

    Keep sharing your talents. You are blessing soooo many!

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REGILIEH 7/6/2013 7:59AM

    emoticon --YOU and your blog!

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MARYJOANNA 7/6/2013 7:46AM

  Very thoughtful blog1 We have much to be thankful for.

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REMEMBER2BME 7/6/2013 7:41AM

    Beautiful blog and worth thinking about further.

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Ow! Ow! Ow! Plus new photo of my niece

Friday, July 05, 2013



Ok so remember when I said I was going to go do a Jillian Michaels workout yesterday? Well ... I did it!! It was a kickboxing abs workout. I had an awesome workout on Tuesday night at the gym & I was still a bit sore from that, so I decided I needed to work my abs since they weren't sore. "Did the Jillian Michaels DVD work," you ask? Um ... yeah. I can walk but .... emoticon I'm just teasing, I can walk today. But yes, I'm quite sore. I think only my arms don't hurt now, so maybe I need to work them today, right? emoticon

Some of you may remember my niece (my brother's first daughter) was born back in November. I haven't posted any photos of her lately. She'll be 8 months old later this month & this photo was taken the end of June. This is Saige (my niece) & her mom (my sister-in-law):



My mom had her high chair from when she was little sitting in the basement (my mom just turned 65). The high chair was in pretty bad shape, but my dad enjoys wood-working & he restored it for Saige. My sister-in-law loves old furniture & antiques, so she was so excited that my dad was doing this project. He did such a beautiful job -- it looks brand new. My aunt cut Saige's name out on her cricut machine (you craft folks will know what that is) to put on the high chair.



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/6/2013 4:08AM

    Beautiful!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/5/2013 10:01PM

    wow, great high chair!

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DARLY55 7/5/2013 9:43PM

    Beautiful baby! Neat high chair! Your dad did a great job on it!

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JAMER123 7/5/2013 9:04PM

    Beautiful pictures!! Love the highchair!
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GODS_TEMPLE 7/5/2013 8:36PM

    Great picture of Saige and her mom! They grow up so fast... emoticon


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CINDYAST 7/5/2013 7:31PM

    What a cutie! And the chair is beautiful!

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 7/5/2013 7:26PM

    Love the chair. I remember those! Saige is beautiful. Congrats on the sore muscles. Just think of all the new muscle you're making! Woohoo!

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/5/2013 5:56PM

    How adorable! Nice work . . . Paige and the high chair!!!

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ANHELIC 7/5/2013 2:51PM

    How cute can she be? Absolutely the cutest. Good work for you. Have a blessed weekend.


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MATTEROFHEART 7/5/2013 1:27PM

    What a cutie! The high chair is gorgeous! What a treasure!!!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/5/2013 1:02PM

    Amazing job on the highchair! Way to go on your workout! Your niece is so precious! Enjoy your day!

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BAMAJAM 7/5/2013 12:42PM

  Oh---Saige is a precious doll! And that highchair is indeed a treasure! I am so glad to see such an important piece of furniture restored, and cherished for its history..... Great!


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KARENLEIGH32 7/5/2013 11:21AM

    LOL! Sore is good and yes maybe you should work a different part of your body today! The baby is adorable!

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REGILIEH 7/5/2013 11:06AM

    I LOVE the high chair! I LOVE the name Saige! A darling name for a darling little girl!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/5/2013 9:54AM

    Congrats on the workout.

You niece is a really cutie.

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SUGAR0814 7/5/2013 9:45AM

    Your niece is a cutie pie! Love the high chair!! emoticon

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 7/5/2013 9:09AM

    Saige is growing up so fast! I love her high chair! So beautifully restored!

Hope your muscles feel better soon!

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RANGERFX 7/5/2013 8:56AM

    Hope you feel better soon! Your dad did a great job on the chair!

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PEZCATHY 7/5/2013 8:50AM

    Beautiful baby and sister in law! I just love babies anyway, and when they're exceptionally cute, my heart just melts.

Good job on the workout! Walking up my hill every day gives me the aerobic exercise I need (plus leg workout), but I really need to work on my arms (flabby granny arms they are), so if you find a good video for them, please let me know.

BTW, can I borrow your husband, lol? I need a lot of carpentry work around here. You are so lucky to have a man that can do things like that. And the high chair is gorgeous! He did an awesome job!

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LAC936 7/5/2013 8:47AM

    What a cutie patutie!

Hope your workout pain subsides quickly.
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The 4th & funnies go together.

Thursday, July 04, 2013



Happy 4th!! Today, just spending a quiet day with hubby. When I finish my blog, I'll go see how badly Jillian Michaels can hurt me. emoticon

I'm getting together with my family on Saturday (the 6th) at my parents' house. We're getting a bushel of crabs & having a cookout. I'm so excited because all of my siblings will be there. That doesn't happen often. I adore my family!! We are so close & we always enjoy our time together. I'm so incredibly blessed.

Sooo . . . for some funnies!! emoticon

Wanna melt some fat?



Have you tried the swiss cheese diet? emoticon



Ohhhh! Great idea!!



Beware of the buns of steel!!



Have a wonderful & safe 4th, SparkFriends!!

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JAMER123 7/4/2013 9:43PM

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Happy 4th to you as well. We are enjoying the fireworks on TV this year (Again)!!
Don't like all the traffic!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/4/2013 4:57PM

    Those are fun!!!

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TIGER_LILY_613 7/4/2013 3:32PM

    Ha ha ha ha ! Thanks for the funnies ! emoticon
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/4/2013 3:19PM

    Fun!

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KARENLEIGH32 7/4/2013 1:14PM

    You are doing great, emoticon ! Happy 4th to you!

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I was doing okay until the buns of steel . .
now i'm laughing so hard, i'm wiping tears from my eyes . . .

Thanks for the chuckle!

Happy 4th! Sounds like a relaxing day fo ryou.

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ANHELIC 7/4/2013 12:20PM

    emoticon emoticon Have a Blessed 4th.

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PDSLIM 7/4/2013 11:22AM

    happy 4th

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MICKEYH 7/4/2013 10:32AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy 4th !!

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MLH148 7/4/2013 10:21AM

    Have a great cookout!

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CINDYAST 7/4/2013 10:10AM

    emoticon Happy fourth! emoticon Enjoy your time with your family!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 7/4/2013 9:25AM

    emoticon Happy Independence Day, Sheila! May it be a wonderfully healthy day for you!!

HUGS,
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HELEN_BRU 7/4/2013 9:22AM

    Enjoy the day!!!

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NANCYTUNBERG64 7/4/2013 9:03AM

    Happy 4th!!!



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REGILIEH 7/4/2013 8:57AM

    Ditto to you! Have a wonderful time with your family! The crabs sound delicious!

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    Happy 4th and thanks for the funnies! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon Happy 4TH of July emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 7/4/2013 8:28AM

    Thanks for the funnies!!!

Happy July 4th to you too!! Have a great time with you family!!! emoticon

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RANGERFX 7/4/2013 8:26AM

    Yum! Enjoy! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 7/4/2013 8:26AM

    LOL!

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