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Sunday, June 23, 2013

I need a pep talk on Sunday? Isn't that church day? Don't you get the pep talk at church?

Well... yes, but... there are pep talks and there are pep talks.

First, to give God glory, let's give folks an update on Kelsey... a story abundant with gratitude. I'm going to quote her mom's latest FB status, posted last evening:

"She got a bath today and the nurses washed her hair..She's stable..She had an issue with bleeding today, where the tubing goes into her artery..they are controlling it..they woke her up some today, to check to see what she can do..blink her eyes, squeeze their hands, wiggle her toes..She's sedated again..She's still on the ecmo machine, still on the ventilator..her heart is beating and pulsing..pray that her heart and lungs keep healing."

This is now well into the second week on that heart-lung machine, but the fact that she can blink and squeeze hands and understands the doctor's requests to do these small things speaks well of ongoing recovery, slow as it seems to those watching.

Prayers are a wonderful thing... knowing they are being raised helps everyone keep positive. And here is her (Kelsey's) daughter, playing in the hospital's healing garden. Clearly being well cared for by other caring relatives / friends:



Praise the Lord of Life and the God of Wisdom in providing and preserving these lives.

You know, now that I've posted this... I almost don't need that pep talk! But, in any case:

Remember all you have to be grateful for, today and every day... use this to combat the things you feel negative about, until the negative turns around and God's purpose in it is revealed.

Conserve your health and your energy, so you can do the most important things:

1) "Eat what's in the bag"... even though there is no bag today, you have the plan, and you know what WOULD be in it! emoticon

2) "Remember to go to recess"... emoticon

3) Prepare for the week ahead... bag those healthy snacks so you'll have what goes IN the bag. Get the laundry done so you'll have the most important bit of your wardrobe for the upcoming week: athletic socks! emoticon

4) Hug someone today! (Going to the Mellers with my sis & her daughter... might be a few others there to add to the hug crew...) emoticon

5) Drink your water (it will keep you away from the popcorn?) emoticon emoticon

6) Go to bed on time and get that routine re-established.

LIFE is good. You *do* love your work (blog about that sometime). Spark on!

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WATERMELLEN 6/25/2013 9:32PM

    Very nice! What a little cutie!!

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SHARON10002 6/24/2013 10:23PM

    So very glad to read this news! Will continue to keep her in my prayers as well!
What a little cutie pie her daughter is.

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RONNIEHUEY 6/24/2013 1:07PM

    Good "pep"talk to self.My thoughts are with you. emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/23/2013 10:41PM

    emoticon A super pep-talk and great news on Kelsey! HUGS!

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PATRICIAAK 6/23/2013 10:20PM

    Thanks for the news and positivity!

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DALID414 6/23/2013 8:54PM

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MOBYCARP 6/23/2013 8:47PM

    And a thought for the work day tomorrow: If you have to work extra hours, you deserve extra recess breaks. Stay sane, and defend those healthy habits!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/23/2013 6:14PM

    With all that's going on for you, I'm glad, VERY glad, for the positive news. Kelsey's sweet daughter looks adorable!

HUGS and smiles. Enjoy your Sunday.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/23/2013 6:08PM

    Thanks and many more good wishes for the young lady. She is in many good hands.


I made my lunches for the week; multiple types of roasted veggies to eat warm or cold.

Recess was painting and scraping spackle.

Went into work for 4 hours so lost 6 for the day.

Drank tons of water.

Life IS good.

Spark on Barb and friends! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/23/2013 3:23PM

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DLDMIL 6/23/2013 1:55PM

    Prayers and hugs for everyone.

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GABY1948 6/23/2013 1:47PM

    Great Glry to God! That is wonderful about Kelsey. Contiinuing to pray for total restoration and healing...He can DO it!

Have a great week, Barb...you know Whose hands you are in!

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_LINDA 6/23/2013 1:05PM

    That is good news Kelsey is able to do these things, hoping this means she is on her way to a recovery and that the virus has run its course. Its a scary, scary thing to think there is something out there like this that can put people's lives in danger :((


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DEBRITA01 6/23/2013 12:37PM

    Praise God that Kelsey is healing and showing signs of improvement...she and her family are in my daily prayers. There are so many blessings all around us and often times we don't take notice of all of God's miracles - seen and unseen. Thanks for sharing the reminder & pep talk...we can all benefit from that! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 6/23/2013 11:57AM

    For me, its keeping the bras clean - got plenty of socks. Still, all words of wisdom!

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MJREIMERS 6/23/2013 11:18AM

    I'm out of the loop on Kelsey, but I'll add her to my prayer list. Everything you stated in this blog is true! Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily life that we forget what is really important. emoticon and emoticon !

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SPINNINGJW 6/23/2013 10:48AM

    Silly Barb, popcorn is for THROWING, not eating!

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DEBRA0818 6/23/2013 10:18AM

    Glad to hear that Kelsey is on the mend -- what a scary thing to happen to a young mother and those who love her.

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CELIAMINER 6/23/2013 10:09AM

    Needed this message today to nudge me out of my "own little world" mental state and see the big picture. So much to be grateful for, and I'm happy Kelsey is doing better...your prayers are working. Blessings to Kelsey and her family!

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ELMA1913 6/23/2013 9:46AM

    Great message!

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One day

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today.

It is a gift.

Let me see it as such, and appreciate it as such.

Let me not try to repaint it into what it is not.

Let me live it, and allow the feelings brought on by my will be washed over and processed in a healthy way. Let me be willing and able to be used for the purpose of my maker.

Thank you, Lord, for the abundance of clean, clear water available for me to drink, for not everyone has this.

Thank you, Lord, for the many healthy options for food to fuel my body. Help me choose wisely and without greed in their use today. For there are those who do not have enough.

Thank you, Lord, for the ability to move my body under its own power. Let me appreciate this and remember to take the moments to use my feet and legs to transport me where I need to go, and not just sit on my sit-upon!

Thank you, Lord, for a safe and comfy place to sleep.

There is so much to be grateful for, let me focus on that, and not on things that aren't going "my way". Give me the gift of acceptance of Your direction. And help me appreciate Your hand in all things.

Amen.

Oh, yeah, sorry about that, Sparklies... prayin' my way through the start of the day. Spark on. LIFE is good. emoticon

  
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-SHOREIDO- 6/21/2013 10:57PM

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PATRICIAAK 6/21/2013 10:49PM

    I'm absolutely a person who gives thanks for all things. God is good!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/21/2013 8:32PM

    Perfectly beautiful thoughts at the beginning or the end of the day

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SLENDERELLA61 6/21/2013 6:37PM

    Beautiful prayer. And you are right. There are many who don't have enough and here we are working hard to make good choices and trying so hard to be satisfied with enough. - Wishing you well in all things - those things you have control of and especially those things you can't control. Hang in there, Barb. I think of you often, especially when I'm trying to walk faster on my run-walk-runs!! -Marsha

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LESLIELENORE 6/21/2013 2:29PM

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DR8561 6/21/2013 12:28PM

    I needed that today. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/21/2013 11:51AM

    Amen

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DLDMIL 6/21/2013 11:24AM

    Amen

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DALID414 6/21/2013 10:59AM

    Amen.

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MSLZZY 6/21/2013 10:35AM

    A very worthy prayer and one each of us should be praying. HUGS!

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GABY1948 6/21/2013 8:56AM

    The Lord always guides me through my days so I agree totally! Have a great day!

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LEANJEAN6 6/21/2013 8:42AM

    Wow!!--EAT What's IN THE BAG----too!----- LOL---- Hey Barb! Nice blog!-----I need to hear that prayer daily!---I hope you hava great day to-day!-Lynda emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2013 8:24AM

    Frankly, I think it's a FINE way to start the day! Amen!

HUGS and smiles.

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ELRIDDICK 6/21/2013 7:55AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Discipline

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Discipline: 1 a branch of knowledge or learning

What are YOU learning?

Me? I'm learning to live LIFE in balance.

So, for today, (and remembering what I really, really want)

* Eat (nutricious food, in balance, quality and quantity)
* Drink (lots of clean water)
* Breathe (deep, calming, being conscious every so often)
* Move (don't forget to go to recess)
* Think (Exercise your mind)
* Sleep (go to bed on time)

Spark on, my friends. WE are worth it. And we CAN do it. emoticon

  
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COMETER 6/22/2013 9:12AM

    I've been guilty in the past of thinking that a "program" and by that I mean something strict and quite separate from my normal life was what I needed.

Now I realize that basic good habits, like your rules, are the way to go. They seem so underwhelming, somehow, and I think that's why we undervalue them sometimes.

You go!

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PATRICIAAK 6/22/2013 5:02AM

    Balance is addressid in the Bible it is so important - A Time For . . .

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BLUENOSE63 6/21/2013 8:00PM

  I do terrible with gray....I thrive on discipline probably due to the OCD.

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LEANJEAN6 6/21/2013 7:24AM

    Good Morning Barb!!---- Discipline-------stick to yer guns!----Balance is so important for me!--- Lynda HAPPY SUMMER! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/21/2013 7:20AM

    emoticon rules

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LESLIELENORE 6/21/2013 12:24AM

    I am good with self discipline most of the time, but there are occasions...

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NDKARIKARI 6/20/2013 11:16PM

    these are great rules. have been following your blogs for a while and you are always spot on! have a great one

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KARIDIAN1 6/20/2013 10:47PM

    Good rules.

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EBEAMS 6/20/2013 10:05PM

    Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!

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MOBYCARP 6/20/2013 8:35PM

    What a writer! You captured the essence I need today, and did so in a lot fewer words than I used.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/20/2013 7:22PM

    Learning to live life in balance -- what could be better?!! Another great blog, Barb.

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DLDMIL 6/20/2013 3:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for another great blog. I so look forward to reading each one.

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MSLZZY 6/20/2013 12:08PM

    I am learning that you have a lot of the answers and I can always count on you to put things in perspective. Thanks for the guidance and motivation to do what needs to be done. HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/20/2013 10:11AM

    good rules to live by!

HUGS and smiles.

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NELLJONES 6/20/2013 8:29AM

    Hard to believe that sometimes I need to be reminded to breathe, but I do.

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MJREIMERS 6/20/2013 8:15AM

    Yes, emoticon ! I need to remember the breathe and be conscience more often! (You know me and my personality.) emoticon emoticon for the reminder!

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LEANJEAN6 6/20/2013 7:55AM

    And EAT what's in da bag!!!!----LOL------Well, Discipline is good!!-----To-morrow is the 1st day of summer!-----We made it thru this wet Spring---Hugs, Lynda

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DEBRITA01 6/20/2013 7:51AM

    I'm learning to not make the same mistakes over again by remembering what I REALLY want, too.

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2013 7:44AM

    Discipline is a somewhat scary word . . . sounds a bit stern and forbidding. But interpreted this way just a life-long learning project about moderation! Balance!

I continue to be a student . . . .

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Basics, remember the basics

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stuff that's going on around and emotions that present to your mind... are just stuff. Like a baby, your body needs to be taken care of, no matter what.

* You need to drink your water.
* You need to eat a balanced, nutritious menu.
* You need to get up and move around.
* You need to breathe.

and You need to sleep.

Take care of you, for without taking care of those basic physical needs, you won't be taking care of whatever that is that floats around demanding your attention. One... decision... at a time.

  
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ROXYZMOM 6/19/2013 11:10PM

    Thanks! I needed that!!

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PATRICIAAK 6/19/2013 7:29PM

    As all great coaches say, 'Back to basics'. I guess this blog qualifies you as a great coach!

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PATRICIAAK 6/19/2013 7:22PM

    As all great coaches say, 'Back to basics'. I guess this blog qualifies you as a great coach!

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ON2VICTORY 6/19/2013 6:56PM

    right on!! I have been hitting the reset button quite a bit lately.... breathe deeeeeeeeeep!!

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LESLIELENORE 6/19/2013 2:18PM

    I haven't been getting enough sleep, and I am really feeling it today. Thanks for the reminder!

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UWPALUM 6/19/2013 1:38PM

    I can always use a reminder about the basics! Thanks!

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DLDMIL 6/19/2013 12:19PM

    Thank you for reminding us of the basics. It is so true.

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MSLZZY 6/19/2013 12:10PM

    An excellent blog! Take care of the basics! Can do!

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DALID414 6/19/2013 11:24AM

    Great pep talk, I know it's for you, but I really needed it too.

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DEBRITA01 6/19/2013 10:39AM

    Simple, but often forgotten during life's busy times. Good reminder for all of us. emoticon

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KATELOSS2009 6/19/2013 10:22AM

    we all forget... thanks for the reminder!!

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LORILEEPAGE 6/19/2013 10:12AM

    Sometimes I forget to breathe. I'm a shallow breather and sometimes my hubby says,"Are you breathing?" Haha

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-SHOREIDO- 6/19/2013 8:39AM

    I needed that !!!! Thanks Barb for the "basic"

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ANDI571 6/19/2013 8:33AM

    If we can just hold on to those basics during our emotional life's moments it will help keep our balance. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/19/2013 8:08AM

    On the plane: secure your own oxygen supply first!

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DR8561 6/19/2013 7:57AM

    Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 6/19/2013 7:43AM

    Simple, but true. Thanks for the reminder since some of us get caught up with other facets of life!

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MAGGIE101857 6/19/2013 7:36AM

    So true! Good words to start the day!

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Short blog for short on time

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Back to the basics is definitely the order of the day, week, month, year(s)...

* Remember, most of all, that you are worthy of the feel good feeling of nurturing YOU, no matter what is going on around you.

You are worth watering (just like the plants).
You are worth feeding healthy food (like the children).
You are worth taking for a walk (just like the dogs).

YOU are worth it. Spark on!

p.s. for those of you who are praying/following along with Kelsey's health issues... her mom reports yesterday afternoon, her heart is beating and pulsing, lungs still a little stiff but getting better pressures. She is off a couple of the drugs, but still sedated and machine assisted living. It's been a week, but I've been peeking at internet medical sites and the fulminant myocarditis that she was diagnosed with *does* have a good prognosis, according to some of the things I've read... as opposed to "acute myocarditis". So many things I never wanted to know about medical terminology. But for those of us on the praying side? She's slowly, slowly healing... but healing. Keep on a-prayin' folks. And thank you!

  
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DEBRITA01 6/19/2013 11:43PM

    Still praying for Kelsey and am glad she is making some progress. Also, sending up prayers for the family during her recovery period. Thanks for the update.

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LEANJEAN6 6/19/2013 7:16AM

    Hi Barb!--Nice to hear she is doing OK!------The basics on here are so important!-----Eating what is in the frig----that helps too!--LOL---- Yesterday I was the grass cutter--the weed whacker--- to-day I am the banker----AND--get this-----it IS warming up , up here in the North---Lord Love A Duck!!!---Hava good day!-Lynda emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/18/2013 11:08PM

    Glad to know she is doing better!

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WATERMELLEN 6/18/2013 8:00PM

    Glad that the update is positive!!

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KLMEIRING 6/18/2013 6:10PM

    Good news concerning Kelsey's progress. Thanks for the update.

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PATRICIAAK 6/18/2013 6:09PM

    PTL!

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MSLZZY 6/18/2013 5:38PM

    Thanks for the update and I will keep Kelsey and the family in my prayers. HUGS!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/18/2013 1:03PM

    Thanks for the update on Kelsey. Each day a little better - good news.

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DLDMIL 6/18/2013 11:41AM

    continuing to prayer for Kelsey and entire family.

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DALID414 6/18/2013 11:17AM

    Thanks for the reminder of being worthy.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/18/2013 9:01AM

    MANY prayers. In cases like that you really have to measure the progress in small bits. May Kelsey continue her healing.

HUGS and smiles.

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GABY1948 6/18/2013 8:40AM

    Good news on Kelsey...thanks for the report!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/18/2013 8:10AM

    The basics can make a huge difference in our lives. Thanks for the reminder!

I have been following your blogs and praying for Kasey. Thank you for the update. I will keep the prayers going.

Have a beautiful day!

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