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Time to Reignite the SPARK
Sunday, January 03, 2016      9 comments

I used SparkPeople in the past to lose 100 pounds. But, obviously, I wasn't able to "maintain". I had heard rumors that maintaining was just as or even more difficult than losing. My 100 pound loss was followed by life circumstances that made ma... Read more
Farron Marie
Wednesday, August 26, 2015      5 comments

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Big News...
Tuesday, October 28, 2014      8 comments

I haven't been active on Spark for awhile, but I owe it to my dear SparkFriends to let you know the big news... My husband and I are expecting a baby in early April! We won't be finding out the sex until Little Baby arrives. ... Read more
Hooping Video
Tuesday, May 27, 2014      7 comments

Well, Emily and I never got to do our dance/hooping videos to celebrate my 100 pounds lost because, let's face it, life jumped in and postponed that victory. (EDIT: That means I've put back on a few pounds and am no longer at 100 lbs lost. Sorr... Read more
Where Does The Time Go?
Sunday, March 30, 2014      6 comments

I'm ashamed that I've been gone from Spark for a month! I love SP, but now that I have a smartphone, I'm rarely on the computer anymore and, unfortunately, the SP app isn't conducive to socializing. Let's get on that, SP, mmm'k? I started a... Read more
Finding My Mojo
Saturday, February 22, 2014      13 comments

Hello friends, I'm trying so hard to find my mojo! This winter weather has really got me down. Spring is in the air this week, but I'm dreading the expected return of snow. I've only been managing to workout about once a week. My hubby... Read more
Every Day I'm Strugglin'
Saturday, February 08, 2014      12 comments

Every day is a struggle... I'm sure my mood will lift considerably when Spring comes. I always get a *touch* of seasonal depression during this time of year. Illinois is having one of the worst winters on record and it sure ain't helping anythin... Read more
Keeper of the Moon
Tuesday, January 28, 2014      14 comments

My mom is the Keeper of the Moon. The week my mom died, my brother and his wife explained to their 4 1/4 year old son that his GG (Grandma Gail) went to Heaven to be with the angels and live among the stars. Well, Bub decided that His GG wa... Read more
Third Sparkiversary
Saturday, January 25, 2014      14 comments

Today marks THREE YEARS on SparkPeople and I'm so thankful for it. Unfortunately, I don't feel much like celebrating/blogging etc. You see, today also marks three months of my daddy being gone from this world and three months plus one week for m... Read more
Popping in to say Hello
Sunday, December 29, 2013      8 comments

I'm sticking my head into SparkLand for a moment to see how everyone is doing. This feels good - I'll try not to stay gone so long next time. The new start up page befuddles me every time I log in. It took quite awhile to find out how to get to ... Read more
Every Day is a Struggle
Sunday, November 24, 2013      6 comments

Each day is different and each day is a struggle. I never know what will strike a nerve or stir a memory or make me miss my parents. I'm thankful to say that I have more good days than bad days. Being busy at work sure helps to keep my mind off ... Read more
Food Rules for Kids
Saturday, November 09, 2013      4 comments

A good lesson for us and our kiddos. "French Kids Eat Everything": www.100daysofrealfood.co
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My Dad Died...
Saturday, October 26, 2013      27 comments

My mom died on October 18th after a four month battle with ovarian cancer. Over the past month, my dad was in the hospital and then nursing home with respiratory issues. He passed away Friday, October 25th - exactly one week after my mom. ... Read more
My Mom Died Today
Friday, October 18, 2013      56 comments

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Family Struggles
Thursday, October 03, 2013      12 comments

My dad ended up in the ER on Monday with Pneumonia. Further testing showed COPD and possible lung/esophagus cancer from a lifetime of smoking. We are currently discussing various hospice possibilities and are unclear about how long my dad will r... Read more

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