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I seem camouflaged by the mural! Cuzco Feb 2007

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summer 08 in Bretaña

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Jose, Rut, Vicky, Tito...almost constant companions, FAMILY, in Lima.


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I didn't mind being "gordita", but my doc said I should lose the weight for health. I am post menopausal, married 37 years before my husband passed away in Feb of 2011. He loved me the way I was and so do the people I've come to know and love during my mission trips. I am not trying to impress anyone, but I want to be around for my grandkids and for my extended family in Peru
People can see more pix - and videos - at My album is mumz2you. and follow my mission trips in Peru at

Member Since: 4/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 56,959

My Goals:
To reach and stay around 180, maybe even as low as 160 if possible, SOME time by 2017. I may never be able to fit into my 40 year old wedding dress, but I can at least hope to be fit and healthy for my remaining years of service.

My Program:
My daughter, Abi, and I got in this together, by changing our eating habits and developing an exercise habit. I am trying to exercise more regularly and eat more "freggies".

Personal Information:
I was born in Texas, but I''ve lived in Rochester most of my life. I became a Christian my senior year of high school (Spencerport class of ''71) and met Ansel at an Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship retreat during my 2nd year at SUNY at New Paltz. We married less than a year later (Oct 27, ''73) and after losing our first child went on to have 3 others - Abi (12 -77) Ben (8-83) and Cassie (10-86). Ben married October '06 .Abi has given us our first 2 grandchildren-and yes, by the same man!Our son Ben gave us a granddaughter, Penny, in Sept 07 and grandson Jack in February 09! My husband Ansel passed away in February of 2011, but the Lord united me with a wonderful Peruvian man in August of same year, Levi Utia. We tried to have a civil ceremony either here or there. But we encountered so many obstacles. We finally married in August 2016, and are now in the process of getting his spouse visa.

Other Information:
I've made 11 mission trips to Peru, and will gladly explain how I became involved to anyone who has ears to hear! I have "second homes" in Pucallpa, Lima, Chiclayo, and Iquitos (just wish I could go more often) and I have cultivated some very close friendships there.
Anyone interested in seeing photos and videos from my trip in June-July 07 and to Machu Picchu in Feb of 07 can see them at the album under mumz2you . I have two blogs - the bilingual : and my 'Perunews" where I have blogged about my most recent trip - complete with photos. Stop by and read all about it! I will try to update the photos in my gallery, so stop by again!

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    Hello... Just to let you know that your painting is beautiful. Our Lord has given you an incredible gift and thank you so much for sharing it. I also wnat to let you know that even though I dont know you I can truly see in your eyes the love of Jesus pouring through. You seem to be a humble servant of our Lord. May God continue to bless you and your family. Hope to talk to you soon. Amy
    5093 days ago
    Hey Shel... just wanted to send a quick note about the comment you posted on our message board. You're very inspiring and I just loved this, "may you grow in your understanding of who you are in Christ so that you have greater boldness, as you realize your value and that you have much with which to be a blessing to others"... that's so good... we have to know who we are in Christ! Anyway, thanks, and have a blessed day!
    5155 days ago
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    Hi Shel -

    It is so great having you on GOG - you are not only an inspiration in your committment to a healthy lifestyle - but, you also offer the wisdom and teachings of a mature Christian. It has been wonderful getting to know you this past year - and I will continue to pray for you and your ministry .. I am also praying that you experience the blessings of the Lord in all of your life, including in your success on your path to a healthier life and life style.

    So glad to call you both my friend and my sister in Christ.
    God Bless.
    5210 days ago
    Just wanted to say Hi, and what great advice you have on GOG's thread. I really liked todays and how God can use "nobodies".
    I added you to my friends and look forward to getting to know you more.
    5256 days ago
    Thanks for your absolutely amazing words.

    Allow me to say that I am so humbled to get those words from you! For AGES I had wanted to have the PELOTAS to enter the world of missions.
    I never had the courage to even begin! Hence, to me, missionaires are my favorite people on earth! Congratulations for bringing the Word to LIFE and not just talking it out. May God bless you in every endeavour!
    5261 days ago
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