MAMISHELI53
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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 Photobucket.com. My album is mumz2you. and follow my mission trips in Peru at http://shelley-perunews.blogspot.com/


Member Since: 4/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 54,988

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 Photobucket.com album under mumz2you . I have two blogs - the bilingual : http://hermana-shelley.blogspot.com/ and my 'Perunews" http://shelley-perunews.blogspot.com/ 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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  • v SANDYLUVSSPARK
    Shel:

    So glad to hear from you!!!! Does your husband go with you on these mission trips? Are you a missionary family? I actually minored in spanish in college. I never knew how important that would be until I was married and my husband's company sent us to Argentina to live to start an automotive plant there! My kids were in grade school at the time. What an experience! Of course, Argentinian's speak a dialect that is very similar to the spanish I learned in school (castellano) they use Vos instead of Uds. as 'you'. and some of the fruits and vegetables names weren't the same. But it helped that I could speak. I noticed the trees in the background of your page. I remember trees similar to those. They had white bark, and when you were to cut a tree like that the wood was very red, like cedar. They made all their furniture out of it.

    I miss the food. The meat was so fresh and fantastic - the cuts were very generous and they butchered their meats a little differently, so I always got the LOMO cut which is like a tenderloin or filet mignon. YUM-O!

    I always wanted to visit Maccu Piccu. You can ask anyone that knows me, that is the TOP of my want to see list! Just never got around to it. Plus, I'm always afraid of the bus ride up there (drivers are CRAZY) especially on such dangerous and narrow passes! ugh!

    I never ate guinnea pig. But I'm sure it's a lot like squirrel or rabbit, which I have eaten. haha (I'm part hick). I also missed the meat pies (empanadas) and dulce de leche (like carmel ice cream topping). I don't miss the tea. They drank in disgusting little bowls that they sipped through straws with a metric ton of sugar added. haha..(Mate).

    And I miss the scarves. All the ladies would wear beautiful long scarves around their necks to keep the (gripe) (ie: cold) away and I loved shopping and collecting them and wearing them too!

    Take care, and much luck on your travels.
    Bueno Suerte Mis Amiga!

    ciao!

    Love,
    Sandy

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    4338 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/21/2008 1:43:06 PM
  • v ANGORA4
    Welcome to the Girls of God Team! Your SparkPage is a real inspiration! And congratulations on your wonderful success on your weight loss journey.
    4398 days ago
  • v RESTFINDER
    Shel, I really like your main image, from the small picture it looks like someone is standing beside you. I went to your photo gallery to get a closer look - I was surprised it was part of the painting. That is so beautiful, and you look so pretty standing there blending in so perfectly! God bless you, Kim
    4420 days ago
  • v SADIEDOLORES
    SHEL,
    I HAVE NEVER VISITED YOUR SP BEFORE, BUT I HOPE WE CAN BECOME GOOD FRIENDS, WE HAVE SO MUCH IN COMMON BESIDES THE LORD, YOU SOUND TIRED OF ALL YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH BUT THE LORD IS AWARE, I HAVE BEEN MARRIED 47 YRS AND IT HAS BEEN TIRING, BUT THE LORD TOOK PITY ON ME, SO HANG IN THERE THE LORD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU.
    SADIE
    4474 days ago
  • v TRINITY1LOVE
    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
    4696 days ago
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