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Tina I hope you got lots of exercise walking around the Royal show. I have not been for years.
We have our Public holiday next Monday for Labour day. Will be nice to break up my long working week.

Not sleeping well and dreaming weird dreams. Need to go on this holiday and relax asap.

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G'day all.
Vicky you are in my thoughts and prayers. You are carrying so much at the moment I pray that being here we can all ease your burden a little.
Georgia it is a Public holiday here today. Everyone back at work tomorrow so hopefully a lazy day.
Cathy I am glad that your parents visiting went okay and now you are getting back to normality. We are hopefully putting in the rest of our garden this week so soon we should be able to have tomatoes from our garden too.
Becky I hit a weight loss high and then something seems to happen and I start falling again. Taking one day at a time is all I can do. After eating way too much junk yesterday I am back on track today and to lose the weight I gained over the holiday and then head downward again. Knowing you are all here is what keeps me motivated.
Went to the Royal Show yesterday with the kids. Bought myself a couple of show bags for myself and have put them away and will have a little something each day. So tired finding it hard to type. Going to my daughters house today to see what progress they have made with the building. Her walls should be up now so very exciting.
Then hopefully home to rest.
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I am going back to work today after 3 days off and I am still tired from the dancing. On the other hand this weekend was very successful and I achieved a lot. Only 25 days till the next real holiday. Oh I am so needing to be out in nature and the peace and quiet.

Hope you are all enjoying these beautiful days between seasons.

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Vicki, praying for you!! Hugs!

Georgia, the dancing sounds like so much fun! So glad you had a great time!

I am doing school work today and it is wonderful! My parents visit went okay yesterday and they left today. I got so much done this week including my weekly cooking that I can just enjoy the time working on the lesson planning and hopefully spend a little time outside on this beautiful day. I'm still working up to a full walk after my hip/groin mystery pain thing. I'm enjoying a healthy salad with tomatoes from our garden and homemade bread. Yum!

Hope everyone is have a very happy healthy day!

Hugs to all, Cathy

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Fingers crossed Vicki.

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Georgia, dancing!!! Sounds like fun

We went apple picking today. Man oh man "family" outings are getting more and more stressful. I think I'm going to start limiting them. On a good note, we got TONS of apples for a really good price and there were fun parts to the outing.

Still hating the fact that my bills are all getting behind but just gotta do what I can to survive and then I'll catch up later. I'm hoping that when I get my child support from my son's dad it will be able to swing the $75 to start the divorce process through that legal aid program! Fingers crossed!

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Went dancing last night and I am oh so tired today. Feet and knees are groaning but after a day or so should be back to normal.
Have a nice weekend everyone.

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Love to hear vacation/staycation ideas! Wishing everyone a great weekend.

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Cathy at one time I had years between holidays, especially when the kids were young. I used to take them to a park with big trees and some climbing ropes and then set up a picnic and pretend we were on holidays. This park had many activities and beautiful rose gardens and so the kids thought they were on holidays but just sleeping in their beds every night. No charge to go in and for me close to home that it did not mean travelling far. It was good for me too as this park was near our river and I often took the boys on a ferry trip across to the other side.
I wonder if there is anything like that near you?? I could always send you a dvd of my trip photos as I make them up into mini movies with music. That way you can feel like you were on holidays too.

Got woken up by loud thunder and a dribble of rain. Fast moving storm and only some noise - lasted about 10mins.

Going to a Greek dance tonight and looking forward to it.

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Tina! Welcome Home!!

We missed you but so glad you had such a wonderful time. You deserve it!! I think it's been about 11 years since I've been on a vacay, so I enjoy everyone's stories of fun and adventure!

Hope everyone has a wonderful sweet simple day!

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Tina welcome back so glad you had a fabulous time. keep the spirit going for a little bit longer......

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G'day to all my wonderful amazing Cyber sisters.
We are back. Having a coffee in my own cup. Such a joy.
Clothes put away. Washing on. Heading out in a minute to do a bit of essentials shopping.
Then home to hopefully sit and get a rest.
Had an amazing time. When the kids can be kids, no autism, no therapy, no rules just fun. Within five minutes of getting home Kims OT rang. LOL. We are back.
DH messed up the internet so I had to reinstall.
Yep I am home.
Sending hugs and prayers to all. Will talk when I can find a Minnie.
Ate too much. Gained weight but there is no starting again. Just continuing my journey. Will lose the weight and hopefully have gained some wisdom about what to eat and what not to eat.
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Just stopping by to say good night. Hugs to all you guys are wonderful!

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Agreed - no toxic people in our lives!

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Cathy I hear you on toxic family members - going through something in our family at the moment and cannot wait to eliminate the toxic ones from our family. Have to wait till January but after that - NO MORE CONTACT WITH TOXIC PEOPLE.

Sending hugss and patience to get through their visit.

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Hugs and prayers to all!

Vicky, hang in there. I know these are really tough days for you, but you will get through it. Several of us have been there and we totally get it. We are here for you always!! Keep doing what you think is right for you and your kiddos.

Becky, I totally get it! I don't know what it is that causes us to sabotage when we achieve some sort of success. Maybe there is an adrenaline rush that kicks in and the body thinks it needs to eat! I don't know what else to think! I go through it too. Felt really great this Spring and was moving like I never had. It felt great and I was so thankful. But I was still really struggling as the weight just won't come off no matter what I do!

Fast forward to a busy stressful summer and basically taking the month of August off to get all my homeschool stuff ready. Then out of the blue my hip/groin starting hurting something awful. It made no sense as I hadn't been exerting myself. The only thing I can think is that the inactivity caused it? It has taken weeks to get better, but is still giving me trouble. On top of that my stress is very high and that isn't helping. I am eating okay, but there are some extras in my diet lately that don't belong. Shame on me!
So, we will get through this together. Maybe your body is just adjusting to the new weight.
Anyway, I am so proud of you for doing so well! And for taking care of yourself and being so positive with such a busy life! You are amazing!!

Georgia, I hear ya on tired! I've gotten in the habit lately of going to bed when I am tired and not trying to stay up and get one more thing done. Getting more sleep has helped in that department. Now to take off this weight!!

The visit was as typical. My parents are horrible eaters, but claim they are changing their eating patterns...sigh. They are exercising a little which is good. But when they visit it is always stressful as my brother and I just don't get along at all. He is very hateful towards me and even my parents don't get it. So some of the conversation includes things about him and how he has hurt my parents especially regarding my other brothers illness and funeral. I just don't want to hear it. So I end it. My brother is the type that hates enough that he bad mouths me to anyone that he and I know. Not fun. I look forward to the visit ending. Too painful and it's a shame.

Hope everyone is doing well!

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Stay focussed Becky. Get busy to avoid sabotage.

Vicki you are doing well under the circumstances.

so tired this morning.

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Hi! Sending lots of good thoughts to everyone for peace and happiness.

In a tiny funk here at the moment. Hit my lowest weight in almost 2 years a couple days ago and felt great when I realized that - but feeling like I am sabotaging myself ever since. Just trying to be mindful of that and not give in. Very hard, though. That's why I am here at SP - I can say that, no one will judge me harshly, and I can get over it. :)

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Cathy,
Hope the visit goes well

Had a rough night last night but much better tonight. The new few days will be busy. I have the boy's open house at school and then a Tastefully Simple party.. here's hoping I get some good sales so maybe I can put some money in my pocket. Then Thur I have the daughters open house. Crazy!

Hugs to all of you. I swear you do not know what it means to me to have your well wishes and your praise, it really keeps me going a lot of the time.



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Hugs Cathy hope it goes fast and that routine returns.

Just going through routine at the moment.

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Just a quick hello from me!

My parents are in town which adds to our busyness. It is good to see them but always a little tense. Oh families!

Hope everyone is doing well!

Hugs to all!

Cathy

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Hugs to all! Good but long day, so heading to bed.

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Vicki one of two things can happen. He has either changed in which case great or he will show his true colours and Bryan will see him for what he is. Hugs and prayers.

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Vicky, big prayers to you my friend. You are going through so much right now and it has to be so hard. But you are a very strong woman (even when you don't feel it!) We are so proud of how you have stayed strong and really keep working through everything. You will get through this and things will look brighter...hopefully soon. Hugs!

Very tired. Did a ton of stuff today and my hip is not happy with that. But things need to get done. Going to take something for it and relax.

Hugs to all, Cathy

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The visit went well. No drama. Bryan had fun. He is already asking when he can see him again.

*sigh*

Hitting the sack. Tired.

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Ok it is Monday for me and Sunday for you Vicki - waiting to see how things went.......

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Vicky, you have my prayers! Hugs to you!

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Big prayers that your ex upsets Bryan and that Bryan never wants to see him again....
Hugs to you all.

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Georgia,
My son's dad and I have not seen each other since Bryan was 2, no I take that back we saw each other like 4 yrs ago in court for like 10 minutes. we split up when I was pregnant because he started messing around with another girl and I found out. We got into a fight and he jumped on top of me and tried to choke me. Its been many years since that time. Most times the only time we would talk was when he is ticked about having to pay child support. he has never asked to see Bryan. He finally did in 2010, because the court were finally stepping in and forcing him to pay support or go to jail. At that point I told him "No" because I told him he had his chance and the only way Bryan would see him is if Bryan requested which he has.

I just hope Tom ( the ex) understands Bryan's ways and doesn't blow them off. My biggest fear is that Bryan is gonna get attached and then want to see him more and... I don't know. I guess we just play it by ear. Bryan knows I am here for him always.

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Vicki do you get on with the ex?Maybe explain Bryan's fragile nature and ask him to be thoughtful in his words and actions. Praying it all goes well for you.

Cathy hope you are achieving much.

Me - tired as always at the start of this part of my shifts.

Hugs to all.

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Becky, enjoy Disnyland! How fun

Tomorrow is the day. Taking Bryan to see his bio Dad. I'm fine now but I know tomorrow I will be a wreck. He is excited about it I hope it all turns out ok. My fear is that due to his relationship with the DH he is gonna get upset one day and say " I wanna go live with my real Dad" and Im sorry but I would NEVER let that happen. He has assured me he loves me too much and never wants to leave me. I hope that holds true.

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Tina, have a wonderful trip!

Georgia, so glad you got so much done!

Becky, hope you have an amazing time at Disney.

Vicky, smiles and prayers coming your way!

Hope everyone is doing well.

Hugs, Cathy

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Becky enjoy Disneyland. One day I shall go through my childhood dreams there.

I too, achieved so much yesterday and feel good about that.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Vicky, I hope the visit with his biological father goes well.

Tina, enjoy the trip!

Georgia, so glad to see that you had at least one restful day. :)

Cathy, Amanda, and everyone else - hi!

Getting a ton done at home today, then I will take the boys to Disneyland for the evening - our annual passes expire soon, so we want to get in as much time in the parks as possible. The passes have become too expensive to renew. Oh well, at least we had them this past year and could see the new Cars Land, etc.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

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Vicki we must let them see their father as being against it makes the kids go against us.
Good luck.

Tina have a fabulous time be free, let wind blow through your hair and have fun.

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G'day all.
Today we are heading off on our holiday. DH for the weekend and then I am alone with the three younger ones which is so much better. DH came for the week once and I sent him home after a few days because all he did was whinge and complain to the kids and that is not why we go away. When I am alone with them there is no autism, not many rules. They swim when they want, eat almost what they want, and just have fun and be kids.
Kim has been yelling for the past hour with a toothache so may have to go and get that sorted first. Hopefully we can get her in early.
Gonna be a busy day.
Will try and get on when I can but unsure of internet where we are going.
So Blessings, hugs and prayers to all, tina

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Oh I do not know how I forgot t mention this but Bryan has requested to see his biological father. He has not seen him since he was like 2. I know part of it has to do that Bryan's relational ship is so bad with my DH. But I always said if he requested it I would allow it. We are going to see him on Sun. I'm so nervous for him.

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Great advice Amanda and cathy. Cathy I know what you are saying about the older boys as the same thing happened to me. For 3 years stayed out of their lives and then bang one day (at my encouragement) I told them to go see their father as he is still their father. Wham, bang and before I know it the oldest is a believer in all that came out of his fathers mouth (Father has schizophrenia and this is the aspie son) So we all understand each other which is why I love it here.

Day oiff and trying to catch up some things around here.

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Morning Ladies,

Very stormy here, but that's okay, our area needed some rain. Thankfully we didn't get the flooding they did just a little south of us in Chicago.

Amanda, you are genius! That is awesome the way to showed the kids concrete reasons for why you couldn't justify the extras. If the money isn't there, you can't do it. Way to go! you are really amazing the way you've made things work for you and the kids. And I totally agree that we always need to watch what we say about our children's biological father.

Vicky, so many of us have been there and what we do know is this. It's hard, it's nerve wracking, but you do get through it and are stronger. You are doing very well and you will get through it. I didn't have a degree and my ex wouldn't give what he should have...ever financially. I didn't badmouth to the kids, but he sure did it. Even though I played fair, he still won them over in the end. The boys are 24 and 20 now and think he is great...why? Because he says what they want to hear, and gives them things. Sad, but true. One day I hope they'll come back around to the truth. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will get through this. You are very strong!!

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Vicky, I cut down a lot over the years because things like cable or text/email phone plans were a luxury we couldn't afford as a single parent family, so I can relate. I have told my children each time we have made a change or had to forgo something because of money, but it was still an abstract concept to them for the most part...in the end I drew up a simple spreadsheet that clearly showed that our income could not keep up with our "needs" and still have room for the "wants"...the visual finally helped them understand...and what we do is if there is a bit extra any time, we put it in the "wish" jar and when we want to do something special we talk about it, see how much money we have, and make a family decision. One thing I was careful to do (and still do) is not badmouth their father, even when he would not pay his child support (its always been a hit or miss situation)...at first it was hard because wonderful dad would buy them stuff and be the good parent but eventually that wore off and now the kids are pretty aware of his "issues"...they still love him (well 2 of them do), but realize he is not the "superdad" they thought he was. It can be so hard sometimes to stay neutral but even when he wouldn't pay his child support and we were extra short, money-wise, I would just show them how our income did not match our expenses for the month and it would help...its not a perfect scheme but it helps....as the kids have grown I have expanded the spreadsheet but when the kiddos were younger I made it very simple and very visual for them so they could really understand....
You are doing a great job of being there for your babies, just keep doing that and your love will prevail...hugs and prayers for the strength to keep being the best you can be :)
Georgia, hope the weather is starting to warm up now over there a bit? Maybe the leaves and plants are coming out and making your days more pleasant? Have a good weekend :)
Cathy, glad school is going well (mostly) for you...we are using a public school online program some this year as the kids need a bit more structure...but its great because they tested the kids and let me place them where I thought would work as far as grade level and such...they don't have to even have an IEP, they just alter things to make it work for the kids...my middle one is still in regular (on campus) public school in a self contained EBD room...he is struggling so hard with his teacher...I could sat so much but I wont because it just makes me more angry to think about it...grrrrr)..
Becky, hope life is treating you well? How is school for your kiddos?...
Dee, good luck with the move, stay safe...hugs and prayers...
Tina, hope you have a fantastic trip with the girls...stay safe too...
Ari, Amy, everyone else I missed, hope you have a fantastic weekend and a smooth transition into Fall...
Life is crazy busy here with all the kids stuff, school messes, acting classes/plays, voice lessons, and dance, cheer practice, autism program, special Olympics...and the list goes on...Im pooped just thinking about it all...next year I need to start weeding some of this stuff out but the kids love doing it all so its hard to make that decision to cut down...sigh...
ok, its time for school, gotta get the kids motivated...
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Thank you all for the thoughts and advice. Im gonna start making phone calls in the next few days. If I cant I am going to tell the kids not that it got shut off but that I turned it off because its a luxury and Im trying to save a little money right now and when Ive got some saved I will get it back. Then I can take them to my Mom's for internet or to the library and get books too.

Had our schools Open House tonight. Was nice to meet some of my students parents. NExt week are my kids open house. Gonna tell the spouse this weekend that it is definite that I am going to pursue a divorce. Dont know why I was still holding back actually saying the words, but I do not want to hold back any more.

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Hugs to all!

It has been really busy with school and we are working through some learning challenges, but all in all it has been great!

I haven't been getting email notifications again. In fact, I go to my email preferences and somehow the "Don't ever email me again" box gets checked even though I haven't done that. I have been going through this forever. I do have SP in my address book so that shouldn't be the problem. Emailed tech support awhile ago and that wasn't any help. Anyone else have this happen?

Dee, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you travel to your new home!

Vicky, hugs and prayers!

I will read through the posts and catch up before I respond individually.

I ask for prayer that my hip will stop bothering me. It is better, but not totally.

Love all of you and really appreciate your support and understanding when I am so busy! You are all very amazing!! I am so thankful for all of you!

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G'day all.
Dee you have some good advice for Vicky. You are in my prayers and thoughts and you take this journey. Hope you can get the wifi set up as soon as possible.
Vicky your kids will understand. Maybe taking them to the park or something instead or playing board games with them and giving them more time with mum might help. Sending prayers you find some help.
Georgia may you find some sunshine in your routine.
Shopping today. Just a few things we need for the house before we go so that DH doesn't have to go to the shops while I am away with the kids. Will pack in the morning. So looking forward to the break.
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Great advice Dee.

Dee wishing you a safe and uneventful trip to your new home. Hugs and please be safe we love you too and shall wait to hear all about it when you are set up.

Nothing new for me just routine.

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Sending thoughts, prayers, emoticon and emoticon to All who need them. I've read all of your posts so am caught up at the moment.

Vicky, I know there are many organizations in the U.S. that can help. Asking the counselor and social worker at school should help with finding out where they are. Do you go to church? Many times they can help as well.

Me, hanging in there. Losing our internet/tv etc., later today as the movers arrive first thing tomorrow morning. Won't have internet/tv in new place til all the tv's are delivered and hooked up.

Please know that I LOVE YOU ALL!!!


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Georgia,
Yes he does pay support. $50 a week. It was supposed to be $72 a week but I was trying to be nice and took the $50. He is always saying he is having $$ problems too. I was out of work for 2 weeks for the summer break and I don't get unemployment when I'm on break. I think I may have to go and get the extra $$ but not sure how much $20 + more a week will help.

Yes there are many places near me that have wifi it's just the kids. At least if I had Internet they could still watch Netflix or Hulu on the computer. I know that sounds trivial but I'm trying to shield them from it and not make it so bad.

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Yes Tina it is glorious day here too. Sun shining, clear blue skies and hot.

Vicki does the library offer free internet like ours does here?? Also some shopping centres here have free wifi internet - do you have that too???

I am praying that a solution may be found. Doesn't you ex pay any child support??? Or is he like mine and just abandoned them altogether financially.

Do not despair God only burdens your shoulders so far and if you ask Him for a solution is some way it will come to you.


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Thank you Georgia and Tina, you are all too sweet. Georgia, I wish you were closer too just because I know you've been where I am and you just get it. I am going to talk to the counselor that I take my kids to to see if she knows of places that will help. Im also gonna possible talk to the school, since they have a social worker there.

If I lose my internet that will be the worst. Its really my only way at times to connect to others. I will find ways to get to wifi and the like to connect but I am going to talk to the cable company and see if they will work with me somehow. If I am not on here for a while then you know why and I will check in when I can. I really love and the support and caring you all offer to me! Believe me it really helps!

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G'day all.
It is a glorious day here in OZ. The birds are singing, the air is crisp and God is in his Heaven and all is right with the world.
You are all in my prayers and thoughts and I love you all lots and lots.
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Vicky I was in a similar situation when I divorced my husband. Take the charity when you can and in the future when things get better ( and they will because you are determined) you can help someone or somewhere else.
Remove as many of the unnecessary things that you can do without and then focus on changing how you do others to decrease the expenses. I wish I was closer as i would help with groceries and the like.

I will light a candle for you tonight. Hugs

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Sweet Vicky.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that money will become available so that you can stay where you are and keep the kids in a safe environment. The kids will understand one day the sacrifices you have made. As I am not in the U.S. I don't know the places that are available for you to get help but others may.
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Sorry guys been MIA just been really depressed lately. Things are still really bad financially. I guess I should have had more $ set aside before I put my foot down and asked hubby to leave. I'm looking into places that may be able to help but at this point my phone, tv may be shut off and I might have to look into food pantrys. I hate knowing its gotten this bad and I never wanted it to fe to this point. I keep telling myself that things can always be worse but my kids will now know that it's bad when things get turned off and I wanted to shield them from it.

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Tina sending good vibes your way. Hugs

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G'day all.
Georgia glad you had some good times while away. Next time you will have an even better time as the weather warms up.
Becky hope you are well.
Cathy how are you.
Had the best weekend at work. Lots of laughs and fun. Unlike home where DH and I are not in a good place at the moment. Ah well only a few more days until holidays.
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Back from our weekend away and although DH had a hard time to start with enjoyed some moments away.
Beautiful country we stayed in and shall explore it again some time.

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Enjoy, Georgia!

Hi, everyone! Sorry I cannot respond to all going on with everyone here. Very busy here, but good now that my youngest has gone to school the past 3 days without having a panic attack. (He missed the 2nd day of school due to a whopper.) almost the weekend! We hope to finish the garage, plus we will relax with the boys, watch movies, etc.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Van packed and ready to go.
First thing in the morning we shall make our way to the bush for a night of country living.

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September Blessings.
'Remember your stumbles as well as your successes. Your whole journey is what defines the person you are now and will be in the future.'
G'day all.
One more week until we go away. emoticon
Cathy you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs and a day filled with joy.
Dee I have a box of memories. I keep the special ones in a folder for each of them with plastic sleeves. All their school reports are in there too. That way if they go for an interview and need anything I can give it to them.
Georgia have a wonderful day.
Becky hope your day is fun but not so busy.
Shopping today. Then hopefully a sit down before the working weekend.
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Cathy I hope you are feeling better now. I know the pain of being debilitated and I am sending you healing vibes.

Dee I did that a few months ago with my youngest son's stuff and Oh the memories and how sweet they were. And oh so little too.

Waving hi to everyone and hopong you are having a wonderful sweet day.


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HI Everyone, hope you all have a nice day.

Sending thoughts, prayers, emoticon and emoticon to All who need them.

Me, just hanging in there. Found a very large box of kid's school papers/memories and have been going through them to cut down on the amount/weight of them. What a trip down memory lane that has been.

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Sending hugs to all! Sorry I haven't been around.
We started school this week and it is going well, just challenging trying to address all the issues with the kids. They really have a great attitude and we are having fun.

I did something to my hip (have no idea what!) and it was so sore that I could hardly walk for days. Thankfully it is getting better. But it made things very challenging with getting ready for school. But I did it...slowly! Hubby is rarely here to help as he is working a lot of hours lately, bless his heart. The only thing I can think is that I didn't do my walking during August so I could get ready for school. I had a lot of activity, but not the walking. Maybe due to my "old age" I just stiffened up!

I am having a hard time with my older two, but that is nothing new. Just makes me so incredibly sad some days.

I hope all of you are doing very well.

Big hugs and prayers to all, Cathy

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I have recipes like that too.
Have just done the groceries and getting ready for physio and then work till 9pm.

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September Blessings.
'Give a big hug to someone today. They may just need it. And a hug returned is twice as sweet.'
G'day all.
Georgia the cupcakes aren't low fat etc but I allow myself only a couple. It is a recipe my mam made for years and when I have a real missing her day I bake. I guess it is a legacy I will pass on to my kids.
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Tina are the recipes lowfat/sugar etc?? I would not mind the coconut cupcake recipe.

Dee not long now and you shall be there. Start counting the sleeps to give you something positive to look forward to. What is your dad going to do? Is he coming with you?

Did not sleep well last night. Way too hot for me. Summer is here too early. Hopefull the cooler weather may return for a brief spell next week.

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G'day all.
Made 105 small sausage rolls. Another three dozen vanilla cupcakes and four dozen coconut ones. Had two sausage rolls and two cupcakes and called it lunch. Feel quite good about that.
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Hi Everyone, hope you have a nice day.

Tina, your homemade sausage rolls and coconut cupcakes sound YUUUMMMMYY!!

Georgia, I'm with you....I love the house when it smells from cooking. My main concern once we move is to get the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen set-up and ready to use. After that I may just let dh take over the rest of the unpacking.....LOL! emoticon

Everyone else, do hope all is well.

Me, up and Sparking. Been tossing and turning...couldn't sleep so thought I should get up.

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Happy Baking I love it when the house smells of cooking.

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September Blessings.
'Take a dose of contentment everyday. Helps to keep the sadness away.'
Dee it isn't long now and you will be sitting having that cuppa in your new home.
Georgia it is raining heavily with huge thunderstorms. We are not as summer ready as you yet. I would love to leave work as I get so tired too.
Hope everyone else is feeling good today and the sun is shining for you.
A little shopping today and then baking. Made cupcakes yesterday. Today homemade sausage rolls and coconut cupcakes all that I can freeze for the kids lunches. Once it is all finished I allow myself one of each to taste. Well that is the plan anyway. emoticon
Blessings and hugs to all, tina

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Dee I remember when I moved here I spent a whole week from dawn to dusk just putting it all away. Non stop. I wanted it all done asap so I could settle. Even then I found I still had kept too much.

Needing a rest soon. I am getting so tired these days of all the hard work. Showing my age....

Very hot day due today 32C or 90F.
Welcome summer.

Live well, laugh often, love much.

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.


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Tina, enjoy your time off with the kids. I loved having the breaks from school where ds could just relax and be a kid and not have to worry about all the school stuff or how to act or not act etc., etc. Enjoy your time with dh as well.

Georgia, the movers will be here on the 19th and we are hoping to leave on the 20th. Need to do a final cleaning of the apartment (cleaning as we are going so we only have to do a vacuum and wipe down once movers are gone) and then have management do a walk-thru. Hoping to get as much of our deposit back.

Me, hanging in there. Tired of packing...but it needs to be done. Can't wait til we get to TX and I can hopefully relax a bit before the unpacking and job hunting commence.


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Oh Dee when do you finally move??? You must be sick of this packing by now.

Becky hope the boys enjoyed their first day.

Tina I know how you feel I am ready for a break now and I have to wait till Nov for mine.

Hugs to all - so tired from work.

Live well, laugh often, love much.

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.


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�Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence"
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September Blessings.
'Make a choice to smile today. It is contagious.'
G'day all.
Becky whenever you can come on we appreciate your feedback and your lovely sunny disposition.
Georgia I hope that the showers occur only at night to give you lovely crisp mornings and warm sunny days.
Dee cannot wait until you are safely in the new house. Packing is not my favourite thing to do.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful day and evening. Cleaning today. Just over a week until we go away. Cannot wait. Weekend with the hubbie and then a Monday to Friday is just me and the three younger ones. A week where autism is not mentioned, school doesn't ring and complain and relaxation is the order of the day. One week a year when my kids can just be kids.
Blessings and hugs to all, tina

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Tina, that is so nice that the girls got to have parties. Sounds like you all enjoyed them. Thanks for the info on the Vanguard...didn't realize it was a series as well. My ds loves all those anime/manga things. How cool that your ds is learning to play the game as well. Ds' school didn't allow the cards, if found with them they were confiscated.

Georgia, do hope the weekend weather becomes sunny for you so you can enjoy using your camper.

Becky, I do hope you get to visit Ireland again. I'm sure the boys would love it. Hope their first day of school goes well. I've only seen pictures of Ireland and it looks like a lovely place.

Vicky, how ya doing today?

Cathy, how is the homeschooling coming along?

Everyone Else, do hope all is well.

me, hanging in there. More packing done.....dh had to go out for more bubble wrap and another heavy duty box to put the dishes/glassware in.


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Hope Monday is treating everyone well!

The boys started 6th and 9th grades today. I have to work right after picking Liam up, but I will call Caddy later to see how the first day of high school went. He felt very positive this morning that he would have a fantastic day.

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