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happy end-of-june y'all...and heres to another hot summer month coming up...

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Time for our JULY Cafe!
I know it's already July for Georgia and Tina, so sorry for the lateness of this!

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Hugs back at you.

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Hugs to all. Wish I could say I will be around more soon, but I am at jury duty and have been selected as part of the pool of jurors for a case that could go through next week. I will be here when I can.

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Vicky, glad you are taking things slowly. With all the stress you have had in your life lately, it's nice to read you are doing things you enjoy.

Amanda, my kids (young adults) run the other way when I am organizing and cleaning also. LOL!

Georgia, your trip sounds lovely and I saw some of the pics on FB...Incredible..!!

Cathy, It is a "Sisterhood" we have here in the Cafe. I too wish we could all meet...I bet we would have a great time.

Becky, HUGS!!

Everyone Else, do hope all is well.

me, hanging in there. nothing much happening here....

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Vicky, so glad you didn't take offense to my note! You are a very special part of our "Sisterhood" on this team. I think we all mean the world to each other and don't want anyone to get hurt. I know I haven't done everything right, that is for sure. I have struggled so with my older two sons being not so fair or nice to me. That is where I am so thankful to have my SP team right here that supports me and lets me know in a loving way when they feel I might be heading in a direction that might not be the best. Georgia has been so incredibly helpful when it comes to my sons as she's been there.

I am so thankful for all of you!! Wish we all lived closer and could be in an actual Cafe together!

But this is the next best thing!

You all rock!!

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Every man is a builder of a temple called his body. Thoreau

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Hi Vicky, you seem to have a real good head on your shoulders....I second the cautions of the rest of our w0nderful cafÚ members....but I also encourage you to have fun, fun, fun!!! You just have to be careful because emotions and vulnerability make us easy targets when we are going through separation/divorce etc....
Georgia, so glad you had a fun trip with your cousin. Enjoy lunch with your son today....
Cathy...I hear ya on the heat/humidity....waaayyyyy too muggy....
I am trying to get motivated to clean and organized and I am failing miserably...but at least I am pretending well enough for my kiddos to stay out of the way in case I ask for their help...lol...
Hope everyone has a wonderful week...what is everyone doing for the 4th of July? (except Tina and Georgia I guess as it wont be a big holiday/celebration for them)...
In case I haven't said it recently...I love my "sistas" in the cafÚ, y'all are the best!!!

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I appreciate the concern everyone. I get it totally. Right now I just enjoy talking to him. Getting to know him. This will only be our 2nd meeting. I'm not trying to hop into a serious relationship, I'm just having fun. It really means the world to me that you all look out for me so much!

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Cathy I did have a great day and it felt wonderful after some weeks here of dealing with DH's health issues.

Vicki I agree with Cathy take it easy. After I got my divorce I met a guy who made me feel wonderful then after a couple of months dropped me as he did not like how serious I was taking it. It was painful but it was also a blessing as it made me stronger and made me deal with my emotional issues first before moving it this relationship. Just saying....,only you know how you feel. We just care and we have been there before.

Feeling good today as I am having lunch with my son. He is coming to visit me at work.

Have a wonderful and positive day everyone.

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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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Hi Wonderful Ladies,

Vicky, I would strongly suggest finishing up with one relationship before starting another. You two have feelings for each other and I just don't want to see you get hurt. I've been there and still remember how nice it was when a man gave me positive attention and was respectful towards me after so many years in an abusive marriage. It was not a safe time emotionally as I needed to deal with my current situation before moving on in the relationship area. Don't mean to preach, I just care for you a lot. Hugs!

Georgia, so glad your trip was so good! I will have to look at your pics.

It's very hot and very humid here, so we are inside a lot. Stinks since it's summer. Hopefully the weather will cool off soon.

Hugs to all, Cathy

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Every man is a builder of a temple called his body. Thoreau

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Georgia, thats great I'm so glad you had a good time. I saw some of the pictures on facebook. Beautiful!

I had a nice day yesterday too. My mom too us out strawberry picking, which I have always wanted to do. Then we went back to her place and we went swimming and had some hog dogs and strawberry shortcake for dinner.

I got a call from my new friend. We talk most nights.We enjoy talking to each other and getting to know each other. If all goes as planned we will be seeing each other again tonight for coffee or a drink, haven't decided yet. Still taking a day at a time but I'm enjoying feeling good about myself.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!

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Oh what a wonderful day. The sun was shining the wind was cold and blowing but it did not matter. The days was perfect. The ferry ride over was amusing. The historical walk and talk was sensational with 3 tour guides performing beautifully to recreate the atmosphere. The lunch was nice that they provided and I had the best day with my cousin. Oh I feel rejuvenated. Sharing the all inspiring feeling with you all.

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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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6/28/14 8:19 P

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Georgia, your harbor/island trip sounds wonderful and interesting....I grew up in a house that was built in the 1400's and had a thatched roof, so I have always connected to history....hopefully the winds can blow away the cobwebs and leave you feeling renewed and refreshed...
Cathy, I used to crochet when i was a kid, my mom made all of us (including my brother) learn to cook, sew, knit, crochet, tat (lacework), balance a checkbook/budgeting, clean house, and other useful things (I didn't appreciate it so much then but am really glad I know how to do those things now)...Kelsa sounds like she had a blast today, its so good to see your children having fun isn't it? Jenna sounds like she is holding her own too!!! I like the idea of having a hobby but not sure I can find space or time for one right now...but you have given me food for thought...
Dee, I think we are all challenged with staying on track with our healthy eating/exercise...I know I am not where i want/need to be these days, but I think wee all know we CAN get there again eventually....it is ok to have a period of not-so-great weight management, and I think the daily stresses we face can certainly make it a challenge, but I know we will all root for each other!!!
Becky, Vicky, Tina, Jennifer, everyone else....hope everyone else has been having a fun weeekend

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Well it may sound crazy but I love music. I love to sing. So at times when Im really stressed I will try and go for a walk and put on my tunes. Or I will take 5 or 10 minutes and go in my room with my tunes on and I will sing. It relaxes me and it takes me away. Thats what I truly enjoy!

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Dee I hear you on stress eating. I do that a lot and I know as I do it that it is wrong. We both need guidance and maybe Cathy's plan for July can help us.

Cathy I know planning is the key but when I am the only cook it is hard. I get home from work and do quick meals but usually try to have veges and a balance of protein and carbs. My downfall is cookies with my cup of tea after dinner. I used to love doing crochet and all things with my hands. Until my hands could no longer cope with the repetitiveness. I hope you find some good patterns. Maybe the girls can learn the techniques too....

Today I am going out into the harbour about 45 mins out to sea to a small island that was a penal colony. Some old buildings and lots of history. I have lived here all my life and have never been out there. My cousin is coming out with me and I cannot wait. Very cold mornings and some cold winds but overall should be a magic day.

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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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Wow, almost at the end of June! This year is flying by! Have more specialist and regular appts. for the kids scheduled. Kelsa has to go for a voice eval, then a special scope to check her vocal cords for damage or dysfunction. Jenna is having issues with her irregular heartbeat and GI issues as well. Then the regular yearly Dr. visits and Dentist. All in a day!

We took Kelsa to see the horses she so loves at the Ranch where she has ridden until her trainer was afflicted with cancer. We spent 3 hours in the very humid weather (ugh!) but worth it to see her smile. She followed around one of the barn hands that helped her when she rode. Kelsa hasn't ridden since December and it has affected her dramatically. She has regressed a lot. Sadly Ernie isn't doing well..I am so sad. I am still remaining hopeful and trusting God.

Today Kelsa gets to go actually ride. The people there are so kind and I am so thankful that she can go!

Dee, hugs my friend. We can get through this stress together...all of us. I have learned to plan ahead and prepare ahead so I don't fall into bad eating which I am prone to. I don't know if that would help you, but it sure helped me a lot. I also really watch portions and food groups. If I know that I've had enough carbs for the day (bread or grain) then I just don't allow myself to eat that. I go to something else that is palatable and healthy. I know, easier said than done.

Also, as I hear how stressed all of us are, what do you do to relax or de-stress? I'm talking about a hobby. I know Jennifer does beautiful paintings, and Georgia you do photog, Tina you are an amazing builder/fixer! I love crafts. I am getting back into crochet, sewing and macrame! I used to do all of them, but life got busy. I am pulling out old stuff and will be doing small things with the girls. It is so hard to find the old macrame books! It just isn't "in" anymore, but micro macrame to make jewelry is. I want to do the big old chunky design more than the new stuff. But I plan to build time in my days for this fun that is so illusive to me. I think it would help many of us!

I hope everyone is well. I have a plan starting in July where we can all get back on track in a very doable way. Just a couple of days away!

Hugs to all, Cathy

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Amanda, so good to see you posting again. So sorry about the SSI issues, do hope they get resolved quickly for you and things can return to some normalcy for you all. HUGS!

Everyone Else, Waving emoticon HI! On my Kindle so hard to do individual replies.

me, hanging in there. have been MIA with Spark as stress is high at work and home. hoping things will settle down soon as it has caused overeating and not taking care of myself during the past few weeks.....

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hope you all have a wonderful weekend...and take some time for you!!!

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Waving hi to all. Just getting ready for work.

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Running through, but wishing everyone a great day!

Becky, hope the funeral is honoring to all. I know this has to be so very hard! Hugs!

Amanda, as always it is great to see you. SO sorry you have again been through so much. Your amazing positive, strong attitude and sense of humor through it all is admirable and inspiring! Hugs!

Don't have a lot of time, but wanted to post a hello.

Hugs, Cathy

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Every man is a builder of a temple called his body. Thoreau

All the Darkness in the world can not extinguish the Light of a Single candle. St. Francis of Assisi


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Love your sense of humor, Amanda! I wish I had one like that. :)

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thanks Becky...I just wish I was smarter about remembering earlier than this how amazing each and every member of this group is....
hugs are always good and welcome, although if you squeeze too tight I might accidently release unpleasant odors into the environment...lol!!!!
have a great night...and to the rest of y'all..i love ya!!!!!

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Nice to see you again, Amanda! So sorry it has been a super rough year. Sending you extra hugs and wishes that all gets worked out very soon.

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Amanda enjoy the back and lockdown and Georgia go get that back massage you deserve it. I think I might go for one this week if I can before I head back to work.

And Amanda, thank you so much for the sweet words. I love this group and I am so happy I have "met" every single one of you!

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Love ya girl and keep that wicked sense of humour. seasonal depression is a known fact. Enjoy the bath and relax with every bubble. emoticon

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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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thankyou Georgia, I am glad to bee back among friends....often when we are in the middle of a major struggle we tend to try and stuff it away and attempt to carry on as usual, lest we collapse under the weight of the burden, so I need, like others, to be more willing to open up when the dark days are present...it is funny (not literally) because this morning was sooo overcast and grey and I really felt very sad (I have depression that worsens with cloudy skies for some reason), and then I saw a SparkPeople message about something and all of a sudden I knew where to come...isn't that amazing, the power of a supportive online group? I appreciate your good wishes, and will continue to appreciate any prayers we get as I battle the SSI people over a situation that is not even a true issue if they would just LOOK at the whole picture...and, of course, all of this crud affects their Medicaid and other support services as well so we really, really need to get it resolved asap...sigh...government red tape and unbendable rules, so much fun!!
I hope you can get a really good massage and relax...I plan on trying to take a deep bath later tonight once the kids are in lockdown..er..I mean...bed...lol


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Amanda so glad to see you back dear friend. Now you remember why we have the cafe....to unload the burdens amongst friends who truly understand. I am sorry you are going through so many issues and even more so that hormonal issues in our growing kids causes so much change and stress. You unload every day if you have to because it is bound to make you feel so much better to share. I pray the SSI issues are sorted very quickly for you.We here you on the weight issues - I think a few of us are stagnant and look to those who are losing for guidance. Never feel you cannot come here to release your tension. Have missed you and pray for positives to come into your life.

I am finally having a day off to catch up on so much around here. Going to get some groceries dones and then if possible a back massage as it is playing up a little.

Hugs to everyone.

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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Vicky, thanks for the kind words...
I am amazed and proud of you for all you have accomplished since you made the brave decision to make you and your children's lives better...its a wonderful transformation to see and you look beautiful in your picture...way to go!!!

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Amanda,
So glad to see you and so sorry to hear about all that you have been going through. It sounds very stressful. But glad you found your way back and we are hear for you and ready to help in anyway we can.

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hello and happy summer days to everyone,,, I have been reading and catching up, everyone stays so busy and I am glad to see y'all still hanging out at the cafÚ....I have, once again, been absent from the cafÚ (and SparkPeople in general), but life has really thrown my little family a curve ball this year between my middle child's terrible accident at the start of the year (from which he still struggles to recover from), my oldest child's awful teenage issues, my daughter's increasing behavioral challenges (its hard to see a little girl go from sweet and sassy to verbally and physically aggressive as she enters puberty), and then a couple of months ago I got accused of SSI fraud...I have been fighting it tooth and nail and we finally have a light at the end of the tunnel (thanks to a wonderful caring lawyer who recognized that this was wrong and represented me pro bono), but in the meantime we lost all SSI, Medicaid, and other support (all vitally important when there is only one parent and she is not working so she can be there to help and support her kiddos at home in the best way she can ) and have struggled mightily along the way....and that's just the tip of the iceberg!!!
I hate sounding dramatic, please forgive me if I sound that way, its just been a really rough road this year and I have kinda hidden under a rock somewhat the past few months....
Ok, I am promising myself that I will look forward for the remainder of summer so that I can move on, so I am back at the cafÚ and ready to roll.,. albeit a few pounds heavier due to stress...
Lets go friends, lets all go have a cool iced latte down by the waters edge, listen to birds and other sounds of nature as we relax and feel the cooling ocean breeze wafting over our relaxed sun-warmed bodies...we can listen to the soft music in the background, feel the sun on our weary bones, and read or chat as the hammocks sway gently to the music of the sea....ok, i'm good, how 'bout y'all?
Its good to be back, hope everyone has a great day...
amanda

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Georgia, I hope you get rest!

Wishing everyone a terrific Thursday! My plan is to breathe through the next few days, hug my family a lot, and make it through. Thanks again for all of the support and understanding as I drift in and out of here.

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Dee I have no suggestions for you about your dad. I know he liked living with you before. Maybe he can start his own little group of seniors within the neighbourhood. Coffee gatherings in a local coffee shop or a park. Must be tough for him and for you.

Becky I feel for your pain on these two days coming up. Most difficult ones. I hope the kids get through them as best as possible.

I am worn out this week as my routine has not been normal. I am looking forward to tomorrow and a sleep in as I have the day off. Maybe then I can begin to feel normal.

Hugs to everyone.

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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Thanks for all of the comforting words and hugs, everyone. We are slowly starting to adjust to the "new normal" and process our loss. Friday is Joyce's private cemetery service, to which we were invited. Saturday is her memorial service at their church. Liam doesn't want to go to either, but my sister will be out of town and his best friend has dance recital activities each day. We will figure out how to get him through the services - he may need to walk outside or something. Caddy is "writing speeches" of what he would like to say to her family - that is his way of processing his feelings.

Dee, I hope your dad finds something to keep himself busy.

Vicky, so glad the coffee date went well.

Cathy, I'm with Dee - you are a great mom. You cannot control their actions, only your reactions. Stay strong for what you know is right.

Georgia, Jennifer, Tina, and anyone I missed - hi! Hugs to everyone - you are such dear people.

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Becky, sorry to hear of your friend's passing. HUGS!

Jennifer, hope you are able to do some art shows. You do beautiful work.

Georgia, sorry the models cancelled but glad you still got to go somewhere and take pictures.

Cathy, you are a great mom. Your two older boys need to have their heads examined for thinking otherwise. So glad Josiah was able to stay for the overnight trip. How cool to be baptised in the lake...WTG!

Vicky, glad you enjoyed your coffee date. WTG on the color run!

Tina, how are you doing?

Me, hanging in there...work is still work. Not sure if I mentioned this or not but my dad has come to live with us after spending several months with my sister and her family after his Lady friend passed away. Not sure how long he will stay...that is up to him. He is already bored cause there is not much to do here and no senior center with activities that he had back in Indiana.

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Aww how sweet Vicki. Sounds nice. Glad you enjoyed your time.

Nice and steady...

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Well my coffee date happened this morning. I was very excited and nervous at the same time. It was very nice. We mostly talked about our pasts...laid everything out on the table. Got it out in the open and decided we enjoy talking to each other and we will take it one day at a time. If something comes out of it, then it will, if not then it doesn't. We will be ok either way. He already said he would like to go out for a coffee date again. So we can just take it from there.

I really had a nice time. emoticon

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I had a busy day yesterday and am so tired from the driving. Looking forward to Friday and a day off.


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Vicki I am sure it will happen. Keep busy.

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Actually it fell through. I dont think it was intentional,he got held up at a car dealer getting a car. Im not gonna read anything into it. We will talk later about rescheduling.

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Oh Cathy I am so proud of Josiah too. What a good lad learning as well going through some tough times. His baptism sounds lovely. Woo hoo.

Vicki hope the coffee catch up is going well.
Waiting to hear all about it.

Jennifer well done on the weight loss. You have found your corner and are quite settled in it.
The rainforest was lovely and I took photos of some fungi and a the waterfall which at the moment does not have all that much water in it.

I am off down the coast this morning for a 45 mins drive and meetings all day. Gotta run very early this morning. See you later.

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Hello Vickie, your color run sounds like a great time, and good for you too. You can't beat that. Let us know how your coffee date goes. emoticon

Georgia, that's a shame about models canceling, but it sounds like you are taking it in stride. How was your trip to see rainforest and waterfalls? It sounds wonderful.

Thanks, Cathy. I wish things were easier with your kids and family life. You are such a wonderful mother to all your kids. I had no support for my AS while growing up, (1960's) and it was hell - just lots of bullying and abuse from both family and school. I'm just so grateful for Jesus and His grace and mercy, and that I'm doing so well now. I'm praying for you, for strength peace, and spiritual rest. You've had a hard row to hoe, but remember the bible says that our trials are achieving for us an eternal weight of glory that far exceeds them all. 2 Cor. 4:16-17. emoticon emoticon

I'm doing very well. I lost another 2 pounds!!! Woohoo!!!! I'm down to 170! I have let go of the number on the scale, and am just eating moderately and exercising. It is working! Naturally the last few pounds is the hardest to lose, but that is OK, I don't care how long it takes. I saw the doctor and got a good report there, then took a walk for 45 min. Now I'm taking my 11 year old out to lunch, and hope to do some stuff at my desk this afternoon. I'm hoping to get back into art shows, so will research buying a new art display system, and applying to some art shows. emoticon





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Well if all goes well I should be meeting my new friend for coffee today. I'm excited but nervous too. Al in a good way though.

Cathy I am so glad for Josiah. Glad he stayed through the trip and that he is learning what is acceptable and whats not from other kids. Its so tough and its great that he has a good friend that will help him with that.

Everyone else, hugs all around!!!

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Vicky, way to go on the Color Run! Hope your son is doing well with his band trip!

Becky, so very sorry for your loss of dear Joyce. She is at peace but that doesn't make it easy on those left behind. Prayers to you, your family and her family. Hugs.

I am tired and worn out, but that is okay. Josiah needed a lot of coaching through texting, but he stayed and had a good time. That was a first! There are a few kids that were good to him, but most treat him like he is weird. When he told me some of the things they said, he said, "I think that wasn't right" but he wasn't sure. So he texted his good friend that was also there and she said, No! that isn't right! So he is learning, but it makes me sad that others have to judge. Josiah's Baptism was beautiful! So proud of him!! It was hotter than...well, you get the picture and so humid! So we left right after he was baptized.

Dee, sending hugs!

Jennifer, so glad things are going so well for you! YAY!

I hope everyone is doing well!

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Georgia,
We had to post pone the call for a quick text because he got in from his band playing out well after 1am and he did not want to call me that late so he sent me a quick text and we should talk tonight! emoticon

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Becky prayers for you and your friends family. Devastating news for one so young.

Vicky well done on the colour run. Worthwhile activity. How did your "phone call" go....

Jennifer my DH and I do the photography together. Unfortunately as is typical for models it was cancelled. We did however go for a drive to a rainforest and took some photos of a lovely waterfall.

Back to work today for a full day again in preparation for visits from management.

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The Color Run was amazing. I didnt run it but I walked it very fast and had such a good time with three of my girl friends. It was such a good time. It was held at an amusement park and they gave us tickets to the park afterward so we went to the park, without our kids afterwards and were like big kids. It was so much fun...

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Georgia are you doing the shooting, or will you be the subject?

Hi Becky. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Joyce, but am glad she will be at peace. Cancer does suck, my husband's mother died of it. I'll be praying for this week as you mourn the death of your dear friend.

Great job on the exercise, Vicky. How was the walk/run? Have fun visiting your friend.

I went to church this morning, and then to breakfast with husband and younger son Andrew. (He is 11, almost 12). I'm going to rest and take it easy, and read a bible study of John this afternoon. We are having rainy stormy weather today.

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Oh Becky I am so sorry. I'm praying for you. Take all the time you need, we will be here for you always!

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Joyce passed away around 8 last night. We are all devastated but grateful that she is no longer suffering. I probably won't be on threads much this week. I need time to mourn, to get my sons and her kids through this. I will return when I feel up to it.

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Cathy, So excited for Josiah and his sleepaway trip. Glad he is doing good. Sorry things are the same with the older boys.

Becky, so sorry to hear about your neighbor. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

Georgia, hugs to you always.

Did my Color Me Rad 5K this morning. It was a nice time. I didn't get to run the whole thing but I walked it and I walked it at a good pace and it was really good and I felt great. Now just chillin at home doing laundry and my daughter has a friend over to play.

Should be getting a phone call from a certain gentleman tonight and will make plan for a coffee talk.

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Becky thinking of you and this tough time. May your friend find peace soon.

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Jennifer, I am a professor, so I am teaching the class. It is Creating a Positive, Inclusive Classroom Environment - essentially, classroom management. I teach 2 sections each regular semester (fall and spring), plus one section in summer school. My students are earning their teaching credential, either for regular education or special ed.

Sad news, but not unexpected (just not so soon): My neighbor just called. My dear friend, Joyce, has been taken off life support and will be at peace within a couple hours. Tuesday would have been their anniversary - 19 years, I think. Way too soon. Cancer sucks. (Sorry to cuss, but it hurts.)

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Cathy so glad the kitchen is nearly done. Wow it must look fabulous. Happy birthday one belated and one early for your girls. I feel pride for Josiah. how wonderful he is trying new things and how exciting for him to be baptised. I will be there in spirit for this joyous occasion.

Jennifer the humidity gets to me too. But at least you went for your walk. Enjoy your restful afternoon.

Busy day yesterday and having a small photo shoot this morning and then a restful afternoon.

Hugs everyone.,

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Hello Irish Mum I'm so glad things have settled down with your FIL, and that you have a relaxing, intimate weekend planned for your own immediate family. Good luck with your class you will be taking. What is the subject matter?

My husband and I both love to eat out. We are doing it a little less, but not cutting it out entirely. We really don't have extended family, so it's a good outlet for us. I've learned to eat reasonably when I eat out, so I don't overeat.

Georgia, I'm glad you are getting a chance to rest after all your busy-ness.

Kathy I'm sorry to hear that your older boys are not being nice to you. Do not believe any lies about yourself. You are a very hardworking, committed, loving dedicated mother. I'm so glad that Josiah is being courageous and going on this sleepover. Good for him. I'll pray he has a good experience with this. I hope you get your kitchen finished soon, without too much stress or mess.

I'm tired today. My husband and I went on a walk along the Mississippi River here in St. Louis. (We live just a couple miles from it) The heat and humidity got to me, and I was feeling pretty rough at the end of the walk. The air just felt so heavy, oppressive, and suffocating. I was drenched with sweat. Then, we ate out, and I had crab claws in butter and bread crumbs. It was not a lot, but it was quite rich, so I won't be eating supper. So, my eating is good today, since I only had 2 meals. Breakfast was healthy. I'm going to rest and relax inside the rest of the day.

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Hugs to you all!

I hope that you are all doing very well and that today is the best day ever!

It has been so busy here with still working to get the kitchen back together, though I am most the way there. Hubby still has a lot to do with wiring and getting lighting and fans back in. The original wiring had to be completely redone and he is doing all that himself. So thankful he is so handy!

I am working hard to eat healthy, but really need to get to more exercise. All in good time.

My Jenna just turned 10 and Kelsa will be 9 in a couple of weeks! My baby! Josiah went on his first overnight away this weekend with his Jr. High Church group. They left Friday night and will be back on Sunday midday. Josiah was so anxious last night he was shaking! I felt so badly for him, but so proud of him for wanting to go and knowing it would be hard (especially with the sound sensitivity he has.) He worked so hard and insisted on saving half the money to go! He even asked neighbors all on his own if he could help them to make money for his trip! Anyway, he has texted me several times and I think that contact is really helping him to be okay and I believe he is having a great time!

Josiah has chosen to be Baptized in the lake at church tomorrow! This is huge for him as well! With all his Sensory issues I was so surprised! We shall see how he does! I have a feeling that after Sunday he will crash after being around so many people and sounds all weekend. That's okay!

The older boys are still in the same place. I am working hard to feeling better about myself and not believe their lies. Not an easy task at times!

Hugs to all, Cathy

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Back home after all the running around of today. Going to have some lunch and a lkie down I think. Enjoy the days.

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Jennifer, I am trying to eat more at home, too. I did really well while DH was gone for more than a week - only ate out once and was sensible. But he likes to eat out - did it twice yesterday. :( At least he and I shared a meal, so the cost and calories were not as bad.

Vicky, enjoy the time off! You, too, Georgia, even if it is only for the weekend. I am glad your store looks great. Good luck on the visit.

Friday happy dance time! Yay!

My FIL is feeling better. We are all so glad he is home. We skyped with him this afternoon - he needed computer help. Nice how quickly some things get back to normal. :)

My sons only have 2 days of school left. By 1:00 Tuesday, their summer break begins. :) I got everything ready for my summer course, which begins Tuesday evening - so glad to have that done before the weekend. We plan to just be a family this weekend - play board games, read, cook together, work in the garden, etc. We need some together time to make up for DH being gone more than a week.

Hugs to everyone!

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Hey guys. Been very busy last few days with family. Today Andrew's (my 11 yr old) best friend Luke is spending the night with us, and I'm about to take them to the lake. My husband is working tonight. Tomorrow, I have to meet Luke's mom for lunch (she and I are friends) and hopefully I can take it easy the rest of the day.

Doing well with my eating. I ate at home all 3 meals today. I'm trying to eat out less, because we've been spending quite a lot of money eating out.



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Hi everyone have a good day. Hope you are well.

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emoticon waving to all! Last day with students was today. Staff day tomorrow then off for 2 weeks.

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