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Turtle Progress Is Still Progress
Monday, December 31, 2018      6 comments

After losing almost 130 pounds, my weight started creeping up. In May, I committed myself to get those added pounds off. They did not accru overnight so did not expect them to be eliminated overnight. Since May I have lost over ten pounds. ... Read more
Blessed
Tuesday, October 23, 2018      6 comments

On Monday, we received news that we have been hoping for. My son Scott has been placed on the active kidney transplant list. It is an answe to pray... Read more
August 18, 2009 Reflections
Saturday, August 18, 2018      8 comments

I had worked for the City for over 25 years first as the Family Counselor then as the superintendent of a residential group home for at-risk adolescent males. I saw the program thru three moves. I saw us grow from ten beds to 18 beds. In additio... Read more
Life is a Rollercoaster
Saturday, July 07, 2018      10 comments

For nearly thirty years, we have spent my son’s birthday week at Virginia Beach. It is a family friendly beach. The sand is white. The boardwalk is wide and allows for biking and skating as well as pedestrians. There are lots of benches along th... Read more
Nostalgia
Wednesday, March 14, 2018      10 comments

Recently, I have been inundated with thoughts of my husband. He had a March birthday that we usually celebrated during spring break. This year, he ... Read more
It Is Who Is at the Table NOT What Is on the Table
Thursday, November 23, 2017      6 comments

Indeed, I am drinking from the saucer because my cup has overflowed. A—Autumn colors, B—three awesome Brothers, Blessings, Books C—Church family, Clothing, Cats (from the past) Car, Children, Childhood D—Dogs (Scruffy, Foxy Lady, Mi... Read more
Family Ties
Sunday, November 19, 2017      10 comments

Last Sunday, we celebrated an early Thanksgiving with nearly 25 family and friends. . My oldest brother was unable to enjoy the meal as he could no... Read more
Celebrating Brother Bill’s Military Service
Friday, October 20, 2017      14 comments

I am the youngest of six children. We are blessed that we genuinely care for each other. Last week, the oldest brother was placed on hospice care. It is bittersweet. He has had the opportunity to tell family and friends what they have meant to h... Read more
Expressing versus Stuffing Feelings
Saturday, December 24, 2016      9 comments

Today I consumed an entire fruit cake--it was a very small gift size about 3X2X1 inches. Still that is not characteristic. After some soul searching, I realized I had reverted to my old coping attempt to avoid facing my feelings by stuffing my f... Read more
What a Difference a Year Makes
Wednesday, December 03, 2014      16 comments

In December 2010, I decided that I had to change and lost 40 pounds. The loss was slow so explored gastric bypass surgery. December 2013, I had the surgery at VCU. Since the surgery I have lost another 85 pounds for a total of 125 pounds. I am s... Read more
Mourning to Joy
Tuesday, July 22, 2014      14 comments

In January last year my husband needed surgery on two areas of his spine. He completed therapy at the hospital rehab unit. While there, I wanted to surprise him for Valentines day but he could not have much in his small room. He seemed touched w... Read more
Down 100+ Pounds
Sunday, May 25, 2014      16 comments

Christmas, 2011, I reached my highest weight of 264. I wore size 2-3 X. Something clicked for me and I seriously began to work on losing weight. Spark People played such a crucial roll. The tracking is such a valuable tool. Several teams have g... Read more
Shedding My Jonah Persona
Monday, April 14, 2014      5 comments

Yesterday morning, I was so excited about the lesson on Passover and the Lord's Supper that I could not wait to get to church. However, when I arrived, the place I usually parked had a special permit parking sign. I did get permission to park wh... Read more
Passover / Lord's Supper
Saturday, April 12, 2014      4 comments

I love tying the Old Testament to the New Testament. For the past 20 years, I have tried to make the stories come alive for my second graders. The tables are in the shape of the cross. ... Read more
Ch-ch-changes
Thursday, April 03, 2014      8 comments

My life has gone thru so many changes. I waited nearly nine months since my husband's death to make a very important decision. For 30 years, we have called central Virginia our home. We have so many friends and ties to this community. My heart ... Read more

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