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He's mad because you were sick? How is that even an issue! I mean, we seldom have any control over when we get sick.....

I enjoyed conference today -- what I didn't sleep through, that is. And the nap wasn't between sessions, oh no! it was right in the middle of the sessions, both of them! But I'll watch them again later this week.

Sis is having Thanksgiving a week early because her son and DIL will be going to her parents place the actual Thanksgiving weekend. Her mother lives about 2 hours away, so instead of leaving there early, they decided to have dinner tomorrow instead. I am not sure if I feel up to going. I'll have to decide tomorrow. Sis thinks this may become a new tradition, to have Thanksgiving dinner on conference Sunday after the afternoon session. The daughter and DIL will be providing most of the meal and all Sis has to do is cook the turkey and dressing.

I did not know this was in the works when I was shopping on Tuesday, so didn't buy anything in sufficient quantity to take. And there are so many dietary problems, it is difficult to make anything that everyone can eat. Sis does not want anyone to bring anything that her daughter cannot have and there are so many things. Bananas, pineapple, ALL dairy and eggs, beef and anything with gluten, just to name a few. There is a very long list.

Enjoy conference tomorrow. I hope I will be able to stay awake.....

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It would have been so fun for you to be able to witness your son's wedding. I am sorry that it came too late for you. My husband witnessed my brother's wedding. There were ill feelings for my dad at the time. I bet if this were the case he would have asked me instead. O'well. I think it is exciting. We are clearly in a time that we have to realize the difference between doctrine and policy. I invited myself to a youth temple trip last Saturday with my son. There wasn't much to do so I just sat there and enjoyed being in the temple with my son. The young men sat on different sides of the room. At one point a father came and talked with his daughter so after they were done with the baptisms and confirmations I went and talked with my son and a seminary kid.

I did not get my homework done in time so I watched the first two session of conference and then read a really really long poem by Alexander Pope. it was about 25 pages and took me forever. I thought I could watch conference this evening but it wasn't up yet when I looked. I guess I will watch it tomorrow.

I guess it is getting cold in Utah. I worked on knitting a hat while I listened to conference. My son sent me a picture of my granddaughter waiting to get into conference. They had a sweater by her head. I told him to tell her grandma would finish the hat so that she doesn't have to wear sweaters on her head. I found this yarn that says it is 12 degrees warmer in the sun even on cloudy days.

My brother is not too thrilled that we are still friends with his ex wife. I am friends with her on Facebook and talked to her one day when we took my niece out to lunch. My brother gets his knickers in a twist too much. He is mad because I was sick last year and will not talk to me unless he has to.

Enjoy conference. I wonder what new things we will learn tomorrow. Today's key word was covenant path.

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The Primary program was fun. It was fun to see the kids and watch them as they sang. I miss them at church but it will be fine. I'm probably going to be staying home when the weather is bad this year. I'm not doing well on slick surfaces this year and don't want to be injured. It isn't worth it.

We got a new RS president. This is one from the "old" part of the ward. There have been some new homes built in the boundaries and lots of changes over the years with people downsizing and moving out and younger families moving in. It is nice to have new young families and lots of new dynamic, but it is also nice to have a president who is familiar and I have known longer than six months. I enjoy her and have served under her in the Primary. She is also about my age which changes the dynamic in meetings. I have felt that the older sisters have been put aside in this ward for many reasons. So many of them are frail and some are passing away from age. But they have experiences and memories I wish we could preserve.

What are you doing for the broadcast? They have it on TV here so my daughters and I and a few granddaughters are gathering to enjoy it. It will be fun and we have take out and enjoy spending some time together. My DILs will be with their moms which is as it should be. We spend a lot of time together anyway.

I'm glad you will be seeing your granddaughter despite the divorce. My mom kept a very cordial relationship with her ex DILs and they kept in touch over the years. She was able to see the grandchildren when they came into town even though my brother was not allowed. I tried with my ex DIL but she was too mentally unstable to do it. I still keep in touch with my ex SIL which is good at times although I have maintained loyalty to my brother as well as my son.

How do you feel about women being able to witness? I was lamenting that it happened a month too late for me as I would have been able to witness my son's marriage which would have been nice. It hasn't bothered me not being allowed to witness, but it is nice to be able to do so.

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Enjoy the primary program. I love them. I no longer have children in them and my grand children that live near by have parents who left the church. A friend of mine looked on the stake directory and my son and wife are still there. We haven't asked if the divorce is final or if they are just living apart. She really did not do well in making my son welcome with her family since the divorce. I guess I will be seeing her because my daughter will be watching my granddaughter so her mother can go to school.

I hope you can be comfortable at church again. I hope you get time to enjoy the temple too.

I realize that I love to learn which involves change but, I don't like the lack of control that change brings on. I am getting things together to go back to the vegan diet. I think if I just do it then it will be easier. I hope, I can turn this struggle into a blessing.


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Embracing change is important. It allows us to be taught and to learn. I've learned to not be too comfortable with things because they tend to change every few months.

How is school going now? It is interesting to see the changes in the Church that happen regularly.

Tomorrow is the Primary program and the last week the grands will be at church with me. After that they will attend their new ward as a family. I will attend my own ward or my children's church. My daughter is alone every other week so she might need some help. My other children are close by and I enjoy seeing them. There are 4 more primary programs to see this year so I'll be busy for a while.

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I have been thinking about the concept of embracing change recently. A high councilman came to talk on Sunday and a comment about Stake conference coming up and General conference too. He talked about embracing change instead of looking back and regretting the change. I need to work on this.


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It's hard to accept things as they are and hard to change them.

I've tried so many things and it is discouraging at times that nothing seems to change. I do need to give up sweets but I do enjoy them. However, I am most successful when I avoid sweet treats and snacks. I also do better when I eat less white flour and processed foods. I've been fairly successful at eating at set times with no snacking and need to get back to that as well.

I do not doubt that the prophet does not partake of processed sweets. He lives a very healthy life. I expect he eats very little meat as well.

This week I have slept better than I have in months. I didn't realize just how stressful my life has been the past few years. My son and grandchildren seem happy with their new life and they are doing well. They have left their stuff here and I don't know what they plan to do with it, but I want my basement back so I can use it for other things, especially the rest of my family. The other grandchildren haven't been allowed there for a long time and I need to have a home that is welcoming everywhere.

Have a great day.

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Yes, I also wish the struggle was easier. My biggest challenge is accepting that these struggles are for our own good and growth.

President Nelson must have an exceptional diet for him to have thrived so well for 95 years!

I'll check out that link. Thanks for sharing.

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I haven't watched it yet. I have been pondering diet and food philosophy-it is connected i promise. On a facebook group for seminary teachers someone asked if anyone knew what President Nelson's favorite treat is. There was comments back and forth, someone claimed that he doesn't eat sugar. I have no idea if that is true or not, but he is a prophet and an old heart surgeon so if I could figure out what to eat based on his ideas it might be great.

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I am trying to again work towards what I want to obtain with the end in mind. I wish the struggle were easier.

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Did anyone watch the President Nelson Birthday concert? It was great but I realized that I do not like Chopan. But all the other numbers were spectacular....

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It is so great to hear about the wedding. Enjoy your 12 days with the grands. I am glad that you have help to clean out there stuff. That can be daunting to do alone. I have 6 kids and my house has three bedrooms. I don't have space for the shrine. It felt like there was no space for the youngest. His room had too much stuff. I had stuff from the RMs that was just stored where ever. One in particular kept complaining that my littlest needed to clean it up. Most of the junk was other people's. I did not really want to deal with them and their opinions. The same son said that something was in the room the other day. I said I doubt it and after telling them I was cleaning he asked why. I told him to go look. He is a pain in the neck right now. They are being extra environmental. I believe in looking out for the environment but he is stupid about it. I sad that I might pack away his books and let his brother use the bookshelf that he bought. I offered to buy him a new one, but I had not looked at the cost. He made a big deal about buying used and did not seem to understand that I would buy that instead if he wanted, very frustrating conversation.

Told my mother in law about it and she said that getting your stuff kicked out of the nest is hard to deal with. I guess that is true. My dad had a wife that I did not get along with so I took most of my stuff with me when I left for college and have not seen it since. Kind of sad I guess.

I hope that your daughter in law appreciates the work you are doing for her. If she doesn't know about it all then just feel grateful that you could serve in that way without gratitude.

What are your life goals now? I hope you have something fun planned.


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Wedding was yesterday. DS was very happy and she seemed happy as well. The grands came home with me and we'll chill for 12 days until they return and they will all move into their new home. I'm hoping to get laundry done and sorted so they aren't taking things that don't fit into the new house.

It was a very long day. Temple at 1:40 and photos afterward. Dinner for guests and home by 7 but since we had to arrive early to the temple and photos for the wedding included the grands, it was a very long day for them. It will be a fun memory. My youngest daughter didn't go to her brother's wedding when she was single. She didn't want to become endowed yet. She was able to see this brother, the first one married be the last none married as well and she was in the temple with everyone. It was a great experience. My youngest son was the witness. It was a fun experience.

I'm glad your visit was a good one. It's hard to clean out rooms. We call them "shrines" at my house. It takes a change in the structure of the family to change a shrine. The girls are excited to help clean out/ move out their brother and get my house back..

I'm glad you have a teaching schedule. It will be nice although it isn't what you wanted, I'm sure the kids will like it. I know we have released time here and the kids go like it's a regular class.

Have a great day. I'm off to be alone a minute before the grands come home.

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Best wishes for the wedding I hope all goes well and it is a smooth transition for the kids. That can be difficult, at least it was for me. My dad did not always make the best wife choices. The current one is great, for the most part.

My son's visit was nice. My youngest's room was most of the way done. Junk was still out some. We have it mostly hidden now. Seminary is only 4 days a week so I will work on it on Fridays. My son will be working on the stuff in his room a bit at a time.

some changes to seminary. Church wide they changed to order of the classes so we are doing New Testament until Christmas. Then we will be doing Book of Mormon, next year. I think it will be good. Our stake is only having us meet as a class 4 days a week. I was hoping to do Wednesday but the stake person said my plan was too complicated because I wanted to add back in the Wednesday when there was no school on Monday or Friday. So I was forced to choose Friday but now the instruction is to teach not more than 4 days so we can add days when there is school. Grrrr. O'well. It is kind of exciting.


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Hope your rearranging is done. I'm just getting started again. My room was clean for a while and now it's full of stuff again.

The wedding is in 6 days. I'm excited for everyone as they will be doing things right and should be able to succeed. It's a bit stressful on the family as the kids are tense and acting out a bit as well as DS is working hard to get the new house in shape for the move in. Hopefully it will be a smooth transition.

Have a great day. Thinking about you.

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My son, his wife and daughter are coming to visit. I am so very excited. But when I cleaned out my youngest's room I moved some of the stuff all over the house. Now I have to deal with it and it is much slower than I thought it would be. UGH!


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It sounds like things are moving forward well for you and your family. I love the blanket idea. I understand too many of them. As I told you before my mom died when I was young. Part of me kind of hopes the kids get to keep more than one if they feel really connected to them. My dad only got new furniture when he remarried. When my husband and I first started changing out furniture I got really nervous.


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I'm really enjoying the good foods to eat. It is sad, but freggies are so much fun. I love to eat them. It is fun, though. I am a sucker for BLT sandwiches. I have tried to have them without the bread but not as fun. I'll have to back off, though, for I can eat them every meal and I don't eat bread but once a day when I want to be successful.

I hope you are feeling better now. It's so hard to not feel perky.

School starts in a little over 2 weeks. Wedding is in less than a month. It is a busy time here. The kids are sorting their clothes and weeding out the worn or grown out of clothing. I don't want the new mom to have to do that. I'm trying hard to take care of a lot of that stuff. The next task is to wash and sort the blankets they got when their mom died. It seems like everyone wanted to make or buy them a blanket for comfort. They have half a dozen blankets and they used all of them. It is miserable. One child still sleeps beneath all of them and wonders why he smells awful in the morning. The others are sleeping on top of the blankets. DS wants to eliminate many of the blankets. The kids don't need that many at once. I think he is sorting them and letting them have only one for now. I'll be washing and sorting them before then. I think he is moving some of those things over now to his new home. It makes sense to be ready to live there when he gets back from the honeymoon.

Have a great day.

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Good for you getting it together. I restarted yesterday. I was sick last week and just could not make myself eat salad. Today I have eaten well but I only ate one meal so far. I will have a salad for lunch and dinner. I biked after breakfast an my blood sugar is 140. I had eggs and a bit of milk. (OK it was about an ounce of chocolate milk because we didn't have bread and it sounded good.).

I haven't looked for a SparkPeople challenge in a long time. I haven't even thought of that. Maybe I should consider it.

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I did pretty good last week. I'm having a bit of a setback this week. I'm going to be back on track today. The nice thing is I can (should) forgive myself and get moving forward.

I have my fruits and veggies ready to eat. I have my chicken that was grilled on Sunday and it is ready to eat and very tasty. I'm good for that. Still like my sugary stuff. Need to leave that space physically and do something else.

I'm doing a 5% challenge on another site. I'd like to get there in a couple of months although the challenge lasts 14 weeks. It is something I need to do.

Ate like there was no tomorrow yesterday and Sunday. Today is my day and I've got my stuff together. I'm working on waiting until I'm hungry to eat today. I did best when I did that although it's been hard iwth the kids here.

Have a great day.

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My blood sugars were alright last week when I didn't eat much. I am working on getting back to two salads a day and getting on the stationary bike for 10 minutes after eating. I am really discouraging myself today. I need to stop that.

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I'm returning to my mostly veggie and fruit diet with one meat a day. I'm thinking about doing something along Bright Lines as it is very structured and one of the things i like is that I don't have to make a lot of decisions. It does involve some journaling which really won't hurt me.

Love the hula hoop and biking. I missed mine. Struggling with time right now.

Hope you feel better soon. It is good that you are eating again. How are your sugars doing with your illness?

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What are everyone's goals for this week? I took a couple of days off from my salad a day because I felt sick. Today I have only eaten yogurt. I think I will be able to get back to my salad goals tomorrow. I did get on my bike once today. I also tried to hula hoop. I am terrible at that but still trying.


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I know it is well documented. I just have to make sure I eat and take the right amount of insulin or I end up with less than ideal results. I am just making this a project hoping to learn enough that it will not always feel like a project.

Happy Sabbath to you too. I hope that you have a great day.


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It's been a long known fact that exercise after meals will lower the blood glucose significantly. It's worth it to take the time and do it. I hate biking so I listen to books. I do that when I walk as well. The time I am doing this is now spent in the pleasure of words. I read a lot of different books. Have gotten a lot from the library. I just download them and get going. It's fun to exercise my mind while exercising my body.

Didn't get exercise yesterday and meals went down the drain as the kids needed something else. I will get them in today, however.

When my sister and I had my parents sealed, it was a great experience. My sons felt both my parents present and their feelings about the sealing. We were unable to seal one of my brothers who has passed away as he had his name removed from the records. My second brother died a couple of years ago and we'll seal him at some time. He was totally inactive and had some unpleasant things to say about the church and gospel. I thought he had removed his name as well, but he has hedged his bets and didn't do it. I'm grateful for sure.

Just thinking about that when you talk about your kids who are struggling now. I have some good friends who struggled and came back to activity and some who have not. I don't believe that a parent's righteousness is the factor that brings them back but the love they have for their children that does.

Have a great day and a wonderful Sunday tomorrow.

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I love the scripture that promises that out of small thing comes that which is great. I am not a hula hoopper either but I want to be. I am trying to learn it. My mother in law gave me an exercise bike. I have been doing a bit of that. So far only 10 minutes at a time. The Diabetic Educator told me to exercise 10 minutes after each meal. I tried to do that. I did it yesterday after breakfast. Then while I was eating lunch my husband heard something pop in his leg and needed me to take him to the urgent care. I went to the store afterwards and then needed to finish up my homework. So there went those plans .

I am really interested to see how it affects my blood sugar. I have a freestyle libre glucose monitor so I get graphs of data instead of just points. I can watch consequences easier. I really like the thing.

I think your plan is good. I hope you get success too.


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I don't live in a small town. Mine is over 30,000 but many of them live on "the other side of the freeway" and I don't see them the same way. The town my son is moving to is between 10,000 and 20,000. The grands could still walk here but there is a lot of commuter traffic on the connecting road. Don't know if the kids would walk as their mom drove them everywhere even the two blocks to school when she lived nearby.

I'd love to participate in some way in your challenge. I'm not a hula hooper so it would be a challenge for me. I had a game on the Wii that did the movements but I didn't do the movements right and never was a good one.

I've been reading up on eating plans like Bright Line Eating and some others. Bright Line has you giving up sugar and all flour but especially processed flour. You can have an ounce (dry) of oatmeal a day so it seems too restrictive but the giving up sugar entirely and she even gave up artificial sweeteners. She's a bit extreme but the idea of eating a regular plan of food, the "bright lines" are the strict rules that aren't broken and it gives a lot of structure and less decision making to the eating process. It's not a great diet/eating plan because the calories are too few and protein is low. Dairy is limited and a few other things, but her concept is to make a plan to eat and only eat those foods. She also has a strict rule about eating times.

I'm inclined more to use the DASH diet which is a heart association eating plan that has lean meats but mostly vegetables and some fruit. Limited starchy foods but allowed in meals. Low sodium and low sugar. It makes more sense to me.

The wedding is now officially on as DS got a clearance letter for a temple wedding. New DIL said her friends were pressuring her to just "get married and sealed later" because she could. She told them that she had waited a lifetime to be sealed so she was going to do it right.

I miss the small town life. I grew up in a town with only about 200 people in it. We walked and drove everywhere. It wasn't really safer than a city as there were still people who did bad things, but it felt safer. I remember running around late at night in my yard and not worrying about what was "out there."

I'll eat 3 servings of veggies a day and limit sweets and breads. I will do my exercise bike daily except Sunday. It seems like a small thing, but through small deeds are great things accomplished.

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That is awesome that you son is feeling better and getting married. I hope that you like her too. Two miles from you is great. I live in a small town and would be able to allow my son to walk that far alone. I don't know the neighborhood but that sounds fun to me.

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It is called Pam's Paring Down. My first challenge is to eat a salad daily for 30 days and then there is hula hopping daily and dejunking. I forgot that I don't know how to hula hoop. I tried for 5 minutes this morning then held the hoop up and practiced the movements for 10 minutes. That will be enough for today.


Here is me with my custom made hoop.

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I'm so glad you checked in. I have been thinking about you. I'm glad you are still hanging in and doing what you can. Thirteen year olds are always fun.

My oldest grand just turned 14 and he never sleeps but it's a medical issue. He doesn't sleep at night either unless he takes a sleeping pill. Has been that way all his life. The others learned to be early risers from their mom.

But life has a way of changing. The other day I heard my son singing. It's been YEARS since he has done that. He's getting married in September. He's been miserable for long enough and this woman has never married and is in her mid thirties. They will have some children together as well. The kids like her and are excited to be moving into a home. They will live nearby. About half a mile as the crow flies but about two miles otherwise. They will still go to school here so I'll see them regularly. But I see all my grandkids regularly.

My sister was in the hospital this week. She was having some problems and when she was admitted the doctors thought it might be a very terminal cancer. Instead they are now thinking it is a chronic but permanent illness. She'll have dietary restrictions but not a lot of other problems for most of the time. She is back in the gym. It was a long couple of days thinking about being the last surviving family member.

I've had fun with genealogy. It's been wonderful finding new family members and going farther back on one of my father's lines. The entire family had been stuck on my great great grandfather and could find no one else. It has been fabulous to find these connections. I also have found a cousin who is was adopted and has been looking for her father. He isn't any of my father's uncles or their children's offspring, but is related to my great grandfather. She is possibly his granddaughter which is very strange since she is 62 and he was born before the Civil War. DNA is interesting.

I'm enjoying the happiness in my house right now. I hope your life is going well or at least improving.

Have a great weekend.

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I intended to keep up with Spark People and then just forgot. Sorry about that. I think that this group could really be a good support for us. I am sorry that I have not been around. If you have ideas please pass them on to the group.

Today I am starting a 30 day salad challenge. I will be eating a salad at least once or twice a day for the next thirty days.

We are not doing real well with better use of our time out of church. We have had some health issues. My son was on some medicine that made him want to sleep all the time. He is off that medicine but then he decided to grow lots. He is now taller than me. He is 13 if you can believe it.

I like the idea of doing some family history. I also want to get better at the study. I am still teaching seminary. So there is some study happening for that on days besides Sunday plus the regular gospel learning and study.

We sometimes eat a snack after church still but, not always. It depends on who has eaten before church. I sometimes wait because of the insulin dosage issues.

Hope all is well with everyone.

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We've had a few weeks with the change in our Sabbath Worship. How are things going? What are you using the time for as you increase personal and family study? How is your family or if you don't have children at home, how are you spending the time and how are you making your studies richer?

I know it has been a challenge for us to change our routine after church. It has been a long standing habit to come home, have a light lunch/snack and rest for a while in the afternoon. It has been harder to add more study/learning time during the time we have been given to improve our home learning.

What is working and what isn't in your homes? I have spend some of the time doing genealogy/family history. I have also been spending some time with family stories.

Have a great day

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Welcome THERESEFAN15211 to our little group. We look forward to getting to know you better.

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WG, we have been together in this group for a long time. It is hard for me to believe my little one is in YM and will be a teacher here soon. With the changes he could be made a teacher any time. Only one of his older siblings is still on the records of the church. That brother would like to be here when he gets made a teaccher. However, his wife is about 8 months pregnant and it would take about 6 hours for him to get home with travel time to airports so it may not be possible.

I am still working on my eating so that I can get full and stay under the recommenced carbs. I am working to eat regularly but only until I am full. It is difficult to manage insulin that way. I am not sure how I will balance that going forward. If I am full but, I took insulin because I thought I was more hungry . It is kind of a struggle.

I am trying to get my meals planned out so that I am no longer wandering through life wondering what sounds good to eat next. That is more of a challenge for me than it should be.

Church tomorrow will be interesting with all the changes. I also read there are changes to the temple but, I have not been yet. I guess the Prophet wasn't kidding when he said there are going to be lots of changes and we should rest and take our vitamins.



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My Christmas was good. It was nice to have everyone here. The kids had fun. It was a less expensive Christmas as I've been tightening my belt for the past couple of years.

I think that planning helps a lot. I have enjoyed having the healthier choices on the table while still serving some of the favorites. I have found that I'm OK when I don't take full portions. A taste is enough most of the time. I do have to get off the sugar to make it work and that is a challenge. I enjoy eating my goodies.

Happy Birthday to your son. I remember when he turned 6. It seems like yesterday. Time flies.

I'm so ready for school to start and routines to return. The kids are much happier when they are busy and have a routine. I am too.

Let me know what you are discovering about your journey with food. I'd love to take some pages from your book.

Have a great day tomorrow. Last day before the new schedule. 38 years of the old one. It will be interesting to see what it brings to us.

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Hello everyone, I had a great Christmas. Although I did not eat very correctly for a diabetic. I really need a change of attitude. I will get there. I have to learn what to do for celebrations besides good food. Maybe that will be my book. We in the church sure don't know how to care for people without bringing sweets. I have been thinking when I figure it out I will write a book about loving without sweets.

My youngest turned 13 two days after Christmas. We made pizza and the kids played video games. They all had a good time. Next time I need to make mine with a salad. I know how to do this. I just need to get the good habits back.

We are having tacos for New Years. I will have 1 tortilla and then if I am still hungry eat taco salad. It will be good. I am looking forward to the changes I plan for this year. I just need to quiet the voice that asks what makes this year different. I am thinking about the scripture that says out of small and simple things do great things come to pass.

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Merry Christmas to everyone. It is a wonderful time to contemplate, spend time with families when possible and when not possible to make a difference to others.

Will have a quiet celebration tonight and tomorrow. The family one was yesterday. DS is with his kids creating his own memories. It has been hard deciding which he wanted to keep and which he didn't. He's settling on some good values and hopefully the children will be able to move on and enjoy his traditions that they will celebrate.

I remember doing that when I divorced. Taking traditions I enjoyed and getting rid of the rest.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and joy and happiness at this time of year.

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Getting ready for Christmas Eve and Christmas. I am planning some lower carb food for me to go with the foods we are having for Christmas dinner. We are only having the two kids that live here for Christmas Eve. Everyone else will come on Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone.

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Thanks for your perspective. It helps me as I continue to be with these children. My son is young and the truth is that he may one day remarry. I think he will stay around, but the dynamics will change and I will need to step way back and let the family form in their own way.

It was a fun day today with my daughters and their children and the grands here. My son in law did some work in the garage and my girls helped in the house. It was nice to have things get done.

Enjoy the weekend. I'm getting sweaters done. One left, then some doll clothes. I'll get it done.

Have a great day.

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I have been drawn to colors and art stuff recently. So my goal will be to make one hat a week. If we go and buy two skeins of yarn that should last 3 or 4 weeks. We will mix the leftovers up too. Maybe I should make a scarf from the leftover bits. That could be weird and colorful. Hummmmmmm. We will see. I am thinking just a thin one with the leftovers that are needed but wasted after a loom hat is finished less than two feet, really. I got a double hook that my son saw at the craft store. We will try that out.

There will always be a place for their mother in the kids lives. My mom died when I was young. But, the Lord has always provided help when I needed it. Sometimes from kind ward members other times a comment by strangers.

Once I was at the grocery store when my daughter was little. Still in a babyseat little. I was talking with her and tickling her toes. She was laughing and so was I. An older gentleman was behind me in line. He commented that it was nice to see a mom enjoying her baby. He had worked in social services and moms were not always happy. I had really been missing my mom but, that really helped make me happier. I really cherish that coment, even if it was simple.

It is good that the kids have you. My dad's parents were close by but my mom's family is in another state and my youngest uncle is only a year older than I am. So she was only around sporadically. Calls were long distance.

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The hat making sounds fun. It will be a good way to use scrap yarn as well. I have some left over from projects of intended projects. The wrap looks gorgeous. I love it. It looks so comfortable.

I know the homeless shelters accept the hats all the time. I have a friend who makes them for NICU babies as well. They are much smaller but very fun and important.

The kids are doing a bit better. Sometimes I just need to speak up. I don't want to make them miserable and they are struggling. It's only been five months since their mom died. They are moving forward but they still hurt. We talk about her often, but they also need to see that they will be fine without her.

The other grandparents make it hard for the kids for sure.

DS is having a different Christmas for them this year. Few gifts and little "stuff." but they will do things together to make memories. They get too much stuff from the other family and they do cousin exchange gifts, so they will have gifts. I think it is a good idea. I'd like to see him make the holiday totally different so he isn't competing with their mother's memory.

I've made 2 doll sweaters this week for the little girl's dolls. They are getting dolls this year and I'm making a couple of outfits. I'm adding the sweaters to make them a nice wardrobe. The other children are getting nice gifts but I'm not spending much. It is more about having fun this year and having a good time together.

I am glad your children who have left the church are still comfortable talking with you. Sometimes people like to take the "other side" to stir up things. I had a couple of brothers who left the church and would say outrageous things to us and our mom to make us defend our positions. I quit doing that and just let them talk. I admitted that they were entitled to their opinion and I wasn't going to argue with them. We quit arguing and while we often had lively discussions, they weren't about the Church or my political views. We just agreed to disagree.

I hope you have a peaceful Christmas for sure. Good luck with your final tomorrow. Go for it. You have studied. It is hard when you don't feel perfect, but you have prepared. Make it work and have fun.

I'm going to finish the last sweater so I can wrap things. We usually celebrate on the 26th so the kids don't have any conflicts, but they are busy this year and three won't be able to attend. We are having our party time on Sunday. It makes life easier for all of us.

Have a great day and good luck.

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Hello WG,
I really want to get on here daily but, it just doesn't happen. I want to write daily too and I haven't been doing that. I am not doing much.

My eye appointment went well. My husband drove. I did drive a bit of the way home because his boss called and asked if my husband could pick up a car at another car lot. So he did.

I am working very little. I got a bunch of hats made for my ward's Christmas service project. I think I want to make one a week next year. I don't know if I will make them on the loom or if I will just knit them. It was fun to see all the colors of the ones for other people. If I make one a week and the ward does something different I am sure I can find a place to donate them.

I am almost done with school. I was going to take the final today but, it is closed book and I chickened out. I will do it tomorrow or Thursday.

I am sorry things were difficult with your grandkids. It is hard working with others who aren't being team players. Who knows what was going through the kids mind? I hope it has all calmed down.

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Two of my kids who have left the church came over today to play video games with the younger siblings. It is fine except I have to listen to one of them tell my why Americans are wrong for not wanted socialism. I am too old fashioned and disagree with him so much. But, o'well. I appreciate the opportunity to spend time with them even if it is tiring.

Still trying to work out good food choices as a diabetic. I want it to be easier but, alas it is not.




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I should have had a good day. I was alone all day which is unusual for me lately. I got some supplies for a school project for the Dinosaur an a few other things.

When the kids got home from grandparents, they were as usual overstimulated, wild, and starving. The youngest was so tired, she sobbed for three hours. I don't think they have gone to bed yet. The final straw was that the other grandmother had prepared the school project with the Dinosaur. It is a normal thing for them to do. She tends to want to do everything that is a "point earning" thing with others so it is something she does. I was furious as I had told the kid I'd get the supplies and get things together so he could take it to school.

I was very hurt that he did the end run around me and even though he is still a kid, it was hurtful. It is in keeping with his other behavior like raising a fist to me almost every time he passes by me, but it still hurt.

I had bought pizza for dinner but put it away. I wasn't in the mood to make things fun when the kids were being brats. After a bit of self pity crying, I sent the kids down to their part of the house and told them I was going to bed. I'm not tired but am still going.

I hope your eye appointment goes well. You always have to watch your sight. It is a huge deal for you with your other health problems. I'm glad your hubby could take you. It was probably nice having a good visit.

I hope you make it to church. It is a long meeting time. It is often easier to just attend Sacrament meeting. Next year with the shorter schedule, it might be easier. I'm glad you are working again. It is good to be out around others.

I'm going to go to bed and chill out. I've got the kids by myself at church tomorrow. It is always a challenge. They aren't well behaved and it often takes more than one adult.

Have a great night and good day tomorrow.

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How is everyone doing? How is the reading going?

I had a very busy week. I had a eye appointment about an hour and a half away. Thankfully my husband drove me. Then I worked two hours the next day and 4 the day after. Four was too much I was very tired.

I haven't gone to church the last couple of weeks so I am trying to take it easy today so that I can go tomorrow.

I haven't tried cocoa tea. I looked into it but haven't done anything about it.

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Have you tried Cocoa Tea? I got mine on Amazon but a wonderful woman I met from the Caribbean Islands introduced me to it. Of course, hers tastes so much better than the stuff I buy but it is cocoa shells and a bit of the meat that is ground fine enough to put in a cup. The first time I tried it, I put it in the bottom of a cup. I bought a tea strainer after that.

I drink it with a bit of sweetener (not sugar) and enjoy it a great deal. It is not creamy like hot choocolate but very satisfying. I don't need to have it often.

I found that when I was really working hard at losing weight that I could put out bowls of chocolate candy, other candy, and cut up carrots and celery and cucumbers and everyone enjoyed the fresh veggies as much or more than the candy. It was surprising how much my adult children enjoyed the less sweet treats and the healthier choices.

You could choose to be a "sugar free" zone for yourself and hubby and only have treats for the kids living at home.

I have a chip maker that makes great potato chips in the microwave but it will also cook chips out of other veggies. Zucchini is supposed to do well although it is very high in water and I enjoy eating it plain or baked with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkling of bread crumbs and/or cheese and/or garlic. Just me.

There doesn't have to be the traditional treats around to make people happy. You can just declare that you aren't baking or bringing treats to the family dinner/party and if the kids want some, they can bring it and take it home. Then you have less to worry about. My kids are thrilled to do this and they enjoy showing off the things they do well.

One son is a pie nut and is very particular about his pies down to the brand of flour and the way he measures and sifts for the crusts. I taught him, but he has taken it to a new level. He also makes several kinds of candy.

I experimented at times with different candies, but the kids are taking it beyond what I did. I don't have to eat it as most stays in their homes, but they bring treats for the rest of us to try out.

My kids are eating healthier and some are working on losing weight. Their father is a diabetic as is his father and brother. My kids have a strong chance of becoming diabetic so they are learning to be careful and make good choices and exercise. They are liking the lighter choices I make for foods a lot of the time and don't miss the heavier and carb loaded dishes.

I like to add flavor with Mrs Dash, garlic, onion, other spices to make the food taste better. I even use fresh herbs a lot of the time. I'd never tried it before, but it makes things taste so great and I love it. The kids are liking it as well.

Keep trying and finding foods to try. It is hard to give up things you have eaten for years, but you may find that you don't miss them in actuality as much as you do right now in your mind. Keep going forward. Think more savory flavors and more fresh foods. Think Italian dishes with fresh veggies and fruits and meats and very little pasta. You can even do Zoodles for yourself and maybe your husband. Your kids at home can learn to like them. They are quite edible in a pasta sauce that is flavorful.

Keep smiling and find things about Christmas to enjoy that don't involve eating. I love the Light the World ideas this year. They are very easy to apply to any family situation.

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Hope everyone is doing well. I am in a bit of a funk and trying to figure out how to get out of it. This recuperation takes a long time and is very slow. I was really tired yesterday. Today was a bit better but, I didn't do much. I hope to go to church tomorrow.

I am working to find foods that I like that fall in line with my carb restrictions. It is only slowly getting easier.

We had all the kids over for Thanksgiving, except the one that is in Utah with his wife. Christmas we will have everyone again and maybe again on my youngest son's birthday a couple of days later. I guess we are skipping Sunday dinner this month.

I am trying to figure out healthy options instead of all the sugar around this time of year.

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Life is improving here.

The roofers are here to replace the roof. We had a big hailstorm in August and the insurance company will replace the roof for the deductible. I was worried about it for it is almost 19 years old. Blessing for sure. Now it will last a few more years and I don't have to worry.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? I haven't had it at my house for many years. My brother hosted for many years and his widow has hosted since his death. My kids go to their in laws for Thanksgiving day and to my sister in laws for the extended family on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

I like not having to worry about things. This year, my grands and son will be here. They would normally go to the other grandparents for the holiday but Grandma is gone, so I'm picking up a little something so the kids can enjoy it.

Christmas plans are pretty laid back. We don't do adult gifts but find a charity and give service there. The grandchildren still exchange gifts and I give them something. My tree will go up this week.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

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Happy Veteran's day everyone.

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Congratulations WG on the baptism of your grandson that is an exciting time. Broken arms are not fun. Hope it heals quickly.

I am sorry I was not around this week. I am trying hard not to be depressed. My oldest son and his wife told us (my husband and I) that they are leaving the church and since the marriage was a result of the church they are getting divorced. It is so hard to watch kids have agency.

Out of six children I only have two left in the church and one is only 12. He really only has a bit of choice since he lives with his dad and I and we say he needs to go to church. Such a hard thing to deal with.

I am still trying to figure out exactly what I am going to eat. My goal for next week is to get a meal plan done. I am not sure exactly how I will like it but, I can do this.

Hope all is well with everyone else. I will try to get over my funk and be around more.



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Hi Everyone. My grandson was baptized today. It was a nice day for him. It has only been a couple of months since his mother died, but he did well today. My son still struggles keeping all the balls in the air. He probably will for a while, but it was a particularly challenging weekend as one of the kids is on bedrest with a broken arm.

Hope all the reading is going well. I love the idea of needing more vitamins and nutrition to be ready for the things that are happening soon tn the Church.

Hope all of you are having a great day.

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Learning to deal with a chronic medical challenge is hard. It requires a lot of diligence, but you will feel so much better as you get stronger and have good control.

I tried the library . The kids have a very short attention span and have never learned to care for their things. I have several books that they have borrowed from my bookcase (I got lots of award winning books for the kids when they were in school) and have misplaced them. It didn't happen with my kids. They learned how to care for books and things, but these kids were raised differently.

It will work out. I will have to figure out what their motivation is.

Have a great day.

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I don't think I will be doing much more than a few hours here and there. I was really tired afterwards. But, I do enjoy it and I have missed the kids. It was fun to see everyone.

I hope you can find ways to teach the grand kids to entertain themselves. Maybe make use of the library and things like that. They will learn but, you are right it will be a challenge.

I went to the doctor today. We will change my long term insulin when this box is gone. It will be about a month. This learning to be diabetic with well controlled blood sugar is hard. But, I am still doing it.

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I'm so glad you are back to work as you are able. It seems to be something you enjoy and that gives you something back. I know you love to teach.

Having a laid back day. I am enjoying the kids being in school. They never learned how to entertain themselves and expect to be taken to places costing money every day. Of course, I don't, but it does make them a challenge.

Have a wonderful day.

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I just got back from work. It was nice to see everyone. I did lunch duty and a bit of study hall in the library. Not much. I want to be ready to work, however you are right WG there are blessings to staying home. My BYU-I class is going well but my brain feels a little slow. I am knitting and I really like that. It looks pretty, I am grateful for the seminary kids who show up. But, having a slower life than I have had the last couple of years is good.

WG, your comment on the grands reading together reminded me of a day many years ago when my kids were younger. They were picking on each other, maybe laughing I don't remember for sure but no one was being reverent. I slammed my Book of Mormon shut and told them reading was a privileged and they did not deserve it on that day and sent them all to bed. Not my finest moment but funny now.

Remember sweet sisters that if you need to listening to the scriptures counts too. I am behind too.

I hope your son gets better WG. That is rough. I bet he is glad you can help with the kids. We don't have winter break here unless you count Christmas. We get a couple of weeks at Christmas and a week in the spring. Some years thanksgiving is a couple of days and others it is a week. I haven't looked for this year.

Well time to get back to my school work.

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Hi my Sisters. It has been a long week. My son had oral surgery two weeks ago and the recovery has been very slow. This past week I spent several hours taking him to the doctor and filling prescriptions, making runs to the grocery store for food he can eat, taking the kids places so they can have fun (fall break) and working around the house.

I'm not doing so hot at reading. I need to get my act together.

Blessings: Last week the man came to look at my roof that had been damaged by a hailstorm. I am getting a new roof for the deductible. The furnace had quit working and now is fixed. We were fine while it was out (over a week) because I had added a gas fireplace when I remodeled four years ago. I was able to get my insurance signed up and it will cost me much less than the last two years.

I'm looking forward to the new plans for Sunday worship. It will be interesting to see how we implement it. I can see more time to do genealogy but also an enhanced time for personal study and scripture reading. I'd love it if the grands learned to read scriptures together. It will take a bit of a push to get it to happen.

Pam, hope your healing continues. It takes a while to get better and you are doing what you need to do. A short job sounds good and it will be nice for you to get out and have contact with the kids. It will also be nice for you to be outside your home and thinking about other things. The Lord has plans for your time recovering. I'm sure you are finding blessings in that slow time that you hadn't realized were waiting for you.

I hope you all have a great day.

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Hey ladies! I hope you are all doing well. I don't like this getting better stuff it is too slow. I just want to BE better. I still tire easily. I am still working on a good diet and getting my blood sugar and eating right. Feeling a bit depressed over the weekend. I hope that this week will be better. Everything still feels hard.
I took a two hour job today at the high school. i am pretty sure I am not ready for a full day of work. But I am telling myself that I am getting better all the time. It will be nice to see the kids. i hope to enjoy lunch duty.
How is your day going?

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I have a study plan for Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and my lessons for the week. Plus my school work and some writing I want to do. I am working to figure out some of my goals how about you?


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Hello team, thanks everyone who is picking up President Nelson's challenge to read the Book of Mormon. I testify that Jesus Christ is there in that book an this opportunity will be a blessing.

I am in great need of an attitude adjustment. I am struggling to embrace the healing and time to strengthen after being so sick. I really want to be better now. I am sad for missed opportunities and sad that I don't think I am strong enough to go to the temple this Saturday with my ward's sisters. I am tired of being tired and everything taking so much effort.

We should pray for each other. I will start now.

Have a good day. I am going back to my school work.

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I started some new challenges. Let me know what you think.

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Nice to hear from you WG,
I am not sure if SP counts as social media. I have been staying off except for conversations on messenger. Those were to specific people One was missionary work and the other ministering. Oh I was really drawn to some Hope Works videos that were encouraging and came up when I was looking at music for seminary. I watched them after and sent the links to friends. All very positive interactions.

I have been thinking about spark people and the motivation and support I have gotten here. I thought it was time to reach out again. I am working hard. to get my health back. But, it also involv ves staying home. Most of the day there is no interaction. I thought reaching out here would be very good.

I really loved conference too. The final talk on Saturday really spoke to a lot of the problems my family is struggling with. I am working hard on sincere prayers in addition to other things. I hope that my struggles will feel manageable soon. Conference was very encouraging that everyone struggles and I feel I am at the point of struggle where it is hard right before growth.



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Hi and welcome back. I'm sorry you have been ill. It's hard to care for yourself when you are caring for your parents and children. I'm glad you are now doing so.

How frightening for you and how difficult. I'm glad that you are finally healing and hopefully getting things under control better.

My summer wasn't great either. My ex DIL died under difficult circumstances. Her children are living with my son which means they are living with me. It has been a difficult adjustment. I know it is difficult for all of us and we are trying to make it work.

Now that everyone is in school, I'm excited to get back to some of the things that I enjoy at least for a bit.

This week I am caring for my son who had surgery and is miserable. I'm also needing to get a quilt top done so my DIL's mother can quilt it and we can get it to my sister in law for her parents. They live in Russia and this is something that is more American than anything else. Quilts are still one of our folk art forms.

I loved Conference. I'm excited about the changes in the meeting schedule. It will be a challenge to make it work with the kids but it will be good for all of us. I'm excited to have the challenge to read the Book of Mormon again this year.

I've been good about staying off social media although I do check in and see posts. I have a niece who needs love and she only posts online. She is handicapped and stayed with me a few years ago but hasn't been able to since.

I do hope you all are well and I also understand how you are all busy but it might be nice for us to support each other and share how we are making the challenges work and how some challenges are harder and what others are doing to make it so.

It is different having a four year old around again all day. We are having fun playing together and she is very loving and gives me "fall down hugs" each day. The ten year old and I are sewing and the thirteen year old and I are bonding over rides to and from school. The eight year old is struggling with his grief and blames me for his unhappiness. He will figure out things at his own pace.

I do hope you all enjoyed conference and have begun thinking of ways to make the new directives work in your lives. I hope you have some great ideas for making Christmas and Thanksgiving more meaningful.

What was your favorite part of conference.

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Hello Everyone,
I am sorry that I have been missing in action. I had a really rough summer. It started by my step mother being hospitalized with an infection and being on temporary dialysis and a respirator. I began to realize how much my father's memory is going. His driving is not good so I had to go and get him and take him to the hospital and later to the nursing home as she healed. Then she had to have another surgery to replace her knee again and the part of the femur that was not healing. So I went and stayed with my dad for a few weeks. He is only about half an hour from my house.

I am diabetic and needed to go to the doctor to be examined before I could get my prescriptions refilled. I ended up just stopping my meds and then in the hospital because I passed out and my dad had to call 911. I don't remember the ER or the ambulance ride. I was really out of it and hospitalized for almost a week. My blood sugar in the ambulance was very high. My husband said I was hooked up to seven IV bags. I woke up with an unused port in my foot, an IV in my hand and a port in my neck.

The doctor asked me how often I had been testing before and I just said what I had been doing before did not matter. I was nauseated when I tried to start eating again. I had a bad reaction to metformin when I came home so I am just controlling my blood sugar with insulin.

Right now I am not working. I had a substitute for seminary the first three weeks of school but, I am teaching now. I am only taking one class through BYU-I.

I have no idea when I will feel up to returning to work. I still take naps some days. I am still a bit weak but getting stronger. I only have one diabetic class left. Those have been a good review.

It is time to get better control of my health and take some time to get everything in order.

Lets see about getting some conversations going and support each other again. I am sorry for the long absence.
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Hi Sisters. It has been a busy summer for me and I'm sure for you as well. It seems like our lives are seasons and we are in different seasons at different times in our lives.

Four years ago, I would never have dreamed that my life would be here today. Right now, my son who lives with me is the sole parent for his four children.. His ex wife took her life and although the drama of her illness and the worry about the safety of the children is over, the hard work is just beginning.

Now I'm a full time grandparent doing carpool and homework and laundry and cleaning and supervising. My son works and I am no longer working which is another blessing that came before I knew I needed it.

Blessings come often before we know we need them and I'm so grateful that I received the blessings I did in time to use them.

The youngest is 4 so it will be a lot of years before the children all leave home. I hope I have the strength to care for them as needed until they no longer need me.

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