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07-12-2003, 12:20 AM
Welcome to a wonderful group of Christians who are here for each other. We are here to encourage each other though the good and Bad of everyday life. Everyone is welcome!

Stepping Out
07-12-2003, 12:39 AM
Hi Sami!

I'm glad you're here. I'm a newbie to 3FC, and it's nice to know that there are other Christians here. I could use some prayers tonite. We've just gone through a 2 week period of problem after problem with our one and only vehicle. We finally got it back today, and I'm praying that this is IT for the car probs! Please keep me in prayer also-I'm partially paralyzed due to a ruptured disc in my back, and I'm having nasty nerve spasms in my right leg:( . I've got some medication, but it takes a while for it to kick in.

Praise God, he's GOOD ALL the time!:angel:

07-12-2003, 12:55 AM
Hello sorry I have been missing but we have had bad storms here in Indy with lots of Lighting so I didn't want to take a chance and have computer on. We have a lot of people who have had to leave thier homes do to flooding.

Ez-I am looking forward to grandkids someday. My DD is talking about having kids in a couple of years. You bet I will spoil them (just like my kids) HOw is your nephew doing?

Sue-I love to read your post you are a really neat and caring person. I will keep your pastor in my prayers. I know prayers make a diffrence the man at my Church who has cancer of the heart was given less than 6 weeks and that was before thanksgiving and he is still with us. Have fun on your camping trip.

Wilma-I am glad your day went better. Like someone said a little bit of kindness goes a long way. I try really hard to live by that rule. I work in HR and I deal with peoples problems all day long. And I try to always treat thier problems the way I would want to be treated. I pray that you have a wonderful weekend!

Michele-Love is in the air here at my house. My DD is now dating my sons friend and my Son is dating my DD friend and the funny thing is DD and DS dates have been friends for 10 yrs and went to prom together as friends and then she met my DD boyfriend at the time and started dating him and she fould out by reading something on line that he was dating both of them and they started talking and became friends and dumped the loser guy. Then while she was over at our house her friend came over (she lives an hour away) to visit her and my DS and they went out together and now they are all happy. God works in mysterious ways. You will meet Mr. Right when least expect.

Carrie-A big welcome! I am looking forward to getting to know you. Post often!

Angel-Lover-I can honestly tell you this group has really been here for me. I also have a lot of health problems. I have always been the one people have gone to so I know just how you feel. And I have gotten on here and shared my pain and I have been so blessed with this wonderful group they have prayed for me and cared about me. I know that God has brought us together for this reason. We are here for you. I know it is hard to stay OP when you feel so bad day after day. But that is what we are here for to pick you up when you can't pick your self up. So feel free to vent to us! [[[[BIG HUG]]]]

Gutchie-How are you doing?
Zoe-Are you unpacked yet?
and all other MIA'S I hope to hear from you soon.

07-12-2003, 11:57 AM
Gods Blessing this Sat Morning I have a Lot to do because we are finally having my sons grad party the Plus to waiting so long is I got all the Grad stuff at a big Discount!

Michele-I am Praying for your Family. Your Dad need to see a Dr. right away. When I noticed that I was acting like that I found out I had Very high Blood Pressure. And as Angel Lover case it could be something more serious. Tell your Mom she will feel so much better after her surgery. I felt like I just had a baby! They give two months because it is major surgery and you tire easy. I was in so much pain when I had mine that I felt so much better the day after my surgery it was such a relief. And something you need to tell your Mom so she can budget out her severance pay is that it will be fed taxed at a severance rate of 27% I get calls all the time at work when people quit and they get thier Vac pay and it has been taxed to death and they are upset. I hope this helps. Keep us posted we are here for you.

Homebound-A big WELCOME! And a lot of Prayers are comming your way! I always say when it rains it pours! We are looking forward to getting to know you so post often.

Ez-You should send me some hints of anything that you really liked at all these weddings that you are going to. I am looking for some of the favors that won't cost a lot because we have to make over 200.

Wilma-I hope today finds you relaxing and de-stressing!

Angel-lover-How are feeling today? I just love reading your post and your attachments make me smile.

07-12-2003, 12:51 PM
It's 10:30 a.m. and I'm just having my first coffee of the day while talking to all of you. I can't believe I slept that long but it sure felt good. Today's plans are to get some cleaning done and some baking done.

Sami: Good to hear from you again. I know what you mean about the storms. So many people have lost their computers because of them. You're smart to turn yours off. Have a great time planning your son's grad party. What does he plan to do in fall?

homebound: Glad to have you here! We hope you'll feel a part of us soon. Tell us more about yourself.

Angel-lover: I hope your day is going well. Your graphics really lift me up!

Michelle: I will lift your whole family up in prayer. This is a really tough time for you. Keep looking up!

Gary: How was the wedding? It sounds really unique. My DS's friend is getting married today in a park - very casual - pot luck reception - bring your own lawn chairs.

You asked about my boys. They're both into working and spending their money. It's nice to have them at home even though there's always stuff lying around here. They're more active at church than we are right now and that's a good feeling for us.

Sue: Tell me when you're coming and those chops will be on!:lol:

Carrie: A big welcome to you. This is a great group.

Well, I better get going. DS wants a ride to work.

Have a super day!

07-12-2003, 04:43 PM
Hey everyone! I used to post in here a few years ago. I remember Sami, Wilma, and Zoe.

How is everyone? I have much to share but I'm at work right now and can't type much. I wanted to say hello and that I've missed this base of Christian support!

Hope to post more later this evening!


07-12-2003, 05:05 PM
WOW!! I miss a few hours & the thread is loaded! http://www.gifanimations.com/Image/Animations/Messages/Cool/cool_007.gif

First of all....a big http://www.miscellaneous.ca/designs/sets/mothergoose/txt.gif to Homebound!! Glad to have you & you are in my prayers. I have a lot of back problems, due to a car accident....put me on disability at the age of 36. So sorry you're hurting.

Sami....thanks for the encouragement. Yes, I have already found out how caring everyone is here. So glad I found this thread. If I wasn't needing to lose weight(I can dream, I guess), I'd still want to post here. We've been having a lot of storms here, also. I kept unplugging my computer, then replugging a couple of days ago! Finally left it off & took a nap. Might have been the Lord's way of telling to get a little rest.lol

Wilma....sounds like you're in good spirits today. I'm glad. I'm feeling better than I have in quite awhile. Thanks. Trying to get a few things done around here, while it lasts.

Daise....You were here long before me. I've only been here a few days. Feel right at home, though, as I'm sure you know. Looking forward to getting to know you. http://www.allfreegraphics.net/marlene/webwords/bl18Anim.gif BACK!!

Stepping Out
07-12-2003, 07:02 PM
Thanks for the prayers! I know someone was praying last night, because I was able to get a good night's sleep without pain meds PTL. Angel, I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering with back problems. I had my surgery in April 2001, and other than having to wear a leg brace and walk with a crutch, I'm doing pretty good. My pain level is usually not too bad. Before the surgery the pain was unbearable!

Sami, have fun planning your son's party.

Wilma, I'm glad you got a good night's sleep-makes all the difference!

To all that have been having computer probs due to storms: I'm glad you're all back online. We haven't been having too many T-storms here in SE GA-just a lot of heat:hot:

God Bless You this day!

07-12-2003, 08:51 PM
HI SAMI-- I am putting my wife on to answer the question on wedding favors---

My sister-in-law created little origami boxes and filled them with jordon almonds. They were a big hit with our kids.
At the Hawaiian-themed wedding, they had back scratchers and little "messages" of thank-you in little bottles.
We have used inexpensive Christmas ornaments as favors.
Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle with a ribbon is always an inexpensive way to go.
Other than that, I am drawing a blank. Hope it was helpful. I'll let Gary know if I hear of any good ideas.

07-13-2003, 10:45 AM
Happy Sunday, CEers! :wave:

Wow, how nice to see new people and old ones return! Welcome and welcome back! Look forward to your posts.

Angel~yes, i've thought of that too, that he should go to the Dr. and my mother is going to call him on her own, but he'll go in there and say that nothing is wrong. He had a stroke almost 10 years ago at a fairly young age (55 i think) and his personality has been different ever since. But i also am worried that if he acts like this in public, he could make someone mad and get himself in trouble. I've seen him like this before and i've said to him, if something is wrong, you need to do something about it, go to the dr. and he will agree, but then doesn't deal with it. Very frustrating and I don't know how my poor mom deals with it everyday. Sometimes I think I should just go back home and try to help my mom with all this, but i know when I was there, there wasn't much i could really do and i cannot fix everything.

Well, i'm up 2 lbs. this week, had a tough and challenging week with the food program. But i'm not giving up, oh no! I'm going to continue as usual and i know i'll get back into that losing mode.

My guy friend Byron came over yesterday and helped me tremendously around the house. He fixed a leak in the hot water in my tub/shower that was driving me bonkers, it wasn't a big deal once you could get the water shut off(I couldn't figure out how). And he replaced my kitchen faucet which was leaking under the sink because it was corroded underneath and he fixed my light above the sink that only needed a fuse(i bought a new bulb and couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work, why don't they tell you about that darn fuse!) and he showed me that I needed to clean a filter in the window airconditioner(again, i didn't know there was a filter to clean!) I think this is one of the things i hate about being alone, i can't do everything myself or i don't know about these things and feel that i should. So anyway, i took him to dinner to pay him for all of that, and I thought i'd blow it and have a fish taco but i made a good choice and had a chicken mexican salad w/no beans and i didn't eat the tortilla.

How wonderful to hear from your wife Gary! I was thinking it would be great fun to have a "Let's ask Gary's DW?" and then we'd find out all the dirt!;)

I thank all of you for the prayers, they mean so much! My mother was still in very good spirits yesterday, i was afraid it might hit her, but it hasn't and she's an amazing woman, always is positive and makes the best of situations.

I'm trying to learn how to speak and write japanese...... I love the look of their writing and i love japanese art, but i should maybe learn the words too if i want to write it. I wear a piece of Raku (japanese pottery art) that is the symbol for the word happiness and it made me curious.

07-13-2003, 04:34 PM

Have to be quick-- it was my daughter's 20th birthday Friday but with the wedding we couldn't celebrate so we are doing it this evening. A BBQ of bratwurst and chicken for sandwiches, potato salad, watermelon, chips, beans and salad-- real easy and low-fat (YEA RIGHT!:lol: )
Have to do some chores before the company comes. Went to church last night and used a gift certificate for dinner afterwards-- I got it from church for doing extra work around there over the year-- we try to give as many as we can, they are only for $10 at the local Coco's but people really apreciate being noticed for the things they do-- even if we are doing it for the Lord we don't like to be taken for granted do we? How's that for trying to squirm out of one:lol: Any way I had a salad--HOWEVER-- it was a fried chicken salad---sooooo goood!!

Well hafta go just wanted to send extra prayers for MICHELE-- love all of ya- IN HIS ARMS FOREVER- Gary

07-14-2003, 10:23 PM
I go away for one day and this whole site has changed and for the better. I love it.

How are all of you doing? I've been doing the same old thing. Work and rest. The weather has been really wierd around here lately - lots of rain and heavy winds.

I thought today was weigh in day at Curves but it wasn't. I think it might be later this week or early next week. I have a couple more days to work on losing something!

Daise: I remember you. Welcome back!! I don't know what I'd do with this crew.

Michele: It sounds like you had a great weekend and a very helpful friend!!

Gary: Hope the birthday party went well. Your kids seem to be about the same ages as mine.

Have a good night!

07-15-2003, 12:42 AM

Just got back from dinner at the 50's diner in the town next to ours. My daughter took my wife and I there for Mother's/Father's Day-- she was gone when those days came up with tennis and she tried to take us out before for mexican food but I paid-- today she INSISTED!! so we let her. it was where she worked last summer and the people that are still there remembered her- in a good way.
The birthday party BBQ for her went well last night too-- small, just 15 family members and her "boyfriend"- remember? the guy I pretend to hate:lol:

I have to balance my check-book so I am checkin' outta here.

More tomorrow- Take care of yourselves, Gary

07-15-2003, 11:22 AM
Good Morning! :wave:

I am new to the 3FC website/forum and saw your thread and was very excited - a small answer to prayer to find peolple of like mind and like faith going through like struggles with weight and is a support for other events that happen in life. God is so good! :D

I am not sure of the format of this thread but wanted to introduce myself - GEMonster (Green eyed Monster) is my husband's nickname for me but my name is Summer. My actual prayer that I had with God was one of frustration because of hitting a plateau and trying to find the encouragement or people who were like minded who understand. I hope this is it.

I look forward to this journey and am full of praise for finding this thread.:cp:

07-15-2003, 11:52 AM
http://www.greeting-cards.com/images/images/51330113.gif Summer!!

It's so good to have you with us! I haven't been here long, myself, but already feel very much at home. I also, was thrilled to find a Christian thread.

Know what you mean by hitting a plateau. I've been the same for a couple of weeks now. To some people that may not seem bad. When you've really stayed on a diet, though, it's hard not to see those scales go down. We've just got to be patient, I guess. We're all going to have this happen, some. Still not fun, though.http://members.shaw.ca/Sunburn_69/treadmill.gif

I hope you'll post often....I try to check in each day. Good luck!http://www.members.aol.com/teejaw/smilies/DrawSmilie.gif

07-15-2003, 12:38 PM
Time sure flys! I 'm all caught up reading anyway! Welcome to all the newbies! Jamie, Summer and homebound These guys are awesome, and it is wonderful just for the Christian support, and prayers. Speking of which there are lots going your way mitchy- It is hard when both parents are having problems. I was there last year, mom having hip replacement and dad haveing knee replacement. They are both doing great now. So, I have added you and your family and pray all wooks out. Wilma-
stick with it your doing good, don't be upset, if loss is not all you expect because muscle weighs more, and that may be reason. But exercising alone is great for your bod. E.Z. The wedding sounds fun, and simple. Some wedding cost so much, and its over in a night. There was one at work that people were talking about that was $10,000 dollars, that is a down payment for a house. Not a wedding. Sami- so happy to hear all is well, and thanks Good luck with s graduation and dd wedding, your busy, busy, busy, but I am sure enjoying every minute. Angellover- your posts are so uplifting, and bright and cheery, so glad you joined us, pray your back is pain free- back problems not only hurt but limit us so much. God bless all! Where are you gutchie, zoe and Mrs. Hummer, miss you guys touch base and let us know what's up. see ya!

07-15-2003, 02:16 PM
Hello CEers :wave:,

Welcome Summer!!~It's really so nice to see you so happy to find the thread. It is a blessing in my life and these are really wonderful people. Very clever screen name you have. I look forward to your posts. And i'm struggling to get back on the downward side of weightloss too. Not really a plateau but i think i understand what you are going through. The important thing to remember is to not give up, be proud of your efforts regardless of what the scale says. :)

Angel love your graphics and yes, you are always so up. How are things going for you? Anything getting done on your house?

Thank you Sue for your prayers and support. What a wonderful free gift we have in prayer. And it's so powerful. My mother is an amazing person, she's got a great attitude about all this and that makes me not worry so much but I also think that she shouldn't have to be such a trooper and deal with all this. I wish her life was easier.

I'm grateful today for a good friend of mine who had a good talk with me the other night when i was feeling hopeless and down about everything. He took the time for me and afterward we prayed together on the phone. It was special. He's someone i dated for awhile and i'm starting to wonder why we aren't dating now.

07-15-2003, 09:12 PM

FIRST OF ALL "WELCOME" TO: homebound, Carrie, Jamie/Daise and Summer :wave:

Summer is my neice's name, her sister is Sunshine.

Welcome to all of you-- I hope you stay around and visit us often.

It is so good to hear from you doitforme I really miss it when you are working so hard and camping! You must have Zoe and Sherry with you:lol: I remember all the prayers we sent out for your mom and pop last year-- glad to see they are still ok. How was the trip with the youth?

ANGEL-LOVER- I think you guys worry too much sometimes on what the scales say-- just keep doing the best you can-- it is so easy to start to give up when the scale doesn't read as we want-- you never know maybe if we hadn't given up when the scale didn't read what we wanted the next week we may have lost 10 pounds! Eating better and exercise (for those that can) is just something we need to do no matter what the scales say!!! I think being frustrated causes us to weigh more:lol: Prayers for you!!!

WILMA-- Good luck with the weigh in at Curves-- you are still my summer hero!! How are those boys? Glad to see the church interest!! Wish my son would hang around it more-- excuse is "I work on Sundays Dad" he still is a great kid but we both know the more you stay away the better chance to mess up.

MICHELE-- Prayers for your family still coming! Why in the heck are you so down? You got that new job right? one thing at a time dear!!! Prayers for you!!!

Well the son is going out with friends after his cross-country practice and my daughter has a dinner date with friends after her tennis practice-soooo the wife and I are going to the harbor for fish and chips!!


07-16-2003, 12:01 AM
Well we didn't make it to the harbor-- we went to a Greek Cafe instead-- very good.

07-16-2003, 12:02 PM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/mittelgrosse/medium-smiley-043.gif Everybody....been a very busy week for me, so haven't been able to post much. I have, however, been reading. I've been at the tv station the past several days. The co-manager's dad has been in the hospital...so I had to take care of the office. I only had to put the weater on...metereorolist calls it in & put on maps. We play GMT until 4pm when we go on live. Should have been easy...but no....the maps froze up! After a big, huge panic, the metereorolist guided me & I got the maps up. Then right after it was over....station went off the air! Panic, again. I called co-manager & she guided me.....I got it back on!! I'm used to helping with the weather...but never have had to handle all that stuff in the control room. Was told it was "good" for me. LOL Might have been when it was over....but could have caused a heart attack at the time!! LOL Just had to vent....thanks....feel better.

Michele....I didn't know your dad had a stroke in the past. I'm not an expert....but I've always been very interested in the medical field & have done extensive studying.(My drs are very careful what they say in front of me. They know I understand a lot of it.hehe) Anyway.....Most of the time, a stroke will change the patient's personality. It usually does progress with time. I don't know of anything that will help. Maybe they have come out with something lately.....it's worth checking with the dr. Of course, that may not be what's wrong, but sounds like it. I had a friend who's husband had a stroke....symptoms were the very same. I'm sorry you & family are going through this. You're in my prayers.http://www.vfwds.com/graphics/images/roses/bgrose.gif

Gary...I know you're right, of course, but I'M STUCK!!!!! I'm eating the right things.....& it's going to stay that way. I've got 20 more lbs to lose, though, & I'm an impatient person. Besides, the weight is worse for my back problems, & RA.

doitforme.....http://www.free4-all.co.uk/assets/images/ThankYouTextFadeOut.gif for your encouragement. Actually, my back is feeling fairly good today.

Wilma...good luck with your weigh in

Hello Summer......Hang in there!!!

Hello to all & hope you have a blessed dayhttp://members.aol.com/gardenmail/anibear.gif

07-17-2003, 01:24 AM
The Party is over! Wow it was a lot of work but it was a lot of fun! I spent way to much on food and stuff but there wasn't much left when it was over. I am still OP but have not lost any in two weeks. Please keep me in your prayers I found out something Monday that I am not suppose to know it has to do with my Job. I am upset because it is not a good thing. I found out because I am very close to my boss and she shares her e-mail with me because I do most of her follow up for her to take her burdens off her. And I am careful not to open things I feel I shouldn't see. But monday when I read an E-mail that I wasn't suppose to see I was in shock. I went to my Boss and told her she also didn't know. She called around and found out my fears were real. I am sorry I can't say what it is but I promised I wouldn't say anything.
Daise-I do remember you and WELCOME back! I hope you will post often and let us encourage you.
Homebound-We will keep the prayers comming. I am praying right now that you have another peaceful night sleep. That aways makes you feel better to get some good sleep.
EZ-Thank your wife for her helpful hints! I have been looking at the almond thing.
Michele-My DD took Japanese it was hard! My neightbor has been living in Japan for the last year to finish her college course. She will be home in a few weeks. The repair man friend sounds wonderful You might want to keep him around. My DS date didn't go real well the girl started playing games at the party talking with other guys and he just said I am to old for these games. He is so wonderful.
Summer-A big welcome to you! You will be blessed with this great group of Christians. I can not tell you how blessed my life has been because of this group. Post often.
Doitforme-I do remember that your parents went through a lot and I am so glad that they are doing so much better. Does your Pastor have anymore news? His story has really touched me.
Sherry-You are still in my prayers. I am worried about you and pray that you are doing alright. Post when you can. We care about you.
Zoe-Are you still unpacking? We miss you come back and post.
To all the MIa's I pray that the Lord is also blessing you. And we miss you!

I am keeping you in my prayers!

07-17-2003, 10:02 AM
It's a gorgeous day this morning. I wish I could be outside but it's my long day at work. DH is off today and is planning to cook supper. I took our pikeral filets. I'm looking forward to it!

Tomorrow morning is weigh and measure day at Curves. I sure hope there's been a change. If not I know that I need to do some adjusting in my eating.

Sami: Don't get discouraged about the plateau. Change to a different exercise to shake things up a bit or change your eating a bit. Apparently this works! Glad your party went so well. As for the work thing - I feel bad for you but remember that God is in control and HE knows everything.

Angel-lover: The last few pounds are supposed to be the hardest to lose. Hang in there. I still have about 40 to lose so I'm still on a long road.

Gary: My boys are great guys. Last night there were 5 extra guys in my basement and they were watching a movie. This morning there's a mess but they were quiet enough that I could fall asleep last night. Every once in a while you'd hear laughter. Nice sound!!

Michele: HOw are things going with you? I'm glad you had a friend you could talk to. It's so important to be able to share our hopes and failures with someone.

GEMonster: WELCOME! I hope you find the support here that you need. We're a great bunch.

To everyone else: Have a great day!

07-17-2003, 12:14 PM
Good Morning!

I just had my coffee this morning (It is on my daily thank God for list...) :yes: so I can say that with an exclamation point. Thank you all for the warm greetings and I am trying my best to learn your names/screen names so I know who I am praying for and who I am replying to! It is hard to not always be able to attach faces and names - that's how I remember things...

Did I understand someone is looking for wedding favor suggestions - is it sami? I have tons because I recently got married and we had home made chocolates that went in a little boxes with the name and date...not too pricey and who doesn't love chocolate??

I went rollerblading in the park this morning and what kept going through my head was the kids praise song "Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice" which I needed as the incline approached! I may not be walking tomorrow but it was fun.

I just wanted to post and wish all a wonderful day - for it is a day that the Lord made! and we are blessed to see it.


You may be dissappointed if you fail but you are doomed if you don't try. - Beverly Sills


07-17-2003, 09:34 PM
http://www.greeting-cards.com/images/images/505001w.gif WELL....I DID IT!!! I LOST 3 LBS THIS WEEK!!!!! YAYYYY!!!!

I don't have much time today.....but had to tell everybody!

Hope all are well & good luck with your weigh-ins!http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/sehrgrosse/large-smiley-012.gif

Stepping Out
07-18-2003, 02:49 AM
:cb: :cb: Excellent job on the weight loss Angel!

:( Sami, I'm sorry there's a problem at your job. I pray the LORD will work things out for you.

Welcome to GEmonster :)

I'm up late worrying-I had an ultrasound of my thyroid done today, and I'm worried about the results :?: . I KNOW I'm not supposed to worry, because GOD is in control, but I do it anyway:stress: The other problem is that I'm BINGEING to deal with the stress:nono:

Thanks for your prayers!:moo:

07-18-2003, 08:04 AM
Hi everyone.....I got up very early, as I couldn't sleep.(that happens to me quite often) Anyway, got a drs appt today & going to be gone til late this evening, so thought I'd post now.

I want to apologize for seeming selfish last night. I didn't have time to read the posts....just excited about my weightloss & wanted to share. I didn't know about some of the problems. I should have taken the time out.

Sami.....I am sooo sorry about your problem at work. It's not only hard to know these things, and have to deal with them....it's also hard to have to keep it to yourself. I'm in the same situation at the TV Station where I volunteer. The co-manager & I are very close, & I help her with all I can. There's nothing going on that I don't know. Sometimes it's very hard, because she tells me so many things in confidence. I come home at times with such a burden. It must be doubly hard for you, since it's probably concerning your job also. I will be praying.http://members.aol.com/gardenmail/irnewch62b.gif

Wilma....thanks for the encouragement. Yes, we're going to make it. I know my weight loss will be slow, due to no exercise. I'm just an impatient person, I guess. It would be nice to wear some of my smaller summer clothes, before summer is over, also. I have lost from size 14 to size 12. When I get to size 10, my clothes will fit. Poor people like myself can't buy new wardrobes...we have to just lose weight!:dizzy: Lots of luck with your weigh in.http://members.shaw.ca/Sunburn_69/aniscale.gif

Hi Summer.....so glad you are feeling good....you sound so cheerful! I like the quote in your signature. It takes time to learn everyone.....I'm still learning, also. It's hard to keep up sometimes. I'm concerned I'm going to miss someone. http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/mica/Misceyes.gif

Hello Homebound....I'll be praying for your ultrasound results. You do what I do, stressed. Binge.http://www.cartooncottage.com/images/anicookies.gif That's how I got overweight. I was depressed & stressed, so I understand. Hope all goes well.

Hope everyone has a very good day. Thank you all again for your prayers & encouragement. They mean a lot to me. I'm praying for all of you. http://www.vfwds.com/graphics/images/roses/pkrosebud.gif

07-18-2003, 09:23 PM
It's been a long day. My feet are sore from standing all day. I hope to relax tonight and then get some much needed cleaning done in my house tomorrow. I have to go pick up DH from work later too.

Anyway, I thought I would let you know the results of my weigh in at Curves. I lost 1/2 a pound and 1/2 an inch of both my waist and bust. This doesn't seem like much but they told me the first month you're building muscle and most people gain weight so I feel fortunate. I do need to work on eating properly in the evenings. It's hard when we're all carb addicts around here.

Angel-lover: Don't ever feel bad or selfish about sharing a weight loss. I don't always get to address everyone each time I post. I'm so glad you've lost. Way to go!

Homebound: Praying for you. It's so hard not to worry but at least you know that God is in control and He won't give you more than you can handle.

Summer: I love you positive attitude. I need that!! Thanks!

Talk to you again soon!

07-18-2003, 09:25 PM

I have been soooo busy- sorry I haven't posted! I have been reading though. A lot of work to do right now-- side jobs too! Everyone seems to need something done-- typical summer:lol:

ANGEL-LOVERHEY YOU- you have every right to be selfish on that weight loss- you certainly deserve it :cp:

homebound I hope your ultrasound turns out OK-- will send prayers for that and the stress binge-eating!

GEMonster Rollerblading must be a good sport to burn off those calories-- I am fairly athletic but at my age (almost 50) I would never do something so crazy:nono: :bravo:for you!!!

WILMA Hey any mess that 5 good boys can make is worth its weight in gold!! I hope the first Curves weigh in went great-- if not- soooo what!!

SAMI I am sorry for your son's "date"- at least it didn't go too far until he realized how she was. My son had a "thing" last night--- a girl he knew in high school and him ran into each other at the gym last week for the first time in 4 years, anyway she said let's get together and do something-- he said Thursday was good for him, she concured, he called her on Thurs. early afternoon on her cell phone, left message that he would call her after his cross-country practice and set things up-- he did-- left message to call him when she got home- she never called. He doesn't understand because it was her idea and she is a christian! Go figure. My wife's cousin had a wedding a few years back- it was awesome!! over $30,000 for it-- he has a lot of money though! Out of our budgets!! Take care-- your wedding will be great!! for that kid of yours!

Well checking out for now- have a great week-end-- WORSHIP!!

Hi to all, Gary

07-19-2003, 03:03 PM
i am new to this forum and would really apppreciate help and support in losing this weight. thanks. mary

07-19-2003, 08:08 PM

WElcome to the forum! I am new to this too but everyone is great and prayer is a focal point. I am still learning everyone's name but post as often as you feel.

Welcome again!

07-20-2003, 07:28 PM
http://www.gifanimations.com/Image/Animations/Messages/Welcome/welcome_014.gif MARY!!! Good to have you with us. You came to a good place to get encouragement. Tell us all about yourself. How much weight are you wanting to lose? I've lost 23 lbs & would like to lose about 20 more. Not easy though, can't execise (health problems) Looking forward to hearing from you.

Hi Summer....how is your weightloss going? I have found these great low fat fudgecicles....only thing....I want to eat too many!! LOL
Have a good day.

07-20-2003, 08:50 PM
is everyone on a diet plan? i can not seem to find one that works well for me. i can not stand meat so i think i may find the low carb diets hard as i eat more pasta and such. i am having a hard time with finding a plan to work for me and one i can stick to. any advice is appreciated.

07-20-2003, 10:17 PM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung/mittelgrosse/medium-smiley-043.gif I don't know a lot about the forum....it's so huge, & I'm kinda new myself. As for me....I'm not on a certain diet. I just watch what I eat & drink lots & lots of water. So far, it's working.

There are a couple of threads I'm on. We just encourage each other & sometimes just talk about every day things. We do boost each other. One is "Over 50 & staying healthy" which not everyone is over 50....doesn't matter. I'm 54, though, so I'm more than qualified. lOl
Another is "Chronic back pain....." I have back problelms & RA....so I know they won't push to exercise. If you look for us, someone accidently started a new thread because it was too long with "Hey There..." Another is "Christian Encouragers"...I really enjoy this one..... I tried July Jaded Ladies...just didn't seem to fit in. Then, there's something about "Having Fun, etc...." I liked it....just was on more than I could handle. Anyway...I would like for you to come to any I'm on. If not....just jump into any of them....try it....you can always try another one.

Lots of luck. I'll help you all I can, if you have more questions. http://emoticons4u.informationalot.com/cartoon/1236.gif

07-21-2003, 11:50 AM
Good Morning CEers!!!

I hope all of you had a great weekend.

Joanne I am praying for the results of your ultrasound but keep your chin up - God is in control and though sometimes you want something tangible to hold on to - God is tangible in those around us.:grouphug:

Maryann as for the diet question - I do Weight Watchers online. There is a point system and it easy to understand and I portion my food (most of the time). I found cutttouts of what portions looklike in a book called Portion Savvy that helps me visulaize what my portions should look like. I exercise too at least 4 times a week but I try to do things I find fun (tennis, rollerblade, yoga, etc.) every bit of movement counts.

Angel - congrats on the 23 lbs lost! that is awesome. I am currently holding at my weight of 151. I have no scale at my house or I get obsessive. I try to move more and sit less. There are days that are good and days where stress eating is my middle name.:rolleyes: My job is stressful as well (finance geek) so I try not to have bake goods around. I am praying for youre back and hope you feel healing hands. My SIL has roughly the same issue...how do you get those cool icons pasted in?

Wilma - Congrats on Curves! :balloons: That is awesome. I used to go and probably should again - I am just trying to budget what I can afford.

EZ - thanks for the encouragement. You got me when I needed it. I hope I can one day do the same for you.

Sami - I praying for your job situation. I don't know if we have similar expeiences but I know what it has been to feel uncomfortable at work. Keep your chin up and let us know what we can pray for - because when one or more are gathered in prayer- great things can happen. :sunny:

Sue and Michelle thanks for the warm welcome. This thread has been uplifting. i get blue sometimes and this gives me a boost when needed.

May all have good morning!

This is the day that Lord has made...


07-21-2003, 04:30 PM
this may seem like a dumb question but why is drinking water so important? i know it is good for lots of reasons in general but why is it such a biggie with weight loss? i am trying to drink lots of it since i have been hearing it helps....just was wondering why. by the way...love the christian theme to this post. thanks for the welcomes. mary

07-21-2003, 05:03 PM

three reasons why water is important:
1. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger.
2. Hydration is important for having the energy to exercise, think clearly during the day and basics such as that
3. Aids in digestion and cleans out bad toxins from the body

at least that is what I have learned. I am sure there are more good reasons. Hope this helps.


Stepping Out
07-21-2003, 07:47 PM
:goodvibes Thanks everyone for your prayers! I just heard from my Dr. about my test results. My thyroid is o.k.-it's just TIRED:yawn: I'm going to have to start taking Synthroid-I hope it will help with my weight loss.

Mary-glad you're here. I know you'll love being a part of the 3FC community.

07-22-2003, 12:22 AM
Hello all!

Joanne~I'm quite certain that you will be amazed at how much better you'll be feeling after a couple weeks of taking synthroid. I've been taking it for about 10 years now and i didn't realize all the ways it was affecting me. And yes, it should help with your weight, maybe not losing right away but your metabolism will even out. Hope you do well with it.

Hello to all! :wave:

Stepping Out
07-22-2003, 12:30 AM
:D Thanks so much Michelle! It's good to hear from someone who's been there. I asked the Dr. to check my thyroid because I've been feeling SO tired lately, and my weight loss has been really slow. I'm glad you've had good success with Synthroid.:balloons:

A little encouragement goes a long way!

07-22-2003, 07:47 AM
THE EFFECTS OF WATER...... http://www.gifanimations.com/Image/Animations/food/water.gif

Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100%of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study.

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50%
less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Hi Maryanne.....This was actually in my email today! Thought it might help. http://www.emotipad.com/emoticons/Glug.gif

Homebound....glad your thyroid is alright & hope the Synthroid works....I've heard good reports on it!

Summer.....Thanks for the encouragement & prayers. I also, eat from stress! Especially sweets....hmm Glad you like my images. I purchased Emotipad for a one-time cost of $10.00. It holds my images...which I keep in catagories. Then I click & drag. Only hard part, is not always sure they can be used in a forum til I try. After searching long & hard & collecting...it can cause STRESS LOL if they won't go in. Sometimes they will let you know, but not always. I'm sure there's another way of putting images in...but I haven't figured it out yet.

Hi Mitchypoo.....I think of Pooh Bear when I see your name!

07-22-2003, 09:42 AM
It's been a couple of days since I posted. The days I go to Curves my mornings are busier and I don't have time to post. In the evenings the computer's always busy so I don't get on much.

I trust everyone's day is going well. I was feeling kind of low yesterday and hopefully today will be better. I have been trying harder to eat better but still need to plan my dinner's better so I don't eat poorly then. I think I'll do up a few chicken breasts and have them ready.

Have any of you tried eating fewer carbs? I know that this is a big part of why I'm not losing but some of the things with low carb diets scare me.

Have a great day!

07-22-2003, 01:41 PM
thanks for the water info.

07-22-2003, 11:04 PM
HI GALS- :wave:

It is gorgeous weather here in southern California:cool: I have been working 12 hour days so I am too beat to post! Glad to see the new faces :hat: We will have a party for you!! But WHERE are the old timer's? Not much happening here-- kids are already starting to talk about having to go back to college-- seems like they just got out for the year! Son has been going to a lot of weddings ( he is at that age for them- 22) he is a pretty popular guy- heck sometimes his friends even let me come to their weddings:lol: Daughter has been doing well at the resort child care- they have asked her to come back and work during the school year when she can around her tennis-- she probably won't play much this year as they have a couple of top recruits that will knock her down a level or two-- she still can't work though as she has to attend practice anyway (she loves practice) step-d should get back from Europe tomorrow.

MICHELE- How is it going? You have not had much to say-- doing OK? Prayers.

maryann- Welcome- I am with you on the pasta- had it tonight ! A very refreshing pasta salad.

GEM- Thanks for sticking around-- we will get going soon- thanks for the water info.

homebound Good luck with the thyroid medicine! Hope you feel better soon!

WILMA HERE we go again girl-- PLANNING!! just BBQ a bunch of chicken breasts then pull them out and defrost in the microwave (they do have those in Canada don't they:lol: ) Put something on them like bbq sauce, raspberry chipotle sauce, teriyaki sauce, honey mustard sauce, etc.

Well the wife wants to go shopping- gotta go to CONTROL her :lol: Outta here- IN HIS CARE, Gary

07-23-2003, 12:05 AM
Gary~Hi! I was wondering what was keeping you too busy to post! Well, work is good to have and i'm sure you are enjoying the weather too. Anymore plans to move to Oregon? You know, I lived there for 5 years. It is a beautiful state. There is good and bad about it, i'll let you know my experiences if you want.

I am doing OK. I'm struggling to stay on track and i've had some down days but overall i'm doing good.

I got my degree in the mail today! It's kind of exciting! It's in the holder now and i'm trying to decide where to display it.

Thanks for the prayers, all! Mom is scheduled for surgery Aug. 19. I'm trying to see if i can swing a plane trip that weekend to help take care of her. She'll be in the hospital for about 3 days but i'd like to be there when she gets home. We'll see. She's happy about it. She said the dr. said he can give her a partial tummy tuck while he's in there because of how he's doin g the surgery. She was partially kidding but hey, that'll just be a bonus.

07-23-2003, 12:52 AM
HEY MICHELE-- just got back from (the wife) buying new curtains to match the new bedspread she got today for the bedroom-- she shops- I nod ok! We are going to Bend next week- any info on Oregon would be much apreciated-- Congrats on getting that degree in the mail! What happened to those pictures of the graduation day? Hope all is well with you and mom/pop-- PRAYERS!!

07-23-2003, 12:43 PM
Gary, Bend is a beautiful area and very nice. If you have a chance take the drive to Sisters, it's west of that, not too far. It's one of my favorite towns. Are you driving? If so, you may go thru the town I used to live in off of Hwy. 97.

Good husband.....just nod in agreement! ;)

I tried to put up a pic but it's too big and i can't figure out how to make it smaller.

07-23-2003, 03:05 PM
I got all caught up. I have to make this quick, but I am fine leave Sat. for trip with the kids. Pastors x-ray- showed that the spot isn't any larger, but alot of shawdows. So they are doing a cat scan in4 weeks to see if it has changed. Keeep praying. Hi to all the newbies. Hope all is well I will be gone till 8th, so enjoy summer it is going fast. Catch ya all later. luv ya's your in my prayers. Sue

07-23-2003, 09:38 PM
Blessing this evening. Sorry I have been gone so long and I will have to catch up. I am not able to address everyone tonight I have been really sick. For the 2nd time in 17 yrs I left work a couple hrs early because I was sick! Im sure Stress has a lot to do with it and it causes me to have a bad attack. I know I am not suppose to worry but I just can't help it. They still have not been open with me and the others the changes affect. Some of the higher ups were telling me that they were worried that they were going to lose thier jobs because they have been told that if they are offered a job at another location they better take it or they might not have a job. I have been working on the wedding stuff. I have the flowers done for all the bridesmaids and I have started making party favors. I am making Hershey kiss roses. They are so cute! Summer you said you make candy I tried to make the kind in the molds and the first batck I think I over cooked the candy and the second one I used everyday candy and it harded before I could fill up the mold! Can you give me some hints? I am praying for this group and I will post more later I need to go lay down.

07-24-2003, 09:49 AM
It's a rainy morning here and kind of gloomy. We needed the rain so I'm not complaining. Today is my long day at work so I'm trying to get myself prepared for it. We've also had company all week which adds to the stress a bit. We're heading to the lake for the weekend and I hope it'll be relaxing.

I think I've finally found my groove eating wise. I did cook up extra chicken breast and am taking one to work with me along with a salad and fruit. I'm also making a conscious effort to eat fewer carbs in the evening. We'll see if it works!!

Sami: I'm so sorry you're sick. Just remember God has a plan for you and HE knows what's going to happen. Please take care of yourself. I'll be praying for you.

Michele: It sounds like you're doing great. I'll pray for your mom. It's so hard to have parents get sick and be so far away from them.

Gary: You and my DH sound like you're made of the same cloth. Mine knew how much I wanted new bedding when we moved into this house and he went with me two weekends in a row to look. Do you know how much that means to us? AND....yes we do have microwaves up here AND I have been using it. It is nice to have them ready. I even cooked up extra fish one day and enjoyed it cold in my salad. Have you ever tried doing mango and pork kabobs? I found a recipe and think I'll try it soon.

Hi to everyone else! HAVE A GREAT DAY!

07-24-2003, 10:41 PM
Hi everybody.....Hope all are doing well.

Don't have a lot of time. I lost 3 lbs this week. I just really haven't had much time to eat....so I can't take the credit for self-control!

I finally got a day off today...so I was exhausted & did nothing. I couldn't get into the forum most of the day, so I played on computer. I made a Homepage & posted it here. Just a little about me, pics, & weight loss stats. I'll put more in later. I have a larger Christian website at http://www.charlotteborden.tvheaven.com if anyone wants to check it out. I have really enjoyed working on it for about 1 1/2 yrs now. People from all over the world sign the guestbook...& I get a chance to talk through email with people who are needing encouragement.

Wilma...you made me hungry! That sounded soooo good. Hope you're doing well.

Sami....I do hope you're feeling better. I'm praying for you.

Doit4me....enjoy your trip!

Mitchypoo....If you have Photo Editing Software....take your pic into it. Hit "edit"....go down to image sizing & click....you can make it any size you want. Be sure to save it! If you don't have that, there's is something similar to it....You'll find it when you right click on the picture in your file.

Gary....wish my husband would go shopping with me. What AM I SAYING???? NO I DON'T!!! Just give me the money....honey! http://home.att.net/~scorh3/Resign1t.gif

Maryanne....checked out your website....enjoyed it!

Everyone have a good evening! http://www.passionthoughts.com/bank/moon_over_pond_md_wht.gif

07-25-2003, 03:26 AM
Good Friday to you all!

I've finally gotten those first 10 pounds off!!!! Yippee a new ribbon hangs on the fridge. I'm not sure who was happier at weigh in this evening, our leader Jackie, the entire room, or me.
What a struggle this has been, but finally it is moving.
Can you believe I'm up and out walking before 7 a.m? I sure can't. I have discovered this is my time with God. I started out small, just a 1/4 mile or so, now its more like 3-4 miles, actual distance I'm not certain. I pray, and our Lord encourages me to keep on, that last stretch being a tough road to go. Thanks everyone for the encouragement to try this exercise thing. I shall never like it, but it is helping with the weight loss and the joints truly aren't aching like they had been. And one can never converse with God enough:D

God Bless each of you and enjoy your upcoming weekend.

Hugs from Southern Ontario Joanne

07-25-2003, 08:24 PM

Well I am so glad my busy week is over- HA!- just kidding, I have to work this week-end too! Oh well, good money and I leave for Oregon on Tuesday for 5 days.

MICHELE What are you up too? Keep me informed on Oregon-- what is the bad?

WILMA Great job on the chicken breast!! You are going to make it after all-- a little Mary Tyler Moore here:lol:

JOANNE How about that!! Less aches and pains and a weight loss-- sounds like a win-win to me.

ANGEL-LOVER Love your website. Congrats on the 3lbs. lost!!

doitformeSue Hope you had/have fun with those kids on that camping trip!! Prayers as always for your Pastor.

SAMI- Sorry to hear you are sick. I hope the job stress fades-- you sure don't need it with that wedding coming!

Hi to everyone else.

Gotta run-- Gary

07-27-2003, 04:01 PM
Good afternoon!

Just thought I'd check in and say hello to everyone. This weekend has been fun and crazy but I found out my cholesterol shot up over 80 points in 2 years (135 to 218) and I have never been eating healthier or exercising more. There is no family history either so I am asking for a retest - but if eanyone has any advice on foods to eat and avoid and pray that this is nothing more serious I would appreciate it. I am 26 and thought it couldn't happen to me but God knows when I am getting to big for my britches. :^: Just pray that my frustration with my weight not budging doesn't get the better of me either....

Sami - praying for your job situation and health - hope you are feeling better soon. As for the chocolate my mother did a fudge recipe so no molds needed and cut them in squares and bought little tiny sugar confections to put in the middle. If you need the recipe let me know.

Joanne congrats on the weight loss - keep it up! :bravo:

Wilma keep the groove going! That is a nice feeling.:cb:

Angel congrats as well on the weight loss. The website of yours is beautiful - it is obvious alot of hard work was done on it. That is a God given talent. :comp:

Michelle prayers for your mother's surgery and your availability for her. It is hard but don't get discouraged - that is not a spirit that God gave us.

Gary I hope you enjoy your trip!:sunny: travelling mercies if I don't chat with you before hand.

Thanks for the prayers and support!

07-27-2003, 04:21 PM
Hello everyone - So many posts to read! :) Sorry I have been unable to post since before.

This has been a very hard week for me physically but more so emotionally and spiritually. I really thought God was preparing me for the ending of my relationship with my boyfriend of 2 years (to long a story). Then as the road of life bends when we least expect it - we found out Thursday that Mario's (boyfriend) mother has renal cancer that looks to be terminal and they are only talking about pain management to make her comfortable. He broke down emotionally and really cried hard with this news and in talking with his sisters. I was with him through the evening and cried with him. It's hard to comprehend myself with everything we have been through together this year/last year already.

In October I almost died of a rare blood disorder called TTP (Thrombotic Thrombocytipenic Purpura) and was hospitalized for a month and a half - off work for 3 months, thankful to know God's not through with me yet, but I joke saying that hey at least I lost 55lbs! :) Then found out that I had gall stones (which I believe to have had in the hospital when I was sick with the blood illness due to the unbearable pain after eating!) I had gallbladder surgery in May. Just recovering from these two serious physical milestones and now, a year later be going through a life event like this with his mother. I can tell you food is talking big time to me.... in all this. I turned to food when my grandmother went through lymphatic cancer from 96 till she was called home in 99 and in finding this news out about Mario's mom is like living all that again, then emotionally not having really processed my own health concerns emotionally.

IT'S LIKE AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH and then tears and then that's when the Sour Cream and Onion Ruffles bag of chips calls my name, or 2 meals at Taco Bell, or anything salty and greasy!

I find it interesting my spiritual journey that I've been on the past several months looks different with this news of Mario's mom. I joined a ladies work out group at a friends church which has been awesome! Supportive and working the physical as well as the spiritual is a new adventure and I am very thankful for them. I just wanted you guys to know that I'm praying for you all and if you could also lift up Mario, his mother and the whole family. This bend in life's road looks to be a rocky one for right now, but I know that "Through Christ ALL things are possible!"

You guys are great and I have missed this support as well. I hope each and everyone of you are encouraged as this new week begins. I'm trying to keep my eyes off the wind and on our Savior so that I might walk on water with Him!

07-27-2003, 08:00 PM

It is a warm afternoon here, went to church this morning then got a haircut and did some grocery shopping-- the wife and step-d are at a big soccer tournament, working a booth to raise money-- there are 330 teams in it all together-- my step-d plays next week-end. Got a nap in too 'cause my daughter is working at the Accura tennis tournament today-- she has been a volunteer for 6 years now, she has got to meet alot of women tennis stars-- last year one of them took her out to dinner and let her drive the courtesy car. My son is at work so it is just me and the tv-- only because my lawn mower wouldn't start yesterday and the shop is closed until Monday.

GEMonster As far as what you can eat with a cholesterol problem-NOTHING GOOD!! :lol: I was 48 when mine shot up out of nowhere too-- I am on lipitor and have it in check-- diet will not help mine too much the dr. said since it is hereditary-- but wouldn't hurt either. Good luck and re-test to be sure.

DAISE I am so sorry to hear of your struggles and your boyfriend's mom- Prayers. As far as your relationship goes, it must be difficult to end it under these circumstances for sure, just take it slow and follow your heart.

Well I hafta get going- planning on the Oregon trip- takes me a while to pack my 5 t-shirts, shorts, boxers, socks, tennis shoes and 1 pair of Levis and a button down short sleeve (my dress clothes:lol: ) for dinner-- should be able to see 3 friends and their spouses and 1 buddies folks I haven't seen in over 25 years.

Later- IN CHRIST- Gary

:?: Where are all my "OLD" friends? :?: :(

07-27-2003, 11:52 PM
I just got back from a wonderful weekend at the lake. Much relaxation and sun. I'm a little red but was careful to put on sunscreen. Tomorrow it's back to work and then going up to where we used to live to a wedding next weekend.

We had barbequed chicken for dinner on Saturday and fresh lake fish for breakfast. What a treat! I did indulge in some chocolate ice cream on the drive home but all in all I'm pleased with how I did.

Tomorrow its back to Curves and salads. I plan to brag about a loss of pounds and inches later in the month.

I'm too tired to address everyone. Have a super week!

07-28-2003, 01:13 AM
I think i must have gotten unsubscribed again to this list, cuz i thought it was too quiet this weekend and thought, hey, what happened to my CEer friends!

Daise, wow, you have a lot on your plate and your DB family and you are in my prayers. You will know if it's the right time for you to make those big decisions with DB.

I'm having a hard time getting back on induction. I'm so addicted to carbs, i just hate it. But I'm beginning again tomorrow. It's a new day.

I took a nap this afternoon so i'm wide awake tonight :roll: Maybe I'll read my book for awhile or take a Tylenol PM.

I heard from the WA guy tonight. He's so confusing.... :roll: i'd pretty much given up on him, took him off my daily devotion list that I send out daily, decided if he's interested he can contact me. No emails, no calls coming from me anymore. I deserve more than this. Well, i didn't know if I'd blow when and if he called but i didn't, i was a little reserved, a little nonchalant. We talked a little about my concerns. I just told him that if he was interested, he wasn't showing it. But i'm tired of it, if he does, he does, if he doesn't, he doesn't. I've given it up to the Lord, although I told him that I will not tolerate being treated less than I deserve. He got that. Now he says he's coming out in September....ya ok.

Gary, I hope you have a great time in OR. I'll PM you about it.

Angel-lover, liked your site too, how neat to see a pic of you. Beautiful lady! Thanks for the help with the pic, but it's the size of the file that i'm having a hard time with. That's too big. I'll have to try it again.

Looking forward to a new week, a week for change. My mother told me this saying and it's true: "If nothing changes, nothing changes".

07-28-2003, 08:42 PM

Well this will be my last post until next week as my wife and I head to Oregon in the morning. I will pray that all goes well with all of you while I am gone-- How will you get by without me:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

It has been :sunny: here for almost two weeks straight without any "weather" but the report is calling for a little :rain: tomorrow. I am sure the weather in Oregon is not as nice-- it will be good to see old friends though.

WILMA- I can't wait to hear of the Curves success!! You deserve it-- you have worked really hard this year-- OK, so it hasn't been perfect but it is a great step in the rest of your life picture isn't it!:yes: Take care of those boys- if they are like my kids college is starting up again too soon.

MICHELE Hey you- I just check anyway to see if someone posted-- I was wondering where you were. I know you don't want to hear it but my advice is stop worrying about the carbs and just eat sesible!! We all know what that is!! CALORIES IN---CALORIES OUT!!!! It is all that deprieving ourselves that makes us WANT it more-- small helpings of fattening stuff-- BIG helpings of GOOD stuff. I am PMing you!!


07-28-2003, 08:44 PM
Michele- that is sensible- I am not sure what sesible is. lol

07-28-2003, 09:40 PM

I've really gotten behind....I see. Well, to begin...the retirement supper for Pastor & wife was a great success...thanks to a lot of people who cooperated! Of course, a lot of tears were shed. Like I told them, though, I know where they live!

Thanks to all who visited and commented on my website...it's still in the works...but enjoying it. Thanks to those who signed.

Joanne.....http://www.gifanimations.com/Image/Animations/food/apple_1.gif Congratulations on your weightloss!

Gary...thanks for signing guestbook & hope you have a great vacation! http://aunimages.animfactory.com/animations/people_m_z/vacationers/road_trip_md_clr.gif

Daise.....I am so sorry you are going through all of this. My prayers are with you. I too, turn to food for comfort when I'm depressed or stressed. That's why I'm on a diet, now. I've got to remember to go to Him instead of food. It's like an addiction for me...especially sweets. If you ever need to talk....I'm a good listener. http://www.vfwds.com/graphics/images/roses/pkrosebud.gif

Wilma....I know you're going to lose this week....waiting for the numbers! http://members.shaw.ca/Sunburn_69/aniscale.gif

Mitchypoo...thanks for the compliment. Sorry I couldn't help with the pics...I guess I misunderstood your problem. There should be a remedy. Tried sending it to another file, perhaps? There's a great place that I use....for almost everything. It's called gifworks. You should be able to change a file, or anything. I just finished changing a pic on another thread, because it had too many pixels & too many bytes. This is probably what is needing to be done. Anyway, I'm sure you'll work it out.

Hi Summer...thanks for compliment on website. Take care of your health. Praying for you.

Sami......Still praying for you.

If I forgot anyone...I didn't mean to....just very tired tonight. Hope all are allright! http://www.agifs.hpg.ig.com.br/astros/arco_iris1.gif

07-29-2003, 10:10 PM
Hello I pray all are doing well. I am not doing well I broke down today and called my DR. The nurse said he had nothing open for two weeks and they wanted me to make an appt with someone else when I explained what I was being treated for they said they would talk to the DR and get back with me. They will either change my meds tommrow or I will be at the DR again. I just had my 25th birthday again and my DD (the one getting married) got me a Dachshund it is a mini one and she is speckled so is so CUTE! she puts these big boxers in there place! Things are about the same at work I am just waiting for them to announce the changes.
EZ-You have a great time on your vac! I now have a pink dress, a white dress, and a blue dress all very nice so I will try them on right before and pick the one that looks the best on me.
Wilma-sounds like you had a nice time at the lake. When do your boys go back?
Mitchpoo-I think that guy has caused you to much stress!!! I always tell my kids if its this much work when it is new and should be a time of fun and getting to know each other. Then it will only be worse when the fun dieds down!
Angel lover- I loved your web page! How are you feeling? I am praying that you are having more good days than bad. Have you noticed that the weather makes a diffrence in how you feel? I notice my joints are so achey when it is rainy or cold.
Daise-I am so sorry to hear that things are hard. I almost died a couple of years ago and I have thought many times Why am I still here? And everytime I can help someone in pain who is going through something I have already gone through I know why I am still here. God is still using me to say Trust in God and he will help you through this. He lets us have pain and suffering to be a witness to his mercy. My prayers are with you and your DB. And put you trust in God and he will help you through this.
GEMonster-You are so young to have such high cholesterol. My DD went for her pre-marriage test and the DR told her she has signs of being diebetic. It seems like our health is getting worse younger. Stay on top and don't let it get the best of you. I would love the receipt of the candy if you don't mind.

If I have missed any one I am sorry. I am going to have to go and make the boys (My DD's two boxes) quit chasing my little "angel puppy" pepper (she keeps egging it on then runs and hides in my lap LOL.

07-29-2003, 10:34 PM
Hi Sami......http://www.greeting-cards.com/images/images/503302w.gif
Hope you had a good one!!!

Yes, I do notice the weather makes a big difference in my feelings! I'm doing quite a bit better. They increased the dosage in my last Remicade treatment & there's a big difference. Also, going back in 7 weeks, instead of 8. Maybe, we've got them adjusted, I hope so. I still have not-so-good days, of course. But, can make it.

Also, stress can make it worse, & there's a lot of that with the house-building going on.

It's getting late, http://www.emotipad.com/emoticons/Yawn.gif & I'm sleepy..Hope all have a good day tomorrow.

07-31-2003, 09:40 AM
Wow! It's really quiet here. I guess everyone is getting out and enjoying summer. We're having an incredible summer weather wise. This is my first summer working so it's hard to take sometimes. I am looking forward to my holidays later in August.

I've been doing better with my WOE but am still not drinking enough water. I am working on planning meals ahead of time and getting things ready to just put in the oven.

This coming weekend we're heading to the town we just moved from and are attending a wedding there. I am so looking forward to seeing friends again and attending our church there.

Those of you with adult children living at home - I need some advice. When do you draw the line at giving them their freedom and making rules? They're good guys but they don't ever clean up after themselves or do little chores that I ask them to do to help out. They think I'm stressing about nothing. (I should say that it's just the basement that is my problem. They are pretty good about the main floor. They just feel the basement is their territory. Meanwhile there's enough dishes down there to fill the dishwasher and a part of a piece of cake that's been there for a week.) What kind of rules do you make without making them feel like they're kids?

THanks for hearing me out. I needed to vent at someone other than them.

Well, better go get ready for work. Have a great day!

07-31-2003, 09:48 AM
Wilma I don't have kids but I know that when I lived with my parents after being an adult, the rule was, If you live in my house, you abide by my rules. If they don't like the rules, they can move out and find "somewhere else to hang their hat" (as my mom would say! :) ) It's not too much to ask that they do certain things while living with you. It's part of being an adult and in the real world, they will have to do things they don't like to do also.

07-31-2003, 09:59 AM
Morning All!

God answered a prayer of 20 years and I finally have a puppy!:spin: I am over the moon happy. God answers prayers not just necessarily by our timeline. I believe I am seriously reminded of that daily. Now I can exercise more because someone else is depending on me to do it. :doh:


Wilma - As being the child that used to live with the parents there were 2 things - they repsected my freedom as an adult (no curfew, my choice of friends, etc) but I ghad to respect their house and their rules regarding what goes on under that roof and unless I wanted to pay rent or left I had to respect that. It was a two way street (so they let me think - more like 1.5 lanes) very rarely did it pose as an issue as long as I respected that it weas their house that I was living in for a short period of time rent free - I had to give them that. Tell your boys they can keep the area as they want it if they want to pay for the space and any damage and cleaningbills and heating etc. that goes along with that space otherwise your house your rules. There is some truth to the quote "you can't go home again"

Sami - I will get that recipe from my mother and get it to you ASAP. Prayers with you on your health and hope you are feeling better and more assured in your workplace. Oh and a belated happy birthday!!! :hb:

To everyone else - May God give you a morning in which His peace prevails!

:flow1: Summer :flow1:

07-31-2003, 02:37 PM
Hi everybody....I hope all are feeling well.

I'm doing pretty good since my last treatment. The increase in dosage was a winner! Just hope it lasts until the next treatment. It's not a cure....but sure makes a difference, especially in my energy.

I didn't lose any weight this week.:( I'm not too down on myself, though. I've retained quite a bit of fluid. My legs, ankles, & feet have been swollen all week. I'm going to have weeks like this with RA. I'll just take some fluid pills, & see if it helps.

Summer...I'm glad you got a puppy. http://home.att.net/~scorh3/Animal1c.gif What kind is it? Tell us all about it.

Wilma....I can't give advice on your adult kids, since I wasn't able to conquer my own! We kept giving them all the lines I've read here....it just didn't happen. In fact, we didn't see my son's carpet until he married & moved out! I wouldn't go near his room....it smelled like a gym locker! The girls were almost as bad. It's strange, though. After they moved out, they were all clean housekeepers....go figure! Wish you lots of luck! http://www.dewa.com/animated/new3/ldscream.gif

Sami.....Have you got to see a dr yet? Hope you feel better.

Hello to Mitchypoo, Daise, Gary...& all .....thanks for your encouragement & prayers. http://www.agifs.hpg.ig.com.br/ursos/urso76.gif

07-31-2003, 02:48 PM
Summer, I'd love to hear about the pup too!

Hello to all. Have to be quick, i'm at work, but i'll post later.

There is a new guy in my life.........:)

07-31-2003, 04:14 PM
The puppy is a big puppy - he is 8 months and 65 lbs worth of dog. He is a Golden Retreiver but looks like an Irish Setter with his dark red coloring. My husband has named him Fenway. I figured if he can name the dog - I have a better chance at naming future children!
We adopted him through a rescue agency that deals with abandoned dogs. His previous owner just couldn't handle him anymore because she was going into the hospitals for hip replacements and surgery on carpal tunnel syndrome. So we are blessed that he doesn't come from an abusive background as sometimes is the case with rescued dogs.God definitely answers prayers!

Hope all are well!

07-31-2003, 05:01 PM
Summer~pics please!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D Golden's are maybe one of the cutest pups around.

07-31-2003, 05:03 PM
Does your puppy look like either one of these?

http://www.gifworks.com/queue/bear-web_21071.gif http://www.gifworks.com/queue/dobie-web-8_21522.gif http://www.gifworks.com/queue/hoss-web_17725.gif http://www.gifworks.com/queue/shadow-web_22637.gif Just been looking around a little.

07-31-2003, 05:18 PM
Looks like the two middle ones!

07-31-2003, 05:26 PM
Awwwww.....how cute!!! Why don't you put one on with your signature?! Of course, I like your little worm, too. ;)

07-31-2003, 10:15 PM
Blessed day today. I am holding down a war here in my house. Two of my Kids are at war. Wilma my DS is a slop! I just close the basement door and try not to see it. I do demand that there be no trash in his room or food because that can bring on the bugs. Now my younger girls are messy and I have to stay on them to keep thier room clean. I did go to the Dr. He added a new med to my list. I took it at work today and it did make me tired. I pray that this one helps I have been on sooooo many diffrent ones and have spent so much money and not been able to take them what a waste of money. He did send me for an x-ray on my right knee when I try to step up my work-outs my knee swells and starts giving out. And to add to list I woke up with a sore throat today. My pain is better today so maybe I am heading in the right way now.

Summer-Arent puppies cute! My little one thinks she is big stuff she knows she is the queen. She goes to my DD big Boxer and starts it and then runs and hops on my lap. LOL it is real cute she jump from on couch to the other and the big dogs aren't allowed to get on the couch but they chase her back and forth. When they do play together on the floor the big dogs are so careful.

Wilma-I hope you can sit down with your boys and work out an agreement. Let us know how it is going.

Angel lover-Thanks for the balloons! I am glad you are doing better. I know what you mean about having bad days. But You just have to pray for Gods strength to make on hard days and thank him for the good days.

Mitchypoo-I can't wait to hear about your good news!

Daise-How is things going your way today. You are still in my prayers.

Ez-I pray your having a great time on the Vac!

Have a great day and stay OP!

08-01-2003, 08:43 AM
Sami~must be difficult when kids are arguing in the house. Can't really relate, i have a younger brother but we never fought much. Probably because he's handicapped and I was always a caregiver to him.

I woke up the other day with a sore throat and feel really awful today. Went to sleep early last night, i'm taking my echinacea and Vit C and Zinc but i feel icky this a.m. and the congestion is getting worse. On top of that I have a cyst/or boil on my thigh which is so painful. Gosh I'm a mess today! But i have to get to work today, going to try Tylenol Sinus today and see if that'll help get rid of the headache at least.

No real exciting news, but I am talking to the guy in CA who is our family friend's son. He seems very nice but they all do at first. :) We'll see what happens.

Have a great Friday and weekend!

08-01-2003, 11:39 PM
Hi everybody....just a short post to wish all a great weekend.

Mitchypoo....So sorry you aren't feeling well. Sounds like you're miserable! Take care of yourself. I'll pray for you. http://members.aol.com/gardenmail/anibear.gif

Sami....I hope your knee gets better. That's something that I haven't had problems with, so far. Maybe a little stiffness, but that's all. It must be painful. Take care......I'll check in tomorrow...http://www.greeting-cards.com/images/images/515101w.gif

08-02-2003, 04:10 PM
Hey everyone!

Things are going ok, although it's been hard not to reach out to food with the changes that's been going on in my life lately.

Sami - Thanks so much for the support. A near death experience is enough or should be enough to wake anyone up to who God really is! When I almost died last October from TTP (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura) I realized God was serious and I needed to wake up to the potential I can be in Him. It's taken still some learning, but I'm trying to get past the flesh and keep my eyes on the Lord.

My boyfriend's mom is scheduled for surgery to have her kidney removed on Aug 20th. She is not a good candidate for surgery of any kind because she has congestive heart disease.

As for my relationship with Mario, I'm still praying on what all this means now that the bend in the road is his mother being ill, (instead of me) a year later. The things that bothered me don't seem as important, or I'm still continuing to pray about them. We have been dating for 2 years, and for him to have almost lost me and now this with his mom - all I can do is pray. We haven't talked about the things that bothered me yet, because as I was preparing to deal with the subject we found out about his mom.

WHEW just a lot of stuff ya know!

Well as I've fallen off the wagon the past couple weeks, emotionally and in what I've eaten, I'm ready to catch up and hop back on. I have missed 2 weeks of my ladies aerobics class, but I'll be back to that on Monday.

I hope everyone is doing well and that you are enjoying your weekends.

Summer - I hope the puppy is settling in too!

These verses were sent to me on Friday at work, thought I'd share the encouragement!

God has a Positive Answer

For all the negative things we to say to
ourselves, God has a positive answer for it.

You say, "It's impossible."
God says: "All thing are possible". (Luke 18:27)

You say, "I'm too tired."
God says: "I will give you rest". (Matt 11:28-20)

You say, "Nobody really loves me."
God says: "I love you". (John 3:16 - John 13:34)

You say, "I can't go on."
God says: "My grace is sufficient." (II Cor. 12:9 - Psalm 91:15)

You say, "I can't figure things out."
God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say, "I can't do it."
God says: "You can do all things in Me." (Phil 4:13)

You say, "It's not worth it."
God says: "It will be worth it." (Romans 8:28)

You say, "I can't forgive myself."
God says: "I forgive you." (I John 1:9 - Romans 8:1)

You say, "I can't manage."
God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Phil 4:19)

You say, "I'm afraid."
God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (II Tim. 1:7)

You say, "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: "Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

You say, "I don't have enough faith."
God says: "I've given everyone a measure of faith." (Romans 12:3)

You say, "I'm not smart enough."
God says: "I give you wisdom." (I Cor. 1:30)

You say, "I feel all alone."
God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Heb. 13:5)

08-02-2003, 08:42 PM
Hello this wonderful Saturday. I am sitting here with my Angel puppy it is my turn on the computer! The day started kind of tough but we were all blessed today in an unexpected way. My DSF inlaw sent a letter to all the grand kids and ask them to write what they would do if they found 100 bill. All of my kids wrote him back and he sent each of them 25.00 and one of my kids got 35.00 for such a caring letter. And he sent me and my DH a nice letter and Money to help us out (they know the wedding is costing a lot and now with back to school on top of that the belt is tight! I thank you Lord for those unexpected blessing!

Daise-Thank you so much for the verses that is just what I needed today. I will pray that things are going well for you.

Angel Lover-Thank you so much for your care I hurt my knee it will be two years ago christmas eve. I fell from the top of a really tall ladder and landed on my hands and both knee's. The left leg has nerve damage and the right knee has been swollen every since. I was told when it happen that it will take a long time to heal but now it gives out and pops with now warning. And both of my knees grind really bad. The Xray didn't show any injury so I don't have any bone damage (which is a blessing if you would have seen the ladder I fell from).

Mithypoo-My kids bicker but I am thankful that they are all very close. Now today all is calm! (never quite) I hope you are feeling better. At the DR office I noticed half the staff had that terrible cough. You better watch that cyst. Those can been painful.

Blessing this evening,

08-04-2003, 12:29 PM
It's a holiday here in Canada today and I'm enjoying it. I'm going to do some baking and make a green bean soup. My house also needs cleaning and that shouldn't take too long to do.

We went to the place we moved from to attend a wedding. It was so good to see friends again. But, it was also good to be home. I guess we've adjusted to the move much better than we thought we would. We were convinced that this was what God wanted us to do and we still are.

It sounds like you are all doing great. My boys are co-operating a bit better. Sometimes it just takes a word from their dad to make things happen. They are really good guys who love the Lord so I don't want to nag too much. They are both incredibly messy!

I need to take one of them to work soon so I better get going. I just wanted to connect with all of you.

Have a great day!

08-04-2003, 07:45 PM

I had a great week away. Thanks for all the well wishes. We came real close to buying a house but didn't. It fit all the criteria we had, won't go into all the details--HOWEVER- we would not be able to rent it out, due to the association it was with, Can't have that, we would keep our house here and rent that one out for now. Oh well maybe it isn't meant to be-- We found alot of homes we would love to live in if we were to relocate now. We were looking for a home we could rent out now and move into later and keep our home here in case we wanted back. Anyway had a GREAT time with all my friends in the area and the two that came down from WAshington to see us-- we are going to look there in the winter-- I love it in the northern part of the state but we are going to look in the south.

WILMA- Doesn't matter how good the boys are!! It is a matter of respect! It is your house and they need to live by your rules period!! Bottom line----- if they have time to play on the computer-- THEY HAVE TIME TO CLEAN THEIR ROOM!!!!! You can make all the excuses you want--BUT THEY DO HAVE TIME. Probably the thing is--NO OFFENSE!!-- they have been able to get away with it;) It is no big deal to them but it is to you!! Just tell them for every hour they are on the computer that you DEMAND one hour of basement cleaning until it is up to your satisfaction. Simple-- in my house if they don't keep their room REASONABLE I have the power--AND USE IT-- to yank the computer for anything but homework until I see fit-- if they slam their bedroom doors I have been known to remove the DOOR for weeks at a time if needed-- ONCE they realize you are serious they LISTEN!!! This has absolutely nothing to do with them being good or bad kids-- it is about respect-- you deserve it!! YOU DEMAND IT!!!! Love ya!!

SAMI- Same with you on those kids fighting in the house-- if you take the tv away and it doesn't work take away the phone, computer, cd's, WHATEVER you need to until it stops!! If they hate you--SOOOO WHAT!!! We are to raise them not be their BUDDIES!! If they only like us if they are getting their way then we have nothing-- DEMAND RESPECT!! ONCE they finally figure it out you are serious things will get much better-- TRUST me-- my step-daughter got caught lying to me-- I let her off several times and then warned her-- well long story short she lost tv priveleges in the living room for-- are you ready for this? 6 years because she refused to apologize for lying-- she doesn't lie to me anymore!

My kids have chores to do-- simple ones-- keep their room respectable and 1 kid cleans their bathroom, 1 kid vacumns the house and 1 kid cleans the kitchen counters every week-- TAKES LESS THAN 1 HOUR!! I also understand their schedules and am flexible to that-- if they are doing a good job- no problem-- if they are finding phone, tv, and computer time way more important then we have problems!! Been many years since we have had a problem!!

My son was getting his car insurance paid for by my ex-wife-- for his whole life I picked him up at his practices for sports without a complaint-- I asked him to pick up his sister from her practice once when he was 17 and she was 15-- he gave me a hard time-- how he would have to wait at school for an extra half hour because his practices were shorter-- anyway I went and got her and told him that from now on when I ask him to do it he does without complaints-- GUESS WHAT? a few weeks later same problem-- I went and got my daughter, came home and told my son that fro now on he was paying his own car insurance!! called his mom and told her too-- that little problem with his mouth cost him THOUSANDS!! And you know what? Later he apologized and said he deserved it and had learned a very expensive lesson. He still has to pay his own insurance though:lol:

MICHELE- Hi there-- went to Sisters-- you were right! My wife loved the shops-- didn't get south of Bend though-- we ended up flying in instead of driving-- alot to think about.

ANGEL-LOVER, DAISE, doitformeSUE- anyone I forgot-- I have alot to do tonight so I will catch up later.


08-04-2003, 08:31 PM
Gary~I'm glad you are back and glad you and DW had a great vacation. Sounds like you liked OR. Bend is nice, huh. Oh, i miss Sisters, glad you guys enjoyed it.

I made it to work and felt better this a.m. but it's hanging on. I'm pooped after the day and then I had 2 mystery shops to do. Just home now at 6:30. Going to gel for the evening.

08-05-2003, 12:19 PM
I have been looking for a place to fit in on 3FC for so long. I think this group is it!

I am totally relying on Christ's strength to help me lose this weight. It has gotten to where I have to lose the weight, I can feel my knee's starting to ache and have had some trouble. I am 26 and weigh 273, I started out at 280 and I am doing 10 lbs at a time. I really need to do this because I love working with children and I know that is what God has called me to do, the last thing I want to do is be 'out of shape.'

I have two girls 6 and 4. I think it is neat that all of you talk about your families, encourage each other and talk about what the Lord has done in your lives. I find it encouraging to hear about what the Lord has done in others lives. For instance: about a week ago I was changing a tire on our vehicle, I was home alone with my girls and I had the GMC all jacked up, when I heard the Lord tell me to get away. I moved out of the way and sure enough it fell and broke my jack. We was really blessed that day.

Right now I am looking for a job. But it is so important to me to be in God's Will. So I am trying to be patient and not get upset.

Daise- Thanks for the scriptures. That really touched my heart. I think I might email that to some friends.

Hope everyone has a great day. I think I'm going to the lake. I'll check back in tonight.

God's Blessings,


08-05-2003, 01:25 PM
Amy~Welcome! Hope you post often. I think you have a great idea to look at it at 10 lbs at a time. I needed to hear that today, so thanks! Look forward to your posts.

08-05-2003, 10:20 PM
Glad to have you here, Amy. That about the tire & jack was awesome!! You know, we have angels camped around us!! Your guardian angel was watching over you! http://www.sunsetangel.com/angels/graphics/cherub248.gifI'll help you pray about your job, & also, about your weightloss. I can't exercise, due to physical problems....but the Lord has helped me lose about 28 lbs. He is good!

Gary...good to see you're back!

Wilma...glad you got to go home....sounds like you've settled in your new home quite well, though.

I spent a day out with my 3 school-age granddaughters...just hanging out, & buying them a new outfit. It's an annual thing we've had going. It was nice, but I'm very tired.

Mitchypoo, Sami, Daise....anyone I've missed...please forgive me. I'm also thinking of you. Maybe I can post tomorrow. Take care. http://www.00fun.com/angel05.gif

08-06-2003, 10:05 PM
Quickly Ladies- I have alot to do. Missing that week in Oregon really set me back at work and yard stuff-- plus returning all my missed calls from work for bids-- AAHHHH! But it was a great week off.
It is absolutely beatiful here, although a little hot-- not where I am working though because that is a job just a few miles from the beach.
Just got back from Costco- we call it our 300/400 dollar store-- I swear we spend sooo much money on liquids- water in big bottles- 3 cases, sport bottles- 3 cases, 2 cases of beer, 1 case of teas, 1 case of Gatorade, 1 of juice and 1 of V8-- and we do this every month!! Are you all in the same sinking boat lol?

Well gotta go-WELCOME AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The rest of my buddies better get with the posting!!

Later, IN HIS CARE- Gary

08-06-2003, 10:09 PM
Thank you for the wonderful 'WELCOMES'. You are all so nice. I have always done the low-fat diet thing and it works but very slowly, which I know is suppose to be the healthiest way. I was wanting to know everybody's opinion about the Atkins diet??? Are any of you on this???

God's Blessings,


08-06-2003, 10:21 PM
Hi Amyyy....Good to hear from you.

I've never tried the Atkins Diet. Only thing I know is the people I've known to be on it started out losing very fast....but later slowed down dramatically. Now, I'm not saying it was the diet. They may not have kept to it right. I'm just not a person to go by a certain diet. I just watch what I eat & drink a lot of water. It's working so far. I've lost 28 lbs since April 23rd & not able to exercise.

Are you going to try it? Keep us informed on your progress.

Hope all are having a great evening....http://members.aol.com/gardenmail/anipeace.gif

08-06-2003, 11:07 PM
Amyyy, I'm new to this forum, but I've been on the Atkins diet since Oct, '03, lost 80#s then became glucose intolerant or at least it finally showed up. My doc is sending me for diabetes training to adjust my diet. I've done lots of reading in the mean time and decided SB is for me. It will give me lots more choices and get everything under control. I was a sweet aholic but have been totally off sugar since about 5/15 which has helped tremendously. The transfer for me to SB shouldn't be too hard since I'm already sugar free. Atkins worked well for me and helped me become sugar free which I would have done earlier if not for influence from my son who has now left me home to go work in another city...YEA!! I can do my own thing and eat and buy just what I need too!! I'll shop this weekend and start Sunday on SB. I would love a diet buddy. I'm from Alabama. ....Thanks..Kriket

08-06-2003, 11:13 PM
Happy someone came along to help Amyyy with Atkins Diet!

I'm from Russellville, Al....about 36 miles from Florence...know where it's at?


08-07-2003, 08:35 AM
Amy, I've done Atkins too and it really works for me. It is sometimes hard to stick to you (or for me it is) but i'm addicted to sugar and carbs. I would suggest you get the book and read about it or go to their website and understand what the lifestyle change is. When you understand it, it makes so much sense. It does for me anyway.

Yesterday I had an OP day except for a small slip in the evening. But I'm really trying to stay positive and not let negative feelings get to me. Today is a new day and i intend to try my best.

Gary~wow, that is a lot of liquid. But then too, you have a lot of people in your house. And i noticed that soda was not included on that list which was a good thing probably. Maybe you should consider getting water home delivery and then you can get your own sport bottle and fill it up on your own? Some water companies sell it pre-packaged too and will deliver to you and it is sometimes less expensive that Costco. We have a Sam's club here but it'd hardly be worth it for just me.

Welcome Kriket! I'm interested how Atkins worsened your blood glucose levels, i'll PM you about that later. I don't know the difference of SB, but am curious.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Patti.......isn't that computer up yet! Want to hear about the move and the house. Sherri.......where are you, dear friend? :( Who else is MIA?

08-07-2003, 01:24 PM
Hi All!

This is the day that the Lord has made!

Welcome to the newbies - I still consider myself one!:wave:
Amyy- I am not doing Atkins but the South Beach Diet - 3FC has a forum called 3 FC on the Beach and it is about the South BEach Diet - It is under the Low Carb section but it is not really. THe first two weeks is no carbs but than you reintroduce Good Carbs in your body like whole grains and good fruits etc. Check it out! It is full of information. Or check out the prevention.com website they have info on it too.

Gary - Welcome Back and praise for safe travel

Sami - my mother used the fudge recipe from the back of the Fluff jar and because it was time consuming she boutgh enough little chocolates to put 1 piece in a box and 1 piece of fudge. Guests asked for the fudge recipe!:hun:

Michelle keep your chin up - little slips are fine as long as you do not beat yourself up about it and make it a big slip. It happens to everyone.

I must go - it has been busy and I getting used to the puppy and him following me everywhere. I need to invest in a dust buster. I just ask for prayers for my sister who is starting a job hunt and lives in a city where she doesn't want to be but is too afraid to leave. I appreciate it. :flow2:


08-07-2003, 04:10 PM
Ok started back on track. Went to my Christian Ladies Aerobics class on Monday night (kicked my butt too!). The cool thing though, is I know I said I had been eating not so well for the two weeks I missed, well we weighed in and measured Monday and I had only gained 2lbs...which probably wasn't weight gain at all,!!! Plus I had lost a lot of inches over the last month!

That was a praise for sure!

I'm feeling better in some ways, but still struggling. I have set a goal for myself though, to drink at least 2 quarts of water a day, but shoot for the gallon a day. Flush the Fat my dears!

AMY - Welcome! Welcome! I can really understand your concerns....I've been living this way for far to long myself and I think my right knee is already in bad shape, but I know that I can only do this through Christ who strengthens me. I've tried to loose weight on my own, diet plans, etc....without God first....and obviously I failed. I'm learning through this ladies exercise group just how important it is to give God even this part of my life, not just everything else...I can't keep anything that once belonged to me...He wants the good and the bad so that he may clean house!

Kriket - Welcome to you too! I've just returned to this group recently. We are glad to have you too!

Sami, Mitchypoo, Angel Lover, Geomonster, Wilma12, and Ezmoney - Hope you all are doing well and keeping your chin up! This is my Monday, and I have exercise class today again. I've already got 1 and a half quarts of water down for the day! Sadly, I think I will need to move my office to the restroom! :)

Well everyone, I pray that you all are drawing upon the strength of Christ to get you through each day!

08-07-2003, 08:53 PM
HI CE'ers :wave:

Hope this finds everyone doing well today.

Not much happening around here- just still trying to catch up work from the week off-- not that I do that much:lol:

DAISE a 2 pound gain is nothing! You probably took that off in class.

SUMMER Hope that puppy is potty trained:lol:

MICHELE We have had a filter on the water before- my wife just really likes the bottle water and is willing to pay for it-- I just drink it out of the tap.

ANGEL-LOVER How is that house coming? and the radio studio!

KRIKET Welcome!!:balloons:

Well hello to all my old friends-SAMI, WILMA, doitformeSUE, SHERRY (where are you?-hope all is well!!), JOANNE and who ever else this old man forgot.

Checkin out to do yard work- Later,


08-07-2003, 10:23 PM
Kriket and Mitchypoo- I started the Atkins diet 3 days ago. Oh my, it has been miserable so far. I knew I like carbs but I must have been addicted to sugar and not known it. I have had really bad headaches. I hope this part gets over soon. So far I find it really hard to be on. I don't know what I can eat and everything I check has a ton of carbs. I'm already sick of eggs and I can't believe how I have gotten use to putting sugar into everything. I decided I will try the two weeks, and then go from there. We'll see! I would love to get to know you better if you want to pm me. I could really use your help!

GEMonster- Does the South Beach Diet cost anything? What's the difference between it and Atkins?

It's great being here all of you are WONDERFUL!!! Thanks for making me feel right at home! or Whatever!


08-07-2003, 10:30 PM
Daise- I'm totally with you. God does want everything, and as soon as I feel like I have totally surrendered my life it doesn't take me very long to find out there was something I was holding back. Your right, if we don't put God first in our lives dieting isn't going to do us any good. I NEED HIS STRENGTH! I, me, myself has hardly any will-power at all.

God's Blessings,

08-08-2003, 09:59 AM
It's been a busy week for me even though it was a short one. I missed being here with you.

I've been getting discouraged that although I go to Curves and thought I was eating properly I wasn't losing the weight. Yesterday I talked to my instructor and she gave me some pointers. I'm going to eat less carbs and increase my protein a bit. I eat way too many carbs and knew this was a change I needed to make. I'm going to see what happens with this. I weigh in on the 18th so that gives me a bit of time to see if this works.

I'm glad to see everyone here doing so well and that we have some newbies as well. WELCOME! I don't know where I would be without all of you in my life.

I have to leave for work shortly but wanted to connect with you.

Have a wonderful day!

08-08-2003, 04:28 PM
Howdy Howdy Everyone!

Well workout class was great - very hard for me since it's a new set (45 mins of Cardio). The pastor's wife calls it Burn Out! There are points were I like to call it Pass Out! But I do keep moving even if it is just walking in place and not moving with the rest of the class in the routine.

Amy and Everyone - I found this prayer from I used to post and found it appropriate for this time!

Holy Father,
Fill my heart with longong for You and my head with understanding that it is Your presence I crave. I confess that I have often sought relief for my hunger in things that do not satisfy. I pledge today to recognize all other sources of satisfaction to be temporary and false. I promise to pursue You and Your will through Your word and Your Spirit until I rest in Your presence and grace. In the power of Jesus, my Savior and Lord - Amen!

I thought about you Amy and then thought it might be an encouragement to everyone else. I have printed out some copies to place in certain areas (Bathroom mirror, work, Bible, Car - for those times I feel temptations for Taco Bell or Sonic!)

Hope you all get ready to enjoy your weekend!

08-08-2003, 10:53 PM
Hi everyone....don't have a lot of time, but did want to drop in & wish all a good week-end!

Gary....I had a terrible week at the TV Station this week. Although there is a Christian Radio Station in the same building...I'm in the Christian TV Station. It's a long story...but a lot went wrong, when I was alone! The ole devil knows it's a blessing to a lot of people, so he gives the weakest link a rough time....ME! The managers are going on vacation next week, & although there will be others there in the evenings, I'll be alone for the morning weather, etc., so please be praying for me! It's not me messing up, (most of the time)but the equipment freezing up.... Gonna be a long week.

As far as the house, it's slow...but progressing. My poor husband is working himself down!! He's lost 20 lbs & not on a diet. We're in a race, now, to get it to where we can stay in the 2 rooms we're in for the winter.(Just couldn't take the camper anymore.) Thanks for asking.

Well...I lost 2 lbs this week. That's a total of 28 lbs since April 23rd. Slowly, but surely.

Hope all have a good week-end!

08-09-2003, 12:52 PM
Hello to all and a big welcome to our new people KRIKET and AMYYY. It has been a really busy week this week. My DD moved out so we have been helping her. All that lifting has really caused me a lot of pain. I have been trying to push myself because I am so tired of being in pain. It was sad to see her go it just hit me how close the wedding is. Things at work were tough this week some of the bosses were upset with each other very petty! Well you know what they say about stuff trickles down hill? Since they were mad at my boss somehow the big boss (who is very short tempered and very harsh with his mouth) And he told my boss he was going to have a talk with me and her together. My Boss is new and I do a lot of her work I do the job of 3 people with very little help. And I really don't mind because it keeps me busy all day long. And when I heard that he wanted to talk to me and it was hinted I wasn't doing my job that would have been the last straw. I have other HR people calling me (people higher up than me who call me and ask how to do things) All this because the bosses are back stabbing to each other! Well to make a long story short he never did talk to me and I know he knows I know what he said so now he is being real nice to me. I am real careful not to gossip and to always stay posstive but the stress is starting to get to me and it shows.

I am sorry to ramble on. Ez I must say that it is so peaceful here at my house now that my oldest is gone. I love her to death but she is very bossy to her siblings and that caused a lot of wars here. She already misses her family she has been out for 3 nights and her sister spent 2 of them with her and her bother has spent 1. She did shopping and bought things like kid shampoo so when the younger ones spent the night she would have it on hand!

Well I have rambled on for to long. I will be praying for all your needs and I am asking for Prayer for a Woman I work with her husband just got the bad news his cancer is back. He will go and have scans done to see where. Also the family of the man who had heart cancer died last Sat he lived a lot longer than expected he wasn't suppose to make it past thanksgiving. We also lost another church member who was just told he had cancer of the brain less than 3 weeks ago. Keep thier familys in your family both of these men were strong christians and God called them home.

08-09-2003, 05:52 PM

Boy is it hot here today-- went to work for a few hours this morning, had big plans to do stuff around here when I got home--FORGET IT!! I think I will take a nap and then watch some of the Little League regional play-off games on ESPN2-- I can do this cause my wife and step-D are out of town for the day to see her mom/grandma, my daughter is working and my son got a rare day off so he went with buddies to the horse races.

SAMI- YEA! Peace-- it must be hard though seeing your daughter move out:sorry: I hope see continues to miss her siblings-- seems to be better! Prayers for your work situation.

AMY- Hope the Atkins is going better for you this week-end.

WILMA- Don't worry! It will all come together soon. Curves is a good place to be at-- a healthy body is what you are after!! How are those boys doing on their clean-up patrol?

DAISE Thanks for the prayer you posted.

ANGEL-LOVER Sorry! I meant TV station. I hope the equipment doesn't freeze up! Prayers for this and the house!

Well off to my nap--


08-09-2003, 11:05 PM
Hi everybody....been a busy day. Went to husband's neices' wedding. Very large & very long!! I've never in my life heard that many songs at a wedding! Anyway...it was beautiful....glad it's over.:lol:

Gary....I was only explaining it was TV, so when I WHINE, you understand.:dizzy: Sure do dread next week.....

Sami...sorry things are like that at work for you. I've been through that stuff before. You're in my prayers. Also, the other prayers you requested.

Hello to everyone else...hope you all have a good Sunday! http://www.agifs.hpg.ig.com.br/casais/casal53.gif

08-11-2003, 01:11 AM
I got back home on Thursday night, late, then had to work all day Fri, and a double shift sat/sun. I just got home and managed to read all the notes since I've been off. Welcome to Amy and Kricket. Sami sorry to hear about your the friends . I will pray foir them. It is easier knowing the person that passed knew the Lord. Hi to everyone else, hope everything works out with Mr Washington, or Mr. California, Mitchy. Angel- I continue to love your graphics and you are so sweet you always have a way of bringing someone up, Thanks Daise I like your saying- so true, E.Z. thanks so much for missing me, sounds like you had an awesome trip I sure did. We went to Maine and Chipman New Brunswick, and then to P.E.I. The kids were so good and had an awesome time, they really did an exceptional job on their program. Now the youth group left today for a camping retreat, where they are responsible for leading devotions and have bible study a couple times aday, then its fun in the sun on the lake with the motor boats, ect. We had a church from prebble N.Y. come from Wed. To Sun. to help work on our church, they got so much done with the assistance of our own people.Pastor had his mri's and cat scans still waiting report. Just pray it is good news.
I am taking the pastor's wife up to the lake tom. to spend time with the kids at the retreat, she doesn't like to drive, then the pastor's family leaves for vacation in ocean city, on Sat. So hope his results are back before then. I leave next Monday for two more weeks of camping. O.k. now I need my bed, its almost 12:30a Good night- God bless. Luv ya's your in my prayers.

08-11-2003, 04:02 PM
Hey everyone, I hope your week is starting out great!

Sue - YOU WENT TO PEI? OH how I've dreamed of going there. I'm a huge L.M. Montgomery fan - I so longed to be one of Anne of Green Gables Kindred Spirits. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip!

This is really my Friday, and good thing too, I'm ready for two days off.

I encourage each of you to rest in the Father. He loves us just the way we are and He will always be there and understand each struggle.

Praise Him for His Unfailing Love!

08-11-2003, 10:47 PM
Greetings to all of you. It's been another lovely day here. I plan to enjoy each one because before you know it.........

I've been on a low carb diet for the past 3 days. I hope to kick start my weight loss again. I don't believe in cutting something out of my diet but thought this would be a good way to start losing again. It has been incredibly hard to cut back on the carbs. I didn't realize how much I love them until this week. I'll keep you posted on how well it works. I have my second weigh in at Curves on the 18th and am looking forward to seeing what has come off. My clothes are fitting a bit looser now and that is such a wonderful feeling.

Daise: Way to go on making it through your work out. The more you do them the easier they get! Keep up the great work!

Angel-lover: Great job on the 2 lbs gone forever.

Sami: I'm sorry you're having such stress at work. Why can't the higher-ups see what goes on? Haven't they been there at one time? I'll be praying for your friends! How old was your daughter that moved out? Sometimes it's hard to have adult children around especially when there are younger ones still at home.

Gary: Glad to see you're relaxing for a change. You deserve it!
Not much has changed on the cleaning front here. They are cleaning up their dishes now and that's a step in the right direction. We have someone coming to work on the house very soon so they'll have to clean then. They are both working evening shifts now so I don't see much of them.

doitforme: I grew up on Anne of Green Gables too. I live in Canada and have never been to PEI. Is is as lovely as they say?
It sounds like you had a lovely holiday.

Well, better go get something done. I'm making a fruit soup tonight so the guys can have it chilled tomorrow. One sneaky way of getting fruit into them. They love it and don't care that it's good for them.

08-12-2003, 10:37 PM
P.E.I. is wonderful! The island is beautiful lush and green, and the dirt is the color of clay pots orange red, it is neat. The water is the wamest water North of the Caralinas. Which is weird but it is just the way the jet stream flows. If ya get a chance you should go. We went across the bridge, just remember the toll charge is on the way out of P.E.I. so save $ for that. But really beautiful island, lots of potato plants. The kids caught lobster, and crabs, with just mask and snorkles they had a great time. I never read Anne of Green Gables, but they sell the dolls, and have girls dancing and there is alot of celtic stuff there. Neat place Make plans and go see it, you should both of ya.
Then yesterday I joined them at camp on 8th lake in the adirondack montains. This was a youth camp trip with some area churches, where the kids have to do devotionals and the two pastors in attendance also do lessons in Am. Then they play all day. Swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, and riding on tubes behind power boats ect. Then eat, have devotions and sing around a campfire Christian songs and hymms. They even had some colledge kids in attendance this year. We had a great time yesterday. Pastor gets results Thurs. So just praying they are good ones. Your right daise, there is no better place for peacefull rest. See ya's

08-13-2003, 12:34 PM
My cp has that virus that is going around everywhere. I'll be back as soon as I can. Hope all are ok....keep praying for me....please.

08-14-2003, 09:22 PM
Blessing to all so sorry I will just be popping in and out until things calm down around here. So busy getting things together for the wedding. I became really sick again and went back to the doctor and he has added another med to my already long list. It doesn't seem to be helping and I am having trouble keeping any thing down but last night I wanted chips and salsa and I ate some and It stayed down (how strange) My Dr also sent me to a sports injury Dr. and they did Xray on my knees and he is really worried about my right knee so I am having a MRI next tueday. I was talking to my Phar because I was worried about the fact I may not be keeping enough of my meds down and he ask if I had been checked for MS he think my systoms and the fact I have not responded to many of the meds he suggested that I be tested for MS. I called my Nerolgist and talked to the nurse and she felt he maybe on to something. My neroligist is on Vac so he will get back to me next week. Angel lover I am keeping you in my prayers I hope all is well. doitforme sounds like you had a great time I hope Your Pastor is doing well. Keep us posted. Wilma I am so Proud of you. I know your WI will go well. Amyy I know what you mean about the will power I often think if I didn't have this stomach thing I would be even biger. Dasie I am keeping you boyfriends mother in my prayers. I got to run. Prayers for all of you.

08-14-2003, 10:03 PM
Good News Everybody! I got the job. I really didn't think I had it because I was trying to be a para in the elementary school and it didn't work out but it just so happens they needed someone at the Middle school. I guess that is where God wanted me! Thanks for your prayers.

As for the weight thing, its coming along. I really hope having a job will help me lose some weight. I think alot of my weight came from staying home with my girls and being bored.

Hope everyone is well and doing great.

Sami, let me know what you find out about your knee. I will keep you in my prayers, it could very easily be me.

08-15-2003, 12:02 AM
For those of you who haven't checked out the FREE, online course at Setting The Captives Free, I thought I'd include the first lesson from "The Lord's Table." The other 59 lessons can be found at the link below. All you have to do is sign up and commit a half hour of your time each day to do the lessons......I'm on lesson 30 now and so glad someone told me about it........see what you think:)


Now, let's begin to study this first Day of The Lord's Table:

Right from the start, we must understand the following foundational truth or we will not be successful in the implementation of our plan to change our eating habits. The truth is that in order to be successful in carrying out a battle plan against overeating, our motives must be right. And what is the “proper motive” you ask? The proper biblical motive for losing weight must be the glory of God.

"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Now think about this with me for a minute. Most dieter's have their own glory as the motive for losing weight; they want to slim down in order to fit in that outfit, or to look good at their class reunion; or they lose weight so that people will comment on how good they look, or maybe just to feel better about themselves. This, in reality, is self worship, which should have no place in the heart of the Christian who professes to worship God.

I know that during my years of being overweight I would try one diet after another, always seeking that correct combination of foods or the denial of certain other foods that would make me lose weight so I would look and feel good, so that others would notice me and that I would have a good self image. But looking back, I see that these motives were all wrong; it was all about me. It was for my own glory and that’s why it never lasted.

Question 1. Have you discovered that in the past you may have desired to lose weight for the wrong reasons too? If so, what motivations have you had for losing weight?

If we set out on this course to lose weight for our own glory we can not expect God's assistance. Since God is the greatest good, He sets out to work all things for His own glory, and if we seek to lose weight for our own glory we are at cross purposes with God. He will not share His glory with another (Isaiah 48:11).
This concept is very important to understand, so let’s look at an illustration of this in Judges 7:2

"And the LORD said to Gideon, 'The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'

Do you see it? God had to REDUCE the size of Gideon's army so that when they won the battle Israel would not claim glory for themselves. This could be the very reason why we have not been successful in losing weight permanently in the past, because God has not wanted us to boast in ourselves, or in a certain diet, or in following the advice of a diet guru. God desires His glory to be great in our salvation (Psalm 21:5). God works for His own glory! And this is why we must settle this issue of motivation right here in the beginning. Is our motive in losing weight to honor Him or ourselves? Are we working with Him, or are we at cross purposes with Him?

Now that we understand our purpose here, let me tell you that there is great hope in having the glory of God as our motivation! If we have a purpose in our hearts to glorify God then we are working in concert with God, and He will enable us to do what we seek to do. Please don't miss this. Proper motive in losing weight (the glory of God) will ensure our success, as God Himself comes to our aid so that He would be glorified. Do you see it?

"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Question 2. What should the Christian's motive be for losing weight?

I believe we must make the connection that eating in a disciplined manner, which enables weight loss, is honoring to the Lord. Indeed, He is glorified in the daily choice we make to turn away from gratifying our flesh by overeating. Now this is not to say that all who are thin, and all who eat in a disciplined manner are glorifying God. Obviously, such is not the case as there are many thin people who are living their lives for their own glory. But it is to say that the motivation for the Christian must be to honor the Lord in everything, including how we feed our bodies.
Some time ago I recognized that I had been trying to lose weight for the wrong motives. God convicted my heart that I needed to have proper motives. I remember when I first confessed to Him that I had been dieting for my own selfish reasons, to draw attention to myself and to feel good about myself. It was a time of deep sorrow in my heart for I saw that I was attempting to rob God of some of His glory. I remember kneeling by my hotel room bed and praying something like this, "Father I have gone about this weight loss thing all wrong. I now see that I am to do everything for Your glory but in the past I've been promoting my own glory. No wonder I've not been successful. Would you please forgive me for these wrong motives? Would you please change my heart to desire your glory above all else?"

That prayer was a turning point for me. It was really the beginning of new life, as I was now beginning to seek the glory of the Lord ahead of everything else. To be honest, at times the flesh still gets in the way and I become distracted again, but overall I believe the primary purpose of my heart is to honor the Lord now. We should be able to say with the Psalmist in Psalm 115:1:

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.

Question 3. Possibly you will want to confess something to God similar to my prayer above. Have you been seeking your own glory or attempting to lose weight for the wrong reasons? If so, here is a place where you can write out a prayer of repentance to God. Yes, these types of prayers can be personal, just between you and God, but if you'd like to write yours here we will join with you in praying for new motives and new desires for you. You may write your prayer here if you wish:

Now, as I have said, there is real hope for losing weight and keeping it off permanently when our motive is the glory of God. If we begin to focus on the glory of God we will inevitably change. Let's look at the Scriptures together. Please look at the following passages of Scripture and answer the questions below:
"16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).

Question 4. According to verse 18 above, what is it that enables us to be transformed?

This is starting to get good isn't it? Look at the HOPE we should have for real change as we focus on the glory of God. According to the above passage, as we behold the glory of the Lord we are being transformed into the same image; that is, into Christ-likeness. As our motives become the glory of God, and as we begin to focus on the glory of God, we become transformed!
Question 5. If you have tried dieting in the past and failed, according to the teaching so far, why did you fail?

Question 6. Are you now sensing a hope that you can truly change? If so, upon what is that hope based?

Finally, let us notice what the glory of God really is. The glory of God is multi-faceted and difficult to reduce to words. I feel inadequate to even try. And yet, God has not left us in the dark as to what His glory is. Notice this passage of Scripture:
"1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they" (Hebrews 1:1-4).

Notice that verse 3 above calls "the Son" Who is Jesus Christ, "the brightness of His glory." This is important. When the above Scriptures direct us to focusing on the glory of the Lord what they are really saying is to see this glory in Jesus Christ, God's Son. So let us make the connection here. If we desire to be transformed we must focus on God's glory, and God's glory is wrapped up in the Person of Jesus Christ. The Lord's Table course seeks to focus our attention on Christ, to have us contemplate His glory, so that in fixing our eyes on Him we will become transformed into His image.

Question 7. Where is the glory of God seen most clearly?
In closing, we must have proper motives to live our lives correctly, including the forming of proper eating habits. This course will test our motives as we are confronted with Scriptural truth, and we will seek to focus our attention on Jesus Christ, for in doing so we will inevitably become transformed. And this is what we are after, isn't it?
Question 8. Please summarize the teaching of this first day. Include what you have learned, any changes being made in you and how you will apply what you have studied today.

Question 9. Please share with us any final thoughts you may have or how we can best pray for you. Your mentor will read everything you write and is committed to praying for you.

Question 10. Finally, for our records, please tell us how you found The Lord's Table course.

Friend, every day we will include some Scripture to consider. Please don't skip over these passages, as they are selected to go with each day's teaching. Here is today's passage to consider:
5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
For great is the glory of the LORD.
6 Though the LORD is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands (Psalm 138:5-8).

What does "feasting at the Lord's Table" mean?

"Feasting at the Lord's table" is a bit difficult to wrap words around, but let's try! Feasting at the Lord's Table is more than just reading our Bibles, it is a term to express the fattening of our souls in Jesus Christ. It means that we are sitting at the feet of Jesus, hearing His Word and believing, for the purpose of implementing the truths into our lives. It means we are receiving spiritual nourishment and that we are delighting our souls in His grace and truth. This can be done reading our Bibles, hearing God's Word preached, interacting with others, studying through this course...etc. This definition is at least a start, more is explained in the course.

Be blessed,


08-15-2003, 09:40 AM
Thepastors test came back and they believe the spot that was on the lung is actually scar tissue, and that it is shinking, he has a small bleed somewhere which they can not find, and this has caused him to be anemic. He also is suffering with something new that was a pain in his left knee and then moved down to his left big toe, he has a history of gout but the Dr. said this wasn't gout so don't know will keep ya posted He leaves tom. with his family for a vacaion in Ocean City. This was a big answer to prayer, and I thank you all for praying. I will keep ya posted on how things go. Sami- I will keep you in my prayers, so sorry to hear your so sick, and then with the stress of the wedding. and all. I pray the Lord wrap a protective hedge around you and bring you back to full health. Keep us posted. Angellover- sorry to here about your computer, you'll be missed. Hope your soon up and running. Janeypoo- thanks so much for the lesson, I will have to check out that site. Hi to everyone else. I leave Sunday for vacation, going to church ect. But will be away from my computer until around Labor Day. Hope the rest of August goes well for you all. Hard to bbelieve summer is almost gone. I am going camping for two weeks, then my vacation time will be exhausted, and will have to stay at work. See ya in Sept. Your all in my prayers. God Bless!

08-15-2003, 04:29 PM
AMYY - CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When you say para do you mean a para-educator? If so that's cool, my mom is a para-educatior here in Texas. Anyway, I'm so excited God answers prayers and works things out in His perfect time!

Janey - Thanks for the lesson, I have saved it and visited the website.

Sue - I will continue to keep your pastor in my prayers.

Sami - your in my thoughts and prayers as the craziness of wedding plans and last minute details seem to consume things. I hope you are feeling better and keeping your spirits up.

Everyone else - Wilma, EZ, Angel-lover - Hope your weekend goes well and that your week has been great.

It's been a tough week for me, kinda down and not sure why. I feel I am going through a period of being broken by the Holy Spirit, in order to be cleansed. Pruning is never pleasant.

Talk with you all later.

08-15-2003, 09:17 PM
Hi! It's been another busy week but the weekend is finally here. It is so HOTTT!!! I am so thankful for A/C. Were any of you affected by the big blackout? We weren't but know people who were.

Tomorrow we go to a wedding and an outdoor reception. I bought a nice sleeveless, cool dress to wear so hopefully I'll survive it.

I've been doing great with my WOE. I sure hope it reflects with my weigh in next week. I'm still faithfully doing Curves and have a friend at work who has joined to so that makes it more fun to talk about progress, etc.

I should get doing some cleaning. We have overnight company coming tonight and I'm almost ready. I wish I had time to address everyone personally. Please know that I appreciate all of you and your posts. I need them to keep going on this journey.

Have a great day!

08-16-2003, 08:24 AM
Well, I'm finally back online! I got through to a microsoft tech just before my cp was going to crash! They said on the news that it wasn't bad, & easy to get out. Not true with mine. The "worm" crawled very fast...destroying, to where I couldn't download the patch or anything. I checked it yesterday morning (Friday) & nothing hardly would work. I thought I'd try one more time to get through to that toll-free number they gave out. Someone answer right away...took 4 hours! He let me know, mine was almost too late to bring back. I knew the Lord had helped me....I use my cp for church work & different things ministering. I don't understand why people would want to be so evil! Yes, I guess I do.......:devil: But, we have a higher power that helps us!!http://graphics.vfwds.com/images/relig/jilws.gif

I'm so far behind....I'm just going to say hello to everyone this time. Thank you for your prayers, & I'm praying for you. I DID read all the posts. I had a VERY smooth week at the tv station this week....it couldn't have went any better! Thank you for praying .

I'll check in later...God bless you all.... http://members.aol.com/gardenmail/anifromgg.gif

08-16-2003, 10:21 AM
hello to all! I am slowly feeling a little better. I have a call in to my DR. so we will see what happens when he gets back. I have done some reading on MS and I do fit the profile. I realized I have been ill for about 12 yrs. but I would go to the Dr and he would treat what was wrong then I would get better for awhile. And then I would call and tell him I am out of remission! And Then I would come it and start over. 12 yrs ago when it started I was so dead tired I spent a lot of time in bed and slept everytime the kids took naps. Because this has ran in a remission out of remission I have been tested several times for Lupus I have had 3 diffrent Dr test me for lupus (just through blood work) So pray for me I am worried but I am giving it to the Lord.

Angel Lover-I am so glad you are back and like you said there is a lot of evil out there! Why else would they want to harm us?

Wilma-Wow you have had a lot of wedding this summer. I have 3 dresses now to choose from for the wedding they all look great on me and even if I loose weight they would sill fit nice (please Lord let me keep loosing) If I lose a lot (Please Lord) The Dress is simple I could take it in easy and the outer jacket would still fit. I have two wedding back to back so I will wear at least two of them.

Daise-I just found out my neice has POC you have that also (if my mind remembers right) Do you have any advice I can give her? You hang in there I just take it day by day. Prayers for strength!

Jamey-All I can say is WOW I did see myself in there with you. I know that is why it is so easy to say forget it to the diet because if I am letting myself down who cares? But the thought of facing the Lord with yet another thing I have let him down with is moving.

Doitforme-I am so glad that your Pastor is doing better. Praise the LORD. I bet the Pain in the Leg is related to the cancer treatments they do make the bones more brittle. My Friends son after his treatments also had pain in diffrent places and that is what they told him.

Amyy-Praise the LORD on your new job. I can tell you are going to do well with your weight loss. And you are going to be the best Looking Mom out there (along with all the other christian encourager moms LOL) I will keep you posted on my knees I have a MRI Tues. I fell two years ago from a 15' ladder and landed on my hands and Knees and the left knee has nerve damage and the right is still swollen! They send you to this sport med place and the first thing the DR says is what do you like to do for fun. I say scrapbooking. He says what do you like to do phyical I say scrapbooking. Both knees crunch bad and he says You need to walk and get this (what ever he called it ) broke up or when you get older you wont be able to walk. I loved the part where he says you are way to YOUNG! Then the rest of what he said I didn't like!

EZ-You must be really backed up with work. We have Missed You!

Sherry-You must be working out a lot with that DD. You are still in my prayers and I pray things are going well.

Zoe-Are you unpacked yet? We miss you come back.

And calling all MIA's where are you WE miss you even if I don't list you by name (Remember I have memory loss I am on Meds LOL) This has been the biggest support and I really miss all of you MIA.

08-16-2003, 12:16 PM
HI LADIES :wave:

I am still here!! It has been a tough week at work, a lot of overtime-- always in the summer:cool: . When you are in construction you do what you can when the weather is good-- although here in California the weather doesn't hurt us too much-- however we can get into the LOW 50's in the winter and have up to an INCH of rain in a day:lol:

Actually we work year round here- the only thing that hurts us is the same as everyone else- the economy-- they keep building houses here as fast as they can-- I can't figure it out-- the MEDIAN now for a home in our area is $400,000:yikes: The paper says ENTRY level is $300,000:faint: I sure don't know how the young people are going to do it! One reason why the wife and I were looking in Oregon a few weeks ago- something to cash out on now for the future and keep our home here just in case-- gets mighty cold for me in Oregon in the winter:lol:

My kids have finished up their on-line summer school- they both did very well- I was surprised how much work they had for an on-line class-- both are heading back to school soon- I move my daughter into her on campus condo (with 4 friends) next Saturday, and my son goes back for his last semester on the 3rd, get my step-daughter through 2 more years of high school and I am free!! (only because her grandma on her dad's side is paying for her college:cp: ). I am so thankful my kids got some schlorships, my son is basically free- I have always just had to buy books- the rest has been covered by schlorship money-- now my daughter had free ride offers at several colleges but NOOOO she didn't want those, so although most of her expense is covered by schlorships not all of it is and she attends a very pricy Christian:) college-- the Lord has certainly blessed them! Oh--- they work very HARD!! to keep the money coming in too!!!!

I am going to end this and come right back-- it is getting very long and I don't want to lose it;)

08-16-2003, 12:53 PM
My wife is out painting cabinet doors in the garage-- she is refinishing the kitchen cabinets for the 2nd time in 4 years-- it takes her a lot of time but she is always painting and changing something-- it always looks good but I swear I am losing my memory because of all the years of smelling paint fumes in the house:spin: :yes: I guess I shouldn't complain- by 8 this morning she had already done 3.5 miles on her walk, lifted weights and has been putting her third coat of varnish on the cabinet doors. She is working on some kind of a web site too for exercise-- she is a freak:lol: Can't wait until she goes back to school next week-- the kids calm (knock her on her rear) her down. She drinks a lot more during the school year:D Kidding. It's the same:smug:

SAMI Way to go girl on the dresses-- how are the wedding favors going? The girls in the house and the one out? The boy and his romance that ended? Hope all is well with them- still quiet with the dd gone? I am praying for answers to your prayers and that it isn't MS but something easy to correct!! I think I have mentioned that my sister has Lupus-- has already lived twice what they gave her- the Lord Blesses!! As far as letting God down?-- nah! We are born into it-- He doesn't see it through His love for us. Keep up the fight for your health!!

ANGEL-LOVER YEA!! A good week at the station! So sorry for your computer mess-- I don't know much about them but I did here of the worm you are talking about-- we have a friend who comes and trouble shoots ours if my wife cant get it done over the phone-- she always tries first- she hates not being able to figure things out- anyway he is in his 20's and it gives him extra cash for his computer and stereos. Glad to see things well for you! The hubby still working his fanny off on the house?

WILMA Another wedding? Good for you- you are quite the party animal:cheers: I am sooo glad you are sticking it out at Curves-- and having a friend with you will only increase the fun! Those boys have got to be heading off to school soon too- sure will be quiet there-- and CLEAN:lol: It has been very hot here all week too- nice in the morning and evening though-- we don't have air conditioning here- we rarely would use it-- I would now though.

DAISE I am not sure if the Holy Spirit breaks us down or if it is just God using what we have done to ourselves to correct us-- I think the harm is pretty much done by us to us. Of corse He certainly can use it to kick us into gear!

doitformeSUE I am so glad you are having such a good time with the youth! Kids need great examples and of course you are one of them!! Great news on your Pastor- still praying. Have a great two weeks of camping before you get back to work-- yes the summer went fast this year- is in because it took soo long to get here? I don't think too many of us had a spring- even here in southern California.

son just "stole" my ticket for a free Charger ticket for tonight's game in San Diego- he just headed off to work and said I am taking this coupon for a buy one get one free ticket in case we go to the game after work-- the WE is not me- it is him and a buddy! Heck! I was the one who gave a pint of blood yesterday:lol:
The blood bank told me yesterday that my blood which is o neg is also cmv neg? don't get it but she said that is why they always call me- because my blood can be used for premies. I was a premie (twin-he passed at birth)-- God takes everytrhing full circle doesn't he. I try to give at least 5 times a year-- it is so easy and worthwhile. Actually I won't go to the game- step-d soccer game-- but to not be invited with my own ticket:lol: The boy has been bugging me to go to a Dodger game for the last 2 weeks but I keep blowing him off-- serves me right.

JANEY Welcome:balloons:

AMY Hope all goes well with the new job!!

Well gotta go- the wife is working on a new journal for exercise on the computer and she is in between varnish coats-- she is the boss!!and wants to sit here to work on it--

That is what you gals need-- a journal! to write it all down- keeps my wife from "cheating"



08-16-2003, 05:19 PM
Hello everyone! Feeling a bit better today...maybe because it is my hump day (Weds).

Sami - I know you must feel the stress and often hear the tempter giving discouraging thoughts for you to feed on. I pray that you rebuke those thoughts and continue to keep your eye on the Master Healer. I will continue to pray for you and the doctors that are treating you and running tests.

I actually have not heard of POC, I was diagnosed with TTP (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura - fancy name for a deadly blood disorder). I did try to look up information on POC but did not find the acronym related to a disorder or health symptoms.

I will add your niece to my prayer list as well.

Gary is right, where is everyone. Glad to hear the Lord watches out for his own Angel-lover and you are able to work through this crazy obstical the satan is using to interfer with the Lord's work!

Take care everyone!


08-16-2003, 05:21 PM
Hello CE'ers! :wave:

I'm here Gary, just been lurking a lot lately and not a whole lot to say.

I have a date tonight!! :) 1st date with a guy named Tom who has a great sense-of-humor and seems nice. We're going to dinner at the casino and then going to the pow wow near my house. I love the native culture and am looking forward to this. I'm hoping we have fun, i'm going to just go and have a good time. Bought a cute pair of sandals and a nice top to go with some capris, i've polished my nails and am about to cover my grey w/ a dark blond color, then i have to shave and primp and perfume.....I'll let you know if he turns into a toad!:lol: It's so hot here today, atleast 93, so we're going to melt outside, but oh well, should still be fun.

08-16-2003, 06:49 PM
Have fun Michele-- off to soccer game for step-d-- been watching little league games on espn all day and hanging up the kitchen cabinet doors-- later.

08-16-2003, 10:01 PM
Southern Ontario Canada checking.
Praying everyone is well this warm summers evening?

I've finally got the scales moving downwards! 12 pounds so far, finally out of the 190's and so looking forward to seeing those 170's soon.

Weight Watchers has my stamp of approval, the only safe way I've found to loose weight and learn healthy eating.

Sorry I've not checked in on everyone, the summer is flying by with many a thing to do. We've began showing young Gracie (baby goat) at the local 4-H competitions and so far she's given us a 3rd. place. She's awesome, more like people than an animal. The young children all comment on the fact she's not like any of their goats. Gracie's having been house raised has indeed made her exceptional. We're having fun showing her off.

Praying all in the black out area's are hanging in there.
Our farm is in a very small area that hasn't been affected except for 3 hours today. We've been given this wake up call to "Conserve". We must learn that Hydro isn't to be wasted, and neither is water. So please remember to turn off stuff and Conserve!!!!

See you all at Worship in the morning.
Hugs from Southern Ontario Canada.

In Christian Love Joanne

08-17-2003, 09:06 AM
Hi everyone!!! Have a beautiful Sunday....I'm praying for all!!


08-17-2003, 05:36 PM
Hi Gals-

Just checking in and I see Joanne is still minding the goats. It is hot here again today, the wife is at a soccer tournament and I am here with my daughter-- we went shopping after church for some college stuff for her condo-- much more left to do.

Church was great as usual- we had our sermon on Jesus feeding the crowd with 5 small barley loaves and 2 small fish-- don't think they had weight problems in His days on earth:lol:

Michele, I hope you had a great time on your date! Sounded like fun-- my wife loves to wear sandals, capris and do up her toes too! She is always asking for spa pedicures as a gift.

Well I am gonna check out for now and go look at some work my neighbor needs done.

Stay cool:rain: if you can although probably not since all of you are :smoking: :hot:


08-17-2003, 07:45 PM
Just got back home and DH is having a nap while watching the PGA. We had a great time at the wedding and then brunch with friends this morning. We have 2 more weddings and an anniversary to go this year. It has definitely been the year for weddings. I did well with WOE while we were gone and it felt good. I'm looking forward to going to weigh in tomorrow.

Joanne: It sounds like you're doing great. Keep it up! I'm glad you weren't affected too badly by the black out. I can't imagine that happening and affecting so many cities.

Michele: Let us know how the date went. Praying for you!

Gary: Glad to have you back. I've missed your posts. How's the kitchen looking? What colour did your DW paint the cabinets?

Sami: I am praying for you. Just trust God to know what's best for you. When is the wedding? I can't remember the date. Do you have time to still lose some more weight? I know you're going to look gorgeous. Send us pictures if you can.

Angel-lover: I'm glad you solved your computer problems. Keep up with the weight loss too. It can't be easy for you not being able to be active. You're doing awesome.

Daise: It is so hard to be focused on God when problems come our way and that's when we need Him the most. I also find it so easy to forget about Him when things are going well.

Tell us about this blood disorder you have. I've never heard about it.

Hello to everyone else. Is our ZOE out there yet? I miss your posts. Are you unpacked yet??

Have a wonderful day!

08-17-2003, 09:21 PM
Yep Gary, my toes were cute too, but I don't think he thought so. He asked me at dinner if I was tired....I just looked at him and laughed. (He just insulted me, but does he know it?) And then after he asked me if I was always so quiet. I don't think i was quiet but oh well......perhaps it was the company.

08-18-2003, 11:59 PM
Hey guys,
I am new around this part of the forum but I am requesting prayer for a girl in the general chit chat part of this board she is a proffessed wicca and I may have done the wrong thing but I replied to her and tried to witness and let her know the Lord loves her, I dont know if I worded it right but I prayed very hard before submiting please join me and prayer for this young ladies return to the Lord....

08-19-2003, 12:07 AM
christian: I will be praying for her. It was a brave thing you did and God will bless you for it.

I just wanted to let you all know how my weigh in went. I lost 2 lbs. YEAH! It's coming off slowly. I did lose an inch of my waist and that was a really great feeling.

I better go watch Canadian Idol with my boys and then its off to bed. Talk to you tomorrow.

08-19-2003, 12:08 AM
Hello all,

Christian, i will pray for her. And welcome to our forum, would love to get to know you.

I am also requesting prayer for my Mother Anne please. She's having a full hysterectomy tomorrow and will be off work for about 2 months. I'm worried about her and really wishing I could be there when she gets home from the hospital......and she's a little nervous about going under anesthesia and afraid of cancer maybe being there(that hasn't been mentioned, it's just that she's had cancer in the past) So any prayers would be appreciated.

08-19-2003, 12:11 AM
OH, Wilma! Woo hoo on the weightloss and inch! :bravo: :balloons: Keep it up, girl. You are doing wonderful.

08-19-2003, 12:26 AM
Real quick as it is late and I just got home from a 13 hour work day--hey quit laughing- I am old!!

Michele- prayers for your mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wilma-- WOW!!! Not so much on the pounds do I care but I'll bet you are feeling a lot better!! Enjoy the time with the boys.

Christie- You did absolutely the right thing! As far as wording it right , don't worry! You tell your story and God will deal with the outcome!

Off to eat my coooollllddd dinner lol-- actually I have to make something myself as my wife is at a soccer match and my kids already ate.


08-19-2003, 01:23 PM
Christian.... http://www.members.aol.com/teejaw/smilies/Welcome3.gifhere, anytime! I will also be praying....it's good to know you will do what you feel the Lord would want. She may not even respond. But, if not, she will always know & remember that post! God bless you.

Gary...sounds like you live a very busy life....can't be too old, yet!:lol: My husband seems to be aging fast, these days. He works continually on the house....been in the 90's here....I worry about him. Please pray for him. Funny how priorities can change. I was wanting a house. Now, I just want my husband to be able to stop working so hard! He just says hard work is good for him. Only thing, there's no breaks, other than church. I know he's fighting winter coming on. (you really wouldn't believe how we're having to live right now!) I just worry. Didn't mean to get started on that...it's not hard not to, I guess, when I'm sitting in the middle of it.:dizzy:

Wilma.....Congrats on your weightloss! http://www.agifs.hpg.ig.com.br/criancas/menino4.gif

Mitchypoo....Doesn't sound like date was that great..sorry....I'll be praying for your mother...... http://www.vfwds.com/graphics/images/roses/bgrose.gif

Gutchie....Congrats on your weightloss! http://www.toons.artie.com/toons/hands_clapping/arg-sm-hands-clapping-fast-tr-nourl.gif

08-19-2003, 04:32 PM
Hi guys!
Thanks for all of the support and prayers and warm welcomes, I have been through this thread a few years back and think I may have posted once or twice, But to my loss didnt stay regular...I will stick around this time, there is power in numbers right??? ;)
I have been a Christian since Febuary 17, 1997 and have been totally in love with the Lord ever since and love to tell people just how good he has been for me. And how real He is, I used to think He was afar off before I was saved and when I realized how near he is, it is something I like to tell others, I love this personal relationship :D I am following the weight watchers plan and have about 20 pounds I would love to lose ...but mainly just to learn how to say no to the flesh better when it comes to emotional eating. I am a 28 year old mom of 2 girls whom I am so blessed just to have the honor of being intrusted with. I am thankful everyday to be able to teach them the things of God while they are so reseptive. Again thanks so much for all the prayers, I know it made a difference ;)

Stepping Out
08-19-2003, 04:44 PM
I haven't been in here for quite some time. I'm really sorry I haven't been catching up with everyone. Right now, my family is going through a real time of testing. My DS was in jail 2 days at the beginning of the month. He was charged with "theft by taking" (a boy's bicycle, which was later recovered). He's only 17, but here in GA they send offenders 17 and over to the adult facility. Go figure-he has to have our permission to get a tattoo! :?:

We've had other probs too. Our vehicle has broken down again, and finances are tight. But even in the midst of trouble, GOD keeps blessing! My DH has gotten a job which he really loves; our church was in revival last week, and 11 people were baptized Sunday, with more to come! And the best of all was that Sunday night a Hindu lady was saved!! Praise God :D

Sami: I'm sorry to here about your illness. I hope it isn't MS; but even if it is, there are many new treatments-plus GOD is still in the healing business! :angel:

I hope everyone is doing well. Please keep my DS in prayer-he's rebelling hard, but his will isn't as strong as GOD's!

:devil: Keep away!

Blessings in the LORD JESUS to all of you!

08-19-2003, 10:05 PM
Hi Homebound...so good to hear from you!
Sorry about the problems...you're having your share, right now. You know, sounds like the :devil: knew something good was going on in your future...so tried to hinder every way he could! I'm not giving him credit....notice, I said TRIED!

Glad revival went so well! Also, happy about your husbands' job. We stay in financial tight most of the time...so I know what it meant to your family. Hope everything settles down now. I'll be praying........

Christian....that was a wonderful testimony! Take special care of those precious daughters. I doubt that you have any problem getting your weight off....somehow, you sound like a determined person!

I'll check in tomorrow.... http://members.aol.com/gardenmail/anibear.gif

08-20-2003, 10:45 PM
IN HIS Care- Gary

08-20-2003, 11:23 PM
OH, Gary, you will be in my prayers, along with your family....... and don't be sorry...that's why we are here, me anyway.

Mom is doing well although she's in a lot of pain today. She may be coming home tomorrow night. She sounds good though and i'm so happy she did well.

I'm trying to get to bed earlier this days, since I looked so TIRED.... ;)

08-21-2003, 01:43 AM
Hey ladies and gent,

Mario's mom came through the surgery! The cardiologist came in this morning and said to the family that it was like someone had come in and given her a new heart. (DUH! God did to prepare her body for this surgery!) The wonderful news is that the cancer is not in her lymph system, the doctors were able to remove her right kidney and any other signs of cancer.! PRAISE HIM PRAISE HIM!!!!

She did loose some blood and had to receive 2 units. Mario joked with me that it wasn't anywhere near what I had to receive. He said that I received over 14 units (that was one number towards the middle of my illness) of blood. He said, you pretty much cleared out the greater Fort Worth Area Blood banks!

It is a little funny now and I was glad to see he had some humor with him. Oh it's such wonderful news that Lois is doing well and that Mario has been able to be a light for his family and friends that were able to be there. I was saddened that I did not get to go due to the older sister inforcing the privacy act and we actually had a little words at work, but long story and this is long already. I just offered to be there for Mario, to support him and apparently according to the older sister their mom did not want anyone there but her, the other sister, Mario and their dad. (Even though tuns of people were there, it's hard not to let the irritation and hurt seep in and tempt me to be ugly with words and actions). Praying about that last part!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Christian - welcome to a wonderful group of support! We are glad to have you back!

Love in Him,

08-21-2003, 08:57 AM
Good morning everyone ;)

I have a PRAISE report also!!!!
My cousin got married last night!!!
She had been living with a guy for about a year and was 6 months pregnant and we were praying for them to be married since then, and well last night I got an e mail that they did, that is definatly a step in the right direction :D Her other daughter got saved last summer when she came and stayed with us and was wanting this SO BAD, PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!

08-21-2003, 09:34 AM
Daise, that is wonderful news! Praise God!

Late for work, i'll post more later!

08-21-2003, 11:52 PM
Hello I only have a few minutes to say hi and to welcome all the new people. Things are going alright I still have a lot to get done and I can tell I am still losing in size the weight is slooooooowly going down. The wedding is Sept 20th so I hope to be down more by then. I am still having a loooooooot of pain and it really hits my stomach I should be a size 1 for as often as I have been sick! I still am waiting on my Nerologist to get back with me. Things are still a tough at work it has been a hard week because we lost a lot of our teens to college this week so I am working hard to replace them. To the one who is having problems with your son I am praying for you! I know it is so hard to see your child go through (and put you through) the rebelion. My oldest DD was a tough one and I did a lot of praying and asking for prayers and she is doing Great now! Ez it is almost to quite now. My 16yr old has been doing so well now that she has a nice boyfriend and doesn't have time for the girlfriends I didn't care for. My son is doing good he had to give up one of his two jobs because he couldn't handle it. Mitchypoo and Dasie I am so glad the surgery went well for your loved one.

Well a friend just called with problems. so I have to go. Talk more later.

08-22-2003, 12:12 PM
HI CE'ers :wave:

Taking most of today off so I can go shopping with my daughter for supplies-- I move her in to her on campus condo tomorrow. One more semester for my son for his degree and 2 more years for my daughter-- yipee! Step-d has 2 more years of high school then college-- her grandma will probably pick up that bill- another yipee!! Then home free...........................................

NOT! Looks like I will getting my nephew back, maybe today. His mom just isn't getting it the social worker said- there is 6 months left on this case and she told me that it is HIGHLY unlikely that they will recommend to the court her ability to mother. If we take him back then in 6 months after the review, if she is still unfit- SHE WILL BE- he will be placed in long term foster care, I can become legal gaurdian or I can adopt him......... as much as I love him this is not where I wanted to be at this time in my life--- I understand now, a little, what Grandparents go through when they have to raise their grandkids--- it's not that you don't love them, it's just that, well, lets just say we have run out of energy:dizzy:

SAMI Great to hear from you-- glad things are going well, at least SOME things. The kids seem to be doing much better-- you can use that peace for the wedding!!! You will look great no matter what you weigh or which one of the dress colors you choose-- the main thing-- NO STOMACH ACHES!!! my daughter's ibs has really been hurting the last few days-- she says it is always worse when she starts her period. I feel so sorry for you gals in pain!!!! Saw the other day in a magazine I read that yoga really helps with MS-- just in case- God forbid-- that becomes an issue. Prayers.

DAISE and CHRISTIAN Praise God for the answer to your prayers.

MICHELE Hey kiddo-- maybe that date of your just couldn't tell the difference between looking tired and SEXY BEDROOM EYES-- just the look dear- not the action. Or maybe he is just like all the rest of us males-- a little slow:lol: I hope this finds your mom home and pain-free. Hope you have a date filled week-end! with GREAT guys-- be safe- hugs.

WILMA- What the heck-- do they have Curves open 24 hours now-- you can't post:lol: Hope it is going well with your new partner in exercise--- I have gotten off the routine for the last 2 months and it shows-- 5 pounds in the belly worth!! My wife is just sooo happy:nono: Are those boys heading back to school yet?


08-22-2003, 05:42 PM
Hello everyone!

I am so very new at this (forums & threads), but have really enjoyed reading your notes to one another and so wanted to be a part of it. May I??

Sami, Wilma, Angel-lover, Gary, Christian & Michele are a few names I can remember off the top of my head. I would love to be a part of this community if you'll have me. Maybe you can teach me the ropes... how to add graphics and such.

Angel-lover... I too love animations and graphics! I have folders FULL! All organized and everything. How are you feeling? Any better? What is it you have that you go for treatments?

Thanks so much!

08-22-2003, 05:49 PM
:wave: Hi!

Just me... playing, trying to figure out how to add smiles to my notes.

08-22-2003, 06:03 PM
:flow1:Hi again,

I noticed that some of you have pictures with your names (upper right) --- how do I do that:?: I would love to put a picture of my boys (my cats) there.

08-22-2003, 06:18 PM
Oh, if you please --- one more thing...

"How do I make changes with my signature once I have already submitted it?" I wanted to add the sun:sunny: to my username.

08-22-2003, 06:32 PM
I did it!! :bravo:

But still do not know how to submit the images like Angel-lover does.

Woops, hubby is home with dinner. Will check in later.

08-22-2003, 10:39 PM
Hello all :wave:

Sunny~Of course you are most welcome to join us! Love to get to know you, just jump in!...I haven't figured out how to do all the graphics but I like them too. Hope you are able to. I know how to add a pic by your name, but I don't think I can explain it. Try going to User CP at the top and then you add an avatar (like that makes sense) sorry.....

Gary~It's a very sad thing that you DN mom can't get it together but thank God for people like you and your DW. I can understand totally that you weren't expecting/wanting this. You'll do the right thing, i'm sure of it. And ya, i'm not letting that dufus get to me, it's kind of become a joke for me but I have gotten to bed earlier this week (just in case) and I do feel a little better. ;) And I may meet a new guy named Doug this coming weekend. He's coming from Iowa to meet me. Good Christian guy, fun to get to know, into worship music. Seems normal and responsible and he's an animal lover.....what more could you want? :lol:

Sherry if you are lurking i sure wish you'd drop me a line, i don't see you online at all anymore? :?: What happened sweetie? I miss you.....

Hi to all! Have to work tomorrow, going to go to bed early.

08-22-2003, 11:18 PM
:wave:Hi Michele,

I was beginning to wonder if anyone was still here...

Thanks so much! I did figure it out and was able to put my two youngest cats under my name... so cool:dancer:

But I still cannot figure out how to apply the animations & graphics that Angel-lover has added to her letters. But one day I will.

08-22-2003, 11:22 PM
Sleep well!
I am heading for bed also.

God Bless!

08-23-2003, 02:16 AM
I'm finally here. My guys have been messing around with the computer systems and I have just now been able to get on line.

I am officially on vacation. I have 2 weeks off and we're heading for Calgary next week. My inlaws are celebrating 50 years of marriage and my brother is getting married all in the same weekend. It'll be busy but it'll be so good to be with family again.

I am doing well with my Curves and WOE. I am starting to see some definition in my muscles and hopefully the fat will leave soon too. I plan to make sure I get in my exercise while I'm gone.

Sunny: Welcome. I hope you find this group to be a supportive to you as they are to me.

Michele: Have a good time on your date! Maybe this is THE ONE!

Sami: You are going to look awesome at the wedding. Just remember how far you have come and not how far you have to go. Enjoy the moment. I sure hope you find a solution to all your health problems.

Gary: What a tough decision for you about your nephew - or is it? You seemed to have a rapport with him and maybe being with you is the only stability he knows. I'll pray for you!!

Anyway, I better go to bed. Its late here but after Gary's comment to me I thought I better post a little bit.

Talk to you soon.

Good night!!

08-23-2003, 12:20 PM

It is an absolute gorgeous day here today!! However, I will be spending most of it moving my DEAR DAUGHTER back to college:( It sure has been sweet spending some time with her this summer! Although it really hasn't been that much time with her work and that "BOYFRIEND":lol: Nah, she loves her daddy and does what she can to spend time with him. It is great to see her growing, she is so excited about getting back to school and her tennis and friends! 5 girls in a condo-WOW! Her best college friend that is rooming in her room called her yesterday and said the other girls have left the condo a mess--- this is so unlike my daughter! There are 2 other girls that are there early because they are on the cross-country team which is in training already. These are good friends (and hopefully will still be after this year:lol: ) of my daughter too, the fifth is a transfer from another state that they haven't met yet.

Wife has an out of town soccer tournament with my step-D so we won't see each other much this week-end:dance: :cb: -SHHHHHHHHH! Just kidding!! We went to dinner last night and Home Depot to pick out a new wall-paper border for the kitchen. She had stenciled the wall before but put up a new border before she painted the cabinets-- anyway the beige in the cabinets, white on the walls and the dark colors in the new border just didn't look quite right-- and that is what I told her-GENTLY of course-- thank-goodness she agreed and we decided to do some re-decorating-- brought a sample home and think we can just put a new border up to tie it all in. I hope so- I am tired of her beating me up:lol: :lol:

Well the nephew comes back tomorrow-- I told the social worker to have his mom have him here at noon- because of course like every other year he has no school clothes. Thought by noon I would be home from church and could take him shopping for clothes since school started LAST WEEK for him! (he has to attend the school in my area which has started, the one in his mom hasn't yet)-- but noooooo she can't get him here until after 2 'cause she has things to do. The social worker asked me if I wanted to call her and try to TALK to her about it:lol: :dizzy: :lol: . I can't tell you how many times I have told the social worker that I refuse to talk to her-- it serves absolutely no purpose to-- she is a habitual lier, very evil, manipulative etc. There is NOTHING she can do for me. I told the social worker if she fails to bring my nephew back after her visits that I will call her or the police-- if she fails to come and get him-- no problem for me.

SHOULD GET REAL INTERESTING AROUND HERE-- last year when he was here for 8 months it was to prepare him, his sister, and the mom to re-unite-- now it is a whole different game-- there will be no chance of them living together again, only visits.

Well gotta go load the car for the trip-- at least my DD's school is only 45 minutes away--oops! make that 2 hours with the traffic heading into the city today.

WILMA- thanks for the post!!!!!!!!!!!!
MICHELE- the DATE info please- :o


08-23-2003, 01:06 PM
:wave:Good Morning everyone!

Let me tell you about myself... I am married (now 28 years-June 21st) and we do not have children - well we do... but in the form of pets. We have three ~ Domino (7 1/2 yrs), Guido & Zeppe (brothers - 1 1/4 yrs) and then we have a Beta, Grant. Grant keeps me company here in my computer room, this way when I leave the room I can close the door to keep the boys away from him. And the boys are my company all the time these days. I got this computer as a gift from my parents 2 1/2 years ago and don't know what I ever did without it! They live in Maine & allot of my family are there or in Ca. I was born in Ca., but met Joe in Maine (where they, Joe & my Dad, were stationed). Joe was in the Navy & I am a Marine brat. I moved with my parents (I am the oldest of 4) over 20 times in my 18 years with them. Joe is from Ohio... so that's where we settled.

When Joe & I first married I miscarried our fist pregnancy (3 months) and then my second (full term) I had a car accident at the age of 19 3/4 (we married when I turned 18). We lost our little girl, Lisa Anne, and all chances of ever having children again. It was a very bad accident... my uterus exploded like a balloon at impact & Lisa died instantly. I have some upper back problems (from Lisa going up into my rib-cage at impact) and a bad left knee (hit the steering column in the accident and dislocated). I also have had four surgeries following this accident for large intestine repairs and tumors. I now have Diverticuloses and IBS from all the stress (now that's not including my childhood-won't go into that). I think that being I have been on estrogen since my early 20's I did all right with my weight - it helped to join Jazzercise (worked for them 15 years). I went from 230 lbs to 135 lbs in 1 1/2 years, but since I have quit working for them I have gained back up to 216, and recently lost some making my current weight at 209. I did go down to 205, but it just would not budged and so I have been feeling very discouraged these days. I find it a struggle now to exercise, but I know I feel better when I do. I walked 2 miles each morning for awhile, but just stopped three weeks ago and haven't gone back (i.e. weight-gain). I use to have a friend that walked with me, but she got a full time job... no fun going alone.

My husband works for a grocery store chain (TOPS) in Bakery Maint. and has about three years left before he can retire. He just turned 50 and I am 47. He then may go back part-time (like two days a week) just to continue to do some work---he loves his job. He enjoys our pets as much as I do - thank the lord! They act like little people - I don't think they know that they are pets... so enjoyable. Joe & I also sing together at our church. Our groups name is "Gift of Song". In fact, Joe is gone right now singing for another Wedding... a very busy last two months with Weddings this year. Joe is Italian and has a beautiful tenor voice... that's what I fell in love with first, so funny, I joined the Christmas Choir just so I could be close to him and listen (I was 16 1/2). And I must say... he is one handsome man to boot! He is #7 of 10 children... a great # don't you think - the lord's #. And he was Christian when we met - I didn't accept the lord till much later. I am thankful that Joe was such a patient man and stayed with me though those rough years! I was a bitter young woman, but Joe saw the child in me wanting to get out (gotta love those rose-colored-glasses men wear when they are in love). We both joined a Christian Play soon after my car accident (that's when I became Christian---reborn) and we performed "Tetelestai" (meaning "It is finished" ~ a story about the last week of Christ and His resurrection) for 17 years. We stay in touch with many from the cast, but no longer can keep up the pace of performing.

So I guess that is it... forgive me if I have spoken way too much. I don't have anyone to chat with these days and that's why I thought it would be nice to join here. My husband and girlfriend are trying to talk me into some volunteer work over at the Humane Society... I adore animals and always have, and they feel I would do better getting out more. Joe works very long hours, so I am alone much of the days during the week.

Well, I "Thank~you" for lending yourselves to me for this moment in time... I hope I haven't frightened anyone away by speaking too much:spin::blah:.

Take Care now & God's Blessings for you all.

08-23-2003, 01:16 PM
Just checking in before I head out-- Hi Sunny-- you must have spent some time in my neck of the woods if you were a Marine brat in Ca.--you were probably in Oceanside? or San Diego?

I will chat later-- my advice-- and you have been through a lot, and it isn't easy-- but just keep pushing forward as hard as you can!!! to leave the past behind-- if you are moving forward the past can't catch you-- we can only focus on one thing at a time-- make it good things! AIN'T EASY dear-- Prayers

08-23-2003, 01:21 PM

Even though you don't know me Angel-lover, I have kept up with you... read most all your posts. You enjoy the same things I do, so I think that's why I felt connected to you. I also have IncrediMail and enjoy Midi's and Animations. My family just enjoy's my letters because of the backgrounds, animations & music I put with them.

Anyway, my point being... I have missed seeing your posts lately and really do hope that you are all right :o!

My prayers are with you :angel:!

08-23-2003, 01:33 PM
:comp:Hello Gary!

Thank-you so much for your encouraging words... how very sweet! My father calls me 'Dear' also... you made my eyes tear. I miss my family very much.

Yes! I was born in TWENTYNINE PALMS,CA and also lived in OCEANSIDE, SAN DIEGO, ALHAMBRA,CA., NORTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA (moving many times back & fourth), and settled in BRUNSWICK, MAINE where I met Joe. Isn't this a small world!!

So Gary, you fought in Nam? My father's father died on the beaches of Normandy & my father fought in Korea & Nam. He suffers so very much now from all he went through.

You have a good day now... thanks again for your kind words.

08-23-2003, 02:29 PM
HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooooooooo happy I am about to bust! The weight loss is going good and I got great news Friday about my job. The fist e-mail was misleading I will go through a title change but that is all! I lose no pay no benfits!!!!!! I am so happy and I am not suppose to know all this (I wasn't suppose to see the first e-mail) But when the packet came in on Friday my Boss was so happy she almost cried! She said I was so upset thinking I might lose you and I can't do this job without you! I would have quit if they took you from me! It is nice to know that I am appreciated! I really LOVE my job it is really stressful because I take on a lot if it needs done I will do it!

Ez-My prayers are with you! This is really hard on your DN. When my Brother died my SIL was the same way I would have the kids and we would just get settled in a normal life and she would come back and take them. (And kids love thier parents no matter what) Then she would bring them back and it would be twice as hard to settle them in when they would be brought back. And the only reason she wouldn't give up the boys was because of the money she got every month. I was will to take them in at one point and it went back and forth often. My Pastor sat me down and gave me a good talking to and help me to be strong and see this wasn't good for either my family or the kids and when I layed it on the line no more back and forth choose she took the kids (she wasn't going to lose that SS check) she married and her new husband adopted the boys. They divorced and He got the boys. But even then she had to ruin thier lives by her and her family telling the boys the only reason thier dad took them was for the money! The kids of course as they grew up had a good live but when they hit the teens and didn't like the rules there mom was there to remind them the only stable thing in thier life only wanted there money. and she has turn them against my family telling them we never cared about them (this came about when after many years of not seeing them when they would come in town to visit thier mom she would call and say they wanted to meet us. And the kids told my kids all kinds of things they had heard about us. The next time the kids came into town We had something going on and couldn't keep the kids and I made the comment don't you want to spend time with them? Now they think I don't like them. I know it will be a hard decision. And we will be sending a lot of prayers for you.

A big welcome SunnyD I am looking forward to getting to know you. Angel lover is so great with all the pictures and icons. were going to have to have her give us lessons.

Wilma-I am seeing curves poping up all over here in Indy. When you first told me about you joining I had never heard of curves now I see them everywhere. Enjoy your Vac and get some well needed Rest.

Michele-I hope this date goes well. (Make sure you get a lot of rest LOL) You will know when it is the right one until then just enjoy this time as a life experience. How is your Mom doing? I know after mine I felt like I had a baby. (except for when they gave me the drug od and almost killed me) Within a couple days I felt so much better (I was in so much pain before my surgery) It was the best thing I ever had done and I bet your Mom will feel the same way. Keep us posted.

Christian-Yeah on your cousins getting married. I love to hear when the Lords answers prayers.

Daise-I am so happy that your boyfriends Mother came through so well. Don't let his family hurt your feeling. She will know that you were there for her. Keep us posted.

08-23-2003, 02:37 PM
Hello all and Happy weekend! :wave:

SunnyD~thank you for sharing part of your life with us, i'm sorry for the tragic events but you sound very blessed as well. I also was born and raised in CA (Montebello!, not too far from Alhambra) Actually, my father was raised in Alhambra and graduated from school there. I use to be a volunteer at our local humane society and I highly suggest you look into it. It can be very rewarding. But just go in knowing that you can't help them all. I told myself that all the time or else i'd come home with an animal every week, and that just wouldn't be responsible of me. I loved them while there and then came home to my babies at home (meaning my dog and cat!)

EZ~i'm gonna tell if you don't talk nice about the DW! :lol: I wish i had her energy to change the decor. I always feel it's too daunting a task, plus i don't own. No date info to tell yet. He may come next week, although it's a holiday and he hasn't gotten a room yet. We'll see. Gary, were you a Marine in Oceanside? I dated a guy who was there for awhile in the early 80's!

I'm taking a lunch break at work, but i've had lots to do today. I love being busy. Have to finish up here and then I have major cleaning to do when i get home. The clutter is getting to me.... :roll:

08-23-2003, 05:10 PM

SAMI ~ Thanks for the welcome & "Congrats" on your weight loss and with your job!!!! :bravo: I am the same way... when I do a job I give it my "all" and then some. So very happy for you that it all worked out so well. Have a great evening!!

WILMA ~ I 'thank-you' also for the warm welcome! And just wanted to mention that we have a brand new "Curves" opening in September only a few minutes away from my home... do you like going? Do you recommend it? I was thinking of joining and wonder if it's worth it. I hear they prompt you to pay for a whole year when you sign up. I appreciate any info.

MICHELE ~ I just want to wish you well on your date... I hope that you meet your someone soon. I know the Lord must have someone "Special" in mind for you, just be patient & be kind to yourself, if this date doesn't go well that Special guy is still out there and one day you WILL meet. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

Oh... As far as Montebello, I honestly do not remember if I have been there. I was so young when we lived in Alhambra. But I bet it is beautiful there! I so miss the beautiful weather in Ca. Although, we are having some wonderful weather today in Ohio!! Clear, sunny & brisk Fall-like weather... I really enjoy the Fall here, just so beautiful!

And thanx for the advice on the Humane Society... I think I do hesitate because I know that they can't "all" be saved. Just do not know if I can handle that! But I will give it some more thought.

My hubby & I are going to a 25th Anniversary celebration :cheers: tonight (one of Joe's cousin's), I just finished making their card. They couldn't have asked for a better day (weather-wise) to celebrate!

May you all have a wonderful evening... till tomorrow ~ God Bless!

08-23-2003, 06:21 PM
Sunny~You make cards? How, what are they like? Do you sell them?

And thanks for the encouragement, sometimes it's hard to remember to be patient....

08-23-2003, 10:17 PM
Hi gals-- just got back from moving DD in-- a lot to tell later, all good. No, I wasn't in the Marines (I would have been proud to be-- have a lot of friends then and now that are though) I graduated in '72-- it was not a good time (UNFORTUNATELY- because of Viet Nam) for the military-- my year was the first year of no numbers- remember that? I regret now not thinking about the military then-- I cannot tell you how proud and Thankful I am of all those that do!!! Going for dinner- Gary

08-24-2003, 03:34 AM
What a day! My DB ex wife want to take my DB big TV and Stand this is the only thing she left him after the divorce. And my Mom told him I could take the stand and she would love to use the TV (he has been staying with her for months now) to keep the EX from taking it. (and of course when her needs it back he can have it) He liked the ideal so I had my DS-inlaw to be go get it and take my smaller one to my Moms so she could use it with the TV. Well to make a Long story short his stand was way to large to fit where my other one fit so whe had to do big time rearangeing. My DH wasn't very happy at first but now that it is all done even he likes it. We have had our computer in the livingroom since we moved here because the Desk is very lg. I have always wanted to move it in the familyroom but the at first we had way to much in there. but now we only have a couch and loveseat and Big TV so it fits. Now maybe the kids will hang on the familyroom couch and not my mostly white couch in the livingroom!

SunnyD-So sorry to hear about your loss. But the Lord has blessed you with a Great DH. I just got a puppy for my birthday and she is so cute. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I will have my 23rd on Dec 20th I have 6 children 5 girls Kelli 20, Staci 16, Jessi 13. Ashli 9, and Molli 6, I have one son Vincent 18. My DD is getting married to a wonderful guy Mike on Sept 20th so Stress is my best friend LOL! I also have a list of health Problems one of them being IBS I think my IBS is from my other problems but stress does make it worse. I have tried all the drugs on the market for IBS and nothing has helped. I am now taking a combo of drugs that keeps some of the pain under control. I work full time a Target I have been there for 18yrs I work in clerical/HR but I have done a little of everything there. And don't worry about talking to much here we love it!

Angel lover-I pray your not having computer trouble or worse! I have really missed you!

EZ-In the Long run you will be blessed for taking in your DN. I do understand how you feel about the mother! The LORD has blessed her with this wonderful gift and look at what she does with it! I have a friend who is a foster parent and she has a little girl that you can't help falling in Love with and it is the same story Her needs are always first! I have really thought about becoming a foster parent but I just don't think know if I could handle seeing parents treat thier kids like that. I hope your DD IBS gets under control. I am sure it is the stress of starting back that has triggered it. Back before my surgery right before my period I would just about died from the IBS so my heart goes out to your DD.

Sherry are the goats off the bottle? I am thinking about you! Come back!

Got to run it is late.and still have a few things to put back in order!

08-24-2003, 09:02 AM
:wave:A Good Sunday Morning to you all,

Joe & I had a wonderful time at our cousin's 25th Anniversary Dinner Party :cheers: last night. Their two kids put it on for them and it was just like a wedding reception. The company was great, the food was super but allot could have been said about the DJ! Don't know where they found him, but he could not run a sound-board worth a darn!! He killed our ears with feedback :fr: (the very high pitch squeels!) several times last night. All so unnecessary when you know what you are doing and his board was small. I ran a 16 channel soundboard for 7 years doing Tetelestai (I was a techie)... I was so tempted to go over and speak to him, but decided to put kleenex in my ears instead. Just didn't want him to "put a fly in my soup", so to speak & spoil the fun. Especially because they always think they know what they are doing (DJ's) - and lord forbid "a woman" come over and try to tell him what he was doing wrong. We had a good time in spite of his poor job & terrible choices in music.

MICHELE ~ No... I don't make cards to sell... I make them just to give to family and friends. Although, they have told me I should sell them. I use the HALLMARK CARD STUDIO by Sierra... you can buy the CD's on line if you want just by going to www.HallmarkSoftware.com or at any store. I got mine both ways - at the wholesale club & on line. I have four Hallmark Card Studio CD's I use to make my cards and then use scrapbook supplies from the craft store to doll them up a bit... it's really allot of fun to do and makes the people you give them to feel 'special'. You get basic chioces from the pkg. but you can alter the cards adding different pictures or adding personal names - really neat! I also have a Scrapbooking CD I enjoy using.

SAMI ~ Thank you for the wishes... but it wasn't "our" anniversary --- it was Joe's cousin's. Joe & I are on year 28 now...

Wonderful to hear all about your family and belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to you! What kind of puppy did you get??

I was wondering if you would fill me in on all the initials you use for the family - like DD, DH, etc. I haven't quite figured out what they mean. I am new to forums and it shows.

I too miss seeing Angel-lover... how would we ever know if anything happened to her?!? I am hoping that she is just having computer problems and will join us again soon! It isn't like her to be away so long. I have been lurking but just recently joined, that's why I know about you all a little bit and wanted to be a part.

Well, I really must be going... I have to get the animals fed and get things ready for church this morning. You all have a wonderful day today!!!

Enjoy this day of rest with God's peace.

08-24-2003, 09:17 AM
Oh, one more thing...

SAMI ~ I don't take ay meds for my IBS, I have found that lowering my intake of white flour products & sugars have really helped me. I eat a higher protein diet (not totally excluding carbs) and eat more veggies and a a serving or two of fruit a day and I also take a citruscil (sp?) tablet each evening... it has really helped dealing with my IBS


08-24-2003, 11:41 AM
It's a quiet Sunday morning. I'm sitting here listening to my DS's classical CD while I talk to you. DH is in the shower and soon everyone will be up before going to church. It's so peaceful here right now.

Ive had a great weekend so far. We had friends from "home" here and have thoroughly enjoyed being with them. Today, after church we'll meet for lunch before they head back.

Last night I did bbq's chicken with baked potatoes and then made a salad with strawberries and poppy seed dressing. YUM!

Tomorrow it's packing, laundry and getting things ready for our trip. I'm looking forward to that also.

Sunny: I would highly recommend Curves. It's low impact but effective. You work a machine for 30 seconds and then walk in place for 30 - go to the next machine for 30 sec. and so on. It doesn't seem like a long time on the machines but sometimes you feel like the 30 secs. won't end. I have lost 1 1/2 inches off my waist in 2 months already and have notices toning in my arms and legs. My DH signed me up for a year so I'm committed to doing it for the year. It's also a nice place to get to know people. Most places will let you go and try it once for free. That might be a nice way to check it out.

Sami: I'm so happy about your job. You deserve the great news. It's such a great feeling to be appreciated by your boss. It gives you incentive to try even harder. How are the wedding plans going? What fun!

Gary: I hope all goes well with DN. (dear nephew) I know he will be better off being with you. THe Lord has His hand in this.

Your kitchen sounds lovely. I suggested painting our bedroom on our holidays and my DH's eyes glazed over so I doubt that's going to happen. It's still too hot here to do much of that anyway so he's off the hook.

Michele: HOw did your date go? Hope you had fun!!

Well, gotta go get ready for church.

Have a wonderful day!

08-24-2003, 01:18 PM
Good Sunday Morning!

Can you believe, i'm just getting up! :o I was on the phone really late last night and turned off my alarm. Good to sleep in, but I missed church... :( I was talking to the guy from Iowa and it still looks like he's coming up next weekend. No date this weekend, to tell you about Wilma. He sang a church hymn to me last night and he has a wonderful voice and it was very sweet. We look forward to going to church together next weekend.

Today is a cleaning day, no matter what....no naps.....until it's all done. :)Going to be hot today so time to turn on the P&W music and get moving! :dance:

SunnyD, here's some of the meanings DD=dear daughter, DS=dear son, dh= dear husband, db=dear boyfriend, dpil=dear parents-in-law, DN=dear niece or nephew....you get the idea

08-24-2003, 02:38 PM
HI LADIES :wave:

Just got home from church, our new Vicar (for those that don't know, a vicar is a seminary student that comes to our church for a year of training under our pastor before going back for one more year of school then their call)-- anyway today was the first day for him, initiated last week,-- well after last night's service our pastor had neck spasms and had to go to the hospital overnight for observation-- this left our vicar with just a few hours to prepare-- in the middle of the night-- for his first BIG SERMON-- he did pretty good considering the cicumstances.

Wife is at a soccer tournament still so I have a chance to visit before I have to go grocery shopping and before THE NEPHEW hurricane comes through :lol:

Dropped off my DD at school yesterday and got her all unpacked-- she is in a condo with 4 other girls- 3 she knows, the other seems like a very nice person and should work out fine.Their condo doesn't have an ocean view:( even though the whole campus is on the beach-- shouldn't complain though since last year her dorm room huge picture window faced the ocean-- she would call and tell me how pretty the sailboats were that day etc. The only other obvious problem I see is that there is no room in her bedroom with 2 other girls for her computer-- so they all ahve theirs in the dining room, which of course is next to the living and kitchen-- I forsee alot of noise while she tries to study-- she takes her school work VERY seriously so I hope this works out OK. It was so weired-- the one roomate she doesn't know is from Idaho-- well, I know a boy that is going to her old college from here and she knows his brother who went there last year--- and she is good friends with the son of a builder I do drywall work for.

MICHELE P and W music huh?-- we don't allow that at our church-- very traditional-- I actually had a conversation with our youth pastor today about trying again to implement some of it to liven things up-- our pastor is against it (long story and alot of tries over the years to change this-- but he is so awesome that we put up with this one little problem!)-- ANYHOW do you like MercyMe? my kids and I really do. I hope all goes well for you next week with the new boy-- church is a great place to take him-- betcha don't oversleep next week:lol: :nono: :spin: :love: :love:

WILMA I hope you have a great trip next week--isn't that a big rodeo town? Are those boys going with or just you and DH:love: :love: maybe those new Curves "moves" will have a chance to pay off:yes: -- Have a wonderful time.

SUNNYD going to pass that ibs info on to my daughter-- one thing I hate is being at a wedding and the music being soo loud wether it is a DJ or band-- so loud that you can't visit with the people around you and family that you haven't seen in ages. But then I am old-- almost 50 so what do I know right? I do know that when I was in my 20's music HAD to be loud to be heard:lol:

SAMI Boy don't some divorce problems go on forever? I know my wife still carries a grudge! she is getting much better though-- she just can't stand him-- she has spent 13 years hating him when she only spent 2 loving him-- go figure. My ex and I are cool-- we even road together to drop off my daughter yesterday, and unpacked her-- I have no problems with her worth mentioning-- she gets very jealous of me though because the kids have a much better relationship with me, she has learned to handle it better over the years. I don't think your house could fit any foster kids:lol: -- well maybe so-- 1 is leaving! I hope you have a healthy few weeks ahead for the wedding!!!

doitformeSue (how is the vacation going?)--ANGEL-LOVER-- got computer-TV station problems? miss you! SHERRY-- what's up dear? hope you found a church! ZOE-HELLO, HELLO, anyone seen ZOE?

Well off to shop- Gary

08-24-2003, 03:46 PM
Good Afternoon everyone!

It looks like everyone is doing well. I'm glad you're jumping right in and making this group home SunnyD!

I tell you though, even I get lost in all these pages!

Well I hope you all have a great start this week. With all the craziness and life changes going on lately, I've not been real encouraged on the eating front, and just been discouraged I suppose. It's been hard, since I had to move back home to my mom's (financial issues some from being the hospital and out of work for 3 months last fall). I don't like being here because it's not my own place, but alas it was my decision to move in with a friend and break my lease on my apartment to help her out. (BAD CHOICES). Knowing I cannot go back, I'm trying to get through the consequences and wade through the other things going on at the same time.

I did order a eating plan and can't wait to start a fresh. After watching the Marcus and Joni Lamb show on Daystar, they had a Doctor from Florida on who really made sense to me. I've ordered some of his tapes and a cookbook (LOVE TO COOK - taking caterigng and gourmet cooking course right now - side note sorry). A lot of what Dr. Ted Broer talked about made sense, Biblically as well. Very interesting if you ever would like to see what he's about check out Healthmasters.com.

Well I have to work today and should get back to it.

Take care and God Bless

08-24-2003, 11:56 PM
Sorry it's been so long since I have posted. With the new job and all I can barely find time.

Welcome. . . SunnyD!!!

We'll my new job is going great. I work with middle school age special ed kids and I really like it. I know that God has given me this job for a reason. There are so many kids that need him.

It has been hard from being a full time mother to a full time working mother. It is a comfort knowing I am where God wants me to be though.

As far as the dieting goes. . . we'll I've decided to do my own diet watching carbs and fat. I will look into south beach a little more. I decided tha the atkins isn't really for me. I did the induction and it taught me a lot about carbs and everything I just know I can't eat that way the rest of my life. I'm still losing weight. . .slowly!

I would like to know what kind of diets some of you are on and how they have worked for you. I'm open to any suggestions.

I will try and do better keeping up with everyone. As soon as I get things settled at work and can keep up on my lunch break.

Better go, Hang in there everybody. You have been a great encouragement to me. Thanks!!!

In Christ's love,



08-25-2003, 07:41 AM
I hope you all had a restful & wonderful Sunday...

I know I did. After church we (Joe & I) came home and relaxed with the Sunday paper for a bit on the porch --- :sunny:Beautiful weather here in Ohio righ now! And then we made a little trip to the Pet Supply store (we don't usually make it a habit to shop on Sunday's, but were 'out' of cat food). It sure didn't take us long to spend $55.00! Whew! These guys are costly, but they are so well worth it! On our way home we stopped for a small ice cream cone (if your gonna have it I say have it early in the day) ~ Sunday's are the day we like to treat ourselves to ice cream... the good stuff (custard-yum:T!). I think you have to have a little treat once in awhile or, I don't know about you all, but I will find myself wanting more all the time... this seems to work out well for me. Then when we came home about two hours later we had a Grilled Salmon Dinner :hun: with a side of Zucchini, Red Pepper, Red Onion & Portabella Mushrooms sauted in olive oil, wine sherry with a touch of balsamic---yum:T! Then we enjoyed a movie together... made for a very pleasant Sunday.

How about you all? Have a good day?

WANDA ~ Sounds like you had a super weekend! I just love to hear that! Our days are just too short to be glum (Thanks Gary/EZ!). Thanks so much for the encouragement with Curves... WoW! You did well, I will check them out when they open in September. I did Jazzercise for over 15 years and just cannot anymore. I need a low-impact exercise. I went for my walk this morning already - just got in a mile, but I will get another in later. Thanks again!

MICHELE ~ Hey... once in awhile it is great to have a good sleep-in!! Good for you! I cannot remember the last time I slept that late... I am an early-bird. And the cats make sure I am up at 5:00 every morning! When they were younger - it was 3:00! I would just boot them out the bedroom door till I got up at 5:00 and eventually their clocks changed. I am up at that time most every morning to make Joe's lunches, so it doesn't bother me then.

So did you get all your cleaning done to your Praise & Worship music? Nice way to get the work done and stay close to the Lord, I do the same thing. Thank~you so much Michele for cluing me in on the abbreviations... makes so much sense to me now.

GARY ~ I am so glad I could be of some help to you and your DD with her IBS. I also take Lactaid tablets when I have any dairy, it really helps because the dairy can cause allot of severe cramping & pain also. And I don't know if she eats allot of fried foods, but that is the worst for IBS suffers and many don't realize it. I wish her well... IBS is very painful!

DAISE ~ Thank-you for the welcome! I feel honored to be a part of this group... you all seem like such caring people!! We so need that these days!! You mentioned how you get lost... that's why I am staying with only ONE Thread right now. I have to get use to this before I go anywhere else. Not only that, but I enjoy the fact that I can be "me" here. I am so sorry you are going through so much right now... I will keep you in prayer that everything 'pans' out for you and becomes a smoother path.

AMY ~ Hello! I AM on the South Beach Program and have done well on it... I will stay in Phase II for a bit (till I reach my goal) even though you lose the weight much slower. But this way I eat a higher protein, more veggies, some fruit & grain filled carbs (that's when I do eat carbs... I try to eat very few). I feel so much better too! I have IBS and this program has been the best for me! I began it at first to control the IBS and the side benefit was the weight-loss. I initially lost 16 lbs (began July 1, 2003), but went off the program for a bit (stress - does it every time(!)... when I don't handle things in the proper way.) and gained some back. Now I am back on it again and the best thing about it is that I will see results by the end of this week if I watch the amount of carbs I take in. I allow myself a treat on Sunday's (early in the day) with my hubby, so it won't come off quite as fast as others, but it still coming off. I cannot wait to see 19? again! I wish you well, Amy!!

Well, my hubby is up - he slept in (yes, 6:30 is sleeping in, when you usually get up at 5:00) because he took some vacation time this week... we want to get some outdoor repairs done before winter and maybe catch a dinner out and a couple movies too. We haven't seen "Nemo" yet and really want to see it.

Have a Great Day everyone!!! You are 'all' in my prayers that no matter what goes on in your day - you remember that the Lord is right by your side - ALWAYS!

08-25-2003, 10:42 AM
HI EVERYBODY....I wish I could give you a big 'ol image WELCOME...DaiseD...but I'm having problems with the equipment. I think that virus messed it up! but....WELCOME!!! We'll talk more about the images & how-to's a little later.

Also....thanks for the pm I received. It was very sweet of you.
To answer your question about treatments...I have RA. It advanced very rapidly over a yr's time...I now take Methotrexate(low dose chemo) at home on Monday nights. Also, go to the clinic every 7 weeks for Remicade (intraveneous) 2-2 1/2 hr treatments...this helps with the pain & stiffness...but mostly the extreme fatigue I have. They started at 8 wks apart, then went to 7 wks, because they wore off too soon. My next treatment is tomorrow, & it wore off over a week ago...so may have to move it up to 6 wks. It's very expensive ($2800 a treatment). My medicare pays for it. I've been on disability since I was 36 due to back problems from car accident.

I haven't been posting, because I've been so fatigued & head ache....really weak. Also, when I'm on lately...I've been working on improving a large Christian website I have...not the webpage here, but another one.

I'm so sorry if I worried anyone....I'll be back soon. The treatments really knock me out for a couple of days! Hope all are doing well...I'm praying for you all!


08-25-2003, 07:21 PM
Well... A Warm Hello for you Angel:angel:!

I am so very sorry to hear that you aren't doing well... darn that RA anyway! My husband, Joe, has RA factor in his blood---he was told by the Cleveland Clinic a few years ago... I have had him on joint vitamins now for three years and he says it has helped him. We both noticed that just about a year now he really feels it in his hands, knees, lower back and some in his left hip. I have never in all the years we have been married heard him complain like he does now, especially in the morning about the pain. He says that once he is up and moving he feels better. My heart goes out to you both and anyone with RA... it is so very painful and the pain causes him to tire easily. And I know that he has had a rough day when he calls it quits early in the day because Joe never stops! I always had to bribe (with a fav action movie) or beg him to slow down. Now he is learning that it isn't such a bad thing to relax in the evenings, maybe catching a movie or playing a game with me.

Getting older is a tough job, but someone's gotta do it I guess... ;)
You have my prayers, Charlotte! (((Hugs)))

08-25-2003, 10:32 PM
Hi SunnyD...thought I better respond tonight, as I get my treatment tomorrow, & will be "out of it" for a couple of days.

Well....on the age thing....Rhuematoid Arthritis can strike at any age. Even a child! So no one is safe from it. I feel bad for your husband....sounds like it's advancing. I got to where I was in such pain & sooo stiff, when I would first got up in the morning, that I'd have to hold on to tables, walls, etc, to walk. The treatments have made a large difference. The fatigue, I think, is the worse, though....it just puts a standstill to your day!

Hope all is well with you & all here. I worked on my graphics, & they still won't load!!!!!!!!:dizzy:

Talk to you later....:)

08-25-2003, 10:47 PM
http://www.members.aol.com/teejaw/smilies/Banghead.gif Angel,Hope you get your graphics back soon! Good night, sleep well.

08-25-2003, 10:58 PM
Just a quick message to say that I'll be gone for about a week. I'm looking forward to getting away. My guys are NOT comiing with us although they are flying out for their grandparent's anniversary. DH and I will be spending quality time together.

I did something to my arm this weekend and have no strength in my left shoulder. I sure hope it heals soon. I don't like pain and I'm such a wimp when I have it.

Have a great week! Talk to you from Calgary if I can find a computer!

08-26-2003, 07:59 AM
WILMA ~ :flow1:Have a wonderful vacation with your hubby! With 6 children and a pending Wedding I bet you two can really use the time to find one another again... I hope that you have fun & make some beautiful memories together! God Bless!

08-26-2003, 11:30 AM
Thanks Sunny! I think you're getting Sami and me mixed up! I'm heading to my brother's wedding and have only 2 kids. Sami is the one busy planning the wedding. I only get to enjoy one.

We're heading out right now. Talk to you in about a week!

08-26-2003, 11:39 AM

Hope all is well with you today. I am home for awhile then I head down to my DD's college-- I am installing some shelves for her, taking down her tv and some other items. Spent the day yesterday with my nephew-- decided to enroll him in our church school. My kids went there from pre-school thru 8th grade, a great foundation for them. It is costly but worth it, also by doing this I can leave him on campus early and pick up late if needed, as we have a day care-- also quite costly but worth it. The school he would attend has been going 2 weeks already and no busses because of cuts-- he doesn't need to start another year behind-- our school at church starts the day after Labor Day. The kiddo is quite smart, he took an entrance test yesterday and the principal came out laughing saying " this kid is smarter than me and he wants to stay back a year in 7th grade- no way!", of course I agree but his mom and him felt that he should stay back because he flunked the last 2 months of 7th last year. Of course they just don't get it-- he had A's and B's when he was with me for 7 months of school-- pretty much when you fail to even go to school or fail to do any work you will flunk.

His mom wants to be soooo helpful now:lol: :lol: -- called yesterday and says " I get off work at 6:30 am so I can take him to school and pick him up before I go to work:lol:-- gee, sure that makes since-- since she has never been able to get him to school when he lived in the same house!!

Well gotta do some bids before I take the day off to see my DD.

SUNNYD It is so cool that you are trying to catch up with everyone! however, it is Sami with all those kids and a wedding- Wilma just has 2 boys/young men and CURVES- and boy what curves:yes:


08-26-2003, 11:40 AM
I see Wilma posted while I was replying-- have a great trip!

08-26-2003, 02:22 PM
I did! :lol:
I did get them mixed up --- LOL:lol:

But the wishes were still good :lol: ... Oh well, that's what I get for being in a hurry! I knew that it was Sami with the 6 children.

Thanks for keeping me in check you two :lol:

Gotta go... catch you all later!

Amanda Panda
08-26-2003, 07:56 PM
:wave:Hello all, thought i'd join your group if that is okay!

My name is Amanda and I am 30 years old. I have been a Christian for about 2 years and it is the best thing that has ever happened to me (thank you Jesus!)

I have over 100lb to lose and have been 'dieting' for 3 weeks now, losing 5lb so I feel I am on the right track!:angel:

I have been a yo-yo dieter for most of my adolescent and adult life - and each time I have ended up bigger than when I started (sound familiar?:rollpin: ) But this time is different. Why?............because the day before I started my diet, I fasted and prayed to God and gave the issue over to him. I've never done that before, I think I was too ashamed or thought God wouldn't care about my fat, but I was wrong!

Since beginning this diet 3 weeks ago, I know God is supporting me. I have not struggled at all with the transition to healthy eating ( this from someone who was eating 4 or 5 takeaway pizzas a week!). I have not had any cravings for junk food and this does not feel like a battle. On the contrary I am really enjoying eating healthy low fat meals and today I went to the gym for the first time in months and really enjoyed it!
:strong: :cb: :dance:

I know I have a long way to go, but I also know that Jesus loves me very much and wants me to be happy ( i also suffer from depression and we are working on that!). I really feel that Jesus is giving me the strength to take control of my eating once and for all, and he, as always, is with me all the way....

Thanks for letting me share and I hope to get to know you all well

God Bless

Amanda xx

08-26-2003, 08:12 PM
Hello all! :wave:

Amanda~ You are most welcome to join the group! It's wonderful to get to know others and to share our struggles and triumphs! And speaking of triumphs....WOO HOO on your weightloss :bravo: and also on your great attitude! :dance: I think turning it over to the Lord is a great idea, personally hard for me to do sometimes.

Gary~ i wish you well with the DN, he's very lucky and i think that school will be great for him. Must be difficult to deal with the Mom, with her past. Perhaps she really will make a sincere effort to change things, you can only hope for DN sake, huh? S

I went to another training today for Allstate, learning life insurance, accident, critical illness, cancer, disability insurance......oh, my brain is getting a cramp! Too much to remember or even comprehend being that I'm brand new to the business. But wow, there was a good looking guy in class........After that I went to a garden/flower store and bought myself some gerber daisies and pink daisies...how sad is that? Or maybe not, it's good for me to be good to me, right?! They are beautiful and made me happy. I picked some tomatos from the garden today so I think i'm having sliced tomatoes for dinner. Or maybe I'll make a BLT!

Hello to all!

08-26-2003, 09:02 PM
:wave: Hello Amanda and a warm welcome (((Hugs)))!!

I am very new myself... only been here 5 days and already feel like I am part of the family. It won't take you long at all to feel the same way ~ these people are wonderful here.

I have 50+ to lose... we can do it, if we keep our minds on the Lord and use what He has given us in friendships to get us through. I thank the Lord everyday for them all! I too get depressed at times and feel real tired and have to really focus sometimes to get through a day, but allot of it is that I don't think well of myself all the time. Sooo, what I try to do (not always successful, but still try) is talk to myself as if the Lord were talking to me (nooo, I am not crazy:lol: ). After all... HE is Our Father and he loves us unconditionally & is always there for us - right? We are the one that put up our own barriers in life. As Gary said to me when I first joined, "One moment, one day at a time." You have already lost 5#'s --- I echo Michele... WOO-HOO!!!
What a Beautiful witness you are for the Lord! Again, Welcome!!!

Good evening, Michele:wave:
I hope that all goes well for you during your training with Allstate... I BET there's allot to take in! Good looking guy, huh. Did you speak to him?

And there's nothing "sad" in buying yourself flowers... I buy them for myself too. They cheer me up so much! And my tomatoes are almost ready to be picked... we had so much rain in the early Spring & Summer that it stunted the growth of them, but lately it has gotten warm, which they love. So... soon (they are turning red now) it will be time for us to enjoy. Take Care now, don't work too hard ;)... talk to you again soon.

And Big Hello's to everyone else... hope that you are having a great week so far. Thinking of you Angel:angel:... feel better soon!

08-26-2003, 10:15 PM
Just me...
playing with animations.

08-26-2003, 10:20 PM
Just sharing a picture or two of my kitties...
Zeppe & Guido (1 yr old brothers)

08-26-2003, 10:23 PM
Domino is 7 1/2 years old

08-26-2003, 10:31 PM
Just thought you might like to see what we look like :)
I won't load any more pictures right now - let me know if it bothers you at all when I post pics...
please be honest with me. I WILL understand.

08-26-2003, 11:12 PM
SunnyD~ I think it's awesome that you posted pics! How nice to see you and your DH! And your babies, who are adorable! Thanks!

OK, Doug has a reservation for Sat. & Sun. and is coming up for sure this weekend despite my email to him re: my fear of his coming up here and us not liking eachother, or he not liking me. This guy is so sweet. He said exactly the right thing to me. Not anything flamboyant or weird, just that he wants to get to know me and me to know him. He's interested in me, plump body and all(he didn't say that, i am). I'm just so afraid of being disappointed again...Oh geez, i'm gonna cry. I hate this dating thing and I hate that I don't feel confident.

08-26-2003, 11:22 PM
Dear, Dear Michele,
Just "be yourself" no pretenses... no extra's ... just YOU! You are such a sweet person. Is Doug the one you have been chatting with on the phone? The Iowa man? I am sure that he will be just as nervous as you are... it will be fine. Don't waste another day with worry, okay.

Take a deep, slow breath in and just have a good time, sweetie!

08-26-2003, 11:30 PM
Welcome Amanda-- that is my daughter's name- never guess her nick-name l.o.l.--

Got home from my daughter's school ok-- had to put up some shelves-- luckily her roommates had to get to another class before I started with my swear words! - it is a christian school- Had alot of trouble with one shelf- at least the others went well.

Just wanted to check in and ask you gals if you saw the new TV guide this week-- Dr. Phil is doing a weight loss "YEAR" on his show, starting with the new season. I like a lot of what he says-- just FYI- might be worth checking out.

Cute guy huh Michele-- go for it!

SUNNY- you actually got tomatoes? everyone around me here in California had horrible luck this year with them- puny and wilted. Love the pictures- we all shared earlier our pictures-- I don't know anything about computers - so I had the ladies look up the pictures of my family on a website for a race we had run-- lucky for you my picture is gone now since they only hold them for a couple of months!

Gotta run- later-- IN CHRIST, Gary

08-26-2003, 11:56 PM
Oh Gary~ you are so silly, the pics were great. (He's very handsome but don't tell him so he doesn't get a swelled head!) His wife is gorgeous and his kids are very nice looking. Young and happy.

I tried to add my grad pic again but it's too big a file, i can't figure out how to make it smaller.....

08-27-2003, 01:10 AM
:wave:GARY ~ :cool:Cool! I love Dr. Phil:drill:!! He is so "on the money" with how he see's things... What a thrill that he is doing a seaon on weight loss!! A season that I will be looking forward to for sure!!! I don't get the TV guide... when does the NEW SEASON begin?? I am looking forward to his and Oprah's new season of show's. Oh... I know what I can do... I'll go to the TV Guide Website and look it up.

Yes! We did get quite a few tomatoes and even a few peppers! Just not nearly what we harvested last year... we had way too much rain this year.

And I would love to see what you & yours look like... I am sure that you are a handsome man if Michele said so. She wouldn't lie. I am glad that you like the pics I uploaded. I take allot of pictures with the digital camera --- allot! It is a hobby of mine.

So you got everything all settled with Amanda and her room at school? Is Amanda your only child? Is this her first year of college?

I also took some time to check out some older notes on ths thread... Gary, you have been around a long time at Christian Encouragers... that is so neat --- like the 'God-father' of sorts.

Well, I guess I will say good~night to all for tonight. I had gone to bed once already, but just couldn't sleep. Glad I checked one more time. Till tomorrow... :)

08-27-2003, 12:13 PM

Good Morning everyone!

Just wanted to wish you a Good day!

God Bless!

Amanda Panda
08-27-2003, 06:51 PM
:wave: Hello everyone and thank you for the warm welcome.

Michele - I hope your date goes well. You are definately not sad for buying yourself flowers, I do that too! I had a funny experience once..... I was in the supermarket and I bought some flowers and the checkout guy said ' are these flowers for yourself?' and I said 'yes', then he said ' oh lots of people buy flowers for themselves so there's no need to be embarrassed'. I hadn't even thought about being embarrassed until he made a big announcement about it - then I felt like everyones eyes were on me!!!:o :o :o

Sunny D: Thanks for a lovely welcome - I'm really happy that I've found this forum as everyone is so supportive. I love the pictures of your cats, I've got a cat and am a real cat person. I know what you mean about remembering how God sees us - this is a relatively new concept for me as it took me a long while to accept that God does love me deeply (and to realise what that meant). It's all down to self esteem isn't it? I'm definately better than I was , but it's something that takes time.:wizard:

Gary - I like your daughters name! I guess you know that it means 'lovable' or 'to be loved'. I like that about it! I know it is quite a popular name in the U.S.

I ache all over from the gym yesterday, think I over did it.....ouch!!:yikes:

God bless you all

Amanda xx

08-27-2003, 08:17 PM

Just got home from picking up my nephew at my sil's house-- I left him there today to play with his sister while my brother and I went to work. I guess he had fun, he seems to do better with his sis when they see each other about every 2-3 days. They both are ADHD and can be quite "BUSY" together. I have no problem with my nephew-- I kinda think some of his ADHD is just plain energy. He can focus just fine when I tell him "No TV if you mess up!" and if I hold him accountable for his actions. He told me there is a new drug that he only has to take 1 time a day that might be good for him-- I will check with my doctor-- I am not against helping him- just against doping him up for no reason. I am against any kind of stimulants, hey wait a minute while I open my beer, I am having trouble-- must of had too much coffee today- 2 thermoses full and a 20 ouncer!:lol: :lol:

SUNNYD Thanks for asking about my daughter. This is her 3rd year of college- 2nd at a christian college, her first year was at U.C. Santa Barbara-- it wasn't the place for her- too much partying there! She is very conservative. She started out at UCSB as a marine biology major- now she is P.E. major-- she doesn't actually want to be a PE teacher, she would like to work with kids in some "paying" capacity with exercise and nutrition-- but not as a personal trainer either. She plays tennis for her team-- last year she was a starter until the regionals and nationals-- they were the #3 team in the nation NAIA.- this year she will more than likley just be on the team and play exhibitions as they are expecting some very strong transfers-- she just really loves to play and be with the girls-- plus her boyfriend is on the mens team- very good player. They are quite a solid group of kids-- I am sooo happy for her. Last night they had a 10 person bible study in their condo-- 5 tennis and 5 cross-country kids. She is 20.

I also have a 22 year old son just getting ready to do his last semester of college at the local state college-- he also coaches high school track and cross-country, works at the local sporting goods store too. He wants to be a history teacher and coach-- coaching is not a problem-- he has done this since he finished high school-- his basketball coach, cross-country coach and track coaches all asked him to come back to assist them-- before he graduated high school. He, like my daughter has never failed to make the deans list.

Also have a step-daughter, 16 almost, in her 2nd year of high school- plays softball and soccer, a great student also. Boy crazy

MICHELE So I am good looking huh:lol: while you are checking into those insurance jobs get some for yourself- it is obvious that you haven't been able to get your vision checked for quite some time:lol: :lol: Have a great time this week-end with the new guy!

AMANDA Hey once you get used to eating those healthier meals you will start craving those over pizzas! So you hurt from the gym?- good! it is working -- that will get better too-- a healthier lifestyle is what we are looking for here!! Ask Wilma when she gets back from vacation next week-- not too long ago she had a tough time just finding time to walk once in a while-- now she is a CURVES (gym rat) and loving it-- glat to have you around.

SUNNY- we used to have a lady, Sherry, that kept us going, then Angel, thanks for stepping it up!!

Gotta go-- cooking dinner before the wife gets home and beats me up!


08-27-2003, 11:18 PM
http://members.shaw.ca/Sunburn_69/MinnieMouse_Hello.gif Well.....I'm still draggin, but slowly coming back to life! Thanks for all the well wishes. I've been pretty sick for over a week waiting for a treatment....then the treatment itself..... http://users.raketnet.nl/maura/images/welcome1.gif to SunnyD & Amanda Panda! Glad to have you....Sunny, you've really helped me these past few days....http://www.free4-all.co.uk/assets/images/ThankYouTextFadeOut.gif I got to thinking(after I got more to myself, this evening:dizzy: )I may have called you DaisyD in my reply to you....if so, forgive me(it's still a pretty name, though:) ), I don't have much sense at these times!

Well, got my graphics back...apparently the worm virus deleted a lot of them....the ones I tried to use, apparently. Oh well, when I don't have anything else to do...I'll find more.;) SunnyD has some great ones...........naw.......I wouldn't do that!:lol: Just kidding, but they are nice!

Still not feeling great, so I'll go. Just wanted to say hello, & thank everyone for your prayers. http://www.agifs.hpg.ig.com.br/criancas/menina6.gif

08-28-2003, 12:09 AM
It is Wonderful to see you back Angel, and that's okay that you called me DaisyD...
I wrote a reply PM to you before I saw your post ;) Now I know you know who I am...
and I have been to your website Charolette(Angel) and you are beautiful!

I am so very tired tonight, so I will say Good-night till the morning.

God's Blessing upon you all...
Sleep well.

08-28-2003, 11:32 AM
I just finished writing to you all and just lost EVERYTHING!
What a bummer! I will try again later...

I am so bummed ot right now.

08-28-2003, 11:45 AM
Morning everyone!

I had this wonderful letter to each one of you and when I went to post it just completely dropped out ~ nothing! What a bummer. Said that this thread was too long --- do we need to begin another thread?
Maybe CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGERS #172?!? I don't know enough about that...

I will try again later when I don't feel so discouraged about losing all I wrote to you.

08-28-2003, 12:31 PM
SunnyD~There is a limit on the individual post of how long it can be but i'm not sure how you know it's too big. :?: I don't think it's because this thread is 14 pgs. right now! But if it's OK, I'd like to start a new one, or will somebody else start a new one with the same opening so that new posters know what we are about........

I'm at work, more later.

08-28-2003, 02:22 PM
I feel better then I did this morning. I was so bummed...

MICHELE ~ Thank-you for the info... I may have had too long of a post, but usually it just returns to the letter after stating it was too long (it has happened to me before :o ), but this time it stated that the thread was too long, but I was at the bottom of 13 when I tried to post... maybe that had something to do with it. Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk ~ what's done is done.

How are you doing today? Looking forward to your date this week-end? I do hope that you have fun and just enjoy yourself. Everytime you feel overwhelmed, just take a slow DEEP breath in and it will help you to feel better... it really works! I will continue to hold you in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that Doug is a kind person, but if he's not... don't take on his baggage, okay. You have enough to cope with all on your own. Remember to be kind to your self and that our Lord is with you the whole time!! ENJOY! ;)

GARY ~ Thank-you so much for sharing your family... you sound so very proud of your children! It is so neat that you are such a part of their lives!! I didn't have my father around much when I was young (the military ya know) and when he was around it wasn't all that great (he's a good man now, just wasn't then). He also didn't encourage his daughters to go very far in life... he came from a time where thoughts of women were "looking beautiful, having children and being a good home-maker", nothing more. Young women think so highly of their fathers... I think they have a strong influence on their choices for a mate and on how they view themselves with others. When getting support from both parents I think you believe in yourself more... don't you. You have a better "self-esteem". All I know is that the time you have taken with your children, whether they tell you or not, has & will continue to mean allot to them!!! I know that now - whenever my father says anything encouraging to me (rare, but more then he ever did before) I just beam for days! I have learned to put my Faith & Trust in the Lord for what I need - knowing that we aren't perfect people, but whenever I hear something from either of my parents I consider it a bonus! :) Keep up the great work involving yourself with your kids.

If you don't mind me asking... what is your wife, son & step-daughter's names? And how long have you been married?

Also... I noticed that you are going to have a 50th birthday :hb: this coming February! I am a 'February' baby too. My Joe just turned 50 this past June and I gave him an "Ice-cream Sundae ~ Sunday Party" held @ our church hall from 7 to 10pm on a Sunday. I invited all his family and friends with their children and had games, balloons and tons of ice cream with every kind of topping you could possibly think of. He loved it! And everyone had a wonderful time. Joe did know about the party and even helped me in the planning (he wanted to be), but I did all the work. I bought 8 gallons of ice cream for it! You doing anything special for yours?


08-28-2003, 02:27 PM
ANGEL ~ I want to Thank you also for the lovely compliment and I am so glad you enjoyed my pictures. I got that computer virus also, but caught it right away and haven't had any more problems... it was nasty and so cruel!

As far as the graphics go... all I do is go to the website I had saved in my Favorites/Book-marked and right click on the graphic I want to use; then go to Properties. Once opened you will see the URL; then I just highlight, copy and paste it (with the [IMG] code) right onto my post... that simple. No extra typing or saving or anything... hope I gave you info that can help. It works for me. :)

You mentioned on your website that your hubby gardens... mine too! He loves it! He said it gives him time to reflect and enjoy some downtime and he loves the results! Soon we will have some delish tomatoes. I make tomato omlets with cheese for breakfast allot during the harvesting of them. I am so glad to hear that you are beginning to feel better! It is wonderful to have you back again.

Take care now and enjoy the time with your family over the holiday week-end... just allow them to lend a helping hand so you don't become ill again.

AMANDA ~ Hello there kiddo... I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed my cat pictures! I just love them to death! They think that they are people! I have been so blessed that my Joe enjoys them as much as I do. And the cats are great company for me while Joe is gone long hours during the week. He works for a grocery-store-chain in Bakery Maintaince and can drive up to 800 miles in a weeks time working 10 - 11 hours a day... although, he has been coming home earlier these days. If the company had it their way he would always be at work! They would work him to death if they could.

I am so proud of you for going to the gym and working out! Keep it up. Gary is right, it is good that you are sore... just stay away from the scale right now. Don't make that mistake (weighing yourself!). Muscle weighs more then fat AND you are going to swell with extra water during the first three weeks or so of you beginning workouts you have not done before. So do yourself some good and stay clear of that scale. Keep up the great work!!!

So far today... I have paid my bills (took forever) and made a second attempt to write everyone today. My Joe is out painting the trim on our shed; then we are going to the blood-drive at 2:00. This evening we are going to the Huge Geauga County Fair with our friends --- it's allot of fun :lol: !

Whatever you all do... be SAFE and HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME with your families & friends!
(((Hugs))) for you all!

Amanda Panda
08-28-2003, 07:31 PM
Hi Encouragers - well you are certainly living up to your name, I am really enjoying being here, you are all so.... whats the word.....encouraging!:lol:

I feel alot better today (no more aches) and managed to do 30 minutes on my exercise bike at home. I've got an appointment to have a new programme set for me at the gym tomorrow, so I'm having quite a good week for exercise!:strong:

Sunny D: Thank you for the info about the exercising . You know ever since I went to the gym on Tuesday, I have felt bigger than ever! I now know it's probably due to water retention, so I won't get down about it. I'll just keep on eating healthily and exercising and the weight has got to come off at some point hasn't it???:?:

Hi to everyone else and thank you for making me feel so at home!

Tired now, need my beauty sleep and lots of it.

Amanda xx

08-28-2003, 10:59 PM
Please join us on #172

08-28-2003, 11:29 PM
http://members.shaw.ca/Sunburn_69/hello.gif WOW!! DON'T KNOW IF I'LL EVER GET CAUGHT UP...BEEN A LOT OF POSTING! That's good...just hard for me to keep up with.:dizzy:

Sorry you lost your post SunnyD...I've that before. In fact, when I started this post, it happened...just vanished! Luckily, I had just started it. I really had bad luck, also, today with my website. Not the webpage here....I have a christian website that is 14 pages. I've really enjoyed it, & have 111 signatures in the guestbook from all over the world! I decided to put background color on it, since I hadn't done anything to it in a long time. Everything went great, & it looked a lot better. Then near the end...it all went back white & locked me out! I can't get back in to edit it. This would be ok, except I put color on the background of some of the images(because they're in white squares). Now, they're in colored squares & looks tacky! http://www.agifs.hpg.ig.com.br/criancas/menina7.gif Sometimes, I could just throw this computer, YA KNOW?!

Hi AmandaPanda....hope all is well with you!

Hi to everyone else....have a great Friday...I get to go back to the station....kinda looking forward to it though. It's kinda like life is a little more "normal":lol: http://www.blesstheday.com/categories/spiritual/i-pray-for-you/5.gif

01-14-2005, 03:35 PM
i'm a newbie. i just started on my treck this week. still have not figured out all of the ins and out of TFC. i am 52yrs & 300lbs a christian and a diebetic with other health issues. i woul like to buddy up with some one. i need help with this. i don't have someone to give me encouragement at home. my man eats anything he wants and as much of what he want and never gains. in 32 years of marriage his waist size is from a 32 to 36. i wish. not really i just want to be healty. looking forward to meeting you . who ever you are. have a great day and remember you are special just because you are who you are.

Suzanne 3FC
01-17-2005, 10:14 PM
Hi Craftymom, welcome to 3FC :)

We recently made some changes in the forum, and moved the Christian Encouragers to a new location for Faith Based Support. You can find it here --> http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=127 Please pop over and join in, I'm sure they'd all love to meet you :)

Good luck!