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I am happily married to a wonderful man who has his dream job. As a side job, he works on computers. I am a mother of two elementary school-aged boys who are very energetic and a precious little girl who is my miracle child. I am changing the way I eat/drink and I'm adding more fitness minutes to my days so I can live a long life to watch them grow up.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014! I forgot to update all year last year!!!

I can't believe I forgot to post all year last year except for once in January!!!!!  I guess I've been busy!!!  I know I need to blog more often on here.  I've been blogging daily on Sparkpeople.com.  I've changed my life for the better because of that site and the help from my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  I highly suggest if you want to lose weight, eat healthier, get fit, or anything else, that you sign up and use this free site regularly.  And if you do sign up, please say that "lizspringsteen" referred you (that's my screen name).  I'll get spark points for it.  Thanks!

So, what have I been up to this past year?  Besides losing 51 lbs last year (and 40 the year before), I've been off my medications for over a year (and doing better than when I was on them).  I've been taking care of my daughter and teaching her things like the ABCs and 123s.  She's potty trained (practically) now.  I've been teaching all 3 children that it's important to take care of yourself and be healthy (and even my husband is fit and healthy now).  My mom moved to MI to be with me.  We miss my dad so much, but that's to be expected.

What's in store for 2014?  I'm still working on being a healthier and more fit person.  I'm striving to get to my goal weight by the end of this year.  Gonna teach my daughter some more things (I'm starting a little early on home-schooling).  I'm gonna try to get the boys to be more respectful and obedient to me and other adults.  I'm gonna try to get the boys to take more interest in doing their best at school.  And my family is going to try to go on some outings this summer.

Have a happy year everyone!

Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 WOW!

I can't believe it's already 2013!  Time is going by so fast!  2012 was a very wonderful year for me.  Lost 55 lbs, bought a house (tomorrow marks 3 months since we moved it), we have a dog and parakeet now, my husband got his dream job (the 9th is his 1 yr mark already!)...just so much more!  I can't even think of all our blessings right now...  Our children are healthy.  We are very happy.  We'll finally be getting a vehicle soon after 2 yrs without one.  My mom will move to MI this year.  And we're hoping my big brother can too.  I'm finally going to have my family near!  I'm so thankful that Adam's family has been so good to me these past 10 1/2 years.  I love them as if they were my blood family.  I know that great things are in store for my family this year.  I hope great things are in store for your family as well!  Have a wonderful 2013!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2 years...

It is hard to grasp that it has already been 2 years since one of my very best friends in the whole wide world passed away.  Daddy was someone I could always count on.  He brought lots of smiles and laughter to my life.  He'd call almost every day to ask about the weather and gas prices.  Then we'd end up talking for at least a half hour, usually more!  He missed being near me so much.  And I missed being near him and my mom.  They were looking forward to moving by me.  And then all the plans changed when Mom had a nervous breakdown and Dad broke his hip from a fall later in the morning the same day of Mom's breakdown.  Mom gradually got more control of her emotions and Dad had extensive physical therapy at the rehab center he was placed in.  At the end of October, shortly before I graduated my Getting Ahead: Bridges Out of Poverty class, he was getting scheduled to be released home within 2 weeks.  Then the bones in his hip shifted again, making him have to go back to square one.  Around the beginning weeks of November, Daddy had a massive stroke.  He didn't even remember who I was.  He thought I was my niece, Robin.  He got a little better each day that I called (I called every 2-3 days).  Finally, on the 17th, I told him how much his sons, Dan and Albert, loved him (I had called each of the prisons they were in to talk to them and tell them what had happened).  How much my husband, 2 boys, and I loved him.  How much my mom loved him.  He said, "she must love me because she is home doing my laundry".  I laughed.  If his humor was coming back to him, he'd get better, right?  Even though the doctors gave him 6 months, maybe we'd have a miracle on our hands.  I didn't call him the 19th due to the busyness of life.  Deciding I would call him after church on the 21st (well, actually, after a purse party I was going to), I settled in for a good weekend.  Church was wonderful, as always.  I was really excited about being at the purse party at my good friend's house.  I don't get out much, so it was a much needed "me" moment.  Soon it was crushed when I received a call from my husband saying my daddy had passed away.  My heart broke into a million pieces.  I couldn't stay for the party.  I was too "lost" in my emotions.  I called my mom when I got home.  She was in shock.  That evening, I couldn't go to church.  I couldn't stop crying.  I had such a headache.  I tried to sleep the whole time, but couldn't.  Adam came home with a love offering from the church to get me to WI the next day.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving was his funeral.  Thanksgiving was spent with my mom, going through things, eating a cold meal delivered from a church.  I stayed til December 1st. I didn't want to leave her, but had a previous engagement for the 2nd that would earn me money for Christmas for the kids.  I did a great job with what I needed to do for the meeting I attended with a wonderful lady whom I got close to in the Bridges class.  December 17th, I had tremendous pain in my abdomen.  I had been dealing with ovarian cysts all Fall.  I thought a big one ruptured until I talked to a friend at church the previous night.  She said it could be a tubal pregnancy, so I went to the walk-in clinic and they sent me straight to Niles' ER.  Sure enough, I was pregnant!  And the baby was where it should be!  PREGNANT!!!  This unexpected blessing brought me such joy that my sorrow was pushed to the back burner.  I prayed for a little girl the whole time. And of course, I had a little girl!  Finally!  She is almost 16 months old.  And today, this 2nd anniversary of Daddy's death, as she gives me kisses and hugs and says "ove oo", I think of my best friend, David Owen Chagnon.  A wonderful Daddy, a loving Grandpa, a precious friend.  And I smile and try to remember all the good times we had together.  I miss you Daddy!  I will never stop loving you!  Thank you for raising me to be the best woman I can be.