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Sunday Thought

“We can’t grow in knowledge and grace and never change our minds.  When an identity is built solely on a fixed systematic theology, we’re terrified to change our minds.  Let’s grow in knowledge.” – Beth Moore

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 3:18 (NET)

Grow…it is hard to think the same way all of the time.  To change, or grow in our thoughts is difficult.  Thoughts impact actions.  I want to change my thoughts, opinions, and actions.  Growing is hard.  Changing is difficult.

So I come back to baby steps.  One day at a time, one moment at a time.  Taking time to believe in myself, and giving thanks whenever I can.  Every step we take impacts the moment after.  Do we not take the step if we don’t know the future steps?  We always go forward, but do we go in God’s grace?

Reflecting today.  Taking in God’s grace.  Taking a step forward in the knowledge of His love.


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Letting Go

Asking for God to give me the grace to let go of former things so that I can embrace what He has for me in the future. 

Ecclesiastes 3:6


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Changes · Uncategorized · WLS


I am one cheap date.

Really.  I like most drinks/cocktails now.  I haven’t always been able to drink.  I think part of my surgery took the part of my stomach that couldn’t handle alcohol.  I know it sounds crazy, but my friends can attest that I would not be able to drink a full glass of anything.

Wine lately has been nice.  One or two glasses, and I am done.  Cheap – or really expensive, doesn’t matter – same affect.  Done.  I love that I can enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail now.

What is your go to drink?

Happy weekend! Cheers!


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Changes · sushi · Uncategorized · WLS


In my past life of eating everything, I loved eating sushi.  All kinds of sushi.  Well, except Uni.  Never have liked it.

But, I could and would eat two or three rolls or consume chirshi don (10 different pieces of sashimi on rice) with miso soup and maybe even a seaweed salad.  Way too much food.

Since my sleeve surgery, I have had sashimi but really no more than 4-5 ounces at a time.  I have missed the combination of flavors that traditional sushi rolls have. I have been talking about eating sushi with a co-worker who has lots of dislikes when it comes to textures and food.  She really doesn’t like a lot of fish either.  So sushi?

Well, all of the talk of what kind of fish to try (if any – hello steak!), made me want some sushi again.

After talking with my long time sushi chef and friend about my cravings, he served me this:

2 pieces of shrimp tempura wrapped in 3 ounces of yellow tail with spicy mayo and green onions (with a little bit of eel sauce).

Oh my!  My taste buds were extremely happy, and so was my tummy.  It brought back the roll flavors I had been missing without any of the rice (yes, the tempura breading is a no-no, but in the grand scheme of things – not so bad).

So thankful.  And, yes I will be having it again – maybe next time with ahi tuna.


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Definition of CHANGE (Merriam-Webster)

changed;  changing

transitive verb

  1. a :  to make different in some particular :  alter never bothered to change the will b :  to make radically different :  transform can’t change human nature c :  to give a different position, course, or direction to changed his residence from Ohio to California

  2. a :  to replace with another let’s change the subject b :  to make a shift from one to another :  switch always changes sides in an argument c :  to exchange for an equivalent sum of money (as in smaller denominations or in a foreign currency) change a 20-dollar bill d:  to undergo a modification of foliage changing color e :  to put fresh clothes or covering on change a bed

intransitive verb

  1. :  to become different her mood changes every hour

  2. : of the moon :  to pass from one phase (see 1phase 1) to another

  3. :  to shift one’s means of conveyance :  transfer on the bus trip he had to change twice

  4. of the voice :  to shift to lower register :  break His voice started to change when he turned 13.

  5. :  to undergo transformation, transition, or substitution winter changed to spring

  6. :  to put on different clothes need a few minutes to change for dinner

  7. :  exchange, switch neither liked his seat so they changed with each other



change hands

  1. :  to pass from the possession of one owner to that of another money changes hands many times

One thing in life that is constant is change.  My dad always said this.  Most of the time, I am okay with change so long as I am in control of it.  Ha, who isn’t, right?

We are going through some major role changes at work with new leadership, and at first I was shocked, then sad, and ended up excited.  The next morning, completely overwhelmed, then angry at the rumors.  Last night, I was completely excited again remembering that this is new, different, and challenging.  I love that.  I love being told I can’t accomplish something.  Bring it, right? But still scared of the change.  The unknown.

So the definitions list above are to remind me that the small, little word “change” can mean lots of different things to different people.  I am in the midst of change at work, with being back in school, becoming an empty nest home, and my weight loss.  Lots of change.  So I leave you with these:

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

“Change is inevitable.  Progress is optional.” – Tony Robbins


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Body Adjustments & Lupus

I have been experiencing more Lupus symptoms since my surgery last year.  A big part of my bodies adjustment has been my hair.  I had thicker but still thin hair when I was younger (permed, and colored it -it was the eighties).

Carmen sister 19722015-11-09 13.11.45Then, when I was diagnosed with Lupus it really got thin.  I change my style to a basic bob haircut so I wouldn’t have to place too much stress on my hair, or my arms and shoulders.img_2231With the weight loss surgery I lost even more hair.  After about 7 months, it started growing back.  Curly!  Crazy I know.  Now I am trying to figure out how to style, and take care of the new growth.  And, back to losing it again due to the Methotrexate.  Ugh.

Other things that are giving me fits are the skin changes.  I knew that things would sag, and droop, but with my Sjogren’s, my skin is having a hard time adjusting.  Although I still believe that for me surgery was the best decision.  Adjustments will always be made whether I want them to happen or not.