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As 2008 comes to a close, and I anticipate 2009, I wanted to wish all my Fab friends the best for the upcoming year.
2008 has been my inaugural year into the Fab40's. I have to say, it has truly been one of the best years of my life. As I look back on my childhood years, I am thankful for my inability to remember most of them. The term dysfunctional was coined while my family helped to define it. The teenage years were no better, even worse because those I recall quite clearly. I am thankful that the Lord had his hand on me, guiding me, even when I was young and stupid. I got married at 18 -NOT pregnant, but crazy in love. We spent our first few years living on hope and a prayer, finishing college and beginning our family. The babies came fast, and life was a blur with more things to do than time to do it all. Actually, it seems like life is just starting to slow down... and speed up... at the same time.
For me, 2008 was a year of discovering who I am, and what I really want out of life. If you haven’t looked at my book list on my profile page...those are books that have helped me to peel the onion. I am finding layers of myself that I didn’t know existed. I am more in love with my husband than ever... and this after over a year of agony, disappointments, and wondering how I could face existing instead of living. If you are struggling, read some of those books. Not on the list, but highly recommended if you are having marriage issues is Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debbie Pearl, and Fireproof/The Love Dare.
Becoming successful in the Networking world is hard work, but the self development is so rewarding. Shad Helmstetter’s books have really helped to shape and refine me, and Bob Burg’s book The Go Giver has confirmed my commitment to be who I am becoming.
For me - I have lost over 40 lbs this year, I have cut my hair shorter than it has ever been, and permed it for the first time in 17 years. I have gotten rid of all my slobby, slouchy clothes, and updated my wardrobe. I take the time to take care of me, put on make-up and look my best... not just when I am going out - but every day. This may not sound like much to you, but for this matronly momma, that was a huge change. I quit wearing make-up years ago, and have had an ‘I don’t care how I look” attitude for just as long.
I could go on... but the husband I have fallen in love with again just drove up, and I plan to ring in the new year with him!
2009 is our year to SHINE - and I am here to help encourage you to find yourself, and get comfortable in your own skin.



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      Darla5 wrote Dec 31, 2008
    • You are so special to me. I hope you know that by now.

      I am so thankful that we both joined this site. As we say God’s timing... there is a reason for everything.

      I have learned so much from you. You have a heart of gold and I am amazed at all you do, homeschooling, rearing the children, taking care of the house and the animals and for the last month going it all alone while Clay takes on a new job in another state.

      You do all this and still find the time to encourage others and help them be their best. You are also a witness for Christ and it is evident in everything you do.

      DeeDee,  You ARE beautiful inside and out. I am so happy you have found a new confidence and know you are my buddy and I am so proud to call you my friend!!!

      Enjoy your night with Clay and have a wonderful night. Big Hugs!!!!



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 31, 2008
    • Dee Dee, I’m so glad you get to spend the evening with your hubby! You and your family are in my prayers. Maybe 2009 will be even more remarkable than ‘08!



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 31, 2008
    • Thank you both for your friendship and encouragement. I just know that 2009 is going to be amazingly fabulous. I feel it. I am thinking of a verse in Habakkuh, but I can’t remember the reference. I’ll have to look it up later.



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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 31, 2008
    • Enjoy your husband, and the new year ahead of you. Just remember that the old adage is “what you are doing at midnight is what you hope to spend the majority of your time doing in the coming year.” estatic

      I remain in awe of your strength and enthusiasm with all you have going on, and I look forward to your continued inspiration in 2009. You inspiring me, that is.

      Happy New Year, Dee Dee!!!



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      Linni wrote Dec 31, 2008
    • What a treasure you are! as i have told you already, you are a blessing and an inspiration to my! i thank you for your love, friendship, and WHO YOU ARE!  never change Dee Dee.. God has you on a mission, and you are doing very well!

      i am honored to call you my friened! enjoy the time you have with your husband!

      HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2009 is OUR YEAR!

      Love, Linni



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      Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 1, 2009
    • Hi Dee Dee, I enjoyed reading your post, you exhibit such strength, thank God for beautiful spirits like yours.  Your enthusiasm is contagious...May all your dreams, hopes and aspirations be as you hope in 2009.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Jan 4, 2009
    • I started my new year off with my hubby, and then promptly left him. In a good way that is. It was not without a little guilt that I spent my entire day on Thursday loading up the horses (who have not had much trailering experience) and headed to LA... lower Alabama that is... for a Parelli Clinic. For the past three years I have hauled horses and kids to these clinics, and enjoyed the experience vicariously from the side lines. Remember I told you that 2009 is the year for US to shine? This clinic was for ME and my horse. My 13 yo daughter would tell you it was all for her I am sure estatic and I won’t spoil her fun. She participated too, and earned her level one string. Since my horse is not yet rideable, and is still a baby, I am not ‘there’ yet... but it will happen! It was a great way to start the year!
      If you are wondering what Parelli is, or why it is a big deal to me, watch this video. THIS is where I want to be with my horse one day![Link Removed]

      What is like to be one with your horse....

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      We got home from the clinic last night, exhausted, but in a good sort of way. My dear sweet treasure of a husband was so kind to turn loose of us and let us go. He had to go back to Colorado today but we already have his next flight booked. We‘re marking off the days on the calendar!


      Happymomma, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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