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Wear the white skirt!

My sister and I were shopping the other day and she found me a white jean jacket that I must say is ADORBS!!!  The best shopping days for me are simply following Jess around with my cart sipping my coffee as she pulls things of the rack for me to try on, yeah, it’s the
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She believed she could…so she did

Back to school at 38.  YUP!  That’s me.   As some of you may know, I was a “college dropout” as my husband affectionately calls me.  It was my pregnancy that caused me to put my music education degree on hold, and I will spare you the funny, yet probably slightly inappropriate comment I shoot back
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Stress out, it’s magical…said no one ever

So the last week has brought up some, hmmmmm, “stress” I guess you could say. There are a few things tap dancing their way into my world, wait, that sounds too polite(as a writer/blogger I am trying to be more creative),  barging their way…dropping their way…. Oh I know, a couple situations came plummeting from
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When did you stop writing…

“When did you stop writing?” my life coach asked me, sending my thoughts to canvas my brain, looking for clues as to why my stress level seems to be measuring up to Mount Everest these days. Writing has been a part of me for some time now.  It has been an outlet and a way
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I will trust in You

“The days of the past few weeks have been nothing short of a roller coaster of emotions.  Days of peace soon followed by the plummet to distress.  We have been though war and it feels as though we are outnumbered.  We experience miracles of success only to be followed by, what seems ambush and defeat. 
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And then I was weak…

(We have a couple more blogs of flashback to get caught up on. Zaynes Rehab updates and videos will be posted Saturday.  Hang tight, he is doing good, improving every day.  Keep the prayers coming. Thanks so much for all your support)   We left the ICU and as we headed to the other wing
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Super Z update

Ok, I am going to be pretty brief.  I just can’t seem to catch up with life enough to sit down.   This surgery has been a challenge.  There was some damage in working to get the cyst under control.  This caused him paralysis to his left leg and left arm, and on the left
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He didn’t bring me out here to drown…

So it seems these past 24 hours I have been working to grasp my mustard seed of faith, only to wonder if it’s even that big. It seems in a moment the clamor of fear in my brain literally incapacitates me dropping me to my knees. Then I hear a voice “Peter, step out of
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We believe…

Well, once again, this night before surgery we rally the troops. You all have supported us from the very beginning(Um.. he has a what?).  As always our words can never express the way we truly feel about all the support.  It may not make sense, but we feel your hearts and there is strength out
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Will I be strong enough for her… (Super Z Stories)

“Mom.”  I heard Kate’s voice and immediately I knew why she was calling.  “Are you coming to get me?” In my rush to get Bo to his scrimmage in Eaton Rapids, I forgot to pick her up when I dropped off Josh and Timmy to their practices at the school tonight.  And I thought I
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In honor of Memorial Day, May I say…

Memorial Day.  A holiday that I certainly associate with the smell of the grill.  Many of us take that day off work to get together with our family and friends.   Today there was talk of politics on our ride home and my stomach sank a bit.  I began to feel uncertain of what my kids
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I finally see it…Can you?

Being that for the month of May, the blog has been centered around women and giving yourself a break.  I asked a very dear friend of mine to write a blog to post.  She is Life Coach with TurningLeaf Wellness Center and I love when we get the chance to work together.  She is so
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Is that my laundry?!

A conversation between me and my sis…never a dull moment…   “Jamie bring my bags of laundry back over here when you come, my washer is working again.”   “Ugh, are you kidding me.” “Jamie, it’s 2 bags, seriously. (insert eye roll at Jamie’s drama)” “Ok… I will bring them over as soon as I
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Is your PMS acting up?

PMS, when we read those words a certain subject comes to mind, but I am not talking about the time of month women lose their minds due to hormones.  I am talking about Mom’s losing their Minds due to a disease I refer to as Perfect Mother Syndrome, which is what I am focusing on
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Gotta fill up your tank!

I was on my way to see my sister-in-law’s new baby. When I left the house I knew I didn’t have enough gas to get there, but stopping for gas seemed like such a waste of time. “I just want to get there; I don’t want to take the time to get gas!” So I
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“They-need-me-itis” – Unnecessary stess

Unnecessary Stress Disguised as…. “They need me”   Another way we get trapped under unnecessary stress, is by falling prey to…They need me. Yes, they do need you and you need them we all need each other and we all help each other out.  The fine line deciphering between healthy relationships and codependent relationships can
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“Control Freak!!!” -Unnecessary Stress Part 2

Unnecessary Stress disguised as Diligence… Also known as, “Control Freak”.   Oftentimes we find ourselves stressing out over a situation of which we have NO CONTROL.  So why do we stress?  That is a GREAT question.  Think about it.  Let’s say for instance I hate the flu.  Well, I actually do hate the flu, and
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Ahhhhhh Stressed? Me….nooooooo.

Hmmmm.  Let’s see, Taxes!  Need I say more?  I mean seriously, can a form be any more confusing.  If you made 50 marbles put it on line B, and then subtract how many marbles you sold, did you pay taxes on the marbles you sold, oh do you owe anyone marbles, and in the partnership
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UN-necessary Stress

Unnecessary Stress…eeew…who needs that?(4 part Series)   Stress…..  when I think of all the addictions in the world, stress has got to be the most subtle killer.   Seriously! We are all so quick to point our finger at those with addictions so much more obvious, like smoking or drinking or Brownies, yum,  while the addict
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This months Topic…Go to Jamaica…?

Oh My Gosh!   My LIFE!!!!!  Has been insane!!!!  Anybody else with me.  Laundry, work, kids sports, finances, a kid needs braces, another has a sports injury, oh, and then another does too, and then there is TAXES.  And for those of you who know me and numbers, yeah, I should probably have Timmy do them.
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Hug them, tell them…TODAY.

I recently lost a colleague of mine. Only he was more than a colleague. In this line of work I am in with TurningLeaf Wellness Center, we actually become more like family as we work alongside each other. And I have now lost one of my TurningLeaf family members. I am struggling today with the
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Cue the music please…

In looking for a flashback Friday, I came across this post that I thought would be good in closing out this months theme of adversity.  I liked reading it and looking back on much I have accomplished since I wrote it.  It reminds me to appreciate what I have learned through my adversities and to
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Loose a kid, Forget a kid…Ice Cream for Dinner

Loose a Kid, Forget a Kid, Ice Cream for dinner…and Repeat.   Well, Jess is moving and it has been CRAZY around here!!!! “When will you be done working today Jame.” Jess said, which I of course interpreted as, Oh my gosh when will you get her to help me make sense of this unpacking
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Super Z update- MRI Results

Adversity… I hope you liked our dance in the storm video from last week.  Today we give you an update on our on going adversity.  Here is the post Jess sent me… Super Z Update… Well this is going to be short because this week is moving week at the Warren home! Lots of work!!
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When life is Stormy… Dance!

Life was caving in. The house was a disaster, and I was spending so much time running the kids to their various activities, I was certain one might forget to call me Mom, and a “hey cabby” would just come flying out of there face without them even knowing why. And dinner, that was seeming
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Adversity ever after… what?

The following blog is a re-run.  I am using it to introduce the topic of the month.  Adversity!!!  Something I am sure we can all relate to. Just like January and February, I am putting a coaching series on sale this month to go along with our topic.  This months series is “EYE OF THE
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Amazing relationships start where…?

So the crazy thing about relationships is every healthy relationship, must first begin with a healthy you. You know that bible verse, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF. Many of us quote this verse to ourselves to encourage us to be kind to others. Well, that verse does bring me to ask the question,
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Ah yes…the wisdom in a chick flick!

I was dragged to the movie Avatar, by my sci-fi nerd hubby. I wasn’t really sure I would like it but I came out of there thanking him over and over for getting me there. BECAUSE! It was a love story!!! Duh!!!! He never let on. All I kept hearing about Avatar was how amazing
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It is it date night yet…

Baby on the hip is crying while you stir the pot of spaghetti sauce, never mind this is the 3rd time you have made spaghetti this week, but the kids love it, which means no arguing about how much they have to eat to get a cookie after dinner. From the other room you hear
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Speed Date Night

My hubby and I went out the other night and I just couldn’t help but go through the “remember whens.” The remember when’s is something a mom can get lost in for hours when her kids reach that state in life she was sure they would never make it too. And then one day she
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Little Casanova- Flash Back Friday

This is a Flash Back Friday Blog, as I re-read it I couldn’t help but laugh. I honestly can’t remember if it was Josh or Timmy, I guess I shoulda been more detailed in my story, lol. So my 8 year old has a crush at school. Now since I am an involved parent,(sounds better
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Let’s Have a GOOD Valentine’s Day

I am going to paraphrase a story Dean Nixon tells to draw out the importance of clear communication between couples and seeing that Valentine’s Day is just about upon us, I figured what better subject! Imagine a young couple, with 2 children, the ages 5 and 1. On February 2nd, Wifey says to the Hubster,
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If I have to be right…you have to be wrong…right?

Relationships! Whether you are married or dating all relationships have their bumps in the road. And to this I say, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. I mean sure my husband’s road would be a lot more smooth, logical and thought out if I weren’t in his life. But I always let him
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DON’T LEAVE YOUR SOCKS ON THE FLOOR!!!

Ok, so I can’t remember all our countless disagreements, so I am going to use a subject light and simple to portray my point…   I returned home after dropping the kid to school. I tidied the kitchen from the morning tornado that ran thru it at about 7:07, leaving behind an array of cereal
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Flash Back Friday-Best Diet EVER!!!!

In Keeping a bit with the New Year Resolution theme, I thought I would post a flash back Friday of the “new diet” I would like to be on.  🙂   Best diet ever…lol So tonight I was making a peanut butter protein bars. As I was making them I thought about what a fad
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Rally the Troops of HOPE- Super Z Update

We are calling on our troops today.  Today the Warrens head to Devos to talk with another brain surgeon and the best chemo route.  You have been by our side, sometimes even beneath us caring our tired souls on your shoulders for quite some time now. We continue to be grateful for all your support.
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Just ask yourself Why?

(This is the last week to get the “Resolve Series” at an EXTRA LOW cost! More info below) So this month’s topic was RESOLVE. I posted earlier this month on resolutions and the power I feel behind the word resolve. I shared my own personal “resolve” statements of I will LIVE.: I will value my
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Let’s get this Party STARTED!!!!

Friday evening, drive 40 minutes to Okemos, stand in a 35 minute line, so the boy can get half naked and weigh in for wrestling, followed by the 40 minute return voyage. Now that is one wild Friday night! Oh yeah, that’s how we roll here at the Lightner’s, just partyin’ it up. And then
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I didn’t know what to expect… and was blown away

Tears streamed down my face as I read the comments to my blog the other night.(Do I tell her) I was so nervous to post my heart. What if I sounded weak, what if I sounded like I gave up, what if they just don’t understand my feelings of defeat. My mind ran to the
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Do I tell her…

“You’re not really helping me right now.” My sister’s voice came across the phone. She was right, and it was because there was nothing I could do. I knew she didn’t need a speech in faith, I knew I didn’t need to hear how we would make it. I knew pretty much any words they
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Oh Yay…a snow day?

“Wah! Wah! Wah! Wah!” What was that noise? It was in the distance, but seemed to be getting closer. It progressively got louder as I pulled myself out of my sleep coma. Ugh. It was Kate’s alarm and 6am. I laid there hoping she would shut it off. Finally after what seemed like a half
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From a Mother of a Wrestler

Wresting, ugh, I gotta say it’s not my favorite idea of a sport. I remember watching Michael wrestle, back when I was a young teenager in love, just proud to watch my boyfriend. Oh yeah, he had the varsity jacket and all. Hearts in my eyes, there to cheer him on. But now, as a
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Big News- Looking into the upcoming year for the Misguided Sisters!

A brand new year! Just Crazy!! Where does the time go? I was just sure I would be changing diapers forever. And now Jess and I both have all our kids in school.  Ahhhhh  Where does the time go?   As we begin 2016, I just wanted to take a minute and update our amazing followers
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Not another resolution….

New Years Eve…Oh I am a big sap for New Years Eve!! I love the family all hanging out playing games eating waaaaaay to much junk food, and drinking waaaaaaaay to much coffee. And I really mean coffee, yum, peppermint mocha, I love it! I love remising about the year and looking forward to what
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Happy New Year 2015…

Yes I know the title said 2015, I am not crazy….well, ok that is debatable, but I did it on purpose because the blog below is a repeat from a couple years ago… but I think it’s pretty funny…the new one to come either Tomorrow or next day.  🙂 Happy Reading…   New Year’s Resolutions?????
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Happy Holidays

Well, Happy Holidays from the Misguided sisters. I hope you all are enjoying yourselves as much as we are. I personally LOVE Christmas break. It’s filled with family, pj’s, movie nights, game nights, sappy Christmas movies, tons of junk food, tons of love and tons of laughs. Sometimes I just sit on my bed listening
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Today I Am Grateful

Thanksgiving weekend. The turkey has been eaten, games played, and hugs shared. Even had time to squeeze in a few Christmas movies with my mom-in-law. After 2 days of parties, friends and food it is Saturday and I find myself home alone in a quiet house. Josh and Kate had plans with friends and Mike
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We weren’t meant to Understand

As I post this next blog, I just wanted to say, there are times Jess and I hesitate to post our raw emotions. Sometimes things get pretty dismal and you may hear things you don’t agree with. We only hope our willingness to be open helps others who have felt those same feelings know they
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Can you talk…

“Can you talk.” The text read across my phone. I stepped out of the conference room to call my sister. I knew this meant it wasn’t good news from the MRI results. I supported her best I could as she cried on the phone. The tumor was growing, the cyst was growing and yet another
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A story by Erma Bombeck

I came across this quote today and thought it was endearing….so I share it with you. “When God Created Mothers” When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” And God said, “Have
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