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funNew things-first time at StoryTime at the library and first time at the supermarket with mom…also got to see Kelsie and Kris and the rest of the family!




Your spiritual wellness and well-being are a part of the same healthy life. When your spiritual wellness is strong you will feel better inside and out. Providing a better outlook on life for yourself and it will translate to a better mental health. You will feel happy, stronger and in control of your physical body when illness threatens. It is the first step to surviving a crisis in your life or that of someone you love.

Your spiritual health is something you have to find within your own mind and soul. When you feel good about yourself mentally it improves your outlook on everything around you. It is your reaction to daily life – good or bad – problems and how you react to them. It is accepting yourself as your are, forgiving yourself when you make a mistake, and believing the very best about what you are.

First maintain a positive outlook. Bad things are going to happen. There is no way to get around it. You have to find something to be positive about in each case. It can provide a learning experience, a chance to help someone, forgiving yourself or someone else. Finding something positive in a bad situation takes practice, but once mastered, you will be able to give more of yourself and provide a healing heart to others.

With a positive outlook, the mind will begin to look for solutions to an over whelming problem. Instead of sinking into a dark depression, the mind will search for an answer. Not every answer will be the right one, but with time a problem begins to become smaller, solved in small steps, one at a time. Even small problems can cause sadness, headaches, and destructive thoughts. These small problems can then affect your health.

Spiritual wellness helps to clean away the dangers of the mind when in the midst of a crisis. Instead of being a part of the problem, you change and focus on the moment and what needs to be done now. Providing even a small solution brings a problem back into a realistic focus.

Your spiritual wellness of thought will protect your from many of the non-physical problems that happen in life. It helps to control mental illness and provide an over all well being for physical and mental health.

Overcoming physical problems is hard. Nothing about it is easy, but with an outlook of positive self and your chosen spiritual path, you face the challenges with determination, not defeat. Begin your journey now for spiritual wellness. It will help you get through the hard, heart breaking times life throws at all of us. It will make each day count as a blessing and make you feel clean inside to begin again. It is your gift to yourself so you can experience less stress and enjoy life.



I ordered border for my bulletin board (they haven’t taken that from us yet)- it cost me $2.99. This is the box they mailed it in. I am thankful it was not bent but really- the box cost more than the product!



At 9:30 AM Friday the stage was 25.1 feet.
* Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.

Lloyd’s place flooded (he is the one with the red roof)…so much for camping with the RV.



may rain

I hope June will be drier…wanting to get some road trips in, some painting done, the garden tilled and some walking in.


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And there is rain everyday this week in the forecast- makes getting my outside projects done difficult. I did manage to clean both refrigerators & freezers, the pantry and the garage today. Tomorrow I am in training 1/2 day and then plan to clean the RV. This time last year we had already taken 2 trips- this year, 0! Need it to stop raining! It is flooding everywhere and messing up my plans.



My cousin’s wife (on the other side of the family) made this granola this year and it is super yummy, so I thought I’d share it. It’s called Elvis Granola and it is a chocolate peanut butter granola! YUMMO!


Elvis Granola
makes about 1 lb granola

1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup chopped dark chocolate (or miniature chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 275.

Bring the canola oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon to a simmer on the stove. Cook for three to five minutes.

While that’s cooking, mix together the oats, ground flax, peanuts and sunflower seeds. Pour hot syrup mixture over the oats and toss well to coat. Spread out granola onto two lined sheet trays and bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning trays midway through.

Let granola cool completely before adding the chopped chocolate.

Time: 1.5 hours (including cooling time)

** this granola will stay fresh for about a month sealed in tupperware and kept in the fridge.



Kelsey couldn’t believe a read a “whole” book in 1 day…I did! Haven’t done that in a really long time.

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Let’s all wish Rob a very happy birthday!




Just 30 minutes….Think About It


I just wanted to thank everyone for such a wonderful Christmas! The gifts are always wonderful and come from the heart, which makes it so special!

My family and I missed being home this year and we hope that it won’t continue (fingers crossed).

Beth left today so we hope that she makes it home safe. My mom and dad are debating if they will stay through New Year’s.

Love you all! – The Culvers


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