Wednesday, May 19, 2004

MM On Wednesday

Hi guys,

We are calling this week a "bye week". On Monday I was just not up to writing a motivator and even too blue to ask you guys to motivate me. Lets just say, I was realizing again that Dave is gone and not coming home anytime soon. I am back to being me and coping just fine. Have a great rest of the week and I'll be back next Monday!

Lots of love,


Sunday, May 9, 2004

Happy Mother's Day 2004

Happy Day after Mothers Day!

I hope everyone took this opportunity to be loving to their family. Even if you don't have an ideal situation, make the best or make a change. Life it too short to be bickering, sniveling or simply settling.

I'm sure it's becoming more clear that I am not my sunshiny self today. I miss Dave terribly and especially on days that I know if he were home, he would be laughing and making fun of my sense of schmoop. You know, the stuff that is sappy and sweet, love songs come to life. The reality is, he is as schmoopy as I am and sometimes more.

We went through the motions today and really enjoyed our visit with Ken, Dahlynn and their family at the county fair. This was Mason's first fair and he played his first midway game. He went fishing....go figure, we are out with the McKowens and we go fishing.....authors of the Chicken Soup for the Fisherman's Soul, Laughing! We came home, got in our jammies and played on the floor all afternoon. Mason is just this close to actually crawling! Then we took a nap together. It was a nice way to spend the day sprinkled with lots of phone calls from our family and friends wishing me a happy day and mostly letting me know I am not alone. I know, I am just not with Dave. Love to you all!


Monday, May 3, 2004

MM May 3,2004

Hi Guys,

I don't have my usual leisure time today/night to write so this will be brief. It has been a productive week with Operation New Release. We mailed off 6 boxes on Saturday and another 3 today. I am planning to get the final count of the big donation from Tower's distribution center and hopefully collect the 600 lbs of coffee this week. Thank you to all of you who have helped out. Several of you were VERY generous and I want you to know that the smiles on all these soldiers faces are because of all of our combined effort. We still have a long way to go, but I am confident we will generate what we need. Flower, feel free to do a reply all and tell everyone what this means from your perspective. I don't normally have all of your names in the "to" line, but this way Dave can "reply all" and share.

Other big news is that Mason is officially moving to his big, front facing car seat tomorrow. He is 20 lbs and too big for his "baby" car seat! I will e-mail some pictures next Monday. Okay, I have to go get Mason ready for bed. When you are 20 lbs, you don't go to bed so early like babies stay up until at least 7:45! Love to all of you!

This motivator is an accurate description of how I feel when I work on things like Operation New Release. Also, when I was a member of Alameda Rotary. Get involved with something that appears to have nothing in it for you and you will find that it fills you up!


Alive with enthusiasm

What would it take to get you bubbling with enthusiasm about this day? What would it take to make you positively excited about all the possibilities available to you?

Think about it, and as you do, those thoughts will give birth to a very real and undeniable enthusiasm within you. Enthusiasm lives and grows and makes its presence felt in your mind, so by all means welcome it to come in and let it stay.

What happens when you have real excitement and enthusiasm for who you are, for what you're doing, for the positive possibilities in life? You find a way to enthusiastically make the best of those possibilities real.

Start by putting a great big, sincere smile on your face. That will do amazing things to your level of enthusiasm. Sure it sounds simple and silly, but there's one important thing to remember. It works.

Get up, get excited, get enthusiastic about this day, about your life, about the possibilities. And you'll soon have plenty of undeniable reasons to be truly excited.

Used with permission of Ralph Marston