Home is sweet home.

I have returned from my mainland trip. I enjoyed seeing my Agel family, experiencing the Agel Cares Walk of Hope, loving the new products and kibbitzing with my friends.

Then I went to Dallas, TX to see my family. I am oh so grateful for each of them. My dad continues to recover from his heart surgery and stroke. While I was there, his progress improved so he moved from the intensive care unit to the critical care unit and on the day I left, he moved into the rehabilitation unit.

My fabulous brother and sis-in-law hosted a Labor Day dinner at which I went back for three helpings of their homemade brisket. They are strong, generous and loving people who I am SO blessed to have as my family.

I dined with my in-laws at my favorite Italian restaurant, Prego. We sat for a long time laughing, talking and reminiscing. God truly blessed me with them!! They are superb!

Now I am home, where my heart lives. Greeted at the airport by my Mark, my heart skipped a beat. I am so in love with him and grateful to spend my life in his company. He held down our fort and eliminated my worry so I could focus on my tasks. Our daughters make my heart sing! They, too, greeted me with hugs and smiles. They missed me. I missed them too.

I awoke to the ocean breezes, the sounds of the city and fresh brewed Kona coffee. There really is no place like home.

Aloha,
Denise

Finding all the good…

Well, as you may know, I made a detour to my hometown of Dallas to see my family. I KNOW and appreciate the value of family, and when I can, I choose to be with them. Some of my family are dealing with health issues, so it was important for me to come here.

I have spent some real quality time with my loved ones, and some very long-time, dear friends. I’m so grateful: to Mark, for holding down our fort at home, to the medical teams, to nature, the weather has been nothing short of glorious and to God.

I am very grateful and my heart is overflowing with love.

Mahalo and aloha,
Denise

Are you…?

Look around…eyes right…eyes left. Do you see loved ones? Supportive ones? Prosperous people? If your answer is “yes” consider yourself really blessed. If your answer is “no” then read on.

Life is short, precious and for the living. It is our right to live well and prosper. I implore you to make friends who have similar goals, directions and dreams. Be grateful for the family you have and tell them. Do what you love daily. It’s not called ‘work’ for no reason. Find your passion and be the best you can be. Share your dreams.

As I sit in this airport, I am reflecting on a wonderful weekend of fellowship, innovation and dream realization I had. I am jazzed. I’m excited to see my family and friends and share my dreams.

Go out and live your best life! Surround yourself with people as extraordinary as you.

Aloha,
Denise

Really???

Wow, it’s September already! Really!? I just celebrated August. Well….it is the ninth month of the year. Labor day is on Monday. most kids are in school and the carpools have begun. Time is really flying by.

So in honor of September and all the colors of the month, I want to wish you all a really great month. Create a special plan to kick it up a notch and be crazy. Really!

In honor of Patriot Day, let’s all say a prayer on September 11.

I really wish you a wonderful day.

This was really fun…

Aloha,
Denise

3 Things to share

Three things occured to me today as blog-worthy:

1. The waves are enormous today and expected huge again tomorrow. My surfing coach cancelled our lesson tomorrow. He said it would be treacherous for me to go out. I am bummed but very grateful. I acknowledge Aukai for looking after our safety.

2. My dad is not doing so well. His progress has slowed a bit, according to those who see him daily. Mark said that stroke patients’ progress is measured in seasons, not days. Hopefully by Thanksgiving Dad he will improve; then by Valentines’ day he’ll address a card to me. This is Mark’s explanation to me for my understanding. I acknowledge Mark, Dad’s docs, my mom, brother and sis-in-law for their valiant patience, love and support.

3. I highlighted my hair purple again.

Create a happy day!

Aloha,
Denise

Long timers

Do you have friends from nursery school? Grade school? High school? College? People who you still communicate with regularly or annually? If so, consider yourself very fortunate.

I love my friends and am really grateful they are in my life. I have friends from each of the categories above and from living and working in Texas, Maryland, California and Hawaii.

Now I’m going to tell them: friends, I love you and I am so grateful that you are in my life!!

How are you doing with that?

Aloha,
Denise

I’m back, thanks to my hero, Mark Schnitzer

Aloha, my 2003 Dell Latitude computer died a quick, painless death. Now I’m blogging on my iPad, affectionately called my “toy.” Bump!

My real message today is, go with the flow. Enjoy whatever bumps in the road you face. Look at it as an adventure.

I chatted with our accountant today and we agreed that life is too short; we must have fun while we are walking on this earth.

How are you doing with this?? Have fun today and enjoy life’s bumps.

Aloha,
Denise

College applications already?!

The college application process for our eldest daughter began tonight. We met with the college counselor and she outlined the year in terms of when, where and how to apply to college. I am a stand for our daughter and that she and I will be ready for this milestone.

As much as I say that I can’t wait for ¬†our girlz to go to college and enjoy the journey of life, I’m _________(fill in blank) thinking it’s the last year with her here with us. I want to make this last year so terrific that we all have lasting memories.

It’s true that she will get it all done and on time, but as the professional worrier that I am, I must fill my worry bucket with these new worries: driving, time-lines, essays, fees, dates, emails, dances, homework and sports. I know scores of people have done this before me and will do it after me. I welcome any tips and tricks and hugs.

Will you share your pearls of wisdom?

Aloha,

Denise