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100 Days of Gratitude - Day 100 - My Kimmi - the love of my life

I think this is my all time favorite picture ever taken of Kim. I truly captures everything I love about her.

Day one of this project started with my Family.

After stating how I got the idea for this project the first person I name is Kim.

First paragraph is about Kim.

Then I mention my boys.

Each of them got one short paragraph on day one. Later in the project each of the boys got their own days. Friends got their own days. Kim never did. She never mentioned or maybe didn't even notice that she'd not gotten her own day.

I have a better life because of this amazing woman.

Nicholas, Peter and Jonathan all have better lives because of her.

But so do many, many other people. Kim is a stay at home Mom. Some say "you don't work?" Well nothing could be further from the truth - she works harder than just about anyone I know - she just doesn't get a paycheck.

She takes great care of us here at home showering us with love, good meals, a clean home, clean laundry, shopping for us, managing schedules and much more. There are so many things around the house that I just don't know how to do anymore because as we say "That's a Mama get". Meaning - that's something Kim takes care of... not me. There's a lot of that stuff.

Never mind the things she's done for me and our kids. She's done a lot for our community and it's a better place because of her.

Here are a few things she's done for the community of Liberty Hill in the past 12 years. I'll list them here, because she never will:

  • ·         She started the Partners in Reading Program at LH Elementary School and personally read with several students - most who have graduated already or will this school year.
  • ·         She and Mary McKenna started Rafflemania, a fund-raiser that has raised over $200,000 now for the Liberty Hill Elementary Schools. This tradition is still going on and continues to benefit our schools.
  • ·         She was volunteer coordinator at the Elementary, Intermediate and Junior High Schools.
  • ·         She was the Vice President of the PTO of the Elementary School.
  • ·         When Nicholas started High School there was not a Volunteer Coordinator - so she created the position to help out when it was needed.
  • ·         She has been active in the Band Boosters since Nicholas was in 6th Grade Band and has been Fund-Raising Chair, Concession Stand Manager/Chair, Vice President and President for two years. This year she's not an officer so she can be there to watch Nicholas in his Senior Year marching season - but that certainly won't mean she won't be volunteering - that's what she does.
  • ·         She ran the Band Boosters Concession Stand and made it the most profitable it had ever been to that point, treating it like a business.
  • ·         As a member of the Band Boosters she oversaw the creation of new fund-raisers, the trip to Disney World and more.
  • ·         She is a member of the School Health Advisory Committee.
  • ·         She was a member of the School Facilities Advisory Committee, and later an instrumental part of getting the bond package passed to start construction on a new High School that will be much needed in our community in the coming years.
  • ·         She's active in the Liberty Hill Ladies Group and several other events in town.
  • ·         She is co-chair of the 2012 Project Graduation Committee.
  • ·         Best of all - she's meticulous in keeping records and files and each time she leaves an office she passes on a notebook for the incoming officers outlining what she did, when, how it worked, what to do differently next time and other ideas so the ladies taking over her position don't have to start from scratch like she often did. Hopefully people put those notebooks to good use.

Me and Kim at Peter's Graduation Ceremony. My shirt is so retro. Kim is so cute.Kim has a heart of gold and is always there for her family and friends. If someone she loves is hurting - she'll do whatever it takes to stop that pain (emotionally or physically). She'll drop what she's doing to be there for a friend.

She's a great cook, home keeper, friend and mate. 

She is the funniest person I know. She's the last person I want to talk to before I go to bed and the first person I want to talk to in the morning. She is the very model of the type of person I hope my sons find to marry them.

She's my friend, my lover, my soul mate. Her essence permeates every day of my life and parts of her are scattered throughout this entire 100 Days of Gratitude project.

Kim knows everything there is to know about me with nothing held back. She loves me just the same - faults, quirks  and all. What more could I ask for.

I look forward to Kim and I being that old couple holding hands at the movies, taking care of each other as we age, spoiling grandchildren and great grand children together, traveling places, seeing things and collecting more of the incredible memories that we already have. I look forward to every day with Kim.

To know Kim is to love her. And I know her better than anyone in the world - which means I also love her more than anyone in the world.

Today - Day 100 of my 100 Days of Gratitude is for Kim Hofstetter. My friend. My lover. My wife. My soul-mate. I love you with all my heart Kimmi - even when you're grumpy with me.


100 Days of Gratitude - Day 99 - I'm grateful for this project

I'm saving my favorite for Day 100. So tune in tomorrow (or the next day).

Today, on Day 99 I'm a grateful for this project and all I've learned from it and how it's helped me grow.

I started this on January 24, 2011. It took 174 days to do my 100 Days of Gratitude. But not because I'm a slacker.

I missed writing on some days because I didn't want to just post what I was grateful for without explaining why. Even if it was only a paragraph or two. Sometimes I missed a day because I was traveling. Sometimes, like today, I skipped posting because I didn't want to post at midnight when I was done with the writing.

I never once missed a day because I didn't have something to be grateful for. Quite the opposite - I've always had PLENTY to be grateful.

The posts have not been in any order and with the exception of tomorrow's post, none have been preplanned. Just what I'm grateful for on that day, at the time I sit down to write. Some are small (naps), some big (friends). All were truly things that I'm thankful for in my life - and I have plenty to be thankful for.

I've gone back and reread all of these posts and what I've written over the past 6 months and what I realize is that what I'm most thankful for is the PEOPLE in my life. Time and again I'm reminded what an awesome family I have and the most wonderful group of friends that a man could desire.

That group of friends grows all the time. Just one more thing I'm grateful for.

At the risk of sounding corny - my life is about LOVE. I get so much of it. From my family, my friends, my dogs (and cats), my teachers and my mentors - I have surrounded myself with the most talented, loving, friendly, funny and wonderful group of people I can imagine. I hope that each and every one of my friends gets as much out of knowing me as I get out of knowing them. People are what it's all about.

If this project has taught me anything it's the importance of taking the moment necessary to tell the people that are important to you that they are important.

I'm also grateful to the dozens of people who have told me they've enjoyed reading these posts and the few who have told me they've gone back and read them all. It inspired me to do the same. This project was done for ME - but I'm sure glad that you came along on the journey with me.

I encourage you to do this same sort of a project. It doesn't have to be public, do it just for yourself if you want to. Don't worry about spelling, readers, order. Just worry about being honest and open about what you are grateful for. If you write it & post it, I'll read it. I promise.


100 Days of Gratitude - Day 98 - Affordable computer storage

The hard drives I have on my desk. The ones on top are the most current - they're getting smaller and cheaper.Today I'm grateful for inexpensive, affordable computer storage.

I'm a hoarder. A hoarder of digital information.

Music, videos, fonts, images, vector files, special effects, sound effects, motion loops and so on.

I subscribe to several weekly "free downloads" and I tend to save them all so when I need them I've got it handy and ready to go for whatever project I'm working on.

So today I'm glad that storage is massive and cheap.

I have 12 external hard drives on my desk. Twelve. I also have a small handful of very convenient USB Thumb Drives that make my mobile life super easy.

I can back up my entire computers working files and take it with me where ever I go. And I do.

I use them, I love them, I'm grateful for them.


100 Days of Gratitude - Day 97 - Big Computer Monitors

For an entertainer I seem to spend a lot of time at my computer.

Today I'm expecially grateful for big computer monitors. If you follow me on Twitter and Facebook you've probably noticed that I'm working a lot on redesigning our Game Shows To Go website. I tend to tweet a lot about a project that I'm heavily involved in at the time. I'm something of a dullard that way.

Back to the monitors...

You see - I'm 47 years old now and my eyesight isn't what it used to me. There's a "dead zone" between about 8 inches and 18 inches where I can't see anything in focus with, or without glasses.

With my 37" computer monitors I can easily sit at my desk and see everything with no troubles at all.

I actually have two 37" monitors on my desk, one for my MacBookPro and one for my PC. The PC has a second 25" monitor hooked up to it just for Outlook to run on so I can always see my calendar and e-mail.

Kim has one on her desk too and so do my boys Jonathan and Peter (though theres are 32" 1080p) - they got them for Graduation presents and they love them too.

If you get one you may think it's ridiculous at first, but trust me, it'll ruin you for all other monitors. I strongly recommend getting one.



100 Days of Gratitude - Day 96 - Dahlia Cafe

I live in the small town of Liberty Hill (my address says Leander, but everything else about us is Liberty Hill).

At last count there were 7 restaurants in town - perhaps as many as 10. We did just get a Sonic if that counts.

But today is about Dahlia Cafe. Not just a great restaurant for our town, but a great restaurant. You can find out about them on facebook or their website.

I believe I have tried everything on their menu except the desserts adn it's all excellent. Their spinach is the best I've ever had and their Chicken Fried Chicken - also - the best I've ever had. It's perfect each and every time.

Debi Johnston, the owner always checks on us personally and the wait staff is outstanding. They consistently get perfect scores on their health inspections and perfection seems to be a way of doing things there.

Dahlia also does a lot for our community. Recently a benefit for a family was held there and we had to park on the road and walk over a block to get in.

I, for one, am glad that Dahlia Cafe is a part of our Liberty Hill Community. Though I must admit - writing this on Sunday, when they're closed Sunday and Monday may have been a mistake. Now I'm hungry for some great food.