Take the “Safe Driver” Pledge

Six Years Ago Today by  Ilene Meckley

As we approach the Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, I urge every motorist to be a safe and smart driver.  Today, May 23, I am observing the sixth anniversary of the traffic accident that changed my life.

Not a pleasant memory by any means, but the accident that put me in a hospital bed for nearly six months motivates me to encourage safe driving, especially at this time of year.

Every year on the anniversary of my accident I encourage my family and friends and newsletter subscribers to make a pledge to drive safely.   Every year I am gratified by the overwhelming response.
“Please join us in this pledge”

Take the “Safe Driver” Pledge
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“I pledge to be a safe and smart driver or passenger this Memorial Day weekend and every day as I share the road throughout my travels.”

“I hope you will take the pledge too.”  Together we can save injury; we can save lives; we can save heartache.

To participate in this pledge

Please send your name and your pledge to [email protected]and forward this newsletter to all your friends, family and colleagues. Let’s reduce that 40,000 a year death rate by getting 40,000 or more people to take the pledge.

Memorial Day weekend

Many people lose their lives or suffer injuries because someone makes a poor choice.  I want to encourage you to drive every day so that you never have to say, “I wish I had made a different choice”, “if only I had or if only I hadn’t…”

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Keep in mind that approximately 40,000 auto related deaths are the result of poor choices.  Of those accidents, studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Show that the individuals under the age of thirty-four years old are among the hardest hit for injuries and fatalities.

Auto accidents also cost American taxpayers the outstanding amount of 150 billion dollars, every year.
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Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer travel on the roads and highways and along with that comes lots of choices that you need to make.  We would like you to join us in helping save thousands of lives this Memorial Day weekend and every day.

Make the choice to be alert; don’t drive when you are too tired.

Make the choice to pay attention to driving; don’t text, have conversations on the cell phone or with passengers all of these can be distracting (limit them).

Make the choice to have a designated driver; driving under the influence of alcohol is not only against the law, it can be deadly.

Make the choice to drive courteously; drive as though the car next to you is carrying your loved ones.  It’s your choice to make!

Above is a pledge which is very important to me because I am a first hand account of what can happen when someone makes the wrong choice and how what happens to you affects everyone you know, your family, your friends, your co-workers, everyone.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is a unique holiday in the United States since it is is not named after any particular person or event. This day is dedicated to honoring the millions of mothers across the country who have spent countless hours raising and caring for their children. It is a very special day for everyone loves his or her mother.

This can be a great thing for our country, our schools, our community, and our churches. The nurturing and love from one’s mother, carries the individual in all aspects of his or her life.

In the United States, there was no Mother’s Day before 1908. In 1908 Anna Jarvis started the first Mother’s Day celebration in West Virginia. She campaigned for a national day so everyone would focus on the importance of the mother in the family. President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the creation of a National Mother’s Day in 1914. Towards the end of her life, Anna Jarvis, the brave woman who helped establish the first Mother’s Day in the United States, fought against the commercialization of the holiday. Despite her protests, Americans continue to love Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is an “extra” time to show Mom that she is love and appreciated for all the selfless hard work she does for her family.

Moms, you’re known for your selfless and sacrificial love.  With the readings and poems which follow, they are meant to encourage you with the strength that you can draw from Christ when He’s kept as the central focus of your life.  For the moms and the moms to be…there are a lot of “unknowns” in life. May you  find ultimate peace and rest in a sovereign God, a God who desires to be your friend.  Let’s face it…life can be crazy.  I think it’s safe to say it’s “extra” crazy for Moms.  May you to be encouraged that God is using both the joys and the insanity that comes your way to shape and mold you into His image.

Hebrews 13:5-8 (NIV)5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Yvonne

Mothers Maintenance Manual (revised-author unknown)

Many of us take better care of our cars, then we do our mothers and yet, we only expect our cars to last 5 or 6 years But we expect our mothers to last for a lifetime.

Maybe we need a maintenance manual for mothers so we would know how to take care of them, at least as well as we do our automobiles.

***Here are some items that might be included in such a manual.

**The Engine: A mother’s engine is one of the most dependable kinds you can find. She can reach top speed from a prone position at a single cry from a sleeping child, But regular breaks are needed to keep up that peak performance.

**Mothers need a hot bath and a nap every 100 miles, a baby-sitter and a night out every 1,000 miles, and a live in baby-sitter with a one week vacation every 10,000 miles.

**The Battery: Mother’s batteries should be recharged regularly. Handmade items, notes, unexpected hugs and kisses, and frequent “I love you’s” will do very well for a recharge.

**The Carburetor: When a mother’s carburetor floods, it should be treated immediately with Kleenex and a soft shoulder.

**The Brakes: See that she uses her brakes to slow down often and come to a full stop occasionally. (A squeaking sound indicates a need for a rest)

**The Fuel: Most mothers can run indefinitely on coffee, leftovers and salads, But an occasional dinner for two at a nice restaurant,  will really add to her efficiency.

**The Chassis: Mother when their bodies are properly maintained are most efficient. Regular exercise should be encouraged and provided for as necessary. Manicures, Pedicures, and A change in “hairdo or makeup” in spring and fall are also helpful.

**If you notice the chassis begins to sag, immediately, as a family,  start a program of walking, jogging, swimming, or bike riding. These are most effective when done with our fathers.

**The Tune-ups: Mothers need regular tune-ups. Compliments are both the cheapest and most effective way to keep a mother purring contentedly.

**If these instructions are followed consistently, this fantastic creation and gift from God, that we call MOTHER should last a lifetime and give good service and constant love to those who need her most, her family and her church.

One Flaw In Women

Author Unknown

By the time the Lord made woman,

He was into his sixth day of working overtime.

An angel appeared and said,

“Why are you spending so much time on this one?”

And the Lord answered, “Have you seen my spec sheet on her?

She has to be completely washable, but not plastic,

have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable

and able to run on diet coke and leftovers,

have a lap that can hold four children at one time,

have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart

-and she will do everything

with only two hands.”

The angel was astounded at the requirements.

“Only two hands!? No way!

And that’s just on the standard model?

That’s too much work for one day.

Wait until tomorrow to finish.”

But I won’t,” the Lord protested.

“I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart.

She already heals herself when she is sick

AND can work 18 hour days.”

The angel moved closer and touched the woman.

“But you have made her so soft, Lord.”

“She is soft,” the Lord agreed,

“but I have also made her tough.

You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish.”

“Will she be able to think?”, asked the angel.

The Lord replied,

“Not only will she be able to think,

she will be able to reason and negotiate.”

The angel then noticed something,

and reaching out, touched the woman’s cheek.

“Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model.

I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.”

“That’s not a leak,”

the Lord corrected,

“that’s a tear!”

“What’s the tear for?” the angel asked.

The Lord said, “The tear is her way of expressing her joy,

her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love,

her loneliness, her grief and her pride.”

The angel was impressed.

“You are a genius, Lord.

You thought of everything!

Woman is truly amazing.”

And she is!

Women have strengths that amaze men.

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

but they hold happiness,

love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

and laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in.

They stand up to injustice.

They don’t take “no” for an answer

when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

and cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about

a birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member,

yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss

can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideals.

They give moral support to their family and friends.

Women have vital things to say and everything to give.

However, If There Is One Flaw In Women,

It Is, That They, Forget Their Worth.

Poems for Mothers

.M – O – T – H – E – R

“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell
“MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me.

~~ Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

Everything Mom

By Joanna Fuchs

How did you find the energy, Mom

To do all the things you did,

To be teacher, nurse and counselor

To me, when I was a kid.

How did you do it all, Mom,

Be a chauffeur, cook and friend,

Yet find time to be a playmate,

I just can’t comprehend.

I see now it was love, Mom

That made you come whenever I’d call,

Your inexhaustible love, Mom

And I thank you for it all.

Gone But Not Forgotten~~author unknown

Don’t think of her as gone away 
Her journey’s just begun.


Life holds so many facets 
This earth is only one.


Just think of her as resting 
From the sorrows and the tears 
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.


Think how she must be wishing
That we could know, today 
Now nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.

And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched.


For nothing loved is ever lost
And she is loved so very much.