Thankful Thursday - October 28, 2010

Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. E8107

She remembers the name of my first boyfriend...and the fact that she kissed him first.

She remembers all of my misdeeds...with what appears to be a photographic memory.

She hears past "I'm fine"...and waits for me to spill the beans.

She makes fun of me...and helps me make fun of me too.

She pulls me back to reality and grounds me...lest I stay in the clouds for too long.

She will answer any question I ask...and asks me the questions I need to ask myself.

She makes me laugh...'til I cry or pee my pants.

She tells me if I'm being an idiot...but with love and understanding.

And she wants nothing more, than for me to be who I am.

Tanya Nouwens and Audrey Nouwens StephenShe's my little sister, Audrey, and she's sunshine in my life.

Some of us are lucky enough to have people in our lives (siblings, friends, other relatives) who don't judge us, who have known us since the days when we thought Scott Baio was the cat's meow, who critique our dancing with the very best of intentions, and who stand up for us when we can't see clearly enough to do it ourselves. 

We need to cherish those people.  They are our life lines to our past...and to our future.  Thanks, Audrey, for being who you are...tattletale and all. :)




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Comments (14)

Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Beautiful post and Audrey are lucky to have each other...........bless you both.

Oct 28, 2010 02:32 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Tanya, wonderful post. Our family had grown apart after my moms tragic death. This summer we siblings had a family reunion for the first time ever and it was a wonderful reuniting for all. Family is so important.


Oct 28, 2010 02:33 AM
Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY


 You are both blessed to have each other and you should cherish every day that you have each other.

Oct 28, 2010 02:50 AM
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Tanya - what a great tribute to Audrey, and what a great reminder of the importance of friends (or siblings who are friends)

Oct 28, 2010 02:54 AM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Tanya, if you know someone who doesn't make fun of you for thinking that Scott Baio was the cat's meow, you can never let that person escape.  Hang on to her, she's gold.

Oct 28, 2010 03:02 AM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Yes, we are, Roger.  Thank you.

Bob, life happens and sometimes we all drift apart for a while. Good for you guys for getting your family back together.

We do, Bob. Thanks.

Mike, the more gray hairs I get, the clearer I see how important these people are in our lives and, indeed, in the quality of our lives.

Malcolm, you're just jealous of Scott and you know it :)

Oct 28, 2010 03:09 AM
Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

Tanya:  I love this!  What a lovely testimonial of your love this post is!

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Oct 28, 2010 07:21 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Tanya, I can totally relate! I have not only 1 sister, I have 5. Here is a photo.

Oct 28, 2010 08:00 AM
Inna Hardison
ha media group - Orlando, FL
Wordpress for Real Estate & Design, Print HaMedia Group

What a sweet thing to read in the midst of a hectic day:--)  You are lucky to have each other, Tanya.  I've always wished i had a baby sister for some reason, but alas.  Hugs to you both.

Oct 28, 2010 08:09 AM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

Tanya this is great - & right on the money for how I feel about my little sister too!  Both our husbands think we are nuts when we start reminiscing and laughing til we are snorting, but those shared memories are oh so precious!!  And in so many ways, nobody knows us like a sibling.

Oct 28, 2010 12:08 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

What a wonderful gift to have a sibling like that who is your best friend.  And what a great tribute.

Oct 28, 2010 06:08 PM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Awwwww!!!  This was very sweet.  You are both so lucky and blessed to have each other.  I'm thankful I came here this morning!  Sorry I missed it yesterday.  xxoo

Oct 29, 2010 12:06 AM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Aw thanks Mirela!

Ellen, 5 sisters!!  God bless your parents, especially your dad :)

Inna, hope your day wasn't too hectic, cherie.

Nancy, "Both our husbands think we are nuts when we start reminiscing and laughing til we are snorting, but those shared memories are oh so precious!! "  So true...especially the snorting part :)

Jane, she is a gift...most of the time anyway :)

Susan, we are so lucky. Of course, we didn't always feel that way. It took for both of us to become teenagers and for me to move away from home for our friendship to really develop.




Oct 29, 2010 01:04 AM
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Tanya, you make me wish I had a sibling ;). Lucky you!

Oct 29, 2010 04:07 AM