Labor Day 2011 - Labor Day 1978

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Labor Day holds special meaning for me. On September 1st, 1978 (Labor Day weekend, that year)  I spent the day “in labor” delivering my son Nathan. And if Labor Day is a day to celebrate worker’s achievements, I can tell you a lot of work was going on in that little hospital in Juneau, Alaska.  

Labor Day 2011 - Labor Day 1978

Nate is 33 years old this year, and worth every hour it took to bring him into the world. Our family and friends recognize him as "the guy” everyone wants to be with. His easy-going and gentle demeanor is a gift to all he encounters. However, there’s something about Nate that makes him even more special.

He’s a wonderful father. I know, there are lots of wonderful fathers, but Nate is extraordinary.  His sensitivity and appreciation for his two young children makes him wise beyond his years. You won’t hear him say, “I sure hope this phase passes quickly.” Instead, he recognizes and celebrates each minute with his children for the precious time it represents.

It’s hard to explain how profoundly present he is in his children’s lives, without being a push-over. His self-knowledge, purpose and considerate nature give him a quiet strength. He disciplines with a calm, sure and empathetic touch. In addition, his delightfully wry sense of humor brings levity to most situations.  And he's so humble, he will likely blush from embarrassment if he reads this.

On this Labor Day, 2011, I will acknowledge the economic and social contributions made on behalf of workers throughout this great country. However, Labor Day represents much more to me. It’s time to celebrate Skyler and Connor’s wonderful father, born 33 years ago. Somehow, it seems like it was yesterday.

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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Happy LABOR day to you Debb-nice that it has special meaning for you. It is nice to see how very proud you are of Nate.

Sep 05, 2011 03:36 AM #1
Cynthia Smitherman
Emage` Fine Properties, LLC - Chandler, AZ

Very nice post, and happy birthday to your son.

Sep 05, 2011 03:36 AM #2
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Debb - You are obviously proud of Nathan and rightfully so.  What a great way to honor your son.  Have a wonderful day today!

Sep 05, 2011 03:37 AM #3
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

NO WAY could YOU have a 33 year old!      Happy Birthday Nate!

Sep 05, 2011 03:40 AM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Marco - I'm a lucky woman. I have three of the most delightful "adult" children.  Somebody smiled on me when it comes to "kids."

Emage - Thanks for your kind words. I sure appreciate your visit this morning.

Cathy, I am proud - his patience for parenting is mind-boggling. Actually both of my sons are parenting champs, and so are their wives.  My grandbabies are certainly lucky.

Sep 05, 2011 03:40 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh yes, yes, yes, I can. :)  You sweet talker Joan. ;)

Sep 05, 2011 03:41 AM #6
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

What a lovely tribute to your son Debb.  He sounds like a very special human being.  I'm certain the apple didn't fall far from the tree... he has a good model for a Mom.  We train them up in the way they should go and then we hope they take the lead.  Nate is a shining example of YOU.  Lovely indeed. 

Sep 05, 2011 03:59 AM #7
Judi Boad

Hi Debb~ I'm with Joan! I was sure the photo was of your husband and two beautiful children! I had to go back and re read to make sure I had it right. 

Your love shines through for your son Nate, just as I'm sure his parenting skills shine through because of how he was raised!

Have a Happy Labor Day today Debb!

Best regards from Seattle,

Sep 05, 2011 04:24 AM #8
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

What a lovely post.  Sound like he is a wonderful father and it's so nice that you are so proud of him.  Happy Labor Day double to you.

Sep 05, 2011 05:07 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Mel - he's a keeper. :)

Hi Judi - Aww. Glad you all can tell I'm crazy about him...

Debbie - Thank you for the visit and comments. Happy Labor Day to you too.

Sep 05, 2011 05:16 AM #10
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debb-I can tell you are a proud Mom and Nate is a reflection of your love and what a great job you did raising him. I ditto Mel's comment. Happy Labor Day to you and family and belated Happy birthday to Nate.

Sep 05, 2011 05:24 AM #11
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Debb - how fitting that your son was born on Labor Day and there's no harder labor than giving birth! Nate sounds like a wonderful father and human being. With you for  his mom, how could he not turn out that way. I think the best way to judge a person's character is how they treat their children and there's no doubt that Nate is among the best of fathers - loving, patient and a hand's on dad involed in all aspects of his children's lives.  Enjoy his birthday and Labor Day -so many things to celebrate.

Sep 05, 2011 05:54 AM #12
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

I can't think of a better reason to celebrate "Labor Day".  No doubt Nate takes after his mom!

Sep 05, 2011 07:08 AM #13
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Debb!   Haha... I'll bet Labor Day meant something different to you 33 years ago!    Congratulations on having such a fine and handsome son.   No clue you were a grandma!  

Sep 05, 2011 01:09 PM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
Sharon. I so appreciate the visit and comments. Hope you are felling better and having a relaxing weekend. Sending you positive thoughts. Kristine. I agree. The way we treat children (and tlhe elderly) speaks volumes about our character. He is one fine one man. Thanks. ( I know you have a fine young man yourself). Later. Dj
Sep 05, 2011 04:33 PM #15
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates | eXp Realty, LLC. - Roanoke, TX
-"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!"

Hi Debb, thank you so much for you kind comments on my 9/11 post...I appreciated it. 

You know while I was reading your post about your son Nate, I was envisioning all the words you were using to describe him and honestly I can say that it comes through in his picture, you can just see an auroa about him that shines through in his picuture.  Happy Birthday Nate!

Sep 05, 2011 05:27 PM #16
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

What a great tribute to this young man. You are obviously very proud of him.

Happy Birthday Nate!

Thank you Debb

Sep 05, 2011 07:35 PM #17
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

John, absolutely, and I meant it. I'm glad you got a "feel" for Nate from his photo. I know he'd be most appreciative of your birthday wishes.

Thanks Tom - Did it show? LOL  ( Thanks for the visit and I hope you have a productive work week.)

Sep 06, 2011 03:27 AM #18
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Happy Birthday Nate!  September is a big birthday month for our family....Molly is 16 today, my mom has one on the 24th and Michelle turns 35 on the 30th!

Sep 06, 2011 04:41 AM #19
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Woo hoo. Let the parties begin!  You'll be eating a lot of cake in September, good to see you Ann.

Sep 06, 2011 05:44 AM #20
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