I’m Thankful for My Family – Day 3 Activerain Thanksgiving Challenge

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Day  3 Activerain Thanksgiving Challenge

I’m Thankful for My Family

 

The 10-day Thanksgiving Post Challenge is being sponsored by the “Real” Debbie Reynolds. It started Tuesday November 15 and runs through Thanksgiving Day with opportunities for us to share why we are thankful!

 

No doubt we have many things, and people, to be thankful for, and this is a heartfelt way to share our thoughts with others.

 

My thoughts today are about how thankful I am for my family. I could go on and on, but let’s keep it simple!

 

My wife and I celebrating an past anniversary on the beach

 

First and foremost I am thankful for my wife, Kay (see the past anniversary celebration on the beach above) – I suppose that sounds trite but it’s not. She puts up with me, inspires and encourages me, and completes my life in ways that go beyond words. And after 37 years of marriage, we know each other pretty well, but life is never boring and not always predictable. That's a good thing!

 

I have two grown daughters who are wonderful adults and parents, who have married husbands that would make any Dad proud, and are raising grandchildren who are special beyond words. Thankfully we are all now on the West Coast and within a couple of hours of each other, so between visits and Facetime our family time is very special and can happen when we least expect it!

 

My Mom lives close by and at 92 is still doing pretty well. I helped her move from the East Coast to Carlsbad several years ago after my only sibling, my sister, passed away from cancer. We’re thankful she is close by where we can help as needed, enjoy time together, and she is able to maintain a good life despite many changes and health issues in the last few years. I helped her buy her condo and she is always interested in what's going on in the RE biz at my end!

 

My family has always been supportive, for years now, and puts up with my sometimes crazy schedule, my moodiness, and the occasional interruptions to family life. I could not do what I have done for 15 years without their support, encouragement, questions and understanding.

 

Nuff said! 

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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
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I have always known that you were blessed but now I realize why Jeff Dowler 

Nov 17, 2016 12:52 PM #1
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Congratulations on the 37 and I know part of that comes from how much you appreciate all around you.  Mark

Nov 17, 2016 02:14 PM #2
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James Dray
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Good morning Jeff.  All of my family lives within a two hour drive from our home. It is fun to have them all living close

Nov 17, 2016 07:22 PM #3
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Good afternoon Jeff. What a lovely picture and beautiful post. You do have much to be grateful for.

Nov 17, 2016 10:42 PM #4
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How nice to have your mom close by, and your wife is beautiful. It's nice to have the support of family and not be an orphan in the world.

Nov 18, 2016 12:25 AM #5
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It's so wonderful that you have your family so close to you. You also have a wonderful family and that is truly something to be thankful for. 

Nov 18, 2016 02:43 AM #6
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Jeff Dowler, I can't IMAGINE you being moody!  Lucky you to have all of your family nearby - it does make our crazy schedules a bit easier, for sure!

Nov 18, 2016 05:49 AM #7
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You are a lucky guy. Enjoy every special moment with your family.

Have a lovely weekend.

Nov 18, 2016 08:08 AM #8
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Jeff you are a blessed man, and what would we do without the women in our lives who make each day special.

Nov 18, 2016 08:49 AM #9
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That is a true blessing, Jeff. You are a gift to them too. I know and am a pretty good judge of character. Have a good weekend.

Nov 18, 2016 10:18 AM #10
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington  - I cannot even begin to count the ways. Thank you

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint  - it has been an amazing journey and there are many years ahead!

Jeff

Nov 18, 2016 12:13 PM #11
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Hi James Dray  - it's a blessing. Our one daughter was still back in Boston for some time, and then in San Francisco (which is much closer). And technology allows us to share photos, videos and to do Facetime whenever we have time to make it work. It's very special. So different from what I had when our kids were young.

Sheila Anderson  - and I know it!! Thank you!

Jeff

Nov 18, 2016 12:15 PM #12
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Thank you so much Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents . I totally agree!

No arguments from me on anything you said Debbie Laity . Thank you

Jeff

Nov 18, 2016 12:30 PM #13
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Jeff Dowler - wow! Love and support from family is what counts in our lives, isn't it?

Nov 18, 2016 03:17 PM #14
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Hi Jeff... nothing better in our lives than our family.... and you are so lucky to have such a lovely and supportive family and one that is not too far away. 

Nov 19, 2016 12:30 AM #15
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Ha ha Debe Maxwell  - oh, I have moments now and then!! Family is incredibly important to me and I am so grateful they are nearby. And I have been reconnecting with some cousins I've had no contact with for many years. It's been great fun!

Thanks Roy Kelley  I consider myself most fortunate!!

Jeff

Nov 19, 2016 12:56 AM #16
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi George Souto  - that is sooo true! Yes, thankful does not cover it.

Thank you for such kind words Debbie Reynolds 

Jeff

Nov 19, 2016 12:57 AM #17
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A beautiful post about a beautiful family. They are all very lucky to have you!

Nov 19, 2016 05:48 AM #18
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