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Forever Thankful for My Extended Family.

There’s nothing like Thanksgiving to remind you that we all have much to be thankful for. Debbie Reynolds  has asked us in her 10 Day Thanksgiving Challenge to share with everyone what they are thankful for.

When we moved to Delray Beach almost 30 years ago, I cried a little familyevery day for two weeks.  I missed my family, my friends, and Houston.

In 6 months all of that changed when we moved next door to the amazing couple who were gracious enough to make us a part of their family.

They greeted us with two drinks then left us to finish our unpacking.  Along with that was the invitation for a longer visit when we needed a break.

From that moment on we became part of their family.  Larry and I were between Tom and JoAnne and their children in age, so we went diving, fishing, shopping, dinner with any and all who were available.

We survived Hurricane Andrew together, were there for the birth of 2 of their 5 grandchildren, graduations, and confirmations; were the recipients and instigators of many practical jokes, and sadly the passing several years ago of Tom.

We moved back to Houston and returned 4 years later and bought the house next door to our former home.


I’m not sure if we ever would have moved back to Delray Beach had it not been for Tom and JoAnne’s family.  For us, moving back to Florida for the third time was like moving back to be with family.



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

it is Brian England Not everyone is lucky enough to find it. 

It is Ron and Alexandra Seigel We'll be seeing them at Thanksgiving. 

Believe me Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® They are one of a kind. 


Nov 21, 2016 01:30 AM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Family is at the top of my list when it comes to things I'm thankful for!  There is strength in numbers!

Nov 21, 2016 01:37 AM #16
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

friends are what makes the world go round.  and we enjoy your company here in the rain too!

Nov 21, 2016 02:53 AM #17
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathy - We too have some special people who have helped us through difficult times, and we'll always be grateful for them.

Nov 21, 2016 03:39 AM #18
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Kathy Streib  Good friends are priceless and very hard to find - wonderful post

Nov 21, 2016 06:53 AM #19
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

How wonderful having neighbors like that to fill the void of not having family close by. Now they are you extended family as you say.

Nov 21, 2016 11:25 AM #20
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

That's very touching, Kathy. How wonderful to have such special people in your life. Priceless!


Nov 21, 2016 12:36 PM #21
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Kathy Streib , That's quite a story! I can understand, because in this fast paced world, it's hard to find such good friends anymore.

Nov 21, 2016 12:52 PM #22
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Kathy,  That's quite the story.  Great to have friends like that.

Nov 21, 2016 07:33 PM #23
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Hi Kathy - there are so many different types of  "extended" families, I know exactly what you mean.

Nov 21, 2016 11:24 PM #24
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Kathy what a lovely story!  Extended families are such a gift! So glad that you were welcomed with open arms all those years ago.  Beautiful!

Nov 22, 2016 02:30 AM #25
Caroline Gerardo
Eagle Home Mortgage, LENNAR HOMES Home Loans - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady

Made me cry about how we build family thank you for sharing a wonderful story

Nov 22, 2016 03:28 AM #26
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

What a great story Kathy Streib. It does sound like an amazing place to live and such nice people

Nov 22, 2016 01:13 PM #27
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Love thy neighbor, family friends etc. is no myth. It works if you work it

Nov 22, 2016 02:31 PM #28
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Kathy Streib - thanks for sharing an amazing story.  It always feel good when we are with our people - our extended family...

Nov 22, 2016 11:38 PM #29
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Wow, I had no idea, Kathy. What were the odds that you would move back to Texas, but end up coming back to the same street in Florida? Especially when you were opposed to moving there in the first place. What a whirlwind of emotions. Good thing all of your neighbors didn't die or move away. Sorry about Tom.

Nov 23, 2016 11:55 AM #30
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
28 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Kathy, what a wonderful friendship you have with your extended family. Relationships like that are so rare these days. I am so happy that you have this, and sad for the loss of Tom.

Nov 23, 2016 02:40 PM #31
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I've also had extended families that were more responsible and fed a need at a time when real family could not. Therefore, I know exactly what you're talking about. This is another beautiful testimony of the type of woman you are too. You truly value people. 

Nov 23, 2016 03:06 PM #32
Kathryn Acciari
Cameron Real Estate Group - Shrewsbury, MA
RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA

It is such a gift when neighbors and friends become extended family. Thank you for sharing this lovely story, Kathy.

Nov 24, 2016 03:45 AM #33
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Family will always come first in my business plan

Nov 24, 2016 05:17 AM #34
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