Always Grateful for My Family...

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Always Grateful for My Family

Debbie Reynolds is hosting the 10 Day Thanksgiving Post Challenge, and I hope that she does this again next year!

We are all molded and shaped, influenced and sometimes intimidated by our families. For the most part, and whether we like it or not, we are who we are (or who we aren’t) because of our experience and exposure to our families.

my family
                     My niece's wedding several years ago.  This is just a small part of my family!


I am so grateful that I was born into my family.  I was born in Houston and when I say family, it includes (besides my parents and brother), my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as an extended family that grew every year.

We had Sunday afternoon lunches where having 15+ for dinner was the norm. Anyone and everyone was always welcomed.  And like many families, when we gathered everyone talked at once.

My Aunt Berda, my mother’s older sister, would take us everywhere.  Her husband said she didn’t have just 3 children, she had 8, which included all of her nieces and my brother.


My uncle had the patience to teach me to drive. After Sunday lunch he would grab the car keys and shout “Who wants to go for a drive?” We would all pile in the car and head out. To this day, all Larry has to do is grab the car keys, and I’m there with my  purse, ready to go.

One set of cousins lived 4 blocks from us.  I will always remember the time I spent the night and my older cousin, Candy, made me stay up until we heard Frankie Avalon sing Venus on the radio.  (we were up until 2 am!)


my family
                My nieces...My brother with his grandchildren....part of the family visits Florida


My uncle and aunt were famous for their Mahjong parties, especially on New Year’s Eve.  There were often 5 or 6 tables going while we kids ran around eating everything in sight and driving everyone crazy.  

On several  occasions, my aunt’s guest was the Chinese consulate.  (I can’t remember his title) He would entertain us with all sorts of old scary stories.  I can’t remember them specifically but  I wonder if our parents ever figured out why none of us could sleep that night!



From my family, I learned that family isn’t just determined by blood or marriage.



Most of all, what I learned from my family is that this is what I want in a family wherever I am.  I found mine in my extended family that I have in Florida.

And, it is the environment I have tried to create in my own life, no matter where I live.  Come one, come all, you are invited to be a part of my family.



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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

What a nice story Kathy Streib , have a good Tuesday

Nov 21, 2016 10:14 PM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Having family that loves and cares about us is one of the most important things in life!

Nov 21, 2016 10:22 PM #11
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Loved this post. We are shaped by our family connections from day one.  Your family did an awesome job! And you are as well spreading it forward!

Nov 21, 2016 10:56 PM #12
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

We are who we are...either because of our family or in spite of them. They shape everything. The only thing I wish I had is more time with them.

Nov 21, 2016 11:05 PM #13
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

What warm memories you have of your family and childhood. I haven't thought about Frankie Avalon and "Venus" for who knows how many years--fun!

Nov 21, 2016 11:45 PM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Kathy, that is quite a family in the photo... looks like mine :)

Nov 22, 2016 12:33 AM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great family photo.  It looks as big as Ron's family.  No one left in mine that I know of, but I have family of friends and Ron's.  A

Nov 22, 2016 01:24 AM #16
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - that is your greatest treasure.  Family is everything to me and I savior those family events growing up.

Nov 22, 2016 01:46 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James Dray you're so right about that.  Dinner is when I can make reservations this week!

Thank you Lise Howe It all goes back to my family. 

LOL Carol Williams Well.... give me some notice!

Nov 22, 2016 02:18 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Me too Gita Bantwal 

Sally K. & David L. Hanson and that's just part of them!

That I am Donald Urschalitz 

Nov 22, 2016 02:45 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie Dillard our family never said that we only wanted family for dinner.  Anyone was welcomed. 

Michael Jacobs sing on !!!

Wayne Martin Family and friends give our lives depth and the texture we need .

Nov 22, 2016 02:48 AM #20
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kathy, you are blessed to have a big family, they shape us into who we become. Beautiful pictures!

Nov 22, 2016 12:34 PM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Scott Godzyk Hope you had a good day. 

Brian England it is what holds us together and motivates us. 

Thank you Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC I wish I could see them more often.

Nov 22, 2016 02:28 PM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

That's the truth! Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 I suppose we have to make the time. 

Lottie Kendall I'll never forget that night.  All I wanted to do was go to sleep!

Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® I'd say a third of your family size!!!

Nov 22, 2016 02:30 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel you have a lot then!!!

Me too Grant Schneider I love the childhood I had. 

Thank you Beth Atalay I am very lucky. 

Nov 22, 2016 02:31 PM #24
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

wow what a ginormous family you have outside the rain!  glad we are your rain friends!

Nov 22, 2016 05:20 PM #25
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing your family thoughts.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Nov 22, 2016 06:59 PM #26
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Thanks for this very touching post Kathy, family is very important and I'm glad you have such a great family.

Nov 22, 2016 08:40 PM #27
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

A big family is a wonderful blessing. We built our home's living room to be big enough for all my brothers and sisters to come. I know you loved every minute of it too.

Nov 22, 2016 08:48 PM #28
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Such a beautiful family photograph. This is what the United Nations should look like - a tapestry of good people with great hearts and souls. Your life story is so beautiful, Kathy. 

Nov 23, 2016 03:04 PM #29
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