Every Day is for Thanksgiving

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty


I am grateful every day.  When I think about the first Thanksgiving I realize that it was because of immigrants who fled Europe because of religious persecution. They were poor, cold, starving, and depended on the kindness and generosity of the first Americans. Because of them we are here.  Because of the gritty lives that they endured, we built a nation. 


Yesterday, one of the Ancestry sites invited me to check on my ancestors.  I found the 

grandfather that I never knew.  He sailed from Prussia in the 1880s to New York,

one of 11 children. They made their way to Minnesota and plowed the fields with mules. Public records sums up life in 3 words: geboren, verheiratet, gestorben.(Born, married, died)


Between birth and death what matters are those we walk with and how we treat

eachother.  I am grateful to the grandparents who died young for their genes, their

courage, and their endurance in a new land. 

Most of us have families who gave everything

so that the next generation would have better

opportunities. One day a year is not enough

gratitude.  We have more than 95% of the world. We honor those whose shoulders carried us in their souls before we were a thought, and to the children who will come after us a better world. 




Posted by

Mary Jo Quay

“That’s what I do: I move people—H O M E.”

 Phone: (612) 384-1360

Comments (6)

Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mary Jo Quay - wow! Ancestry is such a good site! 

And I liked your thought - every day is a Thanksgiving day.

Nov 25, 2016 08:47 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Mary Jo, what a wonderful old photograph!  And your post reminds me how lucky I was to know at least three of my four grandparents.  

Nov 25, 2016 09:10 PM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Wishing all you Active Rain Faithfuls. Hope there are special moments that become memorable this Holiday.

Nov 25, 2016 10:11 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

You always can find something to be grateful for if you are looking for it.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! 

Nov 25, 2016 11:29 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Thanks for sharing this Mary Jo.  I think we have ancestors with similar patterns.  Mine left South West Germany in 1880 and were merchants in Philadelphia.  My sister has kept up with everything on ancestry.com.

Dec 03, 2016 10:15 AM
Mary Jo Quay
EXP Realty - Minneapolis, MN
I Move You Home

Thank you Grant,  it is a much smaller world than we realize.  The other side of the family was from Pennsylvania and upstate NY.  They had few expectations, they had no idea what a comfort zone might be. My paternal grandmother was a suffregette before they moved to Minnesota which was shocking because she was a minister's daughter. 

Dec 03, 2016 10:44 AM

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