12 Days Of Thanksgiving 2017 - ActiveRain Challenge: Day 2

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"If I did anything right in my life, it was when I gave my heart to you."

If it hadn't been for continuing to honor veterans and the military yesterday, my late husband would have been my choice for Day 1 of giving thanks.  Although Max passed through the veil 6 1/2 years ago, I continue to receive the blessings of having had him in my life for 30 years.  


Max and I met when I was 29 years old.  I was happy being single, had built a great career and was financially secure.  I wasn't looking to make any changes.  But, as they say, the Lord works in mysterious ways and... along came Max.  

We met at the Wenatchee airport when we were both being interviewed for a 2-year leadership program.  To make a long story short, we were both accepted into the program and got to know each other as we carpooled to and from the various seminars around the state of Washington.

Max was a scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and served as the research leader in Wenatchee for many years.  Due to his infamy as the world authority on plant growth regulators on fruit trees, he did a great deal of traveling around the world.  After our marriage, in 1983, I had the privilege of accompanying him on many of those trips.  

Max retired in 1995, shortly after he was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease.  We were fortunate that it was well controlled with medication for many years and we continued to enjoy being active together.  We loved to ski and golf together. He finally decided he needed to stop skiing when he realized his brain was telling him to turn and his body wouldn't respond.  Smart man!  We continued to golf together for many more years.  

Max and I were kindred spirits.  We belonged together!  Although I still miss him terribly, my gratitude for having had him in my life for 30 years is immeasurable.

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Rainmaker
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Carol Williams - I can feel the love you and Max had coming through every word of this post. My belief is that bond is still strong even today. You and Max had something that many people do not get to share. I am so glad you have wonderful memories with Max. 

Nov 13, 2017 08:10 AM #1
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Thank you, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® .  Yes, the bond is still very strong and I am looking forward to the day we are together again.  

Nov 13, 2017 08:14 AM #2
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
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Good morning Carol Williams 

Thank you for sharing your information with us.

Have a great day 11/13/2017. 

Nov 13, 2017 08:27 AM #3
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Doug Dawes
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Isn't it curious what the Lord has in store for us Carol Williams I am glad you were able to enjoy each other for those years and am confident you will be together again when it is your turn to pass through the veil

Nov 13, 2017 08:32 AM #4
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Thank you for reading my story Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM .

Nov 13, 2017 08:49 AM #5
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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I am confident of that too, Doug Dawes . Thank you!

Nov 13, 2017 08:50 AM #6
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Kathy Streib
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Carol- I have a feeling that God saved a very good man for you to love and to love you. It doesn't matter how old you were when you met, the important thing is the love you had and still have for each other. 

Nov 16, 2017 04:07 PM #7
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Kat Palmiotti
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What a beautiful post. I am glad you had 30 years together, and I love the quote you started off with. Thank you for sharing.

Nov 20, 2017 03:32 AM #8
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kathy Streib .  Yes, indeed, the Lord had a plan and I was just in the waiting and didn't know it.  Thanks so much for reading my little love story.  Happy Thanksgiving week!

Nov 20, 2017 05:32 AM #9
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Good morning Kat Palmiotti .  Thanks for reading my little love story.  I'm a sucker for a good love story.  Maybe that's why I watch a lot of the Hallmark Channel.  LOL  Happy Thanksgiving week, Kat!

Nov 20, 2017 05:35 AM #10
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