An Amazing Woman ~ Thankful for my sister... Susie - Q

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

I just got back from LA celebrating my sister Susie’s 75th Birthday! Her daughters planned this 6 months ago and what a lovely week-end of honoring Susie on her special day. I live in Austin and my brother and wife live in Pittsburgh and we made sure to come to celebrate this special occasion.


Susie, better known as “Mama Sue” to her blended family, was truly surprised. We were all together 3 years ago when Sue married her next door neighbor in Simi Valley CA after moving away for 10 years to live in Pittsburgh. Sue’s first husband passed away when he was only 31 years from cancer, leaving her with 2 small girls. She lived next to a family with 2 girls who grew up together and remained best friends. The next door neighbor’s wife passed away after Sue moved to Pittsburgh. Rod and Sue were always good friends.

Good things happen to good people. Sue and Rod reconnected and developed a warm and loving relationship blending their family of girls! Rod calls her his Susie-Q.

My sister was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 8 years ago and is now in stage 4 of this disease. Her faith and spirit are an inspiration to all of us! She follows the rule of “keep moving” and even has a trainer for boxing which is a great way to keep her strength up.

Sue lives a life of gratitude and is a perfect example of one of Zig Zigglar’s quotes:

“The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times.”

I’m blessed to have a wonderful sister who constantly inspires me and lives a life of faithfulness. She teaches me the true meaning of living a purpose driven life of happiness, caring and giving back to others.

My second entry into Debbie Reynolds “12 days of Thanksgiving” 2017 contest in Active Rain.

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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

what a beautiful post Dorie Dillard  I have a sister the same age that I am thankful for

Nov 13, 2017 06:51 PM #1
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Hi Dorie, I loved reading about your sister Susie.  So glad you and your brother could visit her for this special bday celebration!!


Nov 13, 2017 08:01 PM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Dorie

What a special visit that must have been for your family to celebrate your sister’s birthday! Thanks for sharing these special moments and photos with us!


Nov 13, 2017 09:57 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie that is  indeed to be Thankful for moments like this will be embedded in your heart and memory, Endre

Nov 13, 2017 11:56 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Dorie.

While sickness takes its toll, the mind and spirit, never ceases to amaze me

Nov 14, 2017 03:20 AM #5
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Oh my goodness, Dorie... what a lovely tribute to your sister. My brother-in-law has Parkinsons and my step-mother died of MS, so I can relate to what your sister is going through and how these kinds of diseases impact the entire family. The positive outlook you all maintain is inspiring.

Nov 14, 2017 03:50 AM #6
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Dorie, your post warmed my heart this morning. So much love in the photos and in your words. Susie is a special lady and it's so nice that everyone came out to LA to celebrate her big day. Keeping moving is a smart plan. We have a friend with Parkinson's and he makes sure he walks everyday. Reall seems to help. She looks amazing!

Nov 14, 2017 04:49 AM #7
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Good morning Dorie Dillard .  What a lovely share about your sister.  She does sound amazing!  Bless her and the family!  It's not an easy road they are traveling with her right now.  

Nov 14, 2017 06:17 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

This made me smile. You are lucky to have your sister and she is lucky to have a sister like you, Dorie.

Nov 14, 2017 06:56 PM #9
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


I nice to have a sister.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 14, 2017 07:33 PM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie Dillard - I think it is wonderful that you got to spend some quality time with your sister on her 75th birthday. ....and your brother as well.  There is nothing more important than family and you have been blessed!

Nov 15, 2017 06:15 AM #11
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard - Your sister Susie-Q is truly an inspiration. The photos are a great keepsake. I understand what it's like to have long distance relatives. Your sister has the drive and determination to get through most anything. It's wonderful the family comes together and was able to celebrate her 75th birthday. That is the greatest gift a family can give - themselves. 

Nov 15, 2017 08:13 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Thank you for introducing us to more of your wonderful family Dorie Dillard 

Nov 15, 2017 09:48 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- your family sounds like what I'd call a solid family and that's so important. So glad that you all could come together to celebrate Susie's birthday. And, it's a lesson for all of us to keep moving and keep your heart open. I'm also smiling thinking of how wonderful it was for Susie to begin a new/different friendship with Rod.

Nov 17, 2017 01:28 PM #14
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