Paying the blessings forward

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

My Donald has been in my life for so long that I truly have to stop and try hard to remember life before him. We're still giddy in love like newly weds and yet we feel it's been "always" at the same time.  

But the fact is... I was a single mom for 14 years. And I struggled at times. That puts single moms always tugging at my heart.  Raising a family is difficult in a two parent home, but a single parent home is even more difficult.  

This year we helped adopt a family that's a single home.  He sweet children had a short list and we got the wish list of a 6 year old little boy. The fact that a bicycle was the top of list took me rushing back to Abigail wanting her first bike and helping her learn to ride it and finally taking those training wheels off.

So we took our list and went out shopping.  Not only did the we buy that bike and a nice winter coat, we also purchased some additional outfits and socks and undies and some warm pajamas for him. We also plan to add a local store gift card so that he can buy something for his mom for Christmas.  Can you imagine how happy it will make him?

And this time of year Donald and I also do a couple of other things several times.  When we go to dinner we look around the room and pick someone and buy their dinner anonymously.  Sometimes he picks and sometimes I pick. His most recent pick was a young couple that looked like a very early on in their relationship date. My last pick was a family of 4 with two of the best behaved children at dinner out I'd ever seen.  We have never let the server tell them who did it. The most recent time I literally was just nose in my phone because they were begging their server to tell them. I loved her story about being new in town and being really moved by the act of kindness. 

Also starting around October we leave over generous tips.  We consider it a holiday bonus and if we get great service we've been known to leave a tip that's more than our dinner.  It's just our 4th quarter tradition to help working folks and students enjoy their holiday more. 

Giving is something that I try to do because I have truly been given so much in my life.  I was blessed with a wonderful supportive family when I was a single home.  I've always had food and never been hungry, I've always had clothes and although I sometimes didn't have extra or wasn't able to save or buy things I wanted I've certainly always had everything I needed. 

Give.... just give and it will enrich your life.  I promise.  


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tammy. Interesting that we tend to tip more during the holiday season. Never thought about it, just did it, until you mentioned it! Enjoy your day!

Dec 01, 2017 04:29 AM #1
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love this time of the year and hearing about a child that is spoiled for Christmas and was probably expecting to receive nothing at all for Christmas.  All kids should have a smile on their face!  In fact, all people should have a smile on their face!

Dec 01, 2017 05:18 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tammy. Your life is full and you are a great person who shares because you can and because you want to impact others. Well done.

Dec 01, 2017 06:05 AM #3
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

You have truly made a difference in this family's life.  Thank you for being a special angel.

Dec 01, 2017 08:17 AM #4
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Tammy, I love what you do. It's so true, often the giver is also the receiver. 

Dec 01, 2017 12:55 PM #5
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Lovely post Tammy Lankford, thank you for sharing all that you do!

Dec 01, 2017 07:17 PM #6
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I wish there was a love button on AR, Tammy - this one would have definitely earned that love recognition! What a wonderful story - I know your heart is just so full of love. You certainly are this family's angel!

Dec 01, 2017 10:12 PM #7
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I was a single mom, too, so I understand the plight of trying to make ends meet. Giving generously and anonymously will boost all those you come in contact with, even you! Well done, Tammy.

Dec 02, 2017 08:12 AM #8
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Tammy, you seem to have zeroed in on what life is all about. Thanks for sharing the verious ways you bless others.

Dec 03, 2017 04:18 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sharing and giving is the best way to approach life. A full and loving heart is the way to happiness. Good for you and Donald - and happy you two are still so crazy in love. :) Makes me happy. D 

Dec 03, 2017 08:52 AM #10
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Well now... Tammy Lankford, .....I knew you and the Donald were something special. But this is the icing on the cake. 

I can't say I'm in a position in life to share as much as you do, but I can certainly do the tip thing once in awhile. I look forward to the day I can help a family like you do. 

You certainly inspired me!

Dec 04, 2017 03:34 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Tammy - every time I read your blogs I realize that you have a heart of gold.  I know you are blessed by this and hope you have a blessed Christmas.

Dec 06, 2017 05:36 AM #12
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Merry Christmas Tammy to you and yours, thank you for the read and thoughtfulness as well and may the blessings be many in 2018 

Dec 25, 2017 06:21 PM #13
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