My Favorite Door County Holiday Memory

Real Estate Agent with The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)

I enjoy the honor of living in one of the most scenic places in the world, Door County, Wisconsin.  This little Peninsula that sits in between Green Bay and Lake Michigan provides me with thousands of good memories (and good photos) every year.  My biggest problem is that I often forget to take my phone out of my pocket--I'm too busy looking around!


This is a real estate paradise, and 2017 brought me my most challenging (and statistically best) year in real estate.  I was so busy I'd sometimes have to stop and take a deep breath (or several, into a paper bag, so I wouldn't have a panic attack!).  That is why the holiday season of 2017 was so girls were home from school and work for the holidays, and we had undergone a significant change in our family dynamic.


I went through some difficult years during the recession after a challenging divorce, including downsizing and being the sole caregiver and provider (in the real estate industry, where we are paid commission--no less--no given paycheck) during the recession, which hit our second home community HARD.  We went from not knowing what a foreclosure or short sale or having listings sit on market for years to really understanding them IMPLICITLY---and then the pendulum swung and we went right back to the fast-paced, multiple counter-offer years that were 2016 and 2017.  I never thought I could beat 2006 or 2007, and 2017 proved me dead wrong.


Through it all,  all of the tough times, I had 2 constants:  my wonderful daughters and my Golden Labrador, Abbi (Abercrombie Fitch Shumway--my girls named her when they were in junior high for their favorite brand ("Why not Ann Taylor?" one of my friends mused....).  Abbi turned 10 in 2017, and seven weeks later, we lost her---she had suffered from epilepsy her entire life (try doing THAT as a single mom!) and in 2017, after a surgery, her liver started to turn from the medications she had been taking for 9 full years.  We were all utterly devastated when she passed this year on July 19th in the course of three days.




Abbi the Yellow Wonder Lab


One would have imagined that 2017 would have been a really bittersweet and sad holiday, but we had the opportunity to adopt a new girl, now a Black Labrador, named Khloe Shumway the Fuerst (Fuerst is my new married name, and Khloe keeps the "K" theme with my other daughters, Kaytlin and Kierra).  It was a whole new holiday this year.  Khloe is FUNNY.  She helped fill a huge hole in our hearts


Khloe at Family Christmas Game Night


MaryKay Shumway Family Christmas Game Night


Last year, the Village of Sister Bay started its first ever Festival of Lights.  So this year, 2017, was the second year.  Last year we took Abbi down to her first (and only) Festival of Lights in downtown Sister Bay, and I got the best photo ever, one that I really love to remember her by.  This was right before she got sick, and I love that she and Tim, my husband, had such a great time.





Abbi Festival of Lights


I actually read earlier today that creative writing is therapeutic, and blogging daily, as much as I can, is back on my HUGE priority list for 2018.  I need to remember how much of a priority this is for me, because it helps me focus and to be a better broker.  I actually feel better even writing these words and remembering Abbi and also how much fun we had with Khloe this Christmas.  So I had two great holidays in a row, and I'm really grateful.


I had two back-to-back holiday seasons to remember.  And for that, I am truly grateful.


Wishing you all a bright, safe, peaceful and happy 2018 from the Shumway-Fuerst household to yours.

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 Thank you for reading!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and enjoys working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, mother of two and a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  She represents listings throughout the Door County Peninsula and also represents many Buyers that want to purchase the perfect property to make Door County a part of their lives.  CONTACT MARYKAY ABOUT YOUR DOOR COUNTY PROPERTY QUESTIONS TODAY.

MaryKay Shumway has a consistent multi-million dollar producer for over thirteen years.  Representing both listing clients and buyer clients full time, MaryKay is also a mother of two and active in the Door County community in the local school district, nonprofit groups and governmental affairs.  A member of the Door County Board of Realtors Honors Society from 2005-2016, the Door County Realtor of the Year 2008, a member of The Real Estate Group's Chairman's Circle in 2010-2015, and an member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2014 & 15.  She has served as President and Vice President of the Door County Board of Realtors  and as a member of its Advocacy Committee.  MaryKay is a top MLS producer and has held the position of top producer at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. since 2016.


Contact MaryKay.  "As a multi-million dollar producer and senior associate at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency selling Door County real estate, I focus my balance on both  featured listings and representing Buyer Clients looking for the perfect Door County Property.  I turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions by helping you own your own Door County real estate, and I represent exceptional properties in all price points on the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, and all inland lakes and properties in between. Call, text or e-mail me today."


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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

MaryKay, those were some bittersweet memories. It js amazing how a new puppy can make us whole again after we have lost one of our fourlegged "kids".

Dec 27, 2017 05:42 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are adorable pooch pictures, MaryKay. It is amazing how much love and companionship a fur buddy can make.

Dec 28, 2017 04:40 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning MaryKay. I laughed and cried reading your story here. You gave Abbi and loving family and home and loss is soooooooo hard. You honored here by saving Khloe. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year.

Dec 28, 2017 06:55 AM #3
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Congrats on a busy and successful 2017 and thanks for sharing your memories of Abbi and your precious family.

Dec 29, 2017 07:10 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

MaryKay- well, I'm predicting that you'll have 3 back to back to back memorable holiday seasons this time in 2018! You have survived and thrived and you deserve wonderful memories!!!

Dec 30, 2017 11:08 AM #5
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi MaryKay - you had quite the year, the good and the bad, the challenges and the rewards. Here's to another stellar year, with fewer low points! 

Dec 30, 2017 11:16 AM #6
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

MaryKay, thanks for sharing your two best memories. Both dog photos are precious.  Wishing you a blessed, happy and healthy new year.

Dec 30, 2017 01:47 PM #7
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