A Birthday Celebration at Our MultiGen Home

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

“I am a continuation like the rain is the continuation of the cloud.” 
― Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear

 

Today would have been dad's 90th birthday. It's the first birthday we've spent without him.  Needless to say, we are all missing him, but reminding each other to be grateful for the time we did have together. Our multi-gen home and lifestyle gave us a tremendous amount of bonus moments to spend with him. 

 

 

Dad had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making us laugh. You certainly get that in this photo of him wearing a new scarf and headband, Christmas gifts for our niece. It still makes me laugh.  There are so many happy memories to recall, and that's how we choose to mark this day, in celebration. Happy Birthday, dad. 

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Debb... I'm sure it was bittersweet celebrating your Dad's birthday without him. My mom died three days before her 78th birthday... and that week is always bittersweet for me as I remember those two days. This year she would have been 100 years old.

Apr 07, 2019 02:02 PM #8
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Hi Deb, Thanks for sharing this great photo and your happy memories of your dad.  You have such an earnest take on celebrating his life.  I'll send happy birthday wishes to your dad as well.  Enjoy your celebration.

Apr 07, 2019 02:06 PM #9
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Debb-What a great photo. Makes him look young without a care in the world. August 5th  Mom would have been 93. This September will mark 1 year since your Dad's passing and 3 years since Mom's.  Hope you are celebrating along with missing him. Hugs and love to all. 

Apr 07, 2019 02:45 PM #10
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Gwen Banta
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Debb, may the wonderful memories you have always bring you peace and comfort. What a kind face he had!

Apr 07, 2019 03:36 PM #11
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John Pusa
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD great photo and memories of your dad. Happy 90 Birthday to your day, he is watching us from Haven.

Apr 07, 2019 05:48 PM #12
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Hi Debb-this must be a bittersweet day for you and your family. There's nothing that says grand old man than a man with a sense of humor and your father certainly was that. 

Apr 07, 2019 07:08 PM #13
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We never lose the ones we love, they live forever in our memories Debb. Happy Birthday to your Dad....

Apr 07, 2019 08:36 PM #14
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Debb what a wonderful photo and I know it is hard.... never the less it is nice to remember the good times.... Diane and I miss her Dad especially now because it is Baseball Season.... and we miss my dad because of all the Political stuff.... most of all the conversations....Endre

Apr 07, 2019 11:52 PM #15
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Carol Williams
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Hey Debb, 
Your Dad and I share a birthday.  How cool is that?  I know you're missing him and so glad you were able to spend so much time together in your multi-gen home.

Apr 08, 2019 05:13 AM #16
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Debb, it's wonderful that you all celebrated him. Looking at the photo his sense of humor and joy shows. I hope all of the memories bring you comfort, all of the time you spent together, bonus moments included is priceless.

Apr 08, 2019 05:44 AM #17
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I am sure that he is celebrating with you from above!  The first birthday after passing always brings emotion.

Apr 08, 2019 06:51 AM #18
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Nina Hollander it was the toughest for mom. She shed a few tears, but we kept reminding her about the fun stuff and his goofy moments with us. Today will be an easier day for her. As Brian England says, the firsts are always tough. 

Apr 08, 2019 07:38 AM #19
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Thank you Bob Crane. Always nice to see you. 

I know Sharon Lee - we share that September memory. On another note, when do you expect to head our way? 

Apr 08, 2019 07:40 AM #20
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Treasure your fond memories.

My father passed away on April 15, 1967. I think about him every day.

Apr 08, 2019 08:23 AM #21
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD the fun and joy jumps out with this wonderful photo of your Dad. I'm sure he's smiling down at all of you and making you laugh and appreciate life in only the way he knows ....very cool!

Apr 08, 2019 10:26 AM #22
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Hi Debb I left Arizona this morning. I am in Overton Nevada for a week then onto Utah to explore for a bit then do a  little more in Idaho so I am thinking about mid to the end of May. I will keep you posted as it gets closer to that time. Looking forward to seeing everyone. 

Apr 08, 2019 04:07 PM #23
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD So sorry the first year is the hardest - Memories are wonderful. Every year gets a little easier - My heart understands - I lost mine long ago I miss him still 

Apr 08, 2019 04:36 PM #24
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Just a heads up, we are in Alaska May 24 - 29th Sharon Lee ! 

 

Hi Hannah Williams - it was difficult for mom, especially. And I'm sure it will get a bit easier as we get through the "firsts" of this year without him. D 

Apr 08, 2019 04:44 PM #25
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Sharon Lee
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Sounds like more fun traveling for you and Bernie. No problem as I will be up in your area til September so whatever will work with you will be great. 

Apr 08, 2019 04:55 PM #26
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - His smile. That symbol of peace he shares. The look of being relaxed in his Multi-Generational Home is worth every penny you spent on building this home and it all started not with money, but with love. 

RIP

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