When you find the right one....

Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808

Life is busy. 

We rush to get our morning coffee, and hurry to get to the office, and spend the majority of our days on the phone or working with clients and then hurry through dinner so that we can get a few more hours of work done before sleep. We have a lot to do every day. 

It's so easy to forget why we do it.

And sometimes it takes a holiday to remind us to stop and be thankful.

When Wayne and I met, my children were 3 and 6 years old. Their needs were tremendous, and I was consumed with being a single parent, homeowner, teacher, daughter. Balancing work and family is hard even when there are two parents. Being the only caregiver to Liz and Paul was absolutely overwhelming. 

Wayne had never been married and didn't have children of his own. He took on the responsibility of male role model in their lives immediately. He drove them to practices, stayed home when they were sick, taught them how to be respectful and reminded them to wash their hands. He introduced them to astronomy, taught them to pitch a tent, and waited up for them when they were out late. He's the one they call when they need advice on cars, whiskey, or money. They have grown to be, without a doubt, his children, even though their DNA doesn't match. 

He also made sure that I knew I was loved. 

I'm so thankful for Wayne's solidity, his constancy, and his love.  


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~ Wayne & Jean 

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

Good morning Jean. There is good is people named Wayne! Then again I might have some prejudice. Enjoy your day!

Nov 08, 2019 05:35 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl (Jean Marie)... what nice thoughts to share with everyone.... your family is lovely ..... and you've all been Blessed.... good things happen to good people.... 

Nov 08, 2019 05:37 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Not fair Jean Marie, making me cry and having to go fix my mascara now. What a wonderful tribute to Wayne and he deserves it from start to finish. And I've learned in my own life that family is more than shared DNA.

Nov 08, 2019 05:40 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - Jean, although we have met several times and I have learned about both of you, this is something I didn't know.  You are lucky to have Wayne and I know that he is lucky to have all of you.  Family is great!

Nov 08, 2019 05:52 AM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a beautiful post. You were meant to find each other (all of you were).

Nov 08, 2019 06:15 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jean Marie and Wayne - what a nice post. Any day.   Here's to more family success stories like you have shared.

Nov 08, 2019 06:19 AM #6
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl Loved this tribute to Wayne. Continue making beautiful memories together!

Nov 08, 2019 12:42 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jean-wow, you are both very special people. It's not easy stepping in to be a parent and it looks like Wayne took his role seriously and he took it to heart. What a lovely story. 

Nov 08, 2019 07:41 PM #8
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Wayne sounds like a very good man.  I am glad you two found each other.  Now, what can he share about whiskey?  Inquiring minds want to know! 

Nov 09, 2019 08:16 AM #9
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Wayne and Jean Marie, Beautiful sentiments.  I couldn't agree with you more, Jean.  Life is wonderful when you have the right people with you.   Wishing you and Wayne continued blessings!

Nov 09, 2019 05:42 PM #10
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It's the very best thing to find that life partner... and parenting isn't biological at all, it's loving and discipline and being there.  I am glad you have the right person by your side.

Nov 11, 2019 09:41 PM #11
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Believe it or not, there are women (single or married) who never knew or had true love. You are blessed Jean Marie and Wayne is a Prince who provided many blessings you never could have dreamed of when you were single. Your family is beautiful! May all your blessings be ones of gratitude. 

Nov 12, 2019 04:57 PM #12
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