So Grateful for Family, Friends, and Texans

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So Grateful for Family, Friends, and Texans

 

While I am always grateful for my family and friends, this year, in particular, I am especially happy to be blessed with a loving and growing family and friends you can relax and be yourself with. 

 

We moved back to Houston from Delray Beach, FL  in February. With the exception of 2 years when we moved back to Houston in 1994, we’ve been away since 1987. 

 

my family

 

When I’m talking about my family, it’s not just my brother and his family. It includes my cousins and their children, as well as my sister-in-law’s 2 sisters and their families, and so many others. (we’re already over 30 and growing)

 

This is how my grandmother “ran” the family. Everyone and anyone became family.  At my surprise party this year, my niece told two of my friends who attended this...You’re a part of the family now!!!  

 

Everyone pitches in, whether it’s to help out with a ride, bring in food if someone is ill, or take care of the children. If you’re invited to a family gathering (and trust me, if you’re in Houston, you will be) then be prepared for everyone talking at once and treating you as if they’ve known you all of your life. 

 

I feel the same about the friends in my life and that includes YOU since you’re reading this. I still miss my extended family in Florida but that doesn’t mean the friendship is not there. And there are so many virtual friends I’ve met via this community. 

 

No matter what I have in life, no matter what I might have achieved, it would be empty and meaningless without my family and friends. Their support makes the bumps in my path bearable.  The joy I have when I’m with them is the icing on the chocolate cake of my life. 

 

houston rodeo

 

And finally, I am so grateful to be back in my home state... The Great of Texas. When I first moved to Florida, I almost bit someone’s head off when they said that I was now a Floridian and no longer a Texan. It’s hard to explain, but it’s something you don’t lose, no matter where you live. 

 

Immediately I felt that people were kinder to each other, whether they knew you or not. I realized how much I’d missed hearing  Ya’ll.  And hearing the Houston accent was music to my ears. 

 

I am not just grateful, I am blessed to have my family and friends that add so much to my life. 



This is my entry in Debe Maxwell, CRS ’s NOVEMBER 2019 THANKSGIVING GRATITUDE CHALLENGE

 

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George Souto
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Kathy you are truly blessed with a loving family and friends.

Nov 19, 2019 08:58 AM #10
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Hi Kathy,
Regardless of where we are, it's really the people that make our life worthwhile, isn't it?  Although I know you miss Florida, you do seem to be back where you belong among so many blood relatives... and all that comes with that. 

Nov 19, 2019 09:43 AM #11
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Family and friends give our life meaning. What a wonderful post, you Texan you.

Nov 19, 2019 09:47 AM #12
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Kathy,

What a nice read this was, and it brought smiles to my face and further appreciation of who you are.  Happy Tuesday,  A

Nov 19, 2019 11:04 AM #13
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I know that Texans are extremely proud of their state.  It is evidenced by their displaying of the state logo on most everything they wear.  I have relatives in that state.  And, one of them even brought me a duffle bag and some coasters with their state logo on them.

Nov 19, 2019 11:28 AM #14
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Good afternoon Kathy Streib - Friends and family are everything.  I am glad that you are my virtual and sometimes in person friend.  I know all your AR friends in Florida miss you.

Nov 19, 2019 12:52 PM #15
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Love this post Kathy! And so happy you're back in the 'Heart of Texas" albeit that never stopped no matter where you lived.  It made me smile reading this....

You’re a part of the family now!!!  That is so how I grew up as well and still am to this day. Blessed indeed!

Nov 19, 2019 01:26 PM #16
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Barbara Todaro we are two blessed "old" ladies!

Wayne Martin that's exactly how I operate!!!! You are my friend for life. 

Donald Urschalitz I was thinking you the other day when someone mentioned Palm Beach Gardens!!!

Nov 19, 2019 05:49 PM #17
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Thank  you Brian England And I know how much your family means to you as well. 

Sheila Anderson I'm happy where I am and at the same time, I don't regret a minute of my time in Florida. 

Nov 19, 2019 06:00 PM #18
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR I was counting heads today and I think I'm at 35 for Thanksgiving dinner!!!! 

Beth Atalay I think you're right and I never doubted it for one minute once we moved back. 

Nov 19, 2019 06:09 PM #19
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LOL Michael Jacobs I don't always write in Texan but I do have a lot of ya'lls when I speak. 

Will Hamm I'll bet your family loved seeing you again! I missed my 50th reunion but will try to make one of their lunches soon. 

Nov 19, 2019 06:13 PM #20
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George Souto I am very lucky and I never forget it. 

Carol Williams I'm laughing at "all that comes with it" because yesterday I felt like an Uber driver/cook helping out my niece with her children. 

Kat Palmiotti Larry and I remarked again today how nice and courteous everyone is here. 

Nov 19, 2019 06:16 PM #21
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel you know, when we moved back and we were driving along a street here, I felt at peace and at home. 

Myrl Jeffcoat oh yes!!! You can't go anywhere without seeing the shape of the State of Texas or the Texas Longhorns or Texas Aggies emblazoned on something. 

Nov 19, 2019 06:36 PM #22
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Grant Schneider I feel very close to my virtual friends here and it's a bonus with you because we've actually met!!!

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS when you open your heart to everyone around you, you have to make room for more. It's just how it is. 

Nov 19, 2019 06:38 PM #23
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Well if I stop in Houston next time through to visit my niece who lives there I'll have to let you know we'll be passing through.

Nov 19, 2019 07:39 PM #24
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Morning Kathy.

Like you I am so blessed, all of my family and extended ones live within a few hours drive.  

Nov 20, 2019 01:19 AM #25
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I would not have imagined it any differently than you describe it and know you are feeling lucky to live it.

Nov 20, 2019 02:25 AM #26
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How wonderful you are to be "home" again, with family and friends. You must wake up smiling everyday!

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I could not be happier for you! Enjoy Texas and all of your family whether related on not. You exude friendship in ActiveRain and I am proud to call you my friend!

Nov 20, 2019 07:41 PM #28
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Beautifully written and obviously straight from the heart!

Dec 06, 2019 01:22 PM #29
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