My Boys! ! !

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880
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     This story almost ended before it started.  We had tried everything.  The doctor said we were both completely healthy.  In some cases, couples just can't have children.  It is one thing to have a definable roadblock.  It is quite another to be met with the unknown. The question becomes, why us or even what did we do wrong?

    It would have ended right there, if it was only me.  My wife, Mary Margaret, had different plans.  She convinced me that we should become foster parents and eventually adopt.  Soon thereafter, we received a phone call from the Sacramento Receiving Home.  I walked into a room full of children  and one little boy stood out.  He walked right over and gave me a big hug.  My first thought was, I hope this is Matthew.  It was!  He was our first gift.   He has a heart of gold.  He is full of empathy and he currently works to get health care for our Sacramento homeless population.  We are so grateful that he came into our life.  Look at that smile!

                                                                          Matthew

     About a year later, MM and I went back to that same receiving home and this time we were introduced to Joseph.  We walked into a different room with numerous children playing peacefully, all except one.  This little boy had climbed rather high atop a cabinet and was grinning from ear to ear.  You guessed it, Joseph.  He has turned out just as you would think, a fun loving, risk taker that works hard as a waiter and cook and also has a heart of gold.  We are so grateful he came into our life.  He was our second gift.  Look at that smile!

                                                                               Joseph

     Both of my sons have become wonderful fathers as well.  Sterling (on the rocking chair)  looks like he will be a fun loving, risk taker just like Joseph.  Russell looks like he will have Matthew's good nature.  We are very grateful for our grandchildren.  Two more gifts!  We are also grateful for Ashley, Matthew's wife.  Another wonderful gift to our family.

 

   Sterling                 Russell

     My path always seems to be winding and full of obstacles. Sometimes, it is hard to know "the why" or see the path ahead clearly, but every once in a while, you find yourself at a open vantage point.  One that affords you the proper perspective to see the past clearly.  Everything makes sense.  I asked the wrong question so many years ago, why can't we have kids?  Of course, we could have kids, wonderful kids.  The right question was, how do we create our family?  Time gave us the properer perspective to understand "the why."  We are grateful for our family!

Thank you to Debbie Maxwell of Charlotte and Margaret Rome of Baltimore for encouraging us to look for the positive with this month's ActiveRain Gratitude Challenge.  This challenge has reminded me that sometimes perspective comes in time and that I need to remain patient and persistent for everything to work out just fine.  It is not on my time, but His time.  It has also reminded me that I have incredible friends and family around me that will help guide me.  Twenty nine years ago, a 5'2", blond, vivacious, Southern Belle looked at me wearing my goofy white pants and Hawaiian shirt and said I can do something with that. She did!  I am extraordinarily grateful for that. It begs the question, where did she ever get the proper perspective?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from the Henson's! ! !

Pecan pie

 

Challenge #1-A Great Round of Golf!

Challenge #2-Running a Half Marathon is for Crazy People

Challenge #-3-Grateful for My Business and My Clients

 

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Raymond Henson                                  

eXp Realty

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758

916-698-8414

ray.hensonca@gmail.com

 

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Raymond Henson
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  , If I have done anything right, it was marrying Mary Margaret.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Barbara Todaro,  Thank you and God bless your family.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Elyse Berman, PA, thank you so much and Happy Thanksgiving!  

Nov 28, 2019 04:47 PM #18
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Elk Grove has heart.....

Nov 28, 2019 04:48 PM #19
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Raymond Henson
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We like to thinks so.  Happy Thanksgiving, Richie Alan Naggar

Nov 28, 2019 04:52 PM #20
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Laura Cerrano
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Happy Thanksgiving, Raymond! Do you have some great boys there!Have a wonderful season and much success in the new year!

Nov 28, 2019 06:24 PM #21
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I hope you and yours enjoy a happy Thanksgiving holiday 

Nov 28, 2019 11:29 PM #22
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This is so precious! Happy Thanksgiving to your family!

Nov 29, 2019 05:33 AM #23
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Raymond Henson
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Laura Cerrano, we did get lucky.  Many years ago, I would not have thought I would say that.  Good luck in the New Year.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900,  Happy Thanksgiving!

Carla Freund, Happy Thanksgiving! 

Nov 29, 2019 06:27 AM #24
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What a beautiful story and an amazing blessing. So glad you found Matthew and Joseph, and that the Lord blessed them with you. Also, Mary Margaret has a beautiful decorating style. Everything about that room is pleasing to the eye. 

Nov 29, 2019 07:12 AM #25
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Raymond Henson
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We have a friend that calls my wife Martha Stewart.  She does like to decorate for the seasons.  Actually, I also like to help.  Thank you for the nice sentiments, Mimi Foster. God does work in mysterious ways at times, but he did bless us in a big way.

Nov 29, 2019 07:19 AM #26
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That is an awesome story and your wife sounds like quite the amazing woman!  I am glad you have such a beautiful family that is continuing to grow!

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So funny but, like Mimi Foster, before I read your story, I looked at the photos and loved everything about your dining room!! 

Raymond, I love your story and boy, how blessed are those boys to have you and Mary Margaret in their lives? And, to have grandchildren - how wonderful is this life for you and yours? What a wonderful, heartwarming story. Thank you so much for sharing!

Nov 29, 2019 09:55 PM #30
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Raymond Henson
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Thank you, Debe Maxwell, CRS  , we are lucky.  Also, thank you for the challenge and a chance to remind myself how good life is. 

Nov 30, 2019 06:39 AM #31
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Your post has me smiling from ear to ear. What a great family, and yes, those smiles!!

Nov 30, 2019 07:37 AM #32
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Great story and glad it worked out for you in this way and your perspective changed and you met two such fine boys who you helped to grow in to two fine young men.

Nov 30, 2019 07:40 AM #33
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Your last paragraph shows so much wisdom and insight. I love your story.

Nov 30, 2019 03:36 PM #36
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Raymond Henson
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Lottie Kendall, I am glad you enjoyed it.  Thank you.

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543,  I just spent the past few days with them.  They are fine young men.  Thank you.

Jill Sackler,  Thank you and I am glad you enjoyed it.  We are still writing it.    

Nov 30, 2019 07:15 PM #37
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Such a beautiful story of Love and Family You are all so lucky to have found each other and have such a wonderful life. Thank you for sharing and making us all smile!

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Ahhhhhh Raymond you made my morning with your beautiful post about your kids and wife!  Gifts do come in unexpected ways and you have been very blessesd - as is your wife and kids and everyone else in your expanding family!  Have a wonderful holiday season!!!

Dec 01, 2019 11:11 AM #39
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I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season as well, Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS,  I am happy that my post helped make your morning a little nicer.  Thank  you

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Hi Raymond,  Thanks for sharing this great Thanksgiving story.  How could you not be grateful for your sons.  Wishing you all a very special Holiday Season.

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