Just keep breathing.... and Happy 2020 New Year!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

There is just never a dull moment in my family.  If you'd asked me last week if my husband would be spending new year's eve away from me or spending 11 days in Hawaii without me I would have said "absolutely not". I'm pretty sure my tone would have been "are you crazy" when I was saying absolutely not.  Yet here I am on new year's eve in Georgia while my Donald is in Hawaii.

Our brother in law (Mario Silva- married to my husband's sister)  passed away very unexpectedly during the night of the 28th. As if that's not bad enough that's my sister in law Kelly's (Kelly is Donald's older sister)  birthday.  I was all wrapped up in my feeling being sad because the first anniversary of my cousin Keith passing was the 26th.  In fact that morning when the appraiser called and said "hey, does this house have a lockbox?" After my reply he asked if I was sick.  Told him, nope, not sick, just "in my feelings".

Death is in fact just a part of life and my dealing with it doesn't stop me from doing my job (yet) and moving forward with my life, but if you know me, or if you follow my posts and Facebook you'll know in the last 10 years my family has been through a LOT. 


But I wanted to take the time... before I head over to pick up my just under 2 year old New Year's Eve date who has an eight pm bedtime .... to wish you all a Happy and safe New Year. This is Cooper with one of his before Christmas gifts.  I was bringing stuff in from the car and he needed something to occupy him for a while, so I let him early open a gift.  He just loved his truck and little John Deere tractors. I'm going to be very excited to show off his room when his mom and dad's new house is finished.... only about 6 weeks to go.

Tomorrow... don't do any laundry. And make sure to eat some pork, black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread.  That's the good luck menu in my family for New Year's Day.  Happy 2020 y'all!

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Comments (7)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


 "Life is what happensto you while you're busy making other plans."  (John Lennon).  I think your date is very handsome.  Wishing you a stellar New Year.  A

Dec 31, 2019 12:52 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Tammy - your post is another reminder that the holidays are not always happy and joyous for all or at all times.  That said, your New Year's Date is likely excited that he is getting special treatment today.  And deservedly so.  

Dec 31, 2019 01:38 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Tammy Lankford, - My southern upbringing always means ham and blackeyed peas on New Years Day. Great success in 2020! 

Dec 31, 2019 01:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Tammy- So sorry about the passing of your brother-in-law. I know that your family has been through a lot but I also see the JOY that you have with you for New Year's Eve...little Cooper!!!! 

And I too was born and bred in the south and I have not missed having my pork and black eye peas since I can remember. I noticed that our local chain grocery store had collard greens on every aisle in the produce section. 

Dec 31, 2019 08:45 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Tammy Lankford, 

I am sorry for the loss of your brother-in-law and all the stuff that wasn't pleasant to deal with this past year. 

I really think God gave energetic children to grandparents to keep them focused on the important things, like Christmas toys for little boys and girls. I sure hope Donald is coping well without you in Hawaii with him; however, I'm sure you're in constant communication. 

I wish you peace, good health, and happiness in 2020. Perhaps you'll get some alone time with that love of your life, Donald. 

Jan 01, 2020 10:46 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Yes Tammy, life continues to march on despite tragedies that may happen. Cooper will help you all heal as he is quite a life force and grabs your hearts often!

Jan 07, 2020 02:46 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I am sorry for your losses. 

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jan 20, 2020 09:24 AM