A Big Change with No Regrets

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A Big Change with No Regrets

 

Endre Barath, Jr. is hosting January’s Challenge...What changes did you make last year or the year before that worked?  Posts like this are always a good time to reflect on our own lives and also learn from the stories of others. 

 

My journey of change began in 2018 when Larry and I made the decision to return to Houston after 30+ years away.  With the exception of several years goodbye floridain Leesburg, VA and a few years back in Houston (all for work), the majority of those years were in Delray Beach, FL. 

 

I would not have missed those wonderful years for anything but it was time.  

 

Our core group of extended family was growing up and some had moved away. As in all of life, things changed. 

 

It was time to move back to Houston to be closer to family.  While Larry and I are in good health (more or less) we knew that as we age it would be better to be near family. And even though it is my family that is in Texas, Larry’s daughter, son-in-law and our two grandsons are in Omaha, which is a lot closer to Texas than Florida. 

 

In December of 2018, we drove to Houston and began our search for a house. 

We had these criteria:

  1. Since being near the water wasn’t going to be a priority we looked for homes that were close to my family.

  2. Knees being what they are, we wanted a single-story home or at least one with a master bedroom downstairs. 

  3. Traffic being what it is in Houston, we wanted to be in an area that would be an easy drive to our family and for our family to reach us. (Where we used to live, which was closer into the city, a 20-minute drive could have taken 45 minutes. 

 

Lady luck was watching over us and we found a home 7 minutes from my brother and his wife and 2 minutes from her sister and her family. 

 

We moved into our home in February 2019 and while I do miss Delray Beach, Atlantic Avenue and our friends there, I don’t for one minute regret being back with family. Larry and I have had the family for holiday dinners several times, celebrated the formal adoption of our dear Rafael, caught up with old friends, and yes, we’ve even done some babysitting!

 

easter 2019

 

Every so often it’s good to take stock of where you are in life because it’s so easy to keep going and before you know it...well you know! 

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I still need to write a post for Endre's challenge.  I've been busier than a one-legged woman in a butt-kicking contest!

Jan 24, 2020 12:53 PM #22
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CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 24, 2020 12:54 PM #23
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Sham Reddy CRS thank you so much! Very kind of you to say. 

Wayne Martin I still remember when you made the choice to move and I totally get it now. 

Maria Sapio Thank you!!! It's funny that Larry was the one to suggest moving back. 

Jan 24, 2020 02:38 PM #24
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Donald Urschalitz I know how happy you are as well when you're around your family.

Nina Hollander our good friends made the move about 10 years ago to VA to be closer to their children, leaving behind the weather and year 'round golf that they love. 

 

Jan 24, 2020 02:41 PM #25
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Kat Palmiotti I know that you and your husband made a really big move!!!

Barbara Todaro I do know how much your love having your family around you and I can't blame you!!!!  And, you're near your mother as well. 

Brian England I'm sure I'm boring everyone with my family topics and photos but it's what's been going on. 

Jan 24, 2020 02:45 PM #26
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Ahhhh Michael Jacobs one of my very favorite fairy tales!!!

Sheila Anderson Family is important and we can make our own family if none is around. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I was always amazed when people retire to South Florida away from their family. 

Jan 24, 2020 02:50 PM #27
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Exactly Lottie Kendall We may do that soon. 

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Thank you! It seems repetitive when I post about it but it is what it is. It might be why I always admired the multi-gen lifestyle you have. 

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Very True Kathy. That is what I have done. Have a wonderful evening.......

Jan 24, 2020 02:54 PM #29
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Thank you Scott Godzyk I appreciate it. 

Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS we have a baptism and big dinner this weekend. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I appreciate it, especially because I feel as if I've bored everyone to death with all of my family stuff. 

Jan 24, 2020 04:29 PM #30
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Thank you Will Hamm and I'll bet that you can't wait to see your grandchildren again!!! 

You make an excellent point Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Sharon Lee I never take them for granted!

Jan 24, 2020 04:31 PM #31
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Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I know and I'll bet that they keep you grounded!!

Grant Schneider you do miss a lot when they're not around. 

OK Myrl Jeffcoat i'm going to add that phrase to my repertoire!  Love it. And thank you for the feature in your group. 

Jan 24, 2020 04:33 PM #32
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Barbara Todaro I understand. It was like that when we used to visit Larry's mother. 

Jan 24, 2020 04:34 PM #33
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Kathy even though moving back to Huston was a big change, it was the right time right decision to make.

Jan 24, 2020 04:36 PM #34
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Hi Kathy Streib - What a perfect post and I couldn't be happier for you.  Sometimes the Universe just seems to be there for you. 

Jan 24, 2020 06:00 PM #35
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Morning Kathy.

I lived in Houston off of Telephone Road.  I would watch the planes land at Hobby, it was a great time.  Good to know you and Larry are back where you want to be.

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Kathy Streib  Congratulations to you and Larry, for making the move to be closer to family. Continue to enjoy Texas and good health. 

Jan 25, 2020 06:35 PM #37
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Kathy, I remember when you were going through this big change, but to have it summarized here it really makes sense for you and Larry. Glad you stayed in a warm climate:) Thank you for your contribution to the AR Challenge, Endre

Jan 25, 2020 09:08 PM #38
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Hi Kathy:

That was quite a change but for some very good reasons. And no doubt the change was made more pleasant being near family again and back in a place you know well and loved. Hard to believe it's been almost a year.

Jeff

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Hi Kathy, yes a major change for you that you nicely pre-paved for the details to fall in place, especially a great location close to family.  May you all enjoy many wonderful years together.

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Hi Kathy, I remember when you were talking about this also.  I really enjoyed your post. I moved from Houston almost 20 years ago. My parents are aging and my dad was recently diagnosed with cancer. It is treatable but not curable. I have been thinking of moving back - I loved your last line this is where I am right now - Every so often it’s good to take stock of where you are in life because it’s so easy to keep going and before you know it...well you know! "

 

 

 

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