Thankful Thursdays...For Our Decision

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Thankful Thursdays...For Our Decision

Last year as we all navigated the waters of the Pandemic, we learned a lot about ourselves, about how we might do things differently, and about what would have happened if...


The "if" I thought about was how different life might have been for Larry and me had we not returned to Houston in 2019. 


Back in 2018, Larry and I decided that it was time to return to Houston and to be closer to family.  We had lived in Delray Beach since 1987 with the exception of about 4 years in Leesburg, VA, and 3 years back in Houston for Larry’s work. 


We left Florida in January of 2019 and haven’t looked back. When Covid hit, I realized that this move was meant to be. 


I am grateful that we were not living in Florida, because we would not have been able to visit our families here in Texas, Kansas City or Omaha. 


I am grateful that we were closer to our families to help out where and when we could. 


And, coming home to Houston really was coming home. I missed the Texas accents. I missed people being courteous and kind to each other. I missed people not looking at you like you were nuts if you smiled and said “hello” to them. 


Easter 2019



Sometimes you make decisions and have no idea how they may impact you down the road. 


Comments (24)

Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Kathy!

Sometimes you make decisions and have no idea how they may impact you down the road.

Apr 22, 2021 04:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sham- you are very welcome and always appreciate your stopping by. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:20 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh my gosh, I totally get it. I have the same experience in terms of being amazed at our good fortune regarding the timing of our move. We moved right before this pandemic started and because we did, we were in a place with no crowds, where we could walk out our door, and hike up the hill, and never see another person. Stores here were never crowded and the only one with a line to get in was Costco (which I didn't go to). We built our house right before prices for building materials started going up. Timing is everything, but you usually don't know till after the fact how good the timing was! You guys timed your move perfectly.

Apr 22, 2021 05:05 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat- I'd never thought of our journeys being so similar but you're absolutely right. and while Texas was a no-brainer, I'm glad we were in a state that was not as restricted as so many others. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:29 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. My son, grandson and daughter in law prompted the wife and I to relocate from Florida to Chicago in 2016. Great move although we do miss the weather. Enjoy your day.

Apr 22, 2021 05:20 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Wayne= I do miss the beaches and palm trees, and of course my friends there but it was a good move. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:30 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am so happy for you!  That picture from Easter 2019 shows such a wonderful family.  I would love to hang out with all of them and get to know them.

Apr 22, 2021 05:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Brian- they would love you!!!!  In fact, in our family, once you come to one of our gatherings...your part of the family now!

Apr 22, 2021 05:35 PM
Jeffrey Richman
Immediate Home Solutions - Waxhaw, NC
Creative Real Estate Specialist

Hi Kathy,

My wife and I have this discussion much about moving closer to the older kids back in Florida.  The problem is if we make the move, we think that they'll move to other states.  Not because we're going to be near them, but they see different opportunities in different states

Apr 22, 2021 06:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Exactly, Jeffrey!  Once Larry's mother thought about moving near us and we reminded her that while she was welcome, there was always a chance that we would be moving again (which we did!)That said, if you get a place in Florida, especially if it's near Disneyworld or the beaches, your family and friends will make their way to you. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:38 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - life continues to be a series of circumstances, situations and decisions taking place.  Some seem unrelated but they connect(and sometimes collide) simultaneously.  

Apr 22, 2021 06:28 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael- it's why we need to remember how decisions we make are like ripples in the water. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:40 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Kathy! It is funny how God's plans become clearer after the fact

Apr 22, 2021 06:47 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree, Rocky. And if we have faith that He will show us the reason for His plans, it makes it easier. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:40 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I really enjoyed your post today, and I am delighted that you made the right move for yourself.  A

Apr 22, 2021 07:28 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Alexandra- I think many of us have given thought to what we experienced last year. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:42 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Good Morning   As we click off the years the need to be near family is stronger and your decision was just the right thing to do.

Apr 22, 2021 07:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed= you are so right. And, people are so mobile these days that it's hard for families to stay close to each other. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:43 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

2020 was a big year for reflection. For us too. I am thrilled you made the decision that gets you closer to the people you love. In the end, in my opinion, it's the time we spend with those we love that matters most. 

Apr 22, 2021 08:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Debb- you are absolutely correct. Our families nurture us to fly the nest and yet at some point, most of us want to return.

Apr 22, 2021 05:44 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Kathy- You definitely made the right decision.  You have thrived being back in Texas.  

Apr 22, 2021 09:03 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sharon- I wouldn't trade my years in Florida for anything...for the people we met, the experiences we had, but yes, it's good to be home. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:45 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Congratulations on the timing. Great to read your story of blessings.

God's providence is a wonderful series of fate, destiny and "mean to be's".
It's a Good Life!

Apr 22, 2021 09:12 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Thomas- you are so right. If we have faith in God, it helps us when making our decisions. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:46 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Oh Kathy it was such a great move for you two to be closer to family and all that you know and love about Texas.  It's amazing, isn't it, to look back and think about this past year and all that we've learned about ourselves and what's important, really important.

Apr 22, 2021 02:14 PM
Kathy Streib

Anna- I was so surprised when Larry made the suggestion that we return to Texas. During 2020 I think we were navigating the unknown waters. It's interesting to look back at where we were and where we are now. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:51 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy picking up and moving to another state takes a lot of faith and courage.  Good to hear it was the right move for you and Larry.

Apr 22, 2021 03:46 PM
Kathy Streib

Our first move to Florida was the tough one!!! I think I cried ever day for two weeks. 

Apr 22, 2021 05:51 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It's good to be near family when strange things happen like the pandemic.   I know you are right where you are supposed to be.

Apr 22, 2021 05:28 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I believe my family is my greatest asset.  I'm glad most all of mine lives here in the Greater Sacramento area.  The exception is a daughter, and grandkids that live 140 miles away in Reno, Nevada.

Apr 22, 2021 06:55 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Kathy,  Thanks for sharing your story.  We had lived in a couple of state and gravitated back home to Wisconsin when our children were still young.  Important to be near your family.

Apr 22, 2021 08:32 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

In the end it is family that matters. You and Larry made a wise choice.

Apr 23, 2021 12:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Kathy.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Apr 23, 2021 03:53 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Timing is everything...funny sometimes how it works out. So happy you were there with your family.

Apr 27, 2021 07:01 AM