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I thought long and hard about a miracle at Christmas time.  This about a fulfillment of a dream the Phyllis and I had for a long time and it happened just before Christmas 1988.  How appropriate this is too for a real estate blog!

Ever since we were married in 1978 and had our first daughter in 1979 our house always seemed to be one size too small.  We went from a midrise luxury condo that I had just before we were married.  Then we moved to a nice townhouse with just enough room until our second daughter was born in 1987.

We had dreamed of a beautiful big colonial and in 1988 the opportunity presented itself when we met a custom builder that would build the house and that house would be in Armonk which is an excellent town with a top rated school district.  Not just a dream house but a dream location.

Our miracle is that we got into the house and had everything arranged just before Christmas.  Our younger daughter Ashley was still sleeping in a crib in the loft area of or townhouse.  Now the girls had their own room with one more room to spare.

What makes this a miracle is that Christmas is such a warm family event and even more so with young children.  We invited my sister and brother in law (top picture) for dinner along with nephew Jonathan.  They loved the house too.

This was the best Christmas miracle for all of us.  Older daughter Lindsay enjoyed playing in and outside of the house.  These pictures were taken at the same time.  Just digging these pictures out and digitizing them has brought joy to everyone in the picture.

This is my entry for 'Tis the season for miracles category of the challenge hosted by Andrea Bedard and Carol Williams .

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Comments (24)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane.  We made it to hump day, have a productive one.  Thanks again for your Blog. bill

Dec 08, 2021 04:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This is a wonderful Christmas miracle! And I love the photos. Thanks for sharing!

Dec 08, 2021 05:02 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Family being happy is a wonderful thing and a new home always seems to bring a big smile to the faces of everyone!

Dec 08, 2021 05:16 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

A Christmas miracle indeed, Grant! Simply a perfect story for the Christmas season and I loved all your photos. I tell all my clients that there's always a door with their name on... we just have to find it. You found that door and a miracle.

Dec 08, 2021 06:05 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Laura - it really was the best gift.

Paul - you just love it and enjoy unwrapping gifts in your new house.

Endre - love you comment too and so glad we met.

Wayne -  oh loved that fireplace on cold winter nights.

Bill - already but still lots to do.

Kat - glad you liked the photos too.  I have to get so many organized.

Brian - and just think you help facilitate that!


Dec 08, 2021 06:06 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Grant - a very good challenge entry as it fits together miracles, family and real estate in a nice way.  

Dec 08, 2021 06:33 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely entry for the challenge.  I enjoyed reading it and seeing the phtoos.  Happy Wednesday.  A

Dec 08, 2021 06:38 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Nina - yes, you do make those dreams happen.

Michael - nice how it turned out that way.

Ron and Alexandra - thank you.  Enjoyed digging them up.

Dec 08, 2021 06:47 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Grant that is a very special memory, and I bet that house provided many more special memories after the miracle Christmas.

Dec 08, 2021 12:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Grant- what a perfect post for this month's challenge.  You and Phyliss did a great job making your dream come true.  BTW- good job with the digitizing. 

Dec 08, 2021 05:07 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

George - many more and even now.

Kathy - thanks.  I really have to get those old pictures all digitized.

Dec 09, 2021 03:05 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh those memories Grant...And yes I can only imagine the smiles on your face as you brought out these beautiful photos you included~

Dec 09, 2021 04:39 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, so very cool, and pulling out those photos must have flooded in new memories of such a wonderful time in your life.

Dec 09, 2021 07:21 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Grant Schneider - What a lovely post to illustrate your miracle.  You have a beautiful family and I am so glad you were able to make this dream come true. Wrapping it in a Christmas bow is the icing on the cake!

Dec 09, 2021 01:41 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Larry and Sheila - there are so many more photos I need to get organized.

Joan - it certainly is wonderful to have the photo memories.

Sheri - indeed it really felt exactly like you said.

Dec 10, 2021 03:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Grant, for sharing some of your special memories.

Dec 10, 2021 10:19 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, I think sometimes just watching life evolve around us, whether it is our family, or other families, it is quite a miracle.

Dec 10, 2021 12:13 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Grant,
What could be a better Christmas miracle than having family to celebrate with?   Happy Holidays to you, Phyllis, and your entire family. 🎄

Dec 15, 2021 10:16 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I can't possibly think of a better Christmas gift than a new home for the Holidays! It's lovely that it worked out that way. I also love how this challenge is taking you on a trip down memory lane, adding another touch of Holiday magic. 

Merry Christmas to you and your family Grant! 

Dec 18, 2021 11:47 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a wonderful story and some memorable photos. A perfect entry for the December challenge!

Happy Holidays!


Dec 21, 2021 07:52 PM