Family Happens ~ With or Without A Map...

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

February 2022 Challenge: "What's Your Story?" Post 1

Hosted by: Carol Williams  & Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker 


"There are always flowers for those who want to see them" - Henri Matisse

 I love to spend time in my garden. It is a form of meditation for me.  When I see flowers I am always drawn to them to get a whiff of the sweet fragrance.  I will stop and smell them before I move on.  Each fragrance triggers a memory and enjoying the scent of flowers reminds me of all the happy memories that life brings to each and every one of us.  

At this stage of my life, I have many happy memories to be thankful for. Some of those memories have been triggered by the pleasant aroma of flowers.

In my journey through my roadmap of time, I will be sharing how I got to where I am today.  Sometimes, it was with a roadmap.  However, my journey led me up and down many roads.  Some roads were unchartered with potholes we had to maneuver through.  That could be exciting and challenging.  My life has never been dull or boring and each road, with or without a map has made me who I am today. 

"Family Happens ~ With Or Without A Map"

Nana - Sheri - Dad

The title of my book would be the title above.  It is all about family.  I grew up in a traditional family environment.  My mother was an executive secretary and met my dad at a party while he was attending law school at Creighton University in Omaha NE.  When they got married and started a family, my mom stayed home to raise that family. 

My dad was a salesman at heart.  He was in Credit and Collections and traveled to establish accounts. We moved from Omaha to Houston and then established a home in Southern California. More to come on this...

In the image above, I am next to my mom's mother, Nana, and my dad is holding his almost 1-year-old. He was a basketball player for Wichita State back in the '40s.  He watched a lot of basketball and was an avid golfer. Our vacations revolved around golf resorts. I got my sales ability through osmosis. 

Moran Clan - Joe - Rosemary - David - John - Sheri

I grew up, the oldest of five siblings with three brothers and one sister. To this day we are all still very close. I always felt I was a mid-westerner at heart. After all, I have roots there.  All my cousins still live in Omaha. 

But I had the opportunity to spend some of my formative years growing up in the Houston Texas area.  I can remember the devastation that Hurricane Carla brought with it. The floodwaters came up to the steps of our home and we were without power for some time. But what I remember most is the people.  People from the mid-west and Texas where I grew up, are warm and generous by nature.

Most of my teenage years and adult life were spent in Southern California. I was married in 1972 and became Sheri Sperry.  Little did I realize back then, that my name would benefit me in my sales career. It flows well and is easy to remember!

Sheri - Mom - Dad - Ricky and Ryan

 I worked and raised my family, two rambunctious boys, in the Inland Empire until Rick and I decided to pick up roots and move to Sedona, Arizona. 

Ryan Ricky Broken Arrow trail

The image above is Ryan and Ricky enjoying some red rock off-road time on Broken Arrow Trail.  

How We Ended Up In Sedona

Rick-Sheri-Enchantment Resort

I stopped working back in 2000, so I became our "travel agent".  Rick got 7+ weeks of vacation so I surprised Rick with a vacation to Sedona AZ.  It was not on his radar.  He thought we were going to Santa Barbara and was not thrilled about going to Sedona... until we arrived at the Enchantment Resort.  


We had a casita with an outside deck and at night you could see every star in the sky.  We had been checking out retirement locations for a couple of years and when Rick saw the stars, he said, "find a REALTOR!"  Up until the pandemic, Enchantment was our favorite place to have lunch. The resort is only open to resort guests.  I am guessing they have a staffing shortage. 

Until I started my real estate business in Sedona, we did a lot of traveling. We went on numerous cruises with destinations to the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, and our two favorites, the Med and Tahiti. The last two were milestone events.  Tahiti was a celebration of our 55th birthdays and Rick's retirement and The Med was for our 35th anniversary.  We went hog-wild.

Onwer Suite Tahiti Cruise

These were once-in-a-lifetime trips.  We were celebrating the next chapter of our lives. In Tahiti, We flew Business Class and had an Owners suite on the cruise, and stayed 3 days in an Over-the-water bungalow on Bora Bora (see featured image).

Venice Italy

 The Med was a similar adventure with extra days in Rome and 4 days in a suite in Venice.  We had al fresco dining under the umbrellas above at least 3 out of the 4 days we were in Venice. 

What's On the Travel Agenda For the Future?

Italy - Amalfi Coast Sheri

I want to go back to Italy and stay on the Amalfi and Positano coast.  I also want to go to Sicily.  I have relatives in Sicily. My cousins have stayed there. So that is a goal. 

2022 ~ Another Milestone Year... Only Bigger!

This year, Rick and I are celebrating our 70th birthday and 50 years of marriage. I still can't believe it!  We don't have any major trips planned.  With all the mandates and restrictions on travel etc., we are not up to it and there has been no lull in the Sedona real estate market.

Hopefully, we are going to do something for the family.  Right now, Disneyland is on the table for Tristan in December along with a celebration with my family who lives in CA.  

Rick and I have always been focused on our journey.  Sometimes we have had a road map and other times, not so much.  But with or without a map, it is all about our family and the journey together! 

Sheri Birthday Flower Arrangement

Celebrating Valentine's Day and My Birthday in the same week! We were off to a nice breakfast at Shorebird's with Tristan and then to visit my lot that was closing soon. A REALTOR's work is never done! ;-)

A Collage about Sheri and the Sedona Lifestyle

Part 2 to follow... The Continuing Journey With or Without A Map

Link To Post 2 - Caffeine and Hard Rock




Comments (36)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Hannah Williams - Thank you. It is about focus and staying grounded. 

Feb 27, 2022 08:08 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - That darn pandemic.  What bothers me are the mandates, restrictions on travel, and possibly getting stuck somewhere.  Taking a vacation should be relaxing and enjoyable.  So I will stay local!

Feb 27, 2022 08:12 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - Thank you.  I am glad you enjoyed it. 

Feb 27, 2022 08:13 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - I feel very similar.  Being able to travel has been wonderful but I am enjoying being a homebody also!  I do hope things will change so you can see your family again and very soon. 

Feb 27, 2022 08:16 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Brian England - Thank you!  I have really enjoyed so many of these posts. I hope to read many more as time goes by. 

Feb 27, 2022 08:19 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat Palmiotti - The lightbulb for Sedona went on immediately for my husband.  As much as I loved it,  I wasn't sure I could be away from shopping at the malls and actually Nordstroms. It may seem kind of shallow but I did a lot of shopping for family and birthdays etc.  Back then, there was only dial-up internet and I like to touch and feel my purchases.  However, it didn't take me long.  Phoenix/Scottsdale is only 2 hours away and now I do a lot of shopping online!  

Feb 27, 2022 08:28 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox - I am glad that you were able to learn something new about me.  What I have found amazing is that we are all still close. I am especially close to the 2 youngest. We talk a lot on the phone.  I became the "matriarch" and my siblings were 7 and 12 when Rick and I married.  We took them everywhere with us. 

Feb 27, 2022 08:32 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs - LOL! I had to laugh at the Thomas Guide reference.  It has been so long.  The Thomas Guide was the bible especially when I was cold-calling clients! That and AAA Trip-Tickets for travel!  

Feb 27, 2022 08:35 AM
Michael Jacobs

They were called trip-tics, right?   

Feb 27, 2022 08:53 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® What a full life you have led and all with the same partner all these years too! Thanks for sharing your story!

Feb 27, 2022 09:18 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Your journey sure has been an exciting and, at times, unexpected one Sheri. Thank you for sharing part of your self and the family with all of us here in the Rain!

Feb 27, 2022 10:43 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Like you, I grew up in a traditional home.  Dad went to work, and mom stayed home, taking care of the house and needs of the family.  I raised my kids in that same kind of environment, and didn't become a Realtor, until the youngest was 12 years of age.  I think our society was a better place back then.  Less crime, and much more stable.

Feb 27, 2022 12:46 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Feb 27, 2022 12:49 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Don’t know about other people but I have always enjoyed the South Pacific and of course the Indian Ocean Sheri. Happy Sunday to you and Rick 🙂

Feb 27, 2022 01:08 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI - I still feel like I am 20 and it is hard to realize I am not! LOL!

Feb 28, 2022 01:15 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI

OH, Sheri! You are still a Spring Chicken!

Feb 28, 2022 02:49 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - There have been lots of twists and turns. But we have come through them. 

Feb 28, 2022 01:17 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - It is hard for people to understand that environment.  But it was more stable.  I have actually been asked when I tell people how long I have been married, they ask "Was that all to the same person?" Yikes!

Feb 28, 2022 01:20 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Actually Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - A lot of people don't realize that you are closer to Hawaii than we were when we lived in LA.  My husband's cousin from Chicago would meet us in Maui and it was worse than traveling to Europe. It took them a day to recuperate from the flight and they were traveling west! 

Feb 28, 2022 01:22 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Sherri - I read part two first.  You have had a wonderful personal and professional life.  You and Rick compliment each other and congratulations on 50 wonderful years.

Feb 28, 2022 02:58 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

Wow, Sheri, 50 years of teamwork with Rick. What a journey you've been on raising your family and traveling.  I wonder if the real estate market will ever slow down enough for you to do some more traveling. 

Feb 28, 2022 07:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

What a journey you have had, much of it with Rick! Love all the family photos!

Having a map can sometimes be a good thing, but not always. And life doesn't always take you where you expect it will.


Mar 06, 2022 11:39 AM