Just Another Thankful Sunday at Home

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty

Sunday is one of the most enjoyable days we spend at home. Often, Bernie prepares a succulent roast chicken, steamed sweet potatoes, and a green salad for dinner. That's because it's one of mom's favorite meals. 

Speaking of mom, she's been enjoying the  NCAA tournament. Yesterday, she went downstairs to watch the game with my sister and brother-in-law. She was disappointed when North Carolina won, and she's still grousing about it this morning. Like many, she's especially sad for Coach K. 

We celebrated Finnegan's second birthday this week, on Wednesday, March 30th.  The two guys shared a few bites of doggy-birthday cake. Although, we had to keep brother Forrest from grabbing Finnegan's share.  We think the birthday boy looked especially dapper in his best scarf. 


Yesterday, I attended my grandson's first Lacrosse game of the season. Bernie chose to stay home with the dogs. He missed a nice afternoon. The sun warmed us as we sat in the stands enjoying a good game.  Connor even scored one of the goals that led his team to victory.

This morning, daughter Kelsea, sent a photo of our tiny granddaughter who is in the NICU at a Denver hospital. She's continuing to gain weight and is reportedly doing very well this weekend. Thanks to those of you are keeping Ellie in your thoughts. She's four weeks old today and destined for big things! 



Daffodils, crocus, and trilliums are dotting the yard with color. And, the cherry tree is close to blooming. Its fluffy, pink blossoms are always a stunning addition to the spring landscape.  Hello Spring - what a treat you are for our eyes and spirits. 

Tonight, while we enjoy our Sunday dinner,  Bernie and I will pause and express our gratitude for family, and caring friends. It's been another ordinary, yet extraordinary week of life together. These are the moments we'll treasure.  Happy Sunday to you too. 

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Comments (27)

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Cleo has the right idea. Glad you have a lazy Sunday too. Enjoy every drop Hannah Williams 

Apr 03, 2022 10:47 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

What a beautiful post on this beautiful Sunday. Spring is my favorite time of the year.  Your dinner sounds scrumptious. Love all the pictures of Finnegan and the newest pic of Ellie. So adorable. Enjoy your extraordinary ordinary day. Those are the best kind. 

Apr 03, 2022 11:52 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks Sharon Lee - I hope you have a wonderful day too. D 

Apr 03, 2022 11:54 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely post.  I am delighted with the good news about Ellie...I am glad that Spring is showing up with beautiful blooms to add to the ambiance of a sunny day in your world.  We had one of the best mastermind meetings ever.  

This morning we bought mussels from Washington State and I am baking them (a new recipe) in a Sauvignon Blanc broth.  I bought a very high rated one, so we can also drink it.  I am looking forward to another great week...A

Apr 03, 2022 12:15 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD PS Happy Birthday Our Doggie Nephew...A

Apr 03, 2022 12:16 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

North Carolina and Duke...wow, not sure a game between them will ever mean quite so much again.

Apr 03, 2022 01:00 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

So glad to hear sweet Ellie Grace continues to gain weight and improve!  I love that your Mom is such a sports fan. A lot of people were rooting for Duke in honor of Coach K, me included. It was a good game!  And, happy belated birthday to Finnegan!

Apr 03, 2022 01:08 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

What a lovely Sunday update, my friend. Please let me know if there is anything at all I can do to help out with Ellie (pick you up at the airport, maybe? food for family). Know that I'm here if you need me. Being on the north side of Colorado Springs now, it's only about 40 minute to Denver 😇 Love and hugs!

Apr 03, 2022 01:18 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Mimi Foster well, at the very least, maybe we can see one another while I'm there. How sweet of you to offer. BIG hugs. 

Apr 03, 2022 02:48 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you. Our little Ellie is doing well. We are grateful for all the love and support we've received over the last month. It's been invaluable. 

Your dinner sounds delicious. You've got me in the mood for mussels. 

Apr 03, 2022 02:50 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I take it you liked the outcome, Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty ?  We didn't have a dog in the fight, but my son's boss is a huge UNC fan and is heading to the game in New Orleans tomorrow. 

Apr 03, 2022 02:52 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Carol Williams Yes, a popular coach for sure. And, I hear it was a good game. Thanks, we are happy with the Ellie progress too. Finnegan says "bark, bark." 

Apr 03, 2022 02:54 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - There is something so special about spring, and even though your granddaughter came into this world early, she is showing those wonderful healthy signs of the season. Soon you will be visiting and enjoying her in person.  It really is a time to embrace your family and all the blessings.

Apr 03, 2022 06:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Debb and Bernie- I love blissful simple days. I'd recognize that pose the dogs do anywhere!!!  Tell Bernie that I'm making roast chicken this week. We should compare recipes!!!

Did your mom watch KU???  (Larry's alma mater. We held our breath and were relieved when they won. I love Coach K and wanted Duke to win. UNC has a connection to KU because their former coach Roy Williams was the coach at KU. 

Very happy to hear that sweet Ellie is gaining some weight!!!!

Apr 03, 2022 06:33 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Thank you for the update on your sweet little Ellie Grace! I'm glad to hear you're enjoying Spring and the decent weather. It was still too windy here as it was close to the water. All the best to you, Debb, and Bernie! Family is precious!! 


Apr 03, 2022 08:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb what a lovely post and oh boy you guys had your up and downs so glad you shared the other day.... you are clearly deserving of a nice relaxing Sunday.... Endre

Apr 03, 2022 10:21 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker described the day well in her comment.  It definitely combines elements of ordinary and extraordinary.  And that's what makes moments memorable.  

Apr 04, 2022 05:32 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love hearing that your Mom is doing well and enjoying the March Madness games, they are fun to watch!

Apr 04, 2022 06:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Debb... thanks for the update on "doin's" in your home this past week. Glad to hear little Ellie is doing well. I often make roast chicken on Sundays, myself... but yesterday I did a turkey breast for a change. 

Apr 04, 2022 06:54 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD- I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Sunday family news. Happy Birthday to Finnegan and congratulations on the birth of your new granddaughter. Pediatrics has changed a lot over the years and I am hoping your daughter Kelsea and Ellie are doing well. It's so important for the baby to keep growing and being in NICU where she gets round the clock attention is the best thing for her. May all pandemic babies bring about positive change, good health, and best parents. Our world sure needs that now. 

Apr 07, 2022 01:51 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb and Bernie - Kelsea is adorable.  I am a sure that you can't wait to hold her.

Apr 09, 2022 03:16 AM