Thankful Thursdays…Blessed To Have Him

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Thankful Thursdays…Blessed To Have Him

Just a few days before Hurricane Harvey (2017) made his presence known in Houston, my niece and her husband gratefully received little Raffe, who was just 9 days old. 


They began their journey as foster parents with the ultimate goal of adoption.  This week we celebrated his Adoption Day…September 27, 2019. 



He became a part of our family from the moment he entered our lives. My heart takes a special beat just thinking about the life he might have had were it not for my niece and her husband. 


However, the blessings are a two-way street. Our family has been enriched as we watched him grow from a tiny baby to a toddler interested in construction and garbage trucks…to beginning Kindergarten this Fall. 




Thank you, Raffe, for letting us be your family. 




The adoption took time. The love arrived instantly.

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Comments (39)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a great day to celebrate. Enjoy, he looks like a bundle of energy and love.

Sep 29, 2022 08:26 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

He is very cute. There is something about the energy a little boy brings to everyone's life around them.

Sep 29, 2022 08:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and so glad for this blessing in your family and thank you for sharing this with us.  My sister is okay in St. Agustine this morning.


Sep 29, 2022 09:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin It's a special joy, isn't it?!

Brian England I don't dare tell him that!!! He'll say "But Aunt Kathy's friend wears shorts to mass!!!"

Sep 29, 2022 12:11 PM
Brian England

You are wise not to say anything, haha.

Sep 29, 2022 12:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Kat Palmiotti it truly was!!! He is so much fun. 

Nina Hollander, Broker my niece and her husband have done a beautiful job of providing the kind of life for him that he never would have had. And it's not material things but a family, love, and tools for going through life. 

Sep 29, 2022 12:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael Jacobs Thank you!  I can't wait to see him this weekend. 

Roy Kelley Thank you and we do love every minute we have when we're with him. 


Brian England   I'm not saying a word to him. 

Sep 29, 2022 01:21 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy you are absolutely right, blessings are a two way street, and Raffe is a great example of that.

Sep 29, 2022 03:32 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I do feel blessed!!!   I love having children in the family. 

Bill Salvatore - East Valley Thank you and hope all went well with your father. 

Sep 29, 2022 05:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 we all love him and I am having so much fun watching him grow. 

Grant Schneider I love it when people bring these young children into their lives and hearts. 

Sep 29, 2022 05:19 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sharon Tara this was right after the adoption ceremony!!!  That's a fave of mine too. 

Hannah Williams thank you!!!   He is a bundle of energy!!

Sep 29, 2022 05:21 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Joan Cox you're right about that!!!  I love it when we get to see him. 

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 he is all that!!! He's also bright and all boy. 

Sep 29, 2022 05:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I'll bet your son was like that!!!  Raffe keeps going and going!!  He's so curious too. 

Will Hamm oh good news. I was going to text you later to find out how she was. 

Sep 29, 2022 05:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto blessings are a two-way street!!! We are so blessed. 

Sep 29, 2022 05:24 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

Your story warms my heart.  As a grandparent, there is just wonderful energy from our little ones.  From that GIF,  I see that Raffe fits that category. Haha. 

There is nothing more special. He is lucky to have you and your family in his life as you are blessed to have him.

Sep 29, 2022 06:11 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Oh Kathy, that special story about Raffe brought tears to my eyes! All children are to be loved and adored beyond boundaries for they grow up so fast!

Sep 29, 2022 06:19 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

another wonderful post that made me always have beautiful things to say

Sep 30, 2022 01:46 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

what a wonderful event for your whole family!  I am so happy for all of you! 

Sep 30, 2022 06:42 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those photos provide a testament to why this boy has been a blessing in your family's life, Kathy.  And, the blessing he has by having your family in his.

Sep 30, 2022 07:44 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I'm so glad to have saved the list of posts to read yours!  What a wonderful story of giving, caring and a rich life ahead!  Congratulations to your niece and her husband on adopting Raffe! 

Oct 04, 2022 04:57 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

You are so blessed!  Thank you for sharing and this is so wonderful!  Time for Celebration!

Oct 05, 2022 07:03 PM