November Challenge - (48th Anniversary)

Real Estate Agent with Elite Realty Group

Here is the 2nd blog for Debe Maxwell, CRS grateful challenge this month.


Today is mine and my husband's 48th wedding anniversary and that has me being more than grateful not only today but every single day.



Mitch was actually best friends with my brother when I met him.  We were definitely young and totally in love although he is younger than me by a few years.  We lived in a very small coal mining town in West Virginia.  He worked in the mines and I worked as a secretary at the school for awhile until I became a director in Mary Kay.  We have 2 boys that we absolutely cherish.  



Many years later our oldest son married and moved to Tennessee for better career choices.  We did not want either of our sons working in the coal mines, because it was so dangerous.  We decided to take the leap and move there also.  my husband retired and I continued with my Mary Kay career. 



A few years later I decided to try my hand in real estate.  Soon after my oldest song and young son's wife decided to join me.  We opened our own real estate firm in the worst economy ever and the Lord saw fit for us to totally survive and thrive.  Now myself, my husband and my sons and their wives all work in our office.  


With the divorce rate so high and the many obstacles we have faced and endured I am blessed to say we are 48 years and going strong.  Can't wait to see how the next year and the rest of our lifetime holds. 


Marriage is not easy and it takes a lot of communication and respect on both sides.  I thank the good Lord above everyday that he put us together 48 years ago.  




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Comments (8)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Norma J. Elkins How lucky are you to have a family-run Real Estate company? You do have so much to be grateful for. I really enjoyed reading your story. When there is a will there is a way 

Nov 16, 2022 08:57 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

What a great story Norma and a great entry for the challenge. Congratulations on the 48 years together! 

Nov 16, 2022 09:50 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Norma - thank you for this post which offers some additional insight into your life.  Obviously, your multiple successes in life are admirable at any time but especially when a celebratory mood is on the calendar.  Congratulations.   

Nov 16, 2022 11:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I so loved the story of your 48 years with your husband, Norma. Your story is one many people aspire to and don't get. Wishing you and Mitch many more years of happiness together.

Nov 16, 2022 01:31 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Congratulations, Norma!!!   I love stories such as yours and Mitch's!!!   You both have grown and thrived for sure!!!! And cheers to more of this next year. 

Nov 16, 2022 07:40 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love this story, and the photos are great! Marriage is not an easy thing to get right, but you guys are doing wonderfully!

Nov 17, 2022 05:07 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

48 years is a very long time, I am glad that you will both stick by each other's side for the rest of your lives!

Nov 17, 2022 05:13 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

What a heart warming story of gratitude. Big congratulations on your anniversary as well as your successful real estate brokerage where family is the foundation.

Nov 17, 2022 07:12 AM