Thankful Thursdays…for My Gift From Heaven

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Thankful Thursdays…for My Gift From Heaven


Four+ decades ago some co-workers and I went to a Metaphysicist/psychic…just for fun. I have no idea who put the bee in our bonnets but off we went. 


I was told that my gentleman friend and I were not married but that we had been in at least three of our previous lives and would be again. 



Well…Larry and I have been together for 45 years and today I celebrate the birthday of this brilliant, Renaissance man. 


Fighter pilot, diver, boater, kayaker, hunter,  baker, builder…he is all of this and more. He can take anything apart and fix it…or at least try.  He sewed his own lightweight tent and turned his old VW van into a camper, complete with curtains that he sewed.


Am I bragging? You bet!



I am so grateful that serendipity brought us together and believe it or not…we’ve never had a “date.”


Happy Birthday, Larry…my gift from heaven…my joy…my life. 


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Comments (20)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Happy birthday to Larry. JoAnn and I have been together for a long time and next March will be married 45 years. More to come! Enjoy your day. 

Dec 01, 2022 04:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Wayne Martin I hope you have many many more adventures. 

Dec 01, 2022 05:51 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a lovely tribute to Larry, Kathy. Wishing him the very happiest of birthdays and "new" years to come.

Dec 01, 2022 04:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Nina Hollander, Broker 

Dec 01, 2022 05:52 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Happy birthday Larry!  I hope that he will enjoy his special day and I am glad that he is your gift from Heaven!

Dec 01, 2022 04:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England The weather was gorgeous today so he was very happy with that. 

Dec 01, 2022 05:52 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Happy Birthday to Larry! What a wonderful post, and go ahead and brag!

Dec 01, 2022 05:22 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti Thank you and you know us Texans...we like to brag. 

Dec 01, 2022 05:54 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Happy birthday Larry. This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it. 

Have a super fantastic week! Bill Salvatore with AEP


Dec 01, 2022 05:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Bill Salvatore - East Valley 

Dec 01, 2022 05:54 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Another cheerful good morning to you Kathy.  Happy Birthday as well to Larry. My husband who I call a Renaissance Mountain Man and I have been married 31 years with 32 years just around the corner. We have been together 32 years.

Having a talented husband becomes the envy of others who are not as fortunate. Enjoy the day with incredible peace and abundance.

Dec 01, 2022 05:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Leanne Smith I agree. Our neighbors love it that he can fix so many things. He loves taking things apart and fixing them. 

Dec 01, 2022 05:55 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

If you have spent 3-4 lifetime together over the centuries, it makes sense that the kinder gentler man would appear.  You broke him down and made him perfect for yourself

Dec 01, 2022 06:01 AM
Kathy Streib

LOL Ed Silva Oh oh, I'm not showing him this comment! 

Dec 01, 2022 06:08 PM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Happy Day in December, You have a nice blog today. You can visit mine and like and comment.

Dec 01, 2022 06:05 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Eric Bouler and you have a very colorful picture. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:08 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, what a great story, and enjoying 45 years together is a love story!

Dec 01, 2022 06:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox it doesn't feel like 45 at all. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:09 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Looks like you chose well! I was talking to someone who was about to get married (we were getting coffee at Starbucks). He told me about his upcoming wedding and said...I always wanted to give marriage a try (he was maybe 24 so always is not very long). I thought...hmmmm, will that last?

Dec 01, 2022 06:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty well, I hope it is one that will last but it's an "iffy" way to begin a marriage. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:10 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Love the tribute to your soulmate! 45 years together has such a wonderful ring to it. Happy birthday to your Renaissance man!

Dec 01, 2022 06:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX you know what...sometimes it's as if we've known each other forever and other times, it feels like we're still in our 20th year. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:13 PM
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

Kathy, What a wonderful birthday gift you have given to Larry. Now everyone knows how lucky you are. Happy Birthday Larry!

Dec 01, 2022 07:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I am so lucky and very blessed. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:13 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Birthday Larry and great for you Kathy to let us know!  I like your blog that you share with us today in the Rain.  Make it a great day!


Dec 01, 2022 07:25 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Will Hamm He's been being spoiled all day. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:15 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I Love the psychic part of the story! September was 44 years for us. We are two very lucky ladies!

Happy Happy Birthday Larry!

Dec 01, 2022 07:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara we really are!!! The psychic also told me that my young man just bought a boat or was looking at one. I thought she was nuts. But, when he got home from work, he said he'd gone to look at a boat that very day. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:16 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy and Happy Birthday, Larry - who could have predicted this?  Hmm - it seems as if you have known this for a long time.  Oh, those bees in a bonnet!

Dec 01, 2022 08:23 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs The psychic also said that I'd been eaten by lions. So who knows. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:18 PM
Sharon Tara

Kathy Streib I was told I died in a fire.


Dec 02, 2022 08:50 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy sounds like we are both very blessed to have special spouses to share our lives with.

Dec 01, 2022 08:45 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto we are lucky, aren't we!!! To be blessed with finding our soul-mates...I feel like I won the lottery. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:19 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

What a fun post Kathy!  Larry is an awesome guy and you two are absolutely perfect for each other!  But you know that!   Happy Birthday Larry!  Hats off to you!!


Dec 01, 2022 09:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker Thankfully we balance each other and like each other. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:20 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a sweet tribute! It comes through in your writing what a perfect match you two are. Best wishes for year 46!! 

Dec 01, 2022 10:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Lise Howe I respect the heck out of him. 

Dec 01, 2022 06:20 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Hooking a truly good man, is truly a gift from Heaven, Kathy.  I'm glad you hooked Larry.

Dec 02, 2022 12:05 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I guess he's a keeper then.  Wishing you many more years together.

Dec 02, 2022 06:48 PM