My Family = My Life! Best Investment Ever

Real Estate Agent with Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) DB-17066

I am so incredibly blessed that I truly have a great family!  Unfortunately, not everyone can say that.  It took a heck of a lot of time, patience, love, and effort; but it was worth every bit!

I give tremendous credit to my wife for making us what we are today!  Her strategy was pure and simple - "have patience - love lots".  

This was our family from probably 25 years ago. I carried this photo in my wallet for a long time, which is why it so scratched up.  It doesn't matter though because having it in a photo album to be forgotten would have been a waste.

I actually used that photo in my real estate marketing for years.  It was the most amazing lesson as well.  People actually called me to do business with me based on only that photo!  I am a dog lover = I must be OK. I am a family man, not an egotistical Realtor. I must be (LDS/Catholic) since I have three stair stepped children and might not be done yet. They didn't care about what Top Producer Awards I had received; what designations or certifications I had; or even how many years I had been in the real estate business; or anything!  They could see for themselves, what is important to me = Family!

This is my most current family photo.  All three of my "baby boys" are now all young men, creating their own families and babies.

I have this photo printed on metal in my hallway so I can see it everyday! It welcomes me into my home and I smile. I need to update this photo though in that I have four more grandkids to add to the next photo. Unfortunately, my wife never had the chance to meet them and visa versa. 

We never know when our time will come to an end.  Therefore, enjoy the time with yours when you can. You already have less time than you did yesterday! Make an investment in them with your time, energy, love, compassion and love. Remember, along the way, "have patience, love lots"!


Comments (14)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, you should very happy and proud of your boys and their families - just beautiful.

Oct 09, 2023 03:03 PM
Jim Paulson

I am extremely proud of them Joan Cox. I told my wife that we had succeeded as parents since none ever got arrested, got anyone pregnant out of wedlock, and are happy productive humans. 

Oct 10, 2023 11:42 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Jim,

Well I can see why your used the photo for advertising when your boys were little! Who wouldn't want to that proud dad! Love the new photo and so sorry your wife didn't get to see the new grandkids come along! I couldn't agree more with you " We never know when our time will come to an end.  Therefore, enjoy the time with yours when you can!"

Oct 09, 2023 03:40 PM
Jim Paulson

As my kids kept growing I had to start using a different photo but none were ever as effective as that one.  Thanks Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

Oct 10, 2023 11:44 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week.

Oct 09, 2023 06:32 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your pictures are a testament to a happy family, Jim.  When you come right down to it, all we need is food, shelter and love.

Oct 09, 2023 07:06 PM
Jim Paulson

 Thanks Myrl Jeffcoat. Even though all we really need is food, shelter and love; I pride myself in that I have made it most of the way up Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs pyramid.

Oct 10, 2023 11:49 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved the top photo Jim Paulson  the grand kids think they are sitting on Santa Clause's lap:))Endre

Oct 09, 2023 09:16 PM
Jim Paulson

Endre Barath, Jr. they are in fact under a reindeer antler from Operation Santa Claus.  My father and his partner were the first to import them into the lower 48 states from Alaska back in the 1950's and started that reindeer ranch in Redmond, Oregon.

Here is a photo of me and my 6th (grandkid) little elf - Revah. 

Oct 10, 2023 11:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh my goodness, Jim... I just loved this post and all the photos. It always is about family first and family last. You have totally proven this.

Oct 10, 2023 05:28 AM
Jim Paulson

Thanks Nina Hollander, Broker 

My family gives me a sense of purpose and they bring me tons of love!

Oct 17, 2023 10:32 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a beautiful post. The photos are great - and your last paragraph is so true.

Enjoy today.

Oct 10, 2023 06:20 AM
Jim Paulson

Thanks Kat Palmiotti 

I do my best to enjoy every day.  I hope you do too!

Oct 17, 2023 10:33 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You have such a beautiful family and the smiles on the faces tell the story!  We all need someone to look at us the way that little boy is looking at you in the first photo, that is precious!

Oct 10, 2023 07:16 AM
Jim Paulson

Thanks Brian England 

I am blessed indeed!  I absolutely love how my grandkids light up when they see me.  Always the highlight of each visit.

Oct 17, 2023 10:37 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I am an old softy inside, Jim Paulson 

Reading this, I can feel the love, devotion, and pride you have for your family.

You are truly blessed with a loving family. 

Love the photos! 


Oct 10, 2023 10:05 AM
Jim Paulson

Thanks Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

I know you have a tremendously generous heart as well from when you spent so much time with me on the phone the other day offering advice and support.

I openly admit, I am blessed!

Thank you!!

Oct 17, 2023 10:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim Paulson  loved the photo of you with the little elf:))Endre

Oct 10, 2023 11:58 AM
Jim Paulson

Endre Barath, Jr. he is grandkid #6, aka Revah.  I still use it as my backdrop on my cell phone. 

Oct 17, 2023 10:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jim- you and I were on the same page yesterday. While I was never blessed with my own children, I am very fortunate to have many children in my life, including 2 grandchildren via Larry's daughter. We returned to Houston because of family and I have never regretted it. 

You are very blessed to have the family that you have!!!

Oct 10, 2023 06:19 PM
Jim Paulson

I think we are on the same page quite often Kathy Streib 

One of my really great family friends recently moved to Austin, Texas.  She wanted to be close to her family and he can work remotely as long as he has access to a good airport.

Glad you are near your family as well!

Oct 17, 2023 10:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

OMG I love it and the photo Jim Paulson  so glad you shared, I have to tell you a story off line about Boise one of these days:) Endre

Oct 17, 2023 10:58 PM
Jim Paulson

I would love to hear it Endre Barath, Jr. I hope to see you when I come to Anaheim for the RRC & NAR national meetings in November.

Oct 20, 2023 09:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing some of your personal experience and fond memories.

Let's continue to spread love and kindness every day.

Oct 20, 2023 10:39 AM
Jim Paulson

Thanks Roy Kelley, I try.

Oct 20, 2023 11:09 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Family First for me, Jim and making time for them is well spent, every single time! Wonderful post you have written.

Oct 23, 2023 02:47 PM
Jim Paulson

I used to think I did great with my family until I realized my career had taken priority.  I am so grateful that I figured out my priorities before it was too late!  Thanks Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Oct 25, 2023 02:59 PM