Gratitude: Family and Friends

Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Commercial, Referral Divison RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

This post is being written as an entry into this month's Challenge : Thankful Thoughts - ActiveRain's November Gratitude Challenge.

The mission, should we choose to accept it, is to share what we are grateful for, in up to four posts during the month of November. This is my second 2023 gratitude post. The first was all about nature. This post has to do with family and friends.

I am currently spending a few days with family near the east coast. We had a houseful joining us on Saturday. We were able to see three of our four adult sons, their loved ones including our beautiful granddaughter (above), a brother, sister-in-law, nephew and niece. And we'll be seeing the fourth adult son next week. My heart is full.

To me, family and friends are what life is all about, and I can't imagine how empty life would be without them.

From helping with projects, to sitting around in the evening enjoying great conversation, taking daily walks, preparing and enjoying meals together, sharing laughs and taking care of the little treasure, it's all wonderful.

As for friends, we have those we consider family and they are all as important as well!

So soon we'll be back in our Montana Shangri la, where the only thing missing is the rest of our family. But have no worries, we are working on them all, putting thoughts in their head about northwest Montana living! For now we make due with video calls and texts, but maybe one of these days there will be more family with us. One can only hope!


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Comments (18)

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Sounds like you had some big fun! I remember your posts from back in Upstate NY. Fun to go back to the east coast!

Nov 13, 2023 07:04 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty

I assumed (based on the sculpture) Maryland. I just remember the posts from Upstate...I lived in Loudonville near Albany for a few years. 

Nov 13, 2023 10:54 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - actually, that's not where we are!

Nov 13, 2023 08:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy every special moment with your family.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Nov 13, 2023 07:10 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Roy.

Nov 13, 2023 08:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kat... isn't it so nice to get together with family and friends when you live far apart? 

Nov 13, 2023 07:19 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Yes, Nina Hollander, Broker - it is definitely nice and treasured!

Nov 13, 2023 08:07 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

Kat, Reuniting with family and friends when you live far apart is a heartwarming and special experience. While distance may separate you physically, the emotional connections and shared experiences make these reunions even more meaningful! 

Nov 13, 2023 09:29 AM
Kat Palmiotti

That is absolutely true Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

Nov 13, 2023 10:57 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It appears you have a great deal to be grateful for. It’s always good this time of year to get together with growing families Kat 🙂

Nov 13, 2023 11:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti

It was (is) really wonderful Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS !

Nov 13, 2023 01:04 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Kat, you along with so many others are enjoying time with family with the season coming to full swing very soon.  Enjoy and thank you for sharing.  m

Nov 13, 2023 12:11 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho !!

Nov 13, 2023 01:05 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kat and it is great spending time with family, I am lucky to have our college girl with us in the mountains over Thanksgiving, wish there was more family.

Nov 13, 2023 12:49 PM
Kat Palmiotti

How wonderful for your Thanksgiving Will Hamm - my son Mike will be with us for the holiday~

Nov 13, 2023 01:05 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That would be quite the trick to get others to make that westward movement. At the very least you get to visit back on the crowded east coast.

Nov 13, 2023 06:15 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 - not as hard as you might think! One was here for a year but couldn't afford housing so he'll be back when he can. Another one needs to convince her family which isn't as hard as it might sound! We shall see!

Nov 14, 2023 02:21 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kat Palmiotti the photo of that beautiful little girl says all that needs to be said.  ☺️

Nov 13, 2023 06:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti

George Souto - Oh my gosh, our grandbaby is amazing.

Nov 14, 2023 02:20 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Kat- I'm so happy that you're spending quality time with our family and friends. When I look back, time spent having dinner with family and friends and just being together are the most precious for me. Enjoy your time with them!!!  Send them your posts and photos about Kalispell...that will convince them to move there!!! 

Nov 13, 2023 07:07 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Kathy Streib - I'm trying! We send them all sorts of information but at the moment they have other reasons not to come!

Nov 14, 2023 02:19 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - Isn't it odd that when children are young readers they read about fairy tales and then when they grow up they dream about being together with family? 

I am very happy to learn about your newest addition. She is ADORABLE! Your family members are BEAUTIFUL! How wonderful it is to be together as one big happy family. Oh the joy of just reading about it makes me smile and happy for you!

Someday, I do hope they all decide to move to Montana. Perhaps start your own Village?

Nov 14, 2023 04:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti

That would be great Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ! Maybe all on the same road. What fun!

Nov 14, 2023 05:01 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

The road or street name? Palmiotti Park Place? 

Nov 14, 2023 05:18 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You have a beautiful family and I am glad that you are getting to spend time with them!  That little girl is precious!

Nov 14, 2023 04:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Brian England - and she has such a bubbly personality!

Nov 14, 2023 05:00 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat,

It sounds like you have had a wonderful trip.  Your granddaughter is so beautiful.  You are blessed with family.  You are so right. Your Montana Shangra-la is only missing the rest of your family. 

Nov 14, 2023 09:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - it was a great visit; we just got home a few hours ago. You never know if they might come here some day!

Nov 15, 2023 03:33 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello, Kat Palmiotti heart be still. Your precious granddaughter is ADORABLE. No doubt she melts your heart.   Time spent with family is priceless. We must enjoy every moment and cherish the memories created. 

Nov 16, 2023 06:30 AM
Kat Palmiotti

All of that is true Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - time with family is priceless indeed.

Nov 16, 2023 08:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kat:

What a wonderful post about your family visit. You must have been in heaven to have everyone around. The photos are certainly very special - I love the first one in particular. You've created some beautiful memories!


Nov 20, 2023 11:05 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I took so many photos of the baby, Jeff Dowler, CRS - I should have just done a collage. haha.

Nov 20, 2023 12:43 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

What would any of us be without our family and friends Kat? I really don't want to find out 😎

Nov 20, 2023 06:24 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Me either Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS !

Nov 21, 2023 04:37 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, I KNOW you're working on them, as I am working on my son, Kat! I thought of you often while you were spending time with family and knew you were just taking them all in while you could. 

I'm traveling on the 9th to see my new grandbaby (and her family too! LOL) and can't WAIT to see them. Of course. like you, I'll be 'selling Charlotte' while I'm there!! 

Thank you for sharing your family with us, Kat. I love seeing the smiling faces!

Nov 30, 2023 09:00 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS ! Have a WONDERFUL visit - I know you will!

Dec 01, 2023 05:57 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Great photos and reminiscing about time spent with family you don't see as often as you wish. I posted on of my gratitude's about friends and family too. My brother went to college in Montana and loved it there, settled in Washington though for work. LOL you sound like me, I've been working on convincing my family about San Diego for 20 years. So far I got one of my brothers to LA and my Dad to snowbird in Palm's a start.

Dec 09, 2023 07:27 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets - getting two family members to move closer to you is great!!! We've got one who is using Montana as his home base while he's off on a one year assignment overseas. So that's a start!

Dec 09, 2023 07:58 AM