Thankful Thoughts -Post 2- A Very Special Thanksgiving...

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

 

I Am Grateful For My First Born

Ricky Portrait Hiking in Sedona

Ricky is relaxing at the Birthing Cave 

I just happened to be thinking about Thanksgiving. A very special Thanksgiving entered my mind.  It was 47 years ago that I started to realize that something was not right.  Of course, back then, there were no "pee" strips for women.  You had to go to the doctor to get confirmation to find out if you were pregnant.

It Was A Long Two Weeks

By the time I got into the doctor, Thanksgiving was approaching.  So, I was tested, and the results took a week.  It was right in time for Thanksgiving!  Rick and I were going to host Thanksgiving, so it was the perfect time to tell the family. 

 Our New Home (1976) In Chino, California

first single family home Chino California

The reason we were hosting was that we had just moved into our brand-new single-family home.  Our first home was a new townhome we purchased in 1972.  Now we had a home to entertain without bumping into our guests!  The pic above is from 2019. This home has increased another $200,000 since 2019.  

But I digress... First, I had to tell Rick about our new addition! 

Neither of our children was planned.  So, my husband had no idea I was pregnant.  When he found out, he was happy, but he also went into shock (in a good way.)

Sedona home Courtyard during fall

Ricky was born the first week of summer the following year, in 1977.  Not only is Ricky our firstborn, but he is also the father of Tristan, and I feel so blessed to have both of them in our lives.  We never expected to be grandparents. 

Empty Nest... Or Not? 

Ricky followed us to Sedona when we finally sold our California home in 2012.  We had an extra bedroom, so he stayed with us.  He did a lot of hiking.

Before leaving California, he fulfilled his dream of attending the USASA Nationals on Copper Mountain in Colorado.  He was the National Champion for Slopestyle in his age group - two years in a row! 

We are so proud of him!

Ricky - National Champion Slopestyle

Here is a quick video of the Nationals...

Go to 2:30 to see a short clip of the Nationals

2008 USASA Nationals - Rick M Sperry First Place! from Rick & Sheri Sperry on Vimeo.

...And Then There Is Tristan!

Tristan and Ricky

First Class  ~ Tae Kwon Do 

I count my blessings and how lucky I am to be with my son and grandson every week. They keep me young, and I can give back to them.  Not everyone is fortunate enough to see their kids and grandkids weekly.  We have two home-cooked sit-down meals a week.  This is truly a blessing that any mother can appreciate. 

Tristan on Coffeepot Trail - September 2023

Tristan is hiking with his dad behind our home on Coffeepot Trail.

Sedona Sperry Family on Coffeepot Trail above our home in the Cottages At Coffeepot - Call Sheri For all your Sedona real estate needs @928.274.7355

Sheri - Ricky - Tristan - Rick 

Hiking Coffeepot Trail behind our home in the Cottages At Coffeepot

Looking toward Ship Rock and Uptown Sedona

Looking toward Ship Rock near Uptown Sedona

My "nest" is overflowing, and I am grateful for my family.

Fathers Day PHX

Tristan is hiding under the table!

This is my second entry into the November 2023 - Thankful Thoughts Challenge

Hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Comments (33)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Leanne Smith - My son and grandson are excited to start the snowboard season at Snow Bowl.  It opens next weekend.  I can't wait to see how Tristan has improved. 

Nov 08, 2023 03:01 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Thanksgiving is very special. Tristan helps me in the kitchen.  We made some Chex-Mix last week. 

Nov 08, 2023 03:03 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Debe Maxwell, CRS, for checking out the video.  Probably my only regret is that we didn't watch Ricky compete at the Nationals.  We were afraid we would distract him.  He didn't have a lot of competition under his belt before he entered.  

Nov 08, 2023 03:07 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

You did what any good parent would have done, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®. I completely respect your opinion and I'm sure Ricky does too! ❤️

Nov 25, 2023 07:45 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Endre Barath, Jr..  I am so glad you liked it.  It is fun to go as a family on a hike behind our house.  But the kids will be going snowboarding every chance they get during the season. So hiking will have to wait! Haha

Nov 08, 2023 03:15 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Sham Reddy CRS - You are so right.  I didn't know what I was missing.  I do have nieces and nephews that we treated like our grandchildren.  They are a real blessing. 

Nov 08, 2023 03:17 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Wayne Martin - You can appreciate this post because of the parallels.  I know a lot of parents who have followed their children and grandchildren.  It makes a lot of sense to me.  This is what family is all about.  

Nov 08, 2023 03:21 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Brian England - Now that snowboard season is here, Ricky will do only small hikes after work.  His time off will be dedicated to the slopes!  But after the season, hiking will be back.  

Nov 08, 2023 03:25 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Bill Salvatore - East Valley - How wonderful.  I bet you are very excited to see the Grands. 

Nov 08, 2023 03:26 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX

In California, we lived about an hour from a local resort.  Ricky saved his money and took time off to snowboard every day.  He helped some future Pros, and they invited him to spend time at Mammoth Mountain in California.  His dad pushed him to compete, and he finally did.  We are so proud.  Now Tristan is learning from his dad.  I can't wait to see how he progresses.  

Nov 08, 2023 03:32 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Kat Palmiotti -  Once in a while, I think of the Thanksgiving season 47 years ago, and I get nostalgic. Our family learned at the same time of the good news. 

Nov 08, 2023 03:34 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - I do know how lucky I am.  I have had many clients sell so they could move closer to their kids and grandkids.  

Nov 08, 2023 03:37 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® good morning, Sheri... I have two listings in contract right now for that very reason. And I sold another listing this past spring where the buyers were moving here to be close to grandchildren.

Nov 09, 2023 04:09 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You have very special things to be grateful for, Sheri.  Not only family, but Sedona, a magical place to live.

Nov 08, 2023 05:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 08, 2023 05:27 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

It is always an honor to be featured in the Old Farts Club!

Nov 10, 2023 01:14 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I’m glad to see your family is so full of smiles and joy Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Nov 08, 2023 08:49 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy every special moment with your family.

Have a great day. We have a beautiful and unusually warm day in Maryland. 70 degrees at noon.

Nov 09, 2023 09:17 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - Looking back 20 years ago, I never would have dreamed how fortunate we were to move to Sedona. 

Nov 10, 2023 01:15 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

As you know, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - These are the precious moments of our lives. 

Nov 10, 2023 01:16 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy, 

Your weather is warmer than Sedona today!  

Nov 10, 2023 01:17 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Your Thanksgiving will always have that special glow while you have your special people in your lives. We see our grands fairly often and it is a treat for sure.

Nov 12, 2023 06:30 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I am a big fan of all those times we used to have which I referred to now has the good old days. At least I still have the memories. 😎

Nov 18, 2023 04:39 PM