I’m grateful for my parents…

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty Washington LLC

Without my parents, I would find myself adrift in the vast sea of life, devoid of the sturdy anchors they provided. From the earliest days, they sculpted the foundation of my character, instilling values that guide my decisions and actions. Their unwavering support created a safety net, catching me during moments of uncertainty and fostering an environment where I could thrive.

 In the realm of education, my parents were my first teachers, imparting not just academic knowledge but also the importance of curiosity and perseverance. Their encouragement fueled my intellectual pursuits, and instilling confidence, they shaped me into a lifelong learner. Beyond confidence, they taught me invaluable life lessons—compassion, resilience, and the significance of integrity.  

Emotionally, my parents provided a sanctuary where I could freely express myself. Their unconditional love acted as a constant source of strength, reinforcing my self-worth and resilience during challenges. Through both triumphs and tribulations, they stood by me, offering guidance and encouragement.  

After my father passed suddenly while I was in the Navy, My mother became a mentor of my life. Her sacrifices and dedication formed the backbone of my aspirations, motivating me to push boundaries and reach for the stars. Without her, my journey would be a solitary trek rather than a shared expedition with those who care for me the most.  

In essence, my parents are the architects of my past, present, and future. Their influence extends far beyond the tangible, shaping the very essence of who I am and aspired to become. Gratitude for their impact on my life is not just a sentiment but a profound recognition of the great foundation that became my blueprint for my family.

I was lucky to have them both…

This is the second offering for the November challenge hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Posted by

 and courtesy of 

Paul S. Henderson, Residential Real Estate Broker 

Tacoma Washington 

Realtor ® BPOR, CRS, GRI, CDPE

Fathom Realty WA LLC


South Puget Sound in Washington State





Paul's Service Area



As a Residential Broker and Relocation Specialist, I sell homes in or around ,Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Steilacoom,  University Place, DuPont and Hartstene Pointe in Washington State.
Please visit my website at http://www.hartstenepointe.com to search for information 

(all information is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed or warranted in any way)

Referrals are always welcomed and appreciated, Thank-you!

(As a member of the NWMLS, this blog post is intended to comply with NWMLS rules as pertaining to blogging.)




Comments (22)

Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Hi Paul 🏠,Your post beautifully illustrates how the foundational values and support from your parents have influenced not only your personal life but also your professional journey in real estate. The lessons of resilience, integrity, and compassion they instilled are invaluable assets in any field, especially in real estate. Your story is truly inspiring! #LifeLessons #RealEstateSuccess 🌳🔑

Nov 15, 2023 04:19 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Paul I did not know you were in the Navy.  Thank you for your service. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Nov 15, 2023 05:12 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Paul. My father was my greatest mentor and most of his lessons did not sink in until I was much older. I lost him way too early and my anger clouded my thinking for years. But I get it. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day.

Nov 15, 2023 05:30 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Good morning, Paul.
You were indeed blessed to have wonderful parents. That's definitely something to be grateful for.

Nov 15, 2023 08:04 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - I could feel the love in your post.  I especially like the way you framed it.  Your parents are the architects of the past, present, and future.  This really paints a powerful image. 

Nov 15, 2023 10:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Paul, for sharing this special post.

I am also grateful for my parents. I was the first in my family to graduate from college and law school.

Nov 15, 2023 10:50 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Paul and thank you for your blog about you and your parents, sorry you lost your father at a early age but your mom did good.


Nov 15, 2023 10:59 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

What a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to your parents, Paul. I'm sure you made them both very proud.

Nov 15, 2023 11:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Paul... what a beautiful tribute to your parents. They certainly put you on the right path in life. Your love and appreciation for them shone through with each sentence.

Nov 15, 2023 12:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Paul- what a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your parents. It is easy to see in your words how much they meant to you. You have been blessed and I know that you are sharing that guiding light with your family. 

Nov 15, 2023 04:50 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Beautifully written and felt in the heart region, Paul. Your parents were interested, active in your growth and present rather than absent. You are very blessed to have grown up in that environment!

Nov 15, 2023 06:20 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm with you on having great parents, Paul.  Like you, I was fortunate.  So many kids in today's world are not as fortunate.

Nov 15, 2023 06:54 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, Paul, how beautiful! What a lovely tribute to those who set you up for life when it comes to character, compassion, integrity and all of life's lessons.

And, thank you for your service, Paul. More proof that your parents did a GREAT job!

Thank you for your entry in this month's challenge! I'm looking forward to the next one...

Nov 15, 2023 08:37 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What an excellent gratitude post! It's wonderful to be blessed with good parents.

Nov 16, 2023 05:52 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Wow, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS my eyes started to well reading the first paragraph of this post.  You are most definitely truly blessed for the gift of incredible parents.  I know you know this, not everyone has parents like you had.  

Nov 16, 2023 06:49 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - I just always knew, unequivocally, you were a man of truth, integrity, and honor. Even though I knew you served in the Navy living in a submarine without sunlight and an open window, I now know more about how your foundation and your environment grounded you to become the man you are today. Your loyalty, obedience, and thankfulness for your parents is admirable.  

This is a lovely tribute to both of them. Thank you, for sharing. 

Nov 19, 2023 05:40 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 truly touching and sincere homage to your parents, Paul. I'm confident that you've filled them with immense pride, and it's evident how appreciative you are to have had them in your life.

Nov 19, 2023 07:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Paul:

What a beautiful, sensitive tribute to your parents, and the love, encouragement, support and education they provided you for years. You are truly blessed.


Nov 19, 2023 03:49 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Loved this post Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS. Honor thy father and mother and you did benefit from that admiration and respect. 

Dec 10, 2023 05:50 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer

A beautiful tribute to your loving parents. Wishing you the happiest of holidays and best wishes for the new year.

Dec 24, 2023 10:38 AM