I Am Grateful For A Special Blessing In My Life

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

Debe Maxwell, CRS is hosting the ActiveRain Challenge the month titled "Thankful Thoughts:  ActiveRain's November Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge".  This has been an easy challenge for me in the past, because I have MUCH to be grateful for.  For this challenge we get to write one blog per week for this month. 


For my first blog in this challenge I wrote about how "Grateful I am To Be Able To Enjoy Gorgeous Fall Colors Every Year".   My second blog was on the Forever Gratitude I have for those who have helped me succeed in my career.  The third blog was on how thankful I am for my church.  This fourth blog is on how grateful I am for how God has blessed me a special gorgeous little girl in my life.

This amazing blessing in my life was born nine years ago on July 13, and brought a special joy into my life that words cannot even begin to describe.   She has truly given me a new appreciation for how much I have been blessed with.  To say I am grateful for having her in my life would be an understatement, it goes far beyond gratitude.  She has added a new meaning of gratitude and purpose to my life.  My family has always been a source of gratitude and purpose for me, but something about this gorgeous little girl has heightened the meaning of gratitude and purpose to a level I have not had before.

A major source of what drives me has been my desire to make a better life for my wife and two sons than what I had when I was growing up.  That desire fuels me, and drives me in a way which is hard to describe.  This driving force has be enhanced by the addition of my beautiful granddaughter Elizabeth.  She has taken this desire to care for my family to an even higher level.  As much as I was driven before, I am driven even more because of this gorgeous little girl.

She was a beautiful baby when she was born, and now nine years later she is growing up into a beautiful young lady.  She is not only beautiful, but she is also very smart.  She has tested well above her age level both in math, and reading.  She tested in the 96 percentile in math, and 98 percentile in reading.  She is not involved in sports, but loves to dance and cheerleading, and has recently taken up Taekwondo.

My son and daughter in-law live south of Seattle, WA, so I don't get to be with, and do things with Elizabeth as much as I would like to, but we do FaceTime every Sunday for 1-2 hours.  This is something my wife and I look forward to every week, and always have lots to talk about.

My wife in particularly enjoys reading to Elizabeth, and in turn Elizabeth reads us a story as well.  She also enjoys playing games with us, and makes sure my wife is always the winner.  In other words she cheats

I am hoping someday to be blessed with another grandchild, but for now I am thankful and full of gratitude for God blessing me with this very special gorgeous little girl at this time in my life.


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Comments (17)

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

Hi George,
What a special blessing Elizabeth is! Who better to dote on her than Grandpa? If you ever get out to visit them, give me a shout. I'll drive over to meet up, or you're always welcome here in Wenatchee.

Nov 27, 2023 12:13 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon George,

OMG..how Elizabeth has grown! She was born a month before Beckett and its so hard to believe how much they have both grown! I love the picture of you with her and so glad you Facetime each Sunday! Elizabeth is definitely a blessing and loved your gratitude post!! 

Nov 27, 2023 02:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi George, my Mini-me (JK) was born in October of 2014!! Elizabeth is a cutie and I have a feeling she has you wrapped around her little finger!!!

Your post is a beautiful Love letter from grandpa and I hope you'll share it with her someday. 

Nov 27, 2023 05:39 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Grandchildren open up parts of our hearts that we never even knew existed - right? Love the photo with the pink blanket! Take care - 

Nov 27, 2023 06:43 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Grandkids are a very special blessing, George.  I love the photos posted here.

Nov 27, 2023 08:17 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Nov 27, 2023 08:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  my friend read all your posts and loved them all, now the pictures here tell a lot more than your posts, indeed we are lucky and blessed to have so much to be grateful for, Endre

Nov 27, 2023 10:13 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh, what a special person to be thankful for. I love the photos!

Nov 28, 2023 04:50 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

How could anyone not be grateful to have such beautiful smiles in their life!  You are truly blessed!

Nov 28, 2023 06:06 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hello, George Souto I have often said that children are a very Special Blessing from God. They lighten up our lives and give us so much joy. I know you love and are thankful for your beautiful granddaughter. 

Nov 28, 2023 09:45 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi George Souto - You certainly are blessed to have Elizabeth in your life. She is a beautiful girl.  Facetime is such a good way to talk with your granddaughter.  You do not realize what you are missing until you have a young child in your life.  Their energy and vitality rub off on you.  

Nov 29, 2023 08:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, George, for telling us about your special blessing.

You may need to increase your college fund contribution.

Nov 29, 2023 11:03 AM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

Grandkids are indeed precious! 😍 She's pretty, George Souto ! 🙂

Nov 29, 2023 01:58 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

George Souto 

What a great blessing, enjoy, time flies.

Nov 30, 2023 12:23 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my gosh, she is grandaddy's little girl, isn't she, George! MY how she's grown!! I love, love, love those pics of you with her. There's just no one like a grandparent and Elizabeth is so lucky to have you in her life. 

Thank you so much for sharing your gratitude with us in this month's challenge.

Nov 30, 2023 09:15 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

George Souto  So glad I get to see the beautiful young lady your Elizabeth is becoming. We are luckier as the 2 boys are close by and we see the and I even get quality time with Raphael 

Dec 01, 2023 12:55 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Grandchildren are such a blessing and lucky to blessed with them George Souto !

Dec 11, 2023 03:04 AM