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This Week…Faith, Family, and Friends.

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This Week…Faith, Family, and Friends.

The closer we get to Christmas and the beginning of a New Year, Faith, Family, and Friends are in my thoughts. 


Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.


We had a conversation with a walking friend today about the state of our country.  What he left me with was his profound faith that things would get better for all of us. 


Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
Rabindranath Tagore  


His strong faith lifted the spirits of everyone in our small group. It made me realize how important it is for each one of us to be the light for those around us. 


Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
Jane Howard



Of course, Christmas equals family. When I say family, it’s not only those related to us via blood or marriage. My family umbrella is a large one and once under it, you’re FAMILY!


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust



Christmas is a time to gather with friends to celebrate our friendships and make plans for the year to come. I treasure each friend and value what they bring to my life.  


Enjoy your weekend!

Farewell, my favorite “FRIEND”.

  When I die, I'd like' Friends' to be listed behind 'helping people. Matthew Perry


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Voltaire said it succinctly but Jane Howard drove it home. Enjoy your day.

Dec 16, 2023 05:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin family or tribe or group...it's important to have that in your life. 

Dec 16, 2023 12:35 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Kathy Streib 

In the end, Faith Family & Friends are what connect us all.


Hebrews 11:1-3 NASB1995Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

Dec 16, 2023 05:44 AM
Kathy Streib

I love that verse Doug Dawes   When someone has a strong faith...they are in my opinion already wealthy. 

Dec 16, 2023 12:36 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Loved your post today on three things very important at this time of the year (and always)! Faith, Family and Friends is what makes our lives have meaning.

Dec 16, 2023 05:50 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I agree. Where would we be in life without them. In fact, what kind of life would it be?!

Dec 16, 2023 12:37 PM
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
 Yes, Kathy, Faith, family, and friends collectively fill our lives with profound meaning and purpose.
Dec 16, 2023 06:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 We need that sense of belonging...of being part of something. It's more important than some realize. 

Dec 16, 2023 12:38 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I like your quote selections. Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Dec 16, 2023 07:15 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley Thank you. Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Dec 16, 2023 12:39 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... what a lovely and inspiring post about faith and family. And your quotes were just perfect.

Dec 16, 2023 07:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker Thank you!!!! Glad all is well with you!!

Dec 16, 2023 12:39 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I call it "love" Kathy Streib - I have more Friends who are Family than I have family who are family. The blood ties remain but the relationships with "family" have faded over the years. 

I love the Voltaire quote- it is so true. My faith has carried me through some very dark days.  

I echo Carol Williams comment. 


Dec 16, 2023 08:05 AM
Kathy Streib

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I have a charm that says "Love, Faith, Hope and Joy"  It's what's needed in life!

Dec 16, 2023 01:16 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

So important this time of year to focus on Family and Friends. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Dec 16, 2023 08:20 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley Thanksgiving has always been about food and getting together. At Christmas, food takes a back seat to family and friends. 

Dec 16, 2023 01:17 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Faith, family and friends is what makes life all worth it Kathy!  I received a Christmas card from an old college friend.  I was a bit taken back as it was so pessimistic - albeit she always had a bit of that side in her.  She as well is very troubled by the state of our country. I have been looking and thinking about just the right card, or words to share with her to give her hope and faith...... when it's right it will pop up and on their way to her.  Enjoy your Saturday!

Dec 16, 2023 09:43 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna "Banana" Kruchten I know someone like that. "No" is always the first word out of her mouth if you ask her something. I can't focus on the negative, even though I'm aware of it. 

Dec 16, 2023 01:19 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello my friend Kathy and I hope we get our country back to normal, not a fan that the House and Senate can not get some work done and be working for the people and not the party.


Dec 16, 2023 10:05 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm I do have there is good in most people and that will overcome our current situation...that and term limits. 

Dec 16, 2023 01:25 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like your photos and the quotes that accompany them, Kathy.  I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Dec 16, 2023 10:17 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat I appreciate that!!!

Dec 16, 2023 01:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Dec 16, 2023 10:22 AM
Kathy Streib

Double thank you Myrl Jeffcoat !!!!

Dec 16, 2023 01:27 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Faith, Family and Friends could be a contest for next month. That is the subject of all subjects!

Dec 16, 2023 10:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Ahhhh Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty would you participate????

Dec 16, 2023 01:28 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I think faith, family and friends is the cornerstones of my holiday season. I have been thinking about how many friends I have lost in the last couple years and it makes my heart sad but it makes me appreciate those I still have even more 🎅

Dec 16, 2023 11:38 AM
Kathy Streib

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS my thoughts when there as well. One friend is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. And yes, see your family and friends as often as you can!!!!

Dec 16, 2023 01:29 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy given the state of our country right now, it takes a lot of faith to believe as your walking friend does.  I hope his belief becomes a reality.

Dec 16, 2023 12:26 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto We have to keep the faith. Everyone has to do their part and not give up or we should not accept anything less. 

Dec 16, 2023 01:30 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Of course, we should always be thinking of and living the creed of Faith, Family, and Friends.  This time of year, there is a heightened sense of this, and there should be.  It is a special time of year that deserves special attention. 

Dec 16, 2023 02:03 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

My father loved to quote Rabin Ranath Tagore, personally I love Voltair, Endre

Dec 16, 2023 11:21 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Having strong faith certainly makes the world around us seem so much better than it actually is, haha.

Dec 17, 2023 04:03 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

Mmmm, mmm I needed that inspiration this morning, great quotes and narrative Kathy Streib  ☺️

Dec 17, 2023 06:22 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Thank you for these wonderful thoughts. Indeed, where would any of us be in life without Faith, Family and Friends?! Nothing else is needed.


Dec 19, 2023 07:34 PM