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

This month Dr. Paul McDonald and Kathleen Daniels are co-hosting the December ActiveRain challenge titled "Acts of Kindness | Sharing Love & Joy This Holiday Season."  For this challenge are to write up to 3 blogs about acts of kindness in one or all three of the following categories:  

  • Act of Kindness of Someone You Know. 
  • Your Acts of Kindness.  
  • Act of Kindness that You Witnessed. 

For my first blog I have chosen to write about an act of kindness my wife and I were blessed with this year, and also how we in turn were able to play-it-forward.

Some of those who follow my blog, and attend the ActiveRain Weekly ZOOM Meetings know that my wife had open heart surgery, to replace one of her heart valves this Summer.  She went through two surgeries and three hospital stays within a three week period.  During that time she was not able to do much for herself, so I had to help with even very simple things like getting up from a chair, and putting on her close.  Things that most of us take for granted.  Her attitude during this time was amazing, and she always had a smile on her face, and always anticipated the best.  Trying to take care of her, and business left very little time for anything else.

One of the things that the church I go to, Meriden Church of Christ, does is to help with meals in situations like my wife and I were experiencing.  For a month several families at church made sure we had a hot meal every night.  Every night some of the most delicious meals I have had were delivered, and offers to help with any other need we might have.

As great as the meals were, the knowledge of knowing if something came up that we needed assistance with, there were people who were ready and willing to give a helping hand.  The peace of mind in knowing this was priceless.

In turn earlier this month a young couple at church had their first child.  Anyone who has children knows that adjusting to a babies needs and time schedule is a challenge, especially getting some sleep.  Those little people leave very little time in the first couple of weeks to do anything else but taking care of them.  This presented an opportunity for us to return the same kindness that we received by volunteering to help provide meals.

Providing a meal in times like this is simple, but yet a world of difference for those who are receiving them.  By the way it does not have to be dinner, breakfast, or lunch are always very welcomed as well.


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Comments (21)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

That is so wonderful you are blessed to belong to a church that are so helpful in time of need. Of course I can see why you wanted to reciprocate as you really understood the world of difference those meals made in time of need.

Dec 18, 2023 06:16 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

George, a great example of how churches often serve their community. 

Dec 18, 2023 06:22 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Holy Heavens George Souto, I missed the Zoom meeting when you shared about your wife's surgeries.  She must be doing better now if you can pay it forward and help the family with a new baby with meals.  

I agree, it does not have to be dinner. Sometimes dinner is bacon and eggs!  Hot food is hot food. When we cannot cook it, we are grateful to receive whatever the warm hearts bring. 

Prayers for your wife's continued healing and strength. 

Thank you for participating in the December Kindness Challenge. 


Dec 18, 2023 06:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi George- I trust that your wife is on the mend and continues to do so. Churches do more than just feed our souls!  They bring out the giving spirit, don't they!?  When you are caring for yourself and your family it's nice not to have to worry about preparing a meal!!!  

Dec 18, 2023 07:05 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Food has a way of not only warming the stomach, but warming the heart and soul.  The gifts of food, that you mention, sound wonderful, George.

Dec 18, 2023 07:36 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  I had no idea since I am never on the Zoom sessions, now with that said, my father had quadruple bypass surgery and I totally understand what you went and are going through, nice to see that the Church members stepped up for you two, Endre

Dec 18, 2023 10:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

p.s.: Ironically I was going to call you a few times during the summer, I guess you would have been too busy to answer anyway... hope she is doing well now, Endre

Dec 18, 2023 10:30 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dear George Souto - you and your wife have (are) going through life changing events. I pray for strength, courage, and a good heart to keep beating. Being a caregiver is something that nobody really expects and your love for each other proves that love is forever. May God bless the two of you. Having a support system through your church is a heavenly blessing, 

Dec 18, 2023 11:14 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

A wonderful blog theme for December. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Dec 19, 2023 03:19 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a wonderful entry to this month's challenge, George. Having survived numerous serious surgeries with attendant complications with my husband for several consecutive years, I totally understand how the daily meal deliveries made such a difference in your lives. And now you've been able to "pay back" that kindness.

Dec 19, 2023 04:21 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love hearing about the kindness you received from your church family and that you were able to pay it forward for someone else!

Dec 19, 2023 05:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful that your church community is just that - a community of caring individuals. I'm glad you were able to both get and give assistance!

Dec 19, 2023 05:10 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Glad you had the support when you needed it and were also able to pay it forward. Both are rewarding, receiving as well as giving.

Dec 19, 2023 06:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

December 20th, 2023. Today I am praying for strength and healing for your wife and superman strength for you. 

Dec 20, 2023 03:43 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi George Souto What a wonderful act of kindness your church community provides for those in need. Meals are greatly appreciate this time of year. May you have a Merry Christmas as you continue with your Acts of Kindness. 

Dec 22, 2023 07:29 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi George Souto - What a heartwarming story.  I love that your church did this for you and others.  This is a beautiful way to pay it forward.  You are blessed with a wonderful community. 

Dec 22, 2023 03:22 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, George, for sharing this story. 

Best wishes to you and your family for a Very Merry Christmas and for good health and much happiness in the new year. 


Dec 23, 2023 08:32 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

It sounds like you have very lovely and dependable people in your church, George.  And that makes for good neighbors.  I hope your wife is doing well and the new baby too.

Dec 29, 2023 01:19 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It appears that your wife is recovering nicely from her surgery. Wonderful!

It is so heart warming to receive help from others and then be able to reciprocate when the opportunity presents itself.

Dec 30, 2023 09:06 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

This is a beautiful reminder of how important a community is when someone is in need. So glad your church was able to help with the gift of food. Blessings to you both in 2024.

Jan 02, 2024 06:54 AM