Serendipity Sundays ~ Documenting Life Events

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

My brother writes in his journal every day and has since he married in 1974. I was just out to Pittsburgh for their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. Every morning he either sits out on his front porch or on his deck (except in the winter months) and takes time to write about the previous day. 

When they forget the details of an event, going back to his journals always reveals the story. Now they are going back and reading together what he wrote throughout the years. This is my brother’s second bout with pancreatic cancer, he is on Chemo and it is helping but they are searching for alternatives. He has a loving wife and family and is a man of faith. He is grateful for the rich life he lives. He inspires me and others around him. 

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”  Rumi

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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Love this!

Jun 23, 2024 12:07 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Michael Elliott 

Jun 23, 2024 12:41 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

He has created his journals, and they will be fond memories as they review together and a nice memory to pass along, Hope he gets peace with his challenges.

Jun 23, 2024 03:43 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

My brother is an amazing man Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 ! He is so inspiring as he works through this journey we call life.

Jun 23, 2024 04:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie- I kept a journal for years and then life got in the way and I stopped. I wish I'd kept it up though. Please tell your brother that I admire the fact that he has done this. And please tell him that he is in my prayers. 

Jun 23, 2024 04:48 PM
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

Prayers for your brother, Dorie.  🙏
I imagine those journal entries bring a lot of nostalgic joy to them.

Jun 23, 2024 05:15 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

Writing is a fantastic way to remember the journey taken, Dorie. Praying for a cancer-free status for your sibling. My little brother also lives in Pittsburgh!

Jun 23, 2024 06:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

How awesome is that, how many people still have a Diary that they can use with a Pen?:) Endre

Jun 23, 2024 10:01 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Your brother has shear grit and persistence to maintain a journal through the years. I have tried several times and fell short. May he continue his battle with pancreatic cancer and get positive results. Enjoy your day.

Jun 24, 2024 05:04 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love that he write daily. When I was cleaning out my parents home, I found a journal my dad had kept during a trip or two. It was fun reading his thoughts about travels and life.

Jun 24, 2024 05:08 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - your brother's dedication to daily journaling is admirable.  Such dedication certainly becomes more important when looking back as it fills in our memory blanks.  The inspiration your brother shows is part of the gift he brings to those closest and now because of your post, it extends far beyond him.   

Jun 24, 2024 05:18 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am sure that they enjoy reading back through his entries into the journal and I will certainly keep him in my prayers to find a better alternative to chemo and better health in his life.

Jun 24, 2024 05:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Dorie... now that's what I call discipline... and I would think future generations of your brother's family will be very grateful for his journals. Sending prayers his way for his cancer.

Jun 24, 2024 05:58 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie if I had also done that through my 50 years of married life it may have eliminated a few arguments.  Nahhhh I still would have somehow ended up ALWAYS being wrong.  🤣

Jun 24, 2024 01:00 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's a wonderful tradition your brother has created.  I don't keep a journal, but also realize that my entries on Facebook, and here, are sort of a chronical of my life.

Jun 24, 2024 07:25 PM