Thoughts on Another Year

Home Inspector with Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections

It is early morning and I have my cup of coffee, so it is a good time to sit back to reflect on the past year, along with my birthday wishes for the next year. I may not have been sharing these meanderings, but fortunately Dale Barker was kind enough to remind me to create a post for the Texas Birthday Group.

Having a birthday close to Thanksgiving has always placed me in a mood to consider what I am thankful for on this day. It may be easy to take a negative outlook though. I am still dealing with repairs to my home due to Hurricane Ike; business is not great; my stock portfolio seems non-existent; and I could go on. However, it is important to note that all of those concerns are temporary.

My wife has presented me with the most wonderful gift recently: the birth of a healthy baby girl, Sakura Erika (ten days ago). Why a Japanese first name? My son has a friend with this name, which means cherry blossom, and he thinks it a beautiful name. My two and half year old daughter, Katya, has been running around the house trying to help us with the newest member. My favorite moment is when I explained to her that the baby was hungry. She ran off to bring me all of the items my wife surrounds herself with when breastfeeding. Ok Papa, ready? It was an experience explaining that I did not have that capability. After finishing with work on Sunday morning, I spent the afternoon in the park with my son and toddler. That was a great gift to watch a teenager and toddler playing. I am ever so grateful for my family.

I have not been Active in the Rain recently, but I am thankful for this community. A little over a week ago, I encouraged a newly minted home inspector to come to this site. It has taught me so much, and I have made many great connections here, but, yes, it is not really part of my business plan at this time. This space has been the best ground to develop various skills, and I feel that there is more to learn here, so I cannot see fully giving up on this community. I just have to cut back to look at the broader picture.

I am thankful for my life, and the fact that I am in the business that I am in. I worked for years in a job where I could not be part of family events, or to see friends. I worked sixty or more hours a week as a senior manager, but I felt that my efforts were not providing me with the life that I wanted. Sure the home inspection profession has not been great, but I am making ends meet, and I have been pursuing paths to improve this work in these trying times. The challenges encountered are actually fun. Finding new ways to make it last and grow in difficult periods is a joy. We will see what happens in the coming year, but it will be good.

Comments (17)

Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Hello Frank and a Big Happy Birthday. So glad you shared some of the wonderful things that have happened and are happening with you and your family. Congratulations to you and your wife with the entrance of your new baby daughter. Life is great and we do have much to be thankfull for and the opportunities life offers. Sometime soon you need to show us to Pic's.


Dec 01, 2008 04:04 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Happy Birthday and congrats on the new daughter!  What a beautiful name.  I second the request for photos.  There is nothing more beautiful than a new baby! 

Dec 01, 2008 04:17 AM
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Carl- thanks for geting the ball rolling with this group by having that post of yours. I hope that this year is turning out well for you too. I will post pics soon. In has been great getting to know you here.

Sharon- I think her name fits her. She had bright red lips when born. Thank you for coming in.

Dec 01, 2008 05:41 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Frank

my friend


to Ya and your Wife on the birth of, Y'all baby Daughter!

It's Your Day Frank

I know from readen your post that ya like to go out in your garden to read, so I thouht I'd leave ya a couple of books. For your Birthday!

Texas Book








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Happy Happy Birthday to Ya!

Happy Happy Birthday to Frank!!

Sure do hope Ya, have had a fine day!!

Happy Birthday Frank

Dec 01, 2008 10:18 AM
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Dale- THANKS!! My toddler has been interrupting my reading time these days. She and I have been reading her books out in the garden, but I will find the time to read these gifts. Dale, it has been one of the best experiences of the past year to meet you and Carl here in the Rain. It was a nice day. I look forward to reading your posts for home owners.

Dec 01, 2008 09:13 PM
Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Frank, thanks for sharing with us & Happy birthday, and Congratulations too!

I am going to be a grandpa for the first time in Feb... can't wait.

Come on over to the new group The Tuesday Trip and enjoy some good pics.

Have a good one.


Dec 01, 2008 09:40 PM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Hello Frank - Happy Birthday!


Dec 02, 2008 12:06 AM
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Kevin- thank you. I will come over to check it out. Moreover, congratulations on the coming grandchild. I am already teasing my son that I will be spoiling my future grandchildren, so he will have a harder time ;) My parents are doing that to me.

Ceil- it looks great! My son baked a sort of chocolate cheesecake for me, but I just bought some berries, and I was thinking of making a cake with them. I hope you are enjoying some nice weather in Canyon Lake.

Dec 02, 2008 01:00 AM
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Frank, congratulations on the birth of your daughter. What a lovely name! Be sure and let your wife know that I extend my heartfelt wishes for a beautiful life for your little one.

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you.  Birthdays do make us reminisce. You appear to have a wonderful outlook on life, Frank, and that is something that money can't buy.  We are all taxing our resources this year to get the most out of what we have.  Your ingenuity and positive attitude will help you immensely.

Keep us posted on what is happening with you. We miss you here.


Dec 04, 2008 11:38 AM
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Bonnie, it is lovely to see you again. Now do you like the name because of your love of flowers? I spent the other day in the garden transplanting to have everything in better positions, reorganize the shape. I do miss having a true winter though, but it is great to be able to still grow vegetables this time of year.

Dec 04, 2008 09:01 PM
Angela St. John
Classic Properties - Gainesville, FL
REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re

Hi Frank!  I just noticed this post and that you are a new father and I wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS!  Hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year. :)

Dec 31, 2008 03:59 AM
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Thank you Angela Have you found any good places to eat in Gainesville lately? I have to head over to your blog to check that out. I wish you a great new year as well.

Jan 01, 2009 09:25 AM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Happy New Year Frank to you and your family.


Jan 01, 2009 11:04 AM
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Thank you Carl. I hope that you and Ceil are having a wonderful holiday season, and that this year brings you what you need.

Jan 02, 2009 10:07 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Happy Birthday to you and Sakura!  I hope this new year will be better than 2008 for your family.  It's nice that you choose to spend more time with your family instead of the corporate track!  That's really much more important.

Jan 04, 2009 01:17 PM
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Great post and a happy belated birthday. Hope to see you on the rain in 2009.

Feb 27, 2009 09:28 AM
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Georgina- I am sorry that I never thanked you for coming in; I thought that I had. I wish you a wonderful year.


Terry- nice to meet you. I guess that I should spend some time here. I have been busy recreating two of my sites, and now I am on my third. Outside of that I have been writing for a few other sites, and now I am on Twitter. I have been busy with inspections as well. I just did one in Conroe a couple of weeks ago.

Feb 27, 2009 10:22 AM