A Baby For Christmas

Mortgage and Lending with Benchmark Mortgage nmls 2143 NMLS # 198479

26 years ago yesterday, December 20, 1982, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  The minute her little head popped into this world our lives were changed forever!  She is the only child born to our small family of three.  Let me introduce you to Miss Ashlee Springer.

On Christmas Eve 1982, my husband drove Ashlee and myself home from the hospital.  What a wonderful Christmas present we received that year and it is one that has blessed us over and over! 

Giving birth to a child is a miracle and a gift.  It is very painful going through the process but when it is over it is clear the suffering was worth the end result.  Our market is suffering right now, but these times will pass and our industry will have learned a life long lesson.  Just as with labor, we don't know how long it will last but we also know it can't go on forever. 

Happy Birthday Ashlee!


Comments (16)

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

What a nice Christmas present to have received those 26 years ago, and it's a gift that keeps on giving! You also tied labor and our current real estate market together perfectly. I hope the "labor" will end soon! ~Pat

Dec 21, 2008 12:11 PM
Dean Moss
Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL - Chicago, IL
Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team

Valerie -

Happy Birthday to Ashlee!  Thanks for keeping the season bright for us all!

BTW . . . could their possibly be a GRAND DAUGHTER in the picture sometime soon?

Happy Holidays!


Dec 21, 2008 12:11 PM
Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Ormond Beach, FL
New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be


Happy birthday to Valerie....she looks so much like you.....y'all have a Happy Birthday and a Merry Christmas......

Dec 21, 2008 12:17 PM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

What a nice analogy and happy birthday!  My bundle came right  before Thanksgiving so I had lots to be thankful for, so I understand what you went through around a holiday time.

Dec 21, 2008 12:21 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Happy Birthday. Ashley must have been a beautiful baby...just look at her now.

Dec 21, 2008 12:23 PM
Keisha Hosea- KASIHomes.com
KASI Homes - Chino Hills, CA
Real Estate Solutions For Real People

What a nice tribute to your 'Baby girl'. Happy Birthday Ashlee.

Dec 21, 2008 12:28 PM
kenny Park
www.showinghouse.com - Duluth, GA

happy birthday..

wow.you guys are alike..so much

Dec 21, 2008 12:43 PM
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

She looks like mom. My little girl was born just 10 years later December 3rd,1992- Alyssa Marie Lynn Griffey.

Alyssa Griffey-16

Dec 21, 2008 12:47 PM
Valerie Springer
Benchmark Mortgage nmls 2143 - Birmingham, AL
Home Loan Officer AL, FHA, VA, Conventional and Re

Thanks everyone for commenting.  Ashlee is a realtor and I am a mortgage broker.  On occasion we get to meet at the closing table.  I am very proud of Ashlee and can't wait to see what the next 26 years will bring.

Dec 21, 2008 12:50 PM
Debbie Hutchins
Birmingham, AL

Val, That was a special day indeed!  Ashlee is a very special girl!  She is sweet, kind, thoughtful, smart and her creative imagination is very entertaining.  It is obvious that she is a true friend in her circle.  All of this and beautiful too!  Yep you and Mick did a great job when you brought miss Ashlee into this world.

Happy Birthday to Ashlee and may your family enjoy another beautiful Christmas Eve together.


Dec 21, 2008 12:51 PM
Maggie Baumbach
Search Homes for Sale in Maryland at HelpShop.com - Reisterstown, MD

Happy birthday Ashlee, that is a lovely post about your family.  Dec 20th is my adorable nephew John's birthday too.

Dec 21, 2008 01:05 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

A prcious bundle of joy for the christmas season...Precious in every season!

Dec 21, 2008 02:50 PM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I hope Ashlee had a wonderful birthday!  The 20th was my grandmother's birthday also.  She lived to be 93....her double first cousin is still living and will celebrate her 108th birthday on the 29th.  Isn't that wild!

Dec 22, 2008 09:11 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

If Ashlee was 20 years older and you'd approve of her spending time with a Realtor, I'd ask you for her number!!!

She's adorable and I can see from your blog you're very proud of her.

Well done Valerie.

All the best to your little family of three this holiday season!

Dec 22, 2008 11:47 AM
Valerie Springer
Benchmark Mortgage nmls 2143 - Birmingham, AL
Home Loan Officer AL, FHA, VA, Conventional and Re

Craig:  How charming.  Ashlee is a Realtor with RE/MAX, so of course, if she were 20 years older I would not mind her spending time with a realtor.  LOL  Thank you for your kind words, you made my day.

Ann:  Thanks for the comment and the reminder, Ashlee was born on her Grandmother's birthday as well. Glad we have something else in common.


Dec 22, 2008 02:29 PM

Thanks for those sweetest words. I'm very lucky to have you as my sweetest mother.

Jul 30, 2010 04:09 PM