Lest you think I take my family for granted, I figure I’d better focus on them before I finish with this thankfulness theme. Truth be told, I probably do take them for granted.
I’m starting with our older daughter Kathryn who works as a real estate agent, and an excellent one, for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. With a minister husband and two kids, Kathryn juggles a lot. She is probably the most efficient of all the family and can plan and organize anything.
Examples: her sister’s wedding. Laura flew in from performing for a short Christmas vacation before returning to work. All she had to do was make selections from items Kathryn had picked for her.
Example: Kathryn’s own out of town wedding
which was lovely and easy for us. All Bob had to do was write the checks. 🙂
Example: Finding me a new car so she could buy my old one. I wanted a rectangular, boxy car in a blue/green color with great cup-holders. In less than a week, she found me one. When parked next to my old car we all have trouble telling them apart. In the picture below, the car on the L is my old Highlander and the car behind is my new to me Ford Escape. Hers is clean and mine is dirty. 🙂
The family knows we don’t mention to Kathryn we’re thinking of doing or getting something until we’re sure we’re ready because within days, she’ll have found some good options for us. While we tease her, we’re grateful for her take charge attitude and know we can count on her to get the job done.
A woman of faith, she’s a very good friend, kind and caring and keeps up with folks she’s known since elementary school and camp days.
When my mother fell ill, Kathryn again proved her incredible value. I’d have never convinced my Mom to move from her duplex without Kathryn’s assistance. She and my mom had a special bond. Kathryn was also wonderful with Bob’s Dad when he was ill. Comforting to know she’ll be around when her father and I are old. 🙂
She and her sweet husband have given us two delightful grandkids. Nelson who is 6 and Lilly (named for my mother) who will turn 5 the end of this month. Kathryn is a wonderful mother, giving her kids choices and then letting them live with those decisions. She doesn’t hover, but let’s them know by her actions that she believes them to be capable. Truly a gift.
Did I mention that she found our lakehouse? It was uncanny the way she knew almost before Bob and I had decided that we had to have a water view. I’ll have to share the post I wrote about how that all happened. (It’s one of the lost posts from the other website, but I can redo the pics, so sometime in January I’ll do that. )
Kathryn and I don’t always agree. Well, how could we? We’re mother and daughter. LOL But I admire, respect, and love her for oh so many reasons. She’s at home with kings and paupers, and everyone in between. Another gift.
Are you some of the blessed who have good relations with your grown kids? Do they live near? Love to hear from you.
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