A Rainbow of Holiday Miracles - the gift of time

A Rainbow of Holiday Miracles -the gift of time

rainbow at Pt. Reyes National Seashore, CA

Time has a way of flying by all too quickly. Busy at work, busy with family, busy with friends, busy with community. Busy with chores, busy paying bills, busy running errands. Busy, busy, busy.

When my husband and I decided to get married, 15 years ago this month, we also made the commitment to raise my granddaughter should life turn out that way. We knew that decision would shift our lives in an entirely new direction. But we also knew it would enrich our lives in wonderful ways.

Sure enough, 6 short weeks later, we were parents to our just-turned-3-year-old granddaughter, Rachael. Interesting, busy years awaited us. It was Gene's first parenting experience and he has excelled in his role of Grandpa/Parent. We've been the troop Girl Scout cookie parents, taken pictures of the AYSO soccer teams' games and written up game summaries for parents. We've shared driving duties to horse-back riding lessons and piano lessons.  The house has been turned upside down with glitter, and art projects and slumber parties. Then there were the back-to-school nights, the parent-teacher conferences, the hours of homework supervision, the quest to find the right high school fit.

The years have flown by, and now Rachael is almost ready to head off to college and a new phase in her life will begin. Although she is champing at the bit for independence and looking forward to beginning her adulthood, it's a bit frightening for her, too.

Gene and I are ready to embark on our own new life journey, one which we hope will allow us to spend more time with each other. The time has come for us to create a new set of memories for ourselves, new traditions. It's time to take a step back from the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for others. Although we are ready, and are looking forward to this next stage in our lives, it's a bit frightening for us, too.

One set of memories we cherish was Christmas two years ago, a time when life slowed down for us. Rachael, her mother and little sister went to Boston to spend Christmas with my daughter Susan and her husband, Gary. For 7 days Gene and I had time -- time for the two of us, time when our workloads were minimal, time to celebrate my birthday, Christmas, and our anniversary.

We chose to spend a few of those days at Point Reyes Station, California, and explored the beaches and trails of Pt. Reyes National Seashore. One windy, blustery day we were gifted by the lovely rainbow pictured at the top of this post. Later that afternoon, the land and sea came together in perfect fashion as we hiked to Tomales Point, another gift. All was right in our world. We had an inkling of what our lives might be like in the future, when we could enjoy the gift of time.

Like every family, our family has many new experiences ahead of us in the coming years, many "firsts." I know some will be challenging, others joyous and simple. Finding our way in uncharted waters will be exhilarating, but we'll have our difficult times, too, as we move forward into our new lives.

Through it all, however, we'll appreciate the gift of time.

Time-the holiday miracle.December day at Tomales Point, CA

 


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Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

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Comment balloon 30 commentsLottie Kendall • December 10 2010 04:08PM

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What a great pic and the gift of time is the most precious because it is one we can never get back once it is gone.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 8 years ago

Wow - your story and sharing brought tears to my eyes.  I love the gift of family, and miracles are indeed all around us.  Happy Anniversary.

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Sharon, you are so wise, once time is gone, it's gone. We need to treasure it. Happy holidays to you!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Hi Cara -- I didn't mean to make you cry! Actually, I think it's just the season that does that to us. Thanks for your anniversary wishes!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Lottie - this is beautiful both in your words and the picture you chose!  Wishing you all the happiness in the world as you transition along to having more time in your lives - and I know you will fill that time with wonderful things!!  (Maybe you'll have time for a vacation in Washington!!:)  )

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 8 years ago

Nancy, believe it or not, one of the vacations we plan to take is to drive to the Olympic Peninsula (via Olympia, of course, and a visit with you!) for some hiking, then continuing on to Vancouver Island (I need tea at the grand hotel) followed by some days in Vancouver (one of my 3 favorite cities) and hiking in the nearby mountains. It'll happen, by and by.

Thanks for your kind wishes. Some major life transitions are just around the corner for us.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Lottie ~ time in itself is a miracle.  It sounds as though you have been able to enjoy several different and challenging phases in your life.  May they always get better and better.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 8 years ago

Hi Dawn, your holiday miracle and mine are, in many ways, two sides of the same coin. Speaking as a grandmother, I know you gave your grandparents as much joy as they gave you stability and safety. Life has a way of working out, doesn't it? Best to you,

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

The best is yet to come, Lottie.  A whole new phase of time together.  Lovely story, Lottie.

Jane in L.A.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) almost 8 years ago

Good morning, Jane. I like that, "the best is yet to come." In my mind I can hear Frank Sinatra belting it out loud and clear. Wishing you a great day,

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Lottie ~  What a beautiful story written with love, compassion and caring.  Thank you for sharing this very private and special story and for the glimpse it give us of your heart!  I am in awe . . .

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

I love this!  Time to spend together, time for self, time to stop and smell the flowers and time to realize that the most simple things in life can be the best holiday miracle of all!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 8 years ago

What a wonderful and loving commitment you made to your grand daughter, and your daughter. I hear a lot of people find themselves raising grands these days. Those upcoming special times with your hubby are well-deserved!

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) almost 8 years ago

Hello Tish, isn't life interesting--all the unexpected twists and turns!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Sally, thanks for encouraging us to take the time to stop and think about what's important. Thanks for your kind words.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Hi Joetta -- I've been taking care of other people for almost 40 years; it will take getting used to this next phase of life, but we're ready to give it a try. Best to you!

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Lottie this is a beautiful story of Love!  The true meaning of Christmas!  Ahhhhhh it is a new chapter in our life and it'll take awhile to get used to the changes.  Your husband sounds darling!! The two of you will create adventures together.  And BTW sounds like you and I have a couple of things in common in Dec, anniversary and birthday.  When are yours?  Our anniversary is on the 4th and my birthday is the 24th. 

Featured in SantaTude!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 8 years ago

Lottie, as I have my 3 year old grandson living in my home, your story hit very close to my heart. His mom is here with him, but she needs our guidance too.

What a wonderful story, your granddaughter is as blessed by you as you were by her.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 8 years ago

Hi Anna, Wow-featured in Banana-tude -- I'm honored, and glad you found this post of interest! Gene is a real gem, and we certainly enjoy our limited time together--looking forward to the next phase in life.

My birthday is the 22nd; anniversary the 29th.

Birthday greetings to you, my friend,

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Hi Andrea -- is that the cute 3-year-old I saw cooling off in the lobster pot???? Life takes unexpected turns, but they bring their own joy. Rachael and I head off tomorrow on a 3-day trip to Santa Barbara, looking for apartments, etc., since she hopes to be attending school there next month--seems like she was 3 years old not so very long ago.

My best to you and all your family.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

A Kodak Moment captured for sure!  Beautiful picture and post!

Posted by Renee Marrs Caperton, Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate (Marrs & Associates) almost 8 years ago

Lottie, you are so blessed! Time is something we all have. I know you will never regret spending it with Rachael, and I am sure it will be multiplied back to you and Gene in ways you never imagined.

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Haven - Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) almost 8 years ago

Hi Renee - glad you enjoyed the post and the pictures. Best to you,

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Dawn, you're totally right -- absolutely no regrets. Today Rachael and I made the 300+mile drive to Santa Barbara; interviewed potential new roommates, just had an early dinner right next to the beach, and plan an early night, ready to explore the colleges and more housing tomorrow -- this is the stuff memories are made of! Hope you're off to the start of a great week,

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

It sounds as though you have given a lot and now your turn is coming.  Thank you for sharing.  Margaret C.

Posted by Margaret C. Taylor, St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent (Century 21 New Millennium MD) almost 8 years ago

Hi Margaret, my life has been full and wonderful. A new stage is just around the corner for all of us.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Lottie--Thanks for sharing your life with a child who needed you.  Soon you will have more time for yourselves time that will be enriched by the memories of the time you devoted to Rachel while she was growing up. 

Mary

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Hi Mary -- Rachael has brought lots of joy into our lives and continuse to do so. She's heading off to college in a few short weeks.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Lottie... lovely picture... and wow, just when you think the kids are out, and then you have to become a parent again.. I commend you and your husband. Sounds like you all did a great job, but it has to be a lot more work as you get older.. but overall, family is important no matter how you look at it.. thanks for sharing..

jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) almost 8 years ago

Hello Jeff -- glad you enjoy the pictures. Pt. Reyes Seashore is a fantastic place to unwind and refresh, and we hope to do more of that in the coming year. Parenting is great, but there comes a time to move on.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

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