Hi, how are you? I hope you are doing well and staying healthy.
What a strange time we're living in, right?
But to be honest.... my life hasn't changed much over the past couple of months, despite the shelter-in-place orders, toilet paper shortages, and face masks.
Realtors are considered "essential workers" because people are still moving to Austin and needing homes, other people are still needing to sell, and I've been as busy as ever helping clients.
For that, I am grateful, because I know many are dealing with job loss, illness, and general confusion and anxiety over what the future holds.
Since my last post in February, a lot has happened besides adjusting my work and life due to a pandemic.
There have continued to be plenty of sweets, if I look for them, and I decided today was a good day to take a break from work and remember them.
I'll start with Easter.
Even though I wasn't able to gather with all of my kids or attend church, we still had Easter, because Easter is more than that.
But I'm grateful that some of our parishioners volunteer to live stream Mass every day.
Also, I'm not alone. One son lives with us and my kids, other family, and friends are just a phone call or text away.
Also, my older son regularly FaceTimes us, so we can talk to our grandson.
Speaking of grandchildren... we are expecting #2 in a few months!
I turned 61 last month.
I completed my 61 by 61 list with an Austin mural tour, taking advantage of empty roads and parking lots to visit several of the iconic murals around Austin. which you see scattered throughout this post, plus a few here..
I topped it off with a small celebration at home with my son, husband, and Belle.
I still enjoy daily morning walks and prayers with Belle.
Wildflowers are blooming, including bluebonnets I planted from seeds a client gave me, and heart rocks dot our caliche road.
I'm grateful this is where I get to be quarantined.
In a pandemic-free world, I would have been flying to Paris with friends on May 30.
Of course, that trip, which we had been planning since our Italy trip in 2017, was canceled.
We have enjoyed gathering via Zoom, though.
My friend/teammate Amanda was supposed to get married at the end of March.
They decided COVID-19 wouldn't stop them, and shared their vows in a beautiful lake front wedding which we all still witnessed, thanks to a live-stream on You Tube.
Before COVID-19 stopped us from gathering, I helped a friend celebrate her retirement, and several friends celebrate birthdays, including one who celebrated in style by having Shake Russell, Michael Hearne, and Mike Roberts play in their home.
The Keller Williams Family Reunion was in Dallas this year.
It was my first real taste of Dallas, even though I've driven through it numerous times on my way to somewhere else.
While most of our time was spent at the convention center attending sessions and meeting agents from all over the world, I was able to visit a few restaurants, enjoy the city all lit up, and, before leaving on the last day, walked to the site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
(These people almost got hit trying to get their photos of the spot. Crazy!)
Oh, I also witnessed a marriage proposal! That has to go on a sweet list.
(It also went on my 61 by 61 list!)
We couldn't drive home from Dallas without stopping in Waco at the Silos and enjoying lunch at the Magnolia Table.
I also took a road trip to Abilene with my daughter to attend an awards dinner for my son-in-law. It was so much fun having that time with her in the car, just talking and listening to music.
He ended up with three of the top awards. I took lots of photos, but if you've been reading my blog for long, you know that TG is very private, so you'll never see them here.
I can share this photo from the trip, though. My cousin lives near Abilene and, despite very little notice from me, stopped by for a too-quick visit at my hotel.
I was so happy to see her and grateful she made time to see me!
Back to awards, though... I was truly surprised that my team, the Shallue Property Group ended up the #3 Team in our market center in our first year!
I can share these photos, too.
There were also challenging times over the past couple of months.
I am really, really missing seeing and hugging my daughter and son and their families.
The Paris trip had shown like a beacon over the past year of long hours and seven-day-work-weeks. It was hard to accept that we had to cancel it.
But keeping track of these sweet moments in my life reminds me that they outnumber the disappointments by far. They help me remember to be joyful and hopeful as we move forward into this new world of face masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer. As always, I recommend that you keep track, too, if you aren't already.
Blessings to each and every one of you. May you and your families be healthy and well.
"Do not abandon yourself to despair. We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song." — St. John Paul ll