I am Thankful

indexThanksgiving is my favorite holiday, no question. It is simple and pure. It’s about family, friends, and giving thanks.

Being my favorite holiday, I thought I’d share some of the things I am thankful for.


I am thankful for our improved economy. The 5 years prior to this one have been tough. Not just because the market was down, but also because so much of my business involved counseling people with distressed properties. Do you have any idea how hard it is to meet with people and tell them their house has LOST value? This year has been wonderful. Values are up and people are selling because they want to and not because they have to.

I am thankful for Linda Rossi. Linda is smart, honest, reliable, beautiful, talented, and a steadfast partner. She and I have found our rhythm. Week in and week out she is my partner blogger. Thank you Linda. Without you, this blotter would have been toast long ago.

I am thankful for my change to Oregon First. I feel supported by brilliant and knowledgeable people. Mickey, Nick, Dawn, and Tanisha, thank you for all you do to help me to be successful. You all have smiling faces and positive attitudes. I enjoy you so much. Thank you.


As a six-year breast cancer survivor, I am thankful for my health. The old adage that without your health you have nothing is so incredibly true.

As the mother of a Marine who was shot in Afghanistan in 2010, I am thankful for my family. Going through my personal health scare, during a recession, while my son was serving in the USMC, well, that is just too full of a plate. This year my plate is small. I am in great health. My kids are home and thriving. I feel showered by blessings.

I am thankful for the wonder of each and every day. It’s pretty simple. Live in the moment. Don’t dwell on the past or live for the future. Today, this moment, is what we are given. Today, embrace nature’s beauty, life’s gifts, the wonder of our friendships.

I have so much that I am grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving!
Dianne, and Linda too.