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Michael turned 50, and Mother’s Day is near.

Michael turned 50, and Mother’s Day is near.

Sometimes it is difficult to put into words the emotion that we feel as parents while we watch our children advance in life. There is not a day that goes by that I do not wonder if life could have been easier, or better for Michael and his older brother David if I had made different decisions along the way.

When they were little, it was so easy to protect them and make every effort to create a life to be full, well-lived, and crammed with happy times. Teaching them how to read, swim, play ball, build sheds and later homes. Teaching them how to earn money as well as how to lose it when their commitments were met. It would be neat if that list, that was on the refrigerator so many years ago, would be the plan that could follow us through the years. The right side of the list contained items of interest that could and would create revenue. The left side of the list contained “wrong actions” that would cost certain sums of money. Break a window, $15. Not keeping your room clean $5 per week and so on. The list worked well until the early teens when both boys started earning money out in the world. De-tasseling, building grain bins, mowing lawns, watching pets, and so on. That is how independence is developed. It hurts to watch those “wings” sprout and know that they are getting ready to leave the nest…ouch. But as we all know it is necessary to let them fly.

Life was so different when they were growing up. They rode the bus to and from school, played ball in the outlet, built forts in the woods, we almost never concerned ourselves with danger from the outside world.

Years later I was shocked when I learned that my grandchildren had to practice lockdown in their schools and on their playgrounds. During all the playdates I had with my grandchildren I remained alert to their every move. Who might take them or harm them became a constant thought in my mind. It took a lot of fun out of the playdate. Sorry, they will never experience the freedom that I grew up knowing.

Daddy, who fought in WWII, would have been infuriated if he had to watch the things he fought for, deteriorating to such levels of criminality. That is probably why God does not let us live too long, the changes can just do us in.

Recently I attended a memorial service for one of my former teachers. During the celebration of life, they played Kenny Rogers’ “THROUGH THE YEARS”…what a beautiful song. There was also a video of this amazing man and his family. He had lived a life with one marriage, five children, a slew of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. My tears, and I think most everyone’s tears, flowed as we turned the page and said goodbye to one more of our friends. Someone who had appeared to live the life we all wish we could experience

When we begin to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday, it was a very happy moment for this mother. Michael has survived many of life’s’ bumps and bruises, yet still has a gleam in his eyes and a smile on his face. I am proud of him and his brother. They are good, hard-working, responsible men.

For me, being a mother is the holiest of gifts and the best job on the planet. Thank you, God.

In closing, I hope you have a very Happy May and Mothers Day. Dads you must wait until next month to celebrate your good fortune…or at least if you follow the Hallmark calendar.

Back to work, Nancy

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Happy Spring!

The Tax Man Cometh, Happy Spring, and a 50th Birthday. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$                                              

It is curious that while we wait impatiently for the Spring season to blossom our joy is overshadowed by the fact that this is the time of year when we reconcile our tax liability with our governments.   Even though it hurts I am not opposed to taxes, it is how we have roads, firefighters, police, bridges, and many other amazing features in our Republic.   Our tax dollars also help us when we get older and help those who are less fortunate.  We are a very compassionate nation.  I am so grateful for all the people who have served to keep this country safe.  I am grateful for those who have lived and those who died to keep this Country free and prosperous.  Built on Christian principals we keep moving forward in an ever-increasing difficult human environment.


Baby Michael- what a joy. Presents get his approval.

This April brings a special birthday to Michael Simmons.   My youngest son turns 50 on the 29th of this month.  It seems impossible to think it has been half of a century since my little blonde hair, blue eyed Michael was born.  Michael brings joy to many and is a dedicated hard-working young man.  He loves to build homes, boat on calm waters, and fish with his partner Ami.   I Love You, Michael.

I think he is saying “what is this”?
Willow’s first squash blossom.

My youngest sister Willow sends pictures of the blossoms in her garden while I look at the forecast and see that snow is possible later this week.  Winter please be over soon.  I am eager to get my hands into the garden soil and start my own garden.  Though, here in Michigan, we all know planting a garden before Memorial Day can be dangerous for the plants.  Finding plants that the deer do not like limits what I plant.  Most often I discover that the red squirrels have dined on my perennials all winter long.  It is a good thing that I like all the critters that visit my yard.

Time to get back to my Follow Up calls, I do have a business to run. 

Need a Realtor? please call @ 269 342 2618.

Oh my, I almost forgot Easter.  Have a joy filled, and peaceful Easter.

Shadow awaits Easter
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MARCH, is MARCHING forward

MARCH, is MARCHING forward

Most of us are happy that we are now Marching towards Spring.

What a severe and dangerous winter it has been here, and in many States this year.

Did I mention it is a great time to market your real estate and/or find that new home? Remember I give free market analysis.

Most likely, we all have an active case of Cabin Fever.  I know I suffer from Cabin Fever when the roads and sidewalks are too slippery for me to do my morning walk. When the activities that I like to do out of doors become too challenging, I turn my off-time energy towards Spring Cleaning.  I am told the new way to clean closets is to take everything out of the closet and put it in the middle of the room.  I am also told once that happens it is often difficult to move around the room.  I have not tried this method yet, but I know of those who have.  I am too cowardly to do it that way; it would mean I would need to finish the project before I could go to bed.  I happen to be someone who likes homemaking duties… not everyone feels the same.  Recently, I discovered this quote,

“Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” — Phyllis Diller

It is also a good time to sort through all the items that you have been stuffing into the closets and see what you do need to keep.  There are so many organizations that need lightly worn clothing to share with those who are less fortunate then we are.  Kalamazoo County has so many organizations that help those less fortunate, so when ever we can lets donate to those organizations.

I also started to examine my dates on canned goods andackaged food.  Since I live alone my eating habits are often sporadic.  Recently I baked biscuits and was frustrated when they did not rise to the appropriate height, I checked the date on the Baking Powder…can you believe 2011.  Time moves buy so quickly…make sure you make every effort to grab every minute of yours.

Business is great, mortgage rates are low.  There are programs for first time homebuyers that require very little money down and are easy to obtain.  Pre approval can be done via the phone.

Also remember I have names of Handy Men, Painters, Roofers, Homwmakers, and so on.  Please give me a call if I can help in any way.

Best to all of you,


“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”
― Erma Bombeck

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Boots on the Beach and in a Blizzard

Boots on the Beach and in a Blizzard

Since I was a child warm boots have played a big part in my life.   Actually, I started working for money when I was ten years old because I needed boots of my own.  Well, this week has been no exception, I wore big boots, with cleats, in order to navigate the parking lot and reach my ride for the trip to the Grand Rapids airport. Dave and Shelly Steinmiller were brave and kind enough to risk their lives to take me to and from the Grand Rapids airport on January 25th and 28th. I am so very thankful for their bravery… slow but sure we made it.

Even though I was wearing boots for my travels, optimistically, I had packed a pair of open-toed shoes, for the trip to Florida.  Willow, my youngest sister, lives in Florida and I was eager to see her and their new home.  We had hoped there would be beach walking and a car show during my brief visit.  Willow had helped me plan this trip months and months ago…with the date being selected because of the car show. They had wanted me to share the experience. As often happens, “the best-laid plans of mice and men” went into effect. For the first time in 50 years, the Car Show was canceled because of inclement weather. It was 40 degrees with 100% chance of downpouring rain. If you have ever experienced rain in Florida you know just how fast and hard a rain can spoil the day. Willow was very gracious so when there was a tiny break in the weather on Saturday, she drove me to a spot on the beach where I could actually put my boots on a beach. I love the Beach, and to be so close and not be able to walk miles by the water was sad, but we did give it a try…so cold, but nothing like Michigan when I returned.

Fortuantly, because of technology and Apple phones I was able to get, receive and forward the documents that were needed to finalize a sale and to arrage the details that where outlined inthe sales agreement.

The pilot who flew through the snow clouds and handled the windstorm that surrounded us was amazing. From my window seat, I could see nothing but fog and clouds as we flew over the midwest. Most of us read quietly, and my guess is many like myself, were praying. We all cheered and clapped when we finally landed safely. Being a pilot is a job that I would not want. I was one of the lucky ones who made it home before the 2000 flights were canceled. during last weeks blizzards and sub-zero cold.

Once Dave and Shelly picked me up Monday evening the weather was really becoming dangerous, Dave drove us through snow, ice, sleet, and drifts on 131…the visibility nearly zero. We witness multiple accidents but they got me home safe and sound. Thank you Lord dfor these kind people.

Once I got back to business, I manage to get stuck in a snow drift on Tuesday the 29th. Left my gloves in a vacant home during a showing. Then discovered the need for a new battery on the 31st. I also managed to slip and slide out to put up a SOLD sign on Cullys Trail. All in all, I am the fortunate one, not real damage anywhere. Just cold, now sloppy winter.

Good news the Punxsutawney Phil the famous Ground Hog, who lives in Pensyvaian, did not see his shadow so that is a promise for an early Spring.

I had hoped to think of some way to make this message funny or heartwarming, but today it is just the facts. I would certainly like to hear from you and how you have managed this historical winter thus far.

Blessings to everyone,


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Welcoming 2019

Family Celebration at Vickers in Vicksburg

Do you remember when we counted down the months and days that lead to the year 2000?  That was a big Hurrah, the beginning of a new century and as always, the hope for something new and brighter.

That was nearly two decades ago, yet it seems so current.  My children, and perhaps your children, started families and had children of their own. The sound of Grandma Nancy became a welcome and familiar sound.  Reminding me once again of how The Beat Goes On.

Now we are celebrating yet another New Year, and with that celebration comes new hope and some resolutions.  Statistics share that those resolutions range from savings money, and losing weight, to buying a new home, or other self-improvements resolutinons .  I can not help you lose weight, but I can certainly help you purchase a new home.

When I returned to Real Estate business a year ago, I was delighted to be involved in the process of making clients and customers dreams come true again. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of helping many sellers get their homes SOLD, as well as working with purchasers in the process of finding their dream home. Nurturing has always been one of my natural characteristics, and I find it to be a useful asset in the Real Estate business.

There are many amazing properties out in this wonderful world in which we live. The market consists of lake frontproperties, large and small neighborhoods, high rise condominiums, small acreage settings, or large acreage farms.  Homes are like puppies…you will always know when you see the one you want.  Five seconds is what it usually takes to stimulate that “I want this home feeling”.  I often share that one should wait for that feeling, and then let me take care of all negotiations and closing details.  

It is curious and wonderful that some of the people that I once did business with, have recognized me again from my ads, even with the blonde hair.  If you remember me from years past and want to check in I would enjoy a conversation.  A lot has changed for me while I was on my sabbatical, I would like to think most everything changed for the better.

There are so many advertisements for just the right plan for 2019. I believe in having a plan, but I also know, from experience, that what Roberts Burns wrote in 1756 ….a poem To Mouse…“The best-laid schemes 0’ mice and men” jumps into our lives.  Indeed planning is great, yet understanding acceptance is also an asset. 

So, as I begin my New Years resolutions you get to hear and watch me fulfill this year’s hopes and dreams. Keeping in touch is one of my resolutions.  Please write to me with yours and let us catch up with each other’s lives.

The very Best Wishes to You and Yours,

Nancy or, Text or call: 269 342 2618 Web Page:

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Captions for the collage:  Alexys is busy working on their new house. Myles is learning the skills of life. Brandyn and Maggie loving life. Ami and Jaxson having fun with autumn. Me enjoying the sunshine and my new listing. Wishing I could own a Lake home.


This is one of my favorite Christmas carols.  Can you imagine what it would be like if we could really have Joy for the whole world?  I pray that you and yours have an amazing finish to 2018.

May you have a safe, loving, and prosperous Holiday Season.

It is hard to believe that 2018 is coming to a close.  The older I get the faster the months slip away.  Each day when I awake, I thank the Lord for the new day, and a lot of other blessings as well.

Now that I have experienced my first year back in the real estate business, I thank God several times a day.  I thank him for the strength I need to do what is necessary for my clients and customers.

Marketing a home is not an easy process regardless of what you may hear from some news media.  There are so many steps from the first consultation to the closing.  It had been shared with me, when I first got back into this business, that technology and dot loop were the latest tools of the trade.  I was happy to discover that, even those tools work with precision, the fact remains that people still like to be nurtured along the way from the purchase or a sale to the closing.

Today’s mortgage world is full of amazing new grants and programs to help the first time home purchasers get started. Call me for details 269 342 2618.  They also have low-interest rate mortgages for those who are buying their second home, a cottage at the lake, or retirement condo.

I have a Web Page that allows for easy browsing of the properties that are for sale in all South and West Michigan.  The address is  No need to sign up or commit to anything, browsing is encouraged.

Who knows you just may see something that meets your housing needs.

May the Joy of the Season surround you.

Blessings now and in the new year,







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Cherish Yesterday, Dream of Tomorrow, Live Today

Cherish Yesterday, Dream of Tomorrow, Live Today
With that said–
Here I am at an Open House with a rainy, windy, storm
swirling around me and the house. I am not afraid at all
because now I am inside where it is warm and comfortable.
Putting up the signs, well that was a different story, I really
got soaked. While waiting for the customers to brave the
storm, I shall take a minute to catch up with you.

Now that we are nearing Thanksgiving, which by the way is
my favorite holiday, we usually begin to count our blessings.
So, I shall start counting:

I am so fortunate that even though I grew up in a less than
prosperous home, I have had the opportunity to experience
life at many levels. Sometimes life is great and everything I
touch turns to gold; other times life does not go well.
However, this is one of the joys of living in America, no
matter what level of life I am experiencing, the American
Dream keeps me going.

I will never know why God let me be born at this location on
Earth, but I am certainly glad that He did. I was fortunate to
be raised on a farm, where we learned how to work with
nature and our environment. Daddy had been in WWII, so he
was very proud of the freedoms that he and others had
fought for, and that same respect and desire for freedom
soaked deep into my soul.

Real Estate was not what I thought I wanted to do when I
grew up. I wanted to be a wife, homemaker and most of all

I wanted to be a mother. Having younger siblings and
babysitting for others early in life made me realize just how
much unconditional love a baby, a toddler, a young child can
give. I liked that a lot, so consequently on towards mother
hood I went. Anyone who knows me realizes just how
important my, now grown sons, David and Michael have
been in my life. If I could go back and erase all the mistakes I
made I certainly would, but of course that is nonsensical. As
children they filled my heart with love, and as adults their
families grow and make life endearing.

My clients and customers also become such a large part of
my life. During the weeks it takes to market a home or
orchestrate a sale, I really grow to care about the people that
I help with their real estate needs. Most often we stay in
touch for a long time after the closing.

Even though I became a Realtor because I wanted to be self-
employed, and help people purchase their first, second or
last home, it turned into an amazing career. So, each day I
start with an open heart and mind to discover just what may
be waiting for me to experience.

Yeah! I think the rain has stopped…I am off to search for a
rainbow. Oh wait, customers are arriving, and they are eager
to shop for their new home. Back to business for now.
Best regards to everyone and Happy Thanksgiving


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The Beat Goes On

      THE BEAT GOES ON…is a very uplifting song from the sixties. The lyrics of that song
still surface in my mind whenever I spend time with my children, grandchildren and great
grandchildren. Had someone told me, when I was a young adult, that I would still be
practicing my trade long after becoming a grandmother, I would have been a bit surprised.
I am, however, still enjoying every aspect the real estate business.

      When I returned to the business after a health sabbatical, I was amazed at how, even
though the information process had changed, the pleasure of helping people with their real
estate needs remains a passion of mine. The people I meet, both purchasers and sellers,
are a joy to work with. Each day is a new beginning. Someone or many people may need my
help each day. I also get to learn from the people I meet each day.

      It has been almost a year since I have returned. I admit it has been somewhat of a roller
coaster ride. First to team or not to team, that was a question that took three or four
months to decide. Not to team, was the decision, or at least not just yet. Most likely I
will create a team under the umbrella of Keller Williams. Since I ran my own business for
years it was very difficult to become part of a team culture, though I truly respect the
teams that have been created here at KW.

      Newsletters are far more fun when everyone contributes to its production. Do you have a
list of great “Air B & Bs”, an amazing recipe for a casserole, that is easy to carry to a
potluck? Did you, your children, or family member win an award recently, or have a
birthday, wedding or something else to celebrate.

      I know that we now use Face Book, Twitter, Instagram and so on for social media, but
sometimes it is fun to share the old fashion way, using complete sentences and paragraphs.

     With all this said I shall start sharing with some of my favorite quotes from a book that
Lisa Kreutz sent me when I was recovering from shoulder surgery.

“The Cave you fear to enter contains the treasure you seek.”         by Joseph Campbell

“Experience is a hard teacher, because she gives the test first and the lesson after.”      by Vernon Law

Happy 60th Anniversary Ken and Lee Evenson


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