Nate's Monday Morning Message - Happy Memorial Day 

Welcome to this edition of Nate's Morning Message...I hope you all are enjoying your weekend and looking forward to this Memorial Day. The real estate market is picking up and we are getting lots of good signs of things to come; days on market are and inventory have been stable, properties under agreement are up, prices are still up, interest rates are still low, and agents are working harder and smarter. 

Today, in honor of Memorial Day and remembrance of what should be important to us, please take a few minutes to think about the country we all love and care about. Think about how we have gotten to this point as a nation. Think about all the struggle and sacrifice that has come before us. Think about all the brave and selfless men and women that have given their lives for us to have the freedoms we enjoy today. Think about the families that have struggled while their sons and daughters are away from home. Think about what it means to you to have the limitless possibilities for yourself and your families because we live in this great country. Think about the responsibilities you have to maintain this greatness and the character of this country we all love. We can all do something - what will you do?

I love my country - THANK YOU to all the men and women who have and do serve to protect and defend the liberties, the freedom, the opportunities, and the future of this wonderful land.


Freedom Is Not Free
By LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG - Copyright 1981

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Service man saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

 I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free. 


“...ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” - John F. Kennedy

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” - Abraham Lincoln

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.”
- Lee Greenwood

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” - William J. Clinton

“We need an America with the wisdom of experience.  But we must not let America grow old in spirit.” - Hubert H. Humphrey

“I think patriotism is like charity -- it begins at home.” - Henry James

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Have some fun this and every week! Happy Memorial Day. Nate