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Graduation Time

by Mayes Harris Team

I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a Brene' Brown post which made me think of the many parents who are facing this time of life with their young adult children. I wanted to share it with you in her words, not mine - 

Written by Brene' Brown

Ellen graduated from high school this past weekend. It was beautiful and hard. Emotions are complex things. I’ve been studying the relationship between thought, behavior, and emotions for close to two decades, and I learned something new on Saturday morning.
There’s a combination of joy and grief that can take your breath away. The sum of those two parts wells up inside you and holds your breath hostage until you let go of the notion that you can control the paradox and choose between joy and grief. Your breath returns only when you submit to the reality that you are caught in the grips of both delight and sorrow. Both are strong. Both are true.

In many ways, the etymology of the word “paradox” captures the heart of what it means to love. From its Greek origins, it’s the joining of two words para (contrary to) and dokein (opinion). The Latin paradoxum means “seemingly absurd but really true.”

That's how parenting has always felt to me - unbelievably true.

I’ve shared as many life lessons as I could with Ellen, AND she has always been my teacher. I’ve tried to model our family belief that it’s okay to be brave and afraid at the same time, AND our children have always been the best example of what this looks like. We have a sign by our back door that reads, “We can do hard things.” We hung it there to remind the kids that hard work, tough conversation, and emotional pain are normal and important parts of life. AND, it’s Ellen who often whispers the saying in my ear when I doubt myself.

Sometimes she’s afraid to leave for college in the fall, and I assure here that she’s ready. Sometimes I’m fighting back tears, and she’ll say, “I’m ready. It’s going to be okay.” Sometimes we cheer together. And sometimes we hold each other and weep.

Now the toughest paradox of love – letting go and holding on.

Ellen, it’s time for you to fly. It’s one of the biggest scary-and-brave moments, but don’t worry – we’ll be holding on tight. Not always to each other, but to love, courage, faith, and strength. All of the things you’ll need in the world. AND all of the things you already have.

Lake Norman and Surrounding Areas - Upcoming Events

by Mayes Harris Team

 
'Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival
APRIL 29, 2017 2 TO 8 PM 
OAK STREET MILL - OLD TOWN CORNELIUS
VISIT WEBSITE
 
Fun for the WHOLE family! Over 80 craftsman and artisans, plus food trucks, craft breweries and much more. You won't want to miss this!
 
Davidson Farmers Market
Recurring Every Saturday
Next to the Davidson Town Hall between Main & Jackson 
VISIT WEBSITE 
 
It's so great to eat fresh and locally grown food. Do try and make it out some Saturday. You won't regret it!
 
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
DATES VARY BETWEEN APRIL 28, 2017 - APRIL 30, 2017
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
VISIT WEBSITE
 
NHRA drag racing returns to zMAX Dragway for the ONLY four-wide race on the NHRA schedule. Be sure to join the fastest accelerating machines on the planet as they tackle the world’s fastest drag strip.
 
Decked Out 2k7TEEN
April 29, 2017 7 PM TO 10:30 PM
Parking Garage - 3rd Level
105 Gilead Road/Huntersville, NC 28078
Free 
VISIT WEBSITE
 
Join LKN area teens for a TEEN night out featuring: Carnival theme, live DJ, FREE good/drinks, games and more!
 
So lots going on in the next few days! Enjoy!! 
 

Weekly Recap With Regard To The Local Lake Norman - Charlotte Area

by Mayes Harris Team


Time for weekly recap. We are going local this week. Let’s start with what’s happening in our area. 

This is for parents who might be interested in summer camps for their kids. Here’s a great website with loads of information for the Charlotte area - Charlotte area summer camp databases 2017 (and more)

Also, locally, there’s the Jetton Village for the Craft Beer SpringFest 2017. This free event will feature live music from three local bands, 10-15 breweries on site, a wine tent, food on the square, tailgate games and multiple bounce houses for the kids.

For the whole family, there is also the Easter Celebration Party on Saturday, April 8th from 1 to 3 pm. There will be fun activities for the kids including a visit with the Easter Bunny, Balloon Artist, Face Painting, Live Bunnies and Crafts. This is a free event. 


As far as our local real estate market we are seeing the following numbers:

  • In Davidson, NC: There are 256 homes for sale. The median listing price is $432k. The average price per square foot is $126. Median closing price is $285k. 
  • In Mooresville, NC: There are 1193 homes for sale. The median listing price is $341k. The average price per square foot is $110. Median closing price is $251k.
  • In Cornelius, NC: There are 349 homes for sale. The median listing price is $438k. The average price per square foot is $160. Median closing price is $275k.
  • In Huntersville, NC: There are 616 homes for sale. The median listing price is $338k. The average price per square foot is $113. Median closing price is $285k.
  •  In Concord, NC: There are 732 homes for sale. The median listing price is $245k. The average price per square foot is $102. Median closing price is $188k.
  • In Kannapolis, NC: There are 329 homes for sale. The median listing price is $100k. The average price per square foot is $67. Median closing price is $120k.

If you are interested in any of these markets or have questions, please feel free to contact me. I’m here to help you. Also, here are links to my featured listings and to my blog about the national real estate market

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10 Ways To Express Gratitude

by Mayes Harris Team

 

It's the time of year when we gather around our tables with our family and loved ones and express our feelings of gratitude.  Gratitude is what we express appreciation for.  What are you grateful for?  Is it your health, family, friends, shelter, food or a combination of these?

According to Psychology Today there are benefits of expressing gratitude.  

The Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants. Gratitude is getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy. 

There are many different ways to express gratitude and here's just a few of them.

  1. Keep a gratitude journal. Start out with listing 5 things and then expand the list each week.
  2. Write a gratitude letter to someone you appreciate. Make a point once a week of composing a handwritten letter to express your appreciation for a friend or relative or even a colleague.  
  3. Make a date for gratitude.  Choose a specific time every day to think of who or what you are grateful for. Maybe upon awakening or just before you go to sleep.
  4. Connect on a personal level. Phone someone or meet with them to let them know you are grateful for them being a part of your life.
  5. Another way of connecting personally is by hand written cards.  Express your gratitude with a card.  
  6. Homemade is from the heart. Aren't the most memorable gifts homemade?  Give a gift that you've made or baked with your own two hands. 
  7. Volunteerism. Volunteer in your community.  You can find a church with an outreach program or simply search Google for "volunteering in _________________ (your location.)" 
  8. Complain free week. Try going a week without complaining.It's amazing how often we complain without even realizing it.
  9. Listen. Fully listen to whoever you are speaking or visiting with.  Put down the phone, turn off the tv and/or computer and give 100 percent of attention to the person you are with.
  10. Hugs.  Don't forget to give people a hug.  This simple gesture has had proven physiological benefits.

Tell us how you recognize gratitude in your life.

MEMORIAL DAY RECIPES -

by Mayes Harris Team

Memorial Day is almost here!  What are some of your traditional Memorial Day meals?   We have found a few to share with you –

 


 

Dessert First, Right? -

 

First Prize Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

 

Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert  

 

Plum Pie

 

 

 

Next Come The Sides -

 

The Best Potato Salad

 

Picnic Marinated Summer Slaw

 

Strawberry Spinach Salad

 

Corn on the Grill

 

 

 

Main Course -

 

Cheddar Bacon Hamburger

 

Barbequed Ribs

 

Barbeque Chicken

 

 

 

Drinks –

 

Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

 

Smooth Sweet Tea

 

EASY HOMEMADE DINNER RECIPES FOR OUR FRIENDS WITH BUSY LIVES

by Mayes Harris Team


As summer approaches we find we have less time to spend planning and cooking meals, but we still want to come together as a family.  We thought it would be a good idea to share some recipes we have found and hope that you will also share some of your quick and easy meal ideas too.   Click on each recipe to be taken to the ingredient list and directions.

Red Beans and Rice  

Pork Chops With Peppered Jelly Sauce

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Spicy Apricot Chicken

Cabbage, Potatoes and Smoked Sausage

Pulled Pork Barbeque

Picante Chicken

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