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Why Thanksgiving Is So Special To Me: My Adoption Story

This is a repost from 2016.  My son is now 17 and a Junior at the Westminster Schools.  Its a very special week and I wanted to share this story and pictures again for new followers.  This is what I’m most Thankful for this year and always.

This is National Adoption Day and November is National Adoption Month.  For me its also a special week, Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to reflect on what we’re thankful for, but to me it means a whole lot more.  Here is my story:

 The above pictures were from the baby home when we first met Dima at 11 months.  The pictures on the right are from the court house in Kemerovo on the court date where they declated that Dima was now Chase.

Adopting one child will not change the world; but for that child, the world will change.

11 years ago my mom and I made the trip to Kemerovo, Russia to bring home my son. Attached is a story that I wrote back then for my adoption agency. This week always reminds me of that journey and ALL I have to be Thankful for. I can’t believe it was that long ago!

The Journey for Chase :

My journey to adopt a child unofficially began in 2003. I made the trip to Bulgaria with my sister-in-law to bring home her two children. From then on I had the idea that I wanted to adopt a child from an Eastern European country. Finally in 2004 when I was preparing my year-end financials, I decided I would finally be able to afford the process and had a consistent enough income to support a child on my own.
I am single. So in January of 2005 I began the process with a local agency here in Atlanta thinking they could help me through the process. By April, I had all of my paperwork done and was “paper ready”, that agency sent my dossier to one Russian Region, where it sat… Week after week I heard different reasons why nothing was happening in that region and that it would pick up any day, but by the middle of July I was getting tired of the excuses and decided to network around and inquire online to find out about what agencies had people traveling and to what regions etc. A friend recommended me to Adoption ARK (now out of business due to Russia being closed to adoptions), she put me in touch with several people who were traveling within very short times from becoming “paper ready”. I contacted Elina and she was in Russia at the time and a week later she emailed me and told me they weren’t currently working in Krasnodar (that was the region I had done the paperwork for with the other agency) since nothing had been moving there in such a long time. She also told me that she expected to have some more children available next week and to contact her that Wednesday. Well by Monday evening, I had an email with a picture of this darling little boy – Dima. I asked what I had to do, she sent me a list and I was off on recreating my dossier, and getting everything ready for his different region.
I traveled within 2 weeks to meet him, a darling little boy whose name was Dima and went back for court within 7 weeks. From beginning to end the process was under 3 months! My little guy – (now called Chase) is healthy, happy and so loved by the entire extended family. We’ve been home 3 months now and he acts like he’s been here his whole life. He gained 5 pounds in 2 months and grew 2 inches. He has already outgrown the clothes I brought him home in and understands English and Spanish (his nanny is Spanish). He speaks a few words and kisses good-bye. He is the light of my life and he has the ability to cheer anyone up. Everyone keeps saying how happy he is and he really is…

The picture of Chase in his reindeer was the first night in our hotel in Kemerovo.  We had given him as much formula as he wanted and he proceeded to throw up on me!  The picture in the tub was at home.  The other pictures were a few weeks later when he made the trip to Charleston to meet all the family.

I still remember that week and what happened daily.  My Mom and I flew out on a Saturday evening arriving in Kemerovo on a Monday morning.  They immediately whisked us off to my court date which took most of the morning.  Later that day there was more paperwork to do and the next morning (Tuesday) we made the journey with several other families via a van to Novokuznetsk.  We had issues with the Van with fuel line freeze up and we sat on the side of the road in Siberia while they sent another van to us.  By the time we got to the baby home it was afternoon.  No time for a tour, but I do remember seeing this beautiful baby in a light blue knit outfit and my mother and I commented on pretty he was.  It had only been a month since we had seen “Dima” but that was him.  No time for a tour, we got our babies and they loaded us back into our van to head back to Kemerovo for more processing.  By Thursday on Thanksgiving we were in Moscow to meet with the embassy doctor and more processing.  There was no turkey to be found at any of the hotels or restaurants we had contacted.  So we just ate a regular meal in the Park Hyatt Hotel in Moscow.  All went well and Friday we were headed home!  That’s a very abbreviated version of what happened, but as you can see it makes every Thanksgiving that much more special with the memories.  Hope you have a very special Thanksgiving this year as well full of your special memories!

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New listing: 876 Crest Valley Drive, Atlanta

Timeless, private, luxurious: 876 Crest Valley Drive is a home apart, with the look and feel of a Mediterranean villa, surrounded by private, level grounds, and anchored by a spectacular indoor/ outdoor stone veranda and infinity pool area.

The first impression is straight out of the south of France or Spain’s Costa del Sol, with the tile roof echoed in the deep arched doorways and windows. The elegant facade is underscored by quality concrete construction, copper gutters, and all new home systems.

As you step inside, a gorgeous staircase sweeps upward in the center hall; dining and living rooms open through arched doorways on either side of the hall and then you are drawn forward toward the oversize french doors opening out onto the veranda.

Warm stone floors run throughout most of the home’s living areas and the light plaster walls are punctuated by rich, dark wood doors and trim.

Arches and curves are a key element to the home’s aesthetic, from the staircase to the doorways and windows. You’ll find these lovely details echoed throughout the home, starting with the entrance.

The loggia runs along the rear of the house, bathed with light from its wall of windows and doors and overlooking the outdoor space, verandas, pool, and lawns.

Elegant but casual, the living room has soaring windows overlooking green space and a fountain, on one side and a grand limestone fireplace on the other.

It adjoins both the informal round breakfast room on one side and the kitchen on the other.

The open kitchen is a masterpiece: impeccable finishes and appliances, it flows seamlessly with the elegant living room adjacent to it. Separate full refrigerator and freezer and a butlers pantry provide for all of your storage needs and doorways out to the covered veranda make outdoor meals a breeze. There is a yet-to-be-used brick built pizza oven just outside as well!

With practically acres of burnished counter tops, the island works as a serving area for parties, a spot for a quick bite to eat, or a wonderful workspace for the chef to create.

Handcrafted just outside Paris, the La Cornue range with its deep enamel finish and brass accents has double ovens and a custom hood, truly a chef’s dream.

The home’s formal dining room has space to easily seat ten or more. Niches for art, chandeliers and open fireplace create the perfect ambiance for a dinner party or memorable holiday gathering.

Rich wood panelling and darker wood floors transition the bar and study from the airy elegance of the kitchen and entertaining spaces to a cozier, more intimate room.

The intricate and detailed woodwork and oversized fireplace maintain the richness of the home’s aesthetic, complimenting the airiness in the living and dining rooms.

There are six brick-built limestone fireplaces throughout the home, with beautifully carved surrounds, each unique and proportioned to its space.

The spectacular vaulted owner’s suite is on the main floor – an entire wing of the house, in fact – with direct access to the veranda. Plaster, stone, and arching windows surround you with light and space; wide plank wooden floors, natural beams, and limestone fireplace add warmth and texture.

The adjoining bath is in an atrium-like space, clad in light marble and mosaic tile finishes; deep soaking tub, separate shower, and dressing areas complete the suite.

With brushed silver accents and an abundance of natural light, the bath is subtle and serene, yet incredibly luxurious.

Upstairs in the central part of the home are four ensuite bedrooms. Connected by a hall and balcony overlooking the pool area and sweeping lawn and trees, each has private balcony access via double french doors.

The outdoor living areas are just as spectacular as the interior, with a covered portico and seating around a large fireplace, then stepping down to the veranda surrounding the infinity edge pool. With multiple seating areas and wide doorways connecting to the interior rooms, it is really a seamless entertaining space with plenty of room for outdoor lounging and dining.

Surrounded by stonework and overlooking the lawn, the pool’s waterfall and natural look finish create a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere. The pool house contains two of the home’s bedrooms and has the option to be expanded with a second floor.

Unusual in the area’s hilly terrain, the level two-acre lot is perfect for children or pets to run and play. Fully fenced and secure, the estate is your own private oasis.

With a property of this level of detail, it’s impossible to fully appreciate without seeing it in person. For more information on this unique property, you can take a look at the listing on my website and then reach out for an appointment to view. I will be showing to qualified buyers this week, so please reach out for more information.

876 Crest Valley Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327

Property overview: 7 bedrooms ; 9 bathrooms ; 10,937 sq.ft.; 4 garages ; 2 acre level property ; gated and fully fenced with camera security ; concrete construction ; full house generator ; pool with pool house

Schools: Heards Ferry ; Ridgeview Charter ; Riverwood International Charter

Offered at $3,110,000

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Vinings Real Estate Record!

The real estate market in Vinings has never been hotter! The spectacular home at 3753 Cochise Drive, Atlanta, GA closed just over 2 weeks ago for what I am hearing is the highest sale price ever in Vinings, somewhere just under $5 million!

via: Buckhead Patch.com

And speaking of neighborhoods, this location is unbeatable: 5 acres of beautiful Chattahoochee riverfront property adjacent to the Cochise Swim and Tennis Club. And just across the river in Buckhead is Tyler Perry’s former home, another record-setting Atlanta real estate sale.

The Vinings real estate market has been consistently strong with great resale values over many years, and its always exciting to see that trend continue! I will post more details as they become available.

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Coming Soon! 2881 Vinings Way, Atlanta 30339

Coming to the market in mid-March, here is a sneak preview of my latest listing, a spacious 5 bedroom / 5 bathroom home on a quiet cul-de-sac. You won’t want to miss it!

This brick traditional with updated kitchen and bathrooms has a large, private yard, complete with a landscaped fire pit area and plenty of room for a pool.

On almost .75 acres, the home will be offered at $995,000.

Gracious living space and a study on the main floor, family bedrooms on the second floor, with a play room or home gym in the partially finished walk-out basement make this a versatile, livable floor plan.

This home is currently rented until the end of July.

I’ll be posting many more details soon so keep an eye out for more information, or feel free to  give me a call with any questions about this great property!

2881 Vinings Way , Atlanta 30339

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New listing: 2160 Meadowcliff Drive NE

Traditional design with a modern feel, this spacious home feels better than brand new!

With a soothing color palette and site-finished hardwoods, the main floor is seamless, with an open family-friendly floor plan. Off the center entrance hall with high arched ceilings is the dining room and a sitting room, with the kitchen and family room to the rear of the house.

A stack stone fireplace and coffered ceilings frame the family room, which has a bank of windows overlooking the wooded back yard. Ebony finished built-ins add subtle drama to the room without detracting from the cohesive color palette.

The formal dining room has great details – high wainscoting, coffered ceiling and again, those gorgeous hardwoods. A butler’s pantry between the dining and kitchen keeps wine bottles handy for dinner parties.

This kitchen is really a show-stopper! The center island is huge, lit from above with designer pendants, with deep soft-close draws below for great storage options. It’s all about subtle details, with tonal cabinetry, stainless accents and a herringbone subway tile backsplash for a clean but luxe space.

A six burner Wolf range, deep stainless farmhouse double sink, and double ovens mean you’re ready for entertaining (or for Saturday morning pancakes!)

There is also a guest suite on the main floor for privacy and stair-free accommodations.

The landing at the top of the staircase is the hub of the second floor with four bedrooms and laundry room spoking off the hallway. Built-ins flank a step up playroom, carpeted for more comfortable playtime.

This bedroom with arched ceilings is being used as a sweet nursery currently, and would make a wonderful child’s room, just a few steps from the master and playroom.

Almost a full wing of the floor, the master suite has hardwoods, coffered ceilings and space for a seating area.

Take a look at this phenomenal bath! The walk-in shower with rain shower head flanks a deep soaker tub, and has a wood-look tile floor and surround.

Generous counter space and a double sinks with an abundance of cabinets keep everything stashed out of sight.

More of a dressing room than a walk-in closet, the built-ins keep your shoe and bag collection organized and displayed.

Head down to the lower level for full floor of entertaining, hobby, and relaxing space.

By “better than brand new,” I mean this basement build out: a full bar, media room, game room, home gym, and office have all been completed recently. A more casual feel than the main floor but with the same high spec finishes as the rest of the home, this daylight basement offers a lot of flexibility and space.

A large portion of the backyard is fully fenced, a secure space for children and pets. More recent upgrades to the home are landscaping and a flat play area with a cedar play structure.

Tucked away on a quiet side street, you have the benefits of a serene neighborhood but with easy access to I-85 for your commute.

This home checks all the boxes for space, luxury finishes, great floor plan, and great location. Take a look at the listing here for more details and, as always, feel free to reach out with any questions or to arrange a an in-person visit.

Note: In order to keep everyone safe and healthy in this new COVID-19 reality, I have implemented some additional safety measures and options for home visits. I offer in-person viewings to adults only with masks and either disinfecting wipes or gloves for my clients. I am also offering virtual walk-throughs via Duo or Facebook Live. Please feel free to ask about any other ways I can assist in making a home tour a comfortable experience.

This property also requires advance notice to show due to owner’s work/sleep schedule

2160 Meadowcliff Drive NE Atlanta GA 30345

Property overview: 6 bedrooms; 6 bathrooms; 5388 sq ft ; 3 car garage ; full finished basement ; fenced back yard ;

Schools: Oak Grove ; Henderson ; Lakeside

Offered at: $1,295,000

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New listing: 2919 Paces Lake Dr SE

Walking into this home has the feel of entering the great hall of an old estate, with soaring beamed ceilings, wormy chestnut panelling, and a stone hearth at its heart! But this custom home creates a sense of place without sacrificing any modern amenities or location.

The timber framing is graceful, supporting a soaring vaulted ceiling across the entire main living space. A recent interior remodel was designed by award-winning residential designers Spitzmiller and Norris .

This room is dramatic from every angle, with a tall stone fire place anchoring a living area at one end, sweeping views over the lake on one side, and a handsome chef’s kitchen on the other.

Tucked into the side of the great hall, the kitchen has a large marble island, double chef’s range and dishwashers. The lowered ceiling brings a cosiness to the space while a bank of windows keeps the room full of light.

The dining room has the feel of a solarium, with floor to ceiling windows on three sides overlooking the lake. A pass through bar and fire place on one wall create a cosy enclosure without interfering with the flow to the living room just beyond.

This recent addition features dramatic vaulted beams which continue in the living room with another wall of glass overlooking the serene lake on one side and the lush plantings in the front of the home on the other.

The master suite is an entire wing of the house with a large bedroom, and beyond it, a private sitting room with the same vaulted ceilings and walls of windows as the solarium-like dining room. Warm chestnut panelling in the room reminds me of the grand old lake lodges in the Adirondacks, effortless but luxurious.

A deep, free-standing bath invites long soaks; two vanities and a walk-in shower, as well as custom built-ins in the large dressing room / closet are thoughtful amenities that bring luxury to the everyday.

Downstairs, past the wine cellar and office with fireplace, is a large suite with bedroom, lounge, and full bath; currently a home gym, it could be a private guest suite, with plenty of light and views of the lake.

Sheltered under the upper balcony is a rocking chair porch and a large dining area. Step down to two more patio areas with seating and room for a fire pit or outdoor yoga space.

Sloping down to the lake and dock, the home has a sunny upper deck, several large flagstone patios and a lawn at lakeside. Wander the path on down to the lake through mature trees and landscaping and enjoy your morning coffee or evening cocktail out on the dock. Looks like the good life to me!

This is a one of a kind home in an exceptional location. Private and peaceful, but you can also walk sidewalks to Vinings Village. It’s really a little slice of heaven! Take a look at the listing online for dozens of photos of this home and give me a call any time to arrange a viewing.

Note: In order to keep everyone safe and healthy in this new COVID-19 reality, I have implemented some additional safety measures and options for home visits. I offer in-person viewings to adults only with masks and either disinfecting wipes or gloves for my clients. I am also offering virtual walk-throughs via Duo and will be doing a Facebook Live tour on Friday (time TBA, so check Facebook for updates). Please feel free to ask about any other ways I can assist in making a home tour a comfortable experience.

2919 Paces Lake Drive SE Atlanta GA 30339

Property overview: 4 bedrooms; 4 bathrooms; 4531 sq. ft.; master on main; double garage ; 15O ft. lake frontage with dock ; full walk out basement with terraces ; Cochise Club eligible

Schools: Teasley ; Campbell ; Campbell

Offered at: $1,750,000

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New Listing: 4680 Derby Lane SE

In the highly sought after Cooper Lake neighborhood in the King Springs school district, this brick traditional with a huge fenced backyard is sparkling fresh and ready for your family to call it home.

Step into the foyer and you can feel how fresh and bright this home is, with fresh, contemporary colors flowing through the open floor plan. An arch visually divides the more formal living and dining rooms without lots of doorways to block the flow during family gatherings.

Step into the large eat-in kitchen with its warm cabinetry which opens to the family room. With its brick fireplace, and views of the large deck overlooking the back yard, this will be the heart of the home.

The elegant master suite has room for a king bed, coffered ceilings, and a seating nook for lounging.

Rich cabinetry, dual sinks, and an extra large shower in the master bath and huge walk-in closet complete the master suite.

Five bedrooms and four full baths mean there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out. All of the home’s finishes, including bathrooms, are upgraded and high end.

The home’s full finished basement has a bedroom, a full bath with upgraded finishes and a full kitchen; in addition there is a bonus room for an office, rec room, or media space.

A spacious fenced back yard with a play structure has room for children and pets to safely play.

Easy access to the Silver Comet Trail and recreational amenities at West Smyrna Swim and Tennis and Cooper Lake Park will keep your active family busy all year long.

With so much more than can be conveyed here, you need a tour of this great home to really appreciate it; give me a call or reach out via my listing website to set up an appointment.

 

4680 Derby Lane SE Smyrna, GA 30082

Property overview: 5 bedrooms ; 4 bathrooms ; 2 car garage ; deck; fenced backyard ; kitchen in basement; close to Silver Comet Trail , West Smyrna Swim Tennis , Cooper Lake Park

Schools: King Springs / Griffin / Campbell

Offered at $475,000

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SOLD: 1200 Mount Paran Road

Just SOLD! A gorgeous gated estate on almost 2 acres with beautiful pool and detached garage! Congratulations to the new homeowners!

1200 Mount Paran Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Property overview: 5 bedrooms; 5.5+ bathrooms; 6,218 sq.ft.; gated estate on 1.91 acre lot

Schools: Jackson / Sutton / North Atlanta

Offered at $3.6M

Take a look at my other listings or give me a call to talk about putting together a great selling strategy for your home; visit my website and give me a call today!

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New Listing: 4201 Brookview Dr SE


Buy into one of Vining’s best neighborhoods priced at lot value! Access to the amenities of the Cochise Club are available and there are sidewalks to Vining Village.

The home’s current footprint is a spacious 3,400 sq.ft, but the acre lot leaves plenty of room to expand.

A ranch style fixer on a large, quiet lot, the home will require a full remodel but the location is unbeatable! New homes on this street are priced around $2M + and a new development around the corner is selling at $1.8M and up. And finding a full acre lot in this area is really rare.

The mature trees on the lot are visible from the large sunroom; the back yard slopes away toward a creek, creating more private surroundings.

There are three bedrooms on the main floor along with the living areas and sunroom; a daylight basement included in the home’s square footage.

If you’re looking for a great lot to build your dream home, you couldn’t ask for a better spot with Vinings amenities and Cobb Co taxes! Take a look at my listing or call me to get all the details on the property survey and options for a remodel or new build. There is so much potential here!

4201 Brookview Dr SE Atlanta GA 30339

Property overview: 3 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; 3,465 sq. ft.; ranch-style fixer; 1 acre lot; Cochise Club access; walkable to Vinings Village

Schools: Teasley / Campbell / Campbell

Offered at $595,000 (priced at land value)

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SOLD: 4175 Farmington Place

This riverfront beauty just sold! Congratulations to both the seller and new homeowners!

4175 Farmington Place Atlanta GA 30339

Property overview: 5 bedrooms; 4 bathrooms; 4,328 sq. ft.; riverfront acre + lot

Schools: Teasley / Campbell / Campbell

Listed at: $1,375,000

For information about my other listings or to talk about a great selling strategy for your home, visit my website and give me a call!

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