Maryland Blogger: Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge: Thankful for Our Home

Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge: Thankful for Our Home

Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge: Thankful for Our Home


ActiveRain Ambassador Debe Maxwell has challenged blogger members to post a blog during each week of November in which we express our gratitude for the blessings we enjoy. I am very thankful for our home.

During the 54 years of our marriage, Dolores and I have lived in Portsmouth, Virginia, Virginia Beach and in Montgomery County, Maryland. We have been very fortunate to have very nice homes. Our present home is located in Kentlands, a planned community within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. This is one of the preferred communities for families moving to the Metro Area of Washington, DC.

We have a very nice home and are in our 25th year in as owners. We purchased it when it was one year old when the original owners were transferred. We have lived here longer than we lived in any of our previous homes and if you follow my blogs, you have read my posts on the Kentlands community for many years.

Kentlands is a very walkable community. The public areas are well maintained and we have sidewalks and well lighted streets. Shopping is very convenient and Chef Dolores can get to grocery stores and drug stores in a matter of minutes. There are number of restaurants and medical offices within the community. By the way, the available medical care in the area is some of the best in the country. 

With the location of our home, we can make day trips to Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. I have posted many blogs about some of our favorite places to visit. During the holidays, we always want to visit Longwood Gardens for their annual Longwood Christmas exhibits.

During my photowalks through Kentlands, I enjoy photographing the flowers and the colors of the season. The photograph in this post was taken in our home garden.

Dolores and I are very grateful for our home.

Best wishes to all of my readers for a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 2808
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

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Comment balloon 13 commentsRoy Kelley • November 25 2019 02:15PM


Good morning, Roy Kelley I'm most happy with the fact that the walkability is perfect for you and Dolores from your home.... make good use of that, Roy.... and I wish you and Chef Dolores a Happy and Loving Thanksgiving Day.... careful with desserts!!  Had to say it.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 6 months ago

It is a good feeling to enjoy where one lives. Longwood is a wonderful place to enjoy the Holidays as is Winterthur, maybe when you visit you should visit there as well, they decorate the house for Christmas.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy Kelley ,

My very best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to you and Dolores. We built our home 24 1/2 years ago so I can identify with your gratefulness for your home.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 6 months ago

Hello Roy - having a nice place to call home in a community you enjoy along with a terrific wife is part of the complete package.  The length of your ownership is testimony to that feeling.  Here's to many more memories.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago

Hello Roy Kelley, I always say it is great to have a house that you can make a home over time that you will enjoy for years to come

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 6 months ago


So happy for you, we have loved every home we have lived in, and we understand the importance of being close to everything one needs.  Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy Kelley - you and Delores live in a wonderful community and the walkability is a big plus.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 6 months ago

A home is something to be grateful for, Roy.  I know I'm thankful for mine.  I've lived in my current house sine 1983.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

Roy, you have written about your lovely home in Kentlands, and sounds like a great place to call HOME!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

Hi Roy... from your posts, I've always felt you and Dolores shared a lovely home in a wonderful community. And there's little better in life than really loving where you live.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 6 months ago

Hi Roy- from the moment I began reading your blog and learning of the Kentlands, I've wanted to see it. Your photos and your blog make it sound like such an ideal place!  Wishing you and Chef Dolores a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

Roy Kelley Thanks for sharing your gratitude for your home.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago