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Living with the in-laws

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May 31st, 2009

Splitting time between families no longer an issue

By Sara Martin Living with your in-laws typically isn t high on anyone s to-do list. But living with your daughter s in-laws? "It s been great," says Eagle s Trace resident D.E. Smith. "My youngest daughter is married to [resident] Jim Walthall s youngest son. She s the reason we both live here." Turning points Just over two years ago, Jennifer Walthall was on the Internet, searching for retirement communities in the Houston area. She made an appointment to visit Eagle s Trace and arrived at the community 30 minutes early. "One of the things that really impressed me was the security on campus," she recalls. "I arrived before my appointment and decided to take a look around. The security team discreetly followed me. That s when I knew my parents would be in a safe environment." Her next step was to convince her parents to visit. "We had already looked at other retirement options in Houston when we were out with Jennifer one day," says Smith. "She turned into the driveway at Eagle s Trace and told us she wanted to look at another option." While security was the selling point for Jennifer Walthall, the ability to tailor their new apartment home to their liking was what did it for the Smiths. "We found a floor plan the Williamsburg that appealed to us," Smith says. "We were able to make the upgrades we wanted; we chose the flooring and added a sink in the laundry room. It gave the apartment a whole different ambience and made it feel like home." With her parents happily settled at Eagle s Trace, Jennifer Walthall turned her attention to her father-in-law. "I gave him information about the community and asked him to consider it with an open mind," she says. "A few weeks before Thanksgiving, I was in San Antonio with my sisters-in-law when he called and told me that he had visited Eagle s Trace and was planning to move in January. Then he called back to tell me he didn t want to wait and was moving in the week of Thanksgiving!" She couldn t have been happier. "This is the best place in the world for them," she says. "Knowing they are all secure and can walk to see the doctor if they need anything gives me peace of mind." Family time a priority With the recent birth of their first great-grandchild, family time is even more important to the Walthalls and the Smiths. "Our kids and grandkids love to come visit us, mostly because we have great food," says a smiling Jim Walthall. Since her parents and father-in-law live at Eagle s Trace, it s easier for Jennifer Walthall to spend time with both sides of the family. "It works great for my husband, my children, and me," she says. "We visit both of them without having to split our time. It s wonderful to all be together."