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Memories at Active Rain - My AR point memories!

I have always judged the passing of time by the age of my children.  As they have become young adults I have found that a little harder to do.  I would never have thought that Active Rain points would be a way to keep track of important moments.  In a weird way that is just what has happened.

Most of these AR moments happened to do with our son's military deployments.  The first one happened when I hit 50,000 points.  My post read 50,000 points and our son back in the United States.  I was excited as he had been based in Germany and was just getting back from a tour of Iraq. 

You won't find a post when I hit 100,000.  At 100,000 points I had just found that our son was getting the stop lost and would be heading back to Iraq.  As I was passing the mark "100,000 points and our son on his way back to Iraq" kept going through my head.  There was NO WAY that I was writing that post but I know that's when it happened.

By the time I hit 200,000 points our son was back in Iraq and I wasn't really even planning on writing a post.  I had ended up with my daughter's old computer and wrote a post Windows Vista so far I'm not thrilled.  Bob Stewart called me as I hit the exact mark and I was able to take a screen shot of my points being 200,000.  Since I had that cool screen shot I wrote 200,000 points and how to do a screen shot with Vista.  

4th Infantry - Welcome home!Okay here's one my favorite post of all time 300,000 points and our son out of Iraq.  I had to slow down my points a little to make the two coincide but it gave me something to do as I waited for the tour to be finished.  My second favorite post of all time was just a few days later Welcome home to Texas 4th Infantry.   If you have not been to a welcome home celebration for a returning soldier please visit my post and watch the videos. I can't tell you how many times I have read it and watched the video (and I wrote the post).  It was so exciting to have our son back safe and sound!!

The day our son flew back to the United States was a very surreal day.  Our daughter is now an International Flight Attendant flying for a charter company that moves our troops.  Our children literally passed in the sky one going out of Kuwait and the other one going to Kuwait to pick up some troops.  In my wildest dreams I did not see this in either of our children's future!

Our son is now out of the Army and a college student.  I'm approaching 400,000 points right now and I don't know that there's going to be a landmark going on but to be honest; I AM TOTALLY OKAY WITH THAT!!  I'm one of the lucky one who now has my son home but please pray with me for all those men and women who serve to protect us.  Freedom is not FREE!!

It will be interesting to see my future AR point landmarks.  So what are your AR point landmarks?

Comment balloon 79 commentsMarchel Peterson • September 23 2009 10:54PM


Marchel: Glad to hear your son made it back and is getting on with things. Congrats on all your accomplishments.

Posted by Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003 (RE/MAX Concepts) over 9 years ago

Marchel - I am all over this post and happy to hear about your son, your points and the greatness your have written before you.

By the way featured at one of my favorite groups at Activerain ................


I am going to flag this post!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel~ I know you are thrilled your son is home. I have to admit that I have not equated any milestones with my points in activerain! I can tell you that I am getting close to my 200,000 points mark- I guess I better equate it with something....

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel,

Can't say I have any points/post memories that I can recall. Maybe if I were a little more organized I might, lol.

However I do remember reading a few of yours about your son along the way.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 9 years ago

It's been flagged my friend!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel!  You know by now how we look forward to reading your posts and viewing your pictures.  You have been a constant enduring Rainer, a great example to those who need to see how it's done... bringing us all in with you!  What a blessing you are.... seems just yesterday we were all shedding tears of joy with you at your son's return.... now look at you... almost at 400K!  To me... YOU are a landmark at Active Rain.


Posted by Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel, Congratulations on both your achievements and that of your son and his sacrifice to all we hold dear. We are most appreciative and respectful of the sacrifices these men and women make for our country and way of life. Let us honor their service and hold them always in high esteem. 

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 9 years ago

Wow - 400,000 points! I really have been gone a long time. Congratulations and I'm so glad your son is home.

Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Marcel, I am sorry that you are working with Vista. Congratulations on your achievements and thank your son for his service to our Country...

Helping you live your American dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel, I'm thrilled that your son is home.  I honestly can't imagine all the sleepless nights.  I never really connected my AR milestones to what was going on here except at about 200,000....because I had to put off the post I wanted to do and I was so busy at that time.  Congratulations!!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 9 years ago

Very cool post Marchel . . .how about son gets married?  Son has children?  So glad your son is back and safe!

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Beautiful post, Marchel.

We walk down memory lane so often with our children as bookmarks.

I have followed your journey the whole time and loved it, praying for your son.

(LOL) at timing your 300,000 points post.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

Congrats on getting your son back safe and sound, mine is in the process of signing up. So thanks to your son for representing us. And points, I am chasing today to get on page 1 for my state. It has taken me just about 1 year from starting to get to this point. Will I rememeber it, not sure that I will.

Posted by Corinne Guest, Barrington Lifestyles (Barrington Realty Company) over 9 years ago

What a great way of benchmarking your Active Rain points!!

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel... I love this post.  AR has become such a part of so many of our lives and this post clearly shows how intertwined our online and offline world can become.  

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Gee don't tell anyone but I used "Who I was dating in the 90's" to keep track of time after I got divorced.  I have seen and rememberd your milestone posts having to do with your kids.  I probably know your milestones more than I know mine. Congratulations on your son's safe return. You have to be proud of your children.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 9 years ago

What a wonderful post and a wonderful family!  How proud you must be.  I'll bet that welcome home celebration was amazing.  Thanks for sharing Marchel.

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 9 years ago

MATT, It is a HUGE relief having our son home safe and sound.  He went in a boy and came out a man.  He is doing wonderful in college and had he went straight to college I KNOW that would not have been the case.

ROBERT, Thanks for flagging my post.  I can now say I have 22 featured post (that is out of over 400).

VICKIE, My points and son's military was pretty much by accident; that is until I decided to coincide the 300,000 points but that was pretty close also.

LYNDA, I'm way relieved that I won't be posting about him being deployed to Afghanistan.  What a relief to have him home but it also makes me aware of what those families are going through who have loved ones that are deployed.

DIANE, I'm not sure I'm a landmark. I think you must be thinking of Jason Crouch (lol).  I think it helped me to post about our sons landmarks.  He made a 99 on his Chemistry test the other day.  I'm sure that would not have been the case had he went straight to college.  Shoot I didn't even know he was so good at math. 


Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

WILLIAM, I must say DITTO!!  I sure hope that we decide to ramp up our troops over at Afghanistan.  My Dad is a World War II Army Veteran and he said we need to either ramp up the troops or bring them home.

PAULA, It is so good to see you back again.  Can you believe that was 2.5 years ago when we had our little group.  I so miss Karen!

MICHAEL, I'm sorry that I'm working with Vista also.  I thought about going to an Apple but the thought of having to buy all new programs stopped me.  I've got use to Vista's little quirks so I'm okay for now but it does not play well with others.

CAROLE, Isn't it funny that we remember the post that didn't happen (lol).  I can remember bypassing 100,000.  I was so bummed as our son was supposed to be getting out of the Army and instead he was heading for another tour of Iraq.

TAMI, I'm hoping for those someday but right now son graduates college sounds like a cool post.


Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Very touching post Marchel.  I'm almost speechless thinking of all those young men and women over seas in harms way with things not looking good at all.  I am so thrillled your son is home, back in his families arms. Our son is now out of the army and I am proud that he served and glad he's safe and home to raise his new baby girl.

What an interesting journey on active rain - makes one really think of what's important.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel. It's great how you mention your family. I have yet to surpass 50K or 100K points but I mention my husband as much as I can :-)

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I remember a lot of these posts Marchel and am glad your son is back safe and sound...

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

You got me, Marchel! Very moving and I want to thank you and your family. I don't know what I would do or how I would handle a child in the military at this time. Just God Bless you and all our brave children!

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

It's great that you are able to connect the two. I'm nowhere near your total yet, but with time I hope to be. As with all of our troops, it's good to hear that your son made it home safely.

Posted by Nicholas Goraczkowski, Your Mortgage Resource - (720) 83-RATES over 9 years ago

Oh Marchel, what a touching story. I'm so glad your son's returned safe. Please thank him for me for his service, and thank you for allowing him to serve. I wish this these wars were over. So many lives have been disrupted. Glad to see he's taking full advantage of the new GI bill that will pay him to go to school.

Like you, I have charted my life based on my son's age. He's 35 now and it has become difficult. He also did a tour in Iraq...totally 2.5 years. I'm so glad he's home safe.

AR hasn't been a milestone marker either. But, then I only just hit 50,000. Perhaps, as I grow in points, I'll notice some events coinciding with point milestones.

Thanks, Marchel for such a great post.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Wow, interesting post today and very nice. I enjoyed reading about it. God Bless you and your childred.

Enjoy each day with them, it's a blessing.


Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

PS......I can't find the blog telling about this contest,  Do you happen to have? If so would you send me the link? Do you know when it ends?


Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Great Post. Tell you son we appreciate him very much what he is doing for our country.

Posted by Cassi @ Knightyme Video Tours (Knightyme Video Tours) over 9 years ago

Marchel,  What a wonderful post and a wonderful trip down your incredible memory lane.  I just know that there will be awesome landmarks to post along with the growing points along the way.  I'll look forward to your son's wedding and the grandchildren coming someday.  Congratulations and thanks for sharing him with us.  God bless you both.

Posted by Marian Goetzinger, Crystal Coast Real Estate NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000) over 9 years ago

Great post and very moving. I am glad your son is back and safe. I have 2 boys, and I can't imagine what you must have gone through with him in harm's way. My family is thankful for his service!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

As a newbie to AR who just posted his first blog today, I am taking the first step on a journey you've been on for a while.  I will try and treasure the milestones as you have.  Thanks for all your children have done and are doing to make our country great.  You should be very proud of them.

Posted by Kendall Aschoff, NMLSR ID: 372723 - Henderson Las Vegas, NV - Mortg (SecurityNational Mortgage) over 9 years ago


What a wonderful tribute to your son.  I'm so very glad that he is home and safe and back in college.  I want to thank him for his service to our country.  Thank you for sharing all those milestones and points with us.

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) over 9 years ago

Glad your son is home. I understand how it feels to have a loved one deployed and then return home. Those are truly milestones in one's life. Aloha ~ Yvonne

Posted by Yvonne Jaramillo Ahearn, Esq. (B), REALTOR-Broker, CRS, GRI, ABR CLHMS (Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on having your son home and safe!  We really appreciate all that our military men do and the sacrifices that they and their families make to keep our country safe.  Thanks again and God Bless:)

Posted by Sherry Lee Cox (Platinum Properties) over 9 years ago

Machel -

Thank you so much for sharing this.  It really brings into perspective what AR points really mean - and what they don't.  Having your son home safe and sound is equivalent to winning the lottery and a million points - only better!

Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel -- What a moving post (no pun intended).  I honor your son's sacrifice to our great country and, as a parent of growing children, I cannot fathom how hard it must be to watch a child go off to war.  I'm glad your son is home safe and sound and I hope he excels in school and becomes whatever his heart's desire is -- he has SOOOOO earned it and you are so right about freedom not being free.  I served in peacetime only in the military and I know what a fine job our men and women do.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 9 years ago

This was a very sweet post.  I haven't yet hit 100k points yet, so I guess I will be making future memories on AR!!!

Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

MISSY, We do walk down memory lane with our children.  I was a little surprised when AR points became a part of that (lol).  I've enjoyed your walk with your children also.  How did the wedding go by the way?  I guess I need to dig back through your post to see if there's anything.

CORINNE, Who knows your points might start coninciding with your son also.  Mine was just accidental except for that 300,000 but I was close when I saw that coming.

RALPH, This all happened by accident but it did give me a reference to go on.

STEVE, I see a new picture there.  You are right it is an intermingling.

MAUREEN, YES, I am a proud Mama!!  I won't tell anyone your secret about who you were dating in the 90's to keep track of time (lol).


Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

SUSAN,As I was writing this I went back to the welcome home post and went through all the videos again.  It made me all weepy all over again (lol).  Our son is going to Lonestar College Montgomery now, WOO HOO!!  He wants to be a marine engineer so in a year and a half will be transferring to A&M Galveston.

ANNA, I'm sure your granddaughter is thrilled to have her Daddy home.  Our son did not have a steady girl friend as he was in the service but he does not and I love her!!

LANA, I have worked out of a home office for 27 years now and my children are 27 and 24.  They are the reason that I have done what I do.  To this day they still know the hand signal for BE QUIET!!

GARY, You have been on this journey with me and YES I'M THRILLED!!!

DAVID, I am so relieved that our son is out but we truly need to keep all those men and women in our prayers who are serving our country.



Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

NICHOLAS, It was a bit weird how the points just happened at those important times.  It will be interesting to see where they go in the future.  400,000 is very quiet and I'm totally okay with that.

MARIANNE, I'm glad your son is home safe and sound also.  We are the lucky ones.  I've been watching what is going on in Afghanistan and it just tears at my heart.  Had our son not got out he would be preparing to go there now.

PATRICIA, I'm so enjoying our children.  My daughter will be home for a couple of weeks at the first of the month.  I will be looking for your post for the contest. 

CASSI, We have come so far from Vietnam.  When he was in uniform he constantly had people stopping him and thanking him for his service.  Isn't that cool!!

MARIAN, Thanks!  Our son does have a steady girlfriend now.  She is actually the first one that I have ever met.  He told me that she was the first that was worthy.  I don't see him getting married for a few years yet though.




Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago


I'm happy to hear that he is home safely. Military service is both honourable, and risky.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

KRISTI, I was blown away when our son decided to join the Army.  In retrospect it was good for him.  He went in a boy and came out a man.  There's a discipline you learn in the military that you just don't learn anywhere else.

KENDALL, Congrats to you!! Hang on to your seat your in for a journey.  I have learned so much and made so many friends in the rain.  I have my own brokerage and use to get a little lonely but not any longer.

CAROL, Thanks, I'm thrilled that he is out of harms way.  He is loving college!!

YVONNE, It sounds like you have been down the road also.  It is such a relief when they land back on US soil!!

SHERRY, We have so much to thank our military for.  They serve so we can be free!!

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

I wonder what my milestone points say about my past history.  I think it would be neat at 5 or 6 yearws down the road.

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ (Real Estate One) over 9 years ago

Machel - I love the stories you told along the journey of points here on AR. I think it's made it so very special. I'm totally excited about your 400K points too. You know I'm be cheering you on.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

Marchel I am so happy your son is home, I have followed your journey.  I can only imagine the anxious moment you had to endure.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 9 years ago

Marchel,  This post was very moving, and was a joy to read...because your son is home and going to college.  God Bless our military.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 9 years ago

Marchel - What a special way to showcase the many milestones you reached in Active Rain through your son's heroic service to this country.  I am so happy that he is home safely and what a relief it must finally be for you and your family.  I wish I knew about blogging when my son was deployed in 2002 & 2004 to Afghanistan and 2003 & 2006 to Iraq. 

I don't have an AR point landmark but I wrote my 100th post in honor of my dad, my son and my brother on Veteran's Day last year.

Bless you, your family and your son and please send him my heartfelt thanks.

Posted by Donna Bigda, Greater New Haven CT Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance) over 9 years ago

Marchel, I join with everyone else with gratefulness for your son's service to his country and for his safe return. My 100,000 points came last summer when a bunch of other people including Sheldon and Donna reached their milestone. It was fun, now I'm looking forward to 200K!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on the points Marchel. I've enjoyed following your posts for quite some time. Thank you for sharing your family with us.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 9 years ago

Marchel... What an awesome story, thanks for sharing it. Indeed, what iconic landmarks. I'll never think about points quite the same way again. Ditto from so many above... I'm glad your son is home safe and thank him for serving our country...

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 9 years ago



This is great. I really enjoyed reading it. I'm glad your son is back and safe.

Posted by Vanna Siackhasone, Anchorage Real Estate 907-720-4663 (Real Estate Brokers of Alaska 907-720-4663) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel. I have always enjoyed following your posts about your son and shared a bit of the same relief you felt when he returned home! Have a good weekend my friend!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Marchel: Thanks for posting. I just hit the 100,000 plateau which coincided with the birth of our grandson a couple weeks later. I haven't thought about what happens at 200,000. I've got a ways to go. Take care.

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 9 years ago

Hey -- congratuations to you and thanks to your son and daughter!  What an awesome contribution they have made to our country.  I'm looking forward to many more milestones.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

Marchel, well this might be the most memorable point total of all, reaching 400,000 points and it will not have any connection to Iraq.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 9 years ago

Hi Merchel, congratulations for reaching 400,000 points, and thanks to your son and doughter for serving our country.

John Pusa

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 9 years ago

Marchel  I wonder if there will ever come a day when the world will ever not send young people in harm's way  Art

Posted by Art Kruschka, Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices (Administrative Manager) over 9 years ago

MICHAEL, I do feel a bit like I won the lottery having our son home and a college student!  He is loving college and doing GREAT!

CHRIS, Our son wants to be a marine engineer.  He is doing good.  I'll be honest I had no idea he was so good at math.  I knew I didn't have to get tutors for him like I did our daughter in high school.  The thing was I never saw him use his abilities until now.  The service was good for him but I'm glad it is over.

EMILY, I hope you enjoy getting your points as much as I have.

BRIAN, I thought out son would be safe as an Intelligence analyst but his first tour they were sitting ducks.  He was mortared on a daily basis.

RUSS, It was odd the way my milestone points happened. The 50,000 and 100,000 just happened.  I did work a little at coinciding the 300,000.


Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

LOREENA, Thanks!  You have been with me on much of my journey.  I can't believe your little guy is 2 already.  Good grief time flies.

JENNIFER, You have followed my journey also and yes I am so relieved to have our son home safe and sound.

REBECCA, I'm thrilled that he is taking advantage of the GI Bill.  I'm especially thrilled that they have made it so much better also!!

DONNA, Oh my, your son has been deployed 4 times.  Please thank him for his service.  If our son had stayed in he would be getting prepared to go to Afghanistan.  Is your son still in the service?

SHARON, It is amazing at how fast the points come.  It was a bit of a challenge to not get points when I was trying to coincide my 300,000 points.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

JOHN, Thanks and I have enjoyed your family also.

RENE, I'm so thrilled I can't tell you.  It is so fun to just pick up the phone and call our son whenever I want to.

VANNA, I can ditto your comment.  I also glad our son is home safe and sound!!

RUSSELL, Thanks for coming along this journey with me.  It is so much fun to see him adapting to life as a college student.  I'm a proud Mama!




Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

PAUL, Congrats on the birth of your grandson.  It will be interesting to see what 200,000 brings.

JOAN, Thanks!  I'm proud of both of my children.  By the way we had a great trip to Rhode Island but didn't get to see much fall color.  They were just starting to turn.

GEORGE, I can't tell you how thrilled I am that 400,000 points has NOTHING to do with Iraq!!

JOHN, Thanks!  They are wonderful young adults!!  I'm a proud Mother!

ART, I would love to see the day when we are not sending our young people to harms way.  I'm not sure when that will happen though. 


Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Isn't it amazing how Active Rain ties into what's going on with our families when we are so busy and involved here??

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel, Love this memory post!  I am so glad that your son is back home safe and sound, and I'm also glad you sent me to a previous post to learn the snipping tool! How easy is that!!  Thank you Marchel.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 9 years ago

Great post! I don't remember points milestones so much as just looking for the cool numbers. If I did land exactly on a number that had five zeroes in it, that would be pretty cool.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 9 years ago

"Your very welcome my friend"

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 9 years ago

Hi Marchel...Congratulations on the win.  Even better was the safe return home of your son. 


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 9 years ago

Evening Marchek,  Terrific walk down ( your ) memory lane.  And the return of your son !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on winning 1st place.  This is a great post and you certainly deserved to win... I enjoyed reading this post the second time around.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on your 1st place! I enjoyed reading your post again and really like how you tied you points..I know how grateful you must feel to have your son home safe and sound!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 9 years ago

Hi, Marchel!

Those were lovely posts about your son returning home to Texas. It must be wonderful to have him back and in school.



Posted by Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser (Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas) over 9 years ago

JUDY, It has been almost eerie the way AR and my sons Iraq tours happened.  I'm very happy to be approaching 400,000 and no landmarks!

MARY, Thanks!  It is so cool to pick up the phone whenever I want and I can call him!!

RUSSELL,  I will have to watch what happens when I hit the 400,000 but it is hard to land on those exact numbers.  I had help with that 200,000 post.

KATHLEEN, The win was VERY COOL but our son being home safe and sound is VERY, VERY COOL!

BILL, Thanks for sharing my AR memory walk.

JOAN, Thanks for coming back and reading the second time around.  This is my first time to win a contest and it is very cool because it relates back to my favorite two post of all time.

DORIE, Thanks for stopping by again.  YES I am so THRILLED that our son is now a college student. He is doing GREAT in college!!

ROBIN, It is wonderful having him home.  He left a boy and came home a man. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Wow! I just saw the 200K and here you're already at 300K-amazing!

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 9 years ago

Michelle, There was actually quite a bit of time between the 200,000 post and the 300,000;I am actually almost to 400,000.  I don't put a ton of post out a week maybe 2 to 3 but I am consistent.  Nothing special is happening at 400,000 and I'M TOTALLY OKAY WITH THAT!!  It is so much fun to have our son safely home and a college student, boring is good!

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Marchal you have so much to be thankful for, your son obviously has made you proud, but I know you are also thankful for all of us at Active Rain

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 9 years ago

Marchy, I just loved it! Beautiful post and great reading....although I knew all this. That's pretty cool too if you think about it. We have been buds for a long time now and all because of Active Rain! Congratulations on your win. Well deserved my friend.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 9 years ago

Marchel - A very moving post.  Glad your son is back safe and sound.  You have such wonderful family - two children serving our country.  God Bless our military!  Congratulations on your win!  I missed this contest.  I didn't see the announcement.


Posted by Anonymous over 9 years ago

I forgot to log in.   Too early, my brain is not functioning yet.

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" over 9 years ago

Congratulations on a well-deserved win!  I'm sure those two milestones will be forever linked, and never forgotten. I enjoyed reading that post again today,

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 9 years ago

SYBIL, Our son has made me proud and I do love Active Rain.  He is doing good in college and now deciding where to go next year.  He is at our local community college for this year.  He wants to be a marine engineer.  He spent his two years in Iraq studying the ocean.

DEB, We have been friends for quite sometime but I would love to see my friend in person.  We should meet for lunch sometime.

ROSALINDA, Thanks!  This was my first time to win a contest and it is very cool because I was able to write about my two favorite post of all time.  They will always be my two favorite post.

MARGARET, I also remember your comment on my post.  Thank God we learned our lesson from the Vietnam War.  When our son was in uniform he constantly had people coming up to him thanking him for his service.  I know that was not the case when your husband returned home from his tours of Vietnam.  Thank him again for his service.  We owe those Vietnam Vets so much; especially for the way they were treated upon returning home.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

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