Real Estate Broker/Owner with Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas

FUN IN what we had!

I wish we all could have had much more time together. Ricki Eichler and Judi Morgan really should be commended! What a wonderful job they did for the Active Rain crowd! It took a great deal of work and planning to pull this off Ladies! Thank you!  I just love you ladies...above and beyond AR!









I agreed with my husband when he said, "THAT Ricki has such an infectious smile...I sure do like her and Don!"

And Judi, you are so perky and real! Scott and I decided that you could cook for us any time! It was good to meet Ceil and Carl Winters too and Ceil I ate all the white chocolate covered strawberries! Yum.Liz










Marchel Peterson is just as lovely as her Localism Posts! We are getting over the excuses soon and we'll be meeting for lunch.   Liz Carter? Where do you get all that energy? You are like a firecracker on the 4th of July! I so enjoyed talking AR with you! Marchel and Liz are moderators for the Texas Real Estate Group! Join today.

Alan, Jason and Edward


Alan Kirkpatrick, "the" Jason Crouch and Edward Lui were with a small bunch of us that looked at a couple of Ricki's listings...


BTW, Tom Plant and I are going to write up a contract on the "big" house for later AR parties! More on that later.


These gentlemen are full of heart, fun, and family...the type of people you want to be around.



Pam, Jason, Tom and Jim

Tom (california/texas-trans) Plant!

Now, this is what Tom Plant looked like just about the entire time we were there. I understand Tom is considered the Active Rain Ambassador as he is very mobile and attends many functions.

I adore Tom. We had a great time together! His camera made me drool. He is a "semi-professional" photographer with "professional" written all over him!

To your left of the picture you will see Jason and his wife Pam visiting with Jem Woods! Jem and I didn't get to visit but a few minutes and he and wife and kids were off and gone! Next time Jim!


Edward, Jason and Tom


We all nibbled throughout the day. Ricki, Judi and Don had a full spread of veggies, chips, dips, salsa, tea, sodas and more desserts than I've ever seen in one place.

The recreational center we claimed was just beautiful. Large with all natural woods,  fireplace, lots of windows and tables and chairs.

The entire Ponderosa RV park can be yours for a mere pittance of 1.2 million. Any takers?

Just let me'll need representation against that Ricki Eichler Agent!



Tom, Jason, Don, Pam and Judi



Jason had just found Tom Plant on the floor!

Jason, you really take things in stride...he might have given me a heart attack!

It was a great surprise held close to the vest of Judi Morgan!

You see Don Eichler, Ricki's husband in the middle there.




house on water in Bandera 

This is the shot of the house we want to buy for Active Rain get-togethers!

It's Ricki's listing and I fell in love.

It sits on one acre on a bluff next to an emerald green stream.

Now, here's my plan.....

If all 80,000 of us members donated $10.00 (mailed directly to me) we could all hold undivided interest in the house and we would have a place to party!!

Whaddaya think? Send money anyway.


Tom and treeWhere's Tom Plant?


Is he still on the floor?


Oh, I see him!


He's in front of the Oak Tree that sits in front our house!


Wow, nice tree, Tom.










Jeff, Michelle and Alan




Jeff, the owner of our house, Michele and Alan Kirkpatrick.







Downtown Bandera






Downtown Bandera...Saturday afternoon!







Close "butt" no cigar.

See Tom...

that's what I was talking about!









Trey Thurmond



It was good to meet Trey Thurmond and his wife, Kris!

They came all the way from College Station.







people taking picturesAlan, Jem, Edward, Jason..

Picture of people taking pictures of people taking pictures of people taking pictures...

you get the picture. 









More and more...












Judi taking my picture taking her picture...

blah, blah, blah...



We took a lot of pictures.


Kris Thurmond behind her.



The wedding party.

Invitations will go out soon for Tex and Mollie's wedding.








bake sale



The baked goods sale was successful and we raised a few dollars for David Wilder's family and had a great time.


 Ricki, Trey and Carl Winters.






Gail Tassey



 Gail Tassey is one of my blogging buddies for sure! Gail, we barely got to say two words to each other!

You ran off sooooo early.

More time next time?


















As our Active Rain get together drew to a close it was sad to see everyone leave! I can tell you though, I will be there next time too! Ricki, Judi, next time at Lake Livingston, huh?


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Debra and Scott Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties, Lake Conroe - Conroe, TX
Lake Conroe Real Estate and Luxury Home Specialists!

Hey Hon-I had a great time meeting all your friends in the Rain. What a wonderfully special group. Thanks for inviting me.


Apr 15, 2008 03:55 PM #14
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Deb - It sure looks like it was alot of fun, we are yet to get a meet organised in our area.
Apr 15, 2008 04:05 PM #15
Judi Morgan
RETIRED - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Scott, We all enjoyed meeting you too!!!  My husband, Don, mentioned that he really enjoyed visiting with you.  :)
Apr 15, 2008 04:11 PM #16
Edward W. Lui
Mars Hill Realty Group - Georgetown, TX
Georgetown Texas Real Estate
Hey great pictures!:)  It was nice going on tour with you, I really thought you were going to whip out a contract! 
Apr 16, 2008 01:52 AM #17
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Marchel! I thought it was a great picture! I got so many!

Vanessa, It was sooo much fun! Just getting to "hear" the voices instead of reading them! Hugs were good too.

Jennifer, yes it was great. You can come to one of ours too! Anyone who comes is an honorary Texan!

Judi, Scott had so much fun too. He was kidding about your friends. He feels like a part of the AR family now. In fact, he may even start blogging! Yea rah!

Edward, I almost did. I love the place. The house, the land, the area. All fine with me! It was great meeting you and your family.


Apr 16, 2008 03:03 AM #18
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor
Debra - Wow!  Looks like Yall had a great get together.  Lots of nice people and some really cool pictures.  Thanks for sharing.
Apr 16, 2008 11:00 AM #19
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating
Deb ~ I commented on a couple of the other posts on this gathering, but I love seeing everyone's pictures and what a great time you all seemed to have!  You guys are too much - taking a picture of someone taking a picture of you taking a picture . . .
Apr 16, 2008 11:19 AM #20
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, - Your Coastal Bend Home Source

Hi Deb,   I love your post!  Very good pictures and so interesting and fun.  I love the Trans-Plant!  And the time share idea is great.  What's your address?  I'm sending my $10. now.  BTW- the Pomarosa is 1.75m but just get an offer.  We'll be happy to look at it! :)  I'll set up an appt anytime you want to bring a buyer to look.       We enjoyed breakfast with y'all so much.   Yes, we may be coming east next time.  We'll get together and talk soon.  OK?  Later...Ricki

Apr 16, 2008 02:02 PM #21
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Hey Bob, we had a ball. I wanted to load all my pictures but I thought it might be overdoing things a bit! There were ssssoooooo many nice people. I felt lucky to be able to be there!

Kathy, Thank you for commenting on mine too! I was late writing it but like I said...better late than never!

Ricki, the feelings are mutual I assure you. Yes, we must get together soon. East Texas is fine too! Anywhere as long as it's not ON THE FLOOR! HA.

Later in the rain~Deb

Apr 16, 2008 05:29 PM #22
Jenniffer Lee
RE/MAX Complete Solutions - Boca Raton, FL
Broker/Owner/Realtor at RE/MAX Complete Solutions
It is great to see that the relationships, spirit, and fun go far beyond the blog!
Apr 17, 2008 04:36 AM #23
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX
They really do Jennifer. I felt as if I had bonded with so many of the rainers before we even met. It was fun and everyone should try this! Deb
Apr 17, 2008 10:25 AM #24
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Howdy Deb - Looks like you have already had many stop by to make a comment or two on your great blog summary of the Gathering over in Bandera. It was nice of you to bid on the left over strawberries; after sitting out all day they didn't look very temptng, it was for a good cause. The auction at the end just made the day complete. Thank you and Scott for coming all the way to Bandera to meet with all your AR blogging friends. See ya at the next AR Gathering.


Apr 17, 2008 12:44 PM #25
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

AWE, Carl, that's so sweet. I loved Ceil's strawberries. Really! It's worth the donation for Jason's friends. I am so sorry she's in this situation. Life is not fair and maybe what John Lennon wrote about was true. Only the good die young.

Well, I'm still here.! Hum. what does that say?

Y'all seemed so nice and yes, I'm looking forward to the next visit. We are already a family of Texas and I hope it grows each day! Say hello to Ceil and I will see you Later in the rain~Deb

Apr 17, 2008 01:18 PM #26
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Deb - Great post and great photos, too!  It looks like you managed to capture me from every angle, front (with and without sunglasses), side, and rear as well.  :)  It was a real pleasure to finally meet you in person - I look forward to seeing you guys again soon!
Apr 17, 2008 02:03 PM #27
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX
Jason, front was good, back was good, and there are others I didn't post! :-) Deb
Apr 17, 2008 02:18 PM #28
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Deb, great recap, and stellar photos on the get together in Bandera. I had read Jason's account on this too. Hope to make one of these events some day. Sure looked like fun. Get to put real people and lives behind these words we read each day. Great that Tom flew in too.
Apr 17, 2008 03:33 PM #29
Renee Busse
Tennessee Realty - Dyersburg, TN
ABR,ePRO Dyer Co. TN Real Estate


Looks like everyone had a great time. Makes me look forward to Brad (Andersohn) and some other Active Rainer's coming to our training meeting here in Dyersburg.

Apr 17, 2008 05:00 PM #30
Liz Carter
Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life! - Katy, TX
Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)

Hey my new friend Deb,nice job, I just don't get tried of looking at everyone's post of our wonderful day the way you have not been by to see mine (:.  I got a very special one of you on it!  Now you gotta go to my post, HA, I know how to get those comment points LOL.  Deb and Rhett

"YUM, YUM, What does Deb have on that taste so good?"

Rhett Butler (Liz Carter's red poodle giving Deb Brooks some loving

Deb you can't say I didn't warn you?  But hand sanitizer???  I'l let you explain to everyone Really am LMAO now :).  Really am sorry about that, no really!

By the way congratulations on 2nd place in the Blast from the past groups photo contest, yours was nothing short of amazing...for those who have not seen it, run to the group on click on winners of contest to see Deb's in 2nd spot.  Now if you tell me you did that in an hour, well I'll just go hang myself!  How long did it take you?  You really are good.  PS, my check is in the mail for the house, Liz

Apr 17, 2008 07:26 PM #31
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Deb - Now you have me intrigued.  Maybe you could email them to me?
Apr 21, 2008 09:25 AM #32
Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
Looks like everyone had a GREAT time. The photos you took looked good also.
Apr 21, 2008 09:31 AM #33
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