50,000 points and our son back in the United States

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Real Estate Agent with Results Realty

This post is going to put me over 50,000 points which is way cool but our son getting back to the United States today is even cooler. 

Tarren Peterson and Abby March 2007Our son has been stationed in Germany as an Intelligence Analyst with the Army for the past two years.  One of those years was spent in Hit Iraq and the rest was in Friedberg Germany.  He just flew back to the states today, Memorial Day and come June 11th will be reporting to Fort Hood.  I can't tell you how thrilled we are to have him back in the states and in Texas at that.  It is a double edged sword in that he could get in to a group heading straight back to Iraq.  We won't know that until he reports to Fort Hood but should that happen he seems okay with it.  More okay than I am but I'm trying to turn that one over to the Lord.  I think it is the not knowing that drives me crazy.  I'm sure once I know it will be easier to turn over.  Tarren Peterson on leave from Iraq June 2006

As I'm writing this he is in the United States but still in Dallas as they have had weather (I think Dallas always has weather) and his flight is delayed.  He has been calling on his cell phone and when his picture shows up on my TREO I get so excited.  He told me that he lost his IPOD a few days ago (probably it was stolen) and broke his MP3 player getting home but he is so excited to be back in the states that it didn't really seem to matter.  That is just stuff any way.  A few years ago that would have been traumatic stuff but not anymore. He will get back in Spring here later this evening.

The pictures are from when he was home in March of this year and the other one was when he was home for his two week leave the year he was in Iraq.  You can see how excited our dog Abby was to see him.

Now I will get to my 50,000 points.  My friend Mary Warren from Las Vegas turned me on to blogging at the first of this year.  My first Blog was actually not with Active Rain but with Real Talk.  I read an email on Real Talk about Active Rain and I can't even tell you who wrote it but whoever you were out there thank you.  I decided to start a Blog on Active Rain also.  I was actually moving my post from one Blog to another (mind you there weren't many of them and I now know that duplicating content is a NO, NO for Google) when several people commented on a post I wrote about.  The post was "What to bring to your real estate closing". There were actually three comments from Chris Tesch, Danny Smith and Bob Sloop.  I was amazed, oh my goodness someone was reading my post.  Chris was the first one to comment so I looked her up and found out she had a whole boat load of points.  I went to her website and found her email address.  I was afraid to email through Active Rain; I guess I was afraid it might go out to the world also.  I emailed Chris and asked her how she found my blog.  She was so sweet she called me back on my cell phone.  We are sailor's and were at a birthday fish fry at our yacht club (it sounds fancier than it is) so I even remember the date January 27th.  Chris spent the longest time on the phone with me discussing what Active Rain was and how to go about getting points.  I've always been a carrot grabber so that sounded fun to me.  I had no idea what I had grabbed on to.  Since that time I have got to know both Danny and Bob and many other people across the United States.  Bob and I have shared having our sons in Iraq. 

I just want to thank the Active Rain network for putting this together and I must say Localism totally rocks.  I still like the points but since that time it has become the friendships, the knowledge, Localism and the points are just an added incentive. 

I have had a lot of time on this Memorial Day for reflection.  We are so fortunate to live in this great country that we live in and to have the freedom to pursue our dreams.  I'm proud of our son and all the men and women in our military that defend our country so we can pursue our dreams.  So I also want to thank all of you out there that are in the military or have spouses, sons or daughters in the military, you rock also!!

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Rainer
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Renee L. Norton
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What an awesome Memorial Day to have you son back on US soil!  Congratulations!  I am sure you are proud of him. I hope he gets to stay in Texas.  Congratulations on the points too.
May 28, 2007 03:17 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Paula Henry
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Marchel - What an exciting time for you and your family! Enjoy.............
May 28, 2007 03:27 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
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Congrats on both of these - I know your joy - my baby brother just came home from overseas and I just hit the 60,000 - I am happy for you
May 28, 2007 04:49 PM #9
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Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX

Marchel, I knew you had reached 50,000 and kept wondering where your post was to tell everyone! Now I know! What a wonderful weekend it must have been for your family. Your a Great American Family for enduring the things you do. I for one appreciate your son's protection of me and my loved ones and I also appreciate you and your husband for raising such a unselfish person that would put his country first.

Also congratulations on your 50,000 POINTS!

May 29, 2007 08:04 AM #10
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Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN
Hey Hey, I found you again, wow, this is so greatttttttttt,  I am so happy for you and your son, and puppy too.  If you only knew how this post makes me feel.  I can just imagine the joy you have within you.  Congratulations on your well earned 50,000 points.  I have seen so many posts of yours, and I enjoy each personal touch you put into them.  I thank you for sharing this wonderful happy moment with us!
May 29, 2007 11:16 AM #11
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Missy Caulk
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Yea !!!!!!! God bless the USA !
May 29, 2007 12:04 PM #12
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Thanks to all of you.  It is soooooooooo good to have him back on Texas soil!!!  At almost 22 years of age he doesn't hang with us much but it is wonderful to have him home.  You can bet he is showing up at meal time though.

I was so happy to call Sprint and get his cell phone taken off of military rest.  Sprint has been wonderful in that regard.  He did not get charged at all the two years he was gone from the United States and was able to keep his same number.  When he would come home for a leave I would just call them and they would reactivate it until I called and told them to put is back on miliatary rest.  It is so exciting to see his face appear on my TREO when he calls.  He had a German cell phone while in Germany but it was not very clear.  Calling there was very confusing with all those numbers.

We are all so fortunate to live in the United States.  Every time I go to another country it brings home how blessed we are!

May 29, 2007 03:47 PM #13
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Amy Whiffen
RE/MAX Southern Shores - Myrtle Beach, SC
REALTOR - Myrtle Beach Real Estate
Congratulations and Thank you for expressing how so many of us feel, but are unable to explain so eloquently...
May 30, 2007 03:26 AM #14
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Wayne McMullan
Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty - Belleville, ON
Quinte Real Estate
Congratulations on the 50,000 points Marchel. That's a whole lot of posting since you started. Also, glad to hear that your son is home, nothing could be finer.
Jun 09, 2007 02:18 PM #15
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Thanks Wayne!  We have really enjoyed having him home for the last two weeks.  Monday he reports to Fort Hood and we will know if or as he thinks when he will be heading back to Iraq.

Jun 09, 2007 03:34 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Congratulations on your 50,000 points mark....and thank you for sharing pictures and story of your son.  Thanks for the post.
Jun 11, 2007 09:02 AM #17
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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

Hi, Marchel!

 Glad to hear he's back, safe and sound. I'm anxiously awaiting November for my brother to return from Iraq, although he, too, will most likely be returning as he is re-enlisting...

God bless the USA!

~Maura Gebhardt

Jun 11, 2007 02:01 PM #18
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Gary:  Thanks for stopping by.  He is at Fort Hood.  We should know soon if he is heading straight back to Iraq.

Maura:  Thank your brother for his service.  You are right God Bless the USA.  We are so blessed to live in this country!!!!

Jun 12, 2007 10:10 AM #19
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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WooHoo and safe trip wherever your son's duty may take him! 
Jun 14, 2007 12:03 PM #20
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Cheri Smith
Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX - Cypress, TX
Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
I'm happy for you that your son is home. I was a military wife once upon a time and it's tough knowing your loved ones are possibly in harm's way. I gave birth to our first son while my husband was in boot camp, our second son while he was in desert storm and our daughter while he was in Korea. Thank GOD for family support or I'd have never survived the stress. Thank your son for me that he puts his life on the line for us every day. My ex has been in the military 18 years now and though we are no longer married I still worry about him.
Jun 15, 2007 03:28 PM #21
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Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
Congrats on breaking the 50K barrier!
Oct 07, 2007 01:00 AM #22
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Thanks Neal!  I have enjoyed all the people I have met on Active Rain.  I recently broke the 100,000 mark but because of what I wrote in this post could not bring myself to post anything.  When I wrote this our son was just getting back in the states and we did not know where he would be going from there.  The answer is that he will be heading back to Iraq in December.  His attitude is great about it and I am trying to keep a great attitude also.  It was good for me to re-read this, that part about turning it over to the Lord anyway. 

Oct 07, 2007 07:25 AM #23
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Tom Davis
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Congratulations on reaching the 50,000 Point Mark!  It is consistent effort in blogging that will generate a pathway to a positive real estate future online!  This is the network to network on! 

Keep up the fantastic work and have a great day!

Tom Davis

Dec 14, 2009 03:55 PM #24
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Tom Davis
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Oh I forgot to mention, it's always good to have the son back at home!

Happy Holidays!  Best wishes for a bright and happy new year!

Thanks,

Tom Davis

Dec 17, 2009 12:08 PM #25
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Tom, It is wonderful to have the son home.

I'm actually now over 400,000 points but for some odd reason many of my major points were at important military events.  I wrote a post on my AR memories at http://activerain.com/blogsview/1253150/memories-at-active-rain-my-ar-point-memories- and most of my memories had to do with our son going in and out of Iraq.  He is now out of the Army and a college student here locally.  I JUST TALKED TO HIM ON THE PHONE!!  This will be our first Christmas all together since 2004.

Here's my favorite post of all time http://activerain.com/blogsview/973240/welcome-home-to-texas-4th-infantry-.  I can still watch that plane landing on US soil and get all choked up.

Dec 17, 2009 01:57 PM #26
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