This is in response to a blog post I read written by Richard Weisser (click here). He suggested that you should write everyday regardless of the content. He basically said it's not the content that's important, it's the daily blogging that's important. I decided to take him up on his suggestion. But where to start? I guess the best place to start is at the beginning...so here goes.
Hello, my name is Tammie White with Benchmark Realty in Franklin TN. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'd like to tell you a little about myself. Whenever hiring someone that will help you make such an important decision as where you may live, you are entitled to know a little bit about them.
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. I have been married to my very best friend, Tom, for 20 years. We have two children, Lindsey (17) and Jeremy (15). I also have three step-sons, Eric (35), married to Janet with two children (my grandchildren), Conall (2) and Kieran ( 4 months), Jason (30) married to Laura, and Kevin (26). My mother, Louise, is still living in the suburbs of Chicago but my father passed away 7 years ago after a 2 year battle with lung cancer. I have one sister and two brothers, also living in the suburbs of Chicago.
In 2005, my husband retired from municipal government. Tom was the Executive Director of the Bartlett Park District in Bartlett IL for 31 years. We sold out home of 13 years, almost all our belongings, bought an RV and hit the road. My kids were 13 and 11 at the time. We had always home schooled our kids so that wasn't an issue. Many of our friends and family were surprised about our departure from a community that we were heavily imbedded. Our story is similar to that of Abraham's when God called him to leave Ur. Abraham didn't know where he would end up, just that God wanted him to go. That was true of us, as well. We didn't know where God wanted us to go but we were confident that He would show us.
During the year we were on the road, we visited 39 states and over 50 national parks and memorials. We visited many of the cities that my fellow AR members write about including, Seattle, Portland, SanDiego, SanFrancisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Houston, SanAntonio, Salt Lake City, Denver, Tucson, Sarasota, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Key West, New York City, Charleston, and Asheville. Just to name a few.
Each time we visited a city or area, we also visited a church. We were searching for our new home. We would pray and ask the Lord to make it clear where He wanted us to live. We probably visited 30 churches while we were traveling. We would greet the Pastor after the service and give him a brief synopsis of our story and that we were looking for the place God intended us to live. Their answer was always the same, "Thanks for visiting and I wish you safe travels".
That is until we visited Franklin TN. When we came here and visited The Peoples Church, the Pastor, Rick White, responded, "It's here, God wants you to live here". Excuse me, did I hear you right? This is the place? We had been praying about this issue but I have to tell you, we were a little taken aback when we got an audible response from God. We didn't really expect that. We knew He would show us but we didn't expect Him to tell us. He is an awesome God!!
The rest as they say is history. We began our search for a new home. It was the summer of 2006, and the market in Franklin TN was very hot. Sellers were receiving offers on their homes sight unseen. Lots of things were selling for full asking price or more. After about 6 weeks of looking for a home and striking out, we turned our search to land. The only problem, land was, as much, if not more, in demand as homes. We ended up finding 5 acres within 6 miles of historic Franklin where the financing had fallen through. We ended up in a multiple bid situation and once again, God prevailed. This was where He wanted us to live so He paved the way. We built our home in Franklin TN.
A year later, I got my real estate license. My husband continues to home school our kids while I'm devoted to real estate full-time. There are so many wonderful things I can tell you about our community and our friends here. But alas, I have to leave something for future blogs. I hope you will continue to follow my story of my life here in Franklin TN. It's been an awesome journey and I can't wait to tell you what I've learned in the time that I've been here, as well as, share some of my stories of our travels.