Anaheim Ducks with my Little Brother

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Anaheim Ducks with my Little Brother


     For the past couple months I've been hanging out with my new little brother, Miguel.  Miguel and I were matched up through the Orange County Big Brother/Big Sister network, and we've had a blast.  So far we've spent time out at Boomers, a local entertainment center with arcade games, minigolf, go-karts, rock climbing, batting cages, and more, have gone out for a few meals, and shot some pool.  Turns out, Miguel is about 1 shot better than I am at minigolf, and I've got the upper hand on the pool tables!


Big Brother Big Sister Orange County CA

     This past Tuesday we were fortunate enough to have OC Bigs hook us up with tickets to see the Anaheim Ducks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.  For me, it was a cool game because the Lightning are challenging my Philadelphia Flyers for a playoff spot, so I had extra incentive to cheer for the Ducks.  It turned out that this was the first time Miguel had ever gotten to see a sporting event live, so he was stoked.  As luck would have it, we got to see a game with some good hits, awesome goalie saves, and 3-on-3 overtime as the Ducks ended up with a 2-1 win in overtime.  That in & of itself was awesome, but the best part was how happy Miguel was to be attending --- look at the smile on his face, ear to ear!


     We've had a great time together, and if you're looking for an opportunity to volunteer and make a real difference, the Big Brother, Big
Sister program is nationwide, with children everywhere looking for Big Brothers & Big Sisters.  Here in Orange County, there is a wait list for children wanting to be matched with a Big, and the organization is extremely well organized with amazing training & orientation processes, so it makes volunteering extremely comfortable and easy.  


     The results of the work Big Brother Big Sister does are staggering - this organization is responsible for many children being the first in their family to finish high school and attend college.  They help grades, and more importantly, confidence, improve among their littles, and they prepare them to lead a successful life.


January is National Mentoring Month, and if you're considering volunteer opportunities, I'd recommend starting by visiting the website of Big Brother Big Sister and finding out what opportunities are available in your area.


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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning John Meussner ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! How absolutely wonderful you are participating in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. The rewards are great for the youngsters and spill over to the giver..sounds like you are having a wonderful time!

Jan 22, 2017 05:32 AM #8
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

John, your action speaks so much louder than signing a check and mailing it off to a charity. I can see (and read) that you and Miguel are benefit ting immensely from both of your involvements. That's fantastic! Here via Kathy.

Jan 22, 2017 06:39 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning John. This is a terrific and encouraging post about Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Jan 22, 2017 07:07 AM #10
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

This is such a wonderful program and I applaud you for making the time! 

Jan 22, 2017 08:31 AM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

John, that is a terrific thing that you do. So many people are just satisfied with giving to causes and of course that is great. However, the greatest impact we can have in life is with out time so thank you for what you do.

Jan 22, 2017 08:41 AM #12
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Any kid loves the opportunity to attend a sporting event live.  Miguel is doubly fortunate that he has you for a big brother and the things you have been able to do with hem.

Jan 22, 2017 10:03 AM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi John Meussner - If someone does not think the time is well spent, all you have to do is look at Miguel's smile from ear to ear.  You are creating a legacy of love, kindness and memories that Miguel will take forward in his life for years to come!  Bless you!

Jan 22, 2017 10:45 AM #14
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

What an incredible post - and Miguel is as excited as can be with an exuberant smile that is so heartwarming - !!  You and Miguel are both lucky ducks to have each other - !!

Jan 22, 2017 01:17 PM #15
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi John --- I'm so glad Kathy Streib highlighted your post today.  I didn't know you were involved with Big Brothers.   The story you shared along with the look on Miguel's face is definitely worthy of a rainbow on this rainy Sunday.  

Jan 22, 2017 01:20 PM #16
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Awesome Endre. That big smile says it all about how much you spending time with him means to him. More do us should do that. 

Jan 22, 2017 02:06 PM #17
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

John Meussner Bless you.  It sounds like you and Miguel hit a home run.

Jan 22, 2017 05:20 PM #18
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Thanks all!  It's a great match between Miguel & I, and we both owe it bigtime to Big Brother Big Sister ---- there's guaranteed to be a BBBS near you so if you are looking for a great way to volunteer please check them out!

Jan 22, 2017 06:38 PM #19
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

John, the smile on Miguel's face says it all. He's beaming with happiness. Big Brother Big Sister is an amazing organization. Loved your post!

Jan 23, 2017 06:10 AM #20
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi John

That is awesome that you are doing this! Sounds like you and Miguel are having a terrific time and establishing a wonderful relationship. Thanks for sharing this with us all!! Love that photo of Miguel at the Ducks game.


Jan 23, 2017 07:51 AM #21
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose to high light it this week!

Jan 23, 2017 07:57 AM #22
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

John, you just took me back in time. I was a big sister many many years ago...barely old enough at the time to not be a little sister myself! Those were good times shared, and Miguel looks incredibly happy! 

Jan 23, 2017 08:26 AM #23
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a great encouragement to get involved and Miguel looks very happy to be enjoying his first live sporting event.

Jan 23, 2017 09:01 AM #24
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

My late aunt was a volunteer for the Big Brother organization for many years. It's an amazing organization.

Miguel looks like a very happy little guy at that game!

Jan 24, 2017 01:00 PM #25
Karen Hellier
Freelance Writer - Big Canoe, GA
Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia

Good for you for volunteering with the Big Brothers program. It's a great program and sharing information about it will hopefully get more people to volunteer.

Jan 29, 2017 08:08 PM #26
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi John... what a great thing to do in your community. Big Brother and Big Sister are fabulous organizations. And it's clear you get as much out of it as Miguel does.

Jan 30, 2017 08:39 AM #27
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