Gratitude 4.0: the little Mouse and the Mini.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

This is my last post in this year's Season of Gratitude-series. After expressing my appreciation for clients present and past, for my talented network, for small businesses and all who patronize them, I have to dedicate this one to the two most important people in my life, my two sidekicks, my little mouse, and my mini. 

I sat for the Real Estate Exams (plural, because I first received my VA license in 2004, and MD later that same year) and became a full-time REALTOR when my children were but a wish and twinkle in my eye. 

I embarked on a career in residential Real Estate for a number of reasons: 1. as a then active duty military spouse it was incredibly tough to land a decent job, despite being bilingual and holding a dual Master's degree 2. our first house was a flip, which piqued my curiosity about listing and selling homes to no end, and 3. I wanted a career, and not just a job. 

My Mouse and my Mini have grown up in this business. They have read, and reread my blog posts, listing descriptions, Instagram or Facebook captions, and proof-read just one more time. They have sat through settlements, and final walk-throughs. They have worked Open Houses and viewed countless homes. They have had to take a back seat at times, wait for mom to finish typing, talking, photographing, writing, brainstorming, reading, listening, problem solving... they have handed me tissues and hugs when times were tough, and celebrated every single Happy Closing Day. 

I am sitting here typing while these two are liking my latest Instagram picture, yelling "well done mom, I really like this one" down the stairs to my office. My heart is full with love and gratitude for them both. They have become two great assistants who have an eye for detail, an appreciation for architecture, a curious mind, and straight-A report cards. Yes, I am not-so-secretly hoping that one or both will join me in a few years. I have raised my very own personal cheerleaders! But more importantly, these two wouldn't hesitate for a moment to cheer for you, too. 

The Mouse and the Mini have not only grown up with a self-employed mom, with the ups and downs of the Real Estate seasons, the burst of the biggest housing bubble, but also as military brats. These two are kind and tough. Courageous and resilient. Smart and inquisitive. Patient and understanding. And the loves of my life. 

They deserve a blog post solely dedicated to them. They deserve to be called out, and praised on this virtual rooftop. They deserve it all and then some.

Gratitude. Thankful for my girls.

Gratitude 4.0 is dedicated to my little Mouse and my Mini. 

P.S. I've affectionately called my oldest daughter "mein Mäuschen", which is German meaning little mouse since the day she was born. The ~chen at the end is the diminuitive, turning any noun into its tiny and cute version. Although she's now almost taller, and smarter, and braver, and whole lot of other ~er things than me, she'll always be mein Mäuschen. The Mini is self-explanatory. My youngest is so much like me, it's like looking at a mini version of myself at (a lot of) times! Occasionally, it renders me speechless.  

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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Co., REALTORS®

Silver Spring, Maryland

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Comments (8)

Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

What a wonderful way to end the Grateful Post Challenge.  Your girls are very special and I can hear with your words how very much you love them.  

I hope they join you in a few years.

Nov 30, 2019 01:25 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Great post Andrea Bedard . My last entry was also about my mini-me's. There is no greater joy then our children.

Nov 30, 2019 01:58 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - I am sure your girls are as deservedly proud of you as you are of them.  Rightly so.  

Nov 30, 2019 06:49 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you very much Rose Mary Justice I hope that one or both will join me, too. Then again, they are both so very smart, the world is their's to explore and conquer!

Bob "RealMan" Timm,  thank you! So true, they always make my heart smile. 

I believe so Michael Jacobs - the 3 of us are a pretty awesome Team.

Dec 01, 2019 06:43 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Really love this post and yes, they definitely deserve a blog post of their own. You are lucky to have them, but also it means you have done a great job raising them, so pat yourself on the back as well. Well done!

Dec 02, 2019 07:13 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you so much Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, I am super proud of my girls, and yes, I am patting myself on the back. 

Dec 03, 2019 09:40 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

My dear Andrea Bedard

 And I adore you and getting to know your beautiful, kind, sweet and brilliant girls. Love all three of you 

Dec 05, 2019 05:53 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

 sending big hugs your way Margaret! The girls always look forward to seeing you. Me, too, of course! 

Dec 06, 2019 11:10 AM