Gratitude - Friends in the Rain and Beyond

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Gratitude - Friends in the Rain and Beyond

Each year, during the month-of-gratitude, I salute the many members in the Rain who I have met, have been to my home, traveled from the east coast to the west coast together, simply met here and more. The connections made here over the years have become friendships that will last a lifetime and for them all, I am so very thankful. 



Denver Airport
This year, there is one very special member who I would love to salute - Will Hamm. Hopefully next week I will be able to complete a post I've been working on for months - the story of my husband's trek to Denver for a specialized medical treatment. We headed out the end of July this year and he came home early last month (October). 


Like many of you, I have a business to run so, after my first week in Denver, I returned home to work and then would head back to Denver to visit Ray every 10 - 12 days. Our first week there, never having met Will, he visited us and welcomed us to Denver.  


Will Hamm in Denver Colorado


More food from Will!He and Ray immediately hit it off with spirited discussions about football. With the pre-season beginning soon, there was a lot to discuss. Will knows more about the Denver Broncos than the sports announcers! We were amazed at his level of knowledge of his team and that includes historical data. 


During that visit, Will shared with me places in the area that I needed to visit when I was in town and every one of them were perfect for my/our needs while we were there. He brought us delicious, home-cooked food that we missed so much while we were away from home. 


Will insisted that he be my chauffeur to and from the airport and was faithful each and every trip - never late, always with a smile on his face and filled with more information about Denver than one can imagine! To and from the airport, Will drove me through different communities, sharing the history of them, the pricing in the community and the advantages of living in each one. Let me tell you, Will Hamm KNOWS Denver!


Every trip out, I took early, early morning flights out of Charlotte, arriving in Denver between 7 & 8AM and Will's first stop out of the airport, was to get me coffee - he insisted! Will was a world class Denver ambassador who could not have been more generous, kind, compassionate and welcoming to his gorgeous city.


Ray's blanket gift from Will


On one morning as we were headed from the airport to the hospital, out of the blue Will got a call from his dear friend, Amanda S. Davidson. Speaking on his CarApplePlay, we had a great time chatting with one another - of course about life, real estate and our fur babies. It was such a treat to enjoy that 3-way call that was a total surprise to Amanda and me both!


Loving the Denver Climate


Will's wife is a busy Denver attorney so, we never had the opportunity to meet her in person but, did enjoy hearing stories about their travels - one long trip which they took together while Ray was in Denver. Will has his assitant run the show while he whisks his lovely bride off to get some much needed R&R. They're really a sweet couple and I do hope to get to know them better in the months and years to come.

The countdown is ON!

During the time I couldn't be out in Denver, Will would go visit Ray, taking him food and, the most useful thing in his room - a countdown calendar! Ray looked at that thing every hour of every day! Every time I would arrive to Denver, he would have me mark any missed days - he wanted to keep that calender CURRENT - the countdown to going home was ON!


Thank you hardly seems enough for all that you did, Will. And, to Sharon, thank you for sharing him while we were in Denver!



Another dear friend in the Rain to whom I would love to express my gratitude - Eileen Burns!  If you followed the #SeeYouOnTheOtherSideOfDenver story, you'll know that Ray decided to keep his beard since being flat on his back for 6 solid weeks and beyond, he was not able to shave and didn't really want anyone else doing so either. 


Eileen Burns to the rescue!


Well, needless to say, Ray was a big, hairy mess that became quite the topic with every post of him on my Facebook page - some thought he should keep it, others, not so much! I guess we knew where Eileen stood when a wonderful package with shaving toiletris were delivered to his room! What fun that package became in the continued debate while we were in Colorado!


Thank you so much for the delightful care package, Eileen - as you know, he finally did wind up shaving the first day he was back. We can't thank you enough for making his shaving experience a much better one than just straight-blading it with a 3-month old beard! LOL


What a long strange trip it's been!

Thank you to all who made our trip to Denver memorable and to Will for making us feel so welcome in his beautiful city, Will. We can only hope to be the kind of ambassadors to our cities are Will is to Denver.


Now I know why those clients keep coming back to him for more help with real estate. Will, you are truly at the top of your game...and it shows!


© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | | Gratitude - Friends in the Rain and Beyond


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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Really enjoyed reading this Gratitude Blog. I'm thankful all worked out well and Ray is home, and getting to know Will Hamm in this narration made him come to life for real.  Thank you for sharing and bringing our AR family closer together! Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Nov 18, 2019 06:02 PM #49
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, Debe and Will Hamm this is the foundation of what ActiveRain was built on!! The camaderie, true generosity of time, experience and well....LOVE. Ray was well taken care of in your absence, Debe, as you were when you were there. What a gem and I loved the Eileen Burns addition to this Denver set of life experiences!!! 

Nov 18, 2019 06:17 PM #50
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story, Debe. Will is an exceptional person - and so are you!

Nov 18, 2019 08:21 PM #51
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

You both make me so proud to be a part of AR. Excellent shout out for such a gracious Will Hamm Sounds like a lifelong friendship and bonding happened. What a comfort knowing that Will was there when you were not! Welcome home, Ray!

Nov 18, 2019 08:21 PM #52
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thank you for your kind words, Diana Dahlberg! I'm happy to have Ray home but, felt so much better knowing that in my absence in Denver, I had someone who would have done anything to help Ray. Will was amazing - I can't say enough wonderful things about him!

Nov 18, 2019 09:06 PM #53
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hey Doll! I SO owe you a phone call! I had a tough week last week and am glad it's behind me for more than one reason, Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Thank you for your sweet words. I cannot thank Will enough for his generosity - he definitely set the bar for all of us!

Nov 18, 2019 09:08 PM #54
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thank you, sweet Marte! He's defintiely the one who set the bar on ambassadorship; he was simply amazing!

Marte Cliff 

Nov 18, 2019 09:09 PM #55
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland,

Well, we spent a lot of time together, that's for sure! I still cannot believe he insisted on picking me up and taking me to the airport each and every trip I made - and there were at least 6 round trips (12 rides) he facilitated.

Once I arrived at 2AM and phoned an Uber because I didn't want to awaken him. When he found out I was in Denver, he was upset that I hadn't phoned him! He is a genuine soul - there just aren't many people like him in this world.


Nov 18, 2019 09:13 PM #56
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

I love reading your posts but I miss our chats and visits even more! Some of the greatest relationships I have to this day were built here in these rain puddles and active paths! 🙏🏻👍🌹❤️😊

Nov 18, 2019 11:15 PM #57
Jamie King
Hoty Enterprises, Inc. - Huron, OH
Sandusky, OH

Loved this post! I'm a firm believer in giving credit where credit is due. Nice shout out to those awesome friends. Hope your husband is doing well and having a successful recovery.

Nov 19, 2019 04:10 AM #58
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

This post made my heart happy. I wish there was a ❤ button. Thanks for sharing Debe

Nov 19, 2019 04:57 AM #59
Marvel "Kay" Peterson
HomeSmart Professionals - Palm Desert, CA
Marvelous Desert Homes

Great story, so nice to meet nice people, our world seems so cold at times, this warms my heart...

Nov 19, 2019 07:33 AM #60
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Debe Maxwell, CRS - Will Hamm aka Will, I am - ( as I call him) is the real deal. Seriously a kind and gracious human being. It doesn't surprise me in the least that he did this for you. Of course he's dependable too.  Next time we make it to Denver, I need to make sure he meets Bernie.  What a treat to have Amanda call too. LOVE this story - and the Eileen gift box is icing on the cake. 

Nov 19, 2019 08:42 AM #61
Greg Mona
Faira Homes Corp - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate in the 21st Century!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful story, Debe Maxwell, CRS.  It is so nice to read about such fine people here in The Rain, yourself included! What a wonderful community for our industry! And while I am more of a passive participant here in The rain, I do take comfort in knowing how many great people there are out there. Blessings to your husband for a speedy recovery,, and to you and yours as well.

Nov 19, 2019 10:44 AM #62
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dear Debe Maxwell, CRS - What a year it has been for you! Although challenges were many you never faltered when it came to responsibilities for family (including fur-babies), personal, or business. I gather in some ways this has been a sacred year of courage, faith, and accountability. And I am guessing most of these events weren't on your plate or Business Plan. But still and all, you continued throughout the year to motivate, encourage, inspire, and provide sound advice to others. Some people may say they admire you and your strength, but I have a feeling that you may agree with my opinion that the important roles we play as women is for our family, business, culture, and the greater good. How the events that play out and the environment in which we live plays into our future is all about education, respect, acceptance, and never wavering from responsibilities. I am very, very glad to know that Ray is home.

As far as your experience with Will Hamm goes, all I can say is he really is a Knight in Shining Armour, a ROCK that you were never thinking about that  could exist in Colorado before you became a real estate agent and Broker, and a member of ActiveRain, or someone who would play the role of a Spiritual/Emotional Healer for you and Ray. We all know how good Will is in the kitchen, but who knew he could provide nourishment to the soul when you never counted on it. What a man! What a GREAT human being. An angel on earth! And aren't we the lucky ones to have people like Will, yourself, Amanda, and Eileen Burns here on AR. I salute you all, especially Ray. May you all be healthy and happy. 


Nov 19, 2019 03:14 PM #63
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Isn't it great that we are able to make these connections, thanks to Activerain!  It truly is a unique place.

Nov 19, 2019 05:22 PM #64
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

I agree with our thoughts!

Each year, during the month-of-gratitude, I salute the many members in the Rain who I have met, have been to my home, traveled from the east coast to the west coast together, simply met here and more. The connections made here over the years have become friendships that will last a lifetime and for them all, I am so very thankful. 

Nov 19, 2019 06:04 PM #65
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Rain friends are special IN SO MANY waya we are reminded of that most especially in times of need.

Nov 20, 2019 02:19 AM #66
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a fun post to read, Debe, and a wonderful tribute to both Will (we've talked but not met...yet) and Eileen.

AR is an unbelievable place for making wonderful friends, and even better when you get to meet in person!


Nov 20, 2019 02:31 PM #67
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS WOW... what a beautifully written post.... and a great tribute to Will Hamm .... he's the prime example of a "loyal friend".... a true friend in times of need ..... how wonderful of him to get you in and out of the airport and home safely.... Will truly stands tall and well above the crowd.... he's the type of real estate agent that every seller in the Denver area would be wise to call for guidance.... he can be trusted and he's loyal in the true meaning of that word.... I'm very proud to know Will and he'd be a great person to do business with.

Nov 21, 2019 02:41 AM #68
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