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Real Estate Agent with O'Donnell Properties

The joy is here! Thank you Active Rain and the members who showed up at the Annapolis gathering on the 22nd at Famous Daves! You see, I buried my mother on Dec. 19th in New Mexico; after her long suffering with Alzheimer's. Many of you know I traveled to Dubai this past summer to bring her back to the US. She was visiting my sister in the middle east. It has been hard. but here's how my return to Maryland started last weekend. I flew home on the 21st and waiting for me via email was an Active Rain invite gathering from Margaret Romeand Pat Hommel. I hesitated for a bit, but something edged me to get out of bed despite my mourning to get myself dressed, and cover up for a cold brisk Dec. morning.

As I crossed the Bay Bridge I thought to myself, just turn around as the tears streamed down my cheeks. But somehow, I ended up at Famous Daves. To my surprise, I walked in and instantly was welcomed by some of the greatest AR members in the MD/VA market. Margaret Rome made me so welcome by introducing me one by one andwithout a hitch I was conversing about life, death, mothers, real estate, books, and shopping.

The thoughtfulness and consideration that shadowed over me was so warm and welcoming. I knew why I was there, I felt the camaraderie, I felt the empathy and I felt friendship especially during this difficult time for me. Yes, i could have stayed home, but I believe an angel put wings on me and whisked me over to be amongst other AR angels.  Call me strange, but I do believe in Angels, and I needed the fondness of my new friends. My emotions were charged and fueled as I looked around the table, for a moment I felt the spirit of Christmas -they kept me smiling and I found myself bubbly and a sense of peace was evident.  So, even though I am missing my mom terribly, I know I can always count on my new online AR friends.  Thank you, thank you and here's wishing you all a Happy and safe New Year!

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Camille O'Donnell
O'Donnell Properties - Queenstown, MD


Hopefully, we will all be meeting soon again. I feel like I know you somewhat, through Margaret and your fine mortgage expertise.  Thank you again for your warm condolences.

Dec 29, 2008 01:43 AM #5
Camille O'Donnell
O'Donnell Properties - Queenstown, MD

Dear Emily,

Thank you for your kind words ...and because of people like you on AR ..I can actually saying I am feeling the power of peace online. It is amazing and thank you again for your support. I can only encourage you to coordinate a meeting in Nashville- especially now - just being around positive people will be worth your time and effort. Good Luck 

Dec 29, 2008 01:47 AM #6
Camille O'Donnell
O'Donnell Properties - Queenstown, MD
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Camille - Wonderful that you had the support of your AR friends with the loss of your mother.  I have made several friends here that I can't wait to meet in person.

Dec 29, 2008 03:28 AM #8
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Staying in bed would have caused you to miss a healing experience and the joy of time with friends.  Good for you for taking action.

Dec 29, 2008 03:33 AM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

First of all...my sympathy for your loss...when my Dad passed away I thought the tears would never stop....and they would start anytime, anywhere....Know that the memories will replace the tears with time. Margaret is a great gal...her book is "in the mail" and can't wait for it !

Dec 29, 2008 03:35 AM #10
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Camille, How wonderful to be so uplifted by your AR friends and family. My prayers are with you and your family.

Dec 29, 2008 03:43 AM #11
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Camille,  In Hebrews 13:2 there's a wonderful verse that says:

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Thank God for Mothers and for other angels whom he places in our lives when we seem to need them most.  Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother and my congratulations for loving and appreciating her when she was still with you.  I'm glad you went to the gathering.  Live goes on and your mother will always be a part of your life.  God bless you.

Dec 29, 2008 03:44 AM #12
Mary Newrones
Howard Hanna - Middleburg Heights, OH

Camille, What a wonderful, inspiring post. I joined AR recently and am excited to be amoungst such great people around the Nation.

Here's wishing you a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

Dec 29, 2008 04:05 AM #13
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Camille~ I am so sorry to hear about your Mother.  I agree with you that we are so blessed to have our friends here in the rain. It is so nice to be able to discuss life and business with those that have things in common with us!  I hope you have the best New Year ever!     

Dec 29, 2008 04:19 AM #14
Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio
Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro - Manalapan, NJ
Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate

Thank you for sharing that great inspirational story.

My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom.

May you find peace and comfort in the New Year!

Dec 29, 2008 04:35 AM #15
Quakertown, PA
e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578

I agree.  Very aspiring story here Camille.  I am glad you got featured!


Dec 29, 2008 08:16 AM #16
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

How wonderful to hear about this generosity of our members.  I hope you find peacefulness after your loss.

Dec 29, 2008 08:47 AM #17
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Camille, I am so proud of you for coming to Annapolis! You are very very special and we all loved meeting and getting to know you. There are so many people on AR that are willing to share and welcome a member. 

Thanks for the congratulations on my book!

Dec 29, 2008 11:17 AM #18
Camille O'Donnell
O'Donnell Properties - Queenstown, MD

Dear Margaret,

Thank you and you are welcome. Thanks for opening your heart for me. Cheers on your new book. I wrote the AR staff about the Trulia.com Top Book List. Will see..

Dec 29, 2008 12:17 PM #19
Camille O'Donnell
O'Donnell Properties - Queenstown, MD

Virginia: Thank you for your kind words--love the bonding.

Norma: You are right staying in bed would not have accomplished much..like I said I believe an angel carried me that day.y

Sally and David: Please continue your kindness and thank you for your consoling words and yes I believe the loving memories of my mom will replace my tears soon.

Marian: Thanks for reminding me of that great scripture in Hebrews---so true and you are right strangers can be truly angels in disguise. Oh and what can I say about mothers they are priceless in every sense of the word.

Barb:Thank you for your condolences and thoughtfulness by a new online friend.

Mary, Vickie, JoAnna, Donald and Diane: I was surprised to read your wonderful comments during this difficult time. I believe you are all online angels and I hope one day I will be able to reciprocate all the love that has been showered on me sponsored by AR. God Bless you all.  


Dec 29, 2008 12:28 PM #20
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

There are a lot of angels here on active rain.  I hope the new year goes better for you

Dec 29, 2008 02:24 PM #21
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Very inspiring story, well put together and a good read.  Thank you for sharing and look forward to future posts.

Dec 29, 2008 05:21 PM #22
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Camille, I have always said the best part of this network is the friendships. I am sorry to hear about your mom, and it will take time but good for you for making yourself get up and go.

Dec 30, 2008 04:56 AM #23
Camille O'Donnell
O'Donnell Properties - Queenstown, MD

Dear Russ, Morgan and Missy: Thank  you for your time and comments on what really is important as we head into 2009. Especially when i need your comfort most. Even as blogging takes off, many of us realize how so important online communication turns into real friendships. Take care.

Dec 31, 2008 05:58 AM #24
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