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Family Reunion - Weekly Recap for Family Ties Group - May 9th, 2008

Welcome the weekly recap for the ActiveRain Family Ties group.  YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN THE GROUP if you haven't already done so.

We increased to 307 members this week.  Additionally, we moved up to 2249 posts

Welcome to all new members, and thanks to those who posted!  Keep in mind that any member of the group can invite other members to join. 

Below is a selection of my some of my favorite posts to appear within the group over the past week or so, including one of my own.  If you like any of the posts below, please consider subscribing to the author's blog.  I personally subscribe to ALL of the bloggers included here.



Real Estate Agent: Simon Conway (Picket Fence Realty) 

My girls!   by Simon Conway

I enjoyed Simon's post about his daughters and the movie "Father of the Bride".  Although he was not among the winners of this month's song contest, this was a worthy post for inclusion here.  




 Real Estate Agent: Joddie Roberts - Your Spokane Realtor  - Spokane, WA (Exit Real Estate North) 

You Know We're in a Recession When the Price of Top Ramen Goes Up!  by Joddie Roberts

Joddie is a mother of many kids (I think seven), so she has a good handle on food prices.  This was a cute and clever post.




 Real Estate Agent: Ken Tracy, RE/MAX - Naperville Illinois Real Estate (RE/MAX Action) 


This is a short, easy post to read, with a powerful message that I bet everyone can relate to with regard to how it feels to be self-employed selling real estate.





  Real Estate - Other: Duane Marlink, Rate A Home (Rate A Home) 

STOP    by Duane Marlink      I would suggest reading this one. 


 Real Estate - Other: Martin Abeshaus (ZIPVO) 


To Live Beyond My Fence...  by Martin Abeshaus

Martin recently returned from a hiatus away from ActiveRain, and I missed him.  This will give you a sample to understand why.




Real Estate Agent: Mike Norvell Sr., Developers Capital Realty  (Developers Capital Realty, LLC) 

Proud Fatherhood Moments   by Mike Norvell, Sr. 

Mike shares a story about his youngest son, who was recently married.  Mike raised four sons as a single dad for most of their lives.




 Real Estate Agent: Jeannie Kontis - Lancaster Real Estate,  Lancaster PA Homes for Sale (Prudential Homesale Services Group, Lancaster PA) 

Following Your Dreams - a young man's journey   by Jeannie Kontis

Jeannie talks about her son, who will likely be a famous film director someday.





Real Estate Agent: Todd Clark (Realtor), GRI (Washington Co, Beaverton, Oregon) (Kastings & Associates, Oregon) 

Could I be giving up my blog for a very special posting?   by Todd Clark

Todd challenged his 4th grader daughter with an interesting reward/promise.





 Real Estate Agent: Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) 


Renewal  by Paul Slaybaugh

My good friend and AR resident funny man Paul Slaybaugh shows his reflective side in this special post.






My Son Can Ride a Bike Now! Way to go, Brandon! by Jason Crouch

This one is pretty much self-explanatory.  I won't ever forget the day that I shared this special milestone with my son.





If you haven't joined or even visited the group yet, here is the description that I wrote there to give you some idea of what we are all about:

First question: Is this a fan club for the 80's sitcom? No. I just wanted to think of something memorable for this group. This is meant to be a fun place to escape the daily drama of the real estate industry. Please feel free to post any family stories or lessons here. We envision this as a great place to share funny stories about kids, marriage, siblings, parenting, or anything family-related. Posts may relate business to family life, or they may be about striking a healthy balance between career and life. Welcome to Family Ties!

So come on over and check it out!  We're like one big happy family in this great group!  If you aren't visiting this group, I can assure you are missing out on some terrific writing.  I look forward to seeing you there.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!




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