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A Life Lesson - Don't Give Up

 Well, I'm finally back to update you on the post "Overcoming Adversity, Change, and Life's Challenges" As most of you know, our family started off the New Year with quite a barrage of unfortunate events. When my wife told me that I should write a post on my Blog about the whole 3 day ordeal, being the stubborn Leo and mule that I am, I resisted! I was in too much shock and drowning in self pity to think anyone needed to know or would care. Man, was I wrong!

After finishing the post, I did feel a bit better, but when I started reading the comments from a few of you, I totally lost it and just had to walk away! It took me a while to even come back to the post, and start reading them again. Every comment, every word, every response simply made me weep! I'm not ashamed, I've been humbled! I have never experienced so much love and support from so many people I have never even met! (at least not in person) I realize now, this is NOT just my social network, this is my family.

I considered naming this the "Miracle Post." Even though I survived the first three days of the New Year, I honestly felt that I had lost all hope, and my faith was shattered. My mind was so emotionally twisted and heart so broken, that at times, I don't remember driving places, saying things, doing things etc. The entire first weekend of the New Year is but a blur for me.

 I kept coming back to the post, and reading the comments. They somehow began to give me peace. Just knowing that my family and I have so many friends here who sincerely care about us, gave me a sense of security, where "In My Heart" there was none . As I found the strength to read your comments, and believe them to be true, my hope and faith began to be restored. "THAT'S A MIRACLE!" I have never been so deeply touched by so many people in all my life. Here's part of the "Life Lesson" my family and I want to share with you.

On Friday, when my position was terminated from my Company that I had given 20+ years of my life to, I was at the end of my rope. I was trying to be strong and positive, but in my heart, I was toast! I saw no light at the end of the tunnel. I was scarred and the world seemed so dark. I could barely look into the eyes of my wife and children. I felt like a failure. I really did not know what I was going to do. I have never felt so helpless, insignificant and worthless as I did this past weekend. When I read through many of the comments (180+) my spirit was renewed, and I found a strength that I just can't explain to you. It was like some kind of strange phenomenon. I used the words from your comments as my fuel, and my post as a positive source to replenish my spirit. Not sure what I would have done without them....honestly!!

So I took the advice from so many of you to be strong, have faith, look for the open doors, don't panic, believe, and just "don't give up!" Such simple words, but yet so powerful. The advice, wisdom, scriptures and life experiences in your comments should be read by any and every person going through a life change, challenge or any type of adversity. I can't tell you how many calls and emails I have received from so many people from all over the Country. Lives have been, and are being changed. I see that many have been touched, and our story is an incredible testimony to what happens when you just hang in there, weather the storms of life, and just "don't give up." Something bigger and better will happen!! It's a fact, and my family and I are living proof.

 In my original post, I posed the question, "So how do you overcome adversity, change, and life's challenges? I really don't know other than to lean on GOD as our spiritual leader, and our friends and family for their love and support." Now, I am convinced that I was right. Look to and rely on God, your family, and all of your friends for support! I have learned so much from so many of you in a single post, richly loaded with comments of wisdom, love, prayer, scriptures, circumstances, trials, tribulations, and pain. You have permanently etched your names into our hearts.

On Monday morning last week, just 8 hours after being unemployed, I was hired (rescued) by one of my favorite local Title Companies here in the Bay Area called Placer Title Company. They are underwritten by Stewart Title and some others. The County Manager, Genie Branson, hired me first thing on Monday morning. She is the angel sent from above, I really truly believe that. Just after that, at 10:00am, my son Brandon had his first appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon, and was given the green light to just cast the arm, and no surgery would be necessary. It looks as though his arm may heal normally. Someday soon, he'll be back to playing his guitar and wrestling with his brothers once again.

Lastly, even with all the storms, winds, and rains that came crashing down on us over the weekend, we still survived! There was no Flooding, our home was spared! This has been one heck of a journey for the Andersohn's this year. It is a miracle, and my wife and family believe it was because of you and all your positive thoughts, comments and prayers. How could the Big Guy ignore so many people praying for us? Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!!!

 If God has a Blog, we think ours got featured! LOL!~ When I went into Walnut Creek this week to pick up my final check, one of my dearest friends who hired me back in 1986 was standing in her doorway holding what looked like a small phone book or manual. I asked, "what is that?" She said, "It's your post from Active Rain!" She responded, "I printed out the whole thing, comments and all, so I can take it home and read it, and then share it with my husband. You should publish this in a book!" She was in tears and was very moved by the support she saw here from AR. She said she had never witnessed anything like this before, and she wanted to share it with others. I agreed! You see, your comments and support not only helped us, but now it is helping others too.

We share this whole story with you in hopes that it will bring light into your heart and soul no matter what you may be going through right now. I hope it will give you a renewed hope and faith! I don't even know how to begin to thank all of you for your love and support, your thoughts, and your prayers. We are so appreciative for the time you took to embrace our little family whose lives had been stirred into such turmoil in such a short time. We are forever grateful to each and every one of you for seeing and helping us through this. I will never take for granted all the friends and family we have here. You are the very best friends we have ever had! Thank you, we love you all :-)

One last thing I wanted to share...

I was handed a piece of paper by an employee while I was packing my boxes last week, and it has been in my pocket ever since. It reads: "Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, and Today is a gift! That's why they call it the "Present"! It's so true, and what a beautiful thing! I know this is just another chapter in our life journal and journey, and I am happy we've had the privilege and opportunity to share it with all of you. This is one we probably won't soon or ever forget. The "Lesson" and message we hope to share and give back here is, DON'T GIVE UP! My wife and I wrote and recorded this song called "In My Heart" and she has asked me to share it with all of you. I think this is her way of saying thank you and trying to weasel into my Blog! :-)

Be Blessed, and thank you ALL for just being you, we'd have you no other way! God Bless!

IN MY HEART

In My Heart from bandersohn on GodTube.

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 157 commentsBrad Andersohn • January 12 2008 02:36PM

Comments

Brad has such a great sense of humor!!!  It's really funny how this song that was written 12 years ago suddenly came to life again.  I am truly grateful that God shows himself to us in a very powerful way, through others and through the way he takes care of us.  Believers can go their entire lives not seeing his power but still believing.  I am thankful for how blessed we are.  Trials are inevitable but when you stay positive and strong and lean not on yourself, you always make it through.  Thank you again for your many prayers and for being there for us.

Debra Lee Andersohn 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago
Brad - I've been waiting patiently for this post to be published. It was really great talking with you the other day... soli deo Gloria
Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) almost 13 years ago
Brad It is always nice to hear when a trial has turned into the exactly perfect thing!!! Good for you for having the courage to be vulnerable and share with others....so they could share with you! It's a wonderful community we have here! Nice song and video
Posted by Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents (Advantage Solutions Group) almost 13 years ago

Congratulations Brad on coming through your challenges.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) almost 13 years ago
 Excellent news, you've been missed Brad, glad to know things have turned around since your last post. Welcome back!!!
Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) almost 13 years ago
Brad, awesome....just awesome! We all knew, but nice to have the validation. One door closes so another can open. It was time and just hard for so many things to have come at once. In a sense you helped all of us. I felt us all drawn closer with love and concern for you. I felt a sense of family for myself and the community as a whole. I think we all stepped out of the closet a bit and said....YES IT IS FAMILY! So happy for all your news. You have so much support from the AR members and for the reason that you are so giving and generous. It's okay to allow your lovely wife to weasel into your blog! She is a treasure! Blessings for your beautiful family and you!
Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) almost 13 years ago

I too have been waiting for word...  Don't ya love it Brad??  I am so happy everything worked out for you...like my husband said to me...'good things happen to good people'.....and you sure are one fo them! WooHoo to you, wife and family! Aloha!

 

P.S. Had to go listen...beautiful words and song..thanks to both of you!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 13 years ago
Brad - I am not ashamed to admit that I had tears running down my face when I got to the end of your post.  Thanks for taking the time to update all of us on your situation.  I knew that your job situation would be resolved quickly.  I am happy to hear that your son's arm will not require more invasive treatment.  You are a good man, Brad.  God was and is with you during every step of your trials, and now you are able to affect others' lives by sharing this.  Take care and may God continue to richly bless you this year!
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 13 years ago

Brad,

You are an inspiration to us all. Your old company sure messed up letting you go.

 

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) almost 13 years ago
First off, to my wife, I want to thank you for standing by my side through the good and the bad times.  We had a rough start, and some scary moments together.  Thank you for giving me the additional strength and motivation I needed to keep pressing on toward the goal.  You are my inspiration, and my life.  You are the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I am the luckiest man in the world.  I hope the next time you sneak into my Blog, you'll find this comment, and know how truly much I love you!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago
What an amazing an inspirational story.  I believe everything happens for a reason, and things being "A God Thing".  I think you have just experienced the latter!
Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 13 years ago

Brad, I am typing through my tears. How simply beautiful! I am thrilled but not surprised that Placer Title hired you before someone else did. And so glad to hear that your son does not have to endure surgery. And thank heavens you didn't have to endure any further negativity from the storm.

Hearing about the book that your colleague made of AR comments was very touching...you just never know how many people are touched from a positive statement. I hope the comments help all those that are experiencing a devastating time.

The kicker for me, while tears were streaming down my checks, was the video and song "In My heart" where two hearts collaborated making it touch others hearts. It is so wonderful to see two souls that obviously were meant for each other. Thank you for sharing a piece of you and your family with us.

You really are one lucky man! To have God in your life, a very special woman by your side, three good kids, a new job to look forward to, your health and a positive outlook...you can't beat it. I am thrilled for you and can only wish you and your beautiful family a HAPPY NEW YEAR, now!!

Thanks Brad.

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) almost 13 years ago
The Active Rain clouds have parted and the sunlight has broken through!  It's great to have you back Brad! We were all waiting and praying and it seems like the pieces are falling back into place.  It's so good to read your words once again.  Welcome Back!!!
Posted by Tim Winters, Text Marketing Expert (Sentext Solutions) almost 13 years ago

Rich - thank you for your call when I was in Sacramento.  It meant more to me than you'll ever know!  I remember a comment you made to me in a text message a while back...  I think you'll remember, well, it's like you knew.  It was a prophetic question that I took lightly then,  but will now,  never forget!  Thanks my friend, I'm always here to return the favor any way I can!!  :-) 

BTW - You can call me Mr. Andersohn anytime you like! LOL!~  (I still have your message on my VM) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago
Brad, put me on the list of those with tears in their eyes as they read this post and the comments.  I am so very glad to hear your good news.  Yes, Good things do happen to good people!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) almost 13 years ago

Brad I am just finding this out today.  Sorry I was not there to give my encouragement but I am soo soo glad things are fixed for you and your family now.  God works fast if need, but he does what is need right on time.  You are in greats with God.

And when you have family and friends that know and believe and don't hestitate to give God the Praise for fixing things.... you can't help but win.

Hey Leo, lets celebrate together this year.  Mine is 8/2 - never you mind about the age!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) almost 13 years ago

Joanne - yes, i felt very vulnerable sharing this part of our life in public, but I also feel the lesson to be learned by what we went through was just too good to not share with others.  Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers, and for coming back to check in on us.  My wife and I are glad you enjoyed the song and video.  It took us most of the night and morning to do.  :-) 

We are so happy how things turned out!  We're truly blessed! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago
Sean - thank you, but the congratulations doesn't belong to us!  This was all out of our control for sure.  The congratulations goes to these friends on AR!  They are the ones deserving of praise, but someone upstairs deserves more than anyone, I think you know what I mean!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago

Brad, God Bless you and your Family.

I am at an open house right now and I either should stop reading all these emotional posts or go find a tissue somewhere. However, yours was a post that I have been looking forward to reading.

I truly believe that everything happens in our life for a reason. Except for your son's broken arm, I think you are all going to be now in a better position, that is God's plan for you.  

Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) almost 13 years ago

Brad & Debra Lee,

If you want to, you can surely both quit your day job...that recording was incredible!!! Sometimes it is hard to define 'intercessory prayer', but you can surely feel its effects!!! WOW!!! God Bless you and your family!!! Keep singing! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 13 years ago
Marti - thank you.  I missed being here as well.  I knew everyone would understand, and it is great to be back.  Now I just have to make some adjustments to my schedule to enjoy all that we have been blessed with.  I am looking forward to having an AWESOME year now, and hope I can radiate some positive energy back to those who sent so much to me.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago
Brad and Debra, Did you actually feel you did not have a friend? If nothing else, you had that!:) I am so glad everything worked out as soon as it did, not that I doubted it for a second! Best of luck and keep smiling. Peace
Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) almost 13 years ago

Brad, I am so very happy for you and your family.  I have been watching and waiting for your next post and can't tell you how pleased I am that things worked out the way they did.  Nothing can keep A guy like you down.  You will always rise to the top!

Thank you for sharing.  You are truly inspirational!

Posted by Janet and Samuel Marcus, Licensed Associate Brokers (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 13 years ago

ACTIVE RAINERS:  Hold on to that box of kleenex!  Go back and click on the link in the last paragraph of Brad's post:

"DON'T GIVE UP! My wife and I wrote and recorded this song called "In My Heart" and she has asked me to share it with all of you. I think this is her way of saying thank you and trying to weasel into my Blog! :-)"

It will take you to GodTube and the same video of In My Heart, BUT.... he also has a second video on there that you MUST see called I WANNA BE JUST LIKE YOU.  "A Music Video about children watching and listening to their parents, and wanting to grow up and be just like them. They really do, want to be just like you. This one is dedicated to my son. "  Photos of Brad and his family when the kids were very young!  It is PRECIOUS!!  5 STARS!!   MUST SEE and MUST HEAR! 

BRAD and DEBRA:  Thanks... for making those 2 videos... thanks for sharing your lives with us... thanks for making the Active Rain experience worth more than just a real estate information blogsite.  Thanks for sharing your heart and faith... God Bless YOU! 

 

Posted by Jan Evett, Broker Associate, 20 years+ in real estate (The Premier Property Group LLC) almost 13 years ago
I am so happy to have such a positive update on such an emotional story.  It took courage to put yourself out there, but who knows how many other lives you have touched and inspired. 
Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 13 years ago

You and your family deserve every good thing that happens to you!   Congratulations on your new job!!!

Posted by Linda Davis (RE/MAX Home Team) almost 13 years ago

Brad, awesome....just awesome! We all knew, but nice to have the validation. One door closes so another can open. It was time and just hard for so many things to have come at once. In a sense you helped all of us. I felt us all drawn closer with love and concern for you. I felt a sense of family for myself and the community as a whole. I think we all stepped out of the closet a bit and said....YES IT IS FAMILY! So happy for all your news. You have so much support from the AR members and for the reason that you are so giving and generous. It's okay to allow your lovely wife to weasel into your blog! She is a treasure! Blessings for your beautiful family and you!

Jeanean - One door slammed!!  and another door immediately opened!  I was unemployed for only 8 hours.  I still can't believe it!!  I feel like I was shoved off the Titanic, then picked up by a life saving Yacht!   The sense of family and pouring out of love and prayers here is so unbelievable.  You can't just tell somebody about it, they have to read it for themselves.  "Thank you" are two words that just don't seem to cut it when it comes to what I'd like to say to you and ALL the others here!  That's why I had to write this post.  We hope it shows if even only a tiny fraction, of how much our family appreciates this family.  

Now I can say....sincerely,  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!   Let's Celebrate!! 

BTW - my wife can be a weasel anytime she wants, in or out of my Blog! LOL!~  She has my blessings always!  :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago

I too have been waiting for word...  Don't ya love it Brad??  I am so happy everything worked out for you...like my husband said to me...'good things happen to good people'.....and you sure are one of them! WooHoo to you, wife and family! Aloha!

P.S. Had to go listen...beautiful words and song..thanks to both of you!

Sally - sorry to keep you all waiting so long!  It has been like Hurricane Iwa these past few days.  It's like starting life all over again.  But this time, no pieces to try and have to pick up!  Well, maybe just my pride and ego.  Thanks for your thoughts and prayers Sally, you really make us feel like Ohana over here!  We have been filled with so much Aloha from so many of our friends back home in the Islands.  You are the No Ka Oi Wahine in our book!  Mahalo.  Glad you enjoyed the song too!  :-)

So,......can I have your permission to say it?  Please?  Huh, can I?  I know it's yours....but........... 


 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago
Brad and Debra- What a glorious and beauty song and my, your voice is just wonderful! I have tears streaming down my face as I read your post and listen to these words in your heart. God is such a loving Father. I feel his love pouring over you and your family. Praise God your son's arm is going to be just fine! This is one glorious post and God is looking down on all of you with a full heart, good job, son, well done my good and faithful servants well done! You have touched lives beyond your comprehension! Beyond your imaginings! Love to all of you and yours. Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 13 years ago
So glad that you have come through such a tough time and have such a beautiful attitude !
Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) almost 13 years ago
Hello Brad,
I knew your faith would see you through and God had a bigger and better plan for you and your family. 
Blessings to you, your wife and boys.
Posted by Anonymous almost 13 years ago
Great story Brad. And a great beginning to the next chapter in your life. God is good.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 13 years ago
Brad,
The comment above Bryant's is mine....I was not logged in.  Sorry about that.

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 13 years ago
For the first time in a while, It's nice to sit here and try to keep up with all your comments.  It really is great to be back, and with a renewed spirit to boot.  My sons friends just got here to celebrate his 16th birthday, I'll have to step away for a bit, but will be in and out all weekend!  Need to go get Pizza'a and Ice Cream!  The Andersohn home gets more back to normal everyday now!  What a great feeling to have all these friends in the rain and in our home today!  :-)  Back in a few.......
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago

I, too, have been waiting and hoping that you would post good news soon.  I'm so thrilled that things worked out for you.  I knew they would - you are far too valuable for someone to not scoop you up in a heartbeat and use your talents in their business!  I'm sure you questioned that for a while (or, 8 hours!) but we all knew it. 

As for the wonderful support here on AR, I know exactly what you mean as I have experienced it firsthand when I had a family emergency.  The prayers, emails and support where overwhelming, and helped me through a very difficult time knowing that complete strangers were concerned and praying for me.  The world is not as big as we think it is - through the internet we all get to hold hande, pray and cry together. 

Now, go knock their socks off at the new job!

Posted by Jeannie Kontis almost 13 years ago
Brad, See, it's all working out...just as promised.  You are stronger and better for it.  I have gone through something very similar this month but am not at liberty to write about it. I really know what you have been going through.  May God Bless!!
Posted by Dan Forbes almost 13 years ago

Placer Title just gained a superstar!  So glad to hear this good news.  May your future keep shining!

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Compass) almost 13 years ago

Brad, I am so impressed by your expressions of your feelings, your trials, and your vulnerability through this struggle. The song? Well........big lump time in the throat - AND the words, the voice, the music, it was amazing. I had to hold back the tears but love your story and that of your wife.

How we must treasure and appreciate our lives and our families. We will be - inevitably - given trials and challenges. Just never more than we can handle! Your testimony has been enriched and strengthened through this one. Your example is as a light to all of us.

Hopefully you have had that song recorded and sold! You are both very talented. Is that your wife who sang? She has a spectacular voice!

So glad to hear things worked out the way they have.

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) almost 13 years ago

Way to go Brad!!

I'm proud of you of how you've handled this challenge in your life. 

Posted by Reno Real Estate almost 13 years ago

It is such a wonderful feeling to have all the friends in the world isn't it? I'm glad to hear that you and your family are doing great after a rough start to the new year. There is a wonderful quote that I am reminded of.

"God put your eyes in the front of your head for a reason; So we can see what is ahead of us and who is beside us to accompany us in life. If he would have wanted us to see what is behind us, that is where our eyes would be."

Good luck in your new job and keep us updated with your new numbers and e-mail!

Posted by Charles Tharp, Inland Empire, Real Estate & Short Sale Specialist (Prudential California Realty) almost 13 years ago
I know Placer Title from when I used to live in the Bay Area!  You landed in a great place!  Thanks for sharing your journey.  It will make all of us stronger.  Active Rain is a gift to all of us!  May your family be blessed with the smooth rest of 2008! (and beyond).
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 13 years ago
I am so happy to hear that everything is looking up. It's hard when so many things happen in so little time. It makes you almost want to give up. It's during these times, you find out who you really are and what's important. The video and song was beautiful, thank you for sharing.
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) almost 13 years ago

Hello...This is Brad's wife Debra

Brad is outside cleaning up the yard and getting rid of the sandbags that we didn't need and I thought maybe I would sneak on his computer so I could weasel in on his blog...LOL!!!

There was a question as to whether I sang the song and yes, I did.

For those of you who don't know, Brad is a very talented guitar player and we write and record together.  "In my heart was recorded 12 years ago but we found it to be perfect for the present.  I am encouraging my husband to give more time to his TRUE gift...music!   

 Something tells me that he will :)

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago

Brad & Debra.. I feel so badly that I wasn't there for you last week...I haven't been on but sporadically so I didn't know!

But I am so happy for the fact that the tide has turned. When things happen that way there is usually a reason. This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter I'm sure.

This will truly be a blessed and happy New Year! HUGS

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) almost 13 years ago

We know Placer, deal with them a lot on the CA side of our market, and they are a good company.Glad too to heare the good news about Brandon's arm. New year, new job, new outlook, and the same data base of clients, and a lot of friends... sounds about right. Indeed.

best 

Posted by Gary Bolen, CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information (McCall Realty) almost 13 years ago

Brad, I am so happy for you. Sometimes No trials teach us what is important in our lives, God and family are first. The friendship you extended to me with Allyssa showed me activerain is much more than we could have ever hoped for. Forget the SEO, market reports this is real life.

Debra, WOW what a fantastic voice, I do hope you spend more time on his real "gift". Of course I've heard many of your and Brad's songs on his other blogs. This is the third time I listen to it and it is annointed. You go girl!!  

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 13 years ago
Brad - I have been waiting for this update. I'm so happy for you and your family! Looks like the storms have passed.
Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) almost 13 years ago

Oh MY!  I am so happy and relieved to hear from you, and hear that things are looking up!  No shock - God came through in big ways!

I have to say this.... through this update, you have blessed so many people, Brad and Debra.  Your song is such a testimony - and words that I really need to hear right now - thank you.  You are also blessing others with the love you have and show for each other.

Brad - you need to spend more time on music so we can hear Debra :)  Your meshing together is a blessing!

Thank you for opening your hearts - and sharing your story.  I'm thankful your son will be "patched up" without surgery - these kids are rough on us :)

Blessings to your family!

Posted by Kim Wood, Kim Wood ~ The Tech Byte (The Tech Byte) almost 13 years ago
Brad - Thanks so much for the update!!!  I just knews that things would work out for you and your family.  You have given freely of your talents and gifts in the past and it was time for you to be paid back - it happened - love to your family and welcome back!
Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) almost 13 years ago

Hey all, I'm back! 

I just got a call from Dan Forbes while I was out cleaning up the sand bags and yard.  I won't go into details, but please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  He too is going through adversity, change, and life's challenges right now. 

I told Dan to go back to my original post to find some answers and to help build his hope and faith!  I know from our personal experience how hard it is to be in the center of KAOS and think that everything will be ok. 

Everything will be ok Dan. 

Your family and friends are here to lean on!  If there is anything my family can do for yours, I know you have my number, and you are always welcome to use it.... anytime.  We're here for you.  It was nice talking with you on the phone, I know everything will all work out.  Have Faith!

Look not unto your own understanding, but to the one who IS understanding!     :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago
This is wonderful news. I'm glad everything worked out well for you. It is great inspiration when people you have never met come to your aid.
Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) almost 13 years ago

PEOPLE LEAVING COMMENTS>>>>>>>>>>>>> 

Thanks, Jan Evet for pointing it out................ go to Brad's link of In My Heart, it takes you to godtube where Brad posted another song/video.  PRICELESS!

 I just had to come back to help spread the word.

Posted by Kim Wood, Kim Wood ~ The Tech Byte (The Tech Byte) almost 13 years ago
Brad & Debra, We are so proud of you both, for  your sharing, your spirit, your tenacity and your faith in God and letting Him lead in your lives.  You are indeed blessed with wonderful talents (of course, we could be just a little prejudiced), as shown in the comments in AR.  We too want to thank all those wonderful friends who sent you best wishes, good thoughts and most of all, their prayers to support you.  Our prayers were with you, as I'm sure you know, and God answered us all in a fast, positive way.  Greatest thanks to Him.  Aloha nui loa.  Dad and Mom
Posted by Dottie Mickel, aka Mom almost 13 years ago
Brad & Debra, We are so proud of you both, for  your sharing, your spirit, your tenacity and your faith in God and letting Him lead in your lives.  You are indeed blessed with wonderful talents (of course, we could be just a little prejudiced), as shown in the comments in AR.  We too want to thank all those wonderful friends who sent you best wishes, good thoughts and most of all, their prayers to support you.  Our prayers were with you, as I'm sure you know, and God answered us all in a fast, positive way.  Greatest thanks to Him.  Aloha nui loa.  Dad and Mom
Posted by Dottie Mickel, aka Mom almost 13 years ago

Hi Brad and Debra - just awesome to hear how things have gone for you since that start to your year.  Good things really do happen to good people - this is proof.  Placer Title knew a great thing when they heard you were available, and look how they snatched you right up after only 8 hours - CONGRATS on that!

So glad to see you back in this post.  And I hope we get more of your musical gift.  Missy mentioned hearing you on your other blogs - I'm going to have to go find some more of your music.  Just beautiful!!

Warm wishes to all of you!
Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 13 years ago

Even more tears now as I read your mom's comment above.........

You all are, indeed, so very blessed!
Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 13 years ago
Congradulations on breaking through and best wishes once again for a speedy erecovery for your son.
Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago

Brad & Debra - The first thing I would do every time I got on AR since the 5th . . . is to check out whether or not you were back in the rain.  I'm so happy for you and your family. 

My daughter walked in and asked me why I was crying.  I told her that I was happy.  You were given so much support, things turned "right", and you took the time to once again share your life with everyone.  But that wasn't the end of it.  You GAVE so much in your song and were so inspirational.

You're remarkable!

Your year will continue in happiness!!

Posted by Meg Zoller, Houston Fine Homes (Keller Williams) almost 13 years ago

Brad and Debra - I am thrilled to learn that the sun is once again shining on the Andersohn household.  I knew it would.  There is something to the power of prayer, and believe me - there were some truly emotion packed prayers being sent heavenward on your behalf.

The song and video are beautiful.  It's truly amazing to 'know' folks that are as talented as you two.  

It's also a blessing that your son does not require surgery and that he will be on the road back to 'teenage-dom' (is that a word?) soon.

Isn't it great to have such a huge family?  Imagine what it would look like at an AR Family Reunion?  Yikes!  It would have to be held at Wrigley Field!

Many blessings and much love to you and yours.  All of us have our phone numbers posted and I'm sure I'm not overstepping when I say ... anytime you want/need to use them - DO.  

Many hugs and smiles to you all. 

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 13 years ago
Brad -Congratulations to you and your family.  I had been awaiting an update - I knew reading your blogs that it wouuld be a postivie one.  I enjoyed the video as well- who knows maybe like Bryant Tutas your wife will have her own blog soon!  I appreciate your sharing your feelings - the bolgosphere can be very impersonal at times and it just showed how personally touched we can all be even in Cyberspace.
Posted by Tracy Saunders - Distinctive Homes Sotheby's Lake Tahoe almost 13 years ago
Brad,  I've been wondering and waiting to hear how things are.  This is such great news.  Like you said we are a family and dysfunctional at times like any other family.  Thank goodness your son does not need surgery and congratulations on your new job and that everything else is working itself out.  2008 will be great.  Look what you've gone through.  Best Wishes to you and your family.
Posted by Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker (Marc It Sold!) almost 13 years ago

Dear Brad,

God is so faithful...even when we are not. That is the greatest lesson/truth I've learned in my life. Like Jason, tears are streaming down my cheeks. The song is beautiful...so fitting. I just want to wrap my arms around your family and rejoice with you.

As I was reading and looking at the faces of your children, I had to stop and think about how God just planted something incredible in them through this experience...seeds that will grow into something amazing. To have a mother and father who trust God...live out their faith...in the good times and the bad...they are so very blessed.

May God continue to manifest His great love for you and your family! :-)

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) almost 13 years ago
Isn't the power of words amazing.  I think 2008 will be better than ever for you and your family.  The first couple of months will be rough but you will persevere!
Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) almost 13 years ago
GOOD FOR YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW JOB!  When life hands you lemons you can either get all sour about it or you can make lemonade!  The moral of the story is to stay positive ALWAYS!  Thanks for sharing your update, I'm sure it will inspire many for years to come!
Posted by Mike Klijanowicz, Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors (Cummings & Co. Realtors) almost 13 years ago
Brad - I am so glad the hear that things have turned around for you!  Sometimes it's hard to keep the faith that everything will work out, but when everything else goes to pot, faith is all we have left!  So congratulations on hanging in there...all the good that you have done for others is coming back around to you! And it couldn't happen to a nicer person! 
Posted by Barbara Hershey, Realtor, Maine Real Estate almost 13 years ago
Looks like things are really looking up! You know I wish you the best! You deserve it!
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 13 years ago
Brad, I am so happy for you!  I have prayed for you and thought about you often this past week.  I have been "weathering a storm" much like yours this week.  I have just given me total confirmation that I am headed in the right direction.  What I have been clinging to this week is a little sticky note that I put on a co-worker's desk three years ago that said, "He may not take around hard times but He will always take you through them."  She has kept that little note for three years and this week I was touched when she re-gifted it back to me.  It helped me tremendously...and so has your post.  You are a great guy and I am thrilled for you.
Posted by Beth Young (PropertyInfo Corp. - SureClose) almost 13 years ago
We are at Scandia right now and my son is playing laser tag with 6 of his friends from high school. He is having such a great 16th birthday party, it's not what we ever expected just days ago. We are headed for pizza next, then it's back to the house for ice cream cake. I am having more fun than one person should be allowed to have with my family tonight. I'm looking forward to reading all these comments when we get home. My new TREO works great, but the font is too small to read them all from here. ;-)
Posted by Brad and Debra almost 13 years ago
That's the biggest WooHoo I ever got...thanks Brad....  In case you didn't know....TLW named me that from almost the very beginning :) You will always be Ohana Brad...thanks.
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 13 years ago

CONGRATULATIONS, BRAD!!!!!!!!!!  This fits right in with the saying "You can't keep a GOOD MAN down".  Your new employer is lucky to have you and I am sure that they already know this.

Posted by Jill Wente, Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene) almost 13 years ago

I did not see your original post until tonight.  I am so glad that you have a new job - may it be the best!  That Brad is recovering w/othe need for surgery and lastly that you didn't have to deal with the aftermath of flooding - preparing is bad enough.

It is amazing how "virtual" friends can help pull you through.  Their support is never forgotten. I know, I've been on the receiving end. 

Posted by Judi Glamb, Associate Broker, ABR (Coldwell Banker Hearthside) almost 13 years ago

Brad I am so happy for you and your family...I knew something good was coming your way!

I love that song...awesome! 

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 13 years ago
Brad:  Congratulations, buddy.  I may have worried about your son, and the weather, but I never worried about you, really.  I had FAITH IN YOU!   
Posted by Anonymous almost 13 years ago
Brad:  The post above is mine.  I thought I was logged in, but I wasn't.  Duh!
Posted by Jan Wood (None) almost 13 years ago
What wonderful news!  I'm so glad you shared both stories because all of us have those horrible moments when the world seems to have turned upside down and reading about others facing their challenges and winning helps everyone.  It is terrific that your past co-workers are rallying around you and now you will be getting to know a whole new office.  Doubling your friends, another bonus! :)  
Posted by Beth Anderson, Realtor - Tecumseh / Lenawee County (Goedert Real Estate) almost 13 years ago
Glad that this week is bringing good news.  It is wonderful to know there are many people wishing you well.
Posted by Carolyn Gjerde-Tu-Davis, Ca Real Estate (Lyon Real Estate) almost 13 years ago
What an inspiring story. Thanks so much for sharing. I always enjoy your posts.
Posted by Angelica Blatt almost 13 years ago

Great to hear that things have worked out for you and your family. Placer Title might not realize it now, but I'm sure they're in for a very innovative year ... and now you can get back to all of your blogs and widget-hunting!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 13 years ago
Brad - We are so glad to hear things are working out for you. It is funny but God truly does have a plan for all of us. Sometimes we never know exactly why things happen the way they do but it is all part of his plan. It is times like this when you begin to realize who your friends really are!!! We have shared your story with many of our friends and asked them to keep you in their prayers. We are glad to have you back and on this new journey. We really wish you all the best and thank you for sharing your story with all of us. It truly was an inspiration to all of us! See you around the RAIN our friend!!!!
Posted by Rick and Lynn Orze, Carol Stream, IL RE/MAX All Pro (RE/MAX All Pro) almost 13 years ago

Wonderful news, Brad, on many fronts. We have all been thinking about you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers continue.

Jeff

PS - you owe me a call, bud! :) 

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 13 years ago

Brad,

I just read the comment you made about your wife and it choked me up.  How could God help but bless a man that speaks that way about his spouse?

I feel rotten that I somehow missed your previous post telling of your trials.  I would have sent up prayers for you, but it looks like the AR family covered you. 

When I started to read this post I knew even before I got to the part that told of your new hire that you were going to be blessed. In 1989, my husband and I stood in front of our house, waiting for the fire department to show up because it was on fire, we had lost our business the day before, and my husband had his arm almost ripped off ealier that morning in an accident and had it in a cast and was high on painkillers.  We looked toward heaven and thanked God we were all alive and told God we were listening.  It took awhile to see His hand and leading but not too long.  Our lives went in an entirely new direction and what blessings.

God indeed works in mysterious ways,

Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) almost 13 years ago
This is all very good news. Things are coming back around - all in a good way - for you and your family. We continue to keep you in our thoughts.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago
Great job Brad love the music production, I am impressed. Congrats on the new job. You are to much of a Professional for no one to relaize it. I wasn't surprised you got a job that quickly. Go for it.
Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 13 years ago
I'm so happy to read that all has worked out well with you and your family.  
Posted by Lisa Bosques almost 13 years ago

Brad - I am not ashamed to admit that I had tears running down my face when I got to the end of your post.  Thanks for taking the time to update all of us on your situation.  I knew that your job situation would be resolved quickly.  I am happy to hear that your son's arm will not require more invasive treatment.  You are a good man, Brad.  God was and is with you during every step of your trials, and now you are able to affect others' lives by sharing this.  Take care and may God continue to richly bless you this year!

Jason - my dear friend!  I've had the tears before, during, and after the post!  Now they're tears of Joy and total dismay.  I cannot believe all that has happened in just a matter of a few days!  The rational part of me says this whole story is impossible and must have been a dream.  

My favorite poem is "Footprints" and I guess all this had to happen in order to take me back to the basics.  Humbled, Broken, and looking down at the single set of prints in the sand.  If you have not seen the poem, it's a great one, you should read it. 

Thanks for your wishes, support, thoughts and prayers.  It's those thoughts and prayers that helped us through, and it's the only reason why I am able to write about it today!  Be Blessed this year and always!!  :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago

Brad, Roger and I have been praying for you every night. In my heart I felt for sure God would come through on that job interview. Roger asked me again this afternoon, what happened with Brad, did he get the job? I said I haven't heard anything, But I am sure he did, I'll check the blogs when we get home"

.. And sure enough God came through ...again!

There is a scripture one of our most favorites ROMANS 8:28. "All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. " Your trial has provided so many good things! And your testimoy has blessed so many!

The song, the vidoe and Deborah's voice are beautiful! What a blessing to have that talent! You will probably be inspired to write another about how the Lord came through for you!

BTW Your trial was the inspiration for a post I did:  From My Heart to Yours a Message of Hope. There is a beautiful You Tube video in there..  lifts me to the heavens every time. Take a listen when you get a chance

GBY You and your family Brad..... 

Ginger  

Posted by Ginger S, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 13 years ago

Mike - you are all an inspiration to me as well.  I will not be tainted by the "burn" from First American Title.  Even after all the years I dedicated and committed to them, I plan to do the same for my new company. 

Placer Title Company is a fantastic group of people that really care about their employees and their customers. 

I will give them my very best, and already feel very at home with my new TEAM.   In a time where business has shifted and the market has swung left, they have the same confidence in me, that I have in them to make it happen this year. 

We don't care about the market, because we are going to go out and create our own. It's going to be a great career and year for me at my New Found Home, Placer Title Company.  If you have any transactions you need closed from the PTC  (People That Care), just let me know.  I can make things happen for you and your clients.  We have contacts and operations or underwriters all over the country.  

We are Big enough to make a difference, but small enough to be personal and still care!! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago
Congratulations Brad.  It's hard to keep faith when it appears all is going wrong.  But remember God is always there for you and your family.  God Bless
Posted by Kevin Whitty almost 13 years ago

Just read your new blogs and notice I must have had a "senior moment" - I repeated myself.  Don't know how I did it, but we are  doubly proud.  Guess you know it's embarrasing to have a son who's so proficient with computer technology, and to be still trying to figure mine out!!  You've been such a help.  Thanks.  LOL

Mom 

Posted by Anonymous almost 13 years ago

Brad and Debra,

Don't know how I missed this whole thing, read both posts all the way through tonight and I'm quite moved so this may be a long comment. 

Your first post made me think of a long time ago when I was no longer with a company that I loved and had poured out my heart to support.  Huge shock, feelings of loss, fear, betrayal and why and how?   The change led to a move across the state to a much large city.    The long term blessing was when my wife got sick and we were exactly where we needed to be for huge medical care.  Without the job change we would have been in the wrong place.   God knew then and I understand and am again grateful now.   

Just ran out of tears long enough to type this out.  I am not the least bit surprised that God has blessed you with such a Godly wife.  He takes care of us guys whether we appreciate it at the time, his Grace is amazing.   Her voice is beautiful.  What an beautiful and elegant testimony is your story and your song.  Who knew when you guys put that together years ago it would be so important to you in 2008.  

Thanks for sharing this emotional and personal part of your life, so the rest of us could be blessed by praying for your entire family.  And isn't it great that kids arms are breakable but the great spirit of youth lives on.    We'll be at church tomorrow and I will have couple of thoughts and thanks for you.

List and Sell (or Close the Escrow at the new place)  Gary @ RentonHomeFinder

Posted by Gary McNinch, Broker, Renton WA Real Estate (Better Properties Real Estate) almost 13 years ago
This all hit home too! What a beautiful song and video. She has a great voice.
Posted by Christopher Webster, Columbia South Carolina Real Estate For Sale (Carrington Real Esate Services) almost 13 years ago

Brad,

Congratulations.  As I said before, God changes our path......You know now that you keep your faith when you are tested in ways that most could not have imagined.....He put us here to help you through this test........My thoughts and prayers remain with you and your family......


"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith."

Timothy 4:7 New American Standard Bible

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be (DR Horton ) almost 13 years ago
Brad, I'm so glad you posted this update.  Your strength and a little help from friends, will get you thru anything.
Posted by Peggy K., Illinois Virtual Tour Provider and Real Estate Photographer (Grand Property Virtual Tours) almost 13 years ago
Brad - I am glad to hear things are starting to turn around for you. I knew they would. It is hard to hold a good man down for long. I am willing to bet you will be back on top in no time :)
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 13 years ago
Brad - I missed your original post, but after reading everything I am so sorry your family went through such a difficult time.  Most importantly I am glad your son is ok.  And your home as well.  As for the job, it sounds like you have such a great attitude about how things work out for a reason.  I can only imagine the stress of when you found out about the lay-off but what the future holds in store is always such a great mystery.  I see good things for you.  
Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) almost 13 years ago

Hi Brad - I just finished listening and watching the other song and video that Kim and Jan was so great to point out to us.  Absolutely wonderful - beautiful words, beautiful pictures - your family is beautiful.  And you're so right, little eyes watch and little ears hear everything........and so many people seem to forget that.......

Both songs and videos are just beautiful!
Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 13 years ago

Praise GOD from WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW. Sometimes HE has to yank us out of our comfort zones in order to place us on the paths HE HAS for us. I was laid off 2 years ago and believe me I too was in shock. Unless this has ever happened to you, you cannot understand how terrible you feel. You do feel like a failure BUT we are not. We are more than conquerors through HIM. It was that lay off that moved me in the the direction of starting my own company. I even wrote my boss a thank you letter for laying me off. He hired me to decorate an event he was having. Funny how things work out.

I am soooooo happy that your life is filled with PEACE and JOY, God Bless

Phyllis Pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) almost 13 years ago
Things seem to work out if you have some faith in your ability and faith in your confidence.
Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago
What a fun way to start the year I'm not sure I could have been that strong. One of the nice things about being an agent it is unlikely you will be let go. Keep the faith it is all for the best.
Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 13 years ago

Brad, thanks for your encouraging words.  Seeing how things have worked for the best in your adversity is also an encouragment to me.  Unfortunately, I am not able to write about my situation in deference to others.  However, in a couple of weeks I may be able to share more.

May God continue to bless you and your wonderful family.  My continued prayers are with you.

Posted by Dan Forbes almost 13 years ago

Congratulations! You need to take a little credit here. Obviously you are a fantastic employee and the new title company probably feels like it hit the jackpot by being able to snap you up. It's not luck, it's not a miracle, it's YOU. :)

Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) almost 13 years ago

Debra and Brad, we share your joy and appreciate your willingness to share your challenge.  Know that Placer Title knows of your talent and will support you in all the work you do with them.

Give and take care,

Posted by Kathi Frank, The Woodlands TX (Kate Writes Right) almost 13 years ago

 

 

Sorry for not getting back here to comment sooner.  I have been wrapping up some loose ends in the cyber-world and the real world.  I didn't realize how many sites and blogs I'd have to go back and change Company name, phones, and email addresses, remove logos etc.  I have been swamped today.  I'm not complaining of course, just making excuses for why I haven't been here to comment much today.  I will be back in a bit after dinner. 

Must have fuel.......   :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago

Brad,

I'm glad things worked out so well for you and your family.  Take care,

 

 

 

 

Posted by Adele Irving - Easton Area Homes (Prudential Patt, White Real Estate) almost 13 years ago
Brad, You had so much uplifting positive energy coming your way that things had to turn around for you.  I just didn't think it would be so quick.  Wow!  Your head must be spinning.  What an emotional roller coaster!
Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) almost 13 years ago

Brad, I'm so glad to hear all of the good news.  i heard through the grapevine last week about the new job.  Congratulations!  I think Placer hit the jackpot.  I had you all in my prayers and knew you would come out smelling like roses.  It looks pretty good to me now, and I'm so happy for all of you.

    Also want to say your taping of In My Heart is so beautiful.  You two are so talented it's just unbelievable.  I absolutely love your music!  I love seeing how proud Dottie is of you. :-)  i can see why she is.  All of this brings big smiles to my face to take over the tears of love.  Your post and the comments that accompany it are really tear jerkers.  Always was a softee.  So with happy tears I'll say goodnite.

Posted by Linda Sanderson (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) almost 13 years ago
"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, and Today is a gift! That's why they call it the "Present"  I think we're all saving this one for a rainy day.  Best wishes to you and yours.
Posted by ARDELL DellaLoggia (Better Properties Seattle ) almost 13 years ago

Hi Brad,

Great news!! I am so happy for you and your family that all has turned out well, I knew it would!  

Posted by Trace Galle (Designs by Trace) almost 13 years ago

Brad,

This was wonderful.....and I am still amazed at how fast everything worked out for you....although that week-end probably seemed like a lifetime.  There is nothing to say but I am happy that things worked out, and that you have a new job, and will be working on the next chapter of your lives.  Thank you for sharing the outcome with us......

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) almost 13 years ago

Brad, I agree with one of the comments that YOU need to take a little credit. You have allowed your talents to be used to edify and encourage and bring about change UNselfishly.

Joe Cutrufelli was correct when he stated you are a CLASS ACT!

Thanks for being around and being the light in the darkness that wants to overshadow our area.

Posted by Terry Osburn, Broker Associate (BHHS|Drysdale Properties) almost 13 years ago

Hi Brad,

So glad to hear all is well again in your world.  Not sure if you ever got to read our post about Family but many comments were for you and your family.  Best wishes to you in your new place!

 

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) almost 13 years ago

Yeah!

Yeah!

and more Yeah!

Oh, and Brandon - Long Board! 

 

Posted by Mike Mueller (Tech and Social Media Consultant) almost 13 years ago
Brad - I'm so happy for you and your family, they are beautiful!  I think the worst of '08 is behind you - everything is looking up for the Andersohn's.  I read every word from both posts and they give me hope in humanity.  You are truly blessed.   
Posted by Maureen Maureen almost 13 years ago

I'm so glad that you didn't give up... and I'm so glad that your Rainbow is shinning again.. I know if we have FAITH.. GOD is always there for us and we can lean on him for everything.. He is truly a great friend... Be encourage and know that you've touch so many people's heart . I believe that you've given so much so you deserve God's Blessing...

Take care of yourself and continue to tell others of your miracle.

Posted by Donna Paul, Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast) almost 13 years ago

This is wonderful news, Brad.  I'm so glad you weren't in limbo any longer than those eight hours (that probably seemed like 800 hours!).  We have a favorite quote in our family that I think fits the moment -

This day is mine.  It is unique.  Noone else in the world has one exactly like it.  It is the sum of all my past experiences and all my future potential. 

This past week's turmoil will always be part of your past experiences and help shape your future potential.  And that is what makes us each unique.  In our family, we find that this quote really helps put everything that happens to us in perspective.  I hope you find it reassuring, as you move forward into all that future potential!

Congrats on all counts - the job, flood that never was, and quick healing of your son.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 13 years ago

Great News for you and your family. I'd been waiting to hear how it all worked out for you.  It really is an inspiration to read all the encouragement and support from the ActiveRain community. My Mother always said, "When one door closes another opens." 

Best Wishes, Concetta

Posted by Concetta Pepenella-Timmons, Associate Broker (Remax Metro Staten Island, New York) almost 13 years ago
Brad - I was so happy and encouraged to read your update.  We all suffer having to come up from devastating lows.  It's so comforting from your post to know how much strength we have when we look out for each other.  I know if I ever need emotional or spiritual support, I can come to AR, as well as my immediate family and friends.  AR is an extended family that we can never take for granted.  And by the way, excellent job with the song!!  You and Debra are incredibly talented!!
Posted by Irene Morales Ward, Realtor - e-Pro - Northern Virginia Real Estate (REMAX Distinctive Real Estate, Inc.) almost 13 years ago

I am not suprised and very happy to hear things are coming together for you and I am so glad AR was  a part of it. I believe there is strength in numbers. Keep you head up the future is bright.

Posted by Anonymous almost 13 years ago

I am not suprised and very happy to hear things are coming together for you and I am so glad AR was  a part of it. I believe there is strength in numbers. Keep you head up the future is bright.

Posted by Anonymous almost 13 years ago
Brad and Family, I'm pleased that everything is coming together. I am also pleased to see that you kept your priorities in order. Good luck with your new company and God Bless.
Posted by Greg Knowles Santa Barbara Ca. (Fidelity National Title Group-Santa Barbara) almost 13 years ago

Brad, So glad to see you back and to hear everything is falling into place so well for you...we missed you!  

I truly love this....and am going to copy it and put it on my desk

"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, and Today is a gift! That's why they call it the "Present"!

Did I say Hootie Hoo for you!!!???? 

 

Posted by Therese VanderMeer, Realtor-Greater Grand Rapids, MI area communities (Midwest Properties of MI - Grand Rapids) almost 13 years ago

Well I have to say, as long as I have been a member here, my wife has never commented on my Blog or in my posts until now.  With the new job and all that goes with change, I have been unable to get back here to comment as much and often as I had planned.  Now I see my mother has been here and commented as well.

I had no idea all the things I'd have to take care of in making a career change to a new company.  I have to say that I am totally thrilled with my new job at Placer Title.  They are my new family, and I feel very welcomed and well received.  The staff is great, the sales team is superior, and my boss freakin rocks!  It is such a different environment than I am used to.  I need to decompress, so I am taking my wife to Monterey this weekend and my Mom is coming by to watch the boys!  (Thanks Mom) :-)

I am going to print this post and my original post and bring it with me to read again with my wife.  We are both so touched by all the support and comments we have received.  The emails and cards and phone calls have just flooded our lives and blessed us more than you will ever know.  I am really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things, but this time, not into a comfort zone. 

Thanks to all of you for everything, it means so much us!!  God Bless!!  :-)

Brad, Debra & Family

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago

 Dear Brad and Family,

I just heard of the difficulties and the trials you and your family have been engaged in. Although, the New Year is in its infancy, you have definitely had your share of challenges. I pray that all thing continue to work together for you. I can see already that the storms in your life are beginning to pass over. I see the sun is starting to shine for you and God is handling the circumstances in your lives. Even though you could not see the solution to the problems at the time, slowly the fog is lifting.

I wish you all the faith, courage and strength during this transition in your life. Everyday you rise just consider the alternatives and know you are truly blessed.

May God continue to bless you and keep you and yours in his care. I will keep you in my prayers.

 Warmest regards

Posted by Dionne Morgan, Broker REALTOR ,GRI, e-PRO (Realty World Solano Realty) almost 13 years ago
Brad, You have been through so much and your faith has not been shaken. You are great and your family is so lucky to have you!
Posted by Sally Zatkoff, Making a Difference (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty) almost 13 years ago
Very good post with good information that I can take and use. thanks for the great information.
Posted by Dwayne West, Canton Georgia Real Estate (Atlanta Real Estate) almost 13 years ago
God Rocks doesn't he.  Winners never quit and quitters never win...keep that in mind. 
Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 13 years ago

"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, and Today is a gift! That's why they call it the "Present"!

One of my favorite sayings...   after my day... there was a reason I stumbled on this post.   Thank you Brad and good luck with the new job!!   Change is good!

Posted by Desiree Daniels (RE/MAX Tri County) almost 13 years ago
Woo Hoo!!  I was waiting for this post and just logged on for the first time in a week.  My wife asked me why I hollered out loud.  I said because someone I don't know and never met, but rely on as a trusted voice, who gives freely of his wisdom has received a much deserved miracle.  I will continue to keep your son in my prayers, hopeful that his arm heals completely.  Wonderful News!
Posted by Matt Moxhay, Moorestown Real Estate (Prudential Fox & Roach) almost 13 years ago

Brad,

I am thankful for the presence that God gave you during this series of ordeals.  I can't wait to read what God has in store for you in the next step He's taken you to.  Our sermon last Sunday at church was on Daniel 3... and that sometimes God doesn't rescue you FROM the fire, but He will, most assuradely meet you IN the fire.

Posted by Craig Armstrong (Mackaby Realty) almost 13 years ago

Brad,

What a wonderful testimony. 

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Posted by Jackie - computer-training-atlanta.com, Learn to leverage technology to get more done. (770.498.7333) almost 13 years ago

Brad,

What a wonderful testimony. 

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Posted by Jackie - computer-training-atlanta.com, Learn to leverage technology to get more done. (770.498.7333) almost 13 years ago

Brad,

What a wonderful testimony. 

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Posted by Jackie - computer-training-atlanta.com, Learn to leverage technology to get more done. (770.498.7333) almost 13 years ago
Brad - you have a strong woman that makes you an even stronger man. No matter what your faith - being who you are makes the world a better place. We need more people like you and your wife in this world - thanks for being you and I truly thank you for being who you are!
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) almost 13 years ago

When you give, that's when you will receive; and I see it over and over again in your post.  No wonder you have so much support.  I will be back and see how you are doing!

Best to you and your family,

Sylvia

Posted by Sylvia Barry, Marin and Sonoma Real Estate Leading Expert (Coldwell Banker Previews International (#1 Marin_Sonoma_San Francisco_North_Bay)) almost 13 years ago
Brad,  I somehow missed this post earlier but I'm here now!  Congratulations, my friend, I knew you'd bounce back quickly!  Very smart of the Placer Title Company to hire you! 
Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) almost 13 years ago
Wow Brad- what a journey you have been going through. I had been going through some fires of my own over the last few weeks and am just now reading your posts. The song you and your wife recorded is just beautiful and touched my heart. Isn't it just wonderful how God opens new doors when others are shut? What an asset you will be to your new company! Not just for your talents but for your spirit and character.
Posted by Melissa Wagner (Leo Parker Real Estate & Auction) over 12 years ago
I absolutely love reading your blogs and so many of the others--this is such a great place to be a part of!! Keep up the great work!!
Posted by Debra Gambill, Realtor, N.C. / S.C (Weichert Realtor's Southern Coast) over 12 years ago
I absolutely love reading your blogs and so many of the others--this is such a great place to be a part of!! Keep up the great work!!
Posted by Debra Gambill, Realtor, N.C. / S.C (Weichert Realtor's Southern Coast) over 12 years ago
I absolutely love reading your blogs and so many of the others--this is such a great place to be a part of!! Keep up the great work!!
Posted by Debra Gambill, Realtor, N.C. / S.C (Weichert Realtor's Southern Coast) over 12 years ago
I absolutely love reading your blogs and so many of the others--this is such a great place to be a part of!! Keep up the great work!!
Posted by Debra Gambill, Realtor, N.C. / S.C (Weichert Realtor's Southern Coast) over 12 years ago

How very wonderful.

Never give up.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful lesson.

Posted by Diane Cipa over 12 years ago
Brad, the saying is as old as time itself. The Lord works in mysteries ways. Great looking family, you have been blessed with.
Posted by Rob Baldwin, REALTOR, Santa Clarita (US ECO-GREEN REAL ESTATE INC.) over 12 years ago

The sun is shining and the Universe is back in alignment. Makes one appreciate what you have even when you think you know.

Perhaps Brad the challenge wasn't just for you and Debra, but for all of us. Through your adversity and triumph, you have shared a message to hundreds that will be shared with thousands in our daily lives. I plan on speaking of this. And I am sure others have also.

We are all very human and can become overwhelmed. But truly your faith, tested, and maybe shaken, was never broken. Thank you for reminding us to 'Keep the Faith'. More than just a nice quote when you really have to use it. 

NOW...GO GET 'EM!! 

Posted by Tara Colquitt, Credit Counselor (Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC) over 12 years ago
Brad - He pronised to nevr leave you or forsake you...and He didn't! God bless you and your family.  To Him be the Glory!
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Brad,

This post brought a tear to my eye...I'm so happy to hear that everything has worked out positively in the end.

Beautiful song! The two of you are very talented.    ((-:

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hi, Brad!

I'm so happy to know that all is well.  Miracles do happen, and you're blessed with loving family, friends, and devoted bloggers.  :)

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) over 12 years ago

Hi Brad

Great to read the sequel to the first!!! I do believe in this day and age we should have more than one income stream as you never know when someone will fire you or lay you off anymore. Have you ever thought of writing e books in the internet or something along those lines to help people start blogging? It would a second income stream and you could be an escrow agent for fun!!!!

 

Anne

Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 12 years ago

Hi Brad,Just read this for the first time.  Since I just started 2 month ago,  I have missed a lot of things. I can say I don't know why you are surprise with the outpouring of love, care and support for you over your trying times.  Brad,  you are getting back, those same qualities you posses. The first few minutes I  was on AR I knew the kind of person you were.  You truly give of yourself to everyone, and on AR there are some of the most caring, giving people imaginable and my friend,  I am sure you are one of the ones at the very top.

Your post and beautiful song brought tears to my eyes also.  My husband also went through that after 19 years 3 months ---9 month short of a pension.....that's OK...God has a way of fixing things up...

Out of every bad thing that happens ...God makes something good come out of it.  The one good thing that came out of this is that ....just maybe you realize...we love you, appreciate you and are so glad your are in this family.  Please tell your wife ...she has the voice of as angel.

PS it's funny...just when I decide, I think, I will just give this blogging up...I run across a post like this.

God's blessings to you and  your beautiful family

Posted by June Lewis, Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 12 years ago

June - I needed that!  Not just the comment, but the reminder of these moments that took place in my life.  I just spent the last 40 minutes sitting here reading my own post, all these comments from the dearest friends in the world, and balling my eyes out like a baby. 

Oh my gosh, I had forgotten about all of this and buried it so deep that I was just flooded with emotions right now.  This was good for me tonight.  This post has sat dormant in the dark now since 2/8/08.  It's not just a coincidence that you found it and commented. 

Thank you so much for your very kind and thoughtful words, but even more than that, thanks for helping to put me back into that humbled state where often times we just need to be.  What you have done for me tonight is nothing short of a spectacular miracle. 

I have been truly moved and inspired once again from all these wonderful friends and even my own post.  How cool is that!  God Bless you for being an angel in my path today!!  :-)))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Hi Brad, I am sorry I brought up those emotions but if that is what was needed ..so be it..now I am crying,  because someday , if I ever get the courage, I will share with you why, how, and why I have to stay ( even though it is overwhelming and disturbing at times)  in Active Rain.  When you said it wasn't a coincidence that I found that post, after all those months...well, that is just the confirmation I have been searching for.  I guess you are an Angel in my path also   There's a lot more going on in AR than I think anyone realizes     God bless you & your family

Posted by June Lewis, Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 12 years ago

June - no apologies please. I needed that today.  Sometimes the greatest blessings can come from the things we notice least, like a blog post or a person.  I would love for you to share your story sometime when you feel comfortable and the time is right. 

I have been into the deepest and darkest canyons of AR and I have been on the mountain tops as well.  I have seen and heard things that not many members are even aware of that have taken place here both good and bad. I'm pretty intuned to what happens on the network.  I read hundreds of posts every day and see nearly everything that comes through this place, there's not much you could tell me that would surprise me. I love being a community builder here.

My door is always open and my ear is here when and if you need.  Seems destiny would have it that our paths would cross today, and two people having never met could help each other out in some small but special and significant way.  Thanks June, it really meant a lot to me having this little chat with you today!  ActiveBrad :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Thanks Brad That means so much...I do want to say, when I said there is a lot going on that people don't realize,  I meant in a spiritual way.  I just know that the Lord will use this network in a very powerful way.

In fact you can see it immediately.  He has gifted goodness to the members through caring, sharing

people who continually share and give what it must seem, like a task that will never end. Goodness comes from goodness. God will truly bless that,  as for the  deepest darkest  parts....God will shine the light. I know you are no doubt the busiest member in AR and I so appreciate your comments.  Thanks so much.

Posted by June Lewis, Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 12 years ago

June - I think people realize more than you may think here.  Anyone who reads this post for example and these comments will see that there is hope, faith, and a glimmering light that shines on this place.  It's not just the netork, the blogs or the internet, it's "the people" like you that make this place truly amazing.

No people, No ActiveRain, and with no rain, there's no life.  Have yourself a blessed and wonderful evening full of peace and joy!  ;-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Never, never, never give up. I have enjoyed reading all of the words of wisdom. 

I did hear on the radio yesterday that sometimes we have to be put in a situation in order to make a move that we should have made some time ago. We become complacent with our lives the way they are . We continue to stay in a bad situation because we are familure with our surroundings.

That is exactley where I was. The business was going away at the company where I worked, but hated to leave and w as afraid if the unknown. God has blessed me so much with my new job at First State Mortgage. The people are friendly and the staff is more knowledgeable and I am closing more loans. It is true --no rain no life.

 

 

Posted by Kimberly Hinson (First State Bank) about 12 years ago

Kimberly - that's right. Never!

Congrats on your successes, I wish you only the best and good fortune from this "rain" :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Hi Brad, Well, well, well now I know a bit more about you. I need to tell you that you're quite a special guy. When I read my first of your posts I thought 'Brad is terrific!'  Thank you!

The Horse Girl ~ Marian

Posted by Marian Gregor-Ann, Arbor area Real Estate (Keller Williams) almost 12 years ago

Marian - now you know everything about me!  (not sure if that's good or bad...LOL)  Thanks for the compliment, I look forward to sharing a great 2009 with you and all my other friends in the rain.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

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