ActiveRain Meetup-Tea (Coffee, Really) for Two!
I had a great start to my day! I finally got to meet with Andrea Bedard. She and I connected a few months ago through ActiveRain, and I couldn't be more pleased. She is a sharp cookie. We have been talking about getting together for a while, but today we made it happen. We met at Anna's Coffee Roastery 8827 Center Park Drive Suite D near Columbia 100 Parkway in Columbia, Maryland.
From the minute we met, I felt like I was with an old friend. There was not one uncomfortable minute.
Andrea is a military wife who has weathered not one, not two, not three but FOUR deployments so far. She is a mom of two little girls, 6 and 3. She hails from Berlin, Germany and made her way across the world many moons ago, landing in New Hampshire as a teenager, a long way from home and a long time before Skype and cell phones. She was MISERABLE...but she stuck it out. She's been stateside for some time now and her family is still in Germany.
Military spouses have to deal with EVERYTHING when their spouse is away. Andrea had to deal with more than many when her youngest had health issues. With no family around, you suck it up and deal with it. She had love and support from friends and mentors, but for the most part, she dealt with it on her own. Thank God her daughter is doing well now and her husband is stateside (he is eligible for ANOTHER deployment in 6 months....sure would be nice to have him around for awhile!)
In the midst of her husband's deployment, Andrea supported Mike Coopers Spin for TaTa's. You can read all about it here.
She has been in real estate since 2004 and specializes, of course, in military home buyers and sellers. As a military brat and a military wife, I love connecting with folks who understands the special needs of our military. She has dealt with the stress of MANY moves and knows how to navigate the process to make it work! We have the same philosophy of great service and finding the RIGHT solution for our clients, not just ANY solution.
Once again, I am grateful to ActiveRain, not only for a business connection, but for yet another personal connection. I look forward to many wonderful meet ups in the future. I can't wait til our girls (and our guys) can meet!
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