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What I Love Most About My Little Mini-Realtors In Training

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2008

Stephen I. Starr at EIP pre-school

Got some very interesting e-mail from my AR and Twitter peeps. Rather than answer you each individually, I've decided to write a blog post to give you all some insight into what my life is like as a Realtor battling with my kids learning disabilities. So go get comfy 'cause this is gonna' be a looooong post (LOL). Got a question? You can comment, e-mail, or tweet me (@CTannStarr).

No one really knows what anyone else is going through. We look at the surface and make assumptions because we process information based upon what we know and/or what we think or understand to be true. We all have "typical behaviors." When you are a parent with a learning disabled child (or in my case two of them) your life becomes "atypical." Your behavior and mannerisms adjust to accommodate your loved ones to the point where you don't have a lot of time to adhere to the usual games of cat and mouse regarding tact and diplomacy. You become more blunt and direct, especially when you discover that your atypical children have no guile. They do not understand gray. They understand black and white. Yes or no. True or false. On and off. Likes and dislikes. Right and wrong. They are very honest with their emotions. Sometimes brutally honest. When you become friends (or are a parent) to someone who is brutally honest, your emotions are going to be taken for one hell of a ride.

When you deal with Autism and PDD-NOS issues, one can not approach it with the attitude of "being a little bit pregnant." You are either prego, or you are not. You are either in it to win a educational milestone victory, or not. I can not speak for all parents. I can only speak for myself and I must say that the process of evaluating my children, the activities, tools and commitments to appointments I must keep in order for professionals to measure their level of functioning has been exhausting. It never ends, which means that my time is very precious and valuable to me. I can't stand when people waste my time because it usually means that something very important to me and my family was put off to make time for a no-show.

Any developmental disability is a condition that significantly interferes with a child's ability to function. Children are already a handful, so imagine them with peculiar quirks far off the beaten path of mainstream child like behavior. Language and speech are not the same thing. Unfortunately, a lot of people take that fact for granted. I did until I had to deal with this issue with my little people, who I love dearly. The funny thing is, now that I am dealing with it, I have been blessed to discover how rich the five fold aspects of non-linguistic, verbal, paralinguistic, language and speech really are. I now say exactly what I mean, even if it is not articulated to the best of my ability, because I live with kids who take me literally. Don't read into this something that I didn't say. I have the prerogative of changing my mind and this option is at my disposal every single minute of the day. I will use it (LOL). But I digress... getting back to the little minions:

The curious thing about taking Stephen to a specialized pre-school to help him overcome his disabilities is the fact that he has a pre-school personality for the event. Being 2.7 years old in an Early Intervention Program I'm sure he has no idea that he is doing it, but I can tell because of his patterns of stimming. Stimming = Self-Stimulatory Behavior. In his specific case, he has a series of very interesting "tells" and gets very excited about the fact that I have his back-pack or that we are going to see Susana for Special Instruction and/or go to Personal Touch for his speech and occupational therapy.

For that matter, so does his older brother Noah, but his "tells" are far more subtle and sophisticated. I believe it is  because he is only moderately Autistic. The PDD-NOS in Step is more severe, which is unusual because I was taught and under the assumption that it would be relatively mild compared to Autism. I guess that's why they describe it as being on a spectrum. The range can be wide... In sum and substance, I usually joke that my children should never play poker or be introduced to any type of gambling game. They are both very obsessive and transparent little people, so I have to be very careful with them  (LOL).

Because of their openness and honesty-by-default mindset I am learning a lot about myself and others through the eyes of my children. I have also discovered that they are very good at reading adults so I find that I never go wrong when I take my cues from them. If my kids don't like someone I instantly pass on associating with them. I wont hesitate and I wont think twice about it. I have walked away from doing business with people my kids instantly withdrew from. They rarely withdraw from anyone, so when they do it is time for me to go.

What I love most about my little Mini-Realtors in training is the fact that their communication delays have made me more aware of the power of communication. My 2 year old rarely speaks, so they are teaching hm sign language with his speech therapy. Little dude has two speech therapists. Very cool. That means I am learning sign language by default from two professionals. My 6 year old engages in echolalia. He's a mimic. We refer to him as the two legged recorder. He has no idea what more than half of the words mean, but if something catches his attention, he internalizes it and can repeat it back word for word and with perfect diction. We don't know if he has total recall because my son can not answer a compound question, however he can sing songs from The Lion King in five different languages. Perfectly. In a beautiful singing voice... How crazy is that?

Trying to understand Autism is not easy. I am mentally exhausted, emotionally drained and tired most nights. Blogging relaxes me. Jogging relaxes me. Creating music and art makes me happy. Joking with my friends is priceless because my life is very serious more often than not. The funny thing is, my habits are becoming my kids habits. They now have an expectation to help me create work because this is what they have been exposed to: my constant working. They sincerely believe they are supposed to be doing exactly what they see I and my hubby do. They insist upon it, in fact - quite forcefully at times. My life is always very interesting because of it (LOL).

Lets take a moment to Wiki two points of order because I really want you to understand exactly what I mean. I quote: Echolalia is the repetition of vocalizations made by another person. Echolalia can be present in Autism, Tourette syndrome, Aphasia, Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, Developmental Disability, Schizophrenia, Asperger syndrome and, occasionally, other forms of psychopathology. It is also frequently found in blind visually impaired children, although most will outgrow this behavior. When done involuntarily, echolalia may be considered a tic. The word "echolalia" is derived from the Greek ἠχώ meaning "echo" or "to repeat" and λαλιά (laliá) meaning "babbling meaningless talk" (of onomatopoeic origin from the verb λαλέω (laléo) meaning "to talk").

Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) is one of the pervasive developmental disorders and Autism spectrum disorders. PDD-NOS is a diagnosis for people who are well-described by the "PDD" label, but can't be categorized by any other disorder. It is usually milder than autism and has similar symptoms to autism, with some symptoms present, and others absent. The boundaries between PDD-NOS and non-autistic conditions are not fully resolved. End quote.

I wish Stephen's condition was more mild than Noah's but it is not. His manifestations require twice as much therapy plus the government originally authorized a shadow at school for him just to help supervise Step and guard against the storm of self-destructive behavior that periodically erupts (e.g. head banging, kicks, slaps, scratching and an occasional bite or two). He loves school and is quite a flirt there, so they let the state shadow go (for now) because he is doing very well.

Having two speech delayed kids is a challenge. When I take my kids to work with me, they are not just learning a profession, they are learning how to apply language in a socially appropriate manner in a variety of settings. When I take my kids to work with me, they are being introduced into a world they have an expectation to be functioning in. Because of the obsessiveness inherent in both of their learning disorders, I do not have the luxury of waiting until they are teenagers to start asking them what they want to be. I have to show them different professions now. I have to make them aware of what is going on in the world now because my kids are anal retentive in their disorders and obsess about patterns and details. They function in an extreme environment of habits and schedules. They do not tolerate a break in their routines unless they are on a field trip or carefully planned adventure where the destination is fun.  

Noah is crazy about computers, buildings, cars, construction trucks, music and dance. He loves art. He loves photography. He thinks he is Bob-The-Builder-Realtor-Man-Of-Action and is Open House crazy. Noah glows with happiness around new construction. Sometimes we sit and watch new construction activity like some people watch television. I let him have the Nikon all of the time. Little dude can take some pretty good pictures. He becomes very serious if you give him a camera, almost as anal retentive with detail as his Mama. I even used one of his photographs on a post once in AR (giving him the credit). He was thrilled to see his picture posted on-line. My boy is a YouTube / Disney fan. He knows his work and will walk around with his paintings and photographs reminding me that they belong to him. He will Google his name, or the Lion King and play in YouTube for hours. Very cool to see him so proud and happy. CTS10866 is my YouTube channel and he knows how to find it. He enjoys seeing his family and our little real estate outings on-line.

Stephen is crazy about Handy Mandy and Hannah Montana. He walks around with screw drivers and Allen-keys trying to take apart my apartment and has a HM Toolbox. My boys have thrown away the toy tools and have taken to filling it with my computer tools. I have to buy Hannah Montana yogurt cups when we go shopping. I refuse to buy him a Hannah tee shirt, but I have thought about it more than once. He really does love her. Maybe as a PJ, but then I balk because I know one day some stupid relative or friend will take a picture of him in it and he'll be embarrassed when he gets older. I am number one on the list as a stupid relative who would do so (LOL).

When the boys observe me creating blog posts they come right over and put their collective two cents in. Noah tells me not to use a picture and starts insisting which one should go where. If I give Stephen a turn at it he points and states either "this one" or "that one." Little dude also fights me for the mouse and skype headset while I'm working all the time. He thinks blogging is a family sport where participants must wrestle to gain possession of the keyboard, mouse and headset. I don't mind the nightly ritual of fighting over the computers because real estate has taught my child to select between two objects. My 2 year old has learned how to compare and decide what he wants...

Real Estate is not just my profession, it is a tool that I use to help my children overcome their disabilities and learn. The best bonus is their love for YouTibe, Disney and scrolling through the photographs on AcriveRain.  

 

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Comment balloon 48 commentsC Tann-Starr • November 22 2008 12:12PM

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Carolyn, I love how you talk about alternative ways you need to communicate. I have found the same thing in my life with family members with Alzheimer's. We think we know so much so often, yet we really have to keep learning to get it right.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

You are a great woman with a huge heart.  I admire your perseverance in learning all you can about those you love.  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Gary. What you say about constantly learning is so very true. Trying to understand people who don't have the capacity to express themselves fully is quite a challenge. I am always looking for clues as to what a person means. What they say does not necessarily translate into what they mean.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Thank you, KM. I appreciate your kind words. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

One thing that is immediately apparent to me is your love and commitment to your boys.  Autism is becoming more and more prevalent and where it used to be a rarity, most people now know at least one person who is affected by the disease (if not more!).  It is a challenge to say the least.  It is day in and day out.  You show tremendous courage and strength and I would imagine that those traits carry over into your business as well.  Thank you for sharing your experience, challenges and hope for those with Autism.  Perhaps once you are completely fluent in sign language you will have a niche market.  Triumph arises from adversity.

Posted by Kelly Kilpatrick, Broker-Associate about 10 years ago

To my new friend Carolyn, You are amazing! I would never presume to say to you I can imagine how you feel because I cannot.  I have a healthy teenage daughter.  As a parent I think we often forget to get down to our children's levels, whatever that may be.  And that works in the adult level as well and in particular with my own newness on AR.  Clearly, you remember what it was like to be new which is why you can be so helpful to so many people, especially your children. It's because you have worked so hard and educated yourself so well that I believe you can see the world through their eyes! How can they not succeed with a Mom like you?

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) about 10 years ago

Kelly K, I am crazy about my little minions. I had 5 miscarriages before we gave birth to Noah. He was THE most celebrated baby in my family. It was a high risk pregnancy and we almost lost him twice. He's here because of an emergency c-section. I almost died giving birth to Stephen, another emergency c-section. They are the best thing that has ever happened to me so far in life. I thank God for my two little miracles and believe that they will do very interesting things with their lives if I can keep them focused on loving to learn and loving to live. We go out every day just so we can say we did something. My six year old is now a list person. He tells me what is first, second, and third on our agenda for the day. I have to negotiate everything (LMAO). He's not where he is supposed to be on the educational curve, but he has come a long way thanks to the help of some very talented professionals.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Barb, thank you for your kind words, they are very much appreciated. I'm pretty new at this too. I've only been a Realtor for a little over a year and started AR in April 2008. I'm actually retired law enforcement (LOL). I left my government employ to take care of my son three weeks before I was supposed to accept a promotion as a Captain and enter the NYCDOC training academy. My kids come first in all things and it will never matter what job I do or don't have so when people complain about my lack of professionalism or seriousness about my blog posts (about my kids) it gets my dander up.

The ones who know this about me know how serious I am on the subject of family. I guess that's why I get riled up when someone messes with my virtual on-line Club Chaos family. I was raised with the premise that your friends are the family you get to choose for yourself. Always choose your friends wisely... then take care to maintain your relationships. I treat my on-line pals with the same respect I have for my brick and mortar friends. I've even had the pleasure of converting a few and look forward to converting more. I love ActiveRain because being a member gave me the opportunity to add so many interesting and wonderful people to my life. BTW, I am very honored and pleased that you accepted my invitation. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Carolyn - I am so touched by your post.  Good for you for being the best advocate your boys can have!  There is nothing like a mama bear looking out for her cubs.  :-)

I can sooooo relate - my son was in the NYC Early Intervention program at 2.7 years as well.  He had speech delay and auditory processing issues that prevented him from communicating with others in the "normal" way.  Interestingly enough, we knew he had "issues" before he was a year old.  As new parents, we had no clue as to how to even describe it and people thought we were just these totally over-protective obsessive parents. 

I stayed home with him during his infant/preschool years - I realized at 18 months I couldn't leave him with a babysitter.  They wouldn't know how to deal with him.  When I placed him in a pre-school program at 2.5, they told me he should be evaluated.  Best thing we ever did.  I owe a debt of gratitude for the NYS Early Intervention program.  What they did for him was priceless.  The group meetings with other parents helped me out as well.  His pediatrician said he would outgrow it - and he did - however, it wasn't until he was about 6.3 years old.  He had other issues as well that I won't get into here, but if you want, I can email you privately.

My son is now a healthy, happy 17 (in 2 weeks!) year old that has made the High Honor Roll since his first quarter as a freshman.  He is athletic, well-liked and fun to be with.  I say this because I feel it is important for people to know that having these issues as a child has nothing to do with personality disorders or intellect.

I am saddened by parents who refuse to have their child evaluated because "There is nothing wrong with my child" when clearly the child is struggling with many issues that can be addressed professionally.

I wish your and you boys (all 3 of them!) all the best.  :-)

 

 

Posted by Sandy Fenton, ABR, ASP, CDPE, GRI -Westchester NY - Condos to Luxury Homes (Keller Williams NY Realty * Licensed Associate Broker) about 10 years ago

Sandy, thank you so much for sharing this. I always find myself getting so hopeful when I hear about how other youngsters manage to overcome their childhood issues. Hope sometimes can be a very powerful lifeline when you feel as if you are having a very bad day (or at the end of your rope). It can be very frustrating and scary when you realize that only time will tell... Please feel free to e-mail me anything you would like to share regarding this. I would love to chat more with you about it. Thank you for the offer, I most happily accept. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

C., as usual, I am in awe of you, your intelligence, your honor, your strength and your moral fiber.  What a much better world this is for all of us because you are in it.  God gave those little boys to you because you are the best woman for the job.  I love you.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 10 years ago

Carolyn, Everything you do with your children is a learning lesson...for you AND them.  I love to see your commitment and focus to your children.  Years (and years) ago I refused to believe the well meaning people who told me my daughter would never graduate high school--EVER.  Today she is a Feng Shui Consultant, Certified Personal Trainer and will be graduating college next month--with a BA and BS.  Your children will surprise you beyond your wildest dreams, I am sure of that.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 10 years ago

Susan, you are making me blush. I'm just a frustrated mommy getting by with a little help from her friends (LOL). BTW, I love you too. Dearly! I count on us misbehaving together in very creative ways so knock it off, woman! I am not ready for sainthood and am quite sure I am not a candidate for that position (LMAO). Ooops! Did I forget to say thank you? THANK YOU for your kind words, they are very much appreciated and I know you speak from your heart, which is why it is so easy being friends with you. Mega-Mucho-Love! Your little sister from another mister, C. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Wow Carolyn this is amazing! You have your hands full. But you know what they say "God gives special kids to special people" You are blessed with beautiful children. They are adorable and I love Stephen's three step dance!

Posted by Jeannette Neerpat, e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate (CondoDomain.com) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Carole. I have high hopes for the little minions (LOL). Kudos and Congrats to your daughter, for that is awesome, awesome, AWESOME! ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Jeannette. I appreciate that. Sometimes we do the happy dance with him, which cracks him up to no end (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Carolyn ~ Thanks for the info on autism and PDD-NOS.  Having met Noah and Stephen, I am smitten with them.  : )  I love kids, and I think that part of that is that they are open and honest; telling you exactly what is on their minds.  I am amazed at all that you do in one day!  I, too, trust a child's intuition about people.

 

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) about 10 years ago

Carolyn- You are super women to me.  I have a friend who actually lived in my duplex who had a daughter who has severe autism and serious heart problems.  I have never allowed anyone to have a dog in my duplex--to much destruction.  But Olivia loves her dog and there was just no way I was taking that away from her . . .I bent the rules!!

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) about 10 years ago

C.-I am in awe of you. You are truly amazing. You just never cease to amaze me with all you do. You have two beautiful kids and you have a right to be very proud of them and their accomplishments. I am sure with all the love and care you give them, they will grow up to be amazing just like their mother. Not only are you an inspiration to them, but to us here on Rain as well. Thank you for sharing such an intimate blog with us.

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) about 10 years ago

You are a very rare gem.  One of my dearest friends in the world has a child with autism.  Linda Lee, www.HelpAutismNow.com so I know a glimpse of what your life must be like.  The fact you women juggle all that you do, working all the while, proves for me God's grace and strength in you.  Congratulations.  You are making the world a better place.

Posted by Laura Gwyn (Laura Gail Gwyn Properties) about 10 years ago

Carolyn, I take my grand-kids to work for the same reasons you do your children.  Job shadowing so they can learn to be comfortable in public(and support me in my old age- jk)  We have one that suffered a head injury when he was 2yr.  It has left him delayed but progressing well.  I need to remind myself to not make excuses for his behavior and to celebrate the achievements he makes.  It is good to see you write so passionately about the boys, I know it is going to touch many hearts.  Your sacrifice is much but so too will be the reward for a job well done.  be good  cheryl

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) about 10 years ago

C - I am not travelling quite the same road as you, but mine is fairly similar.  Our twins were born 15 weeks early.  My son was very sick for months and the effects of both are readily evidenced today.  Your comments about communication struck me as particularly familiar.  I won't take up any more of your space with my story, but I thought your comment, "No one really knows what anyone else is going through" was particularly profound.  BTW, Sheree started a group called "Parents of Special Children"  So far, she is the only one to post there, but the intent is good.

 

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) about 10 years ago

C - I don't know quite how to express my admiration, respect, and overwhelming feeling of how great a person I think you are in words. However know in my heart that is exactly how I feel. You and your family deserve all the best life has to offer. Somehow I think you already have that. The greatest gift in life fills your home. LOVE

Posted by Lisa Glowacki, Real Estate Broker - RI & MA (Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts) about 10 years ago

That is an incredibly insightful blog, C. I was mesmerized reading it, and I generally don't read really long blogs all the way through. One of the nice things about posting online like this is you will leave a trail and a tribute to your children for many years. You are strong and witty and such a caring mother (and friend).

Oh, and btw, I talked about your minions in next week's blog on my other site. I'll send you the link in case you forget to check when it goes live.

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) about 10 years ago

My Grandson was just diagnosed with Autism....that just makes him more special in my book. Thank you for sharing this post with us here on the rain. You are truly a strong dedicated Mother and a terrific person. I pray that God will bless you mightily, and prosper you beyond anything you ever dreamed.

Posted by Cecily Parks (iMove Group, Knipe Realty NW, Inc.) about 10 years ago

There is a "Happy Ever After" believe it.  I watced my 28 years old twins struggle for months and years.  They are now happy, and living productive lives with families of their own.  Who knows why we are called to the paths we follow?  Just know there is a "Why" and the "Why Is The Way!"

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Kathy. You are also very welcome. I'm looking forward to coming out for another visit very soon. I have Dickens on my mind (LOL). I am also going to have to do a NYC Tweet-up. I'm thinking Cocina Latina would be a lovely spot to host them. Parking and Public Transportation are important issues and both are very close. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Tami, I find that I bend the rules a lot to keep my boys engaged and happy (LOL). Sometimes we play family hookie together and go do silly stuff so they can run wild and explore their sensory perceptions.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Laura, you are very welcome. I adore them and they are such busy little fellows that it is so easy to chat about my boys. They are always getting into something, which makes my life very interesting (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Laura G, thank you for your kind words and the link to your friend's website. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Cheryl W, thank you for your kind words, they are very much appreciated. It is always interesting to see how the little people respond to other environments. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Erik, please feel free to share your story with us. I have just joined the group and will re-route this post over there. Thank you for sharing the link. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Lisa G. I treasure your kind words. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Carol:  The Lord put you on my heart and I was about to pick up the phone to call you before I came online and read this blog.  You wrote about the exact topic for which I felt to encourage you -- that is, to say you are a remarkable woman.  You carry a great assignment in life and your children are tremendously blessed having you for their mom.  The kids are incredible people and God has a perfect plan and purpose for them as He does for you and Michael.  So be encouraged that the Lord is with you on this journey and one day all things will be made perfect for all of you. GBU!  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Carolyn ~ Well, let me know!  It starts Friday night, Dec. 5th and runs through that Sunday.  And yes, definitely keep me up-to-date on the get together! 

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) about 10 years ago

C- the picture is really wonderful!  I love it!  At least he wont be bummed by the state of the market!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 10 years ago

Elizabeth, I can't wait to see what you've cooked up (LOL). Thank you for the little minion shout out on your other blog. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Cecily, thank you. Your prayers are welcome and very much appreciated. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Lisa Wetzel that is awesome and so are you! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Kathy, it's my first and I am really looking forward to it. That is a very unique event and we are going to have some fun blogging about it together. You get first dibs on the pictures. :-D

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

ROTFL @ Jeremy. How very true! (LMAO) Too funny!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Barbara, it is a beautiful thing to see you here. How have you been? Thank you for your kind words and I am looking forward to our next conversation. I hope we can play phone tag very soon. I really miss talking to you... E-mail is cool, but conversations are so much better. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Carol: Consider it done. Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Barbara, I have my cool-aid smile on. I am looking forward to it. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

It sounds like you are doing a great job, Mom.  These little ones will not always be little and they will thank you for the time and effort you have spent.

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 10 years ago

Carolyn your love shines through, and it is evident that you will do whatever is necessary to keep them engaged.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 10 years ago

Carol,

 

What a beautiful post, I really admire you and most certainly your lil' pals will grow out their " inability: because the honor and great work you do with them. Love is the best tool the'll take to grown up the speech barrier and patience will pay you the recompense to have the great time of your life the day you seat and chat with them, Good Bless You and your little buddies, Love, Maria.

PS have you read the blog of Noel Padilla, Kendall FL? He has told the history of his son been treated in Costa Rica with the Stem Cell treatment...He is very happy with the results. Keep us posted.

Posted by Maria Borci, P.A., TRC, REO - Doral Pinecrest FL Real Esta (Colfax Realty Group) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Melodious. :-)

Jennifer, I will do my best.

Maria, I have not but I will. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

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