Joe and I have now been back home a year here in Western Pennsylvania. One of the things we most enjoy, is having four seasons again. Especially Fall. Fall is our favorite.
We had company last week and had an excuse to do the Gateway Clipper with them, followed by a ride up to Mount Washington on the Duquesne Incline to have pre-dinner Drinks at The Grandview Lounge, then dinner at the fabulous Monterrey Fish Grotto.
It was such a beautiful day and evening to celebrate our love for each other and for Pittsburgh!
So we’re headed home to Pennsylvania and West Virginia to be back close to family. And early in the wee hours of the morning, I listed our beautiful barn home. It’s truly bittersweet because we planned to stay here forever. We have so many memories in the short time we’ve been here and even got married here.
I just pray some other person or family will love it and care for it as much as we have.
Contrary to what one might think, most of us rarely go to the beach around here, even though we live so close. Life and work gets in the way, but somehow… we still feel the good vibrations of our beloved Atlantic mother in our souls.
I finally got a rare moment to celebrate another dear friend’s birthday with a visit to the ocean. I thought I’d take a moment to share a few pics this morning before I get back to work.
This is definitely the most peaceful time to visit Hilton Head Island. The beaches are empty other than a few locals walking or fishing. Total serenity that I soaked in before we get super busy with tourists and real estate. It was a fantastic way to renew my spirit and remind me why we are so blessed to live here.
Enjoy! And don’t forget to let me know how I can help you find your piece of paradise. 843.505.3132 or Lori@LoriBaden.com.
Honestly, before I moved here, I’d eat an occasional oyster on a half shell. But it generally wasn’t my thing.
Until I moved here, and experienced the magic and beauty of an oyster roast bringing together friends and communities. It’s hard to explain but it is such a bonding experience. The closest thing I can compare it to, is communion at a church.
It’s one of the things I’ve missed most since the pandemic started, but last night, I finally had the opportunity to enjoy once more with a few select friends outdoors.
As I watched good friends enjoy the fabulous Bluffton oysters, and some great Lowcountry Boil I must add, I just took it all in. The food, the smells, the sights, the laughter and the friendships. I realize how blessed we are to live in such a glorious place with magical experiences. God is good.
So in case you didn’t notice, my name has changed. Yes, that’s a good thing. Actually, a great thing. I got married on Black Friday, ending 47 years of Bachelorhood for my Joe. LOL.
Actually, I’m the one that’s blessed… he waited 47 years to find “the one.”
We got married at home here in our barn. It was a gloriously beautiful fall day. Just perfect. I hope all of you will rejoice with us. We are truly best friends, in love.
And as a side note, I’ve been crazily busy with work too. Yes, I’m still in real estate. Still with eXp Realty. It’ll be 4 years soon. Since then we’ve grown from just over 1000 agents to 25,000+ nationally, and from 40 to well over 700 here in SC. Production volume has grown from $90 million a year in 2017 to over $581 million here in SC, in 2019. To say I’m proud, is an understatement! As Designated Managing Broker, I oversee operations in South Carolina for this wonderful company.
We have over 30 agents here locally to assist you, and I do referrals all the time. Locally, statewide and nationally. Let me know if I can assist you in finding your piece of paradise, like I’ve found mine. It would be my pleasure.
So I have been more than a bit absent here lately on this blog. SO much has happened, and I haven’t had time to post. I’ll abbreviate it all quite a bit.
So I was promoted back in April to become the Assistant State Administrative Broker for eXp Realty. Very honored to serve in that position, when suddenly in early May, my beloved boss and State Broker, Jim Girard, announced his retirement. And then in June I was hired to be his replacement as the State Administrative Broker for eXp. What a whirlwind!
As if the transition paperwork of 15 local REALTOR boards and 16 MLS’s across South Carolina wasn’t enough, on June 15th, Joe and I managed to finally close on the home of our dreams and change our address. We now live in a Morton Residential Barn Home in rural Jasper County closer to Savannah, and are loving it. But this move, in this heat with all the work, has not been fun. I just keep reminding myself, just how truly blessed I am to have all these Second Chances, with love and life. Hence why we refer to our mini-farm as Second Chance Farm.
I’m reminded of that quote from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” I keep asking Joe to pinch me to prove it’s all happening. So many dreams coming true…
I am currently only doing real estate sales and listings on a very limited basis, BUT I now manage 400+ excellent agents who can assist you all across the Palmetto state. I am happy to place your referral in the best hands, so please give me a call at 843-505-3132 so I can assist you. I love making dreams come true!
P.S. Some people to thank for a lot of these life changes:
First of all, my beloved Joe who I plan to rock that rocking chair for life with
My children Jacob & Hannah – who inspire their Momma to never give up
Joanie Horton – former owner, who knew this place was meant to be ours
Thomas Kersey – wonderful Listing Agent who was so helpful
Bannon Law Group – for a smooth closing
Homeside Financial – esp Christa Jensen & Stacy Kimrey who made this dream come true when everyone else said it was impossible
Jim Girard – my career mentor and always will be
Glenn Sanford – dear friend & founder of eXp, the model revolutionizing real estate
Our SC eXp Agents – love y’all and enjoying this ride with you
Bill Martini and Veteran Movers – you should check them out if you are local
Joseph Terry – for all of your physical help during this horrendous heat
Patti – for being my neighbor, confidant and screen repair buddy
Darlene Dudley – for providing us our temporary home the last 2 yrs
All of our family & friends – for your support and congrats
Even on the busiest of real estate days, God has a way of sayin’ : “Stop! Look what I did here, to take your breath away!”
The Church of the Holy Trinity is in Grahamville, SC near Ridgeland, and was on my way home last night from a listing appointment just up Bees Creek Rd. This has to be one of the prettiest churches in South Carolina, if not the entire South. Especially this time of year with the azaleas in bloom.
I thought some of you might enjoy God’s handiwork too.
Thought I’d run down to Alljoy Landing to catch a sunrise this morning. It was more than a bit cloudy but there was a bit of color. And I caught these gentlemen heading off to work, crabbing. A part of me was envious, but then I realized it may storm today. Then I was simply thankful for the food they provide, and prayerful, for their safe return.