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Family Picture Preview...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Here is a preview of our family picture this year...

Note my son-in-law is not in the picture...

I haven't been blogging much this fall because it is hard for me to only share half the story... While it was a fall of sadness and betrayal it was also a fall of great joy and blessing...

Now that you have seen the picture I will get on with sharing the joys in my life...

These pictures were taken in our front yard by the amazing James from Flax Studios

Merry Christmas!

 Thanks for listening,

My How She's Grown...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I get "Goobie" at least one afternoon per week all to myself and I love these one on one moments!

"Goobie" is 16 months now

And I got to hang with her this past Monday...

She was watching "Daniel Tiger" and winding down before her nap...

But I couldn't resist a few candid shots on such a nice afternoon together!

Thanks for listening,

Hot Cocoa...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I hosted a team meeting the other night for my Mary & Martha team and the theme for the night was "Raising the Bar" so I decided to do a Hot Cocoa bar. I took a few pictures so I thought I would share them on here! 

It was super easy to put together using my Mary & Martha items, stuff I had around the house and about $70 of candy & paper products. Not bad for a fun night and there is literally enough left over to do another one with out having to buy a single thing! 

These little tags were from the scrapbook section of my local craft store and I used a white paint pen to get the chalk board look I wanted.

I found the red burlap table runner at my local TJ Maxx/Homegoods store for $12.99! I didn't take a picture of the end but it has a sweet ruffle on it! I also found those red chevron to go cups there for $4.99 a dozen and the Tag brand paper napkins for $2.99! I love that store!!

These sweet pewter spoons are also Mary & Martha! I just love the look!

Oh, Andes mints... My favorite... Lets see if they make it to my next party!?!?

Thanks for listening,


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

So did you happen to here we got a little weather up here in Maine last weekend?

Not out typical fall weather that the tourists come to see... No much more winter like then our usual early November chill.
I woke up Sunday morning to about an inch on the ground and I was kind of thrilled... Even if it was early in the season, I love first snows and we never get much and it never sticks... Only this snow kept coming, and coming... Since we had not had a "hard freeze" yet the sap was still running in the trees... Not a good thing. Here are the pictures I took on Monday morning, We had 11" of snow, 20+ trees damaged or down, three of them on our house! 

Have a look...

The end of our driveway...

This is a bench that sits out front... I currently had pumpkins and mums on it... I think their time has past for this year...

The first tree that fell was behind our house and hit with such force the top flew into the front yard! 
(On a side note, I think the kitchen rug I put over the rail to air out is done airing out...)

Autumn leaves meet winter weather...

Tree #2 hit the front corner and #3 came down in rapid succession, rolling off the house and blocking the bulkhead. This is significant since around that corner is our wood pile. With the tree down in the back, this one in the front and one on the bulkhead there was no way to get to our wood pile when the power went out... Or should I say no easy way. Poor Paul had to climb over that tree in the dark and throw wood over it for him to gather and get the wood stove going... He did this in the dark late Sunday night. Fun huh?

More snow shots...

It sure is pretty though...

We usually get these put away before snow flies... Snow beat us this year!

A view of the end of the house... Quite a night!
(I think it's time to put away the fire pit benches too..)

And here Paul is cutting up next year's fire wood! 

Have you had snow yet this year?

Thanks for listening,

Opportunity Knocks...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I know it's been more then a month since I posted and I have a TON to share with all of you! I promise to post in the next few days about my amazing trip with Compassion International to the Dominican Republic. I can't wait to share it with all of you and if I hadn't gotten sick upon my return I would have shared already, but that's a whole different post!

For today I want to share an opportunity with you... Do you love your job? Ever dream of starting your own business? Maybe a little shop filled with products you love? Unfortunately for a lot of us that dream is an expensive one... Until today... What if I told you that dream could be as little as $50? 

Sound too good to be true? It isn't... I am my own boss, set my own hours, decide how much I want to make, set my own goals and offer beautiful products that have meaning! 

For 48 hours ONLY you can join my team for 1/2 price!! Email me at prdorobis@yahoo.com or go to www.RebeccasBlessedHome.com to join TODAY!

Thanks for listening,

Hodgepodging My Way Into Fall...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I decided to join Joyce's Hodgepodge this week... 

1.  What's something you wanted to do this summer that you never got around to actually doing?

We wanted to spend more time at our camp (Maine speak for cabin) on the island. We planned to go twice a month and we made it over twice overall! Boo... I do plan to go over for the day later this week. 

Also we planned to go to the farmer's market weekly and frequent the local farm stands for summer food and only made it a hand full of times! Double Boo!!

2. Share a favorite memory of your own back -to-school days as a child.

We always had to wait until the first day of school to wear any of our new school clothes or use any of our new school supplies so I would "try on" my new outfits almost daily until I had the first week completely planned out. 

3.  What's one chore or daily task you prefer doing 'old-school' ?

Cleaning the kitchen floor... I don't "prefer" doing it this way, in fact I have one of those "shark" steam mops for daily cleaning but a couple times a year I move all the "furniture" into the living room, fill a bucket with nearly boiling soapy water and get down on my hands and knees with a rag to clean it. I have to admit, the steam mop does WAY better then the old sponge mop did but still I love the feeling of getting into every nook and cranny and knowing it is all clean. 

4.  Share something you've learned in life through the 'school of hard knocks'.

Personal financial responsibility. We spent the first 10-12 years with our finances being total "feast or famine" and a cycle of debt that seemed never ending. When we married Paul was just getting out of the Army and planning to go back to school and I was just finishing my third semester of college. We spent the next seven plus years starting our family and finishing our educations. After all those years as "starving students" (in our eyes) we were ready to live "real lives" and between personal debt we got into while in school and debt we got into after getting our "real" lives going we seemed like we were constantly playing catch up. Even though Paul had good jobs it seemed like we rarely had much left after we paid the bills so "extras" always went on credit card which we would pay down when we'd get bonuses or extra cash... This created that "feast or famine" effect. We made a commitment to get out of debt as a family about two years before we actually did the Dave Ramsey thing and had "down sized" everything in that effort, but we didn't make real progress until we took the course and really applied the principals. I have to admit the following few years were pretty painful but by the time we moved back to Maine from Tennessee we were debt free and that enabled us to follow the Lord's prompting to move and has made the following years so less stressful. Now whenever we are in a store and the cashier asks if I want their store credit card I always say "No thank you, I am able to afford to shop because I don't have credit cards!" They sometimes look at me funny but  it's the truth! 

5.  As a child, did you mostly bring or buy your lunch for school? What was your favorite thing to find in your lunchbox?

I mostly had hot lunch at school... My mom worked and had to leave within minutes of the bus picking us up so mornings were hectic so "cold" lunches were rare. Occasionally we'd have a field trip or some reason when I had to bring a lunch, since this was unusual my mother would plan ahead and pick up one of those single serve hostess snack cakes to put in it. I remember a sixth grade band trip when I opened my bag and pulled out one of those three packs of hostess cupcakes... Pure childhood bliss!!

6. Football season is upon us which has me wondering... how big of a sports fan are you (not just football) ? On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being 'I scream at the players through my television screen' and 1 being 'is knitting a sport?' where do you fall in fandom? 

I'd say I am about a 2... When we lived in Tennessee my Stepmother had season tickets to the Titans games and I loved going with her and even learned a lot about the game and even learned a lot about the players... I was really into it, but now we only see one to two Titans games a year I have virtually lost interest. I went to a bunch of high school games when the girlies were in school but other then big events like Super Bowl and Olympics I don't watch any sports these days.

7. Share a favorite quote you think might inspire students of all ages at the start of a new school year. 

I have nothing... I gave Allie tons of advice but no quotes come to mind... Sorry.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I have recently discovered the joy of "pillow covers" for my throw pillows! I have seen them in stores and catalogs for years but never really tried them until this year. I love to switch out my throw pillows seasonally but the three big bins of pillows I have stored always annoyed Paul and he would get frustrated when I would buy more pillows... He made me promise to get rid of some for each new ones I brought home!! Now with pillow covers I have thinned out my collection to two bins... On the pillows I have that are whole pillows that I love and the other bin is smaller but mostly empty with my small but growing pillow cover collection! Paul is happy... I am happy... Yay pillow covers!! 

Thanks for listening,

Montana On My Mind...

So, the girlie won't let me post the "horrible" pictures I took of her dorm but has yet to send me ones I can post so I will nag her some more and post a few other pics I took...

Here is the view out our friends living room window after a cold night...
Yes, there is snow on those mountains... In August...

I have to stop right here and tell you, we LOVE Montana. Ever since we left 14 years ago we have dreamed of moving back there. After Paul & I visited this time we decided to do more then dream and we are actively praying for and working toward that goal. We have a time frame in mind but we don't know if it's the Lord's timing so we are praying right now.

Back to the college girl...
Here she is when we took her and her roommate shopping...

We were shopping for a chair for Allie and a rug for their dorm among many other little items they found they were in need of...

They did not go with the rattan rocker or the peacock swing chair pictured here but they insisted on trying them out! 

(sorry for the blurry cell phone pic)
Her roommate voted we get the rug that matched her cell phone... Even though it was HUGE and over $600... So we kept shopping and found one that was just right later in the day. 

Her roommate is a super, sweet girl from the Montana "high line" (Montana speak for up near the Canadian border). She grew up in a tiny little town on a farm way up there. Her graduating class was 10 kids! She & Allie have very little in common... They are like peas & carrots... Totally different but the go together nicely! In fact they get along like they have know each other forever and laugh nearly non-stop. 

Here's a better picture of the girls.

After my friend Alisa spent an afternoon shopping and laughing with these two we called the guys and had them meet us at a BBQ place we knew the guys liked for dinner.

It was super hard getting people to pose or even be in a picture but I did get this one shot... Here is our lovely host and her husband. I would say nice things about Dan but he spent most of his time in July here and our time out there siding with Paul and teasing me, so in case he ever reads this I don't want flattering things in print that can be used against me later!! 
(The second youngest of their FIVE sons is in this shot too. Paul and their youngest son ducked out of the shot.) 

Okay people... Here's the deal, I know nobody likes to get their picture taken... We are ALL uncomfortable with it, but pictures capture memories and help us to recall details our minds can't or won't keep... GET IN THE PICTURE PEOPLE!! (Rant over... And I do feel better!!) 

Anyhow the drive home was exceedingly long but we survived and are back in Maine. We had dinner and hung out tonight with Katy, Jed and our sweet grand baby who has grown literally just short of two inches in the last couple weeks! We left and she was in size 12 months and some 18 months and she is now growing out of the biggest of those clothes and is wearing 24 mos. to 2T! That was too quick!!! 

Thanks for listening,