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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? 

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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,

Our Prayer...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

As we prepare to leave Montana and our Allison to her new adventure I have a passage I have been praying over her...


"We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."
  Colossians 1:9-10

(I will post pictures of her dorm and such in the next day or so!)


Thanks for listening,

And The Big Day Arrives...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Listening to all these people you'd think they expect me to just leave my baby here... 


Here she is all excited and nervous opening her dorm room for the first time...


She made me promise to wait to take pictures when it's all set up...

I haven't cried yet... I must admit I am not in the mood to joke around either...
She was all nervous for us to leave too...
That made it harder to leave. We will be going to get her for dinner tonight... 

I can do this... I can leave her here... I think!

Thanks for listening,

Yesterday...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Yesterday this little budgekin who asked for a "Bitty Baby Crib" every day for almost a year...


Got this in the mail...


And now she expects me to allow her to leave...

Tonight I am profoundly sad at the end of her childhood... 
Although I think her "childhood" actually ended sometime in the past five years...

Maybe as a smiley faced freshman... 


All awkward and beautiful at the same time...


Choosing different sports then the ones she did as a child...


Taking "selfies" with friends...


In the simmering Tennessee heat...


Or maybe it ended as a silly sophomore...


Having moved to Maine but taking to the new landscape like a fish to water...



Making friends like she'd always lived here...


(Nothing says "sophomore year" like silly bathroom selfies!) 


Look at those fresh faces... Crazy thing is one is married, two engaged, one in California, one in Florida... Who said that could happen?


They are babies...


As a junior she was defiantly on the precipice of adulthood...


Making choices...


But still silly...


I miss the days these kids were all around...


Some of them had the nerve to do this before her... In fact most of her close friends graduated when she was a junior...


But she still had a few friends in her grade and senior year...


and Groundhog day to look forward to...
(Yes, a groundhog wanders up and down Main St giving out lolly pops on his day... Don't ya wish you lived in a small Maine coastal town??)


Back to Allie... She turned 18... 
(Without my permission I might add.) 


Had much hated senior pictures taken...


Yes, she still can't look at them without getting mad... 
(Neither of my girls liked their Senior pictures... Is this a girl trait or just my girls?)


Then, without warning this happened...


Yes, I was there, but I am still surprised they let a five year old graduate...


Oh... And there was this girl...


There have been many BFFs over the years but only one Carrie...


They have had their ups and downs but love each other in that unique way true "besties" do...
If (and I do mean if) her childhood is over I'd say she was around to see it!

She is headed off to an in state college this fall... Home on weekends... Sounds like bliss right now! 


We were pretty lucky... We got a "gap" year...
An extra year to see this beautiful face everyday...


A year for this amazing person to join our family...
(And help us make more silly faced pictures!) 


An extra year to hang with her sissy...
(and go back to the hair color she had in that first picture!) 


We traveled some and laughed a lot...


 Laughing is something you can't help around Allie... She is one of the most humorous people I know!


Another year to sing with the worship team and teach Sunday School...
(She will be so missed they took up a special offering Sunday to send her off with... We were totally blown away by this!!) 


Another year to make everyday memories...


But tonight as I am 48 hours away from leaving to take her to college... Then leaving her there... I am feeling like 19 years just wasn't enough...


I mean look how little she still is...


Thanks for listening,

Back to School... Allie's First Year of College Edition...

Friday, August 8, 2014

Let me make it abundantly clear that there are cheaper ways to shop for back to school then Allison & I did. The following aren't budget options, but splurges with a budget in mind. We set a budget and the way we stayed on it was by cutting corners on the things she didn't consider as important... 
Example we got her the duvet cover she really wanted but the duvet filler we got on sale at Target for $12... 

We made a lot of these trade offs... When it came to clothes she didn't need the basics, she had all that so we spent our budget getting her some good wardrobe foundation pieces. 

She NEEDED dresses... The kind that could go from day to evening, from church to wedding to sorority mixer during rush... She really only has two dresses right now... One casual and one cocktail style so when I got a email about a 40% off sale at J Crew we knew where we were headed... 
We got the following three dresses there...




We thought one navy, one LBD (or Little Black Dress) and one "champagne" one off white would be able to fit just about all occasions. She is at the age where I feel okay making a few better purchases for her. And these were all dresses that could be dressed up with a clutch and heels, dressed down with boots and a cardi and/or scarf and even somewhere in the middle with pearls and flats...

The following shoes, the Reva Flat by Tori Burch are another classic piece... You can dress up jeans or dress down one of the above dresses with them. She has wanted them for a long time so now seemed like a good time to surprise her...


Speaking of surprises... I found the following Kate Spade bag at Nordstrom Rack and I knew she would LOVE it... She was literally speechless... A good moment for me! 


Now we know she is leaving one northern climate for another so we did keep that in mind... She is pretty much set for winter gear but had her eye on this vest from J Crew Factory...


And she needed snow boots. She has her good tall leather Frye boots that she got last year for Christmas and a couple other "dress" boot options but her old snow boots were pretty much done. She decided to go with the LL Bean boot... I don't know if this is a nod to home or just the ones she truly loves but being a "Mainer" I do approve! 


But she is all girly girl so we did throw in some pink... She loves Vineyard Vines and we found a great deal on this 1/4 zip fleece at TJ Maxx!!! 



It's not all clothing...

She found this cute planner... And who doesn't love Lilly Pulitzer? When they were little almost every summer they had matching Lilly Pulitzer dresses until they would no longer go for matching then I had to settle for coordinating... In their early teen years they declared they did not like them. It wasn't as big in Tennessee as it had been on the coast. You can imagine my delight as both girl came back to her classic summer style! This planner is not only a statement of who she is today but a nod to the past!

And she knew she wanted kelly green & navy bedding so she was thrilled when she found this duvet at literally the last place she thought she would... She found it on sale at pbteen! The reason that is so shocking is that all through her teen years she turned her nose up at that catalog always saying it is for grade school & JR high kids... Imagine her surprise when an internet search turned it up! 


She found white sheet with navy trim at TJ Maxx in an XL twin so she will get the look she wants...

She also found this cute pillow on Etsy (on left) that will add the touch of glam that is my preppy Allie who has a touch of glam! 


We found a navy blue anchor decal like this for $7 at Target she wants to put over her desk...


And these cute eyelet lights for $15 she fell in love with...


We also got her a "bath wrap" because... Well why not? 
We got it in the navy blue stripe with the monogram in Kelly green.


The last two items were among the most expensive on the page...
At the beginning of the summer she bought a "Beats Pill" with college in mind... It is a wireless/bluetooth speaker she can use with all her electronics that gives amazing sound. This will be handy for watching movies on her laptop and of course for listening to music! 


We got her these "Beats" solo headphones... Unlike the above speaker that she loves and is convinced she will use all the time, I remember what living with a roommate can be like... Plus the presence of headphones can totally signal that you aren't up for conversation while reading, etc... I think these are a dorm must have! (Plus the kelly green matches everything else!) 


I am not going to bother showing you all the boring stuff like the $12 mini tool kit or the $8 iron among other boring necessities... I will take a picture of the dorm when she gets it all set up! 

PS. Don't forget my offer in my last post... As of the posting of this nobody has committed to joining me. I'd hate to see a ticket go to waste! 


Thanks for listening,