Week at the Beach – A Dream Come True

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We just returned from our annual “Week at the Beach”.   We had a wonderful time as a family, meeting Logan’s friend Becca (she loved her Wilkes Survival Kit) and we had our neighbors join us to celebrate the Fourth!  Our annual “Week at the Beach” is really a dream come true, let me tell you about it –

One of my favorite childhood memories is the time we spent at Silver Lake Resort in Wild Rose, Wisconsin.  We rented a cute little cottage – Doll House Cottage. To a young girl it was a magical place. We played for hours on the shores of the lake and enjoyed escaping from the  world.  I’ll never forget the time my mom stepped on a live frog as we walked through the woods!  (Well, at least it was alive before she stepped on it!)


I also grew up hearing my dad tell us stories of the summers he spent with his family in the little cottage they owned on Victoria Beach on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.  There was the summer we got to go to Victoria Beach.  I’ll never forget the sight of my Grandpa Best floating on his back out on the lake with his pipe sticking out of his mouth!

I fell in love with and became enchanted with the idea of a cottage on a lake.

For most of my life, whenever I would attend a conference or a meeting where they would ask you to write down your top goals one of mine was always…

Own a cottage on a lake.

When Jim and I moved to Oregon as a young married couple I discovered that Oregon doesn’t have too many lakes but it does have an amazing coast line. so the goal was revised…

Own a beach house

I didn’t know how or when I would get that beach house but I did know that my beach house had to be within a two hour drive of Portland.  It needed to be a “family” house  – big enough that we could gather as an extended family, a house big enough for when my kids would come home with their kids and that it needed to be in the quaint little beach town of Manzanita, Oregon.

But that’s as far as I took the dream/goal until…

…one evening Jim and I were out to dinner with some friends and somehow the topic of a beach house came us.  I told them that I had always wanted a beach house and that I knew exactly where I wanted it.  They too expressed that they had always wanted a beach house – end of conversation.

Well, about one week later we got a phone call from our friends.  They had gone to the beach for the weekend and had looked at houses for sale.  Our friends then went on to tell us that they had found one they liked and even put an offer on it, pending our approval of course.

The house was one and a half hours from Portland, it was in the town of Manzanita and it was big – 3,000 square feet and the bonus – it had a 180 degree view of the ocean!

Guess what – we bought a beach house!  Finally, my dream had come true.



View from our side deck…

Lesson Learned:  Open your mouth and share your dreams with others – they can help make them come true! Be specific about your goals. – within two hours of Portland, town of Manzanita, big house.

How many times when asked to write down our goals do we keep our hand over the top of our paper so no one close to us sees what we are writing down!?

How often do we write them down in our journal and then leave them there on the page? And then leave that journal on the shelf.

I have learned that one of the fastest ways to make your dreams come true is to share them with others.

I am not saying that every time you vocalize a dream or a goal that someone will magically appear and make that dream come true but it can’t hurt, can it?

You never know when someone you know may know someone who knows someone…..

So what is one of your goals or dreams that you haven’t said out loud or vocalized?  How about putting it out there, right now!  I’d love for you to share it with me via the comment box below – you never know who may read it and be able to help!

I’ll start by sharing one of my top goals/dreams with you – I want to live in England for a month each year.  Know anyone with a house for rent in the English countryside????

Just so you know, I haven’t given up on the cottage on the lake though – on my dream board in my office I have a picture of a quaint little cottage on the shores of a lake.  You never know when Oregon may grow a new lake or two!

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I look forward to reading about your goals and dreams!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    So glad your week was fantastic. I think I better start voicing all my goals, too!

    By the way, I made your sticky coconut chicken last night and it was amazing! I’ll be posting it on my blog, soon, if you don’t mind. Thanks!

  2. Rachel says

    My husband and I always talk about living in Spain for a few years. He lived there for two years and would love to go back as a tourist or long time resident! :)

  3. Tauna says

    Two of my most favorite things are lighthouses and waterfalls. I always have thought that it would be fun to take a vacation and stay in a lighthouse somewhere, maybe there would be a waterfall close by that we could visit too.

    One of my dreams I’ve had was to see the Loire Valley in France and visit all the amazing castles and gardens there. Before Mike and I started our family, we took a month off work and toured Europe. We were able to go and fulfill that dream. I’ll never forget it.

  4. says

    I had better put my last name, too, since it looks like there is another Rachel! :o)

    I know exactly what you mean about voicing your desires and goals. Dave & I were at a friend’s house eating dinner with their family, and happened to mention a desire to get a used pick-up truck, maybe built in the 1990’s. The couple happened to have a 1995 Ford F150 that they were looking to give to someone since they didn’t need it anymore! WOW what good luck!

    I just finished the absolute best year in my business that I have ever had (sold over $22,000 of lipstick last year!), and this year I am shooting for (MAN this is scary to say out loud!) $36,000, since that is what they call the “Queen’s Court of Sales.” Our fiscal year goes from July to June, so it is TOTALLY doable, don’t you think? :o)

  5. kinderteachk says

    We just got back from a fabulous weekend in Sarasota Fl. It occured to me that having a beach house there would be fabulous! I’m going to start my dream board tomorrow! You never know!

  6. says

    Rachel Jensen »

    Thanks for verbalizing your sales goal girl – I have NO DOUBT that you will be part of the Queen’s Court of Sales this next year. You can DO IT!

  7. kirsty says

    Congratulations! What an amazing house, your dream come true is very inspirational!

    I would like to live near my sister in Adelaide, Australia. This would mean that my dream of sharing my children with my family could come true. I have four children (the oldest is 10) who have only seen their grandfather once, and their grandmother a handful of times! It is my greatest sadness that we are so far from family. The rest of my family live in South Africa and this would make it easier for us to visit them too.

    So if anyone knows of a job for a really really good Metallurgical Engineer in Adelaide, let me know :)

  8. says

    I loved the pictures of the place – thanks for posting that link. You are going to really enjoy that place.

    I wrote out a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days (It’s on my blog) and it is amazing how things are just getting crossed off the list. I put on there that I wanted to go to England, Ireland and Scotland and a few months ago my Dad called up and asked if my husband & I wanted to go on a family vacation to the Isle of Man and while we were there, we could go to England, Ireland and Scotland. (Ummm, OK!!)

    I also put on the list that I wanted to go to Maywood,NE where my grandparents used to live & where a few remaining cousins still live. I hadn’t been back in 5 or 6 years and I really wanted to go with someone this time. My Mother calls and said that her school is having a reunion, would I like to go with her…to Maywood.

    When I wrote these trips down I had no idea how it was going to happen, or when, I just knew I wanted to do it. I’ve actually done quite a few things off my 101 Things list that I was sure were just a far off thought.


  9. Tamriel says

    How wonderful for you. I came upon your site when I was searching for idea’s to attain my biggest dream…of owning some property on the beach. As a mother of five of which are all almost grown, I ache and think of living on the beach one day. I dream of this daily and hold on to the chance of my dream…maybe…beautifully coming true. Yes~at 45~I still can dream. If you have any idea’s for me to help me attain my dream—I would be ever grateful. So happy for you.

    Peace to you~

  10. says

    Tamriel »

    Most importantly believe that your dream will come true! For years I had pictures of beach houses/lake houses hanging in my office. Also, get specific about your dream. Where do you want your beach house, how big will it be, have a goal date. I find that the more specific I get with my dreams the better. Be sure and write it down and be sure and talk about it often, share it with your family and with your friends – thanks for sharing it with me! Keep me posted!!

  11. says

    My mom found your blog and sent me the link as we like to share with each other great blogs that we come across. I will definatly be visiting here daily! So, reading through your posts, I especially enjoyed this one. Since I was a little girl (26 now) I too have always dreamed of a cottage on a lake. I remember fond fond memories of visitng the lake when I was young and have always longed for a quiant refuge to decorate, enjoy and relax at. I was so encouraged by your post about speaking forth your dreams. But I also have to tell you how encouraged I was by reading other people’s dreams. Two in particular – your’s about going to England and the gal who mentioned wanting a 90’s pickup truck. See, I have those two things in my life. My husband actually wants to move us to England for a year (and also make yearly trips there). And, I don’t want to with every fiber of my being. I don’t want to visit – not even for a day! And with the 90’s pickup truck – we have one. And I would do anything to get a different vehicle. I can’t even begin to tell you what a thorn in my side this truck has been. But as I read that these were other’s desires and dreams, wow, it put so much in perspective to me. That I truly am blessed. These things that I don’t want…well…that is someone else’s dream. So though that may not have been the original intention of your post, to me, so much was really put into perspective. Be thankful for each and every opportunity you are given and each blessing (though it may not feel it) that God has put in your path. Thanks for the inspiration. Sorry such a loooonnnngggg comment!

  12. says

    Oh Leigh Ann, how dare you go about stealing (and actually accomplishing) MY dream! lol. I want so badly to own a house on the Oregon coast one day. We’ve been going there at least once a year since we have been married and I used to go there all the time when I was a kid. If I could have a vacation house anywhere it would be there. Congratulations!! What a dream come true for you and your family. And my- it IS big! That’s no cottage honey 😉 You guys will make so many fun memories there- and I will live vicariously through them, so you better blog a lot from the beach!

  13. Melissa Y. says

    I live in a arts & crafts, beach town. Sarasota, Fl. I have lived here most of my life. We try to get the beach as much as we can.

    I have so many memories of walking on the sugar white sand of Siesta Key with my Mom & Dad. When I was kid my parents got togeither with the neighbors and created The Beach group. We had breakfast, lunch and lots of fun at Siesta.
    Now I have a family of my own and we go to Lido Beach. My daughter is a mermaid and loves the waves. My son is a little more of a shore bird. Last Sunday we built a sea turtle and decorated his shell with shells. I think the memories of those moments are so strong because we are there in the moment, relaxed and having fun.

    I have a goal to go to beaches all around the globe.

    Being a young family with pets makes travel difficult. So for now we visit diffrent beaches around us. Last summer we went to Sanibel Island a 45minute drive. The best shells we have ever found were on Sanibel. Recently we went to a beach in Venice, Fl. that is known for there shark teeth. My son wouldn’t dip a toe in the water. He couldn’t seperate the teeth from the sharks. My husband and daughter went way out and dived. My husband surfaced with a megladon tooth. My daughter was so impressed with her Dad. My son saw that tooth and started packing his sand castle toys immediately. Memories.

  14. says

    Leigh Anne,
    Your beach house is so darling! Can’t wait to see what the coast has to offer us! We’ll be there soon!

    Shelli Christiansen

  15. Sue Polas says

    Hi Leigh Anne, Being a home grown Oregon girl I have always had the same dream as yours to either live permanently at the Oregon Coast or own a vacation home. My husband made my dream come true about 21 years ago. We went in with 5 other families bought an ocean view lot and then built a large beach house. Each family owns a percentage this allows us 10 weeks a year at a beautiful home that is one row back from ocean front with a view that allows us to see all the way to Tillamook head to the North and to the south Fisherman’s rock. Many wonderful memories have been made at this house over the years and like you many more memories yet to come.


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