Tuesday Treasures ~ Thankful for Siblings ~ #3

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

Thank you Debbie Reynolds for the 12 days of Thanksgiving contest! It’s a good one to hold at this time of year!

Here is a very recent picture of me and my siblings! November 11th, 2017. We are celebrating our sister Susie’s 75th birthday at a lovely celebration in LA that Susie’s two daughters and step daughters so carefully planned as a surprise!

My brother John lives in Pittsburgh PA with his wife Kathy. They have 2 grown children with a daughter getting married this December.

The 3 of us grew up in upstate N.Y. in Scotia, NY just outside of Schenectady. We lived in the same house while we grew up and then each went off to college. Our parents didn’t move until we were all grown, married and had  children.

We lived on 2 acres with a brook running around the perimeter of our lot. We damned creeks, climbed trees, built forts in the woods, played baseball, kickball and football in our yard. Building snow igloos, having knock out drag out snowball fights, sledding, ice skating and skiing were favorite past times. Teachers loved letting us host school picnics in our backyard and I wrangled mom and dad to hold pre-prom parties at our home.

We helped mom with her huge garden and then canned much of the fruits of our labor for the winter months. Roasted marshmallows and making smores was a treat. We raked leaves and jumped in piles that were ready to be bagged or burned, noses running from the smell of fall and crispness of the air. Sitting on our front porch when it rained and hearing the brook gurgle was so calming. Helping dad put up Christmas decorations with cut-outs and so many lights was always a fun project!

So many memories with my siblings…. thankful we are still good friends and enjoy reminiscing many delightful and humorous times when getting together.

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Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning Dorie Dillard 

Thank you for sharing your information with us.

Have a great day 11/14/2017. 

Nov 14, 2017 05:42 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

What a great looking group!  I love that you are close with your brother and sister, my family is close knit as well.

Nov 14, 2017 05:50 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wonderful that you have family for such celebrations...sometimes you aren't grateful until it's too late...enjoy every minute !

Nov 14, 2017 06:05 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. You are very lucky to still have your siblings and a great relationship to boot.

Nov 14, 2017 06:35 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful picture, and I love the life you described growing up.  Wishing you a great day.  A

Nov 14, 2017 07:01 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing some of your fond memories. Your blog made me think about my own family.

Nov 14, 2017 07:05 AM #9
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Dorie, this brought back such amazing memories! Not only for you, but for me, as well. Having lived outside of Buffalo my first 12 years on earth, you reminded me of the FUN of cold weather. And I lived in Pittsburgh and graduated from high school there! We are connected. I love that photo of the 3 of you and your glorious storytelling of a very happy (and healthy) childhood! 


Nov 14, 2017 02:36 PM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie those are priceless memories, I have a few myself of when I was growing up.

Nov 14, 2017 03:06 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- I love the picture of you and your siblings...and how lucky you are to have them!!! Your childhood sounds ideal and love that you all helped your with her garden. 

Nov 14, 2017 05:58 PM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

This sounds like a fantastic celebration. It takes a lot to keep a surpise like this secret. You three had such a great childhood. I was picturing story book summers you all must have enjoyed together.

Nov 14, 2017 06:59 PM #13
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Some of your memories with your brother and sister mirror mine with my brothers and sisters. Thank you for sharing one of your blessings.

Nov 14, 2017 06:59 PM #14
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Dorie, you had a great childhood living in the same home with your siblings, that's rare these days. Beautiful picture of the three of you.

Nov 14, 2017 07:24 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Dorie

What a wonderful photo and memory. So cool that you could all get together in LA this past weekend for your sister's birthday!


Nov 14, 2017 07:49 PM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

It's always great to read more about the families Dorie Dillard.  I hope you are having an awesome week !!!

Nov 14, 2017 10:16 PM #17
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Dorie.

I can picture you right in the middle of those snowball fights.  The visual description of the home site is something my wife wants...  Who knows I may win the lottery

Nov 15, 2017 01:32 AM #18
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Dorie... your post made me think of Norman Rockwell. So many siblings "separate" in adulthood, so the fact that you and your siblings remain close is truly something to enjoy, celebrate, and be thankful for.

Nov 15, 2017 05:35 AM #19
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

What a terrific photo Dorie, and such wonderful memories to remember and  cherish!

Nov 15, 2017 05:48 AM #20
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard - Those are such happy memories. Family is our treasure. Kids don't need to run off and seek thrills, not when they have everything they need in their own backyard. Your family is a loving one. What a great tribute to your parents and siblings too!

Nov 15, 2017 08:18 AM #21
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Having close knit loving siblings are a joy and a blessing, Dorie.  You are very fortunate!

Nov 15, 2017 06:26 PM #22
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, what a wonderful story, Dorie! I feel as if I were there, reading about your childhood - what a delightful childhood you had. It's no wonder you are such a fabulous mother and grandmother.

I'm also close to my only sibling (my brother) and absolutely love spending time with him. Funny but, I did the same thing to my parents - we built our parade floats in our yard, had the pre-prom parties and prom sleepovers at my home and drove my parents crazy!

Such wonderful, happy memories from your childhood, Dorie! Definitely something to be forever grateful for - and for your siblings.

And, happy 75th to your sister! 

Nov 15, 2017 09:50 PM #23
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