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Christmas Envelope

It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas-oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it-overspending, the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma-the gifts given in desperation because you couldn’t think of anything else.

Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.

Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was wrestling at the junior level at the school he attended; and shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church, mostly black. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented
a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes. As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler’s ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. And as each of their boys got up from the mat, he
swaggered around in his tatters with false bravado, a kind of street pride that couldn’t acknowledge defeat. Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, “I wish just one of them could have won,” he said. “They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them.”

Mike loved kids-all kids-and he knew them, having coached little league football, baseball and lacrosse. That’s when the idea for his present came. That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed the envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done and that this was his gift from me. His smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year and in succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition-one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas,
and on and on. The envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always
the last thing opened on Christmas morning and our children, ignoring their new toys, would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents.

As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the envelope never lost its allure. The story doesn’t end there. You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree, and in the morning, it was joined by three more. Each of our children, unbeknownst to the others, had placed an envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and
someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing around the tree with wide-eyed anticipation watching as their fathers take down the envelope. Mike’s spirit, like the Christmas spirit, will always be with us.

May we all remember the Christmas spirit this year and always.

SOLD 2100 sq ft home private setting 11.17 acres with pond 4796 EUREKA ROAD, Sagle Idaho

Very private land that borders county road. Under ground electric and phone.  Property is very useable with large pond behind home. Unique multi-level home with  visually interesting angles and great mountain views.  There is a 5000 square foot barn with a work shop on the 2nd level and many other out buildings. 2 parcels being sold as one. Live in existing home and build another on other parcel.  This is a foreclosure listing and the seller is very motivated.  Offered at $280,000 and Priced well below tax assessment.

unique home

private year round spring fed pond

SOLD Home on corner lot for $87,000! 220 Beardmore Ave

Attention investors or first time home buyers. This home has been completely remodeled with new electric, plumbing and insulation and kitchen cabinets. 1bd 1 bath remodeled cottage with covered patio, patio could be a second bedroom. Great floor plan, breakfast bar, track lighting and tile. Storage shed and off road parking on quiet street. 87,000  Rents for $500 a month making this a fantastic investment. 

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investors and first time home buyers


SOLD Commercial Building Bar and Restraunt or could be made into offices 106 HIGHWAY 2

Incredible views up and down the river. has been a bar and restaurant for years, lots of room on main level and large downstairs with very nice living quarters and possibly another rental with some work. Approx. 7000 sq ft Lots of storage. Great visability, priced to attract attention. Views make this a possible office use, w/remodel   Offered at $295000  Rain at (208)610-0011

Bar and Restraunt




The beauty of North Idaho

I finally found the time to start a new photo gallery site for Sam featuring North Idaho.  This is such a beautiful place it would be hard not to take a great photo.  I only have one gallery up so far, but would love for you to come by and look.


Derr Island Overlook

Spirit Lake Idaho 5 acre parcels starting at $69,900

Looking for Spirit Lake land? Quail Ridge An affordable subdivision in Spirit Lake Blanchard Idaho area. Prices starting at 69,900 possible  Owner financing, paved roads, underground utilities.

Quail Ridge Spirit Lake Idaho

Spirit Lake Real Estate

 5 acre parcels 


Lot #1
State land on 2 sides
SOLD Lot #1
State land on 1 side
Lot #2
State land on 1 side
SOLD Lot #2 $92,000
Lot #3
State land on 1 side
$95,500 Lot #3 SOLD
Lot #4
State land on 1 side
95,750 Lot #4 SOLD
Lot #5
State land on 1 side
$94,350 Lot #5
1/2 interest in well
Lot #6
State land on 1 side
SOLD Lot #6
1/2 interest in well
Lot #7
State land on 1 side
$94,500 Lot #7 $88,750
Lot #8
State land on 1 side
$92,250 Lot #8 $84,500
Lot #9
State land on 1 side
$89,500 Lot #9 $82,500
Lot #10
State land on 1 side
$89,500 Lot #10 $79,900
Lot #11
State land on 1 side
$89,150 Lot #11 $79,900
Lot #12
State land on 1 side
$81,500 Lot #12 $74,500
Lot #13
State land on 1 side
$79,500 Lot #13 $69,900
Lot #14
State land on 1 side
$79,500 Lot #14 SOLD
Lot #15
State land on 1 side
SOLD Lot #15 $69,990
Lot #16
State land on 2 sides
$84,500 Lot #16
State land on 1 side



NAR technology report

For years you have all listened to me tell you how big a role the internet plays in all business, large or small.  Real Estate is no different and I urge all Realtors to learn more about computers and make use of these tools. 

NAR just released the 2008 technology report in PDF format.  It covers Social networking, technology sourcing, lead generation, relationship building, mapping, forms & contract software, transaction management,  If you are still a bit computer shy I encourage you to take the leap and learn how the internet age can help you.

$275K Below Appraisal Waterfront home. 85 Quinns Cocolalla Idaho

Waterfront below appraisal

EXTRAORDINARY CUSTOM HOME with 198′ of waterfront.  Enjoy boating and fishing on lake Cocolalla. Sweeping lawn to waters edge, gourmet kitchen, open floor plan, radiant heat house & garage, 2 masters, huge master shower & closet, 16X64 & 8X45 covered porch, rec rm w/bar, card rm and pool table, sprinkler sys, and much more! Owner/Agent 

Offered at $599,750

Call Rain Silverhawk (208)610-0011 to set up an appointment to see this home.

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Horse Property! 2 septics, 1 well, paved road, power, and one almost finished cabin

9.6 acres fenced and set up for horses and fronting paved county rd. 80% finished cabin, two septics, well & power. Land is level w/2 small meadows, very private, treed, garage w/concrete floor & power, several outbuildings, two large dog kennels. Ideal place for mini-ranch yet minutes to town. Near USFS entrances.

Offered at $190,000

Call Rain Silverhawk to see this listing  (208) 610-0011

3 bed 2 bath overlooking Lake and private pond. 111 Hawkins Road, Sagle Idaho 83860


Below Appraisal

Quality built 3 bd 2 ba home on 4.5 acres with pond, overlooking Lake Pend Orielle and the Long Bridge. Complete with sunroom, 3 car garage and wrap around trex decking. 4,340 sq ft includes full basement. The home’s grand entrance is tiled, and its foyer opens up to cathedral ceilings, chandelier lighting and beautiful arched doorways. The cedar sunroom is plumbed for hot tub. Tile counters in the kitchen with center island and plenty of storage. Office /den located by kitchen and grand living room overlooks private pond. The second story bedrooms and bath open to balcony. Plenty of room for horses and may be subdivided. Virtual tour at  Call Rain Silverhawk to see this listing. (208)610-0011

Offered at $539,900

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