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Meet the Winner of Blog Cabin 2012

Blog Cabin 2012 Giveaway Winner Josephine TurnerClockwise from top:Josephine and David Turner, a Turner family vacation, Blog Cabin 2012.

Josephine Turner is the proud winner of the Blog Cabin 2012 Giveaway. Her winning entry was received via HGTVRemodels.com on September 26, 2012.

This proud Butler, Ky., native and her husband, David, have been married 49 years and are the proud parents of four children. Ten adorable grandchildren range in age from 2 to 25. “They are truly the joy of my life,” she says.

Josephine, who has participated in the Blog Cabin Giveaway for the past four years, entered the 2012 sweepstakes twice a day, almost every day, throughout the giveaway entry period. She was attracted not only by the home’s location (“Maine is a lot like Kentucky. It’s a beautiful, wooded hilly area,” she says), but the home’s rustic-chic interior design. Her favorite room? The kitchen.

“My head was still spinning,” says Josephine, when recalling the moments immediately following the phone call from DIY Network. “It sounded almost too good to be true. It’s so much to wrap my head around, that I actually won this wonderful gift.”

Josephine has received nothing but support and congrats from her closest friends and family. “They’ve said, ‘It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.’ And to me, that’s a wonderful compliment.”

Her advice for other Blog Cabin enthusiasts? “Keep entering, keep entering,” she says. “The day you skip is the day you might have won.”

  • Posted at 2:03 pm on October 10, 2012
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288 Comments

  1. Congratulations and hope you enjoy this home as much as you can for the years to come! Are you moving to Maine? That is a question I would love to know!! Or other family moving there? I would hope that it is a lived in house!!! Congrats again!!

    Bea on October 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm
  2. Enjoy your new Home Josephine you deserve it congratulations to you and your family.

    pixelecho69 on October 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm
  3. Congratulations, Josephine. It looks like fate, good fortune, serendiptiy, and Lady Luck smiled on
    you in winning this charming home and its surrounding land. It makes me happy to know that
    you and your family go on beach trips together and easy to imagine another photo of the entire
    family on the deck of the Maine Blog Cabin!

    DeerSpring on October 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm
  4. Perfect winner, congrats to the Turner family!!!!. A retired perfect (almost too perfect for entering ALMOST every day) couple with big family!
    Enjoy the cabin. I think you and your family will enjoy it so much more than a guy in a wheelchair ever could have, even though I had plans to put in ramps and envisioned having a home again after my divorce. My lovingly new wife and I will be shown the light in some way some day but I don't think HGTV will find me suitable for any of their giveaways since they sift through and hand pick the perfect winners.
    I think playing the lotto suits me better since Im not being judged.

    SteveErin on October 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm
    • Steve, stay encouraged. I haven't followed the HGTV Sweeps winners for too long but the folks I have seen, have come from all different backgrounds. A doctor, a lab tech, a college student, a teacher/artist, etc. I truly think that as long as you don't have a crazy criminal record, the name drawn is the person HGTV calls. Anyways, take care and congrats on the new marriage.

      Lea81194 on October 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm
  5. Congratulations to Josephine & David Turner!

    I hope that You and your Family
    Enjoy many years of Happiness
    in your New Maine Home!

    God Bless!

    Lester B. on October 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm
  6. You know Ms. Josephine, as soon as I looked upon the face of you and spouse, I immediately thought that the Lord just doesn't make mistakes! I truly wish the best memories for your lovely family in your new home. :) God bless you and thanks for the advice on not giving up on entering the sweeps! Take care.

    Lea81194 on October 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm
  7. Please send me a lobster or two! :-) I didn't understand you when you said the day you skip is the day you might have won since you entered "almost" every day? HGTV does such a great job of selecting the "perfect" people to win the contests. Im going to have to visit the winning Facebook page! I guess it's time I go to the dark side and begin a page HGTV can see even though I dislike Facebook. However, a 48 yo paraplegic would never have compared to your Facebook story.
    As I said before, a perfect place for a retired couple since you already own a home in KY. (I have to say I hate that people from KY won being an Indiana basketball fan!). I hope your husband doesn't miss his local country club and playing golf on the weekends. I pray he likes to fish and garden since I would have started a self-sufficient garden with all of that property. Also he doesn't look like the type to get into that barn and turn it into a man cave. Wow, to think of what one with vision could do with that barn. Even being in a wheelchair I would have made that barn into one unreal place for a guy – finish it off with drywall, a new roof, insulate it, pour a concrete slab and lay weather treated wood flooring. Put up a wall for a place to do wood-working on one end, build a beautiful wood burning stove to heat it. Hang a nice 60" flat screen on the wall with a dish, a pair of Magnepan speakers, Classe amplifier…..fridge with cold beer….my dreams of what all I would have done – even building a boat for the small lake in the barn. Im not sure Id have time for everything I would have done. I hope you make the most of you good fortune that HGTV selected you for. The grandkids will love running wild with all your property! What a wonderful learning experience for the kids. IT is this type of environment where children learn. It's not in the text books but exploring for themselves and in discovery that builds the mind. The more experiences a child can have the better they will learn. So teach those grandchildren well in your new home.
    Peace and Love to your entire family!

    SteveErin on October 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm
  8. Congratulations, Josie! I am so happy for you and the rest of the Turner clan. This is so exciting to actually know someone who has been so blessed! Love you all and hope that you and all of your family enjoy such a beautiful home.

    Dianne on October 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm
  9. Huge Congrats to Josephine and David Turner! I grew up in Bucksport, Maine, and now live in the Midwest. I loved the kitchen the best too! Enjoy! Enjoy! If you ever decide to do weekly rentals, I would be interested! Brightness to You and Your Family!

    Hazel S Hutchinson on October 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm
  10. Congratulations! Hope you are able to enjoy the home!

    peachdoc on October 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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