Monday, March 8, 2010

What a surprise!

I picked up a magazine in Target the other night called Dream Gardens Across America 2010. I started reading it and I couldn't believe the picture in the magazine! When we lived in NJ and owned our little Victorian I was looking at a Better Homes and Garden Magazine and there was a beautiful arbor in a picture and you could order the plans. I showed it to John and he surprised me and ordered the plans. When they came he showed them to me and he told me for our anniversary he was going to make the arbor for me! My husband had never built anything other than a pinebox derby car when he was in Boy Scouts! He delivered his promise on our anniversary that August. As I was leafing through the Dream Gardens across America magazine guess what arbor was in a picture. The one John and I saw in the BH & G magazine about 20 yrs. ago! I took a picture of the one in the Dream Gardens.... and I'm going to look for the picture of the arbor John built me when I feel better. I will post it when I find it. For now here is the magazine version:

We even had roses growing up the arbor like in the picture!

Very uncanny!

John has promised when we have our own house again, he will build this arbor for me again. It was a great spot for me to read or sit with the girls when they were little. It holds a special spot in my heart!


Mary said...

Sherri, that is such a lovely story. I think the arbor is so pretty. Can't wait to see a pic of the one John built for you - what a sweet guy!

Brenda Leyland said...

Wow... what a neat encounter! Special memories! Beautiful photos.

walk2write said...

I understand that feeling of having to leave special things behind when you sell a house. We're trying to sell ours now, and there are so many things--plants, mainly--that I wish I could take. I hope your dream house and plans for a new arbor come true!

Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!