Thursday, April 22, 2010

the ten acre wood

hans loves anything of a generational nature and shares moving
messages about fathers passing along blessings to their children,
who then extend them to their own children.

it is no wonder that we built a house on the property that his
grandfather purchased about ninety years ago.  it was then
considered to be farmland, because it was so far south of town.

now, we enjoy ten lovely wooded acres, an oasis in the center
of a thriving, bustling metropolis.  incredible.

our children played in the same spring fed lagoon from which
their great grandfather fished.  their grandfather confangled a
pulley system to the tallest trees from which his five sons flew
and jumped into the water.

thirty four years ago, their own father asked me to marry him
on the pretty little bridge that crosses the lagoon.  he made me
step off the bridge before he put the sparkler on my finger for
fear that we might drop it into the inky abyss.



our little ones liked to call it the 'love bridge.'

i think i'm going to cry.

love,
lea

"for the Lord is good and His love endure forever; His faithfulness
through all generations."  psalm 100:5

38 comments:

myletterstoemily said...

letter to the editor (miss j),

i know that 'confagle' is not a real
word, but when you think about it
what IS a word, really? :)

Deborah Ann said...

Confound it - confangle is a word!

Your life sounds like a fairy tale! 10 acres of trees...pure bliss. Love the whole romantic twist too. How about a picture!

Deborah Ann said...

Haha...meant to say:

c o n f a g l e

Deborah Ann said...

Coffee's starting to work - I was right the first time, it's confangle! Tried to trick me there, didn't you? You can't fool a fool...

Okay, I better get out of here, otherwise you'll have 50 comments all from moi...

Single and Sane said...

Ohhh, what a sweet story...I envision a magical piece of land.

But you forgot to tell everyone you were in 4th grade when Hans proposed 34 years ago. =)

myletterstoemily said...

margaret:
i thought that would be disturbing
to some people. :)

Southern Lady said...

What a sweet memory! Carla

myletterstoemily said...

deborah ann:
i messed you up. it's 'confangle.'

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

I can so relate to this! We are also on property my great grandfather bought in the early 1900s and I am SO attached to it!

Amy said...

What a great story. It is a blessing to be able to pass those along to your children and that they were able to tromp around on the same land as their ancestors.

Andrea said...

What a beautiful legacy you are leaving for future generations...the story of your lives and the lives of those past as well as "the ten acre wood."
Blessings, andrea

zach+kate said...

awwww!

Mountain Mama said...

I AM crying!! So sweet and what a precious legacy of land and all of its stories/memories.

Farm Girl said...

Lovely Lea, says it again, how blessed you are to have that, land that has stayed in the family. I live on my grandparents farm now too. There is something so special about having memories to be able to pass on to our children, The tree in my front yard has shaded 4 generations now the fifth under it branches. I just loved your ten acres wood. :)

Jeannie B. said...

Thank you for sharing a sweet encouraging story. Your marriage is the best legacy you are handing down to your children, I think!

" Love Bridge"!!

Cheri Bunch said...

Lovely ... romantic ... inviting!

So happy I dropped by ...

Hugs,
Cheri

My name is PJ. said...

This should definitely be part of your book. You are going to write one, aren't you?

I just loved it......your children are very lucky to be part of something that has been a wonderful part of the family for so long!

Single and Sane said...

Good point :)

Sonja said...

You are blessed! 10 acres with trees and water and even a 'love bridge'... sounds perfect!

I would agree with Hans... we also love the passing down of family 'anything'... there's something about roots,heritage, and how we all arrived here, that is so meaningful to us, and to our kids and theirs.

Loved this!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohh so precious an entry. :-)

Are you building on the same land? You must be!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

It's family traditions that bind a family together. You are certainly blessed to have such a legacy.

Loved the sweet story,
Debi

Lisa said...

I am ALL about the Happily Ever After! And your Ever After sounds especially happy.:)

Joan Elizabeth said...

I agree it is lovely to have generational connection. I don't have their land but I do have the iron beds of my great-grandparents and grandparents also my parents timber bedroom suite. Our own first bed ... an ensemble bed that went to the dump years ago. Times have changed.

Darcie said...

Dear me...I think I might cry now too! I can picture it...the history, the love...sounds perfect!

Vicki said...

Oh, to have the land and the love that goes along with it...how blessed you are. I think we'll all shed a little tear of joy!

Jenners said...

How amazing and wonderful! My family has almost no sense of place or history ... it is kind of sad actually.

Deb said...

I love reading your posts. That's the sweetest thing. I'm a hopeless romantic, so you pulled my strings!

Cinnamon said...

Okay there's proof your life is not boring AT ALL :-)

What a beautiful story. The love bridge! So sweet~

~Cinnamon

Just Breathe said...

What a sweet story and what a wonderful place to live and to keep the history in the family.

Mmm said...

that is so darling. how wonderful for the kids to have been so well grounded in their family history literally!

Jemm said...

What a nice story. Is it your anniversary?

Lynn said...

So sweet! Congratulations on your anniversary :)

Rosie said...

Oh Lea, this is a rare gift from He who loves you...but you are a rare gift to us...My children swung on the same old tree branch that I did...and yes I am sniffling...It keeps those tender memories alive, when, one you love is experiencing the very same pleasure you did...so wonderful...still smiling...Rosie

Anci said...

Hi !
Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. They mean a lot to me !

I like what you telling us today ! I think that I gonna cry too :)

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend

xo
Anci

Zuzu said...

Loved this, Lea. :)

confagle, confangle - it's all good.

Auntie Cake said...

What a very sweet and touching story. I want a love bridge of my very own. I am going to go hunting for one with my hubby tomorrow!

I love that you live on land that has been in your family for ages! That makes it so special! And I am using confagle next time I play scrabble!
Kate

prashant said...

Love the whole romantic twist too. How about a picture!
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Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Well I am going to stop on this one...I am now crying!!! How beautiful and what a wonderful heritage in so many ways!!

What a wonderful place to also enjoy your empty nest and look forward to those grandchildren making memories on this property with you one day!!!

Not that you are old enough to have grandkids. LOL