Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

I always thought that Independence Day would always be my favorite holdiay. I don't know what it is exactly about it that I have always loved...but its the feeling I get when it approaches and arrives that has always made it my favorite. I think that its the romance potential that it holds and the nostalgic and historical meaning behind it that really makes it special. Now that I am a parent, Indepence Day has taken a back seat to Mother's and Father's Day. Who would have thought that these holidays could change in meaning so dramatically? Although I think that parents should not just get one day per year to honor them or tell them how special they are, I think its a great way of saying "here is a day just for you". It's more than just a Hallmark holiday.

Unfortunately, my husband is out of town this year (only his 2nd Father's Day) for a class he must complete for his Master's program in Traverse City, MI. He left yesterday and won't return until this coming Friday! I hate that he is away, but glad that I will be able to complete a great project for him while he is away. I decided to work over the weekend so that I only had to work two days during the week so that I could work on the project and have it completed before he returns.

We have a narrow creek that runs through our back yard and since we moved in over three years ago, we have talked about putting in a garden bridge to go over it so we can cross from one side of the yard to the other. This would eliminate having to "hop" over it every time we want to cross and would save Clint the hassle of trying to get the push mower over since he can't get the rider over. My husband isn't handy, at all. Therefore, I thought that with my dads help of getting all the wood cut--I could knock this project out and have it in place before Clint returns. I am trying to think of a way to make it special and commemorate that it was a Father's Day gift but am undecided. I was thinking that I would carve our son Jude's initials into one of the posts, that way we can add to the post as we add children to our family, but am still brainstorming ideas.
I am so blessed to have found such a wonderful husband who happens to be an excellent father. Hopefully he will love his gift and know how much love went into it.

Wish me luck on this project. Here are a few ideas of what I am looking to create.

I like the simplicity of this one but unsure of how safe it would be with a one year old.
I really like this one but would like more of an arch.

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