Thursday, June 2, 2011

Remembrance

Ten years ago both my mother and father passed away. After their house was sold and all their life was packed away and divided amongst us kids, I decided I wanted to use some of the money I received to buy myself one last gift from my parents. Of course we did other things with the money but I wanted one thing to be specifically something that we could enjoy in their honor.


A fountain was the natural choice. We spend so much time on our patio that was incidentally built by my father less than a year before he passed. He was the most talented of brick masons.



It helps add a lovely sound to block out city noise.


The plants grown around it just thrive with all the moisture they get from the little splashes.


We see it first thing when we come out and when we first turn it on for the year, I always say a thanks to mom and dad.
I treasure it so as they treasured me and my family and we treasured them. I love having this wonderful soothing reminder of my folks where we most enjoy our home.

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19 comments:

All That Glitters said...

Girl, you making me cry here! What a lovely gift!

Tina said...

I know that has to be a special place for you to enjoy. I loved this post. We received a scare with my mother this week. I can't imagine losing her. My heart goes out to you.

Sherry said...

What a beautiful fountain in memory of your parents. They would love this, I'm sure. Thanks for linking this up at HSH!
Sherry

Kris said...

What a beautiful piece, and a beautiful tribute to you parents!!

Jann Olson said...

Popped over from the Charm of Home. What a special remembrance. I know exactly what you mean. I love everything that reminds me of my parents. I too love the sound of running water in the garden. We have a pondless waterfall and it adds to the serenity of the outdoors.

Diane Writes said...

For me, this is one of your best posts. I become affected of articles and stories that relate about parents and the family.

The tranquility of the fountain would serve as a reminder that you always have your parents in every endeavor you will undertake. I'm sure both of them are equally proud to have you.

Jill said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You have found a perfect way to keep their memory alive. The fountain is beuatiful! As is your patio. Your father really was a master. I'm glad you have created an oasis in their memory. I hope you feel very close to them there.

acorn hollow said...

The fountain is so lovely what a special way to keep their memory alive.
Cathy

Holly said...

What a beautiful fountain. Makes such a peaceful place to relax and remember. I'm glad you found a way to celebrate their lives in such a lovely way.

Bonnie said...

The fountain is a beautiful way of keeping your mom and dad with you. And, I love it is placed on the patio your father laid with his own hands. A lovely place to meditate and remember.

Tracey said...

That's so special, and I couldn't think of a nicer remembrance of one's parents. What a lovely setting you have.

~~Carol~~ said...

What a lovely way to remember your parents. I have a simple little fountain on our back porch, and it has such a calming effect on us when we sit out there. You've done a great job of making your patio a beautiful and tranquil spot for your family to relax and be together!

Kerin said...

It's a beautiful space, and I can see why you wanted a fountain there. Such a nice thing to remind you of your parents. I'm sorry for your loss, and hope that the fountain and space warm your heart for years and years to come.
Have a great day!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Aw! This is such a special and pretty post. What a thoughtful thing to buy to remember your parents. The brick on the patio is so pretty!

poppilinnstudios said...

Oh, this post is so beautiful. What a lovely place to reflect and remember your parents.
-Lynn

Stacey said...

That's very pretty. A great way to remember someone. :)

Cozy Little House said...

It's so beautiful and natural-looking blended in there with the plants.
Brenda

Terri said...

I'm looking for the concrete flower with the double seashell bowls beneath it was here on this great wall many, many moons ago, long since covered in ivy, so we cut and we pulled and we pulled and cut -- and finally found our treasure -- my family bought it decades ago in honor of their mother and father, I still remember listening to the trickling of the water down the fountain walls and we are fixing it up again, the joy of the Lord is upon Jordan. Blessings Terri www.morningdewdrops.typepad.com

At The Picket Fence said...

What an incredible gift and tribute to your parents! The fountain is just gorgeous and I think it was the perfect choice. Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

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