Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Good Lives Led…..

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A young man—Jonas—was born in Sweden in 1850…life was beautiful there……

When he was a young man, a new-found faith led him across the ocean to America and the Wild, Wild West…

Jonas Ostlund, young

Jonas Ostlund kept a general store in the small western town he settled in…and life was beautiful there, too…

Jonas Ostlund

His son, Hjaldermar (isn’t that a wonderful Swedish name?),  was born in that small western town in 1878. 

He helped his father in the store when he was a teenager. 

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As a young man, a wonderful opportunity arose…and work on a new canal led him to Alberta, Canada…His father and family soon joined him there.

Years later, Hjaldermar Ostlund became a distinguished Canadian barrister. 

Hjaldermar Ostlund

His son, Dow, was born in a small town in Alberta, Canada in 1912…and life was beautiful there…what a wonderful childhood he had!

Dow Ostlund, about 1915

When he was a young man, service for his Church led him to America—Portland, Oregon.  While serving there, he met a beautiful young woman from Arizona…

Dow Ostlund--Missionary

After Dow’s time of service was over, he thought often about this young woman, and they began to correspond…a family visit was made…a through-the-mail proposal was later offered—and joyfully accepted…

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…and love led him to Arizona, where he became a banker…and life was beautiful there…………….

Dow Ostlund--Bank Portrait

…more stories for other days…

Another Fathers page made yesterday at the special request of my sweet Mother…Dow’s daughter…

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Three generations of very good men who led very good lives…I’m so grateful for that…

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Beautiful stamped photo corners from Crafty Secrets’ “Photo Studio” stamp set…

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Rough, rustic twine isn’t girly, is it?  (Even if you make a bow out of it???)

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I love these keys from the Tim Holtz collection…

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The beautiful print paper and vintage journaling sheet are from Crafty Secrets’ new “Vintage Paper Patterns” CD…love them!

Good lives led….

                                    …I will try to do the same…..

Julie

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Tea Party Afternoon

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My sweet friend, Barb, had a wish this last week…

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…to invite all of the young ladies she knows and loves to have a tea party in her beautiful garden…

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…her plan was for them to come—dressed in their best—and have an afternoon together with good food and good company…

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…surrounded by nature’s beauty…

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…while they learned a little more about graciousness…politeness…how to be ladies…

She was kind enough to ask my daughters and I to help her set up before the party…my daughters love her, and were so happy to help!

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Spray-painting poles in lavender and gold…

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…pounding the poles in the ground the day before the party…hanging beautiful old muslin—yards and yards and yards of it…

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…hanging, draping, swaging…till THEY, not her, were happy with the way everything looked.  Always asking for her approval…”You decide”, she would tell them—every time…

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Teaching them a bit of garden glamour and design in a loving, easy way…how to make it billow and blow beautifully in the wind…

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…how to tie the lovely, hand-dyed ribbon on so it would look “just so”…but THEY, not her, were able to decide when it was “just right”…

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We came early the day of the tea party--with homemade scones ready to share--to set the tables, finish any details…and enjoy…

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Here the girls are putting the finishing touches on the tables…

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Perfectly mismatched place settings…

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My youngest daughter, Annie, had the idea to put sugar on the rims of all the goblets—just to make them sparkle a bit more…and Barb led her to the sugar bowl and let her do as she wished…

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Then, the girls sat for a few minutes…looked out over all they’d helped with…and were very, very pleased…

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And before it was time for the guests to arrive, their playful hearts took over…

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…and the younger two of my three girls climbed up in the amazing, Swiss Family Robinson-style tree house, built by Barb’s oh, so talented husband…

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…and they were silly little girls, for just a little while longer…

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…until their oldest sister, my college girl—now changed to her tea party clothes—called them down…reminding them that it was time to transform…

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…into young ladies invited to a lovely garden tea party…

A little card made…

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…a sweet reminder of a lovely afternoon…

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The kindest invitation from a wonderful friend…but it was so much more for my girls than a delicious luncheon shared…

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…working side-by-side with this wonderful friend of ours taught them so much—about service, letting them grow confidence that their thoughts and design choices were good and  worthwhile…

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…and a little bit about graciousness…and the art of being a lady…

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Thank-you, dear friend, for more than you know…

Julie