Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Good Lives Led…..


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. 

Hjaldermar Ostlund--young man_edited-1

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…

Velda Ellen Stapley--young

…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…


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


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


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


I love these keys from the Tim Holtz collection…


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…..


  1. What a beautiful amaze me my sweet friend how you can just whip these out...pure JOY! Hugs. xoxo

  2. Beautiful tribute. Love these posts!

  3. That's another beautiful page, dear Julie! You are so lucky to know so much about your ancestors and they all seemed to have an exciting life.
    Have a lovely Wednesday, my friend!
    Hugs to you,

  4. Oh how totally gorgeous, Julie!!! Your talent is astounding!!

  5. Another beautiful post Julie. I so much love reading about your family. You are so blessed to have all these photographs and this information. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I know your mum will love this newest page as well. Just wonderful! I love too, the example you set and share with us in your own life. You are a wonderful daughter of God. I truly admire you. Lots of love coming your way from stormy (today) England! xxoo

  6. So beautiful Julie! Amazing that you know so much about your family history. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Tammy

  7. How wonderful to know all this detail - and what a beautiful way of keeping it safe for generations to come (your blog AND your work!)

    fee x

  8. Good morning Julie! What a beautiful story behind the vintage photos...oh how you would love the vintage photos I have of my family; I need to do something with those some day! AND THE KEYS...what is it about them that just make any craft item so special? HAVE A MARVELOUS DAY MY FRIEND! Anita

  9. Julie,
    That really says a lot about your relatives. I love your history or men who have led good lives! I am sure their faith was an important factor. Hope all your girls continue to find good men, too!
    Big hugs,

  10. What a wonderful family history, what lovely faces these men have. How amazing the proposal was made through the mail! Thank you for sharing this lovely story.

  11. Loved it...your posts always have that family it! :D

  12. Another heartfelt and beautiful tribute to the men of the family, and yes jute is a perfect bow for a gentleman!
    hugs Lynn

  13. Another beautiful page Julie! LOVE your work my friend!


  14. Beautiful photographs!! I love the old names too. My maternal grandparents were Finnish, and named Eino and Signe.

  15. Great Pges! Great Post! Did you & your girls have fun junkin together last week? Hope you have a wonderful weekend. HUGS!

  16. my first time here and I love your blog :) I enjoy reading it and love the pictures :)


  17. Love your post about all the good men in your family. Priceless memories of good lives led.

    Have a great day.

  18. this and you're so fortunate to have so much family history!

  19. Another great story Julie!
    The men looked so dashing!

  20. Beautiful beautiful words, sweet Julie. Your posts are always good reads.
    Have a happy day, mine is coming to an end o xx o xx o

  21. Julie,
    I just love reading your posts and seeing the photos of the people that go along with it.....thank you! Sandy

  22. It is so nice that you know so much about your family! What a treasure! Beautiful page!

  23. You had inspired me to beg for photos of our family but alas they don't go back far, as other siblings of my mother (one of seven) took them so I have only got some up to my nanna so not far back and they don't look at all vintage more retro ;0) But I will be keeping them and adding to them hoping that even with digital some hard copies will be printed off and kept ;0)

    I have really enjoyed looking at your SB pages cards etc of this deep family heritage you have. Your so fortunate to know so much about your family.

    love Dawn xx

  24. Hi Julie, what a beautiful story and another beautiful page... very inspiring men indeed this Fathers Day... much love to you... xoxo Julie Marie