FATHERS’ DAY 2012–The Perfect Gift

Yesterday was Fathers’ Day, but I received a present!  My hubby, and father of our two wonderful [and exceptional] children decided to build a large, free-standing pergola in the center of our garden.  I don’t know where the inspiration or motivation originated, but I am delighted.  It will tie together so many other aspects of our country landscape, like a cherry-on-top or frosting-on-the-cake.  My husband’s ability to build just about anything is one of the many things I am grateful for this year.  Although I love the pergola, it is the builder who owns my heart.  The pergola simply serves to remind me of the gift my husband is to his family.

The builder and his creation...

The builder and his creation…

God bless all Dads this Fathers’ Day.  The father is the captain of the family ship, and too many families are sinking.  Long may committed father’s reign at the home helm, steering, loving and supporting.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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