Sunday, February 6, 2011

Strawberry Moraine

I love my parents' house.  I love that there is no way to get into it without crossing a stream, sneaking through trees, or wandering through the rose garden.  I love the pond, the fish, and the ducks.  I love the waterlilies and the the bog iris.  I love the ivy that has matured into a lush blanket across the entryway.  I love the flowers, the leaves, and the life.  I love the burning bushes, the columbines, the rosebuds, and the trees.  I love the scrub oak.  I love the aspens (especially the one that arches over the deck).  I love that we've built everything in the yard from scratch: the pond, the walkways, the decks, the gazebo, the stairs, the firepit, the stream. 

I love trimming the vines back from the stream every spring and fall, standing in the cool water on a hot day while I slowly get covered in mud.  I love the bleeding hearts.  I love the quiet by the pond, and I loved sharing a silence with Gram in the mornings as we watched the yard wake up, the sun warming our faces.  I love the way it looks in the snow.  I love the views of Mt. Olympus and I love that my parents designed the house to take advantage of the natural beauty surrounding us. 

I love the memories I have there.  I love that growing up I spent weekends with my parents working the dirt and learning about the garden.  I love the fact that our house is everyone's house; that my parents welcome anyone and everyone in need of shelter, food, or love.  I love that our family has grown to include people from all over the world because of this house.  I love absolutely everything about it.       


Renee said...

I agree completely! That is one amazing house. Probably because such special and wonderful people have lived in it and loved it and made it a true home through the years. You were very blessed to grow up in such a great place.

Yafit said...

i love how you describe your love for the house and how every sentence is just amazing and makes me smile and probably portrays exactly how it feels to be there.

My Name is Not Nicole said...

awww thanks guys :) It really is an amazing place and one of my favorite in the world. I'm quite lucky to have had the chance to live there my whole childhood (I guess I do have to use that tense sometimes Yafit).