This is a simple post, about an old country swing.
When we moved to this homestead, there was an old swing sitting out in the yard. Neglected, and a complete mess.
For some reason, I wanted to save it.
My sweet husband wanted to haul it to the landfill.....more than once, he would tell me that he was getting that ratty old thing out of here.
I persisted.
For over 2 and a half years ....
I really wanted to save that old country swing.
 For my birthday, our sweet daughter restored the swing.
She banned me from going in the back yard, and set about tearing it down, sanding it {to the point of giving herself blisters} and replacing all the wood and hardware. Basically, all that was usable was the frame. 
Hours and hours and hours later, she surprised me with the completely restored swing.
I'll admit, I shed a few tears
For me, it was the most wonderful birthday surprise, and I am so grateful that she put so much thought, and heart into my birthday gift. Truly a gift from the heart.
Because, I was banned from the process, and because it was a complete surprise, there isn't a 'before' picture to show you.  However..... you can see the rotten wood, and rusty hardware that she took off the swing.

It's the little things that mean the most.
Like restoring a junky, old country swing . 

Attitude of gratitude:
~ I'm so grateful for my family. They are my greatest blessing.
~I'm grateful that Brooke "gets" me .... she knows that simple things mean the most to me.
~I'm grateful for sunny Fall days, and cool nights.  It's a wonderful time of year!!


  1. Brooke certainly knows what your heart's desire is....the swing is great and I know you will enjoy knowing how much love went into restoring it.

    1. Thank you. You are so right.
      She certainly loves me a lot, to put that much work into it!

  2. What a sweet thing to do - she knows you well and knew this would make you happy!

  3. Aww, how sweet! It looks fantastic and now every time you sit in it you will think of your daughter!

  4. Aww sweet girl! What a gift to cherish!

  5. Oh, Kerin. What a sweet and thoughtfful girl. Isn't it nice to see all OUR hard work didn't go for naught! (Because I have one too!)..What a peaceful place you have now to sit and relax..Happy Thursday..Judy

  6. That is a labor of love.
    It looks great. Need to sit in it and relax!

  7. What a sweet and thoughtful gift! You will enjoy it for years to come. Yes it is the little things that mean the most.

  8. How nice of your daughter to do
    that for you! I bet you will use it
    a lot.

    M : )

  9. Such a sweet daughter and a gorgeous bench!! Enjoy many wonderful fall swings!! Have a wonderful weekend! xo Heather

  10. Oh, what a sweet, sweet daughter you have, Kerin. There is simply nothing to compare to a gift that is worked with such love. You know she learned that somewhere. ;) Happy belated birthday! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

  11. Your husband sounds just like mine!
    Kudos to your sweet Sis.
    Your swing looks like new.


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