Thursday, March 28, 2013

Daddy's Fence


One of the things my father did, not long after purchasing his property in 1970, was build a white fence around it. Through the years, its appearance has been altered—whether by hurricane or by Daddy’s whims—but the fence has remained. Like my dear parents, the fence is a faithful piece of my history.


If this fence could talk, it would tell you of family celebrations, of dear friends coming to call, of sweet, sun-drenched days, and devastating seasons of rain.


In my collection of scrapbooks, there are hundreds of photos showing some part of Daddy’s white fence. It is a popular backdrop, to this day. The sight of it there, upright and secure in the background, seems to steady me somehow.


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I’m linking up with Good Fences.





37 comments:

  1. What a great memory...a backdrop for those precious moments- xo Diana

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  2. I love the fence idea as a motif for the memories your family has shared over the years. Lovely photos.

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  3. I can imagine the pride with which your father built the fence around his new property - perhaps he dreamed of all the good times for which the fence would provide a surround.

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  4. Beautiful family, sweet photos of home. HAPPY Spring~

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  5. To have lived in the same place for so many years and have the same fence in so many family photos much be comforting. We moved so much when I was growing up that there was never any constant in my life. Where I am now is the longest I've lived any one place. I just read your attic post. Wow! That's a lot of stuff. I've saved a few things from when my boys were little and when I show it to them, they just say "why do you still have that?" I need to do a major cleaning and clearing -- maybe when we have Spring Break. Of course, I always say I'll start the process but am always distracted by others things. :) Have a great day. Tammy

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  6. The Pres and I always build fences...we both love them...Happy Easter!...:)JP

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  7. Not to get all spiritual on you (but let's face it, I'm just generally prone to...) but I couldn't help but think of the fence that our Father builds around all of us. It's so very faithful and a backdrop for the scrapbook of our lives in every way. I think that too often we get so used to it that we forget it's there. We need to look back at those pictures in our mind and see that it was, it is, and it is to come. We are so beautifully fenced.

    Yes?

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    1. Debbie, we're kindred spirits. I started to "get all spiritual" too about this subject, as it lends itself so nicely to that. The Bible refers to fences as "hedges" a lot, and what a beautiful place to be, protected by God's hedges. In my third book, one chapter is about "fences." I write that we also need to build fences around our families for two reasons--to keep things in and to keep things out.

      I love your insights.

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  8. We have a chain link fence around the peremeter of our back yard and that our "secured area"! Your Dad's fence is much nicer - but it also serves as your family home secure area and makes for a lovely background view.

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  9. Isn't it such a comfort to have that one constant of many in the history of your family?

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  10. How I love things like this. Something that has remained constant and steady over the years, while the seasons change and come and go just like those times in our life. Lots of spiritual application in that too huh? Hope you have a good day!

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    1. Yes, Debbie ... and our family (and fence) has weathered many a storm. God is the One holding us all together.

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  11. Hi Dayle! I just wanted to first off say thank you. Your comment on my blog this morning means a lot to me. I don't know you well yet, but I was blessed when you reminded me of the hope that I have!! You are right! What better a time to remember how much God can turn a situation around 180 degrees, then on Easter weekend!
    Your story of this fence is so lovely. It wonderful to meet someone else who cherishes family the way I do! I'm a new follower.
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  12. I understand your comfort in something so mundane, as a fence. Which in reality is not so mundane. The rich history from beginning to now is important.
    A handmade, beautiful, historic, stable, and photogenic fence IS part of the family!

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  13. Interesting how the fence weaves in and out of your life.

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  14. Beautiful post...... and beautiful view... of nature beyond the fence!! Blessings as we celebrate the Risen Savior!! Terri

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  15. Hello.
    I'm impressed by the nice family photo.

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  16. Dayle,
    Precious memories within the perimeters of your amazing white fence!!!
    Thanks for sharing them with us!!!
    I appreciate your sweet comment and visit!
    Have a blessed and glorious Easter, dear one!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  17. These are such nice pictures! You have an amazing white fence.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  18. GREAT memories and pictures too...so special!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  19. A beautiful collection of family photos ~ so many special memories there by your dads white fence.

    Happy Easter greeting to you, dear friend!

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  20. I love the continuity of the fence.

    Happy Easter.

    Jen

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  21. Wonderful fence. Loved this piece~

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  22. Oh Dayle, what a lovely post! To see those images of your parents then and now, and to read the very real love in your words -- that is priceless! Thanks so much for contributing to Thursday's Inspiration! xoxo

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  23. Such sweet memories...so beautifully illustrated! I hope you Easter was filled with joy!

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  24. You are so lucky to have such wonderful photos through the ages and with the fence in the background too. I loved looking at your parent's photos, they look so sweet together.
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

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  25. i loved this. a great family fence. :) thanks for linking, dayle!

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  26. Wonderful memories of your dad and your family. Beautiful photos, great fence shots! Enjoy your day!

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  27. Great memorable memories. Fences really beautiful!

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  28. These kind of memories always make me cry...:) So so sweet

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  29. Just became a new follower of your blog. - I love finding special blogs like yours to enjoy.
    This story about your Daddy's fence was so touching and the photos showed how much love you all have for each other.

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  30. How wonderful it gives you such sweet memories and its beautiful too.

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  31. Memories ar so precious. Great fences for today's meme

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  32. Nice story behind a great looking fence.

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