Thursday, August 18, 2011

THE HOUSE I GREW UP IN

Since we are here I decided to do a short post about the house I grew up in.  My Dad, Grandpa and uncles built this house in 1948.  Some of the electrical and plumbing was done by contractors.  When I was five years old we moved in and I lived here until I got married.  It was a great house to grow up in and a great town - Villa Park, Illinois - just 20 miles west of downtown Chicago.



My sister bought the house from my parents and she has been working hard at fixing it up.  She has a real green thumb (taking after our Dad), loves to work in the yard to grow flowers and loves to have fresh flowers on the table when they are available.


I'm in town to attend my 50 year high school reunion!  Very hard to believe - Hee Hee!  I got in touch with one of my good high school friends and we went out to eat on Friday night.  What fun!  I has been about 47 years or so since we saw each other, so we had a lot to catch up on.  Her DH is very nice too - we double dated before we got married (and they got married one week after we did)!  BTW, today is our 49th anniversary!

I set up a sewing area in the room that was my Mom's.  Hanging on the wall is this cross-stitched Lord's Prayer.  It has been hanging there as long as I can remember.  I took it off the wall and on the back it says it was stitched by my Grandma's sister. She died in 1941, so that makes the stitchery at least 70 years old!  I asked my sis what she will do with it and she didn't know.  She didn't know if anyone would want it.

I think I'll have to talk my sis and let her know that I want to keep this - she usually reads my blog, so I guess she'll find out.

14 comments:

Liriopia said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope you have fun at your High School Reunion.

Liri

Beth said...

Happy Anniversary! Love the house. Your sister is doing a wonderful job in the yard. The flowers look beautiful. I do not have a green thumb.
Enjoy the reunion!

Stray Stitches said...

Happy Anniversary! Glad to hear you had a great time with your high school friends after so many years.
The cross stitch is a wonderful memory to have!

Karen said...

Nice that you growing up home is still in the family. Strangers live in the one I grew up in. Most of the trees were cut down and the house looks naked.

Betty Lou said...

What fun to go to your 50th reunion. DH ad I have been to ours, such a kick to see everyone. What a treasure to have the sampler that was so much a part of your family history.

Katie said...

50 years? Wow! And almost that on the marriage - a HUGE accomplishment. Happy anniversary!

---"Love" said...

Happy Anniversary! Also have a Happy 50th Class Reunion! What fun again! I do hope your sister will let you have the beautiful cross stitch piece; what a treasure! She has done a terrific job of keeping the house of memories in great condition! It is beautiful! ---"Love"

Jan said...

Such a cute house, and how nice that it could stay in the family. Enjoy yourself!

Lori said...

What a fun trip! The house is very charming and it is nice it is still in the family.

Marsha said...

Happy anniversary! And many more, too. It is a cute little house, Villa Park is a great place to have lived. I have some former in-laws who live there and others who use to live in Elmhurst. Enjoy your class reunion, too.

Barb said...

Happy Anniversary!
How fun to read your post.
I lived in Glen Ellyn for 12 years. My mom had an apartment in villa park.
Touch of Amish is one of my favorite quilt shops of all time -
Did you get to the Quilt Merchant in St. Charles?
Looks like you're having a great time.

canuckquilter said...

Happy anniversary! Enjoy the class reunion.

Dixie said...

What a sweet house you grew up in! Its truly "home sweet home". I hope you inherit the sampler!

a good yarn said...

It's a picture book home Ruth and must have many happy memories attached. It's terrific that your sister is committed to keeping it ti[ top shape. Beautiful hydrangeas. Ann :-)