The Porch Swing

While were engaged, we met with our priest periodically to discuss our plans, future, relationship, etc. in preparation for our upcoming marriage. I remember he asked us, “Where do you see yourselves in 10 years.” Immediately I told him, “Sitting on my front porch, swinging on our swing, while the kids play in the yard.” That has always been my dream when I envisioned my future. I can remember telling that to my friends in high school.

One Christmas (last year I think?) the kids were opening all of their presents that Santa brought. When the excitement died down, Seth said ” I think Santa left one more present on the porch.” I had no idea what he was talking about.  I walked outside to a swing hanging on my front porch. How “Santa” did this without me knowing, I still have no idea. It was the sweetest and most thoughtful gift ever.

That swing has heard some funny stories, listened to some tough conversations, and rocked many kids to sleep. It has welcomed a porch full of friends, but also serves as a good quiet getaway when we need a minute.

It’s the audience during the fashion show, the wait for the bus stop, and (sometimes) the time out spot! It’s the “OMG what a day” relaxation chair. It’s the music playlist, the weather watcher, and the UPS greeter. The perfect spot for morning coffee or a good glass of wine…it’s all of the above.

It is one of my favorite places. It is a symbol of my dreams come true <3

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