Friday, December 4, 2009

Show & Tell Friday


Today I'm participating in Show & Tell Friday over at My Romantic Home. I would like to show you my beautiful watercolor painting. This was a Christmas gift from my husband in 2002.

It's a watercolor painting of our home.
Let me give you a little background:
One day, I was shopping in one of my favorite gift shops--My Sister's Secret. I noticed this beautiful painting on the wall that was a painting of the actual gift shop I was shopping in. I thought it was amazing! The corner of the painting held the artist's business card as well as an approximate price. It was quite expensive and rightfully so considering the work & detail involved.
I went home and remarked about it to my husband, telling him all about it and "if we ever had money to throw away, I would love to have a watercolor painting done of our house." That was it, end of story. I never mentioned it again. Although every time I went to the store, I did stand and stare at it.
Forward to a year later. It was Christmas Eve 2002 and we were celebrating with my family. All the gifts had been opened when suddenly there appeared this unwrapped, large, thin box. Having no idea who it was for or what it was, I looked around the room and noticed everyone was looking at me. My husband was taping me with the video camera, which was unusual, so I realized this box must be for me. I took one peek inside the box and realized what it was. I looked over at my husband, in disbelief and said "you didn't?" I could not believe what I was seeing! Through tears, I pulled the painting out of the box, completely shocked. One look at it and I was hysterically crying. It was beautiful, just stunning, the detail! I couldn't believe he had this commissioned for me, knowing how much I love our old home. I couldn't believe he even remembered and did this all on his own. I just couldn't believe it. It is, to this day, the greatest gift I have ever received and there are no words to express the joy it gives me when I look at it. It is such a treasure. (So much as been changed to the house since 2002, and I love that this painting shows our home in it's original state).)

5 comments:

fairfieldhouse said...

Gina,

The painting and the story behind it is very sweet. I would love to have a painting of my home.

Merry Christmas.

My Vintage Modern Farmhouse... said...

You know it is a wish of mine to have a painting done of our house someday. What a beautiful gift.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Lynda @ Elegance Reclaimed said...

Reading, I welled-up and they started to come, but with tears trickling down, I continued to read ...

Thank you for sharing this fabulously touching story of a marvelous gift from a very lovely husband.

Until next time- I wish you (and your husband) good health and a season and world-full of love joy and happiness.

Rue said...

Oh my goodness Gina! I was in tears by the end of the post. Great story! Beautiful painting too :)

rue

Shelia said...

Hi Gina! Oh, what a precious story about your painting! It is so beautiful and what a wonderful hubby you have.
Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

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