A Father’s Tribute

I did this post in May of 2011.  The room is pretty much the same so I am sharing it with Nancy at A Joyful Cottage for Every Room in the House Party.

On this Memorial Day I would like to give a tribute to my Father.
He is actually my step-father, but because my dad died when I was only 9 months old; he is the only father I ever knew.

A tribute because:

1.  He served his country
2.  He married a woman who still had three young girls at home and raised them as his own.
3.  He never raised his voice at his wife or daughters.
4.  He provided them with love and kindness as well as material things.

The flag that was placed on his grave was given to me.
I proudly display it in my Americana guest room.


My computer is in this room and I love glancing over at his ‘grand old flag.’


The table came from T.J. Maxx.  I found the two bowling pins at D. I. for $5 for the pair.  What a bargain!

001I love Red White and Blue!  The bed was my youngest daughters.  When she married we bought them a bedroom set and kept this one for our spare room.


I bought this bedspread for $100 at Gardeners Village Quilt Shop.  I know, I make quilts so what am I doing buying one?  It was such a bargain I couldn’t pass it up.  It would cost me more than that to make it.  Everyone that sees it thinks that I did. Too bad I have to tell them the truth.  Mama taught me never to lie. lol!


I have had this chest for years.  I think I purchased it from Lillian Vernon.  On top are a couple of Americana quilts I made.


This wooden star is my favorite thing in the room.  I had seen it on P.B. clearance.  I loved it but wasn’t sure if it was too large for the room.  When it went as low as $79 I bought it.  It certainly makes a statement!  Glad I didn’t pass it up.


I had this armoire in our master bedroom at our old home.  It was too small for here so I stuck it in this room.  I like the pop of white.


I bought this lamp at a St. George trip. Years ago I decorated my youngest son’s room Americana.  A lot of the items I used in that room.  I never tire of it.  A funny side note.  One time when my son was in high school my hubby and I went on a get-away.  He and his friends stayed at our house and took care of it. When we arrived home we saw that they had hung names on the doors of all of their bedrooms.  His room was dubbed, “The Americana Hotel.” It made us laugh.  See, even boys like to play pretend sometimes.


I love this poem!  Zoom in to read it better.  I bought this at a yard sale for $15.


A couple of little samplers I stitched.


Bathroom has more of a nautical theme.


Both the oar and sail boat came from T.J. Maxx.  Gotta love that store!


I have collected blue bottles for years.  This is a bit of my collection. Some old and some new.

Today we will be visiting the cemetery.  My mom always said, “How do you choose between two good men?” Because of this we removed the old head stone that had my real dad and her name on it.
We replaced it with one with her name in the middle and both fathers on each side.

May they rest in peace!  I love and miss them!

Linking up with:
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll thru life
Masterpiece Monday @Boogie board cottage
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @Coastal Charm
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veryheatherly said...

That was a really beautiful and touching tribute Jann.

Me, still said...

Love your room, and I did zoom in to read the poem...so now I will have that song stuck in my head all day!!! lol
I've pinned your wall star hanging. Plan to copy it sometime down the road.
New follower...uh-huh...yup...new...yup!

Becky said...

Your post today is so touching. What a wonderful tribute to your father. And I love your Americana room.


★Carol★ said...

Oh wow, do I ever love your patriotic home! It's so warm and cozy and welcoming. And such a sweet tribute to your Dad!
Happy REDnesday,

ThreeOldKeys said...

what a beautiful room ... where are the stacked boxes and piles and heaps and groups and bags and ...

i love the headstone idea ... how sweet and how fitting. that's love, all around.

Peg said...

Sounds like your father was a great man. I love that he never raised his voice, he must have been very patient and kind. Your red,white and blue room has always been one of my favorite rooms in your house. Whenever we are all in there messing around on your computer I feel so happy, it is a cheerful room.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Your dad sounds like an all-American guy!


A seeker of crimson and red
Did part her fair lips as she said,
“A daiquiri’s fine,
And so is red wine,
But I prefer claret instead!”

©2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Still Life with Red Blossoms

Diann said...

Wonderful tribute! Love all your fun red, white and blue accessories! Everything is wonderful! Have a great day!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

The flag is such a wonderful, precious treasure and so beautifully displayed in your guest bedroom. The room is fabulous. I love all of it. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Kathleen said...

What a wonderful man your step dad was! Your mom was lucky to find 2 great men, but I bet she is lovely too!
Love all your r w and blue!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Great guest room, Jann. Love the theme, and it's so perfect for heading up the July Every Room In the House Party. You'll be at the top! Thanks for sharing. xxx~ Nancy