Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chapter 3, Our International Blog Party



 Welcome everyone to Chapter 3 of our international blog event


This month we are inspired to tell everyone
 something we always wanted to do,
but have never done.

I have a little story, a true story, to tell you about today.

About 13 years ago, when I had only just met my husband, he asked me to invite
one of my girlfriends to be a blind date for his next door neighbor,  a man I hadn't met yet.
This was to be our 2nd date, so I was  excited he wanted me to meet a friend of his so soon.

 As we all settled in around the table, a bit after dinner, his friend suggested that
we go around the table and describe 
"something we have always wanted to do, but have never done."  
Money was no object, this was supposed to be fun & enlightening.

 OK.  I wanted a few minutes to think about this...I mean, after all....

 so my girlfriend started, then it was to pass to the 2 gentlemen, and I would
be last, thankfully.


I had thought often about how much I would love going on the hot air balloon rides over the Loire Valley in France.
Truly, something I had imagined doing, fantasized doing even, but probably would never do.




Ever  the adventurous, glamourous,  romantic damsel, I even thought of saying,
"going on the Orient Express from Paris to Venice"
another dream of mine for certain...



Mind you, I'm thinking thinking thinking, and hardly even hear what anyone else says.


Really.


Drinking champagne obviously had some impact on my dreams and thoughts that evening.



And, when it came my turn I said proudly,
"the thing I've always wanted to do, but have never done is" .....



I went completely blank for a second.  Nothing was in my mind!



Then, I said,
"I want to sit on the 50-yard line at a University of Texas Longhorn football game!"



I gasped !    Surely, I hadn't actually said that ?   But, yes, I had.
Never had I thought about going to a Longhorn football game.  NEVER.


Photo above of the University of Texas Longhorn Stadium.
Me, there?

The next door neighbor asked if the 52-yard line would be OK.  I said no, and the
seats had to be on the shady side of the stadium.

Everyone just about passed out laughing.  Really loud laughing.

What I didn't know was that Ned Scott loved Longhorn football more than life,
and had tickets on the 50-yard line.
At that exact moment he had found his dream woman, someone who would
go with him to EVERY SINGLE FOOTBALL GAME PLAYED and be
happy about it.

He asked me to marry him a few months later.


So, you see, dream big...don't be afraid to share what seems outrageous...
and a tiny little thought in the far recesses of your mind could lead you to
the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.



"BY INVITATION ONLY"  Members    
Participants are "linked in" below the roster,  just click on their icon to read & see their dream...





TISH JETT an American in France





YVONNE PRATT    USA



CHARLOTTA WARD in Sweden

GREET LEFEVRE in Belgium (not participating this month)

CATHERINE ROBINSON in London (not participating this month)

ANNIE BOUTERSE USA

COTY FARQUHAR in Australia

DEBORAH PETERSON  between Houston & Scotland

DUSTJACKET ATTIC, Debra in Australia

SHARI MILLER  USA

TINA   USA

MONA THOMPSON  USA

FIFI FLOWERS   a French artist in the USA

JACQUELINE MUMFORD  England

KARIN JANSKY  France

VICKI ARCHER  an Australian in France

CECILIA GONZALEZ   Spain (out of town & not participating this month)
ceciliagonzalez@hotmail.com

RENEE GRANIER & ANGELA FOSTER   USA  (not participating this month)

LISA    USA    not participating this month

FRANCINE GARDNER   a woman of the world in NYC

CHRISTINA FLUEGGE   USA

STACEY BEWKES    USA  (not participating this month)

LEANN BROWN   USA
linenandlevender@gmail.com
LENE  Norway  

SHARI MILLER   USA
http://www.littlebluedeer.com/


SANDE CHASE  Canada
sandechase@agiftwrappedlife.com
www.agiftwrappedlife.com



SHARON SANTONI   France
http://myfrenchcountryhome.blogspot.com/

KAREN MALAN  UK

Pas Grand-Chose Blog






LISA PORTER    USA  (not participating this month, husband is ill)


thelisaportercollection@windstream.net 


lisaportercollection.com

Deja Pseu   USA
Une Femme d'Un Certain Age   
unefemme.net.

Isa Chandler






Those members who are participating in this post, 
please link-up below.








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21 comments:

The enchanted home said...

Marha...I LOVE THIS STORY!! This is great......a keeper. So....I bet you have been to many a Longhorn games, huh? Now its time for you to get planning for that balloon ride in the Loire Valley and boarding the Orient Express....beautiful!

Francine Gardner said...

Dear Marsha...this is such a sweet story...you two were just meant to be together!

Lost in Provence said...

Who could not wish for a better story? Isn't life amazing?

quintessence said...

Great story!! You just never know!!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Marsha, I love this story...dreams really do come true, that's why we can never stop dreaming. I'm glad you haven't. XO, Mona

Margaret said...

Marsha
First time here, via "Greige." Your story is so beautiful-as if Cupid whispered in your ear!
XO

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Marsha,
I love your story....you were both meant to be together.....so romantic.
I have been in a hot air balloon and loved it. It is so quiet and we had Champagne and there was that beautiful golden glow from the sun. ....and, I would love to go to Venice on the Orient Express. I saw a documentary in which David Suchet went on the Orient Express to Venice and then on to Prague. It is one of my dreams yet to be fulfilled.
Here's to many, many more dreams and adventures Marsha.... and to many, many more 'By Invitation' posts. XXXX

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Since I am a Texas Longhorn and completely appreciate the experience of these games...I love this story!

vicki archer said...

Love your connection...and how you were meant to be Marsha...Lovely sentiments....xv

Haute World said...

Loved reading this! What a wonderful story and with a happy ending no less. Definitely a lesson in sharing your dreams, no matter how big or outrageous.

Tish Jett said...

Oh Marsha, how lovely. I do adore romantic stories with happy endings.

See? Dreams do come true, even when we didn't precisely dream them.

Thank you again for this marvelous experience you created and the company we in. You are the best.

I thought I did link to you, just click on SPLENDEROSA chez moi.

xoxoxo,
Tish

Green Goose said...

Best "young love" story EVER! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Marsha, What a romantic and heartwarming story! I just loved every word of it! Yes, I agree... dream BIG and OUTRAGEOUS! Dreams do come true!
Thanks for hosting this wonderful event! Sorry I am a little late~ I had a "white out" problem with Blogger!
Lots of love to you,
Yvonne

Designs By Pinky said...

Marsha, I came here via Yvonne. I WILL be back. Love your wonderful, romantic story! I am so glad you made that special wish, and that it came true!!!! XO, Pinky

Dustjacket Attic said...

Marsha how gorgeous, thank you for sharing with us....dream big :)
hugs DJ

à la parisienne said...

Marsha,

I enjoyed reading your story about how your "off the cuff" dream led to your real dream of finding true love!

I love your International Blog Party concept and your theme-very interesting.

Mandy

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

Oh my gosh Marsha, what a lovely story!!
I have been away from my beloved blogland for a while,(rough summer) and was so happy to come back and read this story as one of my first!
I can't wait to read the others, what a lovely idea for a party!!
Sparkly Hugs,
Tobi and the Pixies!
PS When will I be seeing some of your lovelytodiefor creations that I can actually purchase?? LOL

LaPouyette said...

Dear Marsha,
What a wonderful real love story!
And yes, sometimes - just out of the blue - dreams come true.

Warmest wishes,
xxxkarin

martinealison said...

Une histoire extraordinaire... Tous mes voeux de bonheur renouvelés...
Gros bisous

Lisa said...

What a sweetheart of a story! Thank you so much for sharing with us. So sorry I couldn't post yesterday but have enjoyed reading all the wonderful stories!
MR. will be fine.
Lisa

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