The Story of the Swing

Built by Dad in 1986

In 1984, we sold our home in Minnesota and migrated to Phoenix, AZ with our two children, then 5 and 9. When we put in our first swimming pool in January of 1986, we decided we needed a swing on the patio. My dad, Al Cebulla, loved woodworking as a hobby. He built the swing for us out of white oak, one of his favorite woods. On their visit to Arizona that summer, they delivered the swing to us.   The pool hung on the patio until we sold the house in 1998. We purchased another “fixer upper” and when the patio was completed and the pool put in there, the swing went back up. When our granddaughter was a toddler, we took the swing down to fence the pool. It stayed in storage for several years. When she was old enough, we took the pool fence down and the swing went back up.   Over the years, the extensive use, chlorinated pool water and harsh Arizona sun took a toll on the swing. I opted to paint it, rather than refinish it. Minor repairs have been made now and then, but the construction and materials were sound and the swing endures.   We spend more time at Big Springs now than we do at the house. Our children are grown and our granddaughter is now 16. The patio and pool don’t get used much these days. The swing has come back down and the pool fence put back up in anticipation of selling the house at some point.   The swing has been a part of our lives for many years. It seemed a shame to have it stored away when it could have a new life at Big Springs. My dad passed away in July 1999. He would have loved Big Springs and we know he would love that the swing will be here to give joy to all our visitors.   Thank you, Dad, for your gift and for the wonderful legacy you left behind. And thank you to my husband, Tim, for building the wonderful frame that holds our special swing. Come join us at Big Springs. Click HERE to check availability and make your reservations. Time at Big Springs is time well spent.  


  1. Mary McBride on July 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Love the beautiful swing!! Cannot wait to sit in that lovely spot! Hope we can come up soon!!

  2. Lanell Parson on July 8, 2017 at 3:38 am

    The swing looks beautiful. So glad you are sharing it! Can’t wait to come back to Kaibab next summer.

    • Cathey East on July 30, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Looking forward to your return.

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