I suppose I should clarify, since Kelli and I are a blogging duo, that I’m talking about my spouse.
Be warned that this post is random and there is no tutorial, roundup or craft. Sometimes, though, it’s refreshing to put it all out there for readers and like bloggers to see that there is a husband who is also part of this site, supporting our family while also building our dream home while I stay at home with our kids, manage the finances, play housewife, clean, organize, cook meals and decorate/craft/blog. Mine is supportive, kind and sort of amazing. In our home, we call him Superman. (;
When we first moved to my husbands small hometown last year, we were asked about our house plans by a friend. We responded that we were planning to build and he replied, “If you can build a house together, your marriage can survive pretty much anything.” Fast forward 15 months to present day, where we backed out on the 30-acre parcel we had originally planned to build on, decided to renovate a 100-year old house instead only to recently rebuild it from scratch, (I just cannot type the words “tear down” after almost 6 months of trying to restore that old house!) Anyway, we are pouring the basement floor tomorrow and so far, I have come to the conclusion that our friend is right, except for now I think my husband is Superman… and I am totally serious!
[Photo taken July 2013 of our basement freshly dug next to the new garage]
My husband is a lineman by profession (no, not NFL!) and works Monday-Thursday. He heads to our property immediately after his job to work on the house, which he has decided to build himself, a dream of his. (Yes, you heard that right. Solo. No contractor.) He works until nightfall and joins us for a late dinner, playtime, bedtime stories then bed. We barely see him Friday and Saturday, unless we pop over on the quad to say hi, bring him meals or drop in if we’re driving that way. When we’re there, he stops what he’s doing to chat and play with our young sons, giving them rides on his backhoe, letting them help shovel or just enjoy their cute company. And, he still manages to do his “honey do’s” around the house. Because we’re Christian, we reserve the Sabbath (Sunday) as a day of rest (and my husband sleeps a LOT on those days to catch up for his go-go-go work week!) and we get to spend alllll day with him, going to church then coming home to just chillax. Sundays have become our favorite days and the kids just eat him up. My husband never complains. Ever. He spends his limited free time reading home building code books, studying his tractor manual and browsing online for the necessary information to pass the next building inspection correctly as he is a perfectionist. He still makes him for his church calling, requiring one hour on Sunday and 2 hours each Wednesday night, which he happily fulfills. I don’t know how he does it all when he doesn’t have super powers but we notice it and sure appreciate him!
Okay so the deal is that Kelli is in Minnesota right now visiting our older brother and also her best girlfriend who live there while I “man the blog” over the weekend… and not doing a great job! Ha! My little family is consumed with getting our house built (hello, did I mention that am lucky enough to get a craft room in our new house? Woooohoo!) so this is what my mind is on tonight instead of finishing our roundup post that will go live tomorrow instead of now. Oops! LOL! Here’s a little sneak peek of the rendering of our craftsman style house:
I would love to hear any building advice or success stories you’ve had in building/renovating a house! If not, thank you for reading this anyway. Now back to your regularly scheduled program…… (;