I am super excited about this post. Scott and I have been joking that Gray Gables could aptly also be called “The House that Everyone Built”. Or “The Little House that Could”. LOL. We have felt so much love and support from our community, friends and family over the past 5 months! From parents who not only spent hours and hours and hours helping us but they also chipped in to help pay for things (thank you, thank you, thank you! Without you all we would have no kitchen, no floor, and sad hearts!), to siblings who fed us, encouraged and cheered us on, to friends who took time to lift, unpack, encourage, care for us, etc….bless your hearts.
All of you. I’m serious! Every single person who has taken the time out of their schedule to come help us…thank you. From the bottom of our hearts we would’ve never been able to do things as well and as quickly (sort of?!) with out you. Here are a few highlights
Additionally, my dad spent Christmas Eve day helping us with cutting and adding baseboards. as well as installing a prep sink. I was putting together cabinets (yes by myself!) while he and Scott were working on that stuff, so I have no idea how you really do any of it, only that there is a lot of cutting and measuring with baseboards and the prep sink was ridiculously hard to install due to having extra thick countertops and it involved going to Lowes like 3 times. It really warms my heart to see the two main men in my life together….they even look kind of related? I am such a softie.
My father in law, Ken, has been incredible! He is the lead contracter of this whole thing (I am the designer and Scott does whatever we ask him to do :P) He has spent more time working on the house then I have! Well, maybe equal amounts. My favorite project has been, of course, my countertops….my preccccciousssssss!!!! Love! Back to that in a second though because the next shout out goes to….
These strong strong men from church!!! YAY! These guys were brave to respond to Scott’s email asking if anyone would come over after work and help him lift the countertops up from our garage into our kitchen. “They are only about a couple hundred pounds per person so it won’t be too bad”. Thank you, thank you to John, Ryan, Jobin (and of course Scott!). May your muscles be multiplied!!!
The guys were awesome and used some brainstorming, teamwork and a creative carrying stretcher type thing that Ken designed to haul each peice carefully up the stairs from the garage. I was in charge of encouraging, photographing and petting each piece of concrete lovingly. 🙂
Also- big thank you to my dear dear friends Sang and Stephanie. There are very few people who would have made unpacking kitchen items that have sat in boxes for 5 months much more fun then you guys. “It feels like treasure hunting in these boxes!”. These two lovely ladies sat on our bare floors and spent hours of their Saturday carefully unpacking several stacks of boxes with me. So grateful!!! Love you both!!
Next up on our grattitude list we have Matt and Coby. We wrangled Matt into coming to help us with our backsplash since he’s basically an expert. I loooove it. All the months of staring longingly at the tile boxes are finally coming to fruition. Matt was a great sport and kept on trucking even when the glass tiles continousuly cut him in the face, hands and arms. Sorry, Amy. We let him take a break to travel for Christmas but we are excited for him to come back soon!! (Please come back!!!). He also helped Scott get rid of the fridge the house came with and put ours in!! And Coby. Coby is one of our oldest and dearest friends in our married life! He volunteered to come help us trim the doors out and finish the last few pieces of our flooring (bless you!) a week after his wife, my dear dear friend Valarie, had their first child. But she was totally okay with it and let us borrow him for a few hours. Thank youuuu!!!!!!!
And last, but not least….to the love of my life, Scott. Thank you so much sweetie! I love you and am so grateful for you. I appreicate you enthusiastically and joyfully letting me have complete reign of the design of our home, to not objecting to a single project or idea I’ve had, to being such a great sport even when it meant heading into the attic “just one more time” or crawling around underneath the house. Thank you for being the manpower behind all my ideas and for being so strong!! I am so happy to have such an incredible person to share this insane adventure with. I love you more then you can imagine!!
I am so excited about where we are at with Gray Gables and so excited for all that is to come!! 🙂