This past week was one of the most "full" weeks I've had in a very long time. We did a lot of work on our house projects, got to spend time with some very special people in our life, and I had a ton of adult conversation...which always seems to knock the dust of my mind and emotions. After spending days and weeks on end with the wonderful person in my life who speaks in mostly grunts and one word answers (and no, I'm not talking about DW ;), sometimes adult conversation feels as if its a mythical creature like a unicorn.
One thing I'm realizing more and more is that DW and I are truly blessed with great people in our life who truly verb-love us. It's one thing to have people tell you that they care about you or that they will be there for you but this words person is growing up and learning that words can be - while temporarily gratifying - very cheap when not backed up by action. It's incredibly humbling for me to realize God has blessed us with people in our life who regularly show up in our life in a variety of ways.
Now, let me quickly make a disclaimer here...I'm not saying that people have to do things for us for their friendship to count...not even. But what I guess I'm trying to say is that we have lots of doers in our life - from people who roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty...to people who check in and really dig in with me about where my head and heart is at. I'm feeling very blessed to realize that.
Last week, our good friend from Memphis and the most do-it-all person I know, Jeremy, called and said, "I've got vacation time to burn and my tools ready...got a project for me?"
Ummmm, why YES. Yes, I do.
My mother-in-law graciously watched LC while DW and I embarked on a new "this old house" project. As far as I can tell, people in the 50's who built houses didn't believe in light. When we purchased our house, each room had a single bulb-light in the ceiling and we've slowly added fans and lighting throughout the house. That said, we knew our biggest, most intensive lighting project was going to be our kitchen and den but we just hadn't made the time to do it. Jeremy's call was just the bump we needed to get something we've been wanting done for a long time.
In the kitchen, Jeremy was able to run/reconfigure our electrical so that we could get rid of the center kitchen light, put in pendent lighting over our bar (to add a little subtle division to the rooms), and we also installed some recessed lighting. In the den, we added recessed lighting and secured our fan so it wouldn't fly off one day and decapitate someone.
Our kitchen and den have come a long, long way from when we first purchased it.
I knew that the project would make a difference - and I guess you would probably have to live here to know what a huge difference it actually made - but WOW. It's like night and day...errrr, no lame pun was intended. Thank you, Jeremy!
The afternoon Jeremy left, our friends, Dan and Amara, the masterminds behind Burgeon Media arrived for a visit on their way to a shoot in South Georgia...what a wonderful couple days it was...but more on that tomorrow!