Sunday, November 5, 2017

Three bits of news...

1. I'm starting a contest. It's called GRANDDAD OF THE YEAR CONTEST.
It's really not a fair contest, because I already know the winner.
The winner is my husband Sam!
We watch our two Texas grandkids 3 times a week: about 2 1/2 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays and all day Fridays. As you may know, I play background music in the LoneStar Antiques tea room every Friday from 11:30-1:30.
I've told you this before, I think, but not in the GRANDDAD OF THE YEAR contest application.

Sam will take care of Nell and Liam at 10:30 (I watch them from 9:00 till then), then I go get ready to go to the tea room. Sam puts Liam down for his nap around 11:30ish - then gets him up later, changes his diaper, and feeds him, usually before I get home around 1:50.
Besides all of that Sam is ever the babysitter. My back started hurting not long ago, so Sam lifts Liam whenever he needs lifting.
Did I tell you that lately Sam has been getting the groceries for all of us? AND he's been washing his own clothes, AND he's been dusting, and cleaning our floors with our wonderful Roomba floor cleaner.
Yes. Sam's retirement years are MARVELOUS (for me)!!

He's not only winning the GRANDDAD OF THE YEAR AWARD, he's also winning the HOUSEHUSBAND AWARD!!!!

I need to order him a crown. I bet they sell those on


2. Friday, as I was playing in the tea room while Sam was earning his crown, look who came and had lunch with me? (Well, I knew they were coming.) :)
Yes, that's my beautiful mother in the middle. Her dear friend Edith brought her and I joined them for some yummy lunch.  It was a great time, then I got back to the piano and played another round of "Autumn Leaves", while they visited." What a treat!


3. As many of you know, my niece and her husband had a pilot show with HGTV. (Thanks for watching!) It got rave reviews from everyone I know who saw it, including HGTV.
So what happened?
I'll copy and paste their BLACK DOOR HOME post on Facebook.

And YES, you will be SHOCKED!!!... but read the whole thing, it tells you who they really are: which is WONDERFUL.

Well, we found out our show on HGTV did not get picked up and we are a little bummed honestly! BUT what we can tell you is that we had a ton of fun filming and we think that the over 1.3 million people who watched got a pretty good glimpse into what our life looks like. But there are some things you couldn't see in a 30-minute episode - like the daily life of juggling a business, homeschooling three kids and serving on City Council while also flipping an awesome house in just 7 weeks, which is completely unheard of at this magnitude. Or what a real renovation business looks like when it's a full time job and providing for your family is a real thing. Or what it looks like to quit your secure, salaried job to start something new and unknown and how, on paper, it looks crazy but through work, grit and sheer determination, you grow a non-existent company into a full-blown brand. Black Door Home Co was born at our dinner table, after months of brainstorming what life could look like if we were brave. On paper, we should have different jobs - John is an attorney with a degree from Georgetown Law and I worked for the United States Senate before staying home with our kids. But we don't want to do what is expected or what looks right on paper. We want something different - something greater than the status quo. We started with seed money from family and John worked in our garage for months with baby chickens running around his feet. In July 2017, we merged with Stately Design and Renovation's Rick Baker to form Black Door Renovation. In just over 19 months, we have renovated over 100 homes and somehow, by the grace of God we were featured on HGTV twice. We have no idea where this journey will take us - but it was amazing and we are thankful and better for it. Black Door Home Co is still a premiere and award-winning renovation and design business in DFW and we look forward to what the next year brings. We know this: John 14:27 "Peace I give to you, my peace I leave with you." We are immensely thankful for those who believe in us and are at peace with this decision, although we think we would have had a great run.

Yes, I was shocked their show didn't 'make it'.
I mean, I don't know how it could have been better!

Here are Sam and I with John and Elizabeth at LoneStar Flip's watching party in late August...
Needless to say, I am so proud of John and Elizabeth!
And I'm proud of the Granddad/House Husband of the year!


So those are my three things for today.

I have more things for another day.
Stay tuned!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Tell Sam Congratulations! Margaret looks wonderful! And you too! So sorry to here about John and Elizabeth, I know God has great plans for them�� Always good to read your blogs! Thanks for sharing.


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