One of my most favorite photos of all time is of my husband lying on his back on the kitchen floor with his head inside the cabinet under the sink and my son (who was 3 at the time) lying on top of him watching and learning as his dad fixed a leaky pipe.
Fast forward 11 years later and I found myself recently standing outside our bedroom watching as that same boy and his dad replaced the old light fixture with my brand new beautiful chandelier.
When we first moved in 9 years ago, we knew that the builder grade (from 1992) light fixture was going to have to go but as there were more pressing things needing to be done to the house we knew that we would have to be as frugal as possible. Around the same time as we bought our house, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law were moving into a new home as well and when she decided she wanted to get rid of some of their existing fixtures I jumped at the chance to take this one off her hands so at least it would be a bit more updated.
But after living with this for many years now, I’ve been wanting to make a change to reflect the lighter, more open look I’m wanting to achieve in our master bedroom.
I searched for what felt like FOREVER to find just the right fixture at just the right price before coming across this beauty from Home Depot. I absolutely love the combination of the wood and the iron.
And as I watched my husband and son install it, I couldn’t help but think ahead to a time in the future when that boy of mine has his own home. How maybe his wife will love to decorate and spruce things up. How they will dream and plan and put a lot of sweat equity into creating a house that is truly a haven.
And how that wife of his will marvel at the fact that her husband knows how to fix faucets and change light fixtures, how to paint walls and take care of the yard.
She will be so impressed that he would much rather try to take care of things himself rather than hire someone to do it because it will save them so much money.
She will invite us to their home and we will ohhhh and ahhhh as they show off their handiwork and my daughter-in-law will tell me all about how awesome it is that she married a man who can really take care of things around the house.
And, while we might not say it out loud to her, inside we will be thinking…”you’re welcome!” 😉
Thanks so much for meeting me at the fence today,
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
Beautiful chandelier Vanessa!….this post reminds me of one of my hubby’s favorite poems, “Children Learn What They Live” … believe, me, you will be bursting with joy when you will eventually say, “you are welcome” …. always enjoy your most heartfelt posts! Have a great day!
Diane Lawrence says
Beautiful, Vanessa! When we lived in Old Town Camarillo, our neighbors had 3 boys, the oldest was 12. All 3 of them could cook, clean, change the oil in the car, do yard work, sew on their own buttons, knit and crochet! I told their sweet Mama that one day, 3 special young women will be kissing her feet. Sounds like you will be in line for that also! Great job to you both, for being such amazing parents!
I love your beautiful charming bedroom and the chandelier is stunning. It really makes the room. You have done an amazing job it.
Have a great rest of the week.
Hey!! Wife or not!!! I’m glad he can do all this now!!! Not for that future moment but for the nows!! What a great feeling he must have of being able to put up a light fixture!!! And know how to mow. I do not know that anyone taught me how to mow –I watched– but I just did it! It felt good. How did I know how to hang drapery rods and use a drill?? I don’t know but I did it. It felt so good. I think he will feel good about himself and maybe be influenced into a career choice –we do not know!! Kudos for you as parents for giving him opportunities to help out and get to have all that fun!!!! 😊
Ps. Love your room choices too 😊 Not haha funny but funny how quickly that other style went out!! But I like your new chair bench and prints as well. Makes a big statement.