When the sanding was complete, the temperatures dropped into the 50s and we had to patiently wait for the floors to be stained. We were so thankful to rent two additional weeks from the new buyers of our old house, but began wondering if that would be enough time. We decided we would need a landing spot for our boxes and furniture and just before the sanding decided to have the front room’s floor finished later. Finally, the temps crept back up, as they always do in Texas and work began. The floor company stained four different spots in the wood for me and let me pick my favorite. Okay seriously they all looked the same as 8in x 4in rectangles.
One of my good friends has hardwood floors through her kitchen and main living areas and just weeks before I had walked in and thought to ask her the name of her stain color because I LOVED it! DuraSeal (which was the brand our floor company was using) in the color Antique Brown. So with total confidence I selected my color. With less confidence I returned and the floors were covered with still wet stain. The floors were as dark as midnight and I nearly screamed (well, maybe I did). It had gone from a sea of hardwood floors to a dark cave where I couldn’t imagine living. A night’s sleep dulled the pain a bit and in the morning the floor company was here putting the first of three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane. Seriously, the amount it had lightens as it dried was unbelievable and once again I was picturing all my furniture in the home and me laying comfy on my king size bed with my apple laptop on my lap just as I am right now! All was good, and became even better when Gigi and Pa offered to fly out pick up my B’s, play with them for a week and then drive them back to us!
If you’re a grandparent reader, seriously this was the most loving thing EVER for us and our kids! And according to Gigi and Pa, they’re the ones that were blessed from the time with their B’s. They received tons of hugs, kisses and cuddles!!! This day in age, everyone is so busy and transport that this doesn’t occur near often enough as it did with generations prior! Proverbs 13:22 says, “Good People leave an inheritance to their grandchildren.” I think this is referring to much more then a check, but rather an inheritance of stored up heart memories that can never be taken away! These memories are built in the simple moments of life where creativity and laughter is spurred on by an audience of their biggest fans in life enjoying every second completely captured by funny made up songs and dances and ridiculous stories that make absolutely no sense!! An inheritance was definitely eternally invested in my sweet B’s hearts this week!
Coming home to their familiar furniture and their rooms set up similarly to their old house, despite the collection of boxes, paper, and junk everywhere else, they felt settled and thankful for their new home!!! Are you checking out the floors!?!? Do you totally agree that Antique Brown ROCKS!?!