As the 90's song goes from Hootie and The Blowfish.....Time, why you punish me?
Heavy deadlines and amazing dreams have become a reality and these things are crashing into me. Me in my levi jeans, purple shirt, black vest, and my cute little headband along with my fancy purple muck boots and oh my... let us not forget my pink leather working gloves. As I stand in the middle of a room with nail guns, saws, hammers, compressors, ladders, and guys yelling numbers, along with TV cameras all around us. Is this really happening or is this a wild and crazy dream? Am I awake or asleep, because I haven't been to bed and the date and time is not clear. As I walk slowly down the tree house ramp I hear a sweet and soft voice coming at me. “Gwenni are you ok?” I answer “yes” as I head to my car for anther destination. As I am driving to Farmersville to pick up furniture and I am reflecting back at all that has happened in such a short amount of time. Flashback time...hold on tight. It's a fast and furious ride.
....Having a conversation with my husband Mike. I am sharing my dream of having my own show on the DIY network by the next year. Mike says “That sounds cool and what would you do?” My words do not surprise my husband at all, as I respond “I have no idea, but I just think we should do some inspiring things and I would love to share it with the world.”
After attending a tree house conference, Mike hands me a card and asked me to call the number. “What is this?” I ask. He tells me that it's the number for a lady at Orion Entertainment and they have a show on DIY network I might be interested in..... Crickets....It's that crickets I'm hearing?
Skyping with the Orion Entertainment .....
We have begun building treehouse number three with Orion Entertainment. Cameras, drones, TV talent and surrounded by family. DIY! THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING! Really!
December 6 - January 14th
build,build,build,build,build,build,build,build, build,build,build,build, build, build, build,build,build,build
Did I tell you? “We are building”.
Remember the beginning of my story? With me standing in the middle of a room with nail guns, saws, hammers, compressors, ladders, guys yelling numbers, and don't forget, TV cameras all around us. And then it all becomes a blur. The reality is that Mike and I have worked very hard and we have worked together along side as we are motivated by this family and farm as it inspires us.
January 15, 9:00 p.m.
The clock is ticking and time is not in our favor to complete our tree house at the designated time. The deadline is tomorrow. Tomorrow! It must be completed and beautiful for the BIG REVEAL. We have so much more to do. I vaguely remember the sunset a short time ago, now it's a beautiful sunrise that is coming into the upstairs master bedroom. I look 20 feet down onto the ground watching rows of cars driving up and ready start their days. Mike and I have been awake for approximately 26 hours and our exciting day was just about to begin.
The day of the Big Reveal
Excitement is in the air...just give me COFFEE first.
Amazing talent and hard work from such a super group of men and women, through their love and dedication has allowed us to get to where we are now. The people behind the camera don't usually get any recognition. So let me applaud, right here, right now, the producer, the camera guys and the wonderful sound guy! We have fallen in love with all of them and consider them all a part of our family. We are so grateful for the experience, and dedication, from our friends, old and new, as well as the amazing food and gifts. There simply are not enough words to express the overwhelming feeling of gratitude at this moment in time.
The morning of the final revel, as I sat in my bed alone and cried, sleepiness, stress, or pure love has taken over my entire body and soul. Lord thank you for our blessings. I give thanks for our crazy schedule that I feel has nearly pushed me over the edge. I have learned that I can do whatever I set my mind to do. I have learned that so many people love my family and our vision and are willing to be there for us. I know that I could and should be a little softer under stress and that giving more gratitude is a beautiful thing.
And in the end...all were happy and super excited to see the final results. Where will I be going from here? Right where you have found me for the past nine years....in my field creating something really cool for you to see. My husband is back at work and our children are back where they need to be. Do we feel any different? Speaking for everyone in the family I wold say yes. We feel different because we have been blessed through this whirlwind experience. We have met so many amazing people and feel honored to be in this space and in this time.
My Name is Gwen
I am a woman of contradictions and a believer that you can do anything in this world as long as you dare to be inspired.