Is she a Keeper?
I met my wife on the first Friday evening of the Keota Funs Days in June of 2009. That evening I was having a small gathering at my home and a few friends from the Sigourney area showed up and they brought my future wife Holly along with them. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. I sat there and smiled at her, and she smiled back. Over the next few weeks we became friends on Facebook and begun to talk to each other through social media. I very much wanted to have the chance to get to know Holly better. Then my opportunity appeared. Holly came over to my house to “help me” work on a project for my daughter. After that night we were inseparable!
Over the next 6 months Holly and I spent as much time together as we possibly could. During the next winter I undertook the large project of gutting and remodeling 2/3rd’s of my house. This was phase 3 of four in a total remodel of the 1870’s farm house that I lived in. Holly helped with the project as if it was her own. The garage became the dining/living/bedroom/kitchen for the next 4 months. Every spare minute during the next four months was committed to getting the house back into a livable condition. Date nights and all nights were spent in the house gutting and reconstructing. Our days consisted of going to work all day and remodeling all night. Finally in June of 2010 the house was completed enough to move the bedroom back into the house. There was no trim up or even a cabinet in the kitchen, but there was four walls and carpet. Over the next few months the kitchen and doors were steadily put in place.
During the construction phase I have two memories that stand out the clearest to me. The first one was the day that I had the entire wall gone under our front porch. At this time the entire first floor was gutted and there was a large picture window on the opposite side of our house. As Holly pulled into the driveway she could see all of the way through the house and look at the yard and tree on the other side of the house. At that time I could see the concern in her face, but she continued to smile and give encouragement.
The second memory was the night we were laying the subfloor in the kitchen. Holly was right there beside me all night, and when we got done at 1 in the morning, I could barely move I was so tired, but with all of her enthusiasm she looked at this as a photo opportunity. She taped me to the floor and took pictures for proof!
Throughout our journey of remodeling our home, I only remember one time that we got into even the slightest of arguments over the house. For some people taking on a project like this could be very taxing on a relationship, but for Holly and I it was just the opposite. We learned to love each even more while living in a garage and working very closely together. Through this experience we have a home for ourselves and our children that we take a lot of pride in knowing that this is where it all began. We met in the same place that we have chosen to call our home. So yes she is definitely a keeper!