Sunday, October 28, 2007


Last Sunday, Clancy finished installing the maple flooring in my kitchen. This was his birthday present to me, or so I thought.

I got busy vacuuming up the mess because our good friend, Gail, had just called to say she'd be over a little after noon. Clancy and I had decided a while back to hire Gail to build our cabinets, since she is an excellent cabinet maker and we love to have things in our house made by friends. I assumed Clancy had asked her over to take the measurements against the new flooring while he had the temporary sink-cupboard pulled out.

When I switched off the vacuum and walked through the kitchen to say "Hi" this is what I saw:

Gail and Clancy installing the exact cupboards I had drawn sketches of, over and over, for years.
I was undone.

It is a very humbling experience to realize people love you and care about you, want you to be happy, and were listening to you when you talked about your dreams.

This is the new cupboard that will hold the sink. We still have to install the counter top, the sink from the house I grew up in, and the hinges on the cabinet doors. (The first-choice hinges didn't fit because the wood used for construction was thicker than modern cabinetry.)
My dad gave Clancy the wood-gorgeous clear white pine. Clancy successfully conspired to have the cabinets built and he supplied the materials. Gail made the cabinets in record time. And even though I intend to paint them a creamy white, I think they are beautiful already. (the walls are not really electric yellow-more of a butter yellow)
Words cannot express how thankful I am to the friends and family in on the surprise. My mother took care of the boys the whole weekend so Clancy could get the floor finished in time. I did wonder about that, Mom. Selena kept the secret. Gail was absolutely silent. :) And my dear Mom-in-law gave me a new sink faucet for my birthday to celebrate the progress on the kitchen. You are all too good to me.
Even though we've been too busy this week to make any more progress on the kitchen, I sit on the floor in there every day, just admiring the beauty of what is to come. Needless to say, the dogs and their scratchy little toenails are drawn like magnets to the unblemished new flooring. They know they are not supposed to be in this room. But the kitchen does have the best sunshine in the house.


Becky Utecht said...

What beautiful cupboards and flooring Sabrina! You are so lucky to have such thoughtful and talented people in your life. We need a new kitchen floor SO bad. Hopefully we'll get around to it this winter.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Thank-you for sharing the love and beauty in your life, Sabrina. It gives me "warm fuzzies!"

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

Thank you, Becky. I do feel fortunate to be surrounded by so much talent. I hope you get the floor you want soon.

Michelle, It gives me "warm fuzzies" to know I have internet friends that love sheep and wildlife and beauty and wool and family as much as I do. I've been thinking of you-hoping you are ok.

Nancy K. said...

BEAUTIFUL, Sabrina ~ the cabinets and the story behind them! Thank you for sharing.