December 10, 2020… I am waiting for my hubby to be home from a long trip for his new job training. My boys and I are so excited to surprise him! Last summer he saw a table in Waco which he so liked and has talked about since, but was not practical to have it shipped. So, I went into brainstorm mode and found a place about forty-five minutes north of us to make the metal top. Then I asked our neighbor to help cut the wood, with no idea how over my head I truly was. After I made several phone calls to locate 4x4x8 ft lumber, then I went there and sorted through to find five pieces which would become the base. This was out of my comfort zone big time but the excitement of the surprise pushed me through! The next four days were busy with multiple steps…. On Monday, my youngest son and I spent an hour in Lowe’s buying two 3/4 inch pine plywood sheets and having them cut. With the challenging perfect fit of getting them in the vehicle yet sticking out through the back window, we took them to the metal place to be the core of the table top. Tuesday night began the plaining of the boards (this is where I realized that my plan for my boys and I to sand the wood and ask neighbor to cut it – us glue it and ask him to bolt it was underestimated The evening was memorable as my oldest son was all hands on and enjoyed every minute of the process. Thank you Brad for your time and talent. Thank you Kylie for the great memories of hanging out in your garage visiting by the mini space heater during the woodworking! On Wednesday, boys and I did a light sanding and wiping off of the wood. Then, we stamped a special message with the date and our names. Later, my middle son and I went back up to the metal place where four guys worked to secure the top for the drive home! On the way home, my son asked the plan to get it out. After a few phone calls, a couple of willing neighbors helped with the task which fell into place perfectly. Then beganthe assembly, last two cuts, and bolts which made the base come to be and was brought to our garage. Thursday began with me applying a coat of wood conditioning and thirty minutes later boys and I staining it. Next, felt pads were screwed into the bottom of the base and it was carried into the house. As my hubby was boarding his plane to fly across the country back home, the top was placed, glued and secured with L brackets.With a 2 AM arrival, we were tired but could not sleep with the anticipation of him being home. He walked in the door to find us standing behind a largely wrapped object covered with candy cane wrapping paper. The next task was convincing him that we really did make it!!! This labor of love will be a treasured reminder to my sons that I would do anything for the man I love and respect!