DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Home Depot. I jump at the chance to shop and sit down at the same time. Jumping to sit down doesn’t make any sense, huh?! yeah. that’s me.
Home Depot asked us if we could bring the gift shopping experience to life by picking out a few tools for some friends. Hello? Is this real life? I get to go to one of the places I spend a huge chunk of money each month and buy stuff to makes some else happier than a baby with a roll of toilet paper?! Count me in with both swollen feet!
Of course I parked myself near Martha’s beautiful ornament collection. I love the throwback ones…so cute.
While we were there, the manager, Kevin came out to help us and he was really helpful (and patient with our weird requests…can I take your photo an obscene number of times? can our three year old load the cart? can we do our next family photoshoot in your holiday trees?)
Will was really excited to start shopping. Since we are already equipped with most tools that we need, this was a venture off our beaten path of ‘paint’ and ‘more paint’ and ‘picture hangers’.
In the end, we found the Milwaukee Hackzall (very exciting because it’s cordless…I think I might need this one in my own life), the Husky lunch cooler, the Makita circular saw and the Howard Leight sync radio headphones/hearing protectors (Jeremy was manhandling these bad boys).
And then we posed with the trees. (we have no shame).
Will is really into self-checkouts. He thinks they were made for him. In fact, if I try to go to a regular checkout, he takes it a little personal. It’s funny how his little personality is already developing into that ‘DIY’ mentality 🙂
So then came the hard part….who do we give this amazing loot to?
The answer came to me one day as I was looking at my own two boys. I wanted to give it to some very special young men named Levi and Jake.
Levi (11) and Jake (12) are two homeschooled brothers that live in my favorite little town of Monroe and have been little entrepreneurs in their own right. Levi (below) started a business a couple of years ago while in his dad’s workshop. He would take the scrap wood from the trash pile and created these sweet little rustic boats.
Then he started branching out to create string art and is learning the ‘tools of the trade’ when it comes to woodworking. Under the watchful eye of his parents, his little creative spirit has really soared and is a whiz with tools. He even sold his goods at his Dad’s booth at Scott’s Antique Market (one of the biggest antique markets in Atlanta) and at Country Living Magazine’s Fair and people buy him out of all his stock to sell in their own little shops across the US.
And his older brother Jake got in on the action by assisting his little brother building (yup, he got hired by his younger brother!) and then ventured out in making industrial lighting all on his own.
The skills they are gaining as they help their creative parents are AMAZING to me. And they even ventured out to create their own etsy shop (coming soon) called A Boy and His Boat. I can’t imagine doing that at 11 and 12. I think I was still picking my nose and wondering what the NKOTB really meant by Hangin’ Tough. Were they actually hanging somewhere?! Was it a tough place to hang? or was it just they were trying to look tough while hangin out?
ANYHOO…the Dilley boys have reinvested their income into a joint business for special events…where they retrofitted a shaved ice machine onto the back of a three-wheeled-bicycle and serve Hawaiian style desserts during the summer months. They are like mini-sharks!
And the best part about it all is…they are still starting out…borrowing their dad’s tools and they would actually need a start to a solid tool collection of their own. Some may think I am crazy to give young kids real tools…but in my mind, we are crazy not to equip the young kids in this world to do more flexing of those ‘creative muscles’. I hope to do the same with my boys!
So when it came time to give them the gifts, I set up the presents in a homemade Santa bag and they were shocked when us adults had presents just for them…
Honestly, they were beyond shocked that they were getting anything. They have two much younger siblings who are at an age where they need a lot of attention and so this special treat was so unexpected. (just to be honest…in a world of entitlement…where even I struggle…it’s a refreshing reminder to see that completely absent in their reactions)
Just look at those smiles 🙂
They immediately went into telling us what they could use them for and I think I melted into a heap on the floor.
I know I just got to play Santa for one day on behalf of Home Depot…but in all honesty, it made my year. The Dilley’s are such a special family…oozing creativity and equipping the next generation to work hard and be good examples of leadership and ingenuity in their families and community. And that is exactly what I want for my boys…encouragement toward that YOU CAN DO IT attitude.
Thank you Home Depot. I loved this experience…all of it…and I know that the boys will have many many years to come of creating with your help. It truly put the merry into Merry Christmas 🙂
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