Back in May Christopher heard about this TV show called Fix It & Finish It that was coming to Memphis. They renovate entire rooms/spaces in ONE DAY just to give back to communities. We applied for it and then didn’t hear anything back and promptly forgot about it. Mid July we got a call one night letting us know that our application had been chosen as one they were really interested in. Over the next 6 weeks we went through round after round of meetings with design teams, builders, and producers. And every time we passed through to the next round. A week ago a film crew showed up to our house and filmed a “pre-interview” with us. They told us that they would either show up between 6am-8am on Thursday (yesterday) or that we’d get a call saying they weren’t coming. Well what do you know… yesterday right around 7am… there’s a knock on the door! And it was Antonio Sabato Jr.
We weren’t sure what to expect from someone as famous as Antonio, but one of the first questions he asked me was about the cross around my neck. He was friendly and personable off camera as well as on. He cared about us. He got invested in our story and who we are. We talked so much about faith and our mutual love for Jesus. And it was just not at all what we would’ve expected coming from someone out of Hollywood. But as Antonio said, “I don’t work for Holly, I work for Jesus.”
Also… no big deal or anything, but Antonio took a picture in our kitchen and tweeted it, Instagramed it, and put it on Facebook! Hundreds of people from around the world liked that photo on all those social media sites! It just blew me away!
And then the cavalry arrived… our entire cove filled up and all the way down our street! Thankfully our neighbors were all really excited for us and were really sweet about all of this taking over our neighborhood. We had lots of friends and neighbors come by and meet the crew and just see the fun!
Our living room became film crew central. That’s Scott (or Scooter as Joe the camera guy calls him which means naturally Christopher started calling him that too) checking out the equipment. We spent so much time getting to know the crew of the show that we actually began to feel like friends with them. They literally come from all over and they all had such cool stories!
The fact that we were mic’d up all day definitely added to the minor celebrity feeling, haha! We kept forgetting that we had mics on and every now and then we’d whisper something to each other and one of the sound guys would either start laughing or roll their eyes at how cheesy we were. We kept forgetting that everything we said went right into their ears even if it was whispered. 😉
We can’t share any photos of the process or the room until after the episode airs which may be a couple of months, but you can definitely keep up with the show and what they’re doing by following them on Facebook or check out the Fix It and Finish It website with air dates! 🙂
Christopher and I are still so overwhelmed and just completely humbled by everything that has happened. We are most definitely not deserving of any of this, but we are so very grateful. I still can’t believe that yesterday actually happened, haha! Sam (the video guy) is coming back out in just a little bit this morning to film the “afters” of the room (so it will have the same morning light as the “befores” for the show). I’m excited to see him again. Last night was so sad as we hugged everyone goodbye for the last time. The Fix It & Finish It family were SUCH a blessing to us. And we are thankful. 🙂