As you guys know, the tv show Fix It & Finish It was at our house last week renovating a room for us and filming the process. However, the week before that they had actually previously shown up with a smaller film crew to film our “pre-interview”. You know, that beginning part of those renovation shows where the couple talk about who they are and why they need the renovation and all of that. They told us after that first interview that it still didn’t mean we had officially been chosen, but if we were chosen, it would help filming on the big day go much more quickly.
We were nervous and so awkward on camera. They kept telling us that we were doing great, but believe me – we are not pros at being filmed. I mean, it’s one thing when it’s just the two of us making a little mini documentary about our travels or when we renovated our house. But to have a bunch of people standing around and watching you… awwwkward! Plus unlike when we film something for ourselves, we can’t edit out the parts we don’t like. So yeah, no making fun of us when you hear how awkward we sound on camera. 😉
They asked us a series of questions about ourselves and the room. Who we are, what we do, why haven’t we finished this room out ourselves. We shared about our volunteer work and how we are involved in the community and how that leaves very little time to work on home projects. We talked about how having this room finished out would make a huge difference to us for so many reasons. It would alleviate the stress of “when are we going to get around to it” and it would finally give us a place for all of our office stuff to go so that the room next to ours (which is currently an office) can someday be a nursery (ahem, no announcement at this time – remember that we started working on this space way back in October of last year and just hadn’t finished it out, haha!).
But then came the kicker. The interviewer asked us “tell me why you deserve this renovation.” This was truly a question that stumped us both. We both just stopped and looked at each other and were hit with the realization that we don’t deserve this one little bit. That there are countless others in Memphis who need a renovation like this so much more than we do. And there are countless others in Memphis who do more for our community than we do. So we told them that. On camera, we actually told them that we didn’t deserve this at all. And that we could name others here in Memphis who needed something like this more than we did.
Lauren, the associate producer looked at the Sam, the camera guy and they were both speechless. They said that no one has ever said that they don’t deserve the renovation. But for us in our situation, we just didn’t know how we could say that we were deserving of it. Yes, it would help us so much and yes, it would be such a blessing. But we don’t deserve it. We never could answer that question. After the film crew left that day, Christopher and I talked about how they probably wouldn’t choose us at this point. I mean, who wants to choose the couple who can’t even tell you why they deserve something like this?
Fix It & Finish It does, that’s who. 🙂
The Thursday that they showed up with a film crew, a construction crew, and a design crew was so overwhelming for us. They let us help out a little bit, but for the most part they had us sit back and hang out while they served us. We have worked on so many home projects for both our own home and for so many other people, but we have never before sat back and watched someone else work on our home to bless us. It was the strangest thing.
When we walked in for the big reveal later that day, we were totally overwhelmed and completely humbled. They did this for US. As a blessing. A gift. When the episode airs later this year you guys will see everything that they put in that room – all of it was a gift to us. I didn’t expect to cry when I walked in the room because while I am definitely a cryer – it’s usually when there is emotional music playing or when I see someone else crying. So yeah, I didn’t expect the tears that welled up in my eyes when I saw the room. But it really was just so overwhelming that they chose us to bless with all of this. And we were so thankful. I look forward to sharing the whole process with you guys after the episode airs! 🙂