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I love Bret for many reasons. Who he is as a whole is extrodinary, he is my soulmate and my best friend. His caring compassionate nature, his sincerity and trustworthiness, his humor and adventurous nature, his passion, his thirst for knowledge and hard work, all make up who he is. He loves and looks out for me and his family. He is selfless, it is never just about him.
An added bonus is having him in the household because he is a handyman, though not by trade. There are few things that Bret can’t do or fix, though safety first. If truly beyond his realm of knowledge or if there is a safety risk involved, he does seek help from a professional in the field. After determining the problem, if he doesn’t already know how to fix something, he researches it and learns how. His thirst for hands on knowledge is ongoing, he can’t get enough of it. His attention to detail, as well as the preciseness of his work ensure things are fixed correctly and meant to last… no temporary fixes unless needed but just short term.
Bret’s handyman abilities came in especially handy last weekend during an ice storm. Mid-morning, I noticed we had no water. After looking into a few possible causes, he found that we had water pressure but that the control panel for the well pump had failed. Now he could replace this, but where do you find this part on a weekend in the middle of an ice storm? Not likely to be found a your local Ace Hardware or Home Depot. We made a call to a local company we use to service our Geothermal unit as needed. Though they couldn’t help us, they put us in touch with someone who could. The gentleman reviewed with Bret his findings, agreeing with the likely cause. He went to his shop to verify he had the needed part, called Bret back and offered to meet him half way. This alone was above and beyond during the peak of an ice storm, since we didn’t need a service call just the part. Bret returned safely, replaced the part and the day was saved, we had water again. He now plans on rerubishing the original panel to have a backup on hand.
From maintaining and fixing our cars, to various things around the house, it is a blessing and tremendous cost savings to have someone like Bret in the household. A week seldom goes by that something doesn’t need to be fixed, though thankfully on a much smaller scale than having no water.
This years big project, though mostly Bret’s, is to get the new barn up, part of which will be finished as an apartment for Bret’s mom. He has started the process early to get things moving, though it is too cold to actually start the work. Plans have been submitted and permits applied for. He has contacted someone regarding putting in the septic, as well as the foundation. Starting with these steps that have to be completed before he can start putting up the actual building, will hopefully get a date secured now rather than waiting till spring when everyone is starting projects and contractors are booked. Though it is not likely that the workshop or apartment will be completed this year, we do hope to have an enclosed building with power by the end of the year, weather permitting us in accomplishing this.
Bret’s own list of projects to work on in his new workshop continues to grow. I also have added to his list, looking forward to seeing as he completes them. No doubt we will spend time together in the shop working on some of the projects together.
Bret has also already thought about some of the things he would like to make one day for a child we adopt, these are couple of the bigger projects. For a girl, a princess castle bed and for a boy, a racecar bed. The possibilities are endless. Spending time with a child as they grow to share his knowledge, creating and building things together, will be priceless time spent together.