Boyfriend Visits In-laws, Mother's "Project" For Him Has Entire Neighborhood Talking
FaithTap Staff 12/17/2015
We've all been there...the dreaded "meeting of the in-laws." Most often, it's an awkward evening full of "so tell me about" questions, but for this young man it was nothing he could have imagined.
Meet Daniel Gray. Just like many young men, Daniel had a dream of impressing his girlfriend's parents in the hopes of winning them over. However, the enormous project that his girlfriend's mother had waiting for him was something he never could've fathomed.
Daniel traveled from his home in New Zealand to meet (and impress) his girlfriend Kathleen Starrie's parents in Canada. To Daniel's surprise Brigid Burton, Kathleen's mother, had already outlined the agenda for his visit prior to his arrival.
Brigid admitted with a twinkle in her eye:
"I wanted to keep him occupied, not with my daughter necessarily. I wanted to keep him busy with something else. I didn't want Daniel to just be twiddling his thumbs while he's here in Canada so I thought, this needs to be something that's got some meat to it."
Daniel had NO idea of what Brigid had up her sleeve!
I'm sorry, did you say an igloo?
Brigid announced her plan, and the five-day igloo project began. Daniel and his crew (Kathleen, her family, and a helpful neighbor) used colored ice blocks to begin their ultimate fort. The team made the blocks of ice by filling recycled milk cartons with water, adding color, and freezing them. These are the ULTIMATE ice cubes!
Just the beginning...
The first layer, when it was still "fun!"
Still time to back out?
Daniel and Kathleen had to be sure to bundle up. After all, they were making an IGLOO...in the month of DECEMBER...in CANADA!
I am hoping that by this point Daniel was invited inside for a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows to warm up by the fireplace. Either that, or he's frozen into one of these cubes!
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!
The young couple was able to spend quality time together during this ice cold adventure, and it was the perfect way for Daniel to get to know Kathleen's family.
Are we there yet?
About this time, Daniel was probably wondering if an "ice cube igloo" was something he could order from Amazon and have delivered to his door. Expedited shipping, please!
Color me happy, because we're getting close!
The unique pattern of colorful ice blocks really makes this one-of-a-kind igloo a beautiful sight!
No "icy" stares here
Seeing the smiles on the faces of his girlfriend's parents makes Daniel a happy man!
A room with a view
Most often people enjoy peering OUT of their window at the marvelous outdoor scene...but in this case, the room IS the magnificent view!
An igloo of a different color!
Laying on your back and staring straight up from inside this phenomenal structure makes it seem as though you are looking through a kaleidoscope. Absolutely breathtaking!
Let there be light!
After working extremely hard in the bitter cold for five long days, the team brings light into the igloo, creating a spectacular sight!
A cozy cocoon
The exhausted crew takes a moment to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Is this thing portable?
There was only ONE small flaw in the planning of this grand venture. The igloo was built in the backyard. Something this impressive should have been created in the front yard for all to enjoy!
The ultimate ice castle
This beauty would win the heart of ice loving Elsa from the movie "Frozen!"
Daniel is naturally proud of the work he did, but he is also very happy to have the job behind him!
"It was a lot of work so, it's nice to actually have it there," Daniel said, "It's been joked about that I have to sleep in it but, I don't think it'll be happening."
Tiny houses are popular these days, but this one takes the cake!
We are left with one final question. Did Daniel pass "the test?"
We may never find out, but one thing is for sure...he definitely did far more than any young man has EVER done in the hopes of impressing his girlfriend's parents. Daniel, hats off to you! Share this heart"warm"ing story and spread some holiday cheer!