If you’ve paid even a lick of attention to Hollywood during your life, you’ll know that kids at home alone are prone to throw a party. At least, that’s what the movies tell us, right? When Karen and Chip Schoonover decided to take a much-needed vacation, they opted to risk their home turning into the set of Party X by letting their daughters watch the property. While they enjoyed their vacation, their daughters got busy creating the surprise of a lifetime. Are you ready to hear how four daughters change their parent’s lives forever?
The Home Alone Conundrum
There comes a day in every mom and dad’s life where they must make a decision. Do they trust their kids to be old enough and mature enough to stay at home by themselves? While the decision seems silly and harmless, it is actually a monumental one. After all, all parents want to know that their children are taken care of, right?
What Could Go Wrong
Of course, leaving your children alone can come with consequences. Even the most well-behaved kids might grow tempted by their sudden dominion over the family home. When Chip and Karen began pondering about going on a vacation, they were at least slightly concerned about what would happen while they were gone. Would their four daughters throw an off-the-wall party? Would they come back only to find their home in ruins?
Making the Major Decision
While Karen and Chip’s thought process would prove to be unnecessary, they had unexpectedly stumbled upon a nugget of truth. While they were away on their vacation, their daughters WOULD do something to their home. Instead of turning their home into a disaster, the Schoonover’s would find something rather different when they returned!
Meet the Daughters
Before we leap into the nuts and bolts of what brought you here today, we should take a moment to meet the stars of this story. Here we see the beautiful Schoonover daughters with all of their personalities on display. Hollie, Halice, Haley, and Heather. Do you think that their names had any sort of theme? The daughters ranged in age with Heather being the eldest.
Raised in South Carolina
While the Schoonover’s had called North Myrtle Beach their home for many years, they weren’t originally from the area. Before moving to South Carolina, the Schoonover family had called Florida their home. After deciding that they wanted a change of scenery, the Schoonover’s made their way to their current residence.
Coming Up With a Plan
After debating whether or not to leave their children behind, Karen and Chip would decide to go on their vacation. What did this mean? Well, it meant that ALL systems were a go for Operation: Surprise Mom and Dad. The only problem was that they’d have to incorporate their eldest sisters into the plan. We’ll learn more about them in a little bit! What we should reveal is that by this point in time, Karen and Chip were ready to leave.
The Work Begins
With their parents out of the house, Heather, the oldest sister, made her way down to the family home. This was when it became clear what their plan was. The four sisters had decided to renovate their parent’s entire home while they were on vacation! They knew how hard their parents worked, so it was important to them to create a Christmas present that would honor them.
Paying Attention to Detail
While none of the sisters had experience in the field of home renovation, they figured that they could learn as they went. In order to make the renovation a success, they would have to pay attention to every little detail. Who knew how much work could go into renovating a family home?
Nonstop Work Around the Clock
With only a week to accomplish the renovation, a robust schedule was crafted. Pooling their resources together, the Schoonover sisters decided that they would work day-and-night in order to finish the renovation before their parents got back. After all, if their parents returned halfway through the renovation, their surprise would be ruined.
Racing Against their Parent’s Return
While the sisters were truly racing against the clock, it didn’t mean that they weren’t having fun. There is something special about working on a hard project with people that you love. The experience would serve not only as an honorary gift to their parents but also as a way to bond together.
Mom and Dad Blissfully Unaware
Of course, while the four sisters put in some serious work, their parents were blissfully unaware. As far as anyone knew, Karen and Chip didn’t think anything was going on. What’s more, Karen and Chip were probably worried that their daughters would wreck the house. Oh, how little they knew!
Mastermind Behind the Plan
Now that we are well and truly underway, let’s take a moment to meet the mastermind behind the group. Here we see Hollie, the person who originally came up with the idea of renovating the family home for their mom and dad. Hollie was the one to pull her other young sisters into action while organizing the entire operation.
An Interior Designer on Accident
While Hollie had never planned on being an interior designer, she wasn’t unfamiliar with the world of creativity. Hollie had made plans to perform as an actress and a singer. While she hasn’t made her professional debut yet, her ability to pull of this wonderful scheme has to say something for her acting skills. How did she not give away the gift beforehand?
Other Half of the Dream Team
While Hollie was in love with working on camera, Haley was in love with working behind it. Haley, the youngest sister of the bunch, has professional skills when it comes to working with makeup. With Haley’s artistic vision, the sisters knew that they could do something wonderful as a Christmas present for their parents.
Good Head on Her Shoulders
Halice may not have followed her sister’s more creative pursuits, but that doesn’t mean she was working less hard than them. Halice decided that she wanted to attend University in order to pursue her education. Halice would attend Coastal Carolina University where she would earn her Bachelor’s degree. After graduation, Halice would go on to grad school where she would study physical therapy.
Returning to Roost for the Big Surprise
While the three younger sisters were ready to rock and roll right away, they still had to bring their oldest sister back home. Heather lived in South Carolina at the time, though she was quite a ways away. Heather had moved away from home in order to pursue a career alongside her husband. Heather currently works for a real estate company. Still, Heather knew that she had to make the drive home to help enact the plan.
Transplants From Florida
All four of the sisters were born in Seminole, Florida, where they spent the bulk of their childhood. Despite calling Florida their home during their formative years, the Schoonover sisters soon fell in love with South Carolina. How could they not? North Myrtle Beach is a wonderful place to live and their parents were clearly in love with the area. After all, you don’t just relocate four young girls on a whim!
Back to the Action
As the kids progressed on their work, they quickly realized how cool the outcome of the renovation would be. The Schoonover sisters decided that they would record the entire process on video so that they could share it with their friends and family on YouTube. Viewers began to flow in steadily and before the sisters knew it, they were going viral. While the whole internet may know what the sisters were up to, Karen and Chip certainly didn’t.
Getting Rid of the Old
If you’ve ever renovated a home, you know how much junk you run across. It is hard to believe how much we can stack up inside of our houses without realizing it! More than just renovating, the sisters soon came to realize that they would have to throw out quite a few things. Of course, the sisters would only remove what they knew their parents would no longer miss.
Starting From Scratch
The process became so involved that the daughters were essentially starting from scratch. They worked through each and every room in the house in order to strip it down to its core. While no sledgehammers were involved, the sisters definitely made it look like some serious mayhem had taken place. In fact, throw a couple of red cups on the floor and you might be convinced that this was a party. Hey, that’s actually a good prank idea!
Getting Help From Their Friends
While Hollie believed that they were being overly ambitious, that didn’t mean that they were flinching from their work. Instead of growing concerned by the scope of their plans, they enlisted the help of their friends. Soon four pairs of hands grew to six! Work began to progress at an incredible speed and soon the Schoonover sisters were starting to believe in their goal.
A Home Makeover Needs New Furniture
If you want to surprise your family with a home makeover, you can’t leave the old furniture sitting inside of the home. Hollie and Heather realized that this would be the perfect opportunity to give their parents the furniture upgrades that they so desperately had wanted but had foregone purchasing in order to afford their vacation. The girls weren’t wealthy, but they still pooled enough money to bring home nicer furniture.
Heather’s Unique Skills Come Into Play
Outside of the home, Heather had become something of an accountability maven. Possessed of determination and motivation in spades, Heather had become the leader of several workout accountability groups. Halice was also another fitness addict. They used their love of hard work to keep everyone motivated and pushing forward. Would their enthusiasm be enough to keep the sisters focused?
Raised As a Family
As we progress toward the end of the renovation, we have to stop to compliment the family. The Schoonover family perfectly exemplified how a family unit should operate. From youngest to oldest, the Schoonover sisters worked together in order to honor and show love to their family. In doing so, they also showed care and love for one another.
Workload Unexpectedly Widens
As it turns out, one half of a renovation involves tearing down the interior of the home to its core. At one point in time, the girls felt like they had made a major mistake. After all, looking through the home would lead you to believe that a tornado had just ripped through. Despite the doubts that were at the back of their mind, they continued working even when the job was tough.
No Rest For the Weary
Even the most ambitious of sisters need help from caffeine every once in a while. As the work grew increasingly more involved, the sisters came to realize that they would have to sacrifice some of their own leisure time to get the job done. This meant that the kids had to get up early and stay up late. This is where their fridge filled with energy drinks came into play.
Team Work Makes the Dream Work
Even though they were caffeinated and motivated, they still welcomed help from any friends that would offer it. The work ended up taking significantly more time than they had anticipated and that meant that there was little room to spare. Here we see the kids carefully painting the entirety of the house while also sharing a few laughs.
Hitting the Halfway Point
All of a sudden the week was more than halfway through. In just a few days their parents would be returning home and the building was still in shambles. The home was bereft of furniture and only half-painted. If you were the type of person to worry, then would have been the perfect time to start!
Losing Help By The Moment
As the week dragged on, the sisters began to see their extra help wane. The work had simply been too strenous for their friends. Their own legs and backs ached from the work, but they knew that they couldn’t stop now. Literally, the sisters knew that if they quit at this point, their parents would be less-than-enthused with half of a makeover.
Tricking Their Parents as a Gift
Finally, the special day arrived. Their parents had returned home, and they were only a short while away from the house. In order to keep their parents at bay while completing the final touches, they sent their eldest sister to greet their parents as a decoy. Heather’s presence was a surprise and soon both Karen and Chip were beaming. Little did they know what was on the other side of their front door!
The Big Moment Arrives
Hollie and the rest of the sisters were nervous. Suddenly their parents were walking toward the front door. When they came inside, would they be surprised? Would their parents be furious? Would they be sad at the changes? With nothing left to do, the sisters threw on their best smiles and waited for their parents to enter into their new home.
Karen and Chip Are Speechless
Within an instant, Karen knew that there was something different from the house. The surprising part was that Karen’s instincts had kicked in before the front door had even opened. As Karen crossed into the home she asked the kids, “Alright, who cleaned?” While Karen had no expectations, what she was about to see would bring tears of joy to her face.
Marvel at the Before and After
As their parents looked over the home, they were speechless. Karen and Chip couldn’t understand what had happened, but their faces said everything. As you can see from all of these pictures, the daughters had done more than a good job at renovating the home, they had done an amazing job. Within a moment, Karen was shrieking with joy. Chip was speechless but he was practically glowing with pride. It’s not every day that your daughters band together for a huge construction project!
Home Makeover Complete (Dog Included)
Can you imagine coming home to find that your property had been improved and renovated? While their home had never been ‘bad’, it certainly could have welcomed some positive updates. Karen and Chip were soon dancing in the room with their little pug following excitedly along. Their gratitude was echoed only by the love that their daughters beamed right back to them.
Peeking Inside the Bedrooms
The Schoonover daughters had thought of everything, and they had accomplished everything. Each bedroom had been updated. With new carpet, fresh paint, and brand-new beds, it was hard to imagine what was going through Karen and Chip’s minds. As far as presents go, this had to be up there!
Celebration of Family
As we draw our story to a close, we have to commend everyone involved with the project. Karen and Chip had raised a family that worked together to create something beautiful. What’s more, their daughters were so proud and caring toward their parents that they would put their bodies and minds through a ton of stress just to surprise them. Now, we have to wonder, what will they do for their parent’s next year?
Did You Know That A Dog Owner Is More Likely To Kiss Their Pet Than Their Partner?
Those who have dogs tend to truly love their pets. There is nothing that they won’t do for them. While most of us already know this, there is something to be said for having the necessary facts to back up these suspicions. As it turns out, dog owners may love their pets even more than we initially thought. A recent survey has turned up some rather interesting findings.
Riley’s Organics is the dog treat company that is responsible for this survey. We cannot get over these results. According to the results, 52 percent of those who responded said that they kiss their dogs more often than their partners. We imagine that there are more than a few jealous significant others out there.
We did not realize that there were so many people out there who did not mind being covered with doggy germs. That is real love right there! However, there are those who will try to claim that there are certain benefits to these kisses. Those who own dogs will often find themselves getting sick less often than those who do not.
That is because they are exposing themselves to the type of germs that are designed to keep them safe. Our dogs already do so much for us and now they are actively keeping us from getting sick. Is there anything that these dogs can’t do? This survey also shows that there is a wide range of people who would rather share their bed with their dog, as opposed to their partner.
This is actually somewhat understandable. At least a dog is not going to spend the whole night snoring or hogging all of the covers. There are also studies that speak to the benefits of sharing a bed with your dog. Many pet owners report that they are more likely to get a better night of sleep when their dogs are sleeping close by.
Dogs are more than willing to offer their unconditional love at all times. They do not need very much prompting, either. Anyone who has ever seen how a dog behaves when their owner comes home after a long day will definitely agree. The way that they lavish affection on their humans is a sight to behold. If you are anything like us, you probably agree with the results of these surveys as well.
A whopping 94 percent of the survey’s respondents said that they consider their four legged friends to be their best pals. The health benefits that dogs have to offer go further than just their kisses and their ability to keep you warm at night, though. Your dogs are also going to need to be walked on a consistent basis. This allows their owners to get some much needed exercise and stay in shape.
Is there anything that dogs can’t do? They are able to provide us with their undying love and affection. They even help us to get fit. No wonder so many people love to give them lots of hugs and kisses. We are right there with them! If you found the results of this survey as humorous as we did, you are definitely going to want to pass this story along to your closest friends and loved ones.
To be quite honest, we do not deserve dogs. They are so kind and thoughtful. They do not ask for anything in return, either. All they need is a little bit of love, a warm place to sleep and some food in their bellies. If only the rest of us could learn to be as appreciative as our dogs can be. The world would most definitely be a much better place….that is for sure!
7-Year-Old Uses Illness to Promote Cancer Awareness
It happens quite often that children end up on the business side of the media in order to promote a cause whether it’s political or otherwise, and whether or not the child actually wants the attention. But this is not the case with Emerson Hoogendoorn who has chosen to use her story as a child diagnosed with a normally deadly form of cancer to promote the cause of finding a cure.
One would expect that just about anyone diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor would resign his or her self to living out their remaining days in the comfort of entertainment, family, friends, and massive doses of painkillers. But Emerson has decided that she wants to raise awareness and more. She has also begun raising money entirely on her own by becoming a small business owner, working tirelessly to make her business a success, and using the money she earns to promote cancer research as well as to donate to the cause.
She sells bracelets, cookies, lemonade, wind chimes, and just about anything else she can market online. She makes most of what she sells herself, adding to the appeal of her online shop. She was first taken to see her family doctor when she started experiencing double vision, severe headaches, and nausea. Soon, she was diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer that was eating away at her young brain.
However, she has since been taking an experimental medication, and since that treatment began, when Emerson was first given her deadly diagnosis- her tumor has shrunk to an amazing 12% of the size it was originally at when it was first discovered in an x-ray. That is an unprecedented result. Not only is Emerson giving hope to other children with similar cancer conditions with her generous endeavors, but she is also giving them hope with her continually improving prognosis!
In addition to this, her case is giving invaluable data to researchers who will be looking for ways to use the treatments which seem to be working for Emerson on other children.
According to Cancer.org, as many as 11,000 children in the United States are anticipated to have been diagnosed with cancer before the end of this year. These are children under the age of 15, who have barely had a chance to experience life and the fullness of their own potential.
Due to major advances in cancer treatment, as many as 80% of these children will survive their fight with the dreaded disease. In the 1970s, the survival rate for children with cancer was roughly 58%. The progress has been substantial, and researchers are always doing their best to push those numbers forward another fraction of a percent. It is due to thousands of professionals working diligently largely on donated funds that the science and practice of cancer treatment become gradually more effective over long periods of time.
With the help, the critical data, and the inspiration provided by brave and wonderful young people like Emerson Hoogendoorn, it is possible that even those numbers can be further improved.
Exhausted Wife, In Labor For 2 Days, Looks At Bedside To See Husband Flashing ‘Gentle Reminders’
Throughout the generations, particularly in warlike societies- it must be said, mothers were considered to be of equal value and equal courage to the brave and noble men who strode out onto the battle field to risk life and limb to secure a nation’s borders. In today’s society, this tradition may have fallen into obscurity, but it still exists. And we can prove it.
We all love our wives and mothers dearly for their love, dedication, and sacrifice- and many husbands stand by their brides during the process of childbirth to support them. But few offer sentiments equal to those of the subject of our story.
Jasmin Caver struggled through labor pains for two interminable days, and hers was a pregnancy fraught with trials and fears. She and her husband, Kendall Caver, had already suffered the loss of one child through a miscarriage. They have been together for over ten years and surviving the postpartum depression that Jasmin experienced nearly took more than the two of them had in reserve.
Sitting through the seemingly endless process of labor with his wife, Kendall sat by watching his wife suffer, unable to do anything other than hold her hand and pray. After many long hours of frustration, he just had to do something. But what?
Wanting to create a lasting gesture that the two and their family would be able to look back on for years and years, Kendall decided to turn his love for his wife into a video document that could be shared with the whole world. So he created a series of cue cards with print large enough to be seen across the room by the camera, and he set the scene to music as he peeled off message of love after message of love.
He said, “This was my way of telling her and the whole world that I think she is the most beautiful, amazing, brave, and beautiful woman in the whole world. I wanted our baby to be able to see how much she did for him or her and how strong their mother really is. She’s my warrior wife, and I wanted to show how much she means to me, and to us.”
We won’t spoil the video by divulging what Kendall wrote on his cue card messages. Needless to say, the video has gone super duper viral. It has been featured in numerous major news casts and publications. And, hopefully, without sounding crass, the Ad Sense revenue from the video has made it possible for Jasmin to recover comfortably in the couple’s home as they and their new baby take the time to form that ever so important bond between a new baby and new parents.
Many husbands are eager to offer support as their wives endure the pain and struggle of child birth, but many feel unequal to the task. Since so little can actually be done other than simply being present, perhaps Kendall’s sentimental video production will inspire more men to create lasting reminders of how much they appreciate the mother’s work of giving birth.
It’s just one more way of shining a light on the value of family and the importance of forming strong bonds between parents, children, and spouses.
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