When a Day Care Owner Retired, These Parents Did an Amazing Thing

When a Day Care Owner Retired, These Parents Did an Amazing Thing


(folk music) – Dina has been taking care of children, first her own children, and
then the past thirty years for other people’s
children in her own home. Every morning she greets
those kids on her knees at eight o’clock in the
morning until four o’clock. – So caring, so loving. She is really a special person. – People are like, “Are
your kids in daycare?” I’m like, “No.” I’m like, well actually they are but it’s like sending them
the grandma’s house, right? They’re loved and they’re
fed and they’re held and they’re talked to nicely. There’s a book called The Giving
Tree about this little boy and he goes to the tree and the
tree gives the boy his fruit and then his leaves and then
his branches and then the wood and then he makes a swing
and there’s nothing left but a little trunk, and if
he could have given more the tree would have. That’s Dina. – There is times in life where
you encounter people that you feel are contributing
to you so much, to your kids that you’re just waiting for
the opportunity to give back. This is one of these moments. – [Emily] Dina is retiring and
downsizing from a larger home to a smaller two bedroom condo. – She’s closing it. Parents
are coming to me like, “What are we doing for her?
What can we do for her? What can we do for her?” – Parents from like years and years ago, they’re kids are in college now, they all wanted to be part of this. – We said to her, “What can we give you for a going away present? We’d
like to get you something. Can we do something for your house?” And she said, “No. Thank you
for giving me your daughter.” And what could I say to
that? What can I say? So, um, I don’t think
there’s any gift in the world that would be big enough to give her. – The space actually
has a lot of potential. – Yeah. – When Jen contacted us and
told us about Dina’s story, we really wanted to be a part of it. – We want to make sure that
her retiring goes smoothly and that she’s actually in
a home as special to her as her home was to us and our children. – [Emily] She’s getting a full renovation. The great room is where
Dina will be spending most of her time relaxing,
cooking, entertaining. So we definitely want to make that space comfortable and cozy and brighten it up. The cabinets are making the
space feel really heavy, because it’s a really dark
wood finish. It’s worn. – The biggest transformation will be really brightening up the space. So it will be really nice to
see it with lighter paint, and more modern LED light fixtures. – [Emily] We’d like to bring
in some new appliances, some clean stainless steel, something more modern and functional. The granite counter top,
we’d like to pull that out bring in something more simple and clean. There’s a dining nook
adjacent to the kitchen. We want to make it a
more cozy space for Dina. We’re thinking of adding a banquette bench so she can kinda lounge.
There’s a good view. – Her floors are in pretty good shape, so instead of replacing it, we’re thinking of using an oversized rug. And it’s on the brighter
side to lighten up the space. – Mm hm. – And we can add more contrast
by adding a pop of color with the sofa. – Mm hm, yeah that looks good. – The plant’s right here. Hide the vents. – Perfect. – Probably do a round coffee table. – Mm hm. – Right here. – Oh, that’s perfect for
her. She’ll be very happy. – What’s great about this
project is that Dina’s given so much to the community over
the years, and it’s going to be great to be a part
of giving back to her. (upbeat music) There’s a clear step
down between the kitchen and living area. It’s
kind of a safety hazard. So what we wanted to do was
bring in a different flooring to make that transition very clear. She’s getting a under-mount
stainless steel sink. We’ve repainted the
cabinets. New countertops. – For the breakfast
nook, what do you think of these two things? We already ordered the table. – Mm hmm. – But I think this bench is
the perfect size for that wall. – It’s a little traditional,
but I think since the table’s modern, it can still work. – Yeah. – Put some throw pillows on there. – Let’s get it. What do you think about these mirrors? – I think that would
look great behind Dina’s existing vintage trunk. – Yeah. With plants? – Yeah – Mm hmm.That’s great. – Using the Houzz app was really great for collaborating with Jen
on which pieces to purchase and bought them directly through the app. Dina has a lot of antiques.
She has a lot of plants that we’re definitely planning to
incorporate into the design. This is the part of the project that you never want your clients to see. It’s the chaos before the beautiful. (bright music) Dina’s master bedroom was not
originally part of our scope, but we had a little bit of budget left, so we replaced her old
carpets for new flooring, and got her a new bed and
dresser and a few pieces to make the space more inviting. (upbeat music) – I think we’re done! – Looks great. Let’s get ready for Dina. – Perfect. (soft music) – I’m so excited. Are you excited? Okay, let’s do this. – I’m super excited. – Okay, come. – I can’t wait to see it. – Let’s go upstairs. Close your eyes. Follow me. I gotcha, I gotcha. I gotcha. Follow me. There you go, and… (crying) This is your new home. – So beautiful. – This is your new home. Come over here. – God, that’s beautiful. I didn’t… I couldn’t imagine something
like this that will fit here. – There’s lots of good
lighting that they put in and they did beautiful fixtures
and they have some gold. – Oh look at it. – Yeah. – [Dina] I love the blue couch. – Mm hmm. – It’s beautiful. Wow, look at that. – Yeah, so that’s just a
little memory of all the kids that used to mess up your walls. And now you’ve got some hand prints. – Wow. (laughing) – That is just amazing. – You can look on the back of each one and you’ll see who’s hand it was. And here’s your statue. – Well look at that mirror. – And the mirror and your chest. – Oh my goodness. Oh, gosh. It’s so calm. – Well there are no kids here. (laughing) – The colors. It’s beautiful – I know. – Look at that. – Her home was overrun by the
school and children’s items and toys and juice boxes, and
now it can be all about Dina and she can have a space for herself. – I really don’t know what to say. – I think Dina’s going to be
in shock for at least a week. I love how Jen, me, and
Emily captured Dina’s taste with the gold accents and the blue couch and the white kitchen. They
just, you know, the plants they totally got her. They just got her. – Jen told me that the
parents got together and wanted to do something
for me in the condo, and I thought it’s gonna
be a rug or a couch. And they did all this. I’m just overwhelmed. It’s so beautiful. You think that their child, leaves, goes to preschool. And they’re there. They’re
still there with me. I never thought that
people will do this for me. – Just seeing Dina’s
reaction, and I can’t wait for all the other parents
to see this reaction. It made everything so worth it. – Really happy to do this
for her. And hopefully she’ll enjoy, you know, the
next chapter of her life. – Dearest Dina, We hope hope
that you love your new home. We hope you feel as comfortable
and loved as we all felt leaving you with our children
over the past twenty-two years in your home. We are eternally grateful
for all you have done and for having you in our lives.
With all the love in the world, the parents, the children,
and the families. (bright string and piano music)


100 thoughts on “When a Day Care Owner Retired, These Parents Did an Amazing Thing

  1. This episode touched my heart deeply!! I was crying a lot after watching her emotional response. It was beautiful…

  2. Didn't expect this at all. I'm in tears, I felt all the love in this world in one video! She may have been amazing with the kids, but the parents did something so beautiful and kind for this wonderful lady!!!

  3. The house turned out great but had it not, it would still be amazing. The woman (Dina) is such a kind soul. This gesture by the families is so sweet.

  4. This is an incredible gesture. As a parent one of the worries I have to contend with even to this day is the safety of my child. To find a truly trustworthy and nurturing and loving carer is a real gem. God bless Dina and God bless the parents and families who pulled together to give her a gift she truly deserves.

    The only thing I am worried about is that step by the kitchen as she gets older it could be a challenge. But overall a beautiful Houzz transition.

  5. This episode really hits home, as I personally went to a similar lady’s home for my daycare from baby to elementary school. Her and her family are family to my family, the best way to be brought up!

  6. I never cried in sad movies but this just dropped my whole eyes, we love a kind loving, caring person just like Dina.
    God bless her, she really deserved this!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  7. I'm so happy for Dina. Bring tears to my eyes see her these beautiful decoration special for her. She deserves the best!

  8. So wonderful xxxx Beautiful to see the love and respect this wonderful educator and her families have for one another.

  9. This was so beautiful. I wish more people were loving towards the people who love and give so much. Appreciation is so undermined but look at both sides being so touched by it.

  10. Finally a non-celebrity make-over! I wanted to see someone on the show that was relatable! She deserved it and it was beautiful!

  11. You know that the babysitter is good when the baby runs to the door to get in! I'm 30 secs in and tearing up.

  12. Awwwww. So sweet and such a wonderful thing to do for her!
    Kudos to all the parents and kids who did this for her. 👍🏻
    Totally impressed by all of you.
    Kindess…what a difference it can make.❤️

  13. Dina, you are awonderful person who takes care of her children and people's children. You derseve it very much.

  14. What a darling woman. I'm a mom and it's hard to be on with a couple kids at a time. It's a real gift to be able to take good care of the needs of lots of kids at once. You know you've done your job when they remember you throughout life. Have a good retirement, Dina. It's your time.

  15. what a perfectly wonderful gift to give someone who cherished your children like you do … this is kindness in action

  16. What a phenomenal gesture from these parents. Kudos to them for giving back something truly special to Dina. It turned out amazing.
    💖😉👍

  17. 🤧 Okay HOW was she able to read that card without having a meltdown on the camera?! 😫😭 So precious for such a special angel on earth.

  18. Your children are the most precious people in the world to you. It's beautiful to know there is someone like Dina who understood that and took care of your children just like you would. What a wonderful group of people. Enjoy your new home Dina. Congratulations!

  19. This is my favorite episode of Houzz. It truly speaks from the heart, brought tears to my eyes. As a parent, to find a wonderful caregiver to children is heaven-sent. God bless Dina on this new chapter of her life.

  20. Very emotional video. I cried looking at her reaction. Such an amazing sweet gesture. I wish I could do this for my parents and in laws. They are amazing people. Some day…. Some day….

  21. This is so beautiful & thoughtful. tears in my eyes! bless you Dina, One act of kindness can truly change the world. "Tikun O'Lam"!

  22. Oh my goodness, this is such an angel of a woman! I had a very good caretaker too for my son. She is very special. I might call her and see if she remembers my son. Parents, you did a good job! Wonderful!

  23. Ya, she deserved this reward. Children need a safe n carin care taker. God bless n keep u teacher. For such belong to the kingdom of God, little children.

  24. I am so happy to find these Houzz videos. I first found “My Houzz” videos but because those are with celebrities (who probably pay upwards of $100k for those renovations). I’ve cried with ALL of the Houzz videos but this one touched me so much more than the others. This makeover is absolutely Beautiful. It’s obvious the parents love her as much as she loves their children. God bless them all.

  25. The giving tree is a tradition in my family. Every child in the family gets his/ her very own copy. They keep them and don’t pass them own. Because every new baby gets their own😊. A loving daycare provider is a Godsend for working parents. So glad these parents did this to show how much they value her.

  26. Lawd have MERCY this almost took me OUT! What an extraordinarily beautiful thing they did for this woman! The amount of LOVE… I… ugh… 🙌🏾

  27. She would do it all over again for the kids even if this was never thought of being done for her. That is the nature of true caring people. Real HEROES!!!

  28. She reaped what she sowed. All the love and compassion she gave came back to her. Wish more communities would stand together and do what these people did for Dina❗️

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