Plus, Kody Brown and his ‘Sister Wives’ celebrated Logan’s graduation and took the final steps toward making their four new homes on the emotional season finale.
Kody Brown and his four wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn — continued adding the finishing touches to their four new homes on the Dec. 30 season finale of Sister Wives, but the realities of the cost of building four new houses — one for each wife– started to set in.
House Wars: The Wives Gang Up On Kody
As Kody sat down with each wife and went through the design details for her home, the Brown family started to realize just how much each home will really cost. Tensions flared when wife #1, Meri, protested after Kody told her she was already over budget for her home.
Meri was so adamant about having a wet bar in her home that she seemed to have forgotten all about budgeting! As she and Kody butted heads, she even went as far as to bring Robyn into the room to attempt to gain an ally on the matter.
This obviously increased tensions as Kody felt like the women were ganging up on him. And I have to say, I don’t blame him. It seems as if the wives, Meri especially, are having a difficult time sacrificing tiny details of their dream homes. But sometimes sacrifices have to be made in order to keep the finances of a family afloat!
“I have got a lot of relationships going on here,” Kody said. “I’m just trying to get through this as fast and affordably as possible.”
Despite having difficulties agreeing on budgetary matters, the Brown family is dead set on building these dream homes. But as they revealed on the post-finale reunion, Sister Wives: Secrets Revealed, they do not yet own these home, and until they “sign on the dotted line,” nothing is for sure.
Saying Goodbye To Logan
In the midst of planning their dream homes, the Brown family also was planning for their first child to leave home. Logan, son of wife #2 Janelle, graduated high school and was preparing to go off to college.
Naturally, the thought of a child leaving home for the first time is difficult, but Logan’s leaving proved to be especially tough as he was the first Brown child to leave home. More importantly, the wives now realize that the other children are soon to follow Logan. Mariah and Asypn are not far behind him and will graduate the next year.
Logan revealed that he is excited to head out into the big world on his own, but he is “nervous about how dorm neighbors will perceive the polygamist lifestyle.” I must say that this is totally understandable. Going to college is daunting enough, but to go to college coming from such a unique background will certainly be a challenge for Logan. But it is a challenge the Browns — and myself — know he is ready for.
“The thrill of this new adventure is overshadowing my nervousness,” Logan said.
In preparation for Logan’s goodbye party, the family signed a quilt made by Robyn’s sister Fawn, which was a mixture of extremely precious and very, very bizarre. The quilt contained pictures and signatures of everyone in the Brown family — all 22 of them. The handmade quilt will be perfect for those nights when Logan is in his dorm room and wants to look down on his bed sheets and see his whole family… all at once.
Now don’t get me wrong, this is a very sweet gift, but not many 18 year olds are too keen to take pictures of their family, let alone a quilt with pictures of them, off to college. But Logan graciously and sentimentally accepted the family’s gift:
“My first thought was no way I’m taking this to a dorm with me. But my second thought was that it was well made and had all their signatures. I was touched.”
And I was touched by Logan’s kind response to the family’s gift!
The family also gave Logan another priceless gift — a video of each member of the family sharing a memory or story about Logan. Now this is a truly priceless and special gift!
Kody Faces The Reality Of His Hair
As the Browns faced the reality of Logan leaving, they were also forced to face the reality of another very big issue: Kody’s thinning hair.
Kody’s hairstylist of over a year, Kennedy, commented that Kody’s hair has been looking thinner for quite some time. Kody agreed and told her he wants to just shave it all off. But just as she turned on the razor, he admitted he was only joking.
“I don’t think your wives would ever talk to me again,” Kennedy told Kody when he joked about shaving his head. And Kody agreed.
“My wives love the long hair,” he said. “They love the surfer look.” And well, don’t we all?
Christine revealed that she was “creeped out” when Kody had a buzz cut once years ago. Despite the hairy problem, Kody promised his wives he will not shave his hair until after they’ve talked more.
Whew! Now that was a close one. I don’t think anyone is ready for Kody to lose his signature blond surfer ‘do!
Setting Down Brown Family Roots
As the season finale came to a close, one thing was clear: this is a committed family.
“Obviously we wouldn’t be together now if we weren’t committed,” Meri explained in the after-show tell-all. And I think their commitment is quite obvious. This is one family that loves one another even when they fight, bicker and struggle.
With Logan leaving for college and the family in the middle of building four new homes, the Browns realized they need to firmly plant their family roots.
“Thinking about the other kids leaving. We have to have these houses like homes,” Christine said. “We need to establish roots. We have to unite there to get them to come back home.”
The other three wives tearfully agreed and decided to try to have the homes completed by December so the family could have Christmas together — perhaps one last time.
Is Meri Having Another Baby?
But the season didn’t end without Kody raising the burning question one last time: Will Meri agree to have another baby?
Despite Meri’s difficulty in conceiving, Robyn has offered to be a surrogate for Meri, yet Meri still remains on the fence about it. She is content with her one biological child, Mariah, while Kody remains adamant as ever in having another child.
“I want to know Meri’s decision,” Kody bluntly put it. ”Once we’ve moved into the house, then we’ll make a decision. Yes or no.”
Will the Browns be able to afford their dream homes? Will Kody shave his head? Will Logan use his family-picture blanket at school? And will Meri have another child? These are all questions we’ll have to wait to get answers to next season!
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— Caitlin Miller
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