Habitat for Humanity – A Wonderful Weekend

28 Mar

Just an FYI, this post will not be food related …. I have much more wonderful things to talk about today!

 

I am so excited to tell you that I participated in my first Habitat for Humanity House this past Saturday. I loved every single minute of the experience {including the pain in my out-of-shape legs} … I don’t know anyone that wants to get out of bed at 7am on a Saturday, but let me tell you – given the chance – I’d wake up every Saturday at 7am to help this great cause. We are participating through my office in building a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home for a lovely lady who is legally bind. She was being taken advantage of because of her disability and people were breaking into the family home where she was staying.

We woke up and headed to the job site early Saturday morning to find a simple concrete slab. When we left four hours later an entire house was framed – both exterior and interior walls. Now, I’ve never framed a house before and I’ve  barely used a hammer, but the gracious people who are there leading the way show you just what to do and are there if you have any questions. We literally built the walls out, raised them, braced them and got the whole home ready in about 4 hours with 10 volunteers. When all ten of us stood along side the first wall and lifted it upright – I was so overcome with excitement for this wonderful woman. She was there all day – sitting listening to the activity and periodically coming over to feel the walls, studs, and foundation of her new home. You could see her appreciation and happiness. It truly was beautiful.

 

Not only will it be personally rewarding to learn how to “build a house”, but to drive by that house a year from now and know that we were able to help a woman who really needed it … that we hammered the nails in the studs and lifted the walls of her home. It was amazing. If you are looking for a way to be involved in your community – I really suggest Habitat. And, women, don’t be discouraged – I was nervous when they said we would be framing the house. I though – surely there would be nothing for me to do – but I grabbed a hammer and some nails and carried some lumber and together with the other 9 volunteers … we got her home started! And, I can’t wait to do it again next weekend!

 

That’s all for tonight, Ya’ll! Hope you had a great weekend … bring on the summer!

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2 Responses to “Habitat for Humanity – A Wonderful Weekend”

  1. :o) mg March.29.2010 at 10:34 am #

    King and I did that when we were newlywed and living near Panama City, FL. The lady’s house we worked on needed a new roof. I wasn’t about to get on a roof, but I edged her sidewalk and helped clean up her front yard.
    At the end of the day, we were sunburned, sore, and thoroughly content from helping someone who needed it. Truly, that is what it’s all about. xoxo

  2. thetwentyfifthyear March.31.2010 at 10:37 am #

    I love Habitat for Humanity and have been wanting to get involved for years. Great job!!

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