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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Habitat for Humanity

Hello Friends!

I hope all had a lovely Mother's Day Weekend.  The weather was fairly decent in Ohio this weekend.  By that, I mean the rain gave us a break from time-to-time.  
Speaking of rain....with rain comes puddles, mud, and muck.  Puddles, mud, and muck aren't necessarily a bad thing, unless you are trying to construct a house.  That's exactly what we dealt with Wednesday on the west side of Columbus.  If we stood still for more than a few seconds, the mud suctioned onto your shoe making it difficult to move.

Our company staffs a Habitat for Humanity construction crew once a month.  This month was my first time ever volunteering for this wonderful organization.  
On Wednesday, we arrived on site to find a pretty blank slate with which to work.  The only thing completed was the basement.  Our mission was to set the floor joists for the first floor of the home. 

After our Safety Huddle with Jared, our first task was to move all the trusses from the alley to the house.  They each were extremely heavy and our footing was quite precarious.  
While moving one of the doubles, which took three people to move, Guy lost one of his shoes in the mud.  We stopped so he could retrieve his shoe, but we were laughing so hard it was difficult to hold on to the truss.  Despite the obstacles, we were able to move all the trusses without falling.  Once they were moved, Jared told us to take a break.   

The rest of the day was spent setting the floor joists.  It was hard work, but we made significant progress and we were having fun despite the mud, the heavy lifting, and the intermittent rain drops. 
Brandy, me, Ron, and Jared

Ron, Megan, Cathy, Michelle, Brandy, and Guy

Guy and Megan

Guy, Brandy, and me
By the end of the day, we set 95% of the floor joists.  We were tired, wet, and VERY muddy, but we were very happy with our accomplishment.  In a matter of months, a family will move into this wonderful new home.  Daily they will walk across the joists we set on this mucky day.  Joist that each of us signed with love.       

 This was such a rewarding day.  If you are physically capable, I highly recommend volunteering a day of your time to help this worthwhile organization and give a boost to a family in your area.  You will be so glad you did.


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  1. LA that is great...i'm so proud of you!!!

  2. What a wonderful thing you are doing! Good for you! Thank you for the Mother's Day greeting! I hope you had a wonderful day yourself!~Hugs, Patti

  3. Bless you for your hard work. Can't you just imagine the excitement of the family that will live in this house to see it going up. I know you will be blessed beyond imagination for your service. God Bless. Hugs, Marty OH, and Happy Mother's Day.

  4. La, that was a wonderful thing to do. One that will be greatly appreciated.

  5. How generous to give your time this way, it sounds like a marvellous project.
    I did laugh at the shoe-in-the-mud adventure, it happened to me often when I had horses and I would step forward, leaving my wellie boot behind, bare sock into thick mud haha


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