Doug and I recently completed another Habitat for Humanity build in Las Cruces, New Mexico. As always, I am in awe of the knowledge and skills of all my fellow builders ... including Doug. And I appreciate their patience as they taught me more skills needed to transform the wood into the walls to support the doors that will welcome a deserving family into their new home.
For "alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
During our three weeks of building with the Care-a-vanners in Las Cruces, we formed more great friendships as we worked ...
... and laughed together.
We each brought our own unique construction talents (or in my case, a hope to acquire some construction talents) and accomplished great feats as a team.
We carried and raised heavy trusses ... always with a smile on our face.
We (ok ... only Chris) received "hammering lessons" from our "Super"visor Pete that allowed us to build and raise interior walls.
As Brenda guided me along, I realized that wall building is kind of like playing with giant Legos or putting together a life-size puzzle.
We installed windows step by step ...
... and over-engineered perfect archways.
We became successful door installers ...
... after, once again, a lesson from "Super"visor Pete. I am still blown away not only by his vast knowledge, but also by his patient instructions and encouraging words.
We confidently crafted fine electrical panels ...
... and overcame some hesitation to get up on the roof to help shingle ... and enjoy the view.
By the end of our three weeks, we not only raised walls ...
... but we also raised the hopes,
... and the smiles,
... and confidence of the future homeowners.
We learned that ...
when multiplied by millions of people,
can transform the world.
... and open the door to a brighter future for so many families!
Until next time ... transform your world ... and enjoy the adventures in your life!
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