Fond Farewells

Friday, March 4:

Our last day of work dawned upon us with a forecast of thunderstorms. But thankfully it was still warm!

Once we arrived at the work site, everyone was determined to make this last day our best day of work. Most of us continued to work on nailing wooden planks together, while making sure they were flush, of course. We split up into a few small groups because it would take about three or four people to get them just right. It eventually began to rain and Don announced that we would decide after lunch whether or not to continue.

Bruises, Birds and BBQ

Thursday, March 3:

Work day number three begins! Like yesterday, we were blessed with the hard-working souls from Montana to keep this house moving along.

Guidance from the Elders

Wednesday, March 2:

As our second work day started, we learned that our groups would be switched up at our work sites. At our site, there are two Habitat houses being built next to each other; one house is being built by a Habitat group from a Montana church, the other by us. Don, the head supervisor, informed us today that the two groups would join together to work.

“Come Tuesday, We Are Going to Be Served a Piece of Humble Pie”

Tuesday, March 1:

We woke up at the crack of dawn (6:30 a.m.) to eat breakfast and get our lunches together. Everyone ate quickly because we were all excited to get to the site and start working!

Welcome to the Big Easy

Monday, Feb. 28:

Today was our day off so we decided to take the hour-long trip to New Orleans, La. It was everyone’s first trip to New Orleans, so we were all very excited to explore a new city.

“This Might Be a Dumb Question, But is Mississippi Down?”

Sunday, Feb. 27:

Today we woke up to the glorious sound of California Swag’s “Teach Me How to Dougie.” As we were getting our things together, Jess found a letter on the kitchen counter from Youth Room Director Kyle Beecher. The note informed us that there was an extra room with five extra couches we had been unaware of. Ironically enough, five people had been forced to sleep on the hard tile floor.

Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed

Saturday, Feb. 26, 4 a.m.:

This morning we departed from Notre Dame College for Nashville, Tenn., and then Huntsville, Ala. One of our team leaders, David, failed to fulfill his promise from the night before to bring doughnuts for the group. But he quickly redeemed himself by pulling into the closest Dunkin Doughnuts drive thru and buying two dozen glazed doughnuts, which the group proceeded to scarf down within minutes.

Does Anyone Have Hammering Skills?

Today was marked by frigid temperatures, and all of our work time was spent embracing it. We started out by taking off siding and remembering how to use a hammer.

As the day progressed, our hammering skills did not while we put up sheeting all over the two-story Victorian we've been working on this week. The day proved to be a true test of perseverance and determination. One group member even suffered minor bruising when a board dropped on her. 

It’s Only the Beginning

Some people say waking up is the hardest part of the day. Now we know why.

Today we got a glimpse of the Jacksonville sunrise as we dragged ourselves out of our sleeping bags at 6:30 a.m. After eating a rushed breakfast, we managed to arrive at HabiJax on time – to everyone’s surprise.

Demolition Derby

Today was our first day on the job. We woke up at the crack of dawn and struggled to get out the door. We ventured to downtown Jacksonville and our first stop was at HabiJax, which is short for Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville.