Saturday, April 24, 2010

Extreme Home Makeover Update!

It is amazing to watch ABC's Extreme Home Makeover show. I always cry before the end of the show...I am so impacted by each family's story. I am overwhelmed by the goodness and generosity of "neighbors" and the faithfulness of God (whether others recognize it for that or not. I do!).

Now, Extreme Home Makeover, and the many other home improvement shows, not only get the job done in five days or less, with modern technology, it can happen anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, on my tv. If, and I say if, I have time to watch tv, I can see numerous shows in a single day! As inspiring as they are, it leaves me with a few unrealistic expectations. ("What do you mean you can't finish the siding in an hour?")

The truth be takes a long time to build a house. I think it was Hillary Clinton that said, years ago, "It takes a village to raise a child." Well, mark my words, "It takes a village to raise a house!
Another awesome team from Ephrata United Zion Church
...along with Bill, Berkeley and my fam!
I appreciate you all SO much.

That being said, I now say a million THANKS to the "village people" that came two weeks ago to help. This project depends on the generosity of others, financial gifts and precious time and talent. We are so grateful!!!

Ty Pennington has nothing on this guy! Kyle was amazing. At seven years old, he would run to the "work site" every morning. He worked on a team that caulked all the interior seams, helping to keep the house well insulated.

A few "camera shy" crew members!

This team literally went to "new heights", working to complete this project. The weather was so beautiful, sun during the day, much needed rain at night. We still need to finish up the rest of the siding. Then, we will be able to finish the inside.
Thank you for all of your prayers on this project. We appreciate them! Keep them coming! Here are a few specific prayer points...
-thanks and praise for all of the friends that we have met
-safety for everyone working on this project
-blessings on all of the volunteers that have given of their time and talents
-continued blessings on Bill, for overseeing this project, and wisdom as he completes it
-finances to finish up soon, and well
-an electrician to complete the job
It has been an amazing process. Some discoveries from "The Process"...
-I find that I am more adventurous in trying new things out side of my skill set.
-I have learned that God's timing is not my timing, I trust Him.
-I am more relaxed in my mantra, "Everything has a place and everything in it's place." (Although, I LONG for the day that I can put everything back where it belongs!!!!!)
-Everything is going to be everything there is a season.
-God is so faithful!
-Life is good...God is GREAT!


rick said...

Hey guys,

Cute photos, This is a very cool page. It is neat to see something being built with hands all over the US. We all are strangers, but after spending a week together I feel it makes us family. (Gods Family) We loved spending time with you and your family. It was a great experience. We all loved the cooking and making us feel at home. We are hoping to see you soon. And maybe Angie and you can go out one day so you can show her the area. Hope you all are doing great. Tell Jackson we say HI, he is very special. Let Ashley know we said Hi also. Hope she is still enjoying her hair short. Talk to you soon.

Kristina Schnepf said...

I can hardly believe my eyes!!!
I can't wait to finally see it:)
Love you!

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