I built it.


Do you see that house?

Yeah, I built it.

I did not build it by myself, but I helped.

I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity last weekend.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds and sells affordable housing for underprivileged families.

I had the experience of a lifetime.

I am going to try to explain what I did.

I’m not much of a construction worker, so I may say the wrong thing.

Forgive me if I do.

My job was to nail the wooden “slates” into place.

It was very hard for me because it was my first time using a hammer.

I hit my fingers more than once.

I bent most of the nails I tried to hammer.

I got splinters. I fell in the mud.

Rain fell.

I was cold.

I was tired.

I worked hard.

The only thing is I did not care.

I did not care that it  was cold.

I did not care that I was dirty or tired.

I didn’t even care about the splinters.

I knew that I would sleep.

I knew that I had a place to stay.

I was there to make a difference.

 I was doing something that was bigger than myself.

 The house I was building was more than just a house.

It was a home.

It would change the life of a family.

I was happy because I helped.

I was happy because I challenged myself.

I was happy because I made a difference.

““The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”

-Albert Einstein

If you are interested in affordable housing or volunteering, go to habitat.org

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4 thoughts on “I built it.

  1. typefashion says:

    You can feel proud, awesome ! keep at it !



  2. Roxanne says:

    That is totally awesome! I will have to look into that too.

  3. Cowboy says:

    Good for you – there is little quite as satisfying as bent nails, muddy clothes, and bruised fingers in the name of helping others !

    Take care –

  4. Clare says:

    Holy CRAP you are amazing and such an inspiration! You go girrrrrl!

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