A couple of months ago a sign up was passed around RS for Habitat for Humanity. Since I’m always looking for new things to blog about, I signed up. It was going to be a full day of manual labor … in August … in Texas. The sign up was only for the ladies so I didn’t have to worry about embarrassing myself too badly. It was on a Saturday, so I didn’t have to worry about finding a sitter.
Because we’re oh so environmentally friendly, we carpooled to the location south of downtown. At least I think it was south of downtown, I get turned around without the gps! It turns out that this location was a whole Habitat neighborhood. There mut have been at least thirty houses; some long finished, and others just begun.
It turns out that we showed up for landscaping day. I had kind of been looking forward to building walls, but it is probably better for the people living in the house that I only cleared rocks and laid sod!
Because we were landscaping we were finished at lunch. While we were eating we got to talk to a family who was volunteering their hours because they were actually getting a house. They told us about the different requirements, and a gentleman told us about how Habitat had changed his whole life.
The whole thing was a really rewarding experience for me, and I would encourage you all to go and try to serve in a new way. You might pick up a new skill, or just enjoy some new company. It also doesn’t hurt the eyes to be working with these folks:
Maybe next week I’ll share why I like to tour the fire station with the play group!