I need to start off this post by saying that I LOVE being the hands and feet of Jesus. It gives me a high that I can’t explain. It’s mysterious and wonderful. Somehow God fills me up as I pour out myself for others, and it’s an amazing place to be!
Our big Project Day was this past Saturday. It has taken me several days just to process what happened that day. It was absolutely a.ma.zing!
I’m going to explain the day with some fun facts about the day that will hopefully help you piece it together!
* After 4% chance of rain predicted, the day started off with two hours of rain. Our worst nightmare. But our team did not despair – they got out in the muck and got the job done!
* Over 60 people were in Vicki’s yard working!
* Speaking of Vicki, she cried on at least 10 different times because she was overwhelmed and thankful – mission accomplished!
* We had over 20 local business donate time, labor, materials and merchandise for this event!
* People worked like animals. They were on a mission! Tasks that we got done for this project include:
*This was done the evening before our project, so we didn’t have to worry about people running around while the skid loader was at work. Jamie Will did an outstanding job with the driveway and pulling out Vicki’s old step and platform.
* The crew from Meisner Roofing actually came the Friday before our project, just in case it rained on Saturday. Good idea, right?! Tim Meisner was incredibly gracious with donating their time and supplies to fix Vicki’s leaky roof!
Cut down a tree
* A few of the guys came earlier in the week to do this “mildly dangerous” project as well. Some of the neighborhood kids gathered and had fun yelling “timber!” when it came down.
Wallpaper in the kitchen/ Blinds Dusted
New mailboxes and doorbell installed
* Another wonderful blessing was getting these gutters donated from Schmidt Siding and Windows. Their crew came on Friday as well. They measured, cut, and prepared all the gutters for installation. They left us all the hardware and spent time making sure we knew exactly what we were doing so that we could install on Saturday.
Front yard landscaping
New back door step installed (built by one of our own team!)
Built a platform for firepit
* We had 6 extra patio pavers… What to do, what to do… Then someone decided they might work well under Vicki’s firepit! Bingo!
Landscaping around storage shed
* We weren’t even planning on this! God provided an abundance of plants from local garden center Drummer’s, and so we were able to do some extra landscaping here!
Repairing a leaky ceiling
Cleaning out the storage shed
* As if this wasn’t all enough, it happened to be Vicki’s birthday 3 days after the Project! I love any excuse to eat cake!
We have definitely made new friends along this journey! We are so excited to continue to cultivate our friendship with Vicki, and she even offered to babysit for us! Su-weet!
* As part of her birthday present, we told her that although we couldn’t get to painting her house that day, a group of us are coming back to scrape and paint her whole house in a few weeks. And cue the tears…
So here are some before and after pictures for you. We all love before and afters, right??
Front of the house, Before:
Front of house, After:
And the berm, Before (don’t look too hard, it’s nonexistant at this point):
And the berm, After (hard to miss now):
Little factoid – that big lilac bush came from here:
I had an absolutely amazing time serving alongside this group of people a few days ago! This was by far the most rewarding project I’ve ever been a part of. Not because of the financial sponsorship, but because Vicki was so overjoyed that people that she didn’t even know would do all of this for her. She feels blessed (as she has told us 100 times!), but really WE are the ones who were blessed through this!
Thank you, Vicki, for being so humble and allowing us to serve you!!
And big news! We have a video! If you haven’t checked it out, please go HERE to check it out!
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