Friday, August 5, 2011

Our Extreme Morning

I rousted my night owl son out of bed early Thursday to do our part on the Extreme Makeover home currently under construction. This home is for an Iraq war veteran who was nearly killed by a roadside bomb and now (understandably) suffers from severe PTSD. The home is in a rural area outside of a small town about 45 minutes south of Kansas City's outer-belt.
We were very lucky that rain had moved in and our ridiculous heat wave finally broke. We had signed up for the painting shift, but, as you can imagine the framing went slower than expected due to the heat which left the project behind schedule. We were happy to help any way needed so we just did a variety of odd jobs mostly around the outside of the house.
Carefully Labeled Paint is Ready for Use!
We didn't spend much time inside the house and I didn't take any photos. There was a swarm of mostly professional builders working feverishly inside and I didn't want to get in anyone's way trying to get a photo of the activity. But everyone was very nice and the outpouring of support was amazing. While hanging out in the volunteer holding tent between tasks we chatted with neighbors of the family, other church groups and a group who came from Whiteman Air Force base to support a fellow military family. 
Love the Barn-Like Design!
There's a lot of work left to do but the home will be beautiful when it's done and I hope the family will be able to find some peace and comfort in knowing the care and support that went into building their new home.
Kitchen Wing


Raggedy Creations said...

Wow Roberta, that is so neat getting to work on an "Extreme Makeover" house. Thank you for volunteering.
Have fun.


Christine said...

I love that show! How amazing that you got to volunteer - very good of you and your son but I'm sure everyone will benefit!

annie said...

So good of you to support a Veteran. I hope time and support will help him to cope well and heal. Thank God for those who serve our country!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Well bless you - and your son's - sweet souls! What a wonderful thing to do!! That house is going to be looks HUGE! Must do the soul good to be even a small part of something so largely wonderful and wonderful large!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Homespun Handcrafts said...

Oh how wonderful! My sister and her husband own a guttering company and they are putting up the gutters and downspouts on this house this very evening. I just talked to my sister on the phone from the job site, and she said it is like utter chaos with swarms of people everywhere running to and fro doing their work. Our whole family is so excited that my sis and hubby got to be a part of this and cannot wait until this episode airs this season.

God Bless the volunteers!

Anna said...

How wonderful to be part of such a supportive endeavor. The design is wonderful and that much love I know will give the family some peace.

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

That is a wonderful contribution from your son & you~ Way to go for doing something so special for this Irag veteran~ Hugs to you both~

trooppetrie said...

we are at bragg and they were here a couple of weeks ago. I wish I would have been able to help. i am so glad you were able to help