Bright and early at 8 a.m., we were on our way to the jobsite to continue building. Yesterday, I went to the Habitat ReStore along with Gabby, Katie and Sergey. The ReStore is like a Goodwill, but has countertops, cabinets, electronics, and more things to renovate a home. I got to sort through baby clothes and meet a great number of people. It was quite the experience.

 ReStore logo 

So today was my first time on the jobsite. Although it was the first day for the four of us, we seemed to catch on very quickly. We got to help the rest of the gang build a wall! It was so much fun! We had to lay out all of the 2x4s and nail them together so that there were 2 windows and a door space. We had Carl and Ken helping us lay them out and keeping an eye on us. They are some of the nicest people.

After about 3 hours or so our wall was done! Then we had some McDonald's for lunch.

 Lourdes habitat walls 

Our next task was to put up scaffolding against one of the houses so they could start working on the roof. We put up many sections of scaffolding and when we got to the last two we couldn't get the crossbars to fit. We tried different methods, and even measured all of the other crossbars to see where they were off, and we couldn't figure it out. So Doug, the head guy, said to finish it Thursday morning because he is sure it will be an easy fix when we are well-rested!

 scaffolding 

Next we were homeward bound. We dropped some of the crew off to start taking showers, and the rest of us went on a quick Walmart run before dinner. Dinner was at a church nearby us. This dinner is a free community dinner. We went and ate with complete strangers, and it was an awesome experience.

I loved how proud of us they were for doing what we are doing, and hearing all of their stories. I don't think I have ever been asked so many questions. After dinner, we helped clean up and put away tables and chairs.

Once we got back to the church, we played a get-to-know-each-other game. We all drew pictures of ourselves and labeled different body parts certain categories. For example, the ears were our favorite music and artist, and our mouth was our favorite restaurant and cereal. Then we sat outside and each person read someone else's and we tried to guess each other. We weren't very good at keeping ourselves a secret, so not a lot of guessing went on :) .

 question faces 

We then came in and played knockout and kickball with the other college (Eastern Illinois University) that is staying here at the church with us. Ashley and Dwayne took a spill once. Meredith missed the ball. Alex kicked the ball back at the team that just kicked because she wasn't ready. Many ceiling tiles were hit. It was such a great time.

 hoopball in face​ 

This experience is such an amazing feeling. It is one of those things that you cannot explain how it feels, you just have to do it. I am really glad I took this alternative spring break option.

Oh! Just a shout out to Sister Shannon for writing me letters for the week. Every morning I wake up and I read them. The letters make me start my day with a positive, high-spirited attitude. Thank you so much, and thank you for praying for me and everyone while we are gone.

 letters