(Thursday:) I would have to say that my favorite thing about Habitat is that every year it has something new to offer. Whether it be opportunities to travel to a new place, learn a new skill, or meet new people, every Habitat trip is different in its own special way. This year is no different; I have gotten to meet new people, get closer to other people, learn new skills, and travel to a new place!

When we arrived at the worksite Thursday morning, we began building interior walls for the house, since we weren't able to place the exterior walls. This time we sped right through without having to pull out too many nails, which I think made our mentors, Ken and Carl, very proud. They have been so patient with us this week, teaching us how to make everything flush.

We have bonded with Carl especially. He told us about how he is originally from Kentucky and spent six months building his own house for his family. We wanted to bring him back to Lourdes with us but he didn't seem to be too keen on the amount of snow that we had just received.

Also on Thursday morning, Mrs. and Dr. Livingston joined our worksite, which made for a great addition! Another great addition was our homeowner, Janet. She was so excited to meet us and work with us on her house.

After lunch, we added the facing board (at least that's what I think it's called!) to the outside edges of the tresses. This involved us climbing up on the scaffolding, which was not my favorite part of the day, but I gave it my best try!

We had all been looking forward to Thursday night's activity. We left the worksite a little early to get ready for the Thomas Rhett concert at Cotton Eyed Joe in Knoxville. Cotton Eyed Joe is a large country club that even teaches line dancing! Before the concert, there were a couple of regulars that knew every step to every song. It was amazing that every song had its own line dance with a million steps and turns. We tried to keep up, and we ended up looking silly but still had a lot of fun trying!

The concert was awesome; Thomas Rhett was a great performer and was really funny. At one point, he called a member of the audience up to sing "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks. This audience member didn't know any of the song but it ended up being really funny.

(Friday:) Today was our last day on the worksite and it was bittersweet. Taylor, Ashley, Alex, and I worked with Carl to put the boards on the front porch. At first, I had issues using the drill to screw the decking into place and Carl got a kick out of me, but with a quick change of the drill bit, we were back on track. We worked until lunch and then after lunch we signed our walls with our favorite inside jokes from the week, said goodbye to our new friends on the worksite, and took off.

habitat Lourdes University

Even though this was my third Habitat trip, I never know what to expect. This year has been such a blessing in so many ways. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and prayed for us! We appreciate it more than you know.

Lourdes University Habitat trip