Yes we there were some work days that went from 8:30 in the morning until 6:00 at night but these were so overshadowed by the smiles on Justin's face and his anticipation each day when he came home from school to see the progress in his new room. And overshadowed by the joy and gratitude Debbie - Justin's mother - showed throughout each work day as we took over much of her house with our spackle dust and muddy feet and saw dust. And overshadowed by the celebration and dedication the final day - with hugs and pizza and cake from Debbie and Joe (Justin's father). I will miss them all - including Neil and his workers (Chuck, Dennis, Lee), and, of course, Summer (Justin's sister).
We (11 of us) worked in harmony in two small rooms for 5 days, working around daily wet paint and floors covered with tools and supplies and 4 ladders. We looked forward to our daily devotion (thank you Paul - you knew what we needed to hear and read each day), we laughed together, we shared meals and snacks together, we found some great restaurants, we had terrific mentors and willing learners. And we had wonderful fellowship amongst all the Hancock folks.
Yes, I gained much more than I gave and I treasure the time together, the relationships rekindled and new ones developing, and the opportunity to be a part of such a worthwhile experience. Thank you everyone (Hancock, The Fuller Center, Debbie & Joe & Justin)!!!!
More pictures to share ---
Mike tile cutting
Cheryl & Janet - bedroom floor installation
Favorite pit stop & caffeine fix
And the Faith that was a source of strength and determination and support, always.
The runner for tile pieces --