Working Together To Build A Better Community!

Habitat For Humanity Gaston County Women Build 

Paying it forward is a true gift and is priceless, I had to share with everyone the experience of working with these fabulous women...together we changed the life of a very special family!

These amazing photos were taken by the talented Nicole Rogers. These are just a few pictures from yesterday. Check out Nicole's website for a display of beautiful pictures of all of her work. Not only did Nicole take pictures, she put her camera down and picked up a hammer and joined the rest of us. Thank  you Nicole, you are the best!

“Focus on shelter by building and renovating simple, decent affordable houses,” states one of Habitat for Humanity mission principles. Saturday marked the first day in building a home for a very deserving mother and her 11 year old son. Saturday marked the day of Habitat for Humanity’s first Women Build in Gaston County.

I have the greatest respect for all the volunteers that are apart of this project and the greatest respect for builders and contractors. Never have I really thought about what it takes to build a home from ground up until yesterday.

I had no idea or could even imagine the feelings I would embrace once I stepped onto the property of Amelia's new home site. The amazing feelings I can't express into words but can only describe as the mission principles of Habitat For Humanity, “Demonstrating the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.” As the morning and the clouds disappeared; the warmth of the sun came out and I got sweaty, my arms were getting tired but I could not lay down that hammer and I loved every minute of it! I can’t wait to come back for more Saturdays.

“We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind.” ~Wangari Maathai quotes

Here are a few highlights from the day…

Mayor of Gastonia Jennie Stulz and new homeowner Amelia.

Amelia (New Homeowner) nailing in her first nail.

Together we can stand strong!

Tomboy Tools-Gotta love those pink tools!

Sandy and me working on the framing. What a great feeling!

Ameila and I decided to have fun with some other girls, we were proud all the nails were hammered in and this wall was ready to stand up.

Ready 1, 2, 3 and lift!

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away."

Ready to start the day.

Jennie Stulz Mayor of Gastonia, NC given the morning prayer with Amelia.

I am headed to pick up more nails.

Sharon, Tonia (Me) and Nicole...women on the move for Habitat. (This photo was not taken by Nicole Rogers Photography).

 I was thankful to be apart of the Habitat For Humanity Gaston County Women Build, we look forward to many more opportunities of giving back to the community that has given so much to us.