We have the roof on and some doors installed. We have the furnace and some plumbing installed as well. Our contractor and volunteers are working on putting up the facia and siding. Windows will be installed soon. It’s very exciting to see the progress! Check it out yourself on the corner of woodward and Bailey in Big Rapids.
The trusses are on and sheeting is on the roof and walls. We hope to be all closed up before the snow flies!!
Well thanks to all of volunteers construction crew we now have all four walls and are almost ready for trusses!
Basement walls and floor are in. First floor joists done.
Escavating is done! Now just waiting for concrete for the foundation.
Volunteer Orientation Day! This Saturday, June 23rd at 10 am. Learn about volunteer opportunities and how to sign up for them. You will be given instructions on how to stay safe on our work site and have the opportunity to meet our new partner family as well as our staff. If you have any questions please call 231-629-8700
Register TODAY!! http://mecostahabitat.com/volunteer/
Learn how you can help us build a world where everyone has a decent place to live!
Jen, Zac and Barb were on B103.9 to promote our Annual golf outing. If your interested in golfing or supporting the outing with a sponsorship visit: http://mecostahabitat.com/events/
The property has been surveyed. Mike has cut some low branches off some of the trees on the property. We will be building soon!
If you are interested in volunteering please visit mecostahabitat.com/volunteer/ and sign up today!
Before Jennifer's home build begins we need to clean the garage. Yes! A garage was already on the property that was donated to Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity for the new house. Jennifer and many volunteers cleaned out the garage in no time at all. Thank you for all the people that showed up to help!
Jennifer and Zac Deater! Stay tuned to our blog as we work together to unlock the Deater's dream of homeownership.
I'm obsessed. I can't even begin to describe what this Christmas means to me. Everything is different this year. This tree and this house are so beautiful. I could stare at this sight all day. I shoveled my driveway twice today. Loved every second.
Sorry there has been few post. All we can say is busy, busy, busy, all of us were to complete Melissa's house so her family could celebrate Christmas in their new home. We did it! They are snug as a bug in their new home. Check out the photos.
WOW! Summer is flying by!
A short time ago, the lot looked like this...
Now we are looking at this!!!
I'm in such disbelief as to how far we've come on this house. We... *psh*. More like them! Jeff, George, RD and their crews have been so amazing in all the hard work they've done on the house. Tomorrow night, we're going to tour the house with our family and I'm pretty excited to show them how far it's gotten!
Next Wednesday, July 27th at 3pm, we will be having the house blessing. Short & Sweet little ceremony that I would love to see you at. Be there!!
I've always been a pretty self-sufficient person. When I was 4, I was able to read, get my own cereal, loved watching Dan Rather (my idol at the time), and was in love with Tom Selleck. When I was 8, I was able to make pancakes for my family, take care of my brother while we were home alone, and do dishes (if I was forced), and was in love with Kirk Cameron. When I was 13, I was able to make dinner for my family, babysit my cousins and family friends, read everything I could, do laundry and dishes. When I was 16, I took care of my recovering-from-surgery Grandma, doing everything she needed. By this age, I felt I was going to nail being a grown-up.
20 years later, I'm not feeling that way anymore. Some days I feel Super Single - a term my friends and I have coined for myself. A day where I can start a lawnmower, fix my friend's cable, help move large objects, handle issues with credit card machines, design wedding invites. Some days I feel like I do today - inadequate, alone, tired. I'm struggling as a parent of my near-teenager. I'm struggling to stay motivated when I'm so tired of cleaning, working, going constantly.
I know I'm not alone in this feeling. I'm sure every other single parent feels this way. I just want to know how they handle it. Thankfully, I'm in a good position to have a 3-day weekend ahead of me. Friday through Sunday, I'll have 2 family BBQ's, card games, hugs, laughs, ice cream, Lake Michigan, doggy snuggles. I am hoping all these things will refresh my tired mind.
Aside from my personal hubbub, the house work is coming along swimmingly well! They are all the way into putting up the insulation on the outside of the house. The gas lines were put in as well. Miss Katherine hosted a lovely video tour of the house after we spent a couple of hours cleaning up. We were hot and sweaty, but it's great to see all the wonderful work the volunteers and construction members have done!
Enjoy our video!
June always signifies the start of Summer. Days at the lake, popsicles, lemonade, mowing the lawn...
I mowed my lawn! g
Well, me, a neighbor boy and a friend mowed the lawn.
Then today, a work crew from Anchor Construction (R.D.'s crew) came in a did some work with the trusses.
A lot of wok!
Beautiful view inside the house today!
Tomorrow I will be writing a blog about life in general.
What a day!
Such a great week. Today's group osf workers were from CR Construction, owned by Chad Root. I was not able to be at the site at all today, as I had the amazing pleasure of helping out at The Royal for the Habitat Golf Outing. So this afternoon, I was amazed!
Roof! Garage walls!
Chad and his guys were amazing!!
Katherine and I were definitely excited to see the progress.
I'm exhausted from the fun I had today. Tomorrow is cement in the garage and front porch. :)
What. A. Day!
At the beginning of this morning, the lot looked very similar to how it's been for weeks - slab with no embellishments.
Then I came to drop off lunch - I was shocked!
Holy smokes! Those guys at Anchor Construction really knocked it out of the park. RD has a great group of guys.
Then I went after work to help clean up the site. AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
I think I squealed! I freaked out!! Wow!!!
Check out my video! Enjoy the progress. If you are able to stop by, please do!
What a week this will be!
Today is the first day of our Building Blitz this week. RD & Anchor Construction are working today towards getting walls up.
Tomorrow will be Kevin Defever of Defever Construction and Wednesday will bring Chad Root of CR Construction. Off to bring lunch to our amazing crew of volunteers and builders! If you have a chance, stop by and check out the progress.
Last year, on a whim of a chance of something, I went online and filled out some paperwork for Mecosta County’s Habitat for Humanity. Nothing major. It was really to see if I qualified. It doesn’t mean I’m chosen. It meant nothing. I learned long ago that you can’t get your hopes up.
It was one of those situations that you just take the chance in case something great can come from it. It didn’t cost me any money, and worst case scenario was a no.
I was very surprised when I received a call from Nicole at Michigan Habitat. We went over a few things with my credit report, told me what I should work on and see how it could build up from there. We worked together over the course of the next couple of months and I was able to raise my credit score. At that time, I figured that, if anything, I’m grateful to Nicole for her wonderful help in getting me on track financially. In August, she told me she was recommending me to the Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity Board for Partner Family Selection.
Wait… what? Me? Us? By us, I include my daughter Katherine into this conversation. Smart, sassy, funny, loving, and definitely my favoritest human being on the planet. I couldn’t believe it! We could possibly be the next partner family!
Again, I tried really hard to maintain being cautiously optimistic. Sorta failed, but tried. In hopes of nailing any and all requirements, I was asked to meet with the Board with Katherine. I wanted them to know who we were, what our story was (you’ll hear it another time), how truly appreciated this would be. I’d work hard and know that we were truly a partner in this.
I walked into meeting and started to tell a summarized version of my life story to people I had never met before. I was so nervous and emotional, all I could do was sit there and try to smile through crying. The idea that these people were possibly going to help us to buy our own home was a lot to handle. I left that meeting thinking that they thought I was a crazy person.
About three weeks later, I found out that the house we were renting was being sold. Another move. All I could do was put on the brave face for Katherine and assure her we’d be alright. I did that even though I was ready to cry for days. I should mention that between 2014 and 2015, I moved a total of 3 times. Not one of them was because we wanted to; we had no choice. This was in addition to the numerous times I had moved in my life. I’m definitely over the moving.
Two days later, around 9:00 pm, I received a call from the Executive Director, Barb, telling me we had been selected. We were the Partner Family for House # 31.
Sorry, I still tear up thinking about that moment. I cried, Barb cried. I called my brother. I called my parents. I called my best friend. I had to wait until the next day to tell Katherine when she came back from her Dad’s. She was in disbelief.
And just like that, it became a moment of when, not if. When we move in to our house, not if we get a house. That security, just in those words, makes a world of difference for us.
We couldn’t be more excited for our next move. We are constantly ticking off the days. Katherine had her last birthday not in the house. We had our last Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s not in the house. This will be our last spring not in the house. Our last spring not in our home.
Very soon now, we will start documenting all the changes to the house. Decisions we make. We can't wait to share them with you!