One house done, thousands more to go.
So last Tuesday we left my house at Tonti and started at a new house. Miss Dora moved in this weekend and we are officially done with the house on Tonti St!! It's pretty exciting. I can't wait until the dedication when we can see the house furnished and lived in!
This new house, well, it's different. We're not doing hurricane Katrina (or any hurricane) relief. Basically this house was built a long time ago then willed to Jefferson Presbyterian Church. They then rented it out. Their last tenant destroyed it, she put holes in the walls, and just made a huge mess. So they decided to gut it and start over. Well, while they were working on that, lightning struck their church and it caught on fire. And a car ran into it. Now the sanctuary is a pile of rubble. So they had to put this house on hold while they focus on the sanctuary. But the secretary and the pastor need offices, so we hopped in to rebuild this house for the church to make into offices while they sort out the mess that is their sanctuary. It's not hurricane relief, but it does need to get done. It's not housing anyone, which is kind of a downer, but it does need to get done. So last week my fantastic group form Northern Virginia fixed some of the framing of the house, hung the sheetrock, and did the first coat of mudding on the house. (Which is a lot of work to get done in less than a week!!)
Then I got the horrible news that my great aunt Irene passed away on Friday morning. She had been in (and a little out of) the hospital for the past seven months, but it was time. I was always very close to my aunt; she was a second grandmother to me, so this loss was devastating. So naturally, I flew home for the funeral. Which took me away from work for a few days.
So my group for this week from Pennsylvania has been working at my house, but I have not seen it (nor have I met this group). Hopefully they got a lot done without me; I can't wait to see the progress!