Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Week 91

This week was a stressful week for us.  We had the uhaul rental scheduled, people lined up to paint the interior of our home and help us move, however Thursday morning we were still waiting to pass the last 4 inspections.  Thursday morning some of the families came out to make the necessary corrections, so we could pass the inspections that afternoon.  We all worked hard covering up drip lines, adding gravel, and planting trees.  Around 2 the first inspector showed up.  We all continued to work, while we watched the inspector.  During that inspection another inspector showed up. Around 4 the final inspection took place. Around 4:30 we heard good news that we passed all the inspections.  Yeah! We were all so excited.  Here are the photos of our final day (we tried to get photos of every family in front of their homes, but Luisa had to work, so we did not get a photo of Andres and Luisa):  April 4, 2014, we meet with the loan company and they inspected our homes. 

John and Tricia

Debbie outside her home

 Here we are at the meetings where they gave us a binder with all the subcontractors names and warrantees for our homes.

 Group photo.

 Here they are giving us a housewarming gift.

 Debbie made Facio  a quilt with all of our handprints on it with our lot numbers.


Robert and Maria

Carlos and Jackie

Steve and Maria



Deena and Family

Alfredo and Naty

Brandon and Patricia
 Debbie signing loan documents

We received the keys to our new home around 11 am.  By noon we were painting.  We were so blessed to have many friends come celebrate with us, by helping us paint our new homes.  We were able to repaint every room except the laundry and bathrooms, by 9 p.m. 

The next day was moving day for Debbie's family and my family. Again, we had many friends show up to help us move. Here are some photos of that day:

As the friends that helped us moved left, more friends showed up to help us unpack our boxes.  Quickly empty boxes piled up on our porch. By the end of Saturday the only room that needed to be unboxed was the living room (book shelves).  I am blessed. 

Sunday, we were able to return to church.  What a happy day for us! 

I am so thankful for all the help we have gotten during this building process.  We were blessed with friends, co-workers, and other volunteers that came out giving of there time to help us build our beautiful homes.  From the beginning we have a had a list of names of volunteers.  It was printed on a legal size paper.  By the end the list was on both sides of the paper. They used a very small font to list the names, too.  It is incredible to think of all those people helping us out. Wow!

We are so thankful that the house is done.  I wake up every morning not yet fully comprehending that this is our home.  We own it.  What an incredible blessing this home is to us! 

Next week I will post pictures of our home unpacked.  In the upcoming weeks (after they are settled in their homes), Debbie and Deena will share their thoughts.

Isaiah 12

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Thanksgiving Expressed

12 Then you will say on that day,
I will give thanks to You, O Lord;
For although You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away,
And You comfort me.
“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”
Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.
And in that day you will say,
Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted.”
Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Week 90

Here are the photos from this past weekend.  Hopefully our last weekend of working.  We are waiting to see if we pass all the inspections this week. If we pass everything,  we will be getting our keys and permission to move into our homes April 4th.  Please pray we pass the inspection.  So enjoy the photos, as I am busy packing and clean our apartment.  If all goes well, the next photos will be of this Friday us celebrating the completion of our homes and moving in. 

Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Saving Goodness.

118 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Oh let Israel say,
“His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Oh let the house of Aaron say,
“His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Oh let those who fear the Lord say,
“His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
From my distress I called upon the Lord;
The Lord answered me and set me in a large place.
The Lord is for me; I will not fear;
What can man do to me?
The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in princes.
10 All nations surrounded me;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
12 They surrounded me like bees;
They were extinguished as a fire of thorns;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
13 You pushed me violently so that I was falling,
But the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.
15 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
17 I will not die, but live,
And tell of the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,
But He has not given me over to death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness;
I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;
The righteous will enter through it.
21 I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me,
And You have become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 O Lord, do save, we beseech You;
O Lord, we beseech You, do send prosperity!
26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;
We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, and He has given us light;
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I give thanks to You;
You are my God, I extol You.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting