November just flew by right in front of me. Work was very busy. I spent most of my time in Cary on Mullens Drive. We dedicated two homes there that month, which means lots and lots of "punch". Punch basically means the finishing touches and cleaning up. I found it difficult to stay motivated for a lot of the month. I spent a lot of the time working alone on these houses and punch work is slow going and results in very little visual results. In the end I just had to keep reminding myself that the homeowners would be pleased. I worked on various projects including painting, caulking, scraping and cleaning windows, and overall cleaning. There wasn't much opportunity for me to learn new skills during this time, but I have mastered "cutting in" for painting and learned how to install the stove and fridge, and reverse the fridge doors. These experiences should prove useful later in life.
I was able to go home for the holiday. I met Chris at my home Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving. We enjoyed a delicious meal at my grandparents house with my mom, dad, Doc, Aunt Sandra, Uncle Mike and Mary. I was so glad Chris was able to meet Uncle Mike and Mary. After lunch we spent the afternoon playing Trivial Pursuit. The game was definitely not for me, but it was fun to play with the "grown-ups". Chris left Sunday evening, and I stayed until Monday. It is always nice to spend time at home and relax. It's nice to be around the house to help mom out, and we even got to help her put up her Christmas tree. Sadly, I did not take any pictures, but I do have photos to share with you of our job site in Garner.
I am not sure if you will be able to copy and paste this link, since it is from facebook, but if you have a facebook account, you can search the "Raleigh Catholic Coalition Habitat for Humanity". They are a dedicated group of volunteers out in Garner, and thanks to Chris they have documented the building of Michael, Waldrena, and Amiya's new home. I would love for you all to see what I have been doing, so please check the pictures out. As we near finishing the home in February I will be dedicating a post exclusively to my time working with and for this family. Look forward to it, because they have already helped me have an amazing experience!