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Friday, April 20, 2007

Building For The Future.

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 12:15-16

We are so grateful to God for providing a place for us to be. To be learners, to be brothers and sisters in Christ, to be a body, to be at home, to be creative, to be sad, to be real, to be carpenters, to be gardeners, to caregivers, the list goes on.
I love having Obasi in my home. The kids learn so much about real life being in a home setting. Sitting down together for snack and meals, celebrating mile stones together, praying together, learning together, working together and yes even crying together.
This home gives us opportunities we wouldn't have in another place. If we expect the kids to graduate high school, go on to college, get a great job and become a home owner then we need to prepare them for that future. The kids are learning how to take care of a home from their time at Obasi. Most of them move around a lot so they don't understand the maintenance on a house. So we believe it is our job to prepare them for that, by showing them the expenses of owning and fixing a home, how to do the yard work, and how to fix some of the broken things themselves. This will give them so many more skills and prepare them so that buying and taking care of a home isn't so overwhelming. This week with the beautiful weather we were able to get out and start some of those up keep projects. We wanted to put some lattice and a gate on the deck, so the dogs would have a safe place to hang out when we are outdoors. And we wanted to get the yard looking good and get the garden planted.


Pierrie attaches the lattice and now wants his own cordless drill.

LaMario gets the wood ready.

Kemonterious nails a stablizing board to the side of the deck. And hammers any lose nail.

Jodene and LaMario cut the wood for the door.

The AFTER. They were very proud of themselves. The next day when the tutors came they had to give them each a tour of the deck.

The under 10 pound crowd wasn't quite as impressed. They much rather be running in the grass. But I love it. I am so proud of the hard work the kids put into this and the pride they had after it was done.