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Hybrid House, Part 5 — 20 Comments

  1. Thank you for your post. I don’t cry often, but this brought the tears a-streaming. These are some of the most amazing folks I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. The bayous are blessed to have such generous, hard-working, caring individuals on our side. MIDLAND ROCKS!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

    • Diane, I’ve written a post script Epilogue to this post. You and I know you were instrumental in making this miracle happen, and I was remiss in not including that in the story. Now I’ve clarified all that, and am quite ashamed that I didn’t preface their whole visit with the background story, because it is so important to how all this came about. It just wasn’t by some arbitrary and unconnected series of events. And there, smack dab in the middle of it all, is our good friend with a debilitating disease and a huge heart, Lillian. She’s been ill, so I need to call her and make sure she reads this blog post. And I should email Courtney with the link while I’m at it. Thanks again, Diane. I just can’t say it enough. Because of you, Bayou Grace, and Trinity Lutheran, and Peanut (our builder), I know without a doubt, this house will be finished with the funds we have and we will be living in it before hurricane season.

      • Thanks so much for your kind words, Wendy. It is difficult to find words that accurately describe the gratitude I have for the founding members of Bayou Grace and the numerous friends, supporters, community members, partners, funders, staff and board members who have never wavered in keeping this thing going for nearly five years now, even in the very lean times when a bake sale meant we could keep the lights on for another month. And of course to the thousands of amazing volunteers who have given so freely of their time, talents, sweat, laughter and finances to help hundreds of bayou families in their recovery. They, including you and your family, deserve all the credit. My title may be Volunteer Coordinator, but really I am nothing more than a connector. Wonderful people from all over the region and country contact me with a desire to be of service and help others and all I do is connect them to wonderful people that could use a helping hand. Pretty simple. I have the easiest, greatest, most rewarding job in the whole wide world. And on occasion I get lucky enough to score on spot on the Wetlands tooner and hook a red or two or five. What more could a Yankee girl ask for?

  2. I’ve typed and erased 4 different comments…No words. I know y’all are thrilled with the progress and the Mission workers feel the same. Did they find y’all or did y’all find them as part of the “

      • Hey, I don’t know what happened to the rest of my post, but your epilogue answered my questions. Just like Diane said her job is rewarding…I’ve found I received more than I gave when doing mission work (Habitat For Humanity). It’s a great feeling!

  3. The warmth and actions of a few can be more meaningful than the ramblings of a thousand.
    You have been blessed by being on the receiving end of such a group. I am very happy for you and your family.

  4. This is wonderful. Just wonderful. I was ok until you got to the quilts, and then I started to cry. Took me right back to my grandma’s quilting parties and the quilting days at the church.

    Carpentry, cookies and quilts. Not a politician in the world who can deliver those 😉

  5. Wow, tears already and it’s not even 8:30 a.m. What a blessing. As I grow older I see that those long hot summer days my Grandfather spent after retirement rebuilding someones home or church with a group of men he had never met until he joined Campers On Mission really did pay off. Twenty years down the road, that lesson will hit your boys and mean even more than it does today. The quilts were such a sweet thought.

  6. Oh wow; I’m beyond words. I’ll just say that all the other commenters have expressed perfectly what I feel. There are truly angels on earth in the guise of helping humans. Thank you all!

  7. And quilts too? Yeah why not? I dig quilts own 5 or 6 Amish and other wise.

    Ahh good old Lutherans, kicked me out of Bible school, then were my first post college employers, and now are thrashing about in the bayou. I guess I better keep an eye out for them.

    You sure those studs are flame retardant?

    Whose Du’ing the drywall?

    New Lodge saute pan today…. I want to cook someday.

  8. What beautiful connections and generous hearts your new home represents. Thanks for sharing your story…the quilts really got to me, too. Nothing like the simple gifts…

  9. It was a fabulous few days for the folks from Midland as well. Thanks for all your kind words. It’s great fun framing a house and Peanut’s help made our job a breeze. Wendy, you touched us with your food, and you and your family touched us with your hearts. As the work continues the house will look more and more spectacular.

    Our only problem is that people in our crew have started answering their phone with “who dat!”

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