Hi There! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on here. 3 years to be exact. You might be wondering what has inspired me to jump back on here and wrap up this journey with one final post.
About two months ago I made a strange acquaintance. I was bowling at a company holiday party and struck up a conversation with the wife of one of my co-workers. She was talking about how she and my co-worker were in the process of building their home through the Self Help program. Instantly we had a connection! During our conversation she mentioned she was following a blogger, the blogger was me. She mentioned how much this blog has helped her throughout the build and how the blog has given her hope on long days.
I can’t express how happy this makes me and the overwhelming gratitude I have to be able to give to people in the same shoes as me. The though that this simple little thing that I started three years ago is still making an impact on people’s lives is overwhelming.
So what happened after my last post?
I stopped writing because my Dad got very sick with a rare strain of pneumonia and was in the ICU for two weeks. This event changed everything in my life. I focused all of my extra energy outside of work and construction on my family. It was much more important to me to focus on my family and help my mom with whatever she needed. My family will always come first.
So, let’s rewind to what happened after the cabinets, flooring and light fixtures were installed. We were then given three to four days to go through our own homes, cleaning them and making sure nothing was broken or needed to be fixed. We then fell into a waiting period for the city to do one final inspection before we received our occupancy certificates. Once everyone was approved, Guy set a date for us to get our keys and move in – best day ever! I remember I was so excited that I slept on the floor the first night.
About a month after we moved in Mountainlands gave us binders with all of our financial information including all of our receipts from contractors, utilities, supplies etc. Some of us had leftover money from our loans that we could use on any landscaping or have it put back into our mortgage. I ended up using my extra money to build a fence in my backyard.
Three years later I am still overwhelmed by how fortunate this community is to have non-profits like Mountainlands Community Housing Trust (MCHT). I wouldn’t be where I am today without this opportunity and neither would many of the the people who have built their home through the MCHT Self Help program. Thank you to all of the staff who made this journey possible! I am forever grateful and hope this blog keeps inspiring people in the future to take the leap into home ownership.