My mom has always been, hands down, the most generous woman I have ever met. She is generous when she has abundance, and she is generous when she has little. She has taught me- through her actions more than her words- that we are to love all people and help anyone that needs help in any way that we can. During times we were barely scraping by, she'd welcome people in our home for a meal or a place to sleep. She would say that even if all we had to share were beans, that we should share with those beans with those who needed it. She always reminded us that what we have is not our, that we are not to store up our treasures on Earth, and that we are called to love and to give. And give she has, over and over, and always with a happy and humble heart.
What Habitat for Humanity has given my mom and family is a fresh start. They now how a house to live in that is not only in good condition, but excellent. My mom has the freedom to spend more time at home versus at work. They have appliances that are reliable and a house that is incredibly efficient. My mom is just over the moon about a house that is healthy for Jacob to be in- she keeps talking about him spending all day there in the summertime, just him and his Abuelita.
Habitat for Humanity doesn't hand out free houses, instead they empower people to become responsible homeowners by providing mortgages with payments based on the owner's income. This makes homeownership a reality for many people who may have otherwise not had that chance. The qualifying process is rigorous and selective, but the guidance Habitat provides is invaluable.
I can't think straight enough to say what this means for us or what a blessing God has bestowed on my mom. Thank you to Habitat for Humanity and everyone who has volunteered their time and/or money to this incredible organization. I guarantee you that these houses mean more than you can ever imagine.
// here is a post from last Fall of the construction starting! I can't believe it's real now! //
// find out more about Habitat for Humanity here, and find information on how to volunteer here //