On Friday, June 7th, we went back to the building site for our second day.
Someone found this old frame and took pictures of everyone with it. They even brought the frame back with us!
We had devotionals to complete every day and several people found the perfect place to read, overlooking the city of Tijuana.
More beans and rice for breakfast.
Sergio was true to his word and gave that puppy a flea bath as soon as we arrived.
He was given to Paul before he was even dry. Now the family had two dogs!
We split the group into a few different work crews. One got started digging a waste trench behind the house. The problem here was there was no plumbing. Therefore the house behind and above them would just wash their bathroom waste down the hill and it would run behind our family's new house. So we dug a trench to channel it onward further down their hill.
I had Evie paint trim with Sarah.
That didn't take long so she started playing volleyball with the other girls who didn't have anything to do (or didn't find something to do). The large group was great for splitting to help with VBS, but it was challenging to keep everyone busy all the time.
The roof went up fast.
Eric is an electrical engineer and he did all the wiring. These houses don't always get electricity but thankfully we made it happen for our family.
Time to hang drywall.
Terry did the drywall in our basement and learned a lot through that process.
I supposed he had also done it in 2011 when he took our Nebraska group down for the very first time.
Lupita had begun clearing the hillside so the girls all jumped on board and helped her do that.
Noah up on the roof earlier.
Roof beams or trusses going up.
Sergio had been gone for a while with Lynne and Denise and they returned with chairs for the family! They didn't have any so Lynne bought them some.
Becky and Terry.
I like this shot of the inside and outside of the house.
This video shows the kids nailing the wall beams into the concrete, the guys putting up tresses, and Eric wiring.
That afternoon Sarah, Prae, Joann and the younger students went down to the park for day two of VBS.
There were more kids!
When I got back from taking VBS pictures Noah and I took over for Abby and Hannah who had been diligently digging a hole for a septic tank.
That ground was out of control rocky and without any heavy equipment it would have taken many days to dig deep enough. Noah and I took over for the girls and worked very hard for about an hour before Sergio insisted we quit, saying we were working too hard. Not sure if that hole ever got finished but we sure tried. The highest compliment I was given during the trip was when I finished hacking away at the ground with that bar and Sergio said, "You're very strong!" Oh yeah!
Evie on the roof with Joann and Denise.
Time for roof boards! Noah looks like he's about to get smoked with one.
Terry, Hannah, and Jake.
Noah bonded with Sergio while discussing Legos with him, ha ha.
The trench worked!!
Sara and I did a whole lot of mudding that afternoon. I was one of the taller ladies so I did the high stuff. My neck sure got stiff!
Another crew worked on framing out a bathroom, which we were able to add since we raised the extra money for it. No plumbing of course. That's what the septic tank for supposed to be for.
All the drywall was put up and mudded over by the end of the day. Once again we had to bring all of remaining supplies inside the house so they wouldn't be stolen overnight. They had a guard and a watchdog to keep people away.
Done for the day!
Terry took this video right before we left and posted it to Facebook to keep everyone back home updated.