Operation Restoration: Home Edition

I have always gotten a little jealous when I see bloggers who take a cause on. They utilize their blogging platform for good raising awareness and often money for an organization.  I have watched Julie from Joy’s Hope raise money for Charity Water to build wells in Africa and give people a chance of survival.  She has literally rallied people to change people’s lives, who she will never meet, in another country by giving them the gift of clean water. Currently she is raising money by selling printables to help feed people in Sudan. She amazes me!

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I watched Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl be moved when another blogger, Colleen from Mural Maker and More, lost her husband this year.  She is currently organizing a campaign to help Colleen get back on her feet after her tragic loss.  Colleen_fundraiser_button

Women like Julie and Brittany inspire me and I often wonder why I don’t have a burning desire to take on a cause and use my platform for good.

It isn’t that I am not a passionate person.  It certainly isn’t that I don’t want to help.  I just have never felt this overwhelming desire to take on the challenge of doing something.  I don’t know if it is because I am selfish and am not affected by tragedy around the world or if I live in the perfect little world I created and can’t see past my front door.

However, about 6 months back I was sitting across from a couple in our bible study listening to a husband and wife share their story of heartache, forgiveness and restoration.  I was moved. Maybe it was because they were sitting in front of me and I could see the pain and hope in their eyes.  Maybe it is because I love a good comeback story.  I don’t know.  Then about 3 months ago as part of their next steps they were moving into their own place after living with friends in their basement for over a year (sleeping on air mattresses every night).

I thought…”I can do this, I can help make a home for them.”  So I set out to do just that.  See this family moved back to Indiana a year ago to find a soft place to land and literally left everything behind them in Arizona to start afresh.  So after 16 years of marriage and with two kids they were starting over again and they didn’t have anything to furnish this new place.  However, they were content with just having the four of them together under one roof rebuilding trust and loving God.

So I got excited about helping this family have a home.  I know how important my home is to me.  I have worked hard to make my home a place filled with memories for my family, while nurturing the creativity in my kids and creating a haven for people who walk through my front door.  I wanted the same for this family.  So for the next little bit I am going to show you how I helped this family create a home for themselves.  In between projects I am going to let them tell their story.

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So I reached out to several companies I have worked with in the past to help me with this project.  Only one took me up on it.  Homes.com. They really strive to be a partner for consumers looking to create that soft place to land by searching the site for a new home and, they too, want to help you turn houses into havens with resources on their blog. So if you’re looking to move, or just want to drool over some million dollar homes {cause let’s be honest, we all love doing that}, head over to Homes.com.

And stay tuned tomorrow as I begin unfolding, project by project, each aspect of my friends’ new home.

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  • Wanda B

    I can not wait to see what you are doing for this family! So excited!

  • http://foxhollowcottage.blogspot.com Shannon Fox

    Sounds like you just hadn’t found the perfect family to help yet.. and then, you did! I am sure you have helped to change their lives immeasurably Becky.

  • http://www.nessatheprocrastinator.blogspot.com Nessa the Procrastinator

    That’s beautiful, Beckie. It’s hard to “take charge”. I think you have to wait for something that strikes your heart. I don’t believe you’re selfish. If you were selfish, you would be berating the women who are helping others instead of praising them. If you were short sighted you wouldn’t be writing this entry. :)

    If there’s any way any of us can help, let us know!

  • http://mellywoods5.blogspot.com.au/ Mel

    A lovely and thoughtful thing to do. I also wouldn’t be too hard on yourself, you have a young family, a job, a husband, church commitments, it’s not about being selfish, it’s about the right timing in life.

  • http://piglogsandtaterberries.blogspot.com Peggy

    How sweet! And like Mel said it is completely about timing… God has honored that! What a compassionate heart you have! If there is anything or any way we can help, please let us know. I know I’m not “local” but we aren’t all that far away either. So drop me a line or a text and let me know if there is any way I can help!

    Thanks, Peggy

  • http://www.michlinla.com Michelle L

    Very cool – I think this is an amazing way to use your talents and help this family. A great plan, I know you’ll come up with a bunch of amazing makeovers on a budget – and good for us to enjoy the projects along the way.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you Michelle it is a blessing to me to be able to help.

  • Roxanne

    Somehow I stumbled onto your blog (throgh HomeTalk, I think!) and sort of read things in the wrong order! I started with her Part 6… then found parts 1-5. THEN I read this page. So.. now I’m on the right track and know that they got back together and I can start forgiving Patrick, too! haha
    It’s so sad how often a ministry environment turns to inappropriate relationships. I think it’s because these people are already passionate and emotions run high in ministry. The enemy knows that, and strikes.

    Thanks for what you are doing and sharing!