The second part of the trip was all about finally getting into the groove. Since it took me such a long time to understand how to put up sheet rock once we actually got to doing it on the other days it was a piece of cake. I felt more accomplished about what I was doing and I felt like I was really making a difference in the homeowners life. By the time the project was almost done the whole team on the job site was working in the same room to get this house done. It was interesting to see all of the different groups working, and all with different work styles. By the time we were finished on the worksite we had put sheet rock on almost the entire house. Looking back on how the house looked before we started working it almost didn’t look like a house, it was just bare bones. But after the walls were put up it actually looked like someone could live there. I wish that we were here to see how the homeowner liked the progress of the house. But I know that she would have been grateful either way. Looking back on this whole experience I am grateful for all of the skills that I have learned through service. Before ASB I would not have the confidence to do something like this and I would never think that I could accomplish it. I am happy that I have joined ASB and have provided relief to people in need and I can’t wait to do it for years to come.
These couple of days have been a blast. My group was focused on putting up drywall in the house. Our leader Dave said that the owner was living four hours away and that she would come up during the weekends to see progress on the house. Going into the experience I was really nervous because I didn’t have any experience whatsoever with tools or building. I am also a very clumsy and uncoordinated person so I was nervous that I was going to get hurt. The first day that we put up the dry wall was a little rough, our group kept on messing up and we didn’t get a lot of things done. I was really discouraged and even though we were helping someone I still was not feeling good about the whole experience. Then the second day of service came and it went a lot better, our group got our groove and we started to put up more and more dry wall. There was still some rough patches but it went a lot better. I got my confidence back and I felt that we were actually making a difference in the woman’s live. The third day we finally got the room done that we were working on and it felt so great! We finally saw definite progress in our project. Overall the experience on the trip has been great so far and I am learning a lot about myself and what I am capable in service. Before this trip I didn’t think that I was even capable of building more than a bird house and now I know that I can do so much more!