We just had the coolest week!!!
We went with our youth group to the Central Ohio Work Camp, where we painted houses for free for people who needed it. In five days, we painted 9 houses! Phew! And I say "we" loosely, because Ace and I mostly just delivered lunches and took photos. :o) But we still had fun!
Many of the houses looked like this before we started-or worse:
The home owners got to pick their paint colors...even if they wanted bright purple...and all the paint was supplied for free!
The teens worked so hard, every day from 8am-3pm, out in the hot sun, up on ladders...it was amazing. They also did landscaping tore down sheds, installed gutters...I don't even know what else. They did so much!! I was so proud of everyone!
Of course, I was most proud of this cute little biscuit. She stayed out all day with the older kids and worked, every day. Granted, I think there were a lot of KoolAid breaks, (she is barely 8) but she still worked hard!
We all stayed at the dorms of Otterbein University in Westerville.
And after the hard day's work, every evening we did something fun, like baseball games and swimming and scavenger hunts. It was so great to have that time with them and get to know our teens more. My husband and I were blown away by the Kokomo youth group. Such good, hard working, spiritually minded kids. We hit the jackpot with our church family, like seriously. What.
P.S. I wish I had more "after" photos to share with you guys! Unfortunately I didn't end up driving out the the sites on the last day, so I didn't get many of those shots with my camera. But the transformations were pretty awesome!
Take care! I hope your day is going wonderfully. I love you! :o)