Through lots of pictures!
It's hard to believe last Saturday, we were saying goodbye to our work site in Beius and heading to the Bear Caves and Ana's house for a BBQ. In going through all the pictures, I have come up with some of the greats that will sum up our time in Beius:
We started off on Monday morning with introductions on the work site. Looking around at my team, I knew we'd have a great week. I was excited to begin our task of building a house in one week. I was excited to get things started and I think the team was a bit anxious too.
We then got quick to work and started building doors, windows, and trusses for the roof. All you could hear around the work site was the sound of hammering and power saws.
By the end of the day, Brett taught Miranda and Ty how to use the power saw and the walls of our house were all raised. It was a busy day with lots of blisters, but no one was complaining.
On day two at the work site, there was lots more hammering to be done. The OSB Boards needed to be nailed to the outside of the house.
Greg resumed his position at the power saw and got back to work quickly on it.
We then became aware of special talents of two of our team members. Fid and Brett became our "monkeys" on the site and were used for any tasks that were high off the ground. Robi especially enjoyed their helped hammering the trusses for the roof.
Underneath the monkeys, the team quickly became a center of activity as the house needed to be mudded and styrofoam applied. Several different tasks were happening all at once. From the outside, it must have looked like chaos. However, everything was orderly and efficient.
And then the news media showed up. Fid, Alicia and myself were interviewed for the evening newscast with the help of Emil as our interpreter.
And then before we knew it, we were raising the tiles of the roof. Ahead of schedule, our team worked together as one unit to get the trusses lifted onto the roof.
Then, again as one unit, we were able to pass all the tiles onto the roof. It was absolutely amazing to see so much done so quickly!
Once the roof was tiled, we started dry walling the interior walls and finishing the stucco on the outside.
Wednesday night, we went to Stana de Vale to visit the waterfalls and have dinner at the resort. To my surprise, the Romanian Hand Ball team was in town for their summer camp and ate dinner at the same restaurant. We enjoyed the outside views of the mountains and the great dinner.
By Thursday on the work site, Helen learned how not to stay so clean on the work site. It was great to see her and Nelu mudding away at all the dry wall in the house.
On Thursday night, we enjoyed the traditional Romanian night at the restaurant. We were able to watch the children perform dance routines, sing songs, and practice some of the dances too. Then we had the amazing food -- stuffed pepper soup (my favorite!), mittite (sausage), stuffed cabbage, polenta, and drink some of the local polinka. It was an amazing evening.
Friday morning, we were back on site doing finishing touches before the dedication at three. It was a flurry of activity again. Some were outside finishing the soffits and the wood shed, and others were inside finishing up the dry walling and the mudding of the walls. The dedication started as planned and was very moving. There was not a dry eye at the work site as the grandmother thanked everyone for helping their daughter receive a wonderful house for their grandson, Andrei. Andrei will now be able to live in a house that will help, not deteriorate, his heart condition. It was very moving.
And then we were able to nail our plaque to the house as a memory forever of our week in Beius.
After we sang Happy Birthday to Fid, enjoyed some food and cake with everyone on site, we then left the work site and planned an evening visit to the orphanage in town. It was our chance to act like a kid again
Saturday morning, we went back to the site and painted the interior walls and made our signs for our post. It was a fun day on the site, a little less stressful than trying to get everything done for the dedication, but also a little sad as it was our last day on site. I was happy when Emil pulled out the cement maker and I got to grab a shovel and mix some dirt!
Then, we said goodbye to our work site and enjoyed our last night together in Beius. We went to the Bear Caves, saw an old wooden orthodox church, visited the antique museum, and then had a wonderful barbeque at Ana's house (where we built last summer). It was a busy week, but a wonderful week. Here's a picture of the last crew on the work site.
Oh we also had a little fun on the work site too - I began my campaign for Emil for Mayor 2012. Although he doesn't want the job, he will take the job as "Godfather of Beius" willingly.
Of course this is not all of the memories or all of the pictures from the week -- If I did that, I would have to write a book! This was just a quick glimpse of our week all in one post!
I know this has been said numerous times before, but I want to thank my team for the amazing week we shared together in Beius. Fid, Lori, Brett, Zach, Helen, Alicia, Greg, Ty, Miranda, Joel, and Manuela - I thank you all for the hard work, sore muscles, and lots of love you left in Beius!
To Emil, Robi, Claudiu, Nelu, Marcel, Mihai, Ionut, and Emil P - we thank you for all your patience, love and help on the work site!
(ps... thanks to Emil Popa for the use of his pictures for this walk down memory lane!)
Check out Habitat for Humanity Beius on Facebook, Twitter, and their webpage (www.habitatbeius.ro) to follow their progress on future builds.
Until next year, I am signing off!