"Vacation" Out of my Comfort Zone - Life without Cell or Email

Education & Training with Realtor and Productivity Coordinator - Keller Williams

To do something different on my vacation, I signed up for a 6-day church adult mission trip in June at the Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky.  What a beautiful part of the country! A group of six of us traveled South to start and complete (hopefully) a work project to help a family whose trailer needed siding. 

Our small group had tools, some expertise (not me!) and lots of enthusiasm.  Siding a trailer was new to me, but I soon realized it is very similar to a sewing project.  Measuring, cutting, and fitting pieces together in the best way possible became our sole occupation.  In four days, we put up firring strips, blue styrofoam insulation, channels around the windows and doors, and many large pieces of vinyl siding.  I soon became adept at measuring the shapes around windows and doors and cutting the siding to fit. 

At the end of each day, we were all hot, and tired, but determined to start early again the next day - we only had 4 days to finish - and by 3:00 on the last day, we were cleaning up and saying good-bye to the family.

At the risk of sounding trite, I have to say I got more out of the experience than the family did.  I'm not a do-it-yourselfer, except for lawn work, but I was really happy to find that I could stretch my boundaries. Stepping out of my normal daily activities, meeting new people, and learning about different housing situations made me appreciate my life even more than before. 

Comments (8)

Tim Haight
Pinal Realty & Property Management LLC - Arizona City, AZ

What a great way to spend a vacation. Doing something totaly different and helping a family that needed it. Good for you.

Jun 23, 2008 03:49 AM
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
https://teamcoker.robertpaul.com - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Berkshire Hathaway HS Robert Paul Prop

My Mom's side of th family was from Chagrin Falls/Shaker Heights area.  They like to tell the stories about them playing numerica at the Rockefellers' where the winners got a new dime. ... Sounds like your trip to the 'boonies' was a good one.  My girls have been to New Orleans to help roof houses.

Jun 23, 2008 03:57 AM
Dixie Touzalin
Realtor and Productivity Coordinator - Keller Williams - Chagrin Falls, OH

Yes, it was new to me and a good trip.  My kids never went to a summer mission camp because they were so involved in sports, etc. during high school.  I want to do something like this again, possibly something close by in Cleveland.

Jun 23, 2008 04:03 AM
Caitlin Murray
Real Living - Columbus, OH

Great story Dixie!

Jun 24, 2008 07:09 AM
Andrew Magliochetti CCIM
Helios Realty and Development - Chicago, IL

Sounds like an amazing trip - more of us should be doing the same.

Jun 24, 2008 12:19 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

This is exactly why I want to become a part of habitat for humanity, something to get me out of my comfort zone.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Jul 23, 2008 03:52 PM
Dixie Touzalin

Habitat for Humanity is a great organization - I'm going to join my local group.

Jul 24, 2008 12:46 AM
Jim Hirschhorn
Real Living Real Estate Solutions - Orlando, FL
GRI, Real Living - Orlando

Way to go Dixie!

Jul 25, 2008 09:01 AM