Cambridge NY Home: heartbreak to heaven
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Definitely one of the toughest jobs we ever encountered--this home on
the hill in Cambridge NY has come to symbolize all that we strive
for...sometimes failing along the way--but overjoyed and grateful when
we get there. The combination of the clients, crew, local Village Cafe
(Greenwich, NY) and a wonderfully compassionate and engaged landlady of
the crew rental all collectively served to lift our spirits and keep us
going even when we feared failing. The weather and site (stupendously
steep and snowed in) conspired to exacerbate the already challenging
conditions of a normal winter--which this was assuredly not....as in NOT!
Some of the days were so cold that it required fifteen minutes of warmup
and recovery for every thirty worked--and so cold the tools did not even
work...icing up the nailguns and compressor, and making men and machines
brittle. To their eternal credit--the guys hung in there--but much in
part because of the wonderful support systems God and loving people
provided at the local Village Cafe with good food and caring staff, our
amazing clients who came to visit laden with gifts (mostly food) to
nourish not only their bodies but their tired souls, and a wonderful
little rental owned by a warm and caring woman 1500 miles away in
Florida who nonetheless went out of her way to bless us with her home.
It took us four months instead of the anticipated three...mostly due to
extreme cold and heavy snow for the first two...but in those long days
we all discovered the love of others that we would not have dreamed
possible...and wrapped up (most of) the shell today with friendships
forged that will never melt and dissipate as has the brutal winter.
Today our crew and clients wept saying goodbye with an intimacy we never
thought possible not so long ago that comes from creating a home their
hearts longed for while their love kept ours from being broken with
discouragement. The fact is--we were all blessed in the icy crucible of
this winter and the recent advent of summer was simply a symbol of the
warmth we discovered months ago.
Thank you Barry & Karen, Steven, Spencer and Lee...once again we have
touched a bit of heaven here on earth.