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.

george

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