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Brother’s New House

Guest post from: Constance Rodgers

My brother has got to be the most industrious person I know. He is literally finishing up the house he built FROM SCRATCH which I think is just the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. I mean, who builds a house from scratch? My husband has been helping on the weekends and it’s been really good for him because he is anything but handy – he’s been learning a lot from my brother and hopefully now will have better grasp on the long honey do list I’ve got going for him. My brother is building the house for his family which I think is really commendable so I’ve been helping where I can, too. I looked online at to find him a lower utility rate than he was paying and I’ve been helping his wife pick out paint colors and buy some furniture. We haven’t told them yet but my husband and I are going to buy them a dining room set as a housewarming gift because they’ve never lived anywhere big enough for a dining table and I think that’s what they’re most excited about. I really admire my brother’s perseverance – he’s been working on this project for about 2 years now and I don’t think I’ve heard him complain a single time, even when the weather was bad or his workers didn’t show up. He’s been using all his own money that he saved from working as a waiter in college and if that’s not real American get-up-and-go I don’t know what is! I know if my parents were still alive they’d be really proud of Brad but I’m going to tell him every day so he doesn’t have to wonder. I don’t know who in their right mind builds a HOUSE in their spare time but I have to say that my brother is really, really good at it. Who would have thought he’d grow up to be such a great general contractor?

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