You’ll remember our goal was pour the first children’s foundation before Team BSY left. On Tuesday afternoon it was nothing more than a nice thought and a dusty piece of ground. Joel Pudenz said we could do it, and with a lot of motivation and hard work by the guys, Monday morning had us pouring another foundation.
Of course, it wasn’t without a few hiccups, but the second time around was much smoother than the first. We had learned a few things, it was about 33% smaller than the last foundation, and everyone was in good health – or at least good enough. Micah also remembered to not put his shirt under the pile of cement bags, so he didn’t have to go home in his birthday suit.
It took almost all day, and at the end of the day BSY wanted to leave their mark on the house. They inscribe their name and date in the concrete, but unfortunately it was under where the wall is going to be. Brian gave them permission to inscribe the letters of their fraternity on the entryway floor. We dyed some cement, then they chipped out the concrete where the name was going to be. Maybe this will be the new tradition instead of painting a mural. Of course, that means your team would have to build a house while they are here, or at least pour a couple foundations.
Post Script: Tuesday was leaving day. While it was great to look back and see all that was accomplished, it was difficult to see this team go. Not only because we’d grown quite fond of the boys, but because Brian and I, DJ and Bridge are now back to working without the assistance of Ben or 6 other diligent and skilled workers.
Tuesday also happened to be our 8th wedding anniversary. Amber was able to accompany us to Joburg, where the guys got to visit a lion park and see some local wildlife. They also went to an area market and got some pretty sweet bargains on local merchandise. Then it was off to the airport and back to a soggy Ames for the start of a new school year for the guys. For us it was back to Welkom to prepare for POG Team 11 in September.