Crossroads Mission Trip -Part II (“We Built a House!”)

Since my last post was a lot of text, I’ll try and make this a “photo entry” of sorts.

The Boss with the bossTo the left is Kaylee, aka “Boss.” To the right is Ed, the actual boss. But since Ed’s getting long in the tooth, he picked Kaylee, a freshman who didn’t know a ton of people on the trip, to be his active helper during out first three days on the job. It was a great way for a new Crossroads member like Kaylee to get to know the group – plus, for a group of people that loves giving nicknames, the chance to call her “Boss” all week led to some very amusing exchanges.

Ryan hammeringRyan’s a man! Look at that hammering technique! Going on this trip helped all us non-carpentry folk learn some snazzy technical jargon to impress our folks when we got home.  My grandfather was very pleased that I knew how to flip trusses to support the roof, how to knock out shiners, and what a joyce is. The problem? I still don’t know how to spell “joyce.” Hey, can’t learn it all in a week, right?

Cam on the roofBy the second or third day of working, everyone got used to walking around on the trusses (roof supports) and sitting on the roof knowing that despite what our instincts were screaming to us, we weren’t going to fall off. Before that, though? Different story. When you and your group of friends are the ones who hammer in the supports for these big suckers, you tend to be more wary of how strong they are. We didn’t have a ton of confidence in how strong the trusses were at first, but after a while, everyone (such as Cam, shown to the left), got comfortable with working up “high.”

Sarah on the roof

As I mentioned, the roof! Here’s Sarah, hammering in the innermost protection for the roof.

Bri sawing

We also learned to use tools that we really had no business using.  How many college students does it take to operate a buzzsaw?

Hopefully, just one, or you’re probably doing it wrong.  Here’s Bri using it properly.

Weather protectionThe last stage of our house- building process (or at least what we were there for): weatherproofing the portion of roof we’d put up.  It’s a good thing it wasn’t windy, or this would’ve been really hard to do…oh wait, it was.  Hence why it took nearly every member of our team to hold this down while we hammered the tarp down.

More pics, entries to come.


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