Volunteers Build Love and Encouragement into Habitat Homes

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The bones of a brand new home crop up in Huntsville.  Through sweat, they'll earn their flesh.

Vickie Hambrick and her kids - she's got eight - will love every beam, every blade of grass that fills their yard.

She says, "I've been staying in apartments all my life."

But not for much longer - quickly beams become a home.

Many of them sport measurements of height and width and love.

Scrawled blessings and Bible verses adorn some of the beams, reassurances for someone who works hard.

Hambrick works two jobs.  She's a tax pro and fast food manager.

This halfway finished house demands the rest of her time.

But the notes written in marker on the beams of her new house are not in her handwriting.  These messages scribbled on her future -- these are gifts.

And so is this home.

Habitat for Humanity has been working on framing the house for over a week.  The beams are their calling cards.

"That's just our way of leaving a mark in the house," says Katie Hayward.

Hayward signed a beam.  She's a college student.  She came down with a group from Illinois.

They gave up their Spring Break to be here - to help out, to build a home, to send a message.

The message comes through loud and clear.

Hambrick says, "It makes me feel so great."

It turns out dreams can be made of nails, insulation, and 2x4's.

It turns out a front door can change a life.

When Hambrick walks through hers for the first time, she imagines, "As I turn my key, I'm going to walk in, fall to the floor, thank the Lord, and cry."

But when that happens - there will be a blessing nearby, written in marker on a beam by the door - 1 John 4:8.

"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."

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