Overall, this trip is one million times better than last year, for one million and one reasons. No one has gotten on my nerves, everyone has worked together, the site leaders and advisers are so giving and flexible, and there has been zero drama. I also have heard no complaints, no negativity, and no problems. Maybe I’m just having a better time, therefore I am noticing all of the positives, maybe its because the work is not as physically exhausting, maybe its because we have a smaller group, or maybe its because it truly is just a better trip. The main overall theme that has occurred revolves around the tedious work we have done. We sorted hangers, painted for 21 hours, spackled, caulked, and cut branches. We were not building from the ground up, or seeing a big difference in the progress of the house. Yet, we all got it. Still, no one complained about these small tasks and saw the the “greater good” that was coming of it. Through their work: they had personal accomplishments like conquering their fear of heights, getting progressively better at installing doors or base boards, or mentally overcoming the boredom or frustration with performing the same task over and over. The spirits were high and no one gave up. No one sat around or refused to do certain tasks. We helped each other and encouraged each other. We hung in there until our tasks became like second nature to us, and that was empowering. We realized and better understood that our little tasks enabled the next group that came in to be closer to finishing. We removed our self-interests and worked with those families in mind. Nearly everyone’s “highs” of the day was being able ot talk with the families when they were working with us on site. Some of them are future homeowners getting their sweat equity hours in. They enjoyed listening to these families express their gratitude and appreciation and talk about what they wanted to do with each room and how to decorate. They also respected any part of their life story they shared.