Her Husband Was Abusive, So She Took Her Children And Ran Away From Home.

They say that when life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade. However, we all know that it’s easier said than done. But the reality is, if we set our minds to it and put in a lot of effort, nothing is impossible.

Cara Brookins was trapped in a harmful marriage. As a mother of five, she understood the urgency of rescuing her children from the unhealthy surroundings they were trapped in. Consequently, she made the courageous decision to leave her husband, bringing her kids along, and embarked on constructing a brand new home entirely on her own. How did she manage such a feat? By independently creating construction blueprints and learning various building skills from instructional videos on YouTube. It’s truly remarkable, isn’t it?

When she thinks about it at this point, she realizes that it does seem impossible the whole way through.

In 2007, Cara, a computer programmer analyst, began constructing her family’s new home because she couldn’t purchase a suitable one for her children. This led her to the idea of building it herself.

“It felt like, ‘If anyone were in our situation, they would do this,’” Cara said. “No one else saw it like this, and in retrospect, I realize it sounds insane.”

She purchased a one-acre land for $20,000 and got a construction loan of roughly $150,000.

The children, aged 17 and 2, actively participated in constructing their 3,500-square-foot house.

Drew, her son, assisted her in making the plans. Meanwhile, Jada, who is 11 years old, carried water from the neighbor’s pond using buckets since there was no running water available. Afterward, she combined the water with 80-pound bags of concrete to create the foundation mortar.

Every day after school, the children would visit the location and assist with the tasks. To handle the more challenging tasks, the dedicated mother employed a part-time firefighter who had expertise in construction. He was paid $25 per hour. “He had more knowledge than us,” she remembered.

The family moved to Inkwell Manor on March 31, 2009, which was named after Cara’s dream of becoming a writer.

“We were mortified that building our own shelter was our best alternative,” Cara said. “It wasn’t anything we were really proud of but it turned out to be the most beneficial thing I could have done for myself.”

“If I, a 110-pound computer programmer, can build an entire house,” she said, “you can do anything you set your mind to.”

She then proceeded saying, “Decide on a single aim and stick to it. Find that large thing you want to do, take tiny steps toward it, and bring along others who need to heal with you on the journey. There’s a lot of power in that.”

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