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A Woman Built A House For Her Kids Using YouTube Tutorials And It's Pretty Amazing

*Struggles to put Ikea furniture together*

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Cara spent much of her 20s and 30s in abusive relationships. After two marriages filled with violence, "my kids and i needed something," she told BuzzFeed. "I felt ashamed and I was worried that they had no self-esteem and no confidence."

Courtesy Cara Brookins

"The reality is when you're facing that level of terror, you're all just in survivor mode. Each one of you is just trying to make it through the day. I worried that if they left home I'd never see them again."

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It all started in 2007, she and her kids were driving back from a weekend away, and she spotted a house that had been hit by a tornado, with only the foundation left. "It made me think, 'what if we bought some 2'x4's and sheetrock and put that together? What would our dream house be? Would we want to build it?'"

So using a bank loan, Cara bought $150,000 in materials, and she and the kids went to work building their own dream house. They had NO experience, but watched YouTube tutorials to figure out what to do.

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Now three of her four kids are in their 20s, and the experience of building their own home has had a profound impact.

Courtesy Cara Brookson

"They're now fearless," Cara told BuzzFeed. "They dive into anything. There's nothing you could suggest to them that they could not do. it's an incredible thing."

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Summary | 4 Annotations
To escape the violence and build a safe sanctuary, Cara and her kids did an unorthodox thing: They built a house. This house.
2017/01/15 16:07
she and her kids were driving back from a weekend away, and she spotted a house that had been hit by a tornado,
2017/01/15 16:07
what if we bought some 2’x4’s and sheetrock and put that together?
2017/01/15 16:08
So using a bank loan, Cara bought $150,000 in materials, and she and the kids went to work building their own dream house. They had NO experience, but watched YouTube tutorials to figure out what to do.
2017/01/15 16:08