Cara Brookins had just left behind two bad marriages, and knew that her and her children needed a place to live, but she quickly realized that the abusive relationship she had left behind had also taken a toll on her financially, and so she decided to take on a massive endeavor and build a home using Youtube as a guide.
“My oldest son, Drew, helped me draw the blueprint to get approved by the city,” she told CNN. With the approval in tow, she and her children got hard at work!
The final product was done in 9 months, on March 31, 2009!
She’s written a book about the experience, Rise: How a House Built a Family, and she hopes it will inspire people to keep dreaming big.
“I never intended to write a book. I was ashamed. But I think it is important to shift your perspective on any negative situation and do something big,” she notes about her experience.
“Never think of your situation as a solo journey,” she continues. “You can heal and grow together with your family.”
Life can throw unpredictable challenges into a person’s life, but Cara Brookins has proven that with family, anything is possible. The beautiful home represents their dedication to one another, and we can’t wait to see what they achieve next!