Mom Built This House To Heal Her Kids: YouTube Taught Her How

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Cara Brookins turned a family building project into a family healing. The Arkansas mom started with the storm-busted foundations of a house and a dream. The she put everybody to work, whether 17 or 2, to heal a family damaged by abuse.
She learned how to build a house completely from watching YouTube videos on the subject. And it worked. Cara built a house.
In doing so, she healed her family. It’s an inspiring story of how, sometimes, the good guys win. Here’s how she did it.
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Meet the Brookins family! Cara Brookins with Jada, Roman, Drew and Hope. Their success is hard-earned but inspiring.
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Cara had to overcome a miserable sequence of abusive relationships, particularly two marriages. She was also the victim of a horrifying stalking episode.
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The impact of this violence traumatized Cara’s children as well. ‘I felt ashamed and I was worried that they had no self-esteem and no confidence. They had been powerless.’
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‘My kids and I needed something.’
That something turned out to be a vision to build themselves a home – together. So what if none of them knew how to build a house? They’d learn on YouTube.
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Cara found a house destroyed to its foundations by a tornado. She got a $150,000 loan to buy it. Then she put herself and the kids to work.
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Cara used this project to heal left-over emotional wounds in her family. Everybody pitched in together. Cara even has the two year-old involved.
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Well, for awhile, anyway.
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In time, the family project began looking like a house. The kids began having a feeling of accomplishment.
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Somedays it all fell into place, the kids working as eagerly as Santa’s elves.
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At times, it could be tough remembering just what that YouTube video had said about, say, laying bricks.
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And sometimes maybe you’d rather be somewhere else.
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Checking it twice. This has to work the first time.
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Tiling? That’s the easy part. Little by little, Cara’s deeper plan was also taking shape.
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Her family, like her house, was beginning to stand firm.
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Cara can declare proudly that her kids are ‘Now fearless.’
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They named the house ‘Inkwell Manor,’ and have now lived there for the past eight years.
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Today, the kids aren’t afraid to ‘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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What’s the final tally? One 3500 sq. ft., 5 bedroom house. It comes with sizable shop space, a three-car garage, a two-story tree-house and one happy family.
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