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Misty Howell tapes seams of the Blueboard on her future home in Anniston.
Future homeowner pictures safe, happy home for children
By Leigh Powell

In their current house, 5-year-old C.J. and 4-year-old Catelynn can’t even play in the backyard. There is too much trash and debris.

“It’s too dangerous for them,” says their mother Misty Howell, future homeowner of House #10.

A surgery inventory coordinator at a local hospital, Misty learned about Habitat for Humanity through a co-worker who is also a homeowner. She decided to apply.

“I was just so anxious to know [if we were going to be accepted as homeowner partners],” Misty says. Fortunately, she had to wait only a month before she learned the doubly good news—she would become a homeowner, and she would be a part of the 2003 Jimmy Carter Work Project.

“I was thinking this whole time, ‘How are they going to put that house up in a week?’ Misty says. “But in less than two hours they’ve already got all the walls put up!”

All C.J. has been doing “is drawing pictures of the house,” says Tony Mims, Misty’s boyfriend. “Pictures of the house with an apple tree in the front yard. That’s all he’s been doing."

“And every day when we get him from preschool, he’s drawn a different kind of house, because he doesn’t know what it’s going to look like,” Misty laughs.

“But he’s going to get the right one in a little bit,” Tony says, looking up the hill at the just-raised walls.

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