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Second life as lumber (part 2) -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Second life as lumber (part 2)


Early in 2010, Iveth Bowie and her children — daughter Sarah Gaviria and grandson Jaiden Gonzalez — visit the site of their Habitat house in Stamford, Connecticut.
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The Bowie family: ‘Today is the day’
Stamford, Connecticut
2009 tree

In October, Jesse Bowie dug into a closet in his new house and started pulling out boxes.

“Today is the day, Mom,” he told her. “We have to get our Nativities out.”

“I love Nativity sets,” said Iveth Bowie, Jesse’s mother. “But for the past four years we’ve been moving around; we weren’t stable. So I stored all my Nativity sets, the little houses, the little people. But this year ...”

This year the Bowies — Iveth, Jesse, her daughters Katie and Sarah, and grandson Jaiden — will celebrate their first Christmas in their new Habitat house, which they moved into in February.

Iveth, 42, is originally from Colombia. She put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity on her home.

At the dedication ceremony, her voice choked with emotion as she read a verse from Isaiah: “Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.”

Her new house is bright yellow, just begging to be decorated for the holidays.

“I am going to buy the biggest tree we can find to put in the living room,” she said.

Iveth and Sarah went to Rockefeller Center on Jan. 7, 2010, to watch the tree — their tree — come down.

“People probably say, ‘It’s done; the tree is gone.’ But not for our family. For our family, it’s more than a tree. It’s hope.”