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Tis_the_season for new beginnings. A year ago, we were riding the Alaskan Range.  Now, we are building a home at 1534 1st Ave South in Fargo. We volunteered and took part in the wall-raising ceremony last week.  We pounded nails, secured wall supports, and used muscles that bicycle saddles and tractor seats don’t train.

To see and feel a structure that you and so many others have invested in is really special. To know its impact is even more magical.

The build site, 1534 1st Ave S

Window and door frames.

Pounding away.

Hammer time.

Double hammer time.

Carpenter belt.

Picnic table assembly.

Basement work.


Keep on building.

Bro 1

Bro 2

Bro 3

Hula Girl 1 (of many. Too many to photograph, really.)

“It’s five ‘o clock somewhere.”

Thee wall Dewalt.

The crew, sitting on the newly finished picnic table.

Enter the wall-raising ceremony, complete with new Bound South shirts!

Grandma and Grandpa ventured out to see the action.

Interview time.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nettie #

    I want one of those awesome shirts…. I can’t tell how proud we are of the Bound South Berg Boys!

    August 23, 2012
  2. Your journey lasted several months. This great structure will sustain a family, hopefully, for years. It would be great if Brittney raised her own children here.

    August 24, 2012
  3. Shiela Rabe #

    It must be so rewarding to see your efforts and that of others come to the reality of bricks and mortar, or should I say timber and cement block. Well done Bergs!

    August 24, 2012
  4. Reblogged this on Habitat for Humanity of Smith County and commented:
    This is a great blog for anyone who admires the hard work that goes into raising money for Habitat. These guys did an awesome deed for their local Habitat. It’s so much fun to see them working on the house now!

    August 27, 2012
  5. Allison Stoltz #

    Hello Berg Men,

    So good to see the house coming along. Sorry we took so long to look. Good job on your long journey. Nice house. We sure think it is nice of you to help build a house.

    Looking back on it, tell us one word about your trip?
    Have you gotten to meet the people who will live in the home?

    Write back soon,
    Ms. Stoltz’s new class.

    October 16, 2012
    • Nathan #

      Education. This trip was a huge learning experience. i learned about many of my strengths and shortcomings from the trip, under the stress of the road. The beauty and compassion of the countries and the people we met will be memories that we can reflect on for the rest of our lives. It truly was one of the biggest learning experiences in my life.

      We were able to help get the house together prior to the wall raising ceremony and helped finally put together the frame of the house during the wall raising ceremony. Habitat is still going through families to find the right family for the house.

      Good to hear from your all!

      October 21, 2012
  6. Allison Stoltz #

    Ohhhh… is the house done?

    October 16, 2012
  7. i love the “Waves of grain” picture lovely work you done there, i think you have a great opportunity to help others, most of us just read about children starving in Africa but 90:% of us sit on a couch eating popcorn, and do nothing about it. Your example should be followed by everyone. keep doing what you do best !!

    January 29, 2013

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