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    Yes, my kids and I actually built it with our own hands. Not because we knew how, or because a single other person thought it was a sane idea. We built a house because we needed a radical move to shift our trajectory toward a better life.

    It would be the hardest thing we'd ever done. The kids were 17, 15, 11, and 2. Together we poured the concrete, framed walls, laid bricks, ran gas lines of our two story, five bedroom house.

    We knew if we could build a house through one extraordinary do-it-yourself project, we could rebuild our broken family.