This Mom had herself and four children to provide for so she did what she needed to do.Inspiring stories always encourage me. Blue Monday or not. I understand some of what Cara Brookins has walked in life, through my own personal experiences. To say what she accomplished  is 'incredible,' well, that is an understatement.

I'm so impressed because her children worked with her. Most parents I talk with are frustrated they can hardly get their kids off their phones or video games to do anything considered 'family time.' This family actually built their home, from the ground up, together and that is such a rich, and for them, a healing life experience.

Leaving an abusive marriage is a huge DIY project in and of itself. To undertake building a home, something that actually causes marriages to fail because it's so stressful, by herself, watching YouTube videos to learn how, makes me happy on so many levels.

“This was 2008, so YouTube was not then what it is now. There weren’t really comprehensive videos or channels devoted to this sort of thing,” she says. “But there’s a lot of ways to frame a window or to put a foundation together. So, we would watch three or four videos for each stage of construction and then think, ‘Which one of these is going to work the best for us?’”

It took them 9 months of perseverance and building, but they finally completed their dream home. Cara has even written a book about it. Rise, How a House Built a Family.