Cara Brookins had suffered two bad marriages, and knew that her children needed a place to live. Her past abusive relationship had taken a toll on her financially, so she took up a huge endeavor and built a home using YouTube as a guide.
Brookins then bought an acre of land in a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas and began to build her dream home with her children. With a little estimation, she was able to guess that she’d only need about $130,000 to make it all come true.
“My oldest son, Drew, helped me draw the blueprint to get approved by the city,” she told CNN. With the approval in tow, she and her children got hard at work!
For 9 months, they toiled through, using Youtube, and a family friend who had building experience, when they couldn’t figure out how to solve an issue with the help of the internet.
The final product was done in 9 months, on March 31, 2009!
She’s written a book about the experience, Rise: How a House Built a Family, and she hopes it will inspire people to keep dreaming big.
“I never intended to write a book. I was ashamed. But I think it is important to shift your perspective on any negative situation and do something big,” she notes about her experience.
“Never think of your situation as a solo journey,” she continues. “You can heal and grow together with your family.”
Watch their experience here: