Crisfield3- the first work day

We started working today.  We are working on a house close to downtown.  The goal for us for the week is to shore up the house-  help make it level/raised a little and brace the flooring that was damaged in Hurricane Sandy.  

The process is:
Take out everything in the rooms we are working in.  
Take up the carpet and padding and old linoleum.  
Cut 4×8 holes in the floor in three rooms. 
Dig a hole 2'x2'x26"(deep).  – MORE ON THIS
pour cement footings.  
And then I don't know how to explain-  so more tomorrow.  
Everything was pretty straight forward until it was time to dig the holes.  The ground is made up of old clam shells.  So you can't really use a shovel much.  So it's really digging by hand.  And the hole is pretty big.  So it takes a lot.  After about 8 inches down, we hit water.  Makes it a lot of fun.  Wet clammy fun.  Took about two and a half hours to get about half done.  
We got to meet the homeowners.  They are great people and we talked about their story about what they did during Sandy.  (they were going to wait it out, but then called the National Guard for a rescue, but ended up driving their truck out because the Guard wasn't coming that close to the ocean anymore.  When they came back, there was water damage in the house, but they were able to get back in and worked on cleaning up.  
Today was a good day.  
And then I thought I lost the key to the van.  We looked for a couple hours after devotions.  Turns out Debbie had it.  But that was after I called a lock smith.  He opened the van for us, but wouldn't take any money.  He was grateful for our help in the community and said it was what he could do to support us.  We asked if there was anything we could do for him, and he said, "Just pray for me."  So we ask you to pray for Paul.  He came out in the late evening to help out.  
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Are you a tool?
Christ has no body on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion for the world is to look out;
yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good;
and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.  
(St. Teresa of Avila)