Friday, January 20, 2017

Mother escapes abusive relationship. You'll never guess how.

Cara Brookins of Little Rock, AR, always has a book in her hand. Either she's reading one or writing one. She also has four wonderful children, but an abusive relationship depressed her hope -- her daughter Hope. Hope says the hardest part was watching her mom experience domestic violence and feeling helpless. But she admits she's a stronger person today because of the way her mom dealt with the violence.

After Cara ended the abusive relationship, she dreamed of buying a four bedroom home so each of her children could have their own room. But home prices were too high. "All we could afford were the supplies," says Cara, "so we just put it together ourselves." Hope was 17 when construction began. She was shocked. "How are we going to build a house?" she asked. "We have no idea what we're doing." So, with no prior knowledge, they watched YouTube tutorials and learned how to construct everything. "First we figured out how to lay foundation block," says Cara. "There was a lot of asking people at Home Depot for help." Cara has written a book about the experience called "Rise, How a House Built a Family," available in stores now. What does Cara say to other women facing domestic violence? "Do something big. Take a big leap and set an impossible goal. With enough determination, you can do it."

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