For many years, Cara Brookins was married to a man whom she describes as abusive, controlling andviolent. She even says he “descended into full-blown paranoid schizophrenia.”
By2008, Cara and her four kids who were 17, 15, 11 and 2 felt trapped inside their own home. The only way out of the situation was to physically leave but Cara knew she couldn’t afford to purchase a new home that would fitall five of them.
Fed up with living in fear, Cara took the kids andmoved with them into a small, cramped home nearLittle Rock, Arkansas.
That’s when Cara made a life-changing realization.
“I had rented this cabin for a Thanksgiving getaway,” she told CBS News. “And driving there, we passed this house that had been ravaged by a tornado. It was this beautiful dream house and it was sort of wide open. You dont often get the opportunity to see the interior workings of a house, but looking at these 2-by-4s and these nails, it just looked so simple.
I thought, ‘I could put this wall back up if I really tried. Maybe I should just start from scratch.’”
Over the course of the next nine months, and with the help of YouTube tutorials and her four kids Cara did the unthinkable.
Watch the video below to see what Cara did next, and
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