Hello – My name is Beki and I am a single mother of four wonderful and active children who keep me very busy! I grew up in Verona and really like the small town feeling with the advantages of being close to Madison. I’ve lived in Madison and Mt. Horeb. When my oldest was ready for kindergarten I decided that I wanted her to be in the Verona school district. So with a five and four year old, and pregnant with my third child, we moved into a two bedroom apartment in Fitchburg. We lived there for 5 years. After my fourth child turned one, I decided we needed more space so we moved to a three bedroom apartment that wasn’t in a very good neighborhood, but it was all I could afford. I finally found a place in Verona that was affordable but the kids had to walk a mile and a quarter to school every day. The house was still a little small but we were in Verona and I knew the chances of me finding something I could afford were not good.
I had looked into Habitat for Humanity before but they were never building in Verona so I just pushed the thought of owning a home to the back of my mind. Then I got a phone call from my mom saying there was a story in the Verona paper about a meeting for a Habitat home in Verona. I went to the meeting and filled out the application and then waited. I heard back after the meeting that my application had been approved. I had a home visit and waited for board approval. During the waiting time, my mom and I talked several times about what would happen if the kids and I qualified for a home. I finally said, ‘Well, it’s in God’s hands. If this is what’s best, it will happen and if it’s not God’s plan we’ll move on from there.’ On Dec. 18, I was running errands with my boss and I got a phone call; we were approved for the House!!! I started crying and my boss started screaming with excitement.
I wanted to surprise the kids so I took a picture of the house, wrapped it up and put it under the Christmas tree. Since Christmas, I have heard daily their plans and excitement. They can’t wait to move in and decorate their rooms. They’re excited they can paint their bedrooms and they can finally have a dog. I have tried to convince them otherwise but they aren’t listening!
Sarena is 14 and enjoys singing, dancing and photography. She loves hanging out with her friends when she has free time. Marquis is 13 and loves sports. He plays football, basketball, lacrosse and baseball and loves to go to sporting events. He also loves to be outside and hang out with friends. Josiah is 8 and plays soccer, baseball and wrestles. He is looking forward to playing lacrosse and football when he is old enough. He also loves to build legos and play outside. Vanessa is 4 and she is the princess of the house. She loves dress-up, baby dolls, barbies, princesses and playing house. She is very excited to start kindergarten in the fall. We love to watch movies, play games and be outside in the summer doing whatever activities we find that seem interesting to us. We also like to sit around and talk on the rare occasion that we are all in the house at the same time.
We are truly blessed to have this opportunity to work with the wonderful staff and volunteers of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County and we will be forever grateful for this amazing opportunity that we otherwise would not have accomplished!