Home Extreme Makeover came to Pocatello to help a family on 8th Avenue. This is an amazing story --- I just wish that as a community, we could have done this without something like Home Extreme Makeover to pull everyone together.
Their story and full press release:
Pocatello, ID August 18, 2010-The EMHE team is starting their latest build off on a high note in Pocatello, Idaho. The Marshall-Spreiers are a family of breakouts with a passion for singing and a true love of the performing arts. A single mother of nine, Jane Marshall braved a courageous battle with breast cancer 2 years ago. During her recovery, a faulty dryer vent resulted in a fire that ravaged the family home. The house was left uninhabitable and Jane was forced to use her insurance money to seek out alternative living arrangements. Now the money has run out and they are doing everything they can to stay positive despite half the family living in a one-bedroom cottage and the other half living in friend's motor home.
When Jane discovered she had cancer, the eight children living at the broken down home became warriors in their own right. Her 18-year-old son stepped up to the plate and challenged himself to hold his family together. At the time, Noah realized he would need to put his education on hold until his mother finished out her treatments. Sophie (18), Ruth Anne (17), Daniel (15), Elizabeth (14), Elijah (12), Isabelle (9), and Kate (9) have all had to grow up at fast, but they still remain positive and strive to achieve their dreams. Even during these difficult times, Jane tries to lead by example. She encourages the children to laugh, play and not give up on life. As a family they also celebrate the human spirit by finding ways to give back to the community (anonymously).
The Marshall-Spreiers family's luck is about to change, and they are finally getting something they deserve. On August 18th, the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Team arrived to fine tune their living arrangements. The shell of their burned out 2,000 square foot home is about to be demolished so they can enjoy their love of music that binds them together. In just seven days, the family will be able to begin a whole new composition.
The Marshall-Spreiers will go on vacation to Key West, while "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team leader Ty Pennington, designers Jillian Harris, Paul DiMeo and Ed Sanders, local builder Rockwell Development, and community volunteers rebuild the structure. The location address is: 243 South 8th Ave. Pocatello, ID 83201
ABC's Emmy-winning hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be selecting one of five families in Southeast Idaho to be featured on it's award winning show that helps change the lives of families and inspires remarkable community support. Each week, the show renovates the entire home of a deserving family, traveling across the country.
Starting from the foundation:
Up we go:
Windows donated by Franklin Building Co.
Say what? Already?
And siding. Yes, it's BLUE!
Working in the rain:
Don't forget the fence:
One more highlight. 8 full ride scholarships ... 1 for each child!
I guess that my opinion about the world is changing, as it should. What is really important? When we know of those around us who are lonely, suffering, or in need, do we need to be asked to give of ourselves and provide service?
I heard about the story of Preslee in July. She fell in a canal and was life flighted to PCMC. Her story is on this blog on the right hand side here. Their story is truly amazing and really puts everything into perspective. Here is a small excerpt from her blog:
When I read and followed the story of Preslee and her mom and dad, I have been finding myself taking it all in, practicing patience more often, and really thinking about how my life would be different. My children are my life and my joy. And though I cannot express that in words as beautifully as they have, I love being a mom. This story capivates me and encourages me to do better everyday day.
Ashley and Preslee:
After finding that story, I heard from a friend about another similar story that happened about 2 years ago in Park City. Her story is found here. This is a website that she has created for those that are grieving. It's a very touching story as well. One more link
is an article that she was interviewed for in July of this year.
I'm sharing these thoughts today to let you know how grateful I am for the experiences of life and the knowledge that families can be together forever. To be able to give service to the neighbors down the street, acquaintances, and most importantly, my family. Have a wonderful day giving service!!!