'Habitat' home welcomes family

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

DENISON, Tex. -- Moving day is often filled with stress and excitement, but for one family in Denison, it was pure joy.

"Friday the 13th is never, ever a bad luck day again!" says Julie Kirby, who was ecstatic when she and her husband received the call that their family would be the owners of the very next Habitat for Humanity home.

She says she was so excited she was jumping up and down and couldn’t believe it was really happening. Julie says this is more than just a new house.

"It means our 4-year-old has a yard to play in, where he didn't before,” Julie says. “We are able to go buy him a bike in a few weeks, and he'll be able to ride a bike, and not be on a busy street and worry about him getting out in the road."

Getting a Habitat house is a hands-on experience. Julie and Brian spent well over 350 hours pitching in. Even though her family helped build, none of it would have been possible without the volunteers.

"You can't thank them enough, whether it's a thank you card, or telling them in person. There's never any way to tell them thank you that would ever truly have them understand how much this meant to us.”

Habitat executive director Laurie Mealy says she has high hopes and the best wishes for the Kirby family.

"I hope they can grow old here I hope to see Caleb grow up here, graduate high school here, have his own tree house. I hope that this is a place where they will grow old, feel a part of the neighborhood, and know that they're part of this community and have deep, deep roots," Mealy says.

Saturday was the first night Julie, Brian and their two youngest children spent in the home. The Kirbys say they're building their lives on a foundation so many others have helped create.

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