'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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  • by kayla Location: sherm town on Feb 26, 2008 at 07:15 PM
    Tracy, if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all, because obviously you just look for bad things to say about fortunate people. So why don't you get off your a-- and apply for one yourself.-- Your the reason why the world is the way it is today--
  • by Tammy (again) on Feb 26, 2008 at 08:18 AM
    What some of the people making all the negative comments don't realize is that people who get a Habitat house have a house payment, it is NOT free !
  • by sonya on Feb 26, 2008 at 07:48 AM
    julie your the best sister anyone could ever have.i'm so happy for you and brian. God bless you and yours.
  • by Tammy Location: God's Country on Feb 26, 2008 at 07:10 AM
    The Kirby's didn't get anything handed to them, just a helping hand. They had to put in hours cleaning the lot, helping build, all kinds of hard work to show how serious they were about getting their own house. Tracy, God bless you anyway even though you seem so bitter. Maybe you should try to apply for a Habitat house, see if you would qualify, do all the work you were asked to do, plus more.. Julie & Brian were required to do 300 hours within a certian time frame, but they did their hours, plus way over the # required in about half the time alloted. I know, because I put in hours for them too, washing dishes at a Habitat for Humanity dinner party for the volunteers. And, they do have a house payment. It is not totally free !!
  • by Heather Location: Sherman on Feb 26, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    Right, we don't ever know what the fates will bring. But, I can guarantee you this- no one will hand me a brand new house! I'll have to use personal resources, whether I have them or NOT. We fend for ourselves,work full time and maintain that employment...because my husband and I are responsible for the children we brought into the world.
  • by Me Location: Denison on Feb 25, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    I dont agree with Tracy, you never know if a fire/flood/tornado is going to happen and when it does most people need help getting back on their feet, most people dont have a bunch of money saved up, most people live paycheck to paycheck. You want to be hateful but if that happened to your family you probably would need the help and if it does I hope you dont get any, KARMA!
  • by Thumblelina Location: Ardmore on Feb 25, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    Please put my family on the list for a new house! My family came over with the pilgrims and fought in every war. My husband and I have worked all of our lives and all we can afford is a double-wide home. Foreigners come over,take advantage of not paying taxes for 7 years. Buying up stores and motels, hotels. Then change ownership to another relative every four years so they never have to show the IRS a profit. Americans who fought and bled and died for this nation for centuries get nothing but death and more taxes for our patriotism.
  • by Heather Location: Sherman on Feb 25, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    I almost agree with Tracy. My husband and I bust our butts all week working full time, we still struggle to make ends meet. No one pays our bills or gives us a home. We fend for ourselves...
  • by Scott Location: Sherman on Feb 25, 2008 at 12:18 PM
    Yeah, jealous because lowlifes get handed everything in life and the rest of us have to work for it. The truth is the only people that get anything are the illegal aliens and the losers sitting around with their hands held out.
  • by stjoe Location: Denison on Feb 25, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    Tracy, what a shame you never know what tomorrow brings. I hope your heart problem improves.
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