Update 10-28: It's the Grys family's big day! The family is expected home around 2:00p.m. today. They will drive up in a limo. A bus will be between them and their new home. Then Ty Pennington will scream "Bus driver, move that bus!" The bus will pull away and Ty will take the family inside. You can still go to the site. There are shuttles that will take you from Sears on Court Street to the Grys home. However, I am sure a lot of people showed up early this morning. I guarantee you it's packed right now!
I got to do a live shot at the site last night for the 10p.m. news! Lead builder Melanie Spurgeon talked to me about what it has been like working for a network T.V. show and building a house in just a few days. She said one of the designers, Michael, came up to her when she was having a lighting problem. She said she was all animated and getting upset and he was comforter her. She looked over someone was filming the scene. Ahhh! She says it was embarrassing, but they asked her to just be herself and act normal. That is what they are getting! If you haven't seen the home yet, I recommend you go out there. It is gorgeous! We won't be able to show the inside of the home until the episode airs on ABC sometime in January(tentatively Jan. 11th). We did see crews bring in a water therapy pool for Jake and we know the builder did some unique things to the home to make Jake more at ease. Thank you Extreme Makeover Home Edition and thanks especially to Director G.T. who has helped us out so much. He couldn't be a nicer guy!
Update 10-26: I got to meet the Director of Extreme Makeover Home Edition this weekend! He is a very nice guy. He says he is usually out of town for 12-14 days and then home for a couple weeks with his wife. He is not someone you see on the show, but he is at the construction site for around 12 hours a day! He says Ty Pennington gets hounded everywhere they go. I believe it! I am still wondering if Ty will be available for an interview before The Grys' house is complete. It sounds like Ty's manager keeps him busy!
The house is coming along beautifully. I love the nine foot cathedral ceilings and the arched doorway! The builder-Melanie Spurgeon-really has outdone herself! I am headed out there Monday to see the progress. I can't believe anyone can build a house this fast. It took my builder about 6 months!Congratulations to the Grys family from Pekin, Illinois! They are getting a brand new home thanks to ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition. This is the first time the show has ever come to our area. I talked to Jean Grys last week and she was so worried about today. I am so thrilled for her and her family! They spent so much time preparing videos and getting pledges with the hope they would be one of the few families nationwide to win! They did it! Jean said she didn't want her name mentioned on the news until after the winner was announced. She just didn't want anything to jeopardize her chances. I don't blame her!
Her son, Jake, has Osteogenesis Imperfecta-a brittle bone disease-and dwarfism. His limbs are very weak and the Grys family desperately needs a new home to accommodate him. I am sure it helps that Jake has a wonderful personality. He's one of those kids you want to see when you're down in the dumps because you know he will make you smile.
Stephen and Jean Grys have been foster parents to more than 250 children. They have four children besides Jake. Their other children are involved in helping the community as well. Oh and Jake is adopted. How wonderful that this family found each other!
Congratulations Grys family!!! I can't wait to see your new home that will be built in just one week. That's crazy fast! I cry every time I watch the Extreme Makeover on Sunday nights. When this episode airs, I will need more than one Kleenex!
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