Ozarks Extreme Makeover Days 5 & 6: The Anticipation

Jeremy Elwood, SBJ ReporterThere’s excitement in the air.

At the Ash Grove build site for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” there is a definite buzz among the hundreds of volunteers and organizers.

The home itself looks to be nearly complete from the outside – complete enough, in fact, that the site has been closed to the media for fear of giving away the secret interior design ideas for the home.

Work has progressed far enough that landscaping is under way, with earth movers pushing mounds of earth from place to place and landscapers tilling the soil in preparation for flowers and trees.

There’s a definite feeling of positivity in the air – even Mother Nature seems to be smiling on the build, with sunny skies and temperatures well below the normally sweltering July weather for which the Ozarks is known.

And yet, despite the comfortable weather and relaxed atmosphere, there’s a feeling of purpose to the whole process – every member of the sea of blue shirts both inside and outside the Hamptons’ future home moves quickly and determinedly toward their next task. They know what is at stake: a new life for a deserving family. There is no complaining about pain or fatigue; everyone is doing whatever it takes to complete a seemingly incomprehensible task.

The anticipation must be building for the family as well while enjoying the last few hours of their vacation at Walt Disney World in Florida. It’s been a month of miracles for the Hamptons. Parents Niki and Chris found out less than two weeks ago that the adoption of their four foster children is complete, within days of being selected for a new home and a family vacation.

It’s certainly the week of a lifetime – and the end result will be revealed in just 48 hours.

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1 Response to “Ozarks Extreme Makeover Days 5 & 6: The Anticipation”


  1. 1 Debra Sinick July 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    How exciting! It was such an energizing event in my neck of the woods, Kirkland, WA. (Some of the posts are listed above) It was thrilling to see the community from City Hall to the neighbors banding together to help the project succeed. Watching the show doesn’t compare to what you experience by being there.

    Good luck!


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