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Let the makeover begin!

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - You see John Littlefield and Ed Sanders just about every Sunday night.  The two cast members for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came all the way from the West Coast to East Texas.  For the next week, they will be near Mineola, helping the family of Mike and Katrina Carr.

"It's a beautiful family," said Sanders, a carpenter and interior designer with the show.  "You know you've come to the right place when you meet the locals and they tell you, thanks for helping this family."

Sanders and Littlefield spent much of Thursday morning filming and getting to know the Carr family. Mike, Katrina and their adopted brood from Kazakhstan: Nikolas, 9, Haydn, 8, Ryanne, 7, and Rina, 3.

"I didn't believe they were here," said Nikolas.

"I was very happy and excited," said Haydn.

All the excitement must have made Little Rina a little sleepy--she fell asleep in her mother's arms. But Ryanne was a ball of energy.

"I like to swim, bike, climb trees," said Ryanne.  She and Rina were born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which effected the development of their limbs.  

"They've got the basic fundamentals: a loving family support system, and they're doing just fine," said Sanders.

The house is the problem.  Plumbing leaks are creating mold issues.  The house also has electrical problems.  The air filtration system also needs to be replaced

"It needs to go," said Littlefield.

"For these girls to be able to have a home they can move about independently, it's going to be huge," said Katrina.

"Home is a safety area," said Mike.  "We know we'll go in there and we'll be safe and healthy." 

"What the show does is take away a burden," said Sanders. "With the house gone, and a new house in its place, mom, dad and the kids, can focus on each other."

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