MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - The crowds have left and the cameras will soon pack up and head back to Hollywood. But, for the Carr family the reality of their new dream home has yet to set in.
"We got out of the limo and we felt it...it was tangible," said Katrina Carr. "We could grab it with both hands."
Love and support poured from thousands of East Texans to welcomed them home.
"I'm ready to hug everybody," said Katrina Carr.
This time last week Mike, Katrina, Nikolas, Haydn, Ryanne, and Rina Carrs' lives were changed, forever.
"From the colors to every little nook and detail...it's us," said Katrina Carr.
They shed tears of happiness as the bus was moved and their brand new home was revealed to them for the very first time. More tears were shed Friday morning. The first time the Carrs were able to express their emotions - or at least try to.
"For Mike to be able to be safe, and know that he can continue to work and know that these guys can continue to grow, I can't put that into words," said Katrina Carr.
"I like my room," said Ryanne Carr.
"The kids can just be the kids they want to be...and they need to be."
"They have giving hearts, already, but now they see how big that can become," said Mike Carr.
Hundreds of volunteers worked day and night - many of them, total strangers. Each and everyone one are, now, members of an extended East Texas family.
"I always thought they were probably a good candidate for this show, but you never believe...really, Mineola, Texas...in all this mayhem...it's indescribable."
The Carrs say it is that network of support that has kept them here. Mike was laid off back in July. Tempting job offers came in from across the country, but they opted to stay in East Texas.
"We sat down and we prayed about it and we thought about it...is it going to be worth us, leaving here?" explained Mike Carr.
"It was something that we just felt like, 'Lord if that's where you lead us, we're going to go where you lead us,' and I'm so glad he led us right here," said Katrina Carr.
They say they have no plans of leaving anytime soon.
"We feel the responsibility of caring for these gifts," said Katrina Carr. "We want to be those people that inspire our community."
Monday, June 17 2013 11:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:41:16 GMT
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