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6/1/05-Lake Tyler

HGTV Dream Home Winner Hopes To Share Love, Home With Foster Children

Donald Cruz says he still wakes up each morning, believing he's still dreaming.

He's getting used to living in the huge house on Lake Tyler, awaiting the return of his wife and son from Illinois.

"They always say that Texas is a little piece of Heaven, and they're telling the truth," says Don Cruz as he looks out on the splendor that is his now.

The amazing beauty, the gifts from friends like a pontoon boat, even a scholarship to Stepping Stone School for 9-year-old Donny.  It's just been a whirlwind.

"I just sometimes sit around and say God has blessed us so much it's unbelievable. We don't feel like we've done anything special that God should give us so many blessings," he said.

Don, wife Shelly and Donny haven't been the only ones in the family. The Cruzes were foster parents back in Illinois. The idea to help kids comes from Don's childhood.

"We never had much money-wise, but there was plenty of love to go around."

From Don and Shelly's small home, they opened their hearts to children with no home.

"That what I wanted to do all my life is help kids out and I wanted to do the same thing and that's why we started doing foster care."

So now with this home, comes a bigger plan.

"We went from 708 to 6,000 square feet. We can squeeze a lot of kids into this house."

It will take some time to get used to the new home, to pay off the taxes on the home, to get licensed as foster parents.

"If God blesses us that way, it will be."

And the Cruzes will enjoy the space the Dream Home offers, But Don says they won't keep it all to themselves.

"God's greatest gift are children."

Don's wife and son will "officially" move in this weekend. Nine-year-old Donny had to finish the school year in Illinois. It'll be the family's first time to actually live in the house together.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.


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