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Catching up with the Carrs

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Two years ago this week, the hit TV show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", built an East Texas family's dream home on national TV.

Thousands of volunteers changed the Carr family's life in just one week. The crews has just a 106 hours to topple their old home down and build a new one made especially for their four adopted children, all with special needs. 

We had a chance to sit down with Carr family to see all the ways their lives have changed.

It's a busy Thursday afternoon at the Carr's. They're getting ready for Haydn's 11th birthday party. It's a mystery theme. Hayden says her favorite mystery book is "Encyclopedia Brown".

All four children are helping out, even the youngest, five-year-old Rina. 
     
For Haydn, she says this birthday will be one of her best. Next week, she'll watch her dad graduate from college.
 
"He studies a lot. He's been studying and studying," said Haydn.

 Two years of watching her dad's dream come true, Haydn shared some of her own.

 "A missionary and a police officer," said Haydn. 
     
Hadyn says the new classroom in her home has given her the tools to grow academically.
Meanwhile, her dad's still studying for those last final exams to graduate with a surgical technology degree May 11th. 

"Extreme Makeover gave me a wider field, a broader field to choose from. I think it gave me that opportunity to really decide do I want to continue looking for the same type of job or change directions completely," said Mike Carr.  

"Just unreal. That it meant that much to that many people was. It's just amazing," said Katrina Carr.  
   
Katrina Carr says their extreme home led her to a job in hosting home parties. She's held the position for a year.

"It wasn't something I thought I'd ever do, but when Mike went back to school and we were finding he just wasn't getting a job offer right away, we had to do something for us to be able to pay the bills," said Katrina. 

She says reaching those dreams pale in comparison to how far her children's development has come.

With her new red boots, a happy, giggly five-year-old Rina points to her new prosthetic leg she got Wednesday.

"It's this leg... It's this leg!" said Rina. 

She says her other prosthetic leg made it difficult to get around.

"Because it was bothering me," said Rina.  

She's back to doing the things she loves.
     
"Riding my bike and riding my scooter," she said.  

 Two years ago, their home opened all sorts of possibilities for the Carr family. What's to come is still to be seen. 

"I want to go to North Korea because people need to know God there," said Haydn.   

"If we haven't said thank you, thank you. Thank you for everything. It's been a blessing," said Mike Carr.          
 
An extreme home that continues to give joy and opportunity even in the most ordinary moments. 

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