The response from people when they found out was awesome. They started donating appliances, furniture and supplies for the house, anything they could. Even the seller, Jerry Forest, made donations.

We would say we needed something, and it would mysteriously appear. I could not wait to bring her in.

But I told her the longer she had to wait, the better the house was going to look.

I loved getting everyone together, putting my heart into it and being able to surprise her.