Mom pays it forward

Published 11/01 2013 09:40PM

Updated 11/04 2013 09:57AM

BEMENT -- A mom is paying it forward. Habitat for Humanity built her a house, but something happened which changed her life. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley has the story.

The first time Crystal Grimes walked into her home three years ago, she was a single mom of two.

"Home is where your heart is. I never thought I would have a home."

Grimes and her kids were living in a room at her parent's house, when Habitat for Humanity offered her a new beginning. She helped build it from the ground up.

"We spent a lot of time here, making it what we wanted."

Soon after, Grimes fell in love and got married. She now has a family of five.

"God works in mysterious ways. I was presented with a home. Then, I was presented with a husband who takes care of us."

The growing family is moving into a bigger home down the street. Grimes' daughter is happy she doesn't have to share a room.

"Whenever she was crying and had to take a nap I would have to go to the living room. Now with the new house I don't have to do that."

But it's not at easy for this mom to leave behind. All that's left is bare walls and empty rooms but what Grimes' still sees is something which doesn't meet the eye.

"I see a reflection of who we are. We've had Christmases here, family dinners here, birthday parties here."

She handed off the keys and said her goodbyes. Grimes walked in carrying a lot on her shoulders, but she walks out with a family right by her side.

"We decided it was time that we give somebody else the opportunity that we received. It's time for somebody else to have our opportunity."
Habitat for Humanity hasn't picked a new family to move into the home yet. For more information, click here

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