Viewers will witness how the design team from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition rebuilt a house for the widow and three surviving sons of a husband/father who had once dreamed of renovating the place himself. The remarkable process and more of the touching story of this renovation in Brathwaite, Louisiana, near New Orleans. Right before Christmas in 2003, Robin Leslie received the life-altering news that both her oldest son, Merlin, and her husband, Doug, had been killed in a car crash. Robin was left with a broken heart, an unfinished and rundown house, and alone to care for three surviving young children -- Spencer, six, and three-year-old twins Brent and Brandon. A school guidance counselor by profession, Robin now finds that she is the one who needs help, as does the home, where the boys sleep together in a room downstairs because their dad never got the chance to remodel their bedrooms. As with all of the intense remodeling projects that "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" undertakes, there is a great deal that goes on that does not make it into the final broadcast. Now viewers can see all of that and more, including: -For the first time, design team leader Ty Pennington asks for outside help on his "secret room" from two of Robin's girlfriends. -How the show's locations department deals with the many challenges this particular show presents - including ferrying furniture and construction materials across the Mississippi River, and coping with the heavy rains that affect the entire worksite. -Designers Paul DiMeo and Preston Sharp discovering some awesome antique barge board that they use to build a new table. -Designer Paige Hemmis and friends of the Leslie Family releasing balloons with notes attached - their way of getting their thoughts to Merlin and Doug. The design team for this episode features team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Preston Sharp and Eduardo Xol.moreless
What do I think of The Leslie family? Well, firstly I think Robin Leslie is an absolute Angel. I think she is a strong woman, and she should be proud of herself for her accomplishments, and for her family. I think her late husband was very lucky to have spent at least part of his life with such a wonderful person. The Leslie kids seem like gems! good kids.. kids any parents would be proud of. Hang in there Robin, you\\\'re awsome. Robin, I live in Mississippi, and dealt with part of Hurricane Katrina. I did not suffer the effects of the Hurricane as bad as you did, but some. Keep your chin up, and keep moving forward. Brad Cooneymoreless
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