Sunday's storms couldn't dampen spirits for a young family with four children who can't wait to move in and start building a life in their new home.
Inella Wiggins, 7, stretched over the soft carpet in her room and grinned excitedly as she described how she was planning to decorate it.
"I am going to put Hello Kitty on my wall, and use pink and purple colors, and make it bright," Inella said.
Sunday marked the dedication of the 127th house by Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and gave Inella and the rest of the Wiggins family a happy new home.
The Wigginses had been sharing a two-bedroom apartment with relatives, living out of suitcases in a very crowded setting for the past two years.
They all looked forward to finally having a space to call their own.
Benjamin Wiggins, 33, brought his family to Colorado Springs in 2012 shortly after the Waldo Canyon fire, driven by a desire to live close to family and a job offer as an asphalt maintenance contractor.
Frustrated by their cramped living arrangements, the family applied for a Habitat for Humanity home last year. The lengthy process required them to meet a long list of standards and commitments, such as 450 "sweat equity hours."
Carmina Lass, director of homeowner services for Habitat, said the Wiggins family met every standard above and beyond expectation - such as completing their required sweat equity hours in just a few months.
"They were here every single weekend, building and participating, working, encouraging the volunteers, learning and helping out," Lass said. "They have been so enthusiastic and so ready for this opportunity. They're such a positive light for everyone involved."
For Cicely Wiggins, 31, owning a home will provide her and her family a place to make memories and grow together.
"This house means stability, it means memories, it means love, it means growth," Cicely said. "We hope our children will learn that they can put their minds to something and they can stick with it, and that they can do it. They can accomplish anything with effort and hard work. The sky's the limit."
The home, in a newly constructed residential subdivision off East Woodmen Road and North Powers Boulevard, was the 127th dedication by Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and the fourth built in collaboration with Apostles Build, a coalition of 12 local churches that contributed money and volunteers.
The Wiggins family will close on their home Sept. 2 and move in immediately after, according to Habitat for Humanity officials.
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