All aboard! We're back on the bus and headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma to meet the Starkweathers. Ty, Paige, Eduardo and Paul are here to help a very special boy, Ethan Starkweather. Ethan suffers from a rare disorder which causes him to never feel full. If he eats without supervision, his stomach may rupture. His mom, Amy, fears the house may become Ethan's deathtrap if the locks on the refrigerator and cabinets ever fail. We know a few folks who will make sure that never take place.
Amy takes us on a tour and Ty is quick to point out the lock on the fridge. The kitchen often serves as a common area, but in the Starkweather's case, it's the most dangerous room in the house. We also learn that Ethan is an inspiration to the family and his community with the work he does for the Make a Wish Foundation. The family is off to Walt Disney World while the Extreme Team takes care of their home.
Super singers Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert 'get on the bus' to help the Starkweathers. We can tell that Miranda's painting skills are not on par with her singing, but she gets an 'A' for effort. Sheryl sees this work as something that will have an effect and last forever. Callie London also joins us on the bus as a very special guest interior designer. Callie suffers from cystic fibrosis and her wish is to makeover a kid's room. What a great gift for Ethan!
The Starkweathers are having a great time on vacation and Ty has a special surprise. Ethan and family are personally invited to an underwater sea experience he'll never forget. Ethan is able to dive with his favorite sea creatures and train a dolphin. It's oceans of fun!
The Starkweather family attends a special auction to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. A special message from Sarah McLachlan informs them that the Lilith Fair tour will be traveling across the country and is donating part of their proceeds from the local concert to the Make a Wish Foundation. The Starkweathers end the night with a brand new car. Outstanding!
"Bus Driver, Move That Bus!" Amy is jumping with joy when she sees the new home, as she envisions freedom and happiness for her family. Toen is overcome with gratitude to the community that has rallied around them. Let's break it all down:
- The Kitchen -- The pantry has both a lock and a security code to access it. There is even enough room for the fridge! Amy is relieved to know that she'll never have to worry about Ethan finding the food.
-The Aeronautics Room -- Ryan dreams of aeronautics. Paige made a perfect room for Ryan to be inspired. The coolest part of the room is that he can sleep on top of a wing. Talk about sweet dreams!
-The Drum Room -- Jared counts 10 drums in his room. Eduardo made an art piece utilizing the drum sticks. Jared and Ryan will also no longer have to hide their snacking from their brother. Their lounge comes with a security code and a mini-kitchen. They totally deserve this.
-The Submarine Room -- Ethan loves what Callie and Paul did with the room. He especially loves the sharks. The decor of the room takes Amy's breath away.
-The Master Bedroom -- Amy and Toen are in a sanctuary. Ty has also installed a monitoring system for Amy to check on the house at any time. This is revolutionary for both of them.
-The Therapy Room -- Paul worked on this room. OMG, we instantly fall in love with Cotton, a trained helper dog that will be an extra pair of eyes for the family. Amy calls Cotton a dream come true. Woof!
Sheryl and Miranda give a very private performance for the Starkweathers. Miranda tells us the song choice is because she believes there's no place like the house that built me. What a perfect way to kickoff living in a new house. Sheryl also has a special song for the Starkweathers. While we can't quite top all the singing, we can say, "Welcome home, Starkweather family. Welcome home."