Castles In Air And On Ground

"A castle," is how Penny Dyer's quadruplets call what will soon become their new home.

On Thursday morning, Penny and Dwain Dyer, with their quadruplets trailing behind, gave correspondent Tracy Smith a tour.

"It's a little over 3,100 square feet," says Penny Dyer, pointing out that the master bathroom even has a Jacuzzi, for when she gets a break.

How does it feel coming from a trailer to "the castle"?

"It's unbelievable," she says with a big smile. "We could never imagine a house this great. We are so thankful to our friends and family because without our family, too, it wouldn't be possible. Everyone's come together to get it all finished. We can't wait."

Moving into the house is the conclusion of the wish granted last spring, or so Penny Dyer thought.

But The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen had more surprises.

It was clear that after all those babies, and all that moving in, Penny and Dwain Dyer need a break. So the Wyndham El Conquistador Resort in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico, invited them to have a second honeymoon in its tropical paradise. Their trip includes airfare, daily breakfasts, a romantic dinner for two, and treatments at the very, very "luxe" Golden Door Spa.

"Oh, my goodness. That's great," Penny Dyer says with tears in her eyes.

And for their house, Jerry Gleason of The Wood Promotion Network, which contributed to most of their dream home, gave them a house warming gift: A wooden sign that says, "Welcome To The Dyers."

In order to fully understand just how much this home means to them, you have to know just how many wishes it took for them to get there.

This story begins in 2001, when Penny and Dwain became Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Dyer.

Penny Dyer soon became pregnant. But she wasn't just any expectant mom: X-rays showed that she was carrying four babies. When Penny's health began deteriorating, doctors suggested removing two babies so that the other two might survive. But for Penny Dyer, it was all or nothing.

On March 21, 2002, she gave birth to four babies: Bailey, Peyton, Brooks and Jessica. Birth defects are relatively common with multiple births, but the Dyer babies were perfect.

Within a year, it was clear that the babies were outgrowing their home. If three's a crowd, six is chaos.

The Dyers lived in a rented trailer at the end of a long dirt road that flooded when it rained. And in Tallahassee, Fla., it rains a lot. Grandma Lila Dyer wished her grandkids could have a big home of their own, so she wrote The Week of Wishes a letter.

And a few weeks later on The Early Show, the Dyers' wish was granted.

Last spring, Penney and Dwain Dyer found a level lot, and their wish began to come true.

There were a lot of people who helped with this wish:

  • Weber Shandwick and The Wood Promotion Network supplied the lumber.
  • Tile Partners For Humanity organized project, installation labor.

    Crossville, Inc. (750 square feet of 12" x 12" earth-tone Porcelain Stone® tile, installation labor)

    Elite Building Products (thinset mortar and sanded grout to install 750 square feet of tile, installation labor)

    James Hardie Building Products (Hardibacker tile backerboard to install 750 sf of tile, installation labor)

    North American Tile Tool Company (tile tools for project)

    Easy Pull Tile Spacer (tile spacers)

    Aqua Mix (tile cleaner and grout sealer)

    Marsha Stow (tile installation)

  • Kohler pitched in all the plumbing fixtures: faucets, toilets, sinks, towel bars & paper holders.
  • Decorative Flooring did all the hardwood floors including a hand-made medallion.
  • Forecast Lighting provided the interior light fixtures.
  • Lee & Cates Glass donated and installed mirrors in all the bathrooms.
  • North Florida South Georgia Hardwood Floors, Jason Veal, installed hardwood flooring.
  • Home Adventures Furnishings and Jason Fisher and Dave Cash provided the bedroom furniture for the girls.
  • Pier 1 & Pier 1 Kids provided the living room sofa, chair and ottoman, as well as the rug, coffee table, and little boy's furniture for Brooks.
  • Carpetland donated the carpet as well as installation for entire upstairs.
  • Remax Professionals Realty and Kristina Petrandis who coordinated all of the building, donations and land purchase.

Everything came together for a place that the Dyer kids, and their kids, will be proud to call home.

Thanks also to:
Benson's Heating & Air: Units & installation at cost
Bill Powell Nursery: Plants
Sunset Rotary Club: Installing sod and yard cleanup
Boyd Sod Farm: Sod
Beach to Bay Interiors: Window treatment
S&T Specialties: Making stone and installing fireplace stone
SCA Contractors: Installing soffits and eaves
Capital City Lumber: Delivery of materials
Malphurs Septic Tank: Septic tank at cost
The Hernandez Family: Lowes gift card & painting
The McCoy Family: Landscaping, organizing volunteers & donations
The Kerr Family: Electrical work
The McCammon Family: Electrical, painting, yard leveling
The McDonald Family: Paint donation and painting
Eppes Parkway: Caulking, paint discount
Ray Aldridge: Landscape
Jim: Plumbing completion
Seacoast Supply & USG: Sheetrock material and finishing supplies at cost
Tops of Tallahassee: Storage for supplies and donations