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Wife surprises returning soldier with home renovation

Posted January 25, 2010 7:57 a.m. EST
Updated January 25, 2010 10:23 a.m. EST

— A North Carolina National Guardsman got a surprise when he returned to Wake Forest Sunday: a home renovation that his wife described as his dream.

Spec. Michael Spivey was among hundreds of troops with the 30th Brigade Combat Team who returned from a deployment to Iraq this weekend.

His wife, Christie, and friends surprised him with a 1,000-square-foot addition to their house. The new digs included a work shop and home theater.

Michael Spivey was overcome with emotion and cried when he saw the renovation.

"I'll probably come down here, grab a Mountain Dew, grab my wife, come down here and watch whatever movie she wants to watch," he said.

Christie Spivey said that she got plenty of help with the project from family and friends. Everyone, including the contractors, donated their time and all the materials.