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Published June 10, 2012, 10:26 AM

Kindred family leaving farmhouse behind for West Fargo Dream Home

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - Michele Gilbertson says it feels like a dream. It's only been hours since the Kindred woman won a $500,000 West Fargo home in a giveaway. Now, she's mentally packing up her home and ready to hit the road.

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - Michele Gilbertson says it feels like a dream. It's only been hours since the Kindred woman won a $500,000 West Fargo home in a giveaway. Now, she's mentally packing up her home and ready to hit the road.

Michele and her husband Art moved into this house 20 years ago and are now ready to start the next chapter with their 3 children.

Michele Gilbertson – Home Winner: “It is the only home they have ever known, but they were ready to go. They were just like, ‘yea we are living in that house.’”

The house didn't start out looking like this. It was just this one house, and after seeing an ad in 2002 for a free home built in the 50's to move, it became two houses build into one.

Art Gilbertson - Husband: “It's a real puzzle that has been put together.”

This win was the start of many firsts for the family; the first time in a brand new home, the first time having a dishwasher, and the first time ever having more than one bathroom for the whole family to share.

Michele Gilbertson: “Just so excited to have the master suite and have the bathroom that it has. It is just amazing. Our current bathroom - we've got one in the entire house and I think you could probably fit what two or three of our current bathroom just in the shower.”

Each son shares their own bittersweet moments that will come along with the move. Benjamin, an NDSU sophomore, will love being only a few miles away from College.

Benjamin Gilbertson – 19 Year-Old Son: “I've had quite a few memories in this place, and I’m sure I’ll have quite a few new ones in the new house.”

Cameron will like being closer to friends, and can’t wait to get to the city.

Cameron Gilbertson – 16 Year-Old Son: “Having our own bathrooms, because I hate sharing a bathroom with these two guys. Come on get out of the bathroom.”

Levi is just happy knowing he'll have a few less bug bites this summer.

Levi Gilbertson: “I'm really happy that I am out of the country because I've really gotten tired of all the mosquitos, snakes, and salamanders.”

When it comes to the money involved with keeping the home, the Gilbertson's say they haven't crunched the numbers quite yet. They wanted to enjoy this weekend and not worry about the money.

Art Gilbertson: “I guess the way I look at it is, it was in God's hands when she walked through that door and he got us this far, he'll get us the rest.”

The Gilbertson's say they will meet sometime next week about finances, but say they shouldn't be a problem.

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