Natalie Gonzalez-Ely

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

January 13th, 2012

Last night was the finale of the long running and highly successful television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The show contacted Krombholz Jewelers in October to ask if we would be will to make wedding ring for a family that had a life changing experience during the tornado that hit Joplin, MO. earlier this year.

This is a picture of Natalie Gonzales-Ely who is showing off her new ring on her wedding day.

Below is her story that was published on the Extreme Makeover website.

Having both been divorced, Natalie and Scott didn't think they would remarry. But when the tornado took their home, they changed their minds. Before moving to Joplin, Natalie once saw a special about earthquakes. She learned that putting a bicycle helmet on your child's head could save his/her life. When the tornado hit, the family huddled in their bathtub, with Scott on top holding on to a mattress and Augie wearing a bicycle helmet. The roof flew off. Scott was picked up off the family and thrown back down in the bathroom. A toilet from the second bathroom flew through the air and hit Augie. The bicycle helmet he was wearing shattered to pieces but saved Augie's life.

Natalie was pelted with debris while trying to protect her son, severely hurting her back. While up in the air, Scott watched his family. It was at this moment that he realized, if they all survived, he wanted to marry Natalie and become a legal stepfather to Augie. When the wind started to calm down, Natalie realized they were in the eye of the tornado and their house was gone. Realizing they wouldn't survive the second wave, Natalie and her family rushed over to a drainage ditch to find cover. Watching Scott carrying her son with his good arm (the other suffering a compound fracture), Natalie knew Scott would be her husband. They survived the tornado, broken and without a home. Scott proposed to Natalie a few weeks later. And while on vacation, the team flies Natalie's older son, Joshua, in to so that he can give his mom away at a wedding that take place with the families new neighbors watching on.

The new home feature a giant message on the wall in the kitchen. It reads: It's the love of a family that turns a house into a home. There's a safe room that will keep them safe in the event of another emergency. Scott loves the house, but the thing he loves even more is the fact that Joplin will rebuild and the people will move on.