Meet the Knoxville family receiving 500th Habitat for Humanity home

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – There is a lot of change this time of the year for families in our area. Most either went back to school this week or will be in just a few days. The Lanxter family is having double the excitement. Not only are their four kids getting ready to hit the books, the entire family is getting ready for a big move.

WATE 6 On Your Side caught up with them as they were rounding out their summer with on of their favorite pastimes – bowling.

Tim and Tateanna Lanxter were all smiles at the Strike and Spare Family Bowl in West Knoxville.

“If I win tonight, she’s got to pay for dinner. I am trying to beat her for my dinner,” said Tim Lanxter.

Truthfully, Tateanna Lanxter is usually the big winner, but no matter how many pins fall over, they are all about to win. The entire family will soon be living in Habitat for Humanity’s 500th home in Knoxville and construction starts next month.

“Every time I think about it, I just get chills through my body,” Tateanna Lanxter said.

This will be her first house ever and a way she says she can provide more for her kids. That includes 11-year-old twin Rondre’a’s her own bedroom.

“I think that means I can do whatever I want in there. I can put up whatever posters. My sister doesn’t like the posters that I like,” she said.

For the older kids, it means more time to focus on their futures. High school senior Lazaia wants to go to school to become a masseuse. Junior Rondrow wants to go on to play football. When it comes to Mom, she’s dreaming of design plans for her new home.

“I don’t want to give anyone any hints,” she said with a smile. “I don’t want anyone to steal my ideas!”

In a few weeks we may have a better idea though. The family will be making their choices for paint, flooring and cabinets.

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