PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICOLE W. PHOTOGRAPHY

We met Stacy and Bill Halstead in the fall of 2012, and were immediately touched and inspired by their story. Together with their extended family, they are proving to be an amazing pillar of strength for their young son, Tripp. 

Stacy and Bill met in Asheville NC in 2006 and married the following year. Difficulty in getting pregnant led them fertility specialists and soon Stacy learned that their efforts were successful. Feeling tremendously blessed, Stacy and Bill cherished every moment they spent with their thriving baby boy. Hopes to give Tripp a sibling were dashed after the devastating miscarriage of a daughter they named Ella Mary. Shortly thereafter they learned that their window of opportunity for bearing more children was becoming increasing small. After overcoming their loss, Stacy and Bill immersed themselves in providing Tripp the best they could offer. Their family was complete.

On Monday, October 29, 2012 life changed irrevocably for Tripp, and Stacy, and Bill. The day began as just another typical day. They dropped Tripp off at daycare, kissing him goodbye and reminding him how much they loved him, then continued on to work. Later that morning, while playing in the yard, high winds whipped unexpectedly through the neighborhood of the daycare center. A huge tree limb snapped in a gust and, tragically, fell directly onto Tripp’s head.

He was rushed to Winder-Barrow Hospital then flown to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. Emergency surgery revealed that the impact of the tree limb had shattered Tripp’s skull into multiple pieces. His prognosis was poor and Stacy and Bill were told to brace for the worst. Miraculously, Tripp survived that initial surgery and several that immediately followed. The next several months were like an out-of-control rollercoaster - physically for him, and emotionally for Stacy and Bill.

Tripp is proving to be quite a fighter as he endures innumerable obstacles and surgeries. The road ahead is full of challenges. Doctors remain unsure of the extent of Tripp’s brain injury and his prognosis is uncertain. However, Stacy and Bill's faith is unshakeable and within the year began preparations to bring Tripp home.

With a new (to them) ranch-style house purchased, Bill started planning a wheel-chair accessible remodel. It was around this time that Sunshine on a Ranney Day heard about his ambitions and stepped in to assist. With the goal of making the entire house Tripp friendly - we totally gutted the interior and started, basically, from scratch. We transformed a conventional house into a comfortable, functional, and fully-accessible home with a spacious open floor-plan. Hundreds of volunteers, businesses and sponsors supported and assisted in making this dream become a reality. We are also very thankful for all the generous monetary donations. We connected with people around the world who are touched by Tripp's story and by our mission.

BEFORE A LITTLE SUNSHINE...

AFTER SUNSHINE!


SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS!

Ideal Interiors & Ideal Development Concepts

General Contractor- Danny Phillips

Crosby Design Group- Jennifer Crosby

TrustDal

WSB-TV - Over 1.6 million people watched the reveal live on WSB-TV live stream!

Electronics
Best Buy

Financial Advisor for Stacy and Bill
Gratus Capital Management

Fireplace Logs
Real Fyre Premium Gas Logs
Rutherford Equipment

Fireplace Materials
Boral Bricks


Flooring Material
Mohawk

Framers
W.G Yates & Sons Construction Company


Furniture
Rooms To Go

Real Deals Furniture

Garage door
Overhead Door Company of Atlanta

Gas Log Fireplace
Folger Gas, LLC

Glass & Mirrors
Echols Glass & Mirror

Green Egg Grill
Roswell Hardware

Gutter
Leafguard


Handicap Accessible Walk-In Shower
Bath Fitter

Hardware
United Supply Company
Magbee Contractors Supply


Heating & Air
All Temp Heating & Air Conditioning
Clover Enterprises
Lennox

Hospital Bed
Carmichael Drugs
TenderCare Beds


Hospitality on Demolition Day
JCCHS Panther Football Team


HVAC unit
Peachtree Heating & Air Conditioning

HVAC Installation
One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning


Kitchen Remodel
Ideal Interiors


Kitchen Appliances
Guy Gunter and Associates
Aaron's

Landfill Donation
Gainesville Waste and Recycling

Landscaping
Selective Designs

Triple A Landscaping
678-618-2252

Lighting - Accent Lighting
Progressive Lighting

Pioneer Lighting

Light Switches
Lutron Electronics


Lumber
Suwanee Lumber Company
Universal Forest


 

Make-over T-shirts and hats
Rease Promotional Products

Meals for Volunteers on Demo Day
Dairy Queen Jefferson, Kroger, CVS Jackson County store employees, Publix Hoschton

Miscellaneous Donations
Pizza Hut
Kohls

Music / Entertainment at Reveal
Reckless Dawn

Painting
Painting Plus

Sherman Williams
Gainesville Design Center

Pest Control
A&E Pest Control


Plumbing
Larry Mitchell Plumbing, Inc

Plumbing Supplies
Gainesville Winnelson Company
Plumbing Distributors

Pool Table Services
Dobbs Billiard Service Inc

Portable Restrooms
Nix Tank Company

Printing
Burman Printing

Reveal Day Entertainment
Entertainment Design Group, Inc

Roofing Materials
ABC Supply Company

Roofing Installation
Zone Home Solutions


Rugs
Artistic Weavers

Security system
Ackerman Security


Shuttle Service for Reveal Day
Hennessy Transportation

Siding - New
OutsideImage
Painting Plus, Inc.
First Choice Vinyl Siding


Siding Repairs
All South Restoration

Stonework materials
Specialty Stone Supply

Tile
Interceramic
Builders Floor & Tile

Tree Trimming
Downey Trees, Inc.


Wall Decals
BSN Graphics


Window Replacement/Installation
Hassle-Free Window and Door Co., LLC

Window Supplier
Simonton Windows


Yard Maintenance
All Star Landscapes & Lawn Care