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Winner Diary: Dream Home 2005

In the great room of Dream Home 2005, Joan Steffend and the Cruz family share a collective, "Wow!"

Everything changed one cool April evening for Batavia, Illinois, resident Don Cruz. In the time it takes to say "You've won!" the Cruz family's dreams went from stuck in neutral to overdrive! You can read Don's entire account below in his personal diary written exclusively for HGTV.com fans.

Diary Entry One: March 1, 2005. Don talks about growing up and some of the experiences that have shaped his life. More...

Diary Entry One, continued: March 1, 2005. Don and Shelly notice some unfamiliar cars at the base of their driveway... More...

Diary Entry Two: March 2, 2005. The day after. The Cruz family attempts to adjust knowing they have won Dream Home 2005. More...

Diary Entry Two, continued: March 2, 2005. How do you invite 50 people to a party without telling them what it's for? More...

Diary Entry Three: March 3rd - 20th, 2005. Don comments on all the excitement and his future plans. More...

Diary Entry Three, continued: March 3rd - 20th, 2005. Determined to move to Texas, Don fills us in on what it will take for his family to realize their dreams. More...

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