Callie and Wyatt Christian poked the shovels into the ground on top of a Madison County hill overlooking pastureland and horses in the glow of an October Sunday.
The dirt had been broken up by family friends, made soft for the children’s digging. A sketched black and white portrait of the children’s father in his police uniform sat framed nearby in a red foldup chair. The heavy, heartfelt words had been spoken from adults who stood on top of a flatbed trailer before the large crowd of well-wishers.
They stood at the future Christian home. And that fact was made official with the children’s shovel work.
Melissa and Buddy Christian had planned that home off Griffeth Road for years, though certainly not this way. They intended to build atop the hill overlooking the farm when the finances worked out well enough, when the right time came to move from the small dwelling in the family horse barn.
The family of the late Buddy Christian — Callie Christian (L), Melissa Christian (C) and Wyatt Christian (R) — hold shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 2 for the construction of a new home for the Christian family.
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