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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Living the Dream!

  While others may enjoy a career, or love to travel, those were never my dreams. For as long as I can remember, I just wanted to be a mom, and God definitely blessed that desire! 

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  I've been a stay at home mom since our oldest daughter was a toddler. I enjoyed working as a health care aid prior to her birth, but found it extremely difficult to go back to work after she was born. I was so happy to be able to just be a mom, and not have to leave her to go off to work...even if my babysitter was my mom! 
  In 1987, we took things a step further, when I also became a homeschool mom. It's been a long journey....our oldest daughter is now 39, and our youngest is 10, so 30 years in we still have a ways to go before the final graduation!

Youngest and oldest daughters


  Then we made the decision to become foster parents in 1989...which is how our family eventually grew from 3 kids to 8. 

Our small family 1985
Our small family in 1985, taken at our first church.

Our big family 2009
Our family in 2009

  Helping kids, and at times their families, has been a big part of our lives. We've lost count, but over the years we've fostered about 300 kids, from babies to teens. Some stayed for a very short time, and others became a permanent part of our family. There were some difficult times, but those are far outweighed by the blessings. Although we're no longer actively fostering, we still provide respite care for other families.
Holding babies
How we spent Valentines Day 2009!

 Our family has now grown to include 16 grandchildren, (edited to add- a great granddaughter in Sept./17) and I'm not only a stay at home mom, but a stay at home grandma! I love spending my days with our kids and grandkids, and there's nothing that makes me happier than to have the whole family gathered together in the home Brian and I built together.

Family gathering in the kitchen
A family gathering in summer 2017

  Yes, life is good, and we're thankful for all that God has given us...our family, our home, and Brian's job as a hotel maintenance manager. But there's something more we always dreamed of building....our own business. Maybe it's something that was instilled by my parents. Although Dad had a job outside our home, he and Mom always worked at something together on the farm...whether it was growing cucumbers, or strawberries, or flowers and vegetables for the farmer's market, or later in life creating a beautiful garden and rental cottage, they enjoyed working together. Building a business together is something Brian and I have always wanted to do, and early on in our marriage we did try our hand at a regular type of business. But our inexperience and high interest rates combined to make our restaurant a short lived venture. Over the years we made a couple of other attempts at home based business, but we allowed the negative opinions of others deter us, and we never followed through. 

A dream doesn't become a reality through magic


  With retirement age creeping up on us, our dream of a business was long forgotten. Then Dana, our oldest daughter, partnered with an amazing company, and we began using their health and wellness products, one of them being nutritional supplements. As we began to notice positive changes in how we were feeling, we couldn't help but endorse these products. We quickly realized that this was something we wanted to be a part of. It wasn't too late to fulfill that dream! 

  And that is how Prairie Product Advocates came to be. We're excited to be able to continue helping others in this new roll. We're able to educate people about safer, healthier consumer products, mentor them, and help them to build their own business. There's nothing quite like the feeling of helping someone else make positive changes in their lives and to take a step toward their own dream!

  Of course our family is still the focus of our lives, and this has become one more way we can help them. We never thought we'd get to build a business together, let alone with our kids! No longer said with a touch of sarcasm, one of Brian's favorite expressions "We're living the dream!"

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3 comments:

Belinda Jo Adams said...

Nice article. I, also was able to be a stay at home mom. And now I enjoy my writing, but most of all being here to be with my husband in his retirement time!

Spring Lake Homestead said...

Funny how some want to retire and others want to start up with a new dream as we age! Beautiful family!

Deborah said...

Thank you! Glad you could stop by!