When I was growing up, my parents worked very hard to instill a strong work ethic in all of us. They told me, my sister, and my brothers that honest, hard work never killed anyone and that nothing is handed to you. Rich and I both feel that whether it’s a college education preparing you for your future goals or helping get a business started, they are both an investment in your children’s future.
When Rich and I were first married, he picked up where my father left off. It’s funny to see how that happens. It seems more often than not girls grow up to marry men with their father’s mind set. Rich and I bought our first investment property the first year we were married in hopes of opening my own salon. We still own that property, however, Kathy’s salon never made it there. We never expected that I would fall so completely in love with being a mommy that I couldn’t bear the idea of leaving my kids to go open a business. I thank God every day that Rich’s businesses were successful enough to allow me to stay home with my kids.
I realize now that during those years of being a stay at home mom, nurturing my children, and focusing on my love for being a housewife, I had a lot of time to get involved with hobbies that revolved around my new calling. While Rich was out in the business world providing for our family and our future, I was at home investing my time into our family’s future as well. Like so many stay at home moms, I learned to be a “do it yourself” type of housewife. My philosophy was why pay someone to do something that I could do myself. Most of the time I could do it faster and even better, not to mention more economically. I was able to do it all; everything from gardening, painting, and redecorating to refinishing furniture. But my love for cooking and baking always remained a constant. I guess it was born from necessity. It was something I had to do daily, and I loved every minute of it. I encourage everyone to find what makes you feel happy and useful and embrace it and make it work for you.