I thought for my first blog post I would introduce you to the family and a little bit about how we do what we do.
I suppose I should start with my husband and myself. Devin and I met in college and have been married for fifteen years now. For most of our married life, he has been in full-time, paid ministry. This year, we decided to get involved with a church plant in our area. So, although he is still doing what he has always done, he is doing it differently, and not for a paycheck. He has also always been a private music teacher, and taught school for several years. Currently he is a substitute teacher and private music teacher, hoping to be a full-time teacher next year. For Sweet Girl, he is the tech guy, sales coordinator, and accountant. Pretty much if it involves a computer, it's his job except social media stuff, that is something I can handle. Although I am writing the blog, I wouldn't know how to post it to the website without him telling me. Which leads to me, Carrie. I am a homeschooling mother of five. I love to cook and in recent years have learned a lot about healthier foods. Those things contributed to me deciding to make lotions, which led to bath products. I am learning to make soap now, but it is scarier than lotion, so we will see how it goes! I make and package the goodies around here, and avoid the computer at all costs, unless I'm posting on Facebook, which is a part of my normal routine.
So, yes, there are five kids running around here (literally) all the time! Our oldest is Christian, who is almost eleven and in fifth grade. He is the stamp man around here, stamping our products with our initials. He is a musician just like his dad and, brilliant mom that I am, I let him start playing drums as a little boy. Fortunately, he is good at it, but that doesn't make it any quieter. The good news is he also likes to read, so at least there are some quiet moments from him. He's a good helper and is learning to do many things to help keep things running around here.
Next in order is Caden, who is nine and in third grade. Caden is analytical and creative. He loves puppets and has recently gotten interested in movie making. Caden helped stamp once, but didn't like it because he made a mistake. He is always coming up with marketing strategies for us. As a friend put it, "One day we will all be working for Caden." It's probably true. He loves to help with the younger kids when I work on things.
Smack dab in the middle is our sweet girl, Charis, who is five and in kindergarten. She is all flowers, sparkles, and rainbows in the midst of a bunch of boys! She is the official "bow helper" who holds the ribbon down when I tie it. She loves to just spend time with us and is mom's helper in anyway she can be!
Then there is Cai, who is four. How can I describe Cai? He is rambunctious, hilarious, stubborn, sweet, and only stops moving to sleep or watch tv. He is the encourager, coming over to tell me he loves me while I am working. He is also a guitar player, drummer, super hero, and ninja, depending on the time of day.
Last, for now anyway, there is Callen, who is two. He is into everything anyone else is doing, and is the family clown. He loves to make his siblings laugh, and will do just about anything he can think of to do so. It works, and they all love him for it. He also wants to do everything any of them do, which they don't love so much, but he is growing up quickly and will be able to do as much as they can in no time!
So there you have a little about each of us, and how we run things around here. We look forward to sharing more with you and getting to know you soon!