I am a stay at home wife and momma, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Is everyday easy, of course not. That’s why I am so thankful that I love Jesus and more importantly that He loves me.
A city girl I am not, nor would I have described myself as a country girl. We left suburbia in the summer of 2012 as a way for me to stay home with the little ones (and still be able to afford food). This unexpected and unplanned idea put us more than 30 minutes from a grocery store…and a Starbucks. I have wondered if I really should be calling myself a country girl. There are many country types things I don’t do but I realized there are a few things that I think makes it true.
- I use the phrase “when we head to town”
- My kiddos can identify elk poo and are great at avoiding it when running around the yard.
- My garden has to have a 6 ft. fence around it to keep elk, deer, and other 4 legged critters from eating my food.
- I attempt to keep my pantry and freezer stocked in case of snow/ice preventing me from getting down the hill to the grocery store.
- I own a pair of unattractive but totally practical waterproof boots. That I find myself wearing most of the time (and even occasionally when I run into town and its raining outside)
Making candles came about rather by accident. In the fall of 2013 I started looking for something fun to make as Christmas gifts. I came across soy candles, “that might be fun” I thought. In January a couple of the husbands whose wives had received candles were commenting on how much they liked them and half joking said that if I went into business they’d be my first positive reviews. That got me thinking, maybe I could make them for people other than my friends and family. Several months prior my husband had asked what in my life was just for me (not kid or home related) and that I could get excited about. I couldn’t think of anything at the time. Here it was, something that I could get excited about.
At first, I planned on just make some of the candles for our church’s bazaar in October. However, I was having so much fun learning about soy candles, designing the look and testing fragrances that I decided not to wait until fall to make them available for purchase. Since then I have continued to add more fragrances and products to sell online and at local markets and bazaars.