Being a money making mom has changed my life and the life of my family! Learn how I went from being a stay-at-home mom who could barely afford it to living my dreams in less than three years!
Three years ago this month, I wrote what would turn into one of the most popular posts of this blog: Staying at Home with Your Kids When You Can Barely Afford It.
I don’t think it was the writing or even the subject matter that made this post so popular. Rather, I believe it was because I took a chance and was vulnerable on this site for the first time, sharing our family’s situation of living on a low income.
My husband and I can pinpoint four main ways how being a money making mom has changed our lives:
1. We’ve been able to achieve seemingly impossible goals.
When I first started this blog, our goal was that we would be able to send our firstborn to kindergarten at a part-time Christian school (she is homeschooled two days per week) by the time she turned six. She was two at the time.
Our daughter is now in her second year at this school, and we are incredibly grateful has God has provided more than we could have dreamed or imagined.
Not only did we achieve this seemingly impossible goal, but we’ve also been able to pay for my husband to take classes to achieve a school administrator’s degree (which he will finish in the spring!).
He was also able to take a mission trip to Cuba to help with a marriage ministry conference in spring 2014, which had been a years-long dream for him.
In addition, this blog has opened up doors for me to work toward traditional publishing with the help of an amazing literary agent, and God has also given me a platform to encourage more women than I could ever meet in person.
What seemed like a BIG goal when I began this blog in 2011 became just the tip of the iceberg of what God has done through this site.
2. We’ve been able to expose our children to international missions and other cultures.
My husband and I met while serving as missionaries in Costa Rica. International missions and other cultures (especially the Latino culture) are passions we both want to instill in our children.
For years it seemed that we would never leave the United States again, much less take our children on an international trip!
Last November, we were able to take them on their first airplane ride and international trip to Vancouver, BC, Canada. This was a big first step, and it required us to get them passports, even though the Canadian culture is very similar to our own.
This summer, though, our dream of taking our girls to Costa Rica one day became a reality!
We traveled the country for five weeks–visiting old friends, brushing up on our Spanish (and introducing our girls to the language), participating in some mission work and meeting some missionaries, and doing a little site-seeing.
The blog funded this trip; we were able to pay for it debt free!
3. We’ve made some amazing friends.
Some of my dearest friends in the whole world are other money making moms I’ve met through blogging.
I communicate almost daily with these women via email, Facebook, and text message, and I’m so grateful to have found others who share this passion for making an income from home.
Our friendships go deeper than just the fact that we all run professional blogs. These ladies are dear sisters in Christ, and I have been so privileged to pray with and for these women and know they are praying for me as well.
A couple weeks ago, my husband and girls and I attended our first family blogging retreat with six other blogging families in the mountains of Tennessee. It was a joy to see our girls bonding with the kids from these families, and my husband and I feel like we made some lifelong friendships in this group.
4. We’ve been able to give generously.
My husband’s love language is gifts, and he is one of the most generous people I know.
For years, though, we were only able to give our tithe and a small check to a missionary family each month (and both of those were very sacrificial at the time!).
We always wanted to give more, and it has been a true joy to see the fruits of our work on this site turn into adoption funds for dear friends, a widow sponsorship through Hope 4 Women, a Compassion International child sponsorship, donations to medical crisis, support for missionary families, and giving more to our local church.
When a need arises, we are incredibly grateful that God has provided enough for our family to give through this money making mom venture!
What about you? Do you want to become a money making mom?
I firmly believe that God has uniquely gifted and called each of us.
If you are feeling the tug to become a money making mom and are looking for ways to bring in an income from home, I encourage you to check out my dear friend and mentor Crystal Paine’s new book, Money Making Mom.
My money making mom venture has been blogging, but, for others, it’s been an Etsy shop, a tutoring business, or a cleaning service.
In Money Making Mom, Crystal dives into the nitty gritty of how she and other successful money making moms started their businesses.
The book will teach you how to:
✓ Expand your thinking to consider multiple money-making ideas
✓ Dream big and set long-term financial goals
✓ Forge an intentional path with clear priorities
✓ Nurture your unique skills, talents, passions, and knowledge
✓ Conquer the saboteurs of insecurity, fear, lack of time, and naysayers
✓ Shift your perspective to live more generously for others
✓ and much more!
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