Meet the Family : Growing Up on a Shoestring

I started this blog way back in 2007. It was to be a creative outlet for me. A place to simply write as well as share the ways that we, a family of only 6 then, were surviving on one income. We lived paycheck-to-paycheck, struggling really, but we were doing it. Along the way though, life’s circumstances led us here. To today. To this point where, now a family of 8, we are doing better than that paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle. We may not be rolling in the dough but we’re living comfortable enough to at least have a little left at the end of the month.

kids on cruise

Growing Up on a Shoestring

How? This blog. Mine and Colby‘s together really. We hustle like no one’s business and make it work. So much so that we are asked ALL THE TIME how we do it.

  • How do you both work from home and support your family?
  • How can you travel all the time and leave your kids at home?
  • Who watches your kids when you travel?
  • What do you do on these trips?
  • Who takes care of this or that at home?
  • How do you both work together in the same office… every day?
  • How do your kids get homeschooled?

Are you getting my drift? These are just a handful of the questions we field every time we step out of the house. It’s probably one reason I really enjoy staying in. But, the one thing we have also discovered, is that we need to expand a bit with our business. Jaden, our almost 12 year old, has been begging us to start a family vlog for over a year. We have also been approached twice about a reality show. I never understood the idea behind the vlog until recently.

Jaden and Shaun McKnight

Colby, Jaden and I went to Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta a few weeks ago and met with YouTube Kids… as well as Shaun McKnight from Cute Girl Hairstyles. We had dinner one evening and talked to him for hours. He said something that really resonated with me — and I got it. It finally clicked with me. He pretty much explained it like this:

Remember when you were a teenager and you never wanted to be home? You would go to your friend’s house because yours was boring, right?! Well, today, kids don’t have to go to their friends’ to escape their mundane life. They can go to YouTube and virtually step into their friend’s homes there. They want to see what’s going on in your home because it’s an escape from their own house.

BAM! Light bulb went off. It just made sense. I definitely remember that feeling as I was growing up. Not to mention, he also said that he would quit everything on Friday nights to be home by 7pm to watch his favorite TV show. Why? He knew what time it was coming on and he didn’t want to miss it. Okay. Everything was coming together and I was completely on board.

jumping for joy

Therefore, over the past few weeks, we have been filming bits and pieces of our days around here to compile into family vlogs to share with you. See how we do the things we do. How we live our family life and make it work. Take a few trips with us, discover new products, drive a different car, simply “do life” with us.

Growing Up on a Shoestring

My kids have grown up on this blog over the past 7 years — honestly, we have all grown up here over that time — hence the name, “Growing Up on a Shoestring.” Come with us behind-the-scenes and see what happens when we’re not over here writing, editing and sharing in written form. We’ll kick it off with an introduction to who each of us are.

Watch for new videos every Monday and Thursday evening. As we learn more about what you want to see, we may adjust and do our best to give you a glimpse into life behind the Shoestring! Thank you for joining us on this journey!

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