Family Business

Blogging about our beginning led me to reflect on how our business has impacted our family.

Before we were officially launched, we decided to involve our children as much as possible.  They listened in on phone calls with city hall while we were learning about business licenses and sales taxes. They watched us count the cost of inventory and office supplies and shipping materials and website subscriptions. They helped us with proofreading and organizing and planning.

The whole family has been involved in every aspect of the business including purchasing inventory, advertising, selling, preparing orders for shipment, remitting sales taxes, and renewing business licenses. Two of our children earned school credit for Business Math and General Business. One is presently working on credits for Entrepreneurship and Career Preparedness. Some have been more involved than others, but it has been educational for all.

And I don’t see how there can be any better place than Helena to operate a family business. The other business owners in this town have welcomed and supported us and have been an important part of our children’s education and work experience. My son started attending Helena Business Association meetings with me when he was an elementary student, and all of our children have helped at First Fridays. Helena is an awesome place to live and raise a family- and to own a family business.

So has owning a business been good for our family? Absolutely! It’s obviously a blessing to have access to great health supplements, and the income from providing supplements for others is a good thing, too. But it’s been really great to be able to introduce our children to the real world of small business with a real business.

Thank you, friends, for making all of this possible for our family!

First Friday July
Melissa and Matthew at Helena First Friday, July 2014

 

Cahaba Lilies

Cahaba Lilies in Helena, Alabama ~ May 2014

This morning, Hewy Woodman (of No Sleep In Helena) led a group of us down on the banks of Buck Creek to see one of the largest stands of Cahaba lilies in the south. According to www.cahabariver.net, Cahaba lilies are found only in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, so I feel grateful to be able to see some here in my own hometown. 

 Home sweet Helena!

 “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.” Luke 12:27