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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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Whatever You Choose To Do...

Years ago, right after college, I was hired as a second-grade teacher in a perfect little school district near my home. I was thrilled to be able to spend my days in a classroom with those young students. I was so thrilled in fact, that after a few days, the school secretary stopped me and asked me if I wanted to know how much I would be making per year. I remember literally staring at her and asking her if I was actually going to get paid for doing something I loved so much!


This is something I have always told my children. Whatever you choose to do in life, make sure it is something you enjoy. 

And you know what?
My two oldest have done just that.



My Madison has become a business owner!
She recently realized her dream of owning and operating a boutique in our town and is so happy to help brides and women of all ages with gowns and dresses and makeup and more. I could not be more proud of and happy for her. This is what she loves to do, and she tells me it isn't like working at all. She is blessed with family and friends who worked hard to help her renovate and prepare her beautiful new shop, as well as support her, as she made her dream a reality.


My Peyton is also finding happiness in a field she loves.
She has recently begun working at a wonderful culinary school here in town!
The owner is a chef who offers several different types of classes, and Peyton works with her when she needs some extra hands. Peyton loves it and is learning so much.
Of course, she continues to bake all kinds of delicious treats and finds great joy in doing that for others.

I am not sharing this to brag or to boast.
Rather, I am sharing it as a reminder that it is possible to find something you love and are passionate about, work hard, pray harder, and live your very best life.

Have an amazing, cozy weekend, my friends!




Comments

  1. You have done a good job and taught them well. They are both amazing young ladies.

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  2. This is not bragging or boasting at all!!

    It’s an incredibly exciting time for the girls ❤️ I’m very excited for their adventures and wish them total success!!

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  3. What lovely young ladies. You must be very proud. X

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  4. I am so happy for both of them!!! They are living out their dreams and making the world a better place! (and prettier AND tastier! : ) Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Miss you guys!! XX

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  5. I love this post so much! So happy for you and your family to be choosing life that reflects love and happiness!

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  6. I love this!!! I love how you encouraged your kids in their passions.

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  7. Oh how wonderful! It warms my heart to see young people follow there dreams. Have a cozy weekend my friend. Hugs to you. ~Juli

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  8. I love that they are pursuing their passions! I'm currently praying that my kids can figure out their own passions in life!

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  9. It is great that your girls do what they love. I am happy for them.

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  10. This is wonderful! Congratulations to both of your girls for finding something they love. You must be so proud.

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  11. Well, it is okay to brag a bit because your kids are pretty amazing and that is due to you and their dad and the foundation you laid for them. You are so right about doing something that makes you happy and I add that brings you joy! Awesome post!!

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  12. Congratulations to your Madison on her business and I pray she will be very successful as she helps others while enjoying it. AND to Peyton doing something she loves too. Enjoy your day dear friend, something tells me you will:) HUGS!

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  13. This was a most encouraging post!
    How wonderful for both of your daughters!
    My daughters, 17 and 21, are still in the selecting/educating stage.
    Hugs,
    Laura

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  14. That is exactly what I told my kids also. I believe we should brag a little, to me it says we love our kids. Who will feel love and proud of our children's accomplishments if not us parents? I am happy for your girls!!

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  15. That makes me so happy - I'm so glad they found what they love!

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  16. Doesn't it do amazing things for your heart when you know your kids are happy?! I'm so glad they get to work at jobs they love!

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  17. I am so happy for Madison and Peyton. Beautiful post my friend….makes me want to cry (good tears, smiles).

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  18. How wonderful to watch your children realize their dreams and find so much happiness in their work. That is just the BEST!! The bridal shop looks amazing, and obviously Peyton belongs in the culinary world!!! Congrats to both of them for making their dreams come true!

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  19. Congratulations to your two incredible girls and to you too Mamma for being so supportive and loving and pretty incredible yourself. You are all very blessed. xx Susan

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  20. This is my first visit- so great thst they have followed their interests and can make a living do whst they love. My girls would love to workin a bridal store. So fun!

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  21. Hi Billie Jo!
    Finally doing some catch up since being back from my trip. Love seeing your Girls do so well and following their passions!! I follow Madison on insta and it's so fun. ;) If I lived close I'd be visiting her store in a hot minute. Lol

    xoxo

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  22. How awesome they are both doing something they love!

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