Shauna & Merrill truly are everything this article says. Great, great
parents & great, great people-humble, big smiles & hearts.
Hey DN, this story really belongs in the Family section where I'll bet it
will get more readers.
It can be done. I too helped my kids deliver papers. Me on a motor cycle. Back
in about 1980 when I was a professor at BYU my dean asked me how I could be debt
free and be raising ten children. My oldest was 20 then. I said it was true.
He said he made twice the money I did, how could I do it. "It's
easy," I said, "just don't spend more than you got." We both
chuckled. My wife & children between us have 12 degrees from BYU including 2
doctorates, & 3 masters. All without debt. 8 of us have served missions
without debt. We've lived in our present home 45 years without a mortgage.
We built it our selves. My wife is a master organizer & doer. She is an
officially honored Alumni of BYU. We had a milk cow & lots of fruit trees
and gardens. We kept older cars running. The children have all become honest,
frugal, successful people. We have loved it all and had tons of fun.
Great article, thanks! Will share with the family.
Impressive... Most impressive.
Insightful story! I grew up in a home similar to this so moving into adulthood
wasn't as difficult for me as it is for many other people I know. The
challenge I had was that I had no support from my spouse. He had grown up in a
home were the parents refinanced their mortgage whenever they wanted something
or couldn't pay their bills. He thought they were good role models. They
had attended church most of the time, except in the summer when camping took
priority. So, life has always been a challenge in our home. Living a life of
debt has been most of our childrens choice. They say it is more fun!
Impressive no matter how you look at it.
Great parents, = great kids = a prosperous and happy family, community, and
nation. A wonderful example this Gee family is!
I appreciate articles like this because I'm trying to do the same thing for
my children, but increasingly it's becoming difficult to find jobs for
teens. So many adults have to work additional part-time jobs (myself included)
that there are fewer for teens--especially jobs that don't require Sunday
work.And here in Utah, no one pays for yard work, etc., expecting it
to all be "service." Babysitting is also rarely available. Many of these tactics the family used a decade or more ago simply don't
exist now, and I worry how it will be in another decade when my youngest is a
Loved, loved, loved how these parents empowered their children.Rather than doing for them, they taught their children to do for themselves.
In the process, their 7 children learned... ...how to set goals
...self-discipline ...to value education ...to look
outside themselves ...frugality ...perseverance
...etc.As a result, these parents have 7 competent, self-reliant
children. That's an impressive legacy.
These people should be a model for the nation. emb
A real story of a true American dream.
It is hard to live with college roommates and not feel some peer pressure, etc.
What a determined young lady to work while going to school and to save up money
while doing so! It just goes to show that no one needs to be in debt over their
heads for a college degree. Thanks so much for this wonderful story about a
very amazing family!
Cool story, thanks!