There's No Place Like Home? Part 1

I am officially Kait from Kansas.  On April 14, Hubs and I and my amazing parents packed up my car, his car, my parents' envoy and a 26' Penske truck and made our journey to Kansas.  The drive wasn't very long, but it was full of loud thunderstorms, large hills, and windey roads.  It didn't help that we were traveling at 11 o'clock at night.  Needless to say, it was less than ideal driving conditions for my mother.  I'm pretty sure she was singing "Jesus take the wheel" the whole 7 hour drive.

We rolled into Kansas around 1 in the morning.  Hubs and I decided to drive passed our new home so we knew where we were supposed to be going in the morning.  When we got to our street, our hearts sank.  Our house wasn't anything like we had expected.  We thought it was a duplex and it was a quadraplex.  We thought we were going to have a yard and we had a rectangle of grass the size of our mattress and we had to share that with one of our neighbors.  The place looked like an ant hill.  Hubs and I both felt sick to our stomachs because we knew we weren't going to be happy in a place as small and crowded as that one.  So the next morning Hubs got up and explained to the land lady our situation.  Unfortunately, she didn't have any properties that would suit our needs.  We were officially homeless.  So we began our house hunt.  We saw 13 properties on Saturday, 1 on Sunday, and 1 on Monday.  We quickly learned that if we wanted to live in a decent (non sketchy) home, we were going to have to raise our budget for monthly rent.

Saturday night was an adventure in it of itself.  Kansas decided to welcome us with a fleet of tornadoes passing through the plains.  I kept imagining our truck with all of our belongings being sucked up by a tornado.  Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that tornadoes have been one of my biggest fears since I was a little girl. I find it kind of ironic that Army decided to send me to a place where I have to face my biggest fear on a regular basis.  Maybe God is trying to teach me not to be scared of tornadoes.

On Monday, Hubs and I were finally able to sign a lease.  On Tuesday we moved out of our hotel and into our new home!  We were so thankful to finally get into our house.  The change of housing cost us a lot of extra money and we needed to get out of the truck and hotel as soon as we could.  Thankfully, my loving parents decided to stay until we were able to move into our house.  They were able to help us unload the truck and unpack boxes before they left for home.  I don't know what we would have done without their help.  I don't think this move would have been possible to do ourselves without the help of my parents.  So Mom and Dad, THANK YOU!!!!  You guys are amazing!!!  We love you!

Stay tuned!  More to come!



More on Mary Kay

As I announced yesterday, I am officially an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay.  This month has been a whirlwind of surprises and successes.  I hosted my debut party at my house near Fort Leonard Wood, MO.  I had ten people there!  That may not sound like many, but try getting ten women, who all know and love each other, to pay attention to you.  It can be a challenge.  Luckily, I have a background in education.  Since then, I've had about 10 parties.  It's hard to believe that I'm already experiencing success in this business.

I am sure some of you are wondering why I decided to start my journey with Mary Kay.  It all started when one of my friends (an Independent Beauty Consultant) invited me over to her house for muffins and makeovers.  I tried the products and LOVED them and I spent a lot of time talking to my friend about Mary Kay and why she started.  I didn't even realize I was interested in the job until I began talking to her.    A few days later, I spoke with my friend and her director on the phone for about an hour discussing the Mary Kay opportunity.  When I finally hung up the phone, I felt like this would be something that could be really good for Hubs and me.  I could supplement our income and still be home to do my wifey duties that I've come to love.  I can be a good army wife and take my career with me wherever I go.  When I move to Kansas, I can be an Independent Beauty Consultant.  If I move to Michigan, I can be an IBC.  If I move to Hawaii, I can still be an IBC.  It's that portable!!  All you army wives out there know that portability and flexibility is key in the army.  An army wife's career probably can't survive without portability and flexibility.  

Another reason why I decided to join this company was because of its philosophy.  Mary Kay Ash founded her company on the principle of the Golden Rule and giving back to others.  As an IBC, I can not only help women feel beautiful and good about themselves.  I can also introduce them to the Mary Kay opportunity.  I can help them achieve things they did not believe were possible.  I can help them achieve financial security and I can help them experience personal fulfillment. Finally, I can show them a company that believes God needs to be first, family second, and career third.  What more could you want from a job?  

See what MK has to say about what's behind the lipstick: