Portland was a big change from Roseburg. It was a welcomed change too. It was the early 1970s and the […]
My honey was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in October, 2010. Seven months prior to that, in March, Mike Murray from our neighboring state of Alabama was diagnosed. Mike’s wife, Angie, and I became friends through a mutual friend, Dina, who knew…
I went back to work this month.
Spencer practicing self-defense
I used to run a preschool in the building during the day then move all my equipment out of the way and help run the studio in the evening. I look back now and think, “Wow! how did I ever do it.” I definitely don’t have enough immunities or energy now for four year olds.
Well that’s the history in a nutshell. Maple Mountain Martial Arts continues to do well and as it grows a decision was made that the business needed a “studio mom.” Someone to run the front desk, tie Little Ninja’s belts, answer the phones, answer the questions, and just be there to meet and greet students and parents among other things. So I’m now working at Maple Mountain Martial Arts for 2-3 hours, three to four afternoons a week. It has been great for me to get out among people again and have somewhere to go everyday.
This isn’t exactly what I earned a college degree for, however I am very blessed to have such great working conditions and there are plenty of “perks”. My son is now my “boss” I work with my daughter; she is one of the instructors, and I take my youngest son with me. He does his homework there and attends class.
Who would have thought any of this would be possible when my husband and son put on crisp new uniforms and clean white belts twenty years ago.
We have definitely had ups and downs, but over the past few years our back-yard business, our family, and I have grown in many ways. Our lives have exceeded those white belt expectations and our family continues to kick together and stick together.