By Andy Meredith
With seven kids, you would think that it’d be impossible for me and Candis to find the time to build a real estate renovation business. In fact, you might think that we must be one of those rich couples with a full-time nanny taking care of the kids while we work on renovating and restoring houses all day. That’s not the case, though. In fact, we’ve actually chosen this business so that we can spend more time with each other and our kids. And, over the past few years, I’ve noticed that working together on our real estate business has strengthened both our marriage and our family.
We Know How to Work Through Problems
Before we started dating, when Candis bought Love House, she didn’t have nearly enough cash to make the deal happen. She wanted the house and couldn’t imagine letting it get demolished, though, so she made that offer and called me up. Together we worked out a plan to find funding and make the project work.
Because Candis and I started working together when we were only friends, there was never any question about whether or not we should work together once we started dating, fell in love, and got married. Of course, working with your spouse isn’t always easy, but because we work so closely together on solving problems and challenges with our renovations, we’re always prepared to work through any challenges we have with our marriage, too.
Our Kids Are Learning the Value of Hard Work
Along the same lines, when we started our family, we definitely weren’t one of those couples that could afford to hire a nanny or send our kids off to an expensive daycare every day. And, really, we never wanted to be one of those couples. Even now, with years of experience and a successful business, we want to include our kids in our work life as much as possible.
Why? Including them helps teach them the value of hard work. It shows them that consistently putting effort into worthwhile things gets great results. Plus, our older boys are really great with our younger ones and our (not so little anymore) baby daughter. They’re not only learning what it’s like to create something with their hands, they’re also learning the value of family and taking care of each other.
We Can Make Time for Each Other
While we always have projects going and there’s always work to be done, because we’re not headed off to regular office jobs, Candis and I can make time for each other and for our kids when we need to. Whether we just want to spend some quality time together, one of the kids has a presentation at school, or somebody gets sick, we have the freedom to make sure that we’re always there for each other and our family.
We Know the Value of Working on Something Beautiful
Finally, when we work on old houses, we see how beautiful they can be with a little TLC. Marriages are a lot like that, and a lot of people forget that today. When things don’t look or feel quite right, they just quit and try to find someone new. We know the rewards you can get when you work on something worthwhile, like a historic home or a marriage.
Renovating houses together may not be every couple’s dream, but it’s definitely helped us maintain strong ties to each other and our whole family. We’re able to keep food on the table and make time for each other, and we know how valuable that is for any family.