If you know Rick, you know that he has big ideas. I mean BIG ideas. Most of the time, they work out and we all have a great time. Sometimes though, they’re frightening. Like that time we went to the ice caves in Provo with our two SMALL children, and a couple of Rick’s siblings. At one point, right before we all thought we were about to fall to our deaths into the bottomless pit we had attempted to traverse, the adults each shouted a different expletive--each one progressively worse than the one before. But that’s the topic of a different post, so I won’t go there today. Needless to say, we made it out of that big idea alive.
Not all his ideas involve life-threatening exploits. In fact, anymore, the adventures are much more structured, many with guides, harnesses, and helmets involved.
But this week, he had a big idea that didn’t involve ropes, caves, cables or even expletives. Even so, I have to admit I wasn’t entirely on board at the onset. It sounded like it was going to take a whole lot of supervision, work, and time.
We’ve been talking to the kids a lot lately about preparing now for college. They each want to go into professions that will take YEARS of schooling, not to mention about 84 billion dollars to complete. And so, we’ve discussed with them the importance of getting really spectacular grades, working hard, and doing unique extracurricular things now so that when the time comes to apply to universities, their applications will blow the socks off of those admissions counselors.
On Monday, for Family Home Evening, Rick presented the plan. Each of the kids would take $50 from their college fund and each month think of some way to make money on it that they would then donate to a non-profit of their choice. On Tuesday, we talked about the money-making ideas the kids had come up with. Isaac decided that he wanted to make and sell The Best Brownies EVER, and Olivia decided to go thrift storing with me and find a treasure to resell.
Yesterday we made it happen. Rick and Isaac got out the recipe, made the list of needs, and set off for the grocery store. They came home and turned
our kitchen into a natural disaster, making several batches of the brownies. They plated them beautifully, made donation receipts, and set out with the Square in hand to sell the delicious morsels for $3.50 a plate.
Having a total of eight plates, we hoped that Isaac would make back the money he spent on the endeavor. To our delighted amazement, he made back what he spent, and then made a profit of $41.08! Most people paid more than what Isaac was asking, and some even donated without taking the brownies.
Isaac was ecstatic and his facial expressions were priceless. He donated the money to the Wounded Warrior Project, and is super excited for next month’s challenge.
interesting, so we headed for the thrift stores. At Deseret Industries, she found a designer bag—a REAL one--for $2 that we’ll put on eBay tonight. Who knows what her return will be, but chances are high it will be a pretty
We hoped to teach the kids lessons about money—a topic that neither Rick nor I really knew anything about when we got married. At the end of the day, the kids were amazed to find out that they could make money from the money they already had: they could financially support a great cause without bankrupting themselves in the process. Rick said it was like a math problem: $50.00 - $41.08= $50.00.
We were grateful the kids got this important lesson. But we never anticipated our own experience. It was about as much fun as we’ve had as a family. We spent the whole day together, we made a huge mess that we didn’t bother to clean up (until after church today because the Home Teachers set an appointment to visit), we made lots of money, and we got to support causes we believed in.
Most importantly, though, each of us unplugged from our own responsibilities and hobbies to spend considerable 1:1 time together. And that’s an investment that I know will get some sweet returns.