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She is worth far more than rubies.What a description to live up to!
And yet this is what the business woman and work at home mum is worth to her family. Women today crave to return home to care for their families and use their skills to contribute to the household income and yet so many feel it eludes them. Kathie gives women permission to return home and shares with the reader how she did exactly that, bringing up 5 daughters, while establishing a new industry, using skills she’d developed in the corporate world for over 20 years.
She believes that women today can do what their ancestors did and work at home and care for the family, returning to old-fashioned values and using modern day skills. Concern for the welfare of our children, plus escalating costs of childcare makes this book a “must read” for all mothers who want to be a ‘work at home mum’ and be there for their families.
The interview below took place on HBBTV in September 2007.
Who is Kathie M. Thomas?
Used by permission
Kathie is wife of Graham, mother (and step-mother) to five beautiful daughters and a business woman, running a full time international business from her home office in Melbourne, Australia.Kathie is also a Virtual Assistant, VA Coach and Trainer, Public Speaker, Blogger and Author and has published over a hundred articles in various printed and online publications relating to operating a business from home. She also writes devotionals for Christian publications and is a member of Faithwriters.com.
In 1993 something happened that changed the course of Kathie’s life, and that of her family’s lives. The opportunity to become a Proverbs 31 Woman – a business woman, running a business from home and being available to her daughters full time became a reality. And with it an amazing journey leading her to unimagined possibilities and experiences.
Excerpt from book:
It was nearing the end of 1993 and life had been really hectic that year. I felt like I was going crazy. I had a good government job working with a research organisation and was the Personal Assistant for 8 Project Officers – eight bosses!
We were working on Australia’s Best Practice Demonstration Program which was being over sighted by the Department of Industrial Relations. I handled the work well but wanted more. It wasn’t stimulating enough. I had my eyes on the senior PA role but she looked like she was there for life and if I wanted to move upwards, I was going to have to move outwards to another organisation first. The possibility of studying for an MBA or something crossed my mind but only fleetingly – it wasn’t what I wanted to do but I wasn’t yet sure of what I really did want to do.
Melanie, our eldest, had begun Year 7 which meant high school in Victoria, Australia – a year sooner than it had been in our former home state of South Australia. She was no longer eligible for After School Care and at the age of twelve we were not keen on her being home alone after school. Graham and I agreed it would be better if all five of the girls were home together after school, rather than one on her own, so we elected to take them out of After School Care and I would ring home every night somewhere between 4.00pm and 4.30pm to make sure they were all home, doing their homework and I often ended up refereeing fights and issuing instructions during those calls.
I used to get really frazzled about this and remember commenting to my husband “there has to be a better way!”
Kathie has a powerful message for women who want to return back home to work and be there for their families. She is living proof it can be done, even with a large family. Kathie is available for bookings at church events, women’s groups and other organisations who would like to learn more about being a work at home mum.
“WOW I have just read your book. I am so impressed. It is so easy to read, so honest. It just flowed. I feel so humble to think God used me to inspire you”.
Joan Gordon, National President, MOPS Australia
I have to admit that the Proverbs 31 Woman is my kind of gurrrrl. This beautiful, significant, valued and extraordinary woman is an empowering look at what a free woman who truly knows her God can be and can do. She fears her God. And she has not allowed the opinions of her day to deny or defy her very own uniqueness.
Rev. Ora Stearns Smith Empowering Women to Rise out of the Ashes . . To Reign in the Kingdom! Founder, Ora International
Author of, Divinely Framed
On March 27, 2006, I took a leap of faith. No, I was actually pushed. After nearly five years on job number 15, I was fired. How could this happen to a middle age woman, a veteran in the television news business, who had so much left to give? Didn’t they care that I was a single parent with a child that I still had to take care of? Didn’t it bother them that they would be losing an important minority voice in the community?… ….Meanwhile, God has remained true to His promises. He said He would never leave nor forsake me. Today, I am a best selling author and have established myself as a media coach in the world of work-at-home-moms. God continues to show me daily that my ‘worth is more than rubies’.*
Beverly Mahone is a veteran journalist, author and motivational speaker who writes about issues affecting middle-aged women in her best selling book, *Whatever! A Baby Boomer’s Journey Into Middle Age. In addition, Beverly is a work-at-home-mom who is using her media expertise to train individuals how to market themselves to radio, television and newspapers professionals.
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