A Self-Taught Couple Who Dabbles

This Charlotte Observer article caught my eye about this particular couple – Rollin and Mckenzie Hansen work together, play together and have been happily married for 36 years.

In 1976, the Hansens moved to Minneapolis. Rollin began working for FreemanWhite, an architectural firm.Mckenzie dove into motherhood, raising and homeschooling their son and daughter.

They started homeschooling when it wasn't quite so cool to homeschool.  When you read their experiences, it makes sense the natural flow was to homeschool.  They dived into travels to India and made opportunities out of unfortunate situations like being laid off:

Not one to sit around with idle hands, Rollin focused much of his time on the miniatures he had been working on as a hobby since 1980."Our daughter was 3,"Rollin said, "and I wanted to build a dollhouse for her. That's when my interest with miniatures began."Rollin and Mckenzie have a lot of the necessary equipment for creating and building in their home workshop.The couple focuses on being creative and authentic. Everything is built to scale.Self-taught, they have put in a lot of time researching information needed for whatever project they are working on.

This is an encouraging story during these economic times.  I remember my Grandma always telling me her sweet tale I loved to hear. In raising six children during the Depression they didn't know how poor they were.  She and Grandpa were in love, happy and conveyed that in their family.  It made a difference.  From the Observer article:

Rollin works on getting a job every day."I spend some amount of hours each day looking for a new job. With my experience and architectural training, I didn't think it would take this long," he said. "But I am happy to be spending quality time with my family."

When life gives you lemons, make some lemonade.


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