May
06
2012

Our New About Us Page

Ken Davis with us at the SCORRE Conference in Georgia.

Wendy and I attended the SCORRE Conference last week with Ken Davis, Michael Hyatt and about 80 of the neatest people we’ve ever met. It was awesome – it comes with our highest recommendation. While the conference is intended for solidifying speaking skills, for us it was much more. It helped us solidify some of our core convictions.

1. What in the world is our platform, anyway?

Ken Davis has become a good friend of the Jeubs. I had Ken speak at our Training Minds Camp, and I have begun working for Ken Davis Productions on event and product promotions. Ken and his team have been very encouraging to the both of us on how we shape and execute our Jeub Family message. We haven’t always hit the mark, but we have been blessed with several assets. When we really sit back and think about what we could talk about, we have a lot going on:

  • We have 16 children
  • We lead a ministry for speakers and debaters
  • We educate our children at home
  • We write books on healthy living
  • We like to cook and write cookbooks
  • We advocate for financial stewardship
  • We enjoy self-employment and are entrepreneurs
  • We hunt with our teenagers

This list could go on. Interesting stuff, sure, but you know what? We could never really nail down a platform. The list above may be our interests, but it isn’t necessarily our platform. Michael Hyatt, who is coming out with a book this month with that very name Platform, challenged us to figure this out. The SCORRE method demanded it. So we have narrowed it down…

2. Our Platform Is Love

Now that’s what we’re talking about! Love is the Greatest Commandment, and we light up when we talk with other parents about how important this is – or at least how important it should be. We’re not making this up from last week alone; we’ve been preaching love for years! Check out the titles of our books:

  • Love in the House (2007)
  • Love in the Kitchen Vol. 1 (2008)
  • Love in the Kitchen Vol. 2 (2010)
  • Love in a Diet (2009)
  • Love Another Child (2011)

To be honest, we feel ourselves get off track – sort of lose our way – when we think other things should take center stage. They really shouldn’t. Love is it.

For example: our large family. I know many of our readers are large family folks, and by all means, we are all thumbs up and commend you for your parenting! But you probably already agree: large families without love is nothing to be admired. We’re wrong to think perhaps the size of our family is what makes us special. Not so. It’s love. An awesome family life is possible with two kids just as it is with twenty. Which leads to our conviction…

3. We Need to Speak About Love

Everything we talk about should be about love. We have to be almost annoying about it. When it comes to the central purpose of living, few are talking about love. As already mentioned, love is the Greatest Commandment, yet outside of your typical pop song, hardly anyone is talking about it. How peculiar that love is sung by immoral, drugged out rock stars, yet we challenge you to find a church Statement of Faith that ventures into the topic. We’re afraid it’s a sign of the times.

Forgive us. Once in a while we get off track. We’re passionate about a lot of things, but the one thing that we can tag as a true conviction is love. Re-read the list of interests at the top of this blog post. We really don’t care if you don’t do any of those things. We can still be friends.

But if you blow off love, we’re going to take issue with you. A life without love is misery. You will raise angry, bitter kids. Your marriage will be hell. Your neighbors will be distant. You will exit this life as a huge, deflated disappointment.

So we revamped our About Us page. Would you mind reading it? We would very much appreciate your feedback. We don’t have a comment section on the actual About Us page, but come back to this article and let us know what you think. This is a work in progress, and you are a most valued reader. Thank you!

About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.

  • JSmith33

    The problem with your About Us page is that you have excluded two of your children. Your readers can easily count and see there are 14, not 16. That confuses your message of love.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com/ Chris Jeub

      “Exclude” isn’t the right word. Our oldest daughters don’t live with us anymore. They’re 28 and 26, and one (whom I just Skyped with this morning) lives in Australia.

      I think I know where you’re coming from, though. You saw our TLC episode and think we’re stuck in 2006. We’ve come a long way since then, and our message on love takes on significant issues — issues like prodigal children and estranged relationships. 

      Our book “Love in the House” explains a lot. If you get that book, you won’t be so confused.

      • JSmith333

        When a child is thrown out of the house, I wouldn’t call them a “prodigal daughter.” I’d call that daughter mistreated. 

        • http://www.jeubfamily.com/ Chris Jeub

          Apparently I was correct: you think we’re stuck in 2006. I encourage you to get our book.

        • Sheila (UK)

          Without knowing the full facts behind why someone leaves the family home I think it is unfair to say thet they were mistreated!

          • http://www.jeubfamily.com/ Chris Jeub

            Thanks Sheila. Really, JSmith333 is gathering her assessment from the 2006 TV show. Our book explains the behind-the-scenes and the reconciliation that followed. It’s a beautiful story.

  • Janetkiessling

    Awesome new “About us” page………wouldn’t change any of it….:) Decribes all of you!!! Thumbs up! from the Kiessling family….

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com/ Chris Jeub

      Thank you, Janet! Are you coming to NITOC in June?

      • Janetkiessling

        Hi there! I am assuming that you are talking about your debate camp? Right? If you are – probably not. This is our first year of “breaking away” – sort of speak – from the charter school that we were doing for the last 7 years (UGH!)!! Whew! Lots of prayers went into this….found ATI (Advanced Traning Institute). Its a bible-based program. They also have a big homeschool conference up in Sacramento that the kids are really looking foward to going to. It’s a week long – in June!!! We have been all watching our $$$ for the big event…:) But thank you for checking!! Some friends of ours might be heading your way – they, too, are ATI members – the Roth family. They said that they had been to a few of your debate things. They live in Washington state. Have a good week…………:0)

  • Moosevillage2002

    I think that your About Us page looks great.  Your family is a big inspiration to me.  I appreciate your honesty and practical advice on life with a big family.  I do have a question…or need for advice…which I hope does not sound silly.  I am a mom of 5 (soon to be 6) children ages 9 and under.  We are a homeschooling, Jesus loving family.  My question is…can you give me some practical ideas on how to make love the “platform” of my family.  Our family is full of love, but many times it doesn’t show.  My children seem to fight all the time and act so selfish toward each other.  My husband and I are very committed parents and desire our children to truly love Jesus and love others.  We are contantly teaching them about JOY…Jesus first, others second, and yourself last.  I realize that many of my struggles could be their young ages, but I truly want our family to have a focus on love.  I fear that I am so focused on discipline and having too high of expectations, that I am missing the target of love.  I hope this makes sense.  Thanks for all you do.  God bless!   

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com/ Chris Jeub

      We have been talking about your comment for the past 30 minutes. We find it fascinating! Question: Where did you hear the “JOY” method? This is new to us.

      • Janetkiessling

        J*O*Y…is a given around our house, too! Awesome, ‘Moosevillege2002′!

      • Blessed2bhis

        Hi Chris and Wendy,
        The JOY method was on the Duggars.  We teach it to our children too, but like Moosevillage2002 we have children that fight.  We have 7 so far and some can act downright hateful to each other unlike I’ve ever seen.  I would like to know too how you keep everyone wanting to show love to one another. :o)  BTW, love your books!

  • http://www.thepottershandacademy.com/ Kristi

    I love your new About Us page.  I love this post.  You are such an inspiration to me.  Thank you so much for all you’ve taught us. 

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com/ Chris Jeub

      You’re very welcome, Kristi! Thanks for commenting.

  • Ken

    Loved having you at the SCORRE conference.  Both of you inspire me.  It wasn’t easy but you pushed through.  I admire that kind of determination. 

    • http://jeubfamily.com Wendy Jeub

       Thank you Ken that is quite a compliment! I am so glad that I did push through the SCORRE12 Conference. I learned many things that are going to help me for the rest of my life.

  • Thepeach

    The new page is very convicting reminder of what I do and why I do it.