Michelle Johnson, Loveland, CO - Affiliate since March 1994
I joined the Stretch-n-Grow team in March of 1994 and that was the start of an "exerciting" ride that I am still enjoying today. Being a part of this company has rewarded me in so many ways over the years. I have learned how to run a successful business, I have touched the lives of hundreds of children, I have had the flexibility for my own family, I have gained a ton of confidence, and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Each and every day is an adventure and it starts with lots of giggles and hugs from my "stars." There has not been a day, that I have regretted this decision to join this company. It has been a blessing in my life and as I always tell Jill, I will be doing it until I am 98!
Becky Darlington, Grand Prairie, TX - Affiliate since December 2001
My story began with a prayer for something better and more meaningful. I was working and traveling too much, and not spending enough family time. I was driving home from work late one evening and had a very profound discussion with God; I asked God to help me find a way to spend more time with my family, have a decent income and to touch and make a difference in other peoples lives. Meanwhile, my two year old daughter was enrolled in a great program at her daycare called Stretch-n-Grow. I got a notice that her tuition was late, which was impossible. I contacted the lovely Beth Cannon and cleared up the tuition issue. For some reason, I did not toss out the notice, I kept it. Something (God) whispered Stretch-n-Grow in my ear. A light went on and my family and I began the journey that has changed our lives for the better. We have been blessed with more family time, more money and I touch the lives of little people every day (an added benefit is they also touch my life). Stretch-n-Grow has been a blessing and a God send!
Barb & Mike Merchant, Cincinnati, OH - Affiliates since May 1996
I truly believe that Stretch-n-Grow entered our life as a plan from God. It all happened as Mike and I had our third child. We both had very demanding careers in management and as buyers for a large drug company. Our two other children were at the age in which they began to be in many activities, so the stress of trying to raise three children, making sure they are where they need to be, manage the home and still work at a hectic pace was beginning to take a toll on me. I saw an ad for Stretch-n-Grow, and I was so excited. It sounded almost too good to be true. I called and spoke to a sales representative assigned to the Cincinnati area. He ran the ad only ONCE! I knew I had “Divine” intervention then. Mike and I decided to purchase our franchise. We flew to Texas where we met Jill and Bob and began our training. When Bob opened our first training session with prayer, I knew this was for me!I decided to quit my career and focus on Stretch-n-Grow. I loved being at home more, and spending time with my children as I began to build the business. The business began to grow, word of mouth seemed to be our best advertisement, and I began to hire coaches. Mike also took the leap of faith and decided to teach Stretch-n-Grow full time. Stretch-n-Grow has been such a blessing to Mike and I in so many ways. I decided to go back to college and finish my degree. I focused on Early Childhood Education so I could have credentials added to my resume as a Stretch-n-Grow owner. I also took a home study course in Nutrition where I received a certificate. I would probably never have achieved these goals with out Stretch-n-Grow.We truly believe that God had a plan for Mike and I. So many things happened that could have only had his hand in it. We both enjoy the flexibility, income, and creativity that a being a Stretch-n-Grow owner allows. We love being able to create new lessons, routines, and stories. We love the children and all of the Directors and teachers we work with, they have become some of our dear friends. Through our Stretch-n-Grow conferences we have met many wonderful people from around the world, it is great! SNG has helped us to grow in so many ways, in education, as business owners, as parents and most important has grown our faith and trust in God. Mike and I have a great passion for working with children. It is a great feeling to know that you are impacting lives and teaching life changing habits!