Wade & Melanie Lake.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller
Wade and I have been married for 20 years. We have 5 children- 1 girl, our oldest, age 19, and 4 boys ages 16, 14, 10, and 3. We love being parents and having a family. Our favorite times are being together with our children, reading books, traveling the world, playing games, camping, looking for rocks or going on hikes and of course we enjoy quiet alone moments as well.
We have homeschooled our children their entire lives. As some of them are getting older and have so many social activities and learning opportunities outside the home and with our oldest leaving the nest we have been grateful for the way we have chosen to spend our time. We treasure the time we have had with them and our many different learning adventures together. They have taught us much and we are pleased with the skills they have and their sense of purpose and mission as they (some of them) embark on their adult lives and we are glad to have more concentrated time still with our little ones.
I love Emerson’s quote,
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
That seems to be what we do, blaze trails and we love it. Ardently we gather people to embark on healing adventures with us. We enjoy teaching about essential oils, Chinese medicine, healthy lifestyles, digestion (Melanie’s hobby), Live Cultured Foods, herbs, and positive mind.
We are passionate about living our dreams. We love family adventures. Our latest family adventure was spending 3 months traveling through Mexico and Guatemala getting to know the people and learning the language. What an education it was. It tumbled us like a wave, upside down and all around, it was a thrill and when we stood back up our world was completely different. We have fallen in love. We are currently spending our summers in Utah and the rest of the year exploring Central America. The following quote really speaks to us and is part of what woke us up and we wondered if we were really savoring our lives and decided to take action.
“I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life… to put to out all that was not life; and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau
Nature speaks to us. We enjoy camping, being by lakes or the ocean, rock hounding. We love to learn. We enjoy reading classic books as a family and discuss the events that happen in our lives and all of our theories about life.
Avidly we grow gardens and often on a massive scale, growing organic all heirloom produce (old varieties that can re-seed themselves) with many wonderful varieties – including over 100 varieties of tomatoes, purple potatoes, purple green beans, purple carrots, huckleberries, litchi berries, wild strawberries and many other treasures. We preserve our food the old ways, without canning or damaging the food structure in any way. A lot of our hobbies center around learning ancient wisdom and applying it to our lives. By far, the biggest sacrifice for us in traveling has been not being able to eat our home grown produce all winter long. We’ll get it figured out though and find a place to grow. On our travels we also miss having chickens and of course, our loved ones.
We enjoy learning and teaching about health and healing. Wade and I teach hands on workshops on Live Cultured (Probiotic) Foods and Herbs, Tinctures and Healling Balms. Melanie also teaches a series of kinesiology classes, the Creating Balance series. We love to remind people who they really are. We are gifted at helping them see that clearly and having the tools and courage to live their mission and their dreams.
“If a voice inside you says you cannot paint then by all means paint and that will silence the voice.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Feel free to email us at CreatingBalance7@gmail.com