That also meant that Bobbi and Kenny Sr. had to become budget-savvy in order to provide for eight growing children after all the free goods and services ran out. Consequently, they bought in bulk for decades and cultivated their own garden for produce. And they still work hard, too: Kenny Sr. is employed at a metal-coating company and Bobbi’s day job is in special needs education. But while they’ve always remained grateful for their home, they’ve also made sure that their kids know it didn’t come from their average salaries alone.
“My fear has always been that they see our jobs and think that’s all they need for nice stuff,” Kenny Sr. told the Des Moines Register. “I’ve given them the cold, hard truth slowly. No way could I afford this home on my salary. If you want something, you have to work for it.”