By Marcus Buckner
Honestly, I didn't think it would work.
When I realized that I needed to quit my sales job, I looked around and couldn't find any jobs that seemed to fit me. It felt like the only valid option, after prayer and some long discussions with my wife, was to make our freelance media business a full-time gig.
But to be honest, I couldn't see how it could work. There weren't enough clients or enough projects in my mind to see this thing working as a full-time job. We had been doing this "thing" on the side for a supplemental income for as long as we have been married.
In December 2017, we launched Marken Media Co. (a name that my wife created by smashing our names together). Every month we have seen God provide just the right amount of clients and projects. Every month we see His provision unfold. We are so grateful to be working together as a family and being able to spend more time together. It is amazing to see our 3-year-old son Jaxson hand out business cards to potential clients and see him get excited as we explore new business opportunities.
So sometimes yes, it feels like you are about to jump off a cliff in faith. But for us, the reward is worth the risk even though we do not have it all figured out. He works all things together for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purpose!
Good things are ahead!
I recently got a copy of Giving it All Away...And Getting it All Back Again by Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, David Green. I usually read with a pen in hand so I can underline and make notes in the margins. This book was such a good read! I was challenged to dream bigger, think bigger, pray bigger, and give bigger.
"Hobby Lobby takes half of total pretax earnings and plunges it directly into a portfolio of evangelical ministries," reports Forbes.
We've all heard stories of successful businesses having small beginnings, and I love love love those stories. Hobby Lobby opened its first 300-square-foot store in 1972. Today, they have 822 stores! (They just opened one in Uvalde, Texas!)
Green says in the book's prologue, "The funny thing about the questions of life is that the ones we ask at the end are the one we should begin with. It is tough to craft a meaningful life without considering our end: What do we hope for, what do we dream for, relative to our lives, our family, our children?"
Marcus and I are in the place right now, with a small home office, but also considering the idea of what it would look like to grow. While we have enjoyed meeting new people and clients at local coffee shops, restaurants, and even our home dining room table :) we believe we can better serve people with more square footage. Would you join us in praying for that?
Anyhow, back to the book!
Green shares how he grew up as a pastor's kid. His parents were often resourceful with very little, and very generous with what they had. (As a PK himself, Marcus can relate!) Green grew up, as many do, with the idea that those who were part of ministry roles like pastors and missionaries were "called," and not sure where he fit in.
Since its start in 2005, volunteers with Mission Devine have repaired over 600 local homes at no cost to the families they serve. Volunteers representing nearly a dozen area churches came together last week to live out Matthew 22:39, loving their neighbors as themselves.
"I appreciate and I thank God for bringing you to help me," says Mrs. Sanchez of Devine, Texas, whose husband's debilitating illness has left him blind.
Special thanks to the sponsors of our third episode in "The Sign Says Devine" mini series, Mark Kidd - State Farm Agent and Medina Electric Cooperative, Inc. For future sponsorship info, message us or visit www.markenmediaco.com.
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It's mini vacation time! Last week we took a trip to Dallas to celebrate Gary & Pat's adoption. On the way, we stopped for a day in beautiful Waco, Texas. We got to catch up with one of my college roommates, Jessica, and her family.
Jessica and Matt have been buying and flipping homes in and around Waco in their very own Chip-and-Jo-esque style for a few years now. Their most recent flip turned into a keeper and is now an Airbnb house! Isn't it cute?
It's located in McGregor, just 20 minutes from all the fun in downtown Waco. And it's got three bedrooms (you could easily sleep a couple more if you used the living room couch or air mattress).
Hello! Here at Marken Media Co. we've been busy building websites, writing blogs, taking photos, and editing videos. Because of all that, we have missed adding to "The Sign Says Devine" video series the past couple of months. But we can't wait to bring you the next video!
Mission Devine has brought our community together in amazing ways since 2005. I (Kennan) was just a teenager when I volunteered with my youth group from FBC Devine. It was a truly life-changing experience.
If you don't know what we mean when we talk about "The Sign Says Devine," check out our FAQ here. We're gearing up for a great week here in Devine, to become a sponsor of the Marken Media Co. video showcasing the way our community comes together during Mission Devine, email us.
We need sponsors because we love highlighting the great people and organizations of our small town of Devine that would not otherwise be able to afford such a spotlight.
Video 2: Since 2010, Wings And Reins Equine Refuge, Inc. has helped save the lives of 200 horses. Its founder Jo Harp battles Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), which threatens her health and mobility on a daily basis. WATCH IT HERE
Video 1: When we heard that the Devine Food Pantry helped feed over 15,000 hungry people last year, our minds were blown away. Our small town does have a big heart! WATCH IT HERE
Special thanks to our previous sponsors...
Hello, world! We have a 3-year-old on our hands! Jaxson is our picky eater. He will only eat a handful of different foods. But one of them we can cheer on is LARABAR since they're made with nuts and dried fruits. Between Marcus (my husband) and Jax, we easily go through several boxes a month! (I think I should go get stock in those things!)
So choosing our prop for his 3-year photos was easy. What wasn't so easy, was getting our on-the-move boy to stay still.
I had the chance to take sweet baby Essie's first year photos. Since her parents are stationed here in Texas for a short time, they wanted something that was uniquely Texas to remember their time in the Lone Star State. With bluebonnet season behind us, we went for the next best thing - the Historic Pearl and Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.
I searched and searched for the perfect cake stand, and this one from HomeGoods is exactly what I'd envisioned! I just love how Amber (Essie's Momma) picked a pink iced cake and tutu to match her "Essie" onesie.
You never know what reaction you're going to get from a cake smash! Essie wasn't too excited about getting her hands sticky in the icing and her expressions are so cute. She was such a trooper.
Our first wedding day - October 16, 2010 - was a beautiful day. My small town church was full of friends and family. My college roommates and friends traveled in a day early to help decorate for the reception. And Marcus, my handsome groom, surprised me with a song he wrote for me just before I walked the aisle.
Now nearly eight years into our marriage, and just six months into running our own multi-media company, Marken Media Co. - we've expanded our services to include wedding videography.
We reached out to local venue Sandy Oaks Ranch for a prospective "second" wedding - this time not as bride and groom, but as videographers.
Usually, Marcus has been the one behind the video camera. He's been shooting and editing videos for about twenty years. Now it was my turn to join the fun! We had great time, and with a quick two-day turnaround, released our debut highlight reel to social media.
Here's what the bride said:
"My husband and I really didn’t know what to expect until we saw our video and it just truly blew us away. They did such an amazing job, and now from them we’ll have a video of the day that meant the most to us! We recommend them to all family and friends!"
After recording "The Bottom Side of Down" at Cherry Ridge Studio in Floresville, TX, Marcus was inspired to create his own home studio. So... with the promise that he would leave me a little room for my crafts and scrapbooking he started transforming the space.
To save money, and because he's always looking for a project, Marcus enlisted the help of Uncle Bren to help build sound panels for the studio. Many of the materials we had on hand - like upcycling the packing materials from our HelloFresh order, as well as some random packing Denise snagged from a coworker at Security State Bank. Here's how we (I mean, they) did it.
Tools & Supplies Needed
Average cost of sound panels online: $80 - $120 each
Average cost per sound panel we built ourselves: $15.50 each
That's at least $60 in savings per panel!
Marcus is looking for musicians and singers who'd like to record to get some experience. You can check out his previous work here. Give him a text or call and get your music out there (I might know someone who can help with marketing). The Marken Media Co. Studio is waiting!
Devine High School student Damon Thomas shares his story with Marken Media Co.
"I don't want to just read the Bible. I want to live it."