About Tom and Julie Meekins - Our Story
After years of blood, sweat and tears in moving our own children along in their development and volunteering to support countless other families in the same boat, Julie got some training and began evaluating kids and giving their parents step-by-step activities to make a difference in their development. AND THEN, knowing that nutrition is such a huge piece of the puzzle in the development of children, we decided it would be a good idea for Julie to attend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. At this time Tom was still making a 2 1/2 hour daily commute working full time in Washington DC.
A defining moment in our lives came just one month into the nutrition program. It was a big AHA. We began to think: "What if we could take -- all that we have learned raising our babies, supporting other families with challenging children, getting training in understanding the brain and in nutrition -- and put it all into a package that would be an awesome help to families?"
We know what it is like to agonize over realizing that what we were currently doing wasn't helping our kids. We know about sleepless nights wondering if we were going to make it through the next day with our sanity intact. We know the bone-weary exhaustion of keeping on when there was no ounce of strength left in our bodies. We know the relentless turning over every rock to find help for our kids. We know the joys of seeing a glimmer of hope in the darkness. We know the loneliness of experiencing things our friends knew nothing about. We knew in our gut that something was wrong at times when others could not see it. We had the privilege of participating in the miracle of our children making progress. Sometimes it was agonizingly slow - but we now have the privilege of seeing the results of our hard work. Our children are vibrant and happy and growing young people able to do exceedingly more than we could ever have imagined.
We knew we had to do this work as March Forth Family. No one can do it the way we can. Just like we can't do it the way others can. We are unique. We owe it to the world to bring this particular work -- unlike any other -- to specific families so they, too, may be supported in this particular way in their journey.
As the year progressed, there was confirmation after confirmation that families needed us and they needed our special brand of bringing support to them in our unique, empowering, supporting and "get results" way. We had a unique blend of training, heart-wrenching-exhausting-never-give-up experience with our own children, and compassionate, come-along-side with love and support opportunities with countless other families as a volunteer and then as an evaluator -- that we just knew we were COMPELLED to bring to the world. Tom left his corporate job, started working full time with Julie, and enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. His seminary and business administration degrees are great assets to our work.
So, we have made a commitment to dedicate the rest of our professional lives to helping families navigate the scary world of raising a challenging child. What we did made a significant difference in the lives of our children and countless other children -- we are committed to bringing that to other families.
Look around our website. In addition to this "About" page, you may want to check out the testimonials, blogs, events, and classes we teach in the Products tab. If our story and services resonate with you, contact us for a Get Acquainted Call.
Tom Meekins, BS, MAR, CHHC
Julie Meekins, CHHC
Tom and Julie are seminar presenters and the Special Needs Specialists for the National Center for Biblical Parenting. (biblicalparenting.org)
Child Development Specialists
Brain Gym Certified
Member International Association for Health Coaches
Certified American Association of Drugless Practitioners
Certified L.E.A.N. Coach
March Forth Family, LLC
PO Box 4621
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Read our story as we were featured on the Institute for Integrative Nutrition website blog: "Tom and Julie Meekins Transform the World, One Family at a Time"Tom and Julie have spoken to numerous groups. Contact us if you want a speaker. We have many topics from which to choose. To see a partial printable list of that may be of interest to you and your group, click here.
Tom and Julie are USA Missionaries of PEF Ministries. They reach out to encourage and empower all parents, especially those who are raising a special needs child or a complex child with challenges. They are available to speak to your church or parent group. Please consider supporting them in prayer. For more information and to donate, click here.