2019 JAN FEB DOWN COUNTRY ROADS MAGAZINE DCR Jan.Feb.2019 web - Page 48

“Give generously, live selflessly, serve others and be humble. Always pay a compliment, have an attitude of gratitude, a smile brightens a day and kindness is the best medicine.” —­Sandy­Brockhouse Sandy­describes­herself­as­a­“fashionista­extraordinaire.”­ “Glitter­and­glam,­that’s­my­jam,”­she­says.­ She­recently­took­a­Clifton­StrengthsFinder­test­to­reveal who­she­is­and­why­she­does­what­she­does.­­ “My­top­five­strengths­are­belief,­futuristic,­positivity,­strate- gic­and­achiever,”­she­says.­“My­belief­strength­causes­me­to be­family-oriented,­spiritual,­dependable,­trustworthy­and­un- selfishly­concerned­for­and­devoted­to­the­welfare­of­others. My­work­must­be­meaningful­and­matter­to­me.­My­futuristic strength­explains­why­I­am­a­diligent­dreamer­who­sees­what can­be­and­I­am­committed­to­doing­what­is­necessary­for­it­to become­a­reality.­­ “I­love­to­peer­over­the­horizon­and­I­see­in­detail­what­the future­might­hold,”­she­adds.­“I­am­positive­in­almost­all­situ- ations­and­am­rarely­dragged­down.­My­enthusiasm­is­often contagious,­attracting­others­to­my­cause.­My­strategic­strength helps­me­sort­through­the­clutter­and­find­the­best­route.­It­is­a skill­that­cannot­be­taught.­My­achiever­theme­helps­explain my­relentless­drive­and­constant­need­for­achievement.” Sandy,­self-described­as­a­small-town­girl,­grew­up­in­Lake Benton,­Minn.,­just­across­the­border­from­Brookings.­Her­fa- ther­was­a­shop­teacher­and­her­mother­was­a­music­teacher. She­has­one­sister­and­two­brothers.­­ Her­parents­still­live­on­the­beautifully­renovated­farmhouse where­her­grandma­grew­up­—­and­her­101-year-old­grandma is­still­alive­and­well. “Growing­up­on­our­century-old­farm­that­my­grandma­grew up­on­was­a­delight,”­she­says.­“You’d­often­find­us­playing ‘Wilderness­Family’­(the­old­Disney­movie).­My­dad,­being the­handy­guy­he­was,­built­us­a­fort­that­dreams­were­made­of. Those­were­the­good­old­days,­before­kids­had­smart­phones and­social­media­was­a­thing,­and­imagination­was­everything.”­­ She­ and­ her­ siblings­ learned­ a­ valuable­ work­ ethic­ at­ a 48 DOWN COUNTRY ROADS Macchiadi Ruggine Aztec poncho $39, Kancan distressed hem jeans $59, Bracelets $5 to $19, Necklaces $15-29, Zenana Premium 3/4 sleeve shirt $26. Available at Doc & Alice in Rapid City. young­age,­for­which­she­is­grateful.­­ In­1995,­at­the­age­of­19,­Sandy­married­the­love­of­her­life and­best­friend,­Brad­Brockhouse.­ “We­grew­up­in­the­same­small­town­and­went­to­the­same school.”­she­says.­“We­always­had­a­crush­on­each­other­grow- ing­up,­but­it­wasn’t­until­the­end­of­my­senior­year­(he­had been­graduated­for­two­years)­that­we­got­together.” They­got­engaged­in­December­1994­and­the­following­Au- gust­they­were­married.­They­have­now­been­married­over­23 years­and­are­blessed­with­three­vivacious­sons:­Cody­is­20, Connor­is­17­and­Caden­is­14.­­ “They­are­the­band­of­brothers­and­have­a­very­tight-knit­re- lationship,”­she­says.­“It­fills­my­heart­with­joy­to­see­these boys­growing­up­with­this­bond­that­will­carry­on­into­adult- hood­and­never­be­broken.”­ The­Brockhouses­are­a­very­outdoorsy­family,­engaged­in hunting,­fishing,­ATVing,­boating,­motorcycling,­snowmobil- ing…­“We­do­it­if­the­outdoors­is­involved,”­she­says.­“That’s how­we­spend­quality­time­together,­enjoying­this­grand­land of­great­faces­and­great­places.”­­ Theirs­is­a­very­busy­household­where­there­is­never­a­dull