Bonnie Kate Olson is a Plainview native. She is married to Tanner Olson, also from Plainview and they have three handsome, lively boys. Bonnie Kate has attended Harvest since 2007. She began her journey with Harvest by attending youth before her family became members in 2008. Women’s ministry has become one that is dear to Bonnie Kate’s heart. She loves to be involved in the women’s ministry at church as well as leading her own ministry through her occupation. Pointing people to their Creator in order to assist them in discovering where their worth truly comes from has been her mission for going on 4 years now. This ministry has allowed her to cultivate relationships with women of all walks of life, and has aided her in setting a better foundation for her marriage and relationship with her own family and children. She has grown to love the beauty that comes from vulnerability and is honored to share bits and pieces of her life as a way to encourage women everywhere to do the same!
Who is your hero and why?
I have multiple heroes, but my husband is at the top of my list. He has a beautiful, or handsome, way of always putting his family first. I feel that it’s rare for a husband to choose quality time with his family over their hobbies or many ways that the world can tug at someone, but he has always made us his top priority. I find that heroic. It may not be recognized by many, but it’s powerful and I greatly appreciate him for it!
What one event in your childhood had the greatest effect on your life?
Growing up, my dad was very present. One of my favorite, most valued, memories happened on the farm with my dad. He had to run down and check another well while we hoed weeds. He told us he’d be back, then proceeded to tell us, “If someone unfamiliar comes up, use this hoe to knock them upside the head, then run. They won’t go to the trouble of chasing you through cotton”. Mind you, he probably didn’t venture off very far, but it felt like he was gone for an eternity. Now, he probably wouldn’t do that in this day and age, but I think that was one of the first times that I developed a willingness to do something uncomfortable in order to come out on top. Luckily, I never had to knock anyone upside the head, but I have a feeling I would have if needed. Now, I just make a habit out of staying uncomfortable, maybe not by choice, but that’s where the most growth tends to happen, hoe in hand or not.
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
If I weren’t doing what I do, I would probably stay home with my babies. I’ve always had a dream of staying home with my kids. I think people hear “stay at home mom” and think that they have all this spare time on their hands and that it’s so glamorous. I see it as a job. A very rewarding one. You get to spend extra time with your babies, raising them to be godly, respectful adults/friends/husbands/wives all while taking care of your home.
What “lesson from Mom” do you still live by today?
Choose joy. Haha this is incredibly ironic. My mom telling me to choose joy used to be the fastest way to make me mad and roll my eyes. As an adult, I appreciate the fact that she was teaching me the importance of taking responsibility for my response to life’s circumstances all packed into two words.