Parents of Two Find Their ‘American Dream Home’ in Beaufort, South Carolina: ‘So Special’

I’ve been a TV presenter for over 20 years, so walking in front of a camera comes as naturally to me as breathing. And sometimes I forget that the families and couples we portray in American Dream Home have never been seen on television.

I’m in awe of Dustin, who was introduced to viewers on another episode of “American Dream Home” this week.

Dustin was young when he fell into addiction – but this week he was brave enough to share with our viewers how he overcame a troubled past.

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For me, this is the American dream. In our country you get second chances – and Dustin could take that ball and run with it.

I caught up with him and his beautiful wife Amy to see how they were settling into their new home, how the kids were doing – and if they were enjoying watching themselves on national TV.

A Washington state couple, Dustin and Amy, wanted the comfort and joy of living in South Carolina—and beyond "american dream home," They shared their story and journey with viewers of host Cheryl Casone's Fox Business program.

A Washington state couple, Dustin and Amy, wanted the comfort and joy of living in South Carolina — and in ‘American Dream Home,’ they shared their story and journey with viewers of the host’s Fox business program Cheryl Casene.
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Watching couples like Dustin and Amy chase their dream – and find the perfect home – is so much fun!

Here’s some of what we discussed.

Question for Dustin: Dustin, how’s business? I had a feeling you would pick the house with enough space for your exercise equipment. Tell me more about your path to becoming an entrepreneur.

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Answer from Dustin: Becoming an entrepreneur and business owner was pretty much an accident. I had helped some friends with some shirts and clothes for myself [sports] team and they gave me some equipment that they didn’t use.

“Doerflinger Athletics has grown to the point that I’ve essentially had two full-time jobs.”

About a year later we were on our way to a softball event and didn’t have the right shirts. So I got the equipment working, made our team jerseys – and during the tournament other teams started asking where we got them from.

I explained that I had made them – and from then on people asked me to make the clothes for them. From there it snowballed like a snowball.

Homebuyers Amy and Dustin were looking for theirs in Beaufort, South Carolina "American dream home" with help from FOX Business host Cheryl Casone.

Homebuyers Amy and Dustin searched Beaufort, South Carolina for their “American Dream Home” with the help of FOX Business host Cheryl Casone.
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I worked as a counselor at a non-profit drug, alcohol treatment and intervention program, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm [So] I would come home, have dinner with Amy, and then work at Doerflinger Athletics from 8 p.m. or so until the early hours—and do it all over again.

Eventually, Doerflinger Athletics grew to the point where I essentially had two full-time jobs. I spent my free days off from my consulting job printing shirts or embroidering hats – as well as weekends and evenings.

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I was planning to leave the consulting job to take care of Julia [the couple’s youngest daughter] when she was born and [running] the business. Then, Christmas before she was born, the company had to restructure for funding reasons and laid everyone off.

“The flexibility of working from home and being a business owner has allowed me to spend time with the girls and get involved with their schools.”

Since then I’ve been taking care of mine [two] Girls and run the business full time. The flexibility of working from home and being a business owner has allowed me to spend time with the girls and get involved with their schools etc.

Q: You have been so honest about your journey from recovery. What are the biggest lessons you learned from this experience?

A: One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in recovery is not to do it [let it] be a secret. Everyone has trials and tribulations, whether it’s drugs, alcohol, life circumstances, or work [issues] … It’s easy to stay in or return to such situations when those around you are kept in the dark.

Amy and Dustin - plus their real estate professional (far left) - as they search for the right home for their family in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Amy and Dustin – plus their real estate professional (far left) – as they search for the right home for their family in Beaufort, South Carolina.
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Having a good support system that can hold you accountable, ask if you’re okay, tell you when maybe it’s time to seek resources… [this] helps.

Amy is great at celebrating my recovery birthday and reminding me how important it is. It also helps that it’s no secret – it helps remove the stigma that I think is slowly fading around addiction.

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Q: What activities have you undertaken since moving into the new house?

A: We went paddleboarding and kayaking. We even bought each of the girls their own kayaks. We like to go on the boats and go fishing.

The girls have their favorite beach where they can go by boat to go swimming and see dolphins. [Our] The family loves to come out to enjoy the house and the water with us.

“The biggest change has been how we spend our evenings. We’re no longer constrained by bad weather – we’re outside whenever we can, and that’s exactly what we wanted.”

Q: What was it like filming with our crew? Was that what you expected?

A: The crew was fantastic and we had lots of fun and laughter. It was also interesting to learn what the production team thought was important or what key elements would be [of the story].

Question to Amy: What was it like filming with our crew? Is this what you expected?

Answer from Amy: I wasn’t sure what to expect – so I went with an open mind about the experience and believed how it went, how it was supposed to go. We thought the crew was so personable and funny… They even let Julia behind the scenes as a ‘producer’ on the last day! She really enjoyed that.

Q: How are the children? Are you enjoying the new place?

A: The girls love the hot tub, their “boat bed” room, regular ocean swims and this summer they are getting to know and see all the loggerhead sea turtles. [plus] Deer, snakes, birds and alligators! So much to discover and learn.

Dustin and Amy - after looking for their southern dream home - now "love to show our family what makes this area so special," They told hostess Cheryl Casone about it "American dream home" on FoxBusiness.

Dustin and Amy — after searching for their southern dream home — “now love showing our family what makes this area so special,” they said American Dream Home host Cheryl Casone on Fox Business.
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Q: How has your life changed since you found your perfect home?

A: We love country life! We’ve found that we’ve had more visitors than ever before and we love that.

We love showing our family what makes this area so special. We now have a longer commute to church but have found some great schools for the girls.

The biggest change has been how we spend our evenings. When the weather is bad, we’re no longer cramped inside – we’re outside whenever we can, and that’s exactly what we wanted.

“We traded the mountain view for the sea view and feel so blessed to be here.”

We have great neighbors and a community we’re building – and that made this move even more special! We traded the mountain view for the sea view and feel so blessed to be here.

Q: Are you planning renovations or work on the house?

A: There are ways to make the rooms a little more individual in the future, e.g. B. redesigning the laundry room or painting a bathroom. But nothing urgent!

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Dustin has worked in the field and kept up with grass and landscaping… Together we will continue to dream and take care of the assets the Lord has entrusted to us.

I want to be good stewards of everything I have – and I feel we are on the right track.

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“American Dream Home” hosted by Cheryl Casone, airs on Fox Business and streams on Fox Nation every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m./9:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

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