From being a mum to a model, Rosie Luik follows her dream
In life, often there are people who refuse to stay down, no matter what life throws at them.
Rosie Luik is one such example.
She has overcome a business failure and a litany of health problems to today be a proud wife, mother of four children, model, tv presenter and even at one point a surrogate mother to twins that made national and international headlines. Every time she posts a picture on her Instagram account, potentially almost 200,000 people see it, plus she’s a published author.
That’s a lot to pack in, and she’s only 33.
Even though she grew up in Brisbane, she’s a proud local and explained that it was her husband Adrian who fell in love with Ipswich and convinced her to move.
“My husband and I have been together since I was 18 and early into our relationship we started our own business, which required a lot of driving around,“Rosie said.
“One day Adrian had a job at Springfield and he called me saying that he felt like he’d driven into an advertisement. He said, ‘we have to move here’.
“So he took me on a drive and we looked at land. At the time it was just dirt, trees and a school in Augustine Heights and I thought nobody is ever going to move out here, but within two weeks we had a block.”
Adrian and Rosie always wanted four kids. That was always the plan, and three days after her 21st birthday their first daughter was born.
“I’ve always wanted to be a mum, we both wanted four kids and we both wanted to start earlier rather than later. As I had always struggled with endometriosis, we were also advised it would be best to or potentially not be parents at all. I’m one of four, he’s one of two, and I have great memories of growing up in a big family.”
Just prior to their world changing in a big way, the couple had two more children in 2008 and in 2009.
“The business had grown and was doing really well, then the GFC hit and we got hit hard,” Rosie said. “We had lost everything that we had worked so hard and sacrificed so much for, our business and our home… but we still had each other, our kids and our health.”
Rosie had a friend who had tried to conceive many times using IVF, but the attempts had failed, and Rosie raised the prospect of carrying a child as a surrogate mother,