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East TN bus driver finding success on the Food Network

Published: Aug. 24, 2017 at 11:48 PM EDT
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A bus driver, a reality TV star and a mom, one East Tennessee mom is doing it all through faith and family.

Shona House and her two boys can be seen on the Food Network's 'The Great Food Truck Race,' but before her successes on the show, her family went through unimaginable tragedy.

Shona got the call to be on the show after the success of her business Faith Baked Cakes, a business she runs by herself making cakes of all kinds for weddings or celebrations. She said the business became a reality after a dream a friend from church had.

"She had a dream about me, she dreamed we had to build a shop on the side of our house. She said, 'You prayed for everyone that received cakes,' and the name is Faith Based Cakes," said House.

30 days after that dream, Shona's world came to a stop after a tragic car accident.

"We were on our way home, and an elderly couple pulled out in front of a concrete truck and we swerved and hit, and Eric was killed instantly," said House.

Her husband of 23 years, Eric, died in the wreck, and her youngest son almost lost his life as well. Shona, heartbroken, said the accident also made her worry about making ends meet. She then started driving a school bus to get by, and running her business when she completes her route.

"You got to remember you still have life to live. I have to be strong for my boys and my boys have to be strong for me, so we just work together, we pray hard, love hard and fight hard," said House.

The House family won the first challenge in the show's first episode - teams who earn the most money advance to the next week. The team that makes the least goes home.

House said she was initially nervous about doing the show but said it gave her an opportunity to get closer to her boys, who recently graduated from the University of Tennessee.

"I said, 'Ok, I've never done this before, but we are going to give it a shot,' we just went in there making food like Mamaw used to make. Just things we've learned our whole lives to make," said House.

Each week, during the show, House and the other teams travel to a different city to complete a new challenge. The winner will be announced at the end of September. The "Great Food Truck Race" can be seen on Sundays on the Food Network.