Five years ago driving down the road a "for sale" sign forever changed our lives. I wasn't looking for it. I didn't know quite what God's calling was for my life. I was working full time in the mortgage industry. I was driving down the road to visit a friend. I'd taken the drive a hundred times before. There it was a "for sale" sign with a phone number. I have to have that building, something told me. Why would I want a building I thought. Later that night, on my way home, I wrote the number down. A week later I was getting together with an attorney to look at the property. The floors were a mess. The walls and ceilings were chipping and falling apart in most areas. It was obvious the property had been vacant for some time. I loved it! Why? I have no idea, but my spirit was jumping thinking of the potential. My next step was to get the people I love and trust more than anyone. Mom and dad here I come. They loved it (okay maybe not at first, but eventually), but how could we afford it. We are not in the position to afford a commercial building. I got together with the attorney and had to have another walk through. She had an offer for us that was out of this world. And by out of this world, I mean it had to be God. We ran to the bank and were told multiple times no, even with the amazing price.(Commercial Lending is nothing like the residential side, I know) I couldn't understand why God would place this building on my heart. I refused to give up. We kept pursuing and praying. Finally a bank approved our loan, with enough money to buy the building and to rehab it. We got to work, And we worked and we worked. We were able to get the property in working order to the point we could rent the upper units to pay the monthly bills. Ooh! Step one done. Thank God for good people and good tenants. We are so blessed, but please understand that it was not an easy road. Things go wrong, things go unexpectedly, but we made it. So next step was getting downstairs, the main store ready for us to use. The walls are stained yellow. There is old massive freezers to rip out, with surprises around every corner. I could go on & on. With all four of us still going to our full time jobs, Ryan & I getting married and a few years later pregnant, and actually having lives, we just keep going. One step at a time. Doing what we can ourselves and hiring when we can afford to. We do what we can to learn about starting a business, by taking a class. David takes a class to become a master gardener. We learn what we can to be the most prepared. We get help from our wonderful friends and family whenever they are able to bless us.
So where are we now? Good question! We're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We see our dream just ahead. We have been applying for loans over the years to get the store officially open, but with some resistance from the banks. Start up businesses are very risky. We understand that. One place tells us we make too much, and another will tell us we don't make enough. My life motto this year is BUT GOD! No one can tell me otherwise. This journey has been full of God loving and God fearing people coming into our lives and getting us that one step closer. We've all wanted to give up. But we are going to just keep on trusting God and moving forward. Hence the reason we started this website. This website is our current beginning and bringing us that one step closer.
We want to make a difference and we are determined.