Whew! There sure has been a ton of stuff going on. It’s hard to know where to start.
Let’s go back to the Spring. As I had mentioned in a previous post (here), the company I worked for (Homestead Timbers) went out of business in March. Then, the end of April brought very sad news. My young adult nephew in Pennsylvania passed away. I think of him everyday and even as I type this, my eyes fill with tears missing him. However, when I can refocus my thoughts, my heart is soon filled with joy because I know he had a relationship with Jesus that was unique and strong. I know where he is today and THAT makes my heart smile.
After spending a week in Pennsylvania with family, I returned to Michigan. Being unemployed I knew I needed to really get moving on creating income from Owl at Home and I had the time to do just that. Or so I thought. As it turned out, focusing just on my new business endeavor didn’t last long. A young couple full of energy, ideas, and complimentary existing businesses, purchased Homestead Timbers at the end of May and asked me to return to work. Although I wanted to dedicate all my time to my business, I knew I really needed to earn a steady income while getting my business off the ground. So, I went back to work.
A couple of weeks later, at the beginning of June, I got a call one Sunday evening and was told that my 15-year-old son had been hit by a car while riding his moped. Thankfully, he is OK. We are grateful he was wearing a helmet. He was struck by a car coming from the opposite direction who was pulling into a business. The guy took off and hasn’t been found. YET! We haven’t given up hope on that. (Looking for a Pontiac Grand-AM or Grand Prix style of vehicle, teal in color) My son broke his Tibia and Fibula and had surgery to place a rod and pins in it.
It wasn’t healing so later in the summer they performed another surgery to take a couple pins out of the top part of the leg. At this point there has been some healing and he got the “go” to try out for basketball in the middle of November. He LOVES basketball and was dealing with the fact that he probably wouldn’t be able to play. We were very happy to get this news however, we are getting a second opinion just to be sure. Better safe than sorry. He also has started physical therapy.
So, that made the summer pretty busy! Then, last month I heard of a job, part-time, and closer to my home. Knowing that Homestead really needed someone full-time instead of part-time, I applied for the other job. I started it a couple of weeks ago. It’s really nice to be close to home! Like 5 miles away close! When I interviewed, I did communicate my goals, which is to open my own business.
I have been fitting that process in here and there. This summer I began the planning process to open a retail location in Spring Lake (the town that we live in). After many hours of research, a couple of bumps in the road, and lots of prayers, I decided to go a different route. Instead of renting a place for my business, I am working on getting permission to use my barn. The idea is to have a venue where decorators, designers, crafters, and artisans can showcase not only their goods, but also their service (designing). I’ll explain more of my vision in another post, but for now, step one is to get the proper approval. I don’t want to get ahead of myself with a big huge plan and have the powers that be put a wrench in my plan. So, on November 12th the township is holding a public hearing regarding my request for a special land use. I am officially Owl at Home, LLC now too. I guess you could say things are moving along. Not quite at the pace I’d like, but I think this may be good for me. Patience. There’s a lot of learning going on here.
” and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” Romans 5;4