For the longest time, years really, Dan and I have dreamed of having our own business, and that dream is finally becoming a reality!
After almost 20 years with Prairie Electric in Vancouver, Dan has taken the plunge and opened his own shop! As you can imagine, many, many hours of planning and prayer and list making has gone into this venture, and we give God all the glory for making it a reality for us. Ultimately, Dan's desire to "walk by the way" with our son Daniel has been a major influence in the making of this decision. How awesome will it be to have our youngest son work with his dad while learning a trade from one of the best! :)
The Lord's hand has been evident in each step we've taken, and His provision of help from family and friends has been a testimony to us of His kindness and care for us. Contact after contact has been and continues to be made, and we look forward to serving SW Washington with integrity for many, many years! Thanks to some very talented friends, our logo is finished and a website is being designed to share what makes us unique. I'll let you know once we're ready to officially launch, so stay tuned!
In the meanwhile...
Crazy us, we're doing the unconventional and going on a three-week vacation. Who does this sort of thing? Not us...we're really not big vacation sort of people and typically stay pretty close to home. Funny how the timing on all our plans has worked out so well, but then, not so funny, really, because we know (and have seen) the Lord's hand in it each step of our planning. You see, there was no way of knowing when little Charlotte would be born, and there was no way I was going to not be here to spend some time getting to know her. :)
Once she arrived, our preliminary plans went into action, and plane tickets were purchased! Our first stop will be Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for Vision Forum's History of America Conference!
I'm particularly excited to be going to Pennsylvania because I'm originally from Pittsburgh and am thrilled that we'll be spending a couple days there after the conference visiting family and going to Kennywood! I have the funnest Kennywood memories and can't wait to go with my kids!
Our next planned stop will be the Creation Museum just outside of Cincinnati. Other places we plan to visit include a Laura Ingalls Wilder location (yet to be decided upon) and quite possibly a detour to the Grand Canyon before heading back home to the Pacific Northwest. Part of the fun of this little vacation/road trip will be the freedom to decide just where to go and what to do! I'll be blogging along the way, Lord willing, so check back to see where we'll be, and if you happen to live close by any of our locations, let us know and we'll wave or maybe even say hello -- wouldn't that be fun?
This little sweetie will be a month old by the time we arrive back at home. I get weepy just thinking about it...
Many thanks to our son and his lovely wife for holding down the fort while we're away! We could not be taking this vacation without their help.
Big changes indeed! A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. ~Proverbs 16:9
Keep us in your prayers, if you would. :)
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PS: I have a new muffin recipe scheduled for Monday morning -- Chocolate Cherry!