As many folks know (especially my family), my life, like many in this world, has taken many turns. Today is the closing of one of those steps.
Once I thought I was a US Marine, then I thought I was a US Airman. During the time in the USAF I met some wonderful folks at a church in Biloxi, Mississippi. I became a Story Teller and took up chalk, as a teaching method. Oh yeah, there was the period I thought I was a preacher. We pastored 2 churches and organized and built a very successful church, called the New Hope Church. It is still a very active and still growing church today. BUT as always, I learned I was not a preacher, so I decided to be a USN sailor. This I liked and stuck there until retirement.
Then I was a maintenance man for The Radisson Plaza. Next I thought I would like to be a Roach Coach driver. During this time Sherry & I had taken up walking and talking in the evenings. (We had taken up payments on a small home and were in debt $21K.) So on one of our walks Sherry says, I know you can build a house, but can you build us a house and get us out of debt?
“Sure”, was my confident answer. That was the start of my building career. I LOVED IT, THIS WAS WHAT I HAD BEEN SEARCHING FOR. I couldn’t wait to go to work and hated to quit and come home.
After awhile I decided I wanted to build a Sub-Division. We bought and paid for the land and I started the ‘EXPENSIVE’ part of the process, meeting city, county & state requirements. Surveying, engineering, qualifying street names etc. I got tired of jumping thru hoops and took a loss of many many thousands, and the land sat.
As I said in the title, the end is never obvious, until you get there. We just returned from a closing of the last of that property. The Carters, a young couple thrilled to have all the wooded land to build a home for their family.
So like many turns in life, streets named after the Grandkids will not be. I won’t become a millionaire like I had planned. BUT I believe all things work together. The subdivision is a stressful process (my builder friends tell me), So instead of the subdivision project, we have traveled the USA & part of the WORLD. Saw magnificent sites and met wonderful people
It has been fun seeing the Canadian Rockies, Alaska, the Yukon, the Alamo, Park City, Park Falls, the grand Canyon, Niagara, Nova Scotia, The Corn Palace, Deadwood, Tombstone, the Redwoods, Yosemite, Yellowstone, etc then all 50 states! But most of all meeting the cream of the crop of PEOPLE that we have come to love. That beats a subdivision by miles.
This is the last open land we had, on the brighter side, Sherry’s tax bill will be less next year.
It is not possessions, but (some) People that make life worth living.
So this is HOME