This is the story of our green cottage. We bought our home in 1994. It was our first home. It has a little over 1700 square feet. It was to be our starter home. You know where you live for five years and then move on to bigger and better as your family grows.
Blake was born in 1995 and Benjamin was born in 1997. We started A Spot For Tea in 1996. We continued to add children and employees and we kept living in our green cottage. I always wanted a picket fence and window boxes so Eric built both for me to add some charm to our little home.
Then after the sermon that my pastor preached my friend Lindy came in the tearoom and shared that her husband John's favorite verse in the bible is:
This past summer I started looking at bigger homes and then the economy started getting shaky and we decided we would stay a little while longer in our green cottage. When you are self-employed, own a small business and are responsible for other people's incomes it makes you want to put money away like a squirrel in winter storing nuts. We usually have between 18 and 20 employees. It is not a responsibility we take lightly.
We have many Christmas traditions we started and do each year in this home with our boys. Its the only place they've ever lived. I think by the time I was 14 I had lived in 6 different houses since my dad was a pastor. Last night we put up our Christmas tree and hung the ornaments and listened to Christmas Carols. It made me realize bigger is not always better.
So this year I'm finding many things to be grateful for. Thanking Jesus for His many gifts He has given our family. Thank you for three wonderful boys. Thank you Lord for our green cottage especially since there are many homeless people without jobs this year. Thank you for A Spot For Tea and our employees who are like family to us. Thank you for my picket fence and window boxes.