The Coop, an unlikely dream for a road warrior who continually flies free! The story of our amazing journey…
I declared 2014 as the Year Of Focus and read it on our kitchen chalk board every day. I started the year Celebrating What Is Right In The World after watching a video by DeWitt Jones. He taught me to live with uncertainty, yet act with confidence and the importance of moving from good frame to great frame.
During Texas Antiques Week last spring a dream was born in my heart. One evening I drove through the beautiful countryside surrounding Round Top and Warrenton imagining living in Washington County Texas. I remember feeling despair thinking that it was a wild and unattainable dream.
I didn’t exactly dismiss the dream. My heart longed to own a property that we could live and work from. I dream of organizing events and making our dream coop a destination. Jeff and I casually looked in various rural and urban areas surrounding Houston. Everything seemed out of our reach.
I figured my big dreams were years away and that I needed to learn to be content. Instead I immersed myself in self help books and YouTube videos. I know it’s corny, but I prefer books that encourage me to get my shit together over novels. The first book I read was You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. I had been reading Brene Brown books prior to that and soaked in the idea of shame resistance. I also caught a Super Soul Sunday with Paulo Ceohlo, which totally blew my mind. I reread The Alchemist prior to the fall Texas Antiques Week. I was learning to believe in the impossible and that I was worthy of big dreams
To be honest, I was dreading Texas Antiques Week in the fall. I felt stuck in my current situation. Thank God, He had something amazing in store for me!
As I was settling into my home away from home at Bar W, my friend Meloney mentioned to me that the house she was staying in just went up for sale. I’ll never forget that conversation. My eyes got big and I proclaimed, “I want it!” I made a quick call to Jeff to tell him about the opportunity, fully expecting him to tell me I was insane. Instead, he said let’s talk to the owners. A few phone calls later, we agreed to meet the owners to write up an offer on Monday. This all happened on a Friday. That weekend was nerve racking.
Saturday God gave me a beautiful reminder that He is in control and loves to give us good things. That evening we saw a double rainbow over Burton, Texas. This picture was taken from the property we were hoping to buy.
It was an exciting day when we signed the contract for our dream coop. I woke up that morning dreaming of the party we would throw there in the spring.
Jeff and I haven’t been through the loan process since 2006. The hoops we were asked to jump through were ridiculous and quite unnecessary, but in some ways were blessings in disguise. The weeks following taught me patience and perseverance. By faith I started packing and organized our Epic Moving Sale. Each day I woke up expecting to hear good news and went to bed without a clear to close. As you can imagine, I experienced every possible emotion, but sensed that God was developing my indomitable spirit and a stout heart. Finally, on day fifty three, I envisioned my dream as a bird in a cage and then envisioned setting it free to fly. That was not easy for me to do, and honestly the vision exercise didn’t work. I was a wreck.
I posted this quote to Facebook on the Thursday we were supposed to close. Jeff had made arrangements for us to move in early, believing it would work out somehow. It wasn’t until we started unpacking the trailer on Friday that we finally received the clear to close. What a relief!!!!
Dreams do come true! Here is a little glimpse of our new coop, our adorable little house with a picket fence and a store front for Flown The Coop! We have BIG plans for our little homestead. Stayed tuned as we develop our dream!
Our adorable little home
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