Several weeks ago I asked you to pray about a major change going on at our house…and then I was heartless enough to NOT tell you about it until almost a month later. Many of the details still needed to be ironed out and we had to “get all our ducks in a row”. Ever tried to line up a bunch of ducks? It’s kind of like trying to get your kids and their cousins to all stand still and smile AT THE SAME TIME so you can take a picture.
Now that everything is all official and stuff…I can tell you about the new job my husband is taking on.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, you might know how we’ve dabbled a little bit in “food service” work. Last summer we experimented with a Shaved Ice business…we purchased a trailer and have sold concessions at auctions and other events…we’ve sold food at our farmer’s market.
All of these ideas have worked fairly well, but have been difficult to carry out since Matt needed to still work full time at construction, coach soccer, and work these businesses on the side as he could. Ultimately, Matt had a desire to open a restaurant some day. One that would serve good food. One that might serve locally grown food.
But of course…in order to carry out an idea like this you need two major things: time and money. So, the restaurant idea was kind of placed on the back burner as a “maybe someday” kind of an idea.
In mid-July, a man from church (who somehow knew of Matt’s desire to run a restaurant) approached us with an opportunity. He planned to open a brand new restaurant in town…and would Matt like to help him run it?
Um, well let’s see. Matt would get to do what he’s been wanting to do, yet we wouldn’t have to back this plan financially? And he would be receiving a salary? With benefits?
Sounds like a no-brainer.
Except that it wasn’t. Matt has worked HARD the past two years building up his construction business. It was just starting to really take off and jobs were rolling in quite consistently. He’d already committed to doing several jobs for people and was behind on the ones he was currently working on. Was he just supposed to stop all of that mid paint brush stroke and move on?
And what about coaching soccer? Giving that up would be difficult. Would he have to give up coaching?
Long story short…all of the ducks got into their row. God has a way of helping ducks along. If it’s something God wants for you…all the details fall into place, don’t they?
Matt officially started his new job two weeks ago. The restaurant hasn’t opened yet. Right now he and the other manager, along with the owner, are working on ALL the details (lots and lots of ducks). Opening date is set for November 1st.
Matt will be the “morning guy”, which means that we’ll all be learning how to go to bed really early so that Daddy can get up and off to work by 5 am. Then he’ll be home around 2pm after the lunch rush. (Okay, except we all know restaurant managers work crazy hours sometimes, so we won’t count on this being a consistent schedule.)
But just imagine it…Daddy coming home from work most afternoons just about the time we finish with school for the day? What in the world might THAT be like?
And…he’ll still be able to help coach soccer because most of that takes place after 2 pm.
So there you go. That’s the news.
The boys and I got to go take a tour of the restaurant yesterday. Be still my heart, I got to walk through the BIGGEST commercial kitchen in town. Somebody hand me an apron.
I’ll try to keep you updated as time goes on. Thanks for your prayers during this transition. Change can be hard for me…even good change. Ah, but we’re trusting the One who never changes. The One who can always line up the ducks.
Ooh, I think some pictures are in order, huh?