Good Evening Folks!
Today was better than I ever expected – and I expected great things to begin with.
First off, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone that came in, that shared our posts on Facebook, and showered us in prayers.
The reality of all we have taken on, and the shoes we have to fill, was evident to us today. Every where I turned today, evidence of the Young Family was present. As a customer myself, I felt an enormous sense of something missing.
I was studying some paper taped to a wall, when underneath, I found these gems.
I felt a tightness in my chest. The memories here are rich and deep and part of the pulse of this feed store.
Inspiration rose in me, and we started our own growth marks, on the opposite side of the door frame.
We will add a line every year as the kids grow. It’s hard to mark lines for how much we will grow over the course of this endeavor. But I’m sure the door frame isn’t tall enough to really mark off the growth that will happen.
We brought our old dog with us. He was a rescue…11 years ago when I brought him home. He’s been on do many adventures with us. My kids are all deeply attached to him. We see his age in the slow way he stands, in the look in his eyes. He isn’t the youngster he was when I brought him home.
The twinge will remain for some time – missing the friendly faces of Jack & Staci & Hayden & Tag. The wealth of knowledge, the friendly service, the authenticity they exhibited.
The feed store isn’t the same as it was yesterday, and that was hard for me to face. But I realized that, while I was to embrace and keep the charm, we will add our own touch moving forward, and that will be good, too.
Here is to moving forward, embracing life, not being the same, but also not changing all that is great about the journey we are on.
Here is to answering questions that make me a little nervous, that make me question what I know, that make me dig deeper. Here is to figuring out our systems, our checks, our balances. Here’s to new friends, new faces, new days, new adventures.
There are no words to adequately express my gratitude for the Young Family – for passing the torch, for their legacy, for the strong foundation they’ve passed along. For their kindness, their wisdom, their warmth. I could write 1,000 posts and it would not be enough to express how my cup runneth over and how they have blessed me and my family.