Our Story..

Opening a bakery has always been my life dream. To be able to work my own hours, to be a part of people’s lives, to help in the planning of the birthday cakes, and even more dramatic wedding cakes. To see the expression on the faces, and to see how excited children are with their birthday cake, is quite possibly the best part of my job. I work long hours, am sometimes overwhelmed with tiredness, but when I see the joy and happiness on the faces; that makes it ALL worth it. This past Saturday, I was privileged to make the wedding cake of my very sweet friend and “little sis,” Hannah. We delivered the cake, made a mad dash to change into some clothes appropriate for a wedding, watched her get married, and waited to see her expression as she walked through the doors to see her cake. Priceless. I hope someone captured that on film!

I’ve not ever told the “story” as to how we took this leap of faith into opening our own business. It started in the beginning of 2011. Like I said before, it was MY dream to open a bakery. Not anyone else’s but MINE.  My husband and I had recently moved back into town after working at a church in Oklahoma with a youth group. We took the opportunity to sign up to lead an E-Team, since we were not currently serving a church. E-Team is an organization begun by our denomination of Free Will Baptists, who send out teams of teenagers with leaders to different countries all over the world, during the summer. We train, and come together as a team, but who are we kidding, we became a family. I still chat with our kids and it’s been over a year since we were their “parents.”

We applied to E-Team and waited to see if we would be picked as leaders. During this time I was working full time at a bakery in Nashville, and my husband began working a job where he worked during college. We were making things work, but it wasn’t going as we ‘planned or hoped’. We moved into a new house, and I saw a vacant shop that had my name written on it. It was going to be my bakery, but I didn’t want to do it alone. I needed help. I found a partner, and we began making plans. Plans soon faded because I was being selfish with MY plan and not listening to God. I let my dream shift to the ‘back burner’. I didn’t let it get me down, because we were told we were chosen for E-Team! We began preparing for a trip to Tokyo, Japan where we would take 8 teenagers. Scary!

Leader training began a few days before our kids arrived. We quickly made instant friends with a very special couple, who are missionaries to New Mexico, Mark and Khristi. I thank God for bringing them into our lives. It’s amazing how fast we became friends with them. We respected them.  Our kids arrived and we began growing as a team and we had fabulous services, where not only the kids began to open their hearts to what God wanted them to do, but the leaders as well; me especially. I count a very quick conversation in passing with Khristi that finally gave me the gumption to go out on my own with my dream.

We went to Japan, and came home very different people, and so on fire for the Lord, and what He wanted for us. We decided for me not to go back to work, but to work from home baking and building up a client base for the day we would open a shop. Soon, after we got back to the states we got  a call saying there was a church looking to fill a position of Christian Education Director/Children’s Pastor.  We felt like this was it for us. My husband applied, and we started at Bethlehem FWB in Ashland City, in November. It’s been a blast ever since!

Once we settled with the idea that this is where we were supposed to be and serve, I began RUNNING with my dream of opening a shop! I had thought about it for a very long time so I knew what I wanted. We got things together and made a mad dash to open by Valentine’s day. We did it with a week to spare. But it would not be possible without my parents. Amazing people, let me tell ya!

So, as we approach our 1 year anniversary of being open, we are so thankful for the way the Lord has provided for us. Without Him, none of this would be possible. So with this being our story, we need to say that we are so thankful for each one of you, our customers, who make this dream a reality. Thank you!

We have a heart for missions. It is one of the things that makes us who we are. I am always looking for a way that I can bring in money for them. It’s a hard job and they left their families to take the gospel to the ones who have not heard about God’s love. We have lots of friends, who have done just that. We were unable to serve as E-Team leaders this  past summer, with opening a bakery, and really didn’t know when we would lead again, if ever. I should have never doubted, because the Lord proved me wrong. We did not apply by the due date of applications for this years E-Team. We closed the door. Only to find that the Lord opened it again, and opened it wide. We were told they still needed leaders, we filled out the paperwork, thinking this won’t work. But began praying; only allow us to lead if the bakery will be fine. If we get chosen we will go, because we know You will take care of us. We were chosen, we are scheduled to lead a team of 6 teenagers to Brazil in June.

This being said, we will be closing during the month of June 2013. We will be taking a limited amount of wedding cake orders on selected weekends. Some knew about this and had a choice between 2 dates and chose a date that wasn’t in June so that we could make their cake. See, He is already taking care of us! Not only just by this one couple, but by sending us a great contact with a fabulous wedding photographer, who has referred 9 brides to us already; none of which are getting married in June. The Lord is amazing!

We know that we will miss out on quite a few of your birthdays and we are sorry! But when the Lord says, go, we go. This hasn’t been an easy lesson to learn, but we have learned it none the less and will do our very best to obey His calling.

Thank you again for your business and support as we approach our first anniversary on February 7th. You guys are awesome!

 

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