So we live in Tennessee.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Have you been keeping up with the whirlwind that is our life? If you have any clue what is happening right now, please fill me in as soon as possible, because I'm lost. 

Just kidding. (Kinda).

Brian and I were talking today about the fact that we really aren't good at keeping up with this blog. The problem with that is the blog is more for our own sake than yours. I don't keep memory books or journals (though I did both before I had kids) so if I don't start writing things down, Facebook will be our only true record of things. UNACCEPTABLE.

So here I am trying to figure out how in the world to organize my thoughts and prioritize what should and shouldn't be said in an effort to keep our memories logged in one place..

Quick recap on what's happening right now: Three years ago (fall 2013) we moved to STL with the intention of launching a second branch of the company Brian worked for (LEP). Instead, we arrived and got an email that they changed their mind about that situation and instead we'd be jobless. And also 7 months pregnant with a brand new mortgage on a completely gutted house. Fast forward to the spring of 2015: We receive word that things at LEP are not looking good (there's been an arrest, rumors of embezzlement, and impeding bankruptcy). A few months later, Charlie is 2 weeks old and we sign the purchase papers for the company, pack a few things and movecation to East TN. The plan was to stay for 6 months. We're going on 10 months and don't have plans to leave any time soon. (More on that soon).

So we've been business owners for about 10 months and WE LOVE IT. Brian spends a LOT of time at work, and there are still a lot of frustrating issues we are working through (including lawsuits), but overall things are going really well. We are blessed with an incredible team of 19 employees who are loyal and hard working. We sincerely enjoy working with them. 

While my main job is stay at home mom, back in the fall we decided I was losing my ever loving mind and needed a bit of a change. So now I get to go into the office part time to help with various projects and initiatives. It's the most ideal situation a Business owner/SAHM could imagine. I have nearly 100% flexibility (with the exception of the small issue of child care!) on the amount of time I spend in the office vs. at home. I've even been able to attend some conferences! I love being part of the team and helping Brian figure out what in the world we're doing (cuz, you know, neither of us have owned a business before). And the rest of the time I get to play mommy!

Out of the office, we are staying VERY BUSY with travel. We've traveled almost every week since mid-may and have a combined ELEVEN trips planned between now and November. It's no wonder we can NEVER keep up with the laundry!

The kids are doing really well, all things considered. Beckett is still not potty trained and Charlie is still not sleeping through the night, but we're working on both! Beckett is suddenly talking much more which has been a TON of fun! He loves to learn and he loves his baby sister. Charlie is A SASSY PANTS. Guys, I can't even say that enough. But she's smart and sweet and I look forward to watching her grow up!

So the big looming question is WHAT IS OUR PLAN?! We really don't have a solid one. We have talked A LOT recently about the game plan, but haven't made a solid decision. How long do we stay? Do we rent our house or sell it? Do we finish the renovations from afar? Do we stay in this little temporary townhouse or rent something bigger? Do we buy a second home in Tennessee? 

 I can tell you that right now we are taking things one day at a time. Long term, the goal is to put management in place here in Morristown and move our family back to St. Charles. First though, we will commit as much time as necessary to living and working in Tennessee. We feel pretty good about that. We love our people here, the culture, the weather, the views. We are happy here, but don't worry friends! It's just temporary! (We think.)

We'll keep you updated.

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1 comment :

  1. If your still there for much longer we might just have to visit you in TN. ❤Krys


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