The Rest of the story… and here we go!

A lot of you have noticed that I’ve been working my business pretty hard lately. In fact, we’re actively working to earn our first car and put together a Unit. But a lot of you probably don’t know why.

Last summer, my husband and I came to the realization that God was moving us in a new direction. We didn’t know where, or when, but we felt that maybe that plan no longer involved the Army. For months, we talked and prayed and dreamed about what this new life might look like, and came to the conclusion that we were being led back to Tennessee. The pain of multiple deployments was taking its toll on his body and our family, both physically and mentally, and we decided that separating from the military would be the only way to get relief.

But just a few shorts weeks before we began the process, we saw one last neurosurgeon who immediately changed our plans. The extreme pain that he has been in for so many years was due to failing discs, and nerve issues, and the need for a second spinal fusion. The good news is that the doctors think they can alleviate the pain, the bad news is that he will no longer be physically fit for duty. The damage of two spinal fusions, three surgeries, multiple deployments, blasts and explosions is already done.

But we’re the lucky ones. We will walk away, knowing we had 14 amazing, wonderful adventurous years in the army. We will walk away with minds and bodies in tact. So many do not.

It is our firm belief that God stirred our hearts and planted those seeds in our minds last summer because he knew the path we were about to walk. Twenty years and retirement was always our plan, and the army was all we’ve ever known. But how grateful we are, that we saw one last doctor. One last MRI. One last specialist.

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So for the next few days I’ll be working from Walter Reed. If you ever want to be humbled to your core, sit for just 20 minutes and watch as families come and go. The true price of freedom is kept within these walls. We are forever grateful to have lived this life, and even more indebted to those friends who didn’t return.

I am beyond thankful to have the opportunity to help provide and prepare my family for this life change, and know that I have the ability to make a huge contribution to our future. That car we’re earning, means we can sell a car and pay off student loans. That unit we’re building means I am able to help make the down payment on our forever home. And because I can work when and where I want, for the next 30 days when my husband needs constant care and assistance, I will be the one to provide it.

So now you know the rest of the story, as they say. I want you to know how much I appreciate every single one of you, as customers, as friends, as family. Thank you for always cheering me on, and for your constant love and prayers.

If you’re just now finding us online, welcome! We can’t wait to share this journey with you.

xoxo,
Stef.

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