Monday, May 03, 2010

Birthing a business

It was nine months ago this week that we loaded up our five kids, two cats and all of our belongings. We were headed south to our new business. Ya' know, the best kind of business ... one that is already losing money.

We had been on the road most of the day. Through some communication snafu's, I ended up driving about nine hours straight alone with all of the kids and two cats (and a very old litter box). This, plus the natural stress of this crazy massive step we were taking ended up in a wee bit of a breakdown outside of a Taco Bell in south Austin.

How sweet is this? They named a store just to commemorate that evening in this shopping center. Ahhhhh.



We had our tacos, I pulled myself together, we did not get divorced in the middle of the parking lot, and onward we went. Arriving just after sunset, it was quickly discovered that not everything we had been discussing and negotiating for weeks was, um, as discussed. That night, all seven of us (and two cats) slept like sardines in a very small RV, lining the floors - but together. We started this together, and by golly, we are rockin' it together.

Last night my husband and I ended our little date day in that very shopping center. We laughed at ourselves. We laughed at that first night ... that first week ... that first month ... that first fall! We did it. This week an influx of work crews begins. I am turning away monthlies so we still have room for overnight guests, and even those are receiving a "sorry, we're full" for the next few weekends. This new wave of rigs is all word-of-mouth. Our first one heard about us during a round of golf in town. The dominoes of reservations fell from there.

We birthed this dern baby. It was painful. We had Braxton Hicks throughout the entire friggin' pregnancy. Worth it, though.

And we can look back and laugh ... finally.




13 comments:

Sara said...

Thank you for listening to the "only wise one" and following through on a hard decision. God is good. Hill Shade is good. xxoo

T & T Livesay said...

why the heck did we not get a photo of the four of us? darn it. Happy looking back and laughing day ... that has got to feel good. :)

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Christine, so glad to read all is going well. Boy, what a pregnancy you have had!! (Great analogy.) You and your family showed great faith,taking such a step and starting on this new adventure. Congrats on the success and I pray it continues.
BTW, Lana is ending her pregnancy today!! I haven't heard yet, but she was scheduled for her C/S this morning at 7:30am. :-)

Summer said...

9 months already? Seriously?

That Crazy Family said...

We cant wait to come and see this amazing RV park that I keep hearing so much about!! Im thrilled that you followed "His" leading even though it wasn't the norm!! We are now realizing how hard that is to do when so many are against the non-normal!!

Jennie said...

ah yes, the growing pains of birthing a business. The hubby and I were astonished when we realized that in August, we will be business owners for four years. FOUR?!? HOW did that happen?! lol Four years and the economy hasn't destroyed our business or our marriage. four years and we're one year away from the typical make it/break it year that financial gurus say it takes for a business to either launch successfully or ... meet a demise.

We're on this road together baby! And truthfully? We might be slap broke 99.9% of the time with no insurance (the kids are on state medicaid thank god) but at least the money we earn is OUR money. And to boot, we've employed lots of people along the way. And that feels pretty dern good too.

xxoo Here's to business owners that are eeking it out come hell or high water!

Little Wonder said...

I'm really so glad that things are working well for you in your new business venture!

Shan said...

Amazing work, faith, and love....

Congrats!!!!!! Big smiles!!!!

Once again the A-Team's words ring in my head:
"I love it when a plan comes together." [Cue music]

Roblynn said...

Those business birthings are the hardest for sure. Congratulations on nine months an success.
We high five each other every month when we pay the bills and grin in amazement! It is all good when we listen.
Thanks for sharing, brings back the memories.

kristal said...

congratulations! that's one beautiful baby. no epidural i assume? way to rock it together!!

Sevan said...

Oh my goodness gracious! Turning people away!? That's awesome!! (not for them of course...) I'm so so so excited for you :) That's great.

Joey said...

Well I hope you don't ever have to turn me away Ms. Christine! Jen and I are talking about putting on a solo women's RV rally next spring... mmmmm? where should we go?

Christine said...

JoeyC - hope you're not teasing me, cause I'm already doing cartwheels.