Monday, August 02, 2010

Happy Shadiversary to us!





It has been a year. ONE YEAR.

We packed up our lives and bought an RV park.

If you didn't know me then, feel free to go back and read the journey.

August 1, 2009.

I am so glad we did it. We are not special or super human. We are just people. We knew we were supposed to do something radical despite the fact that we were both smooching 40 and this business was making ZERO dollars.

The park is now holding at about 70% full and paying for itself. Michael was just offered a full-time job teaching, which he loves and at which he is amazing. This all has allowed us to finish up converting our old office space into a camping cabin completing another dream of ours: offering it to families with trauma/special needs who may not be able to pay but really, really need to get away (more on this later, but ISN'T THAT EXCITING!?!?).

We took a risk. A terrifying and lovely risk.

We stepped out.

We let many of you, friends and strangers, carry us and help us.

We struggled.

We laughed hysterically.

We hurt.

We celebrated.

And we are so very, very happy.

Raise those glasses - to Hill Shade RV Park!

22 comments:

p.s. bohemian said...

Happy Shadiversary to you all Christine and thanks for sharing your journey with us!

Candis said...

Man, oh man! I share your BIG adventure with everyone I know. I've never met you, but you guys are my role models. Happy 1st, Hill Shade!

kristal said...

a big fat congratulations to you all! can't wait to be a hill shade customer myself someday!!

Summer said...

Wow, has it seriously been a year? Congrats! May the next year be up, up, up.

chelle.white said...

Have I really been reading you only a year?

Congratulations. And I love the idea of the office/cabin. May God bless it as He has you.

Jena said...

Congrats!!! I feel like that is kind of a silly think to say... but really, I guess there really isn't anything better to say to people who dived off the edge of of a cliff believing that there was a ledge they couldn't see.

Congrats on believing in the the ledge.

Congrats on faith, and the journey.

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

Boy time flies when you're having fun! Congrats on your new ministry. The Lord has truly blessed your family.

Chantelle said...

Wow! (And I am SO loving your idea about a free place for families w/ special needs kids!) Beautiful concept.

Cammie said...

Cant believe its been a year! Congrats! You are my hero!

T Lee said...

Happy Shadiversary!!!

And that camping cabin sounds like a WONDERFUL idea.

J. said...

Happy Shadversary! What a great year, hope the rest as great.

But Momma said...

Congratulations!! May the Lord continue to bless your efforts!

Hannah_Rae said...

A year already! Amazing! Hopefully this won't mean a reappearance of the pee. :) Although we LOVE the pee song. :)

Love you!

Hannah

Jolene said...

Shuuh-WEET Shadiversary!

Sending you love from Michigan!

Jolene and family...
(Sunshine the RADiant one!)

Leslie R. said...

Congratulations!

Jess said...

wonderful, thank you for this ray of hope today

Emily said...

Yay, congratulations! Paying for itself, that's truly awesome.

stellalunag said...

I feel so fortunate to have come across you, your blog, your family, and your RV park. I'm so thrilled that the park is thriving, and I hope you enjoy many more Happy Shadiversaries!

Eileen said...

Happy Shadiversary!! I hope to come one day.

Michelle said...

Yay for you all! Congratulations for making it this far.

jendoop said...

Congratulations! Your risk taking success gives us nervous nellies confidence to say "YES!"

Unspeakable Joy said...

congrats! can't wait to finally get there! (probably jan-feb!) :)
LOVE the cabin idea too! we'll bring our own home of course, but would love that option in our radicalness!