|Our beautiful organic juice shop. NWRaw, we love you.|
We are going back to school as it were. Reading...ever learning that our business is so much more than juice and healthy food choices. NWRaw is our product. And what a beautiful thing it is. Now to do the dream and NWRaw justice and learn the art of how to create an excellent experience for our customers time and time again. To create the most beautiful, supreme juice bar business in the country; heck, in the world! I get a lump the size of a lime in my gullet when I think that in a few months Northwest Raw will be one year old.
These past nine months have been harder than we’d imagined. Hear me. Having to plow winter wheat fields in a blinding snow storm, uphill behind a pair of oxen whilst pregnant with quadruplets might compare. But, if you are going to climb you might as well go for the highest peak. Right? We are finding the quote, “it takes a village” too true when it comes to having a brand new baby business. In May we brought to our staff, our son-in-law Trevor to manage along with our daughter Rachel (and the real boss, almost 2-year-old Elaithia June). They have been such godsends. They are young and beautiful and have energy. Web and I don’t have as much of that precious commodity as we used to. We have our place and that is, we are finding, different from the day-in and day-out management aspects. We are having to learn how to run a business. We love our little northwest juice bar, but as they say in the small business world, we need to be working ON our business, not IN it.
I feel we are about to crest the mountain top, but the trek to the top took kahunas…(in Hawaii) a wise man or shaman.
• informal an important person; the person in charge: one big kahuna runs the whole show.
• informal (in surfing) a very large wave. Just in case you were wondering. I was. Oh well…I’m leaving it.
Note 2: She Came— Zach’s Mary Poppins. Seemes God paved a golden path for her right to Staunton Hill. Through a variety of encounters and name drops of this wonderful person, I felt prompted to go to Facebook and check her out. I was shocked to see her face at my door…you see…
Jia held a face I’d seen in a dream a while back. It was a real nighttime dream that seemed from God, but was not only improbable, but impossible at the time. In this dream we as a family were interviewing for a nanny. She walked through our front door dressed (yes as she did in reality) in a car coat tied in the middle, hair pulled over her shoulder and that face. It was the same face I saw when I went to her Facebook page. I nearly fell out of my clear acrylic chair. God is NOT dead.
Now, oh the sweetness of the present…Monday through Friday we have consistency in our day. Sigh…Zach has showers not given my myself, or Web. On days we are not at NWRaw early we get to enjoy steaming mugs of coffee together in our pj’s. All the while, Zach is having his meds drawn and given, food prepared, shower given, clothing washed, walks in the park and all manner of care given by a beautiful, lovely and kind young woman who loves Jesus with all of her heart. I couldn’t have picked a better nanny. I’m so glad I waited for God’s timing. And I didn’t even have to interview another save Jia, whom I knew immediately upon seeing her, was the one for us. The great thing is…she knew too. This is excellent for Zach and for us. We hold gratefulness in our hearts.
So…slow down, enjoy every aspect of your life because the journey is part of the dream, even in the tough stuff, even when the path seems longer, the air murky and dark and you feel like quitting, there is One who sees and who is creating, re-creating if necessary to bring about really good stuff for you. I can honestly say after this difficult season of caring for Zach, 20-years with little help and of birthing a new business. *tongue hanging out! Sticking to the side of the One Who Creates will pull us through. Hang on. We walk through life, one foot in front of the other, hope in our guts and maybe a little organic latte (made with freshly squeezed nut milk) in our bellies.
*Coming to NWRaw in two weeks!