Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Bit of a Miracle... this day and age.
Yesterday (after the challenge of the morning seen in the previous post) I was given a name to try to see if I could find a contractor and architect at a more affordable rate. Our commercial realtor went out on a limb (as they're not really supposed to recommend one business over another) and dropped the name of another property owner who knew how to cut corners but get a quality job done. All I would have to do is go to one of the business tenants and get the name.

The 2008 version of a miracle? - Four contacts developed in a very short 24-hour period. First - the owner of the business we were told to visit was actually there visiting from his out of town location. He had the number of the property owner and gave it to me. I called him and had a good conversation with him. He recommended a contractor to call and gave me his number. I called him and had a good conversation with him. He recommended a retired architect and gave me his number. I called him and had a good coversation with him. So what's the miracle??? Everyone I tried to contact - I actually connected with. One person was in town who normally isn't - and even more amazing - three answered their phones YES - answered their phones in 2008! - and took an interest in our endeavor.

The result is that the contractor and the architect will meet us at the site on Friday morning.

Thanks for your prayers. They seem to be working rapidly.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Our business plan for Java Journey called for 36% of our budget to be used for upfitting. We are at a critical point since we have the remainder of our savings plus an equity line. There is nothing else to draw on to get started for the first year. A personal loan offer we thought we could use has now been withdrawn. That was a tiny setback today.

Then we had a zinger of a reality shock this morning. The initial 2 estimates of architect & contractor will require about 127% of the budget. Needless to say, we're both disappointed and fighting off discouragement. From a human standpoint the passon and vision looks like a misguided pipedream presently. We were informed that we would have these moments. This is a most challenging one. Please pray earnestly for us.


He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
-1 Cor 1:8&9

Monday, November 10, 2008

No Turning Back

Here's an excellent visual in video form of what Reggie McNeal means by the "Come and get it" approach of the conventional church!

It just doesn't dawn on us that we will impact very few if we depend on one place - one day - for an hour or so.

So where do we have a chance to get 2 minutes from someone who has designated the majority of their alloted 10,080 per week? Hmmmmm.... I think I know. I think.

Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
-Luke 9:62

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"It's Perfect for Us"

...quoting Tessio (Abe Bagota)...

We haven't let interested readers (all __ of you) know that we diverted from the place we were looking at in August to another place right across the street from it. We were given a heads-up by the realtor about it since it had not yet been listed.

The space is much larger on one level and offered at a bargain basement price. It's also on the morning commuter side of the busiest north/south artery in Hickory. We will also be in advance of 2 major competitors who have challenging in/out access (although one purchased a drive-thru kiosk just north of us on the same side - but you can't come in and experience ambiance).

We had to pay for a second inspection that occured today. The personnel who were at our first inspection affirmed that the second space is much better suited to what we envision doing. It used to be a lamp shop called "The Shade Parlor." How do you like the photoshop insertion of our sign above the door I put in place of theirs?

As soon as we get the $$$ either from the approved loan we are awaiting, or word back from one that will give us more (?) we will set up signing the lease and then start doing the build-out.

As always: Pray - Pray - Pray. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Barista Diva

Gaby switched jobs from Barnes and Noble Cafe in downtown Walnut Creek to Peet's Coffee in downtown Danville. After a bit of a paradigm shift, learning curve and personnel adjustment, she discovered a place she loves working at. It's refreshing that her conscientiousness and work ethic are recognized instead of taken for granted.

She just recently was given a promotion to being shift lead which brings her a few more dollars and some benefits we've been praying she obtain. She was recognized as "Peetnik of the Quarter" recently.

We often call on her to give us guidance on coffee blends and various beverage recipes. She rocks!

"Mommy" Rachel

We welcomed Lucy Olivia Matthews into the world on Wednesday, September 10th at 7lb, 6oz, 19" long. So we are grandparents for the first time. Noah kept us updated on progress by texting a bunch of family and friends. What a difference from the old days. When I was born, they didn't even know I was entering the world. My mother had a boy (my twin bro - Jay) and were surprised when I followed him 5 minutes later. My father had to make long distance phone calls twice.
Teena got to go out and see the new fam about a week and a half after Lucy was born. I'll be heading out in January. We love Lucy!

Our Two Growed Up Ladies

We have 2 daughters, btw - who get very little press here since they have long been off the dependant list on our taxes. Our apologeez goils for neglecting you. We do love you!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

New Job(s)

Jordan got the job with Namco. We're telling everyone he'll be working for Pac Man (not to be confused with the troubled Dallas Cowboy). He starts tomorrow (11/3) with training. It's a probationary format, but with a high retention rate. He informed us that he may be working 55 hours per week. That seems like a good thing, given he's single, he's got the energy plus mega school loans to pay off. We're extremely thankful and ask you to pray for him to work diligently for the one he represents as well as for those who are giving him a chance.

Teena starts tomorrow as Office Manager at Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church in Hickory. Teena was called by a temp agency that saw on her resume how she has worked in parish and ministry settings. The rector of COA googled "Teena Stewart" and asked to interview her. She met last Wednesday and was called Thursday to learn she was selected.

God's providence is curious. Teena was brought up Southern Baptist - But she met and married a man who's ecclesiastical roots were steeped in the "Whiskey-palion" church ("...wherever 2 or more are gathered, there's a fifth" - - bu-doomp Cheee!). Teena really enjoyed her conversation with the rector, Karla Woggon, and is enthused about working at COA.

We continue to see dispatched boats and helicopters. Thanks for your prayers.