Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hard heads and resignation

Never a dull moment around here! Yesterday Eric was preparing for an outdoor project at his parents house. For those of you who don't know his parents live on Lake Michigan. It was very windy here in Holland yesterday and you can imagine the force of the wind on the Lake. Anyway Eric and a man (Brian) from a local lumber company were unloading 2 sheets of plywood so that a dumpster could be place on it. After laying the plywood down they turned the other direction so they could talk over the wind. Eric said they never saw it coming. The wind lifted up the plywood which struck Eric on the back of the head. When he turned his head to "shake it off" he saw Brian fall face down on the pavement. Brian was not moving. Eric turned him over and realized he was not breathing. He prayed over him and turned him on his side. Brian then took a large breath but did not open his eyes for a few minutes. It was then that Eric saw the golf ball size "goose egg" on the back of Brian's neck. He had been hit with the plywood in the spot you would hit to knock someone out (like in the karate movies). Eric was able to load Brian up and bring him to the medi center and contact his family. Brain did not remember where he was or why his head hurt. Several hours later, after a CT scan, Brian was able to go home and was able to remember everything up to the point of impact. Eric has a lump on the back of his head, which is more from the shifting of his cranial bones than swelling. He took a long nap last night and will be going to see his brother, a chiroprator, this morning for an adjustment. Praise the Lord for hard heads and little lasting damage!

On a completely different note - I resigned from my manager position this past Sunday. It was a difficult decision and an emotional one but I know it is the right one. I have been so busy with the store that there is little to no time to prep the house for sale or begin the spanish study we need to. My last official day will be Friday the 9th of October. Pray for the store as you think of it, during this transition.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It sold!

After much time, energy, tears, and the like...

Holland Custom Metal works sold to Byers Manufacturing on September 11, 2009. We are sorry for the 10 day delay in informing all of you, but there were people and processes that needed to be informed before it became public.

It has been a bitter sweet selling. The business needed to sell to allow us to continue on our journey, but it did not sell under very nice circumstances. I (Eric ) have been working full time since the sale to assist in the transition of the company, but that should be mostly ended by this Friday.

The next order of business will be locating a job, selling the building that the business was in (the people did not want the building) and cleaning up the mess.

Very early October (about the 5th) we are anticipating listing our house for sale. Some of the money will be needed for debt and as we progress towards HCJB's invitation to work in Ecuador, we will not be needing the house here anyway.

We have had so many things happen in the last couple weeks, not even related to the business. Joshua started Spanish immersion first grade in a new school - that was a rough start but going better now. Kevin started 4th grade at the Waukazoo Elementary in the Montessori program (his second year) and its going well there. Adrianne started 6th grade at Calvary Schools of Holland (yes we have kids in three separate schools). Adrianne is loving it.

Church is going well. We are still helping out with kids second hour and looking to transition to the La Roca Spanish speaking church soon while still attending Central Wesleyan first service.

Sunshine's work has been challenging. One of the managers quit, giving her more hours for a few weeks- this has been wearing. Soon though a store director will be hired and her hours will go back down.

The yard is finally dry and I have been taking what time I can to help get the house ready for the house listing.

On the praise note:

!!!! Today we have been officially invited to the HCJB three day interview process on Colorado Springs, October 12-14, 2009. We are in the process of buying tickets and making preparations. We are very excited to have the opportunity and cannot wait to see how God is going to work all this out.

Please let know how we can pray for you and we will keep you informed of our journey!
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