Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Chapter Two

We have been taking a break... a 7-month break.  I wish we had some amazing reason why, but the fact of the matter is that I was feeling uninspired.  Everyone can relate to a case of the "blah's," right?

We have also been through some stuff.  
We went through about 7 rounds of infertility treatments.  It. Was. The. Worst. Exorbitant expenses, heart-wrenching let-downs sprinkled with just enough hope to make the next inevitable disappointment even more difficult.  We put on the brakes with conventional treatments and have tried some alternative routes (a stretch for a straight-laced, data-studying pharmacist like me).  We're simultaneously just as far from answers and moving in the right direction at the same time.  I have peace knowing that, as hard as this process has been- for me, for Grant, for our marriage- I have been refined by fire.  God reminds me daily to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and constant in prayer.  If you are going through something similar, know that I pray for our hearts constantly.  My heart aches for anyone waiting for children, whether it's through medical treatments or adoption.

Nevertheless, feeling like writing a peppy post about pretty things just did not seem possible for those long, dark months.  

Lately, though, we are seeing that restoration to our hearts can come in many ways.  

We made the decision that Grant should leave his corporate job to start working towards our dreams full-time.  He started spending all his time renovating our current house in order to get it on the market.  We are already hunting for the next ABH to flip.  (Who wants to stay in a finished house, right?)  I have picked up restoring furniture again, which is instantly gratifying for me.  

Also, we are pleased to announce that we will be opening an antique and decor booth at Greenbriar Antique Merchants on July 1, so we are in high-gear getting merchandise finished, priced, and ready to go.  In addition to our lovingly refinished furniture pieces, we will also have light fixtures (made by the talented Grant himself), small antiques, decor, screen-printed items, and more items later on.

With Grant being promoted to full-time Amber Bottle House proprietor, we are looking toward other new ventures in the future: real estate and renovation in the Chattanooga area.

This chapter- Chapter Two of Amber Bottle House- feels like such a wonderfully new beginning for us as individuals, as a couple, as creative people, and as small business owners.

We will be posting all of our adventures: ABH happenings, progress on our current house, tips and tutorials.

Much Love,
Grant & Catherine

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