It seems like yesterday that the Mrs. and I moved to McKinney, TX. It’s been nearly nine years and feels like we’re just getting started.
We began our journey together living in an apartment in Plano where, after a few years, we were able to purchase a home in East Plano where the kids went to school. Once they graduated, while I was working for Dell, we went through a time when, for whatever reason, we thought it would be a great idea to own and run a Bed & Breakfast.
After nearly a year of looking and coming very close to purchasing several, we gave up that goal. It was after our last attempt that we were driving on Hwy 75 past McKinney and the thought came to me, ‘Why don’t you just look for a historical home in McKinney to live in?’ That was in June/July and, within a month, we found our 100+ year old home right in the heart of the historical district in McKinney. We made an offer and were able to sell our home just before the market dropped in Plano. Everything came together.
It was like that with our previous home as well. We were actually on the way to put a down payment on a new home in Allen, TX when that still, small voice said, ‘turn left up here’. We had already checked down that road, but I decided to obey the inclination. After just a few blocks, we saw someone putting an open house sign out. We pulled up and asked if we could look and, from the minute we stepped into the home, we knew that it was ours. Sure enough, we negotiated a deal right there with the owner.
After moving into our home in McKinney, I was out in the yard working when I saw an image of a large tree in my mind’s eye and that still, small voice spoke to my heart saying, ‘I will establish you here and your roots will grow deep’.
Over the past nine years, our home has become the Mrs. project. We’ve upgraded every appliance, heating & air (both upstairs and downstairs), outside paint, roof, outdoors living area, changed every light fixture, remodeled the upstairs adding period aged hardwood floors, and, are now on the way to completing our kitchen overhaul which has been a two-year project (thank the Lord!). The good news is that our value has more than doubled since moving in.
Much more than just the home, we have made friends we never would have met, and the Mrs. has been a blessing to so many of the elderly in our area. She has also worked nearly the entire time at a great little antique shop downtown where she has gotten to know so many of the people who work there. And, downtown is close enough for us to take daily walks for coffee together. Quality time we both love having together.
I’ve been able to help the city with photography (the picture above was used on many of their brochures) and I get to work from home enjoying the occasional walk-by of our McKinney Police Horse patrol.
It all started with that inner voice speaking to us. Up to that point, we had tried to make things happen with the B&B and every road we traveled hit a brick wall, because He had a purpose greater than our desire. It wasn’t until we gave up on that vision, that He opened the door for us here. He has been faithful to His promise He made to me that day in the yard and I know we’re just getting started.
What I love about these memories is that I can look back and see His faithfulness. He leads and guides, but not always in the way we expect, or, to the end result we’d hoped for. There are a few more stories around our journey that brought us here, but I’ll leave those for another time.
If you’re looking for direction today, rest in the truth that He knows the future and has plans for you. Sometimes, those plans aren’t what we’re expecting, but they are plans for the good, not just of us, but for the good of others. It may take letting go of our plans and desires to find out what His are. A good guide is to pray, listen, and trust. Everything else will work itself out from there…
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