Remember the picture of that building we looked at? Well, we've kept in touch with the owner ever since we first saw it. It's everything we could have hoped for in a building -- for one major reason. It has a loft apartment above it. The reason being, Jeff will need to "keep his day job" for a while yet, until the coffeehouse gets on its feet. That means I'll be the one working all day at The Copper Pot. Living in an apartment above the building, we'll have greater flexibility, no need for childcare, and we'll be able to continue homeschooling. The business area of the building already has an office -- perfect for a schoolroom!
We came to the decision for Jeff to keep his job at the quarry pretty early on. One day, we went into a local barbecue restaurant to talk to the owner, who we knew to be a Christian. He gave us a lot of fantastic advice, and a healthy dose of reality since he's a family man, too. When we were talking about Jeff running the coffeehouse full-time, Ronnie made a tentative suggestion. He pointed out that if Jeff has a steady job with good benefits, why not pay someone to work at the coffeehouse with me instead? It would certainly be cost-effective to pay somebody $8 an hour to work full-time while Jeff was getting paid a lot more than that, plus benefits. Well, duh! We had never looked at it that way before! It made perfect sense, so that's what we're doing.
These are pictures of the apartment ...
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6