The Heart of the Matter
It is quite likely there is not a decision we make about a purchase that effects the quality of our life any greater than the home we buy.
I have always loved real estate. From my earliest memories of a sandbox in our backyard, I have created homes, villages, barns and farms. The dolls set idle on the shelves because I was always creating a new house for them. One Christmas I made a large "doll house" for my little sister, I sawed and glued, wallpapered, and painted. I do not think I ever had so much fun making a gift. As a teenager I spent "down time" designing houses.
I have heard it said, ask yourself: What do you love as a child? At the answer to that you will find the heartbeat of your destiny. I had two loves, homes and the people who live in them.
I purchased my first house when I was in my early twenties, a little musty white clapboard cottage. I remodeled it while I made my way into the adult world as a middle school art teacher and then as a youth pastor at a growing and vibrant church. It soon became a nurturing home, a place of refuge: painted cabinets, shag carpet, walls removed for more light. It was delightful even if a bit Woodstockish. When it came to sell it had almost doubled in price. I was hooked on real estate investment.
For many years, I spent my waking hours in the ministry and missions. I served as a pastor of almost everyone: children, youth, women, the arts, dance. I took extensive missions trips to Russia, Viet Nam, Israel, the Caribbean. I traveled the world, loving the people, loving the architecture. I always found an escape in designing, remodeling, and building houses. Studying real estate became my other passion.
In my mid-forties I found myself tragically alone, raising two daughters, a senior pastor of a wonderful congregation. But as destiny and love would have it, a splendid man from Germany came into my life, swept me off my feet, and changed my life forever. We married and moved to Seymour just across the Sevier County line. He also brought other blessings, three teenage children to add to my two which meant our quiver was full and so was our small house. So I felt a need to move to the next season of my life.
I began to focus on real estate consultation. I joined CENTURY 21 MVP and now, after serving as an agent for a number of years, Mike and I own the company. But I still help people find the home that is perfect for the coming season of their lives or I help them navigate an investment purchase. From my wide and varied past I have rich negotiating and problem solving skills that make good real estate things happen. I use my giftings on behalf of my clients, bringing the many details together to make the miracle of a real estate transaction....a home, a get-away cabin, a super investment that makes other dreams come true.
I am still active in the ministry and, when time allows, I write and speak and travel on short missions abroad.
But mostly I love my children and enjoy my husband. I continuously remain amazed that the grace of the Lord is still ample for each challenge. And that no matter what we face, there is a path to the other side and should we allow ourselves to be shaped and molded we will be richer having traveled through adversity.