Right after we returned from The Relevant Conference, our family began packing our belongings into boxes, preparing for (yet another) move.
Surprised? So were we.
After various delays and surprises, we found ourselves crossing the threshold of our new home on November 3rd, into a storehouse of our community’s history… and our dreams.
We deeply appreciate how so many of you have wrestled in prayer alongside us since we began Rejoicing in Change, waiting to see what God held in store for our family. Our days and nights have been filled with pouring out our lives into His hands and our community, trusting Him for our daily bread.
Little did we know, He was melding our passions into a new story… a story that began over a century ago.
The early pioneer settlers of our community began to arrive in the late 1800s. Through a lifetime of providing for his family amid hard work and heartache, the original builder of our home- Mr. Hampton- became a prominent member of this mill-town community, after arriving in 1893.
Around 1906, full of dreams for his family (eventually numbering seven children), he built the house that our family now calls home.
In 2007, while on a scenic drive as we visited family (awaiting a sister’s wedding, with our baby girl asleep in her carseat), we came upon the “For Sale” sign of this historic, creek-side home, nestled in a valley of old-growth forests and mountain views. At a crossroads in our life, we pulled out the flyer, and carried it with us- along with our dreams- for years. (Finally discarding it from the glove compartment, when we sold the car!)
Eventually, the Lord brought us home to this community of our dreams, early in 2010. My parents later came to visit, and on a scenic drive of their own, discovered the same house, with its old barn in back and white picket fence in front. With the same “For Sale” sign.
During months of prayer, business plans, and a series of amazing events, my parents decided to invest in this treasure. (Yes, an earthly treasure, but hopefully a haven for planting the seeds of eternal treasure very soon.)
We accepted the opportunity to rent this home, and are now preparing to open a Bed & Breakfast (hopefully within the next month or so).
(A short video by PAII, sharing the heart of our inspiration is shown here. If you are unable to view it, you can click here to see it.)
Our days have been filled with getting settled in the cozy “keeper’s quarters” of the home, while bustling through the dust of repairs and remodeling, in preparation for guests. As we seek to prepare an atmosphere of rest and comfort (I think Mr. Hampton would approve), we don’t carry the mantle of stewardship lightly.
As the boxes of supplies and memories were carried through those aged doors by caring hands of our community, all I could do was stand amid the swirling fall leaves, and pray, “Dear Lord, We place this home in your hands. Help us to steward it well; to be a blessing to our community and travelers, to honor you in true hospitality [‘lover of strangers’].”
Our business license arrived in the mail this week, and the rest of the paperwork is still being processed. Our website for reservations will hopefully be up soon, but in the meantime, thank you for letting me introduce you to the beginnings of Hampton Creek Inn.
I’ve always wanted to share a cup of tea with you and a brunch flavored with homegrown herbs and apples, to bless you with a small bouquet of roses from the yard, and provide you with a place for rest on lavender-scented linens in rooms decorated in a “modern vintage” style. Now I can.
If you (or your family/friends) are looking for a quiet getaway or a retreat location for rest or play, weddings or honeymoons, and are in the Pacific Northwest, we would be honored to welcome you into our home. (Located just a couple hours’ drive from either Seattle or Portland, it’s an easily-accessible oasis from the city.) We are excited to offer a sustainable-living location with gluten-free/allergen-free foods as needed, to bless you on your vacation.
I will still be blogging here as usual, joyfully sharing our frugal, natural living adventures, as we pursue simple living in our new home! You may want to subscribe for free by email or in a reader so you don’t miss a post.
Join me each Thursday for a new post in my Simple Living series! This is post #109.