A Melding of Passions: An Introduction

After my alluding to our family’s “secret projects” over the past months, I’m excited to finally share some details with you!

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.

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Facebook, you probably saw my “sneak preview” updates about the move. (Really, follow me there for the best “inside info!”) :)

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.

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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.

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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.

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32 comments to A Melding of Passions: An Introduction

  • One day when we visit that way, I would love to stay with you!! What an honor it would be to sit down and chat with you in person over a nice cup of tea!! The Lord surely does provide. It’s amazing the doors He opens!

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  • Congratulations, what a blessing! I’ve been following your blog for some time now, though this is the first time I’ve commented :)

    I live in FL, but have family in Portland and Eugene – next time we’re up, looks like I’ll have a place to plan for a getaway with my hubby! God bless you and your family.

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  • How fantastic! God is so good and grants us the desires of our heart if we patiently wait on Him! Please post pictures as you decorate. Can’t wait to see! Proverbs 3:5-6. :)

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  • Jennifer

    Michele,
    Congratulations! Having your own bed and breakfast seems like the perfect fit for you and your family! I have been reading your blog for so long, probably about 2 years now, that I feel like I know you. Crazy how that works right?

    We live in Pennsylvania, but my husband has family on the west coast, so I may stop by sometime, who knows? It would be awesome to meet you in person and possibly stay at your inn. You have been such an encouragement to me in my own journey to practice a simple, nourishing, frugal lifestyle. Thank you for all you have done!

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  • Michele,
    I, too, am from PA. Wondering where you are from? Always like to “meet” people from my neck of the woods.

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  • What an awesome opportunity! I wish you and your family all the best! I know you will make wonderful hosts!

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  • Anastasia

    I just found your blog recently, through the Real Food network, and have been enjoying it very much. I am originally from Sequim, WA, now in CO, and I miss it sooo much! It was nice to see pics of the area and to see someone in my old stomping grounds, kind of a connection. =) You are living out a very special dream, and I’m so happy that you recognize that and the Author of it all. =)
    Blessings on you…

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  • Oh I would love to come stay in your b and b sometime soon with my hubby! I anxiously await more info!

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  • Michele!!

    This is so awesomely amazing! I am so excited for you guys! What a great opportunity and such a perfect fit for your family! We must find a way to visit soon!! :) Miss you lots and am so grateful for the wonderful provision of God in your lives!

    Much love,
    emily*

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    Michele Reply:

    @emily*, Oh, we miss you so much, too, friend! We’d love to see you SLC folks for your vacations “back home” sometime! :) Send me your new address, please?
    Love you,
    Michele

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  • Congratulations! We own a small business and it is hard work but such a blessing. We will be sure to stay with you when we vacation up your way. How exciting!

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  • Wonderful! That just sounds lovely! I think I need a getaway :)

    Love the name too. It’s so cozy sounding.

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  • Oh, Michele!!!!!!!!!! How amazing for your family! I can’t wait to ride along in your journey vicariously and read about the adventure as it unfolds. I’m just giddy for you!

    Lance and I stay at a B&B once a year. It’s our standard getaway; a treat for our marriage. 😉 We’ve never stayed at the same place twice, not because we don’t want to go back, simply because there are too many unique, beautiful places to visit.

    We have grand plans to go on an Alaskan cruise for our 15th anniversary (3 years from now). Perhaps we’ll make a little detour? :)

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  • Michele! I had no idea. How wonderfully exciting! May God bless you and Cal in your new endeavor. I’d love to come stay some day. :)

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  • Corinne

    I love the picture and congratulations to you! Someday we hope to tour the Pacific NW and now know of a wonderful place to stay. God bless!

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  • Michele,

    This is so exciting! It sounds just wonderful.
    We are so happy for you both. You know we want to see lots more pictures :)

    We’ll be praying for you.

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  • Watching the Lord work in your life has been an amazing testimony to my own soul! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

    I’m so excited for you guys and want to hop on a plane right now and come to stay with you. :-) I promise I’ll leave…..maybe I’ll leave…..

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  • I live in Seattle and I have three day weekends! If you ever need any help; painting, moving things, building, or just watching sweet babies-I am available! I am very earnest about this, I really would love to come!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Jennifer, Wow, Jennifer, Thanks! I may take you up on that offer. Feel free to send me an email. (By the way, thanks for reading my blog all these years!) :)

    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • I am absolutely going to come stay there. What an amazing adventure and beautiful home / B&B you are creating! So excited for you!!
    Blessings,
    Melissa

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  • amanda

    How fun and exciting. I have been reading you blog for a year or more. So inspiring. I live in tacoma, my husband and I would love to come stay with you. I look forward to hearing more as you get everything ready. May the Joy of the Lord be your strength.

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  • Meg

    This is awesome, Michele – what a blessed opportunity! Our family loves to vacation in the Northwest, so I’ll have to start planting the idea in my husband’s head now… :-)

    Prayers as you begin and continue in this journey!

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  • How wonderful! I am so happy for you! It sounds so delightful. It’s amazing how God blesses us!

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  • Katie

    What an exciting venture for your family! I live in NW Oregon so a stay at your bed & breakfast would definately be a fun thing to do!

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  • I’m extremely late commenting… the post got lost in my inbox. :) But I wanted to say that I live right by Tacoma, and my family lives in Longview, and I camp with my mom in… I think Salkum… quite frequently. Whenever we’re in the area camping and such, I always think of you. My husband and I were talking about getting away for our 5th anniversary in June, so maybe we will come stay with you! When will you open? Will you have a website or anything? Can’t wait for more info!

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    Michele Reply:

    Oh, yes- Salkum is very close to us! :) We do have a website here: http://hamptoncreekinn.com. We should be open soon; we just opened for events this week! Hopefully we’ll be able to start taking reservations within the month. It would be lovely to have you stay for your anniversary. Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Michele

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