Let me just say that we have had MANY dreams. By dreams I mean goals for our lives. Future plans. Lots of the early ones have fallen away and we don't want the same things. But in the past 6 months we have had some realistic dreams. And some old dreams that refused to go away. There are things we've wanted to do since before we met. There are goals we never thought we'd attain. But in the past month...4 of our dreams have come true or are on their way to coming true.
1. Our Opera company. That was the BIG ONE. The one Ben has wanted for a long time. I don't remember if I've spoken of this- but a few months ago we hit our wall. We realized we cannot do this anymore. Ben couldn't work for DB anymore...minimum wage? Really? We have two kids. We live at home. It's time to create a new path. I had a "come to Jesus" with Ben where I basically told him he's a fool for not singing and pursuing what he's good at..passionate about. He signed up for voice lessons the next day. He had his first voice lesson...and magic happened. He came home in tears. "What have I been doing all these years? Why did I ever stop singing?" I had been trying to figure that out for FOUR years! And then it all started happening. Ben started pursuing his dream. He got the ball rolling. The Opera company went from a pipe dream to a reality in a matter of weeks. And now...oh my. I don't know how much I'm allowed to divulge. But BIG things are realistic. We have an amazing artistic director who has won a tony award for a role on Broadway, she's grammy nominated and she's the classiest most warm person...and she said all of this is an answer to HER prayers. She's been wanting the same things, but didn't have the degree or know how for the business end. But she brings a huge and impressive background to the table and even if it were just she and Ben working together...this thing would work. They are already a great team! Think big folks. St. George is going to LOVE what they have planned!!!
3. Caroling Group. Ben talked about doing this the whole time we lived in Cedar. He even put up a website once and was contacted by someone in Park City wanting to hire his carolers. Um...well..we haven't exactly gotten to that yet. School was too crazy. But now we have a group. Fantastic singers. Costumes are 1/3 done. They are awesome! We have been rehearsing for 2 months and will begin advertising this month! So if you know of anyone who needs entertainment at their company parties or events....let us know. This has been such a fun experience!
4. Grant writing. I can't say much about this yet because it isn't official. But a while back Ben thought maybe he could do grant writing- freelance. It would be a way to make some good cash, and something he's good at! But when he tried to get it started he had no way to begin. You sort of have to get lucky and find a good organization to start in. Well today he was asked if he'd be interested to do something like that! They had been looking for someone with the right qualifications and while they had met him through connections with our opera company, they ended up asking if he'd want to work for them to help with fundraising. YES PLEASE!!!
There are so many more blessings that continue to flow every day. There are so many little things I can't talk about yet. Possibilites that will more likely than not be happening. My heart is so full. We are so blessed. I had no idea you guys were praying THAT hard! I guess the Lord got overwhelmed by all the prayers on our behalf and had to send some pretty big miracles our way. I will never EVER doubt the power of prayer and hope I never question the Lord's plan for me!
We are so SO happy! Can you tell??? :-)
Please come eat at the restaurant. You'll LOVE it. It's called Breakfast at Tifiny's and it's in downtown Santa Clara next to the Mercantile. It's gorgeous and the food really is something to rave about. Plus- gelato...need I say more?