Hey everyone, Seems I only get once a year to sit and update my lumberjocks. Usually happens around the holidays. This year has been the best and the worst. It’s funny how life can change your priorities in an instant. My whole life now is my family. I have gotten full custody of my two boys CJ and Cody from Florida and I got married. My boys, 14 and 11 have needed alot of attention the last year and that really put a hault to the production in the shop. I made the mistake of thinking I had the right people in the right places to be able to live a “normal” life and only work 50 hours a week. Not so. We actually had to close the location and let the employees go. So I hunkered down in my garage and continued on my own. Now I am back to doing what I was when I started. Back to what I liked about this business to begin with. Makin dust myself. It’s just me, Kathy, and the boys now working the company. Smaller shop. Way smaller. No exposure. Not so much sales. Mostly word of mouth. But somehow happier. Not near the money we were taking in before, but we don’t have the 2000/week payroll either. Guess what? Things actually get done right the first time again. lol. We are planning a move back to the town we met in 7 years ago. We still have a house back there and more land. (to put up a bigger shop!!!lol) And the house is 3 times the size. 2 teenage boys take up alot of room. As far as the business goes, who knows where the winds will blow in the new year. I hope everyone has a great holiday season. And I wanted to thank everyone for the comments. When life gets challenging and the confusion sets in, I think everyone needs to be reminded of what and why they do things things they do. That happened for me last week by going to lumberjocks and reading over the old comments. It reminded me that a love this business, and it made me feel good about my choices to see that other people like the finished product. Especially your peers. Thanks again everyone.
-- Chris ( Eaglewoods@sbcglobal.net )