May 31, 2017
There are few things in my life that give me more joy than spending time with my family and my closest friends. When the two collide…my heart nearly bursts with excitement and anticipation! The days leading up to this trip were near torture! Both Chris and I were so excited to get away with our children, and to spend time with some of our best friends.
We planned a long weekend spent on the Guadalupe River and a day in San Antonio.
We had such a blast!!
While here we rented an incredible Cabin at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort for our families to stay together in. Y’all. We had a blast!! This place was incredible! Highly recommend it if you are looking for a spot in the New Braunfels area!
It was full of these tiny houses…I failed at getting a picture of them…whomp whomp. But look it up and you will see how cool they are!
The coolest part is what it reminded us of.
The friends we went with are Kasey & Justin VanNorman. Kasey is an incredible bible teacher, author and speaker. If you haven’t heard of her books/bible studies, Named by God & Raw Faith, go check them out NOW; Both amazing in their own right.
Besides being an incredible author, she also has a history of counseling women/girls who have come out of trafficking for another local non-profit. But for the past two years, her heart has been burdened for the women in the prison system. The ones who get out and cannot find employment, and go right back into the system. She has worked with our county specifically, and has the backing of our Sheriff Department. She’s done this by consistently showing up to our Women’s Prison here in Bryan, TX and dedicating her time to teach them the bible; and to build relationships with these women.
Her heart has been burdened to do something radical.
To turn her family farm into a place filled with tiny homes to temporarily house and employee these women coming out of these systems. Her dream is to give them livable wages, and little to no rent to begin with.
The houses that would be for single women as well as women with children. A place to get their lives back in order, with not only employment + homes…but counseling.
The dream is about to come to fruition you guys. They already have plans drawn up for their first tiny home to be built. We’re in the process of gathering bids. She’s already started gardening and raising chickens (which will be part of the employment part). The dream the Lord placed on her heart is coming alive! I urge you to please check out Northway Farms to learn more about it and to consider supporting them!!
This place reminded us so much of the dream, the late night discussions, the prayerful pleas and the beautiful triumphs as every door has been opened…
This was a perfect first summer vacation. We cannot wait for more.