Another part of this trip for us was exploring our dreams. No, we haven't had dreams of Alabama per se, rather finding opportunities to do what we love. It just so happens, that the dream trail led us to consider Alabama as a possibility. Life since the job loss has been....interesting. It's had it's moments, but overall, it was a good experience. God carried us and continues to do so, but it also gave us opportunity to ask ourselves some good questions. Like, what do you really want out of life? What is the one thing that makes you "come alive"? If you could do anything, what would it be?
I honestly fell into this cookie thing by no attempts of my own. God has definitely had His hand in this and it's been fun to look back and see just where He has shown up. Now I'm not saying that we're moving to Alabama but I am saying that we are open to what ever and where ever God has for us! It's a freeing place to be! We're not trying to write our own story, we are simply giving God the pencil and letting Him do what He does best.....write His own story on our lives.
Our time there was incredible!! My emotions and feelings fluctuated between feelings of being a "star gazer", if you will, and the confidence that I'm gaining in knowing that I was supposed to be there and it was "no big deal"! For example, the south jersey stay-at-home-mama in me is still freaking out that an event planner in another state wants my cookies! I'm still freaking out that I actually went to Alabama to meet said event planner and on top of that.....THE GOVERNORS MANSION!!!! I.Can't.Even!!
Then the flip side is taking all that I've gained over the past two years, specifically the past six months and feeling like I was exactly where I was supposed to be! The fan in me wanted to take pictures of every little thing and "selfie" the heck out of Evan and Laura, but the cool, calm, collected side of me wanted to just take the experience as it came, like I've been there all along. It was weird. And I loved every minute of it!!
Okay, back to the story!! Here are a few more pictures of the mansion.