The Sticks Cafe
In 2010, we started looking for better places to raise our children. I came across the Free State Project when I searched for the best places to raise black kids. New Hampshire was second on the list! It would take years of convincing my husband to leave Katy, Texas, a city we loved surrounded by family and friends.
— Read on www.fsp.org/lanes-move-north-country/
Feeling so Inspired by Laura’s story!
1Kings 18:18-21, 26-29
18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” 20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one…
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We appear to be suffering a great crisis of hope. It’s taking place loudly in politics and economies; it’s taking place quietly in the hearts of millions at this moment. So much has happened in a little over a year. I’m excited that I’m running for City Council! When moving to a small town where it seems that time is still for a moment so that you can see the hearts of people; does something to you personally. It makes you want to reach out.
In Texas, it was hard to see anyone with so much hatred around me. Here in Berlin,NH I can see so many things and it compels me to want to help bring hope to hurting people. I want to be accepted in with open arms to help bring that hope. I’ve witnessed enough smiles in your faces and non authentic friendships to understand that real compassion comes from the heart. You can’t make people understand your love for strangers in a small town, you just have to show them which I intend t do if elected!
This is the New Leadership of Berlin, NH! I’m hoping our team make it so that we can bring Hope and change that matters to all and not just a few!
We are all stewards of the story that God has given us. It is a good story. There are elements of pain and great joy in our story, but it is our story. It is a story of redemption and hope. We have always wanted to leave a legacy to our kids. Leaving them with hopes and telling them that big dreams can come true!
We are in our second phase of the cafe, putting in all new electrical and sheet rock. At this point this crazy dream of ours seems impossible! It’s a true test enemy of faith and hope of something we believe in. God teaches us every day, “How Amazing !”
I would have never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be the owner of a cafe, let alone; having a deed to a bought building! This new life of ours have many surprises with capabilities that was hidden for years! You never know what you can handle until you try to handle it, if that makes sense!
We are transforming a building into something that is was never built for, a jazz cafe! An exciting but yet challenging dream my husband and I have always wanted to do! Ecclesiastes 9.10: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
This is the beginning of a miraculous story of how we left Texas and followed a path of uncertainties. With God at our side along for the ride, we are truly living a Feastful Life! I can’t wait until this all comes together to share with others that it’s possible. I will try my best to post our journey as this is an exciting one!
Being in New Hampshire and seeing all of its glorious surroundings is truly an everyday vacation. With this great opportunity of producing PorcFest we couldn’t be any happier about our decision to leave our hometown. We are truly thriving in our community and can’t wait for more to come this 2017 year!
For five years I’ve been trying to get to this event! I’m so glad we are finally here living in NH and only 32 min. away from the biggest Liberty gathering in NH. I’m intrigued over the few families that I’ve met that want the same thing that I want for my kids. I may not believe everything they believe, but here it’s ok. I’m not scrutinized or judged because of it.
My girls get to open doors to different cultures and beliefs. My 14 year old met a friend and asked her about her religion. The girl stated that she was an atheist. My daughter told her she was a Christian and asked her if she wanted to go swim☺️
That was the end of that conversation and they spent the day together in harmony without trying to convert one another. If kids can do this, why can’t we as adults? I’m learning so much from just watching my kids. They make me want to be a better me! This is just day one of Porcfest. We have five more days to go!
This is my 14 year old free dancing in the field making all kinds of new friends.I love her free spirit and carefree soul that excepts others different than her. She understands that we must love people because God loves us all. The world would be a much better place if everyone would just except this kind of love!