In 2011, Brian and I both felt very strongly that He was commissioning us to move to Yorkville, Illinois. We were not exactly sure as to why this area, with the exception that Brian worked here. We looked at houses up here that year and the following year and always came back to ours thinking, “We just can’t leave the house we are in.” Well last year was different. We heard God remind us that it was just a house, yes a beautiful one but something material. We knew there were bigger and greater things for our life beyond a Victorian home. We made the decision to move. It was then that I made a commitment to really listen for God’s direction and exactly where He would like us to grow individually and as a family.
At the time we were attending our church, Community Christian at its Shorewood location. We were in a series called “The Ladder” which spoke of growing in generosity. Brian and I were both so moved and knew this was the exact area in which God was working on us and we knew it would be through our gifts and talents as well as our time and resources. We told our pastor John on a Tuesday and our family on Thursday of that same week, where God was leading us. That very same Thursday we found out we were pregnant again with Haven Amelia. Our babies are 21 months apart and 20 years apart from our Nikki. It was at this time that He confirmed that I needed to make another life change, a change to be a full time stay at home mom. I believe this is my most important job and always will be.
We know that each of our daughters is a gift from God each in their own way. Nikki has taught us unconditional love, what it means to be a family and laughter when there were days I could barely smile. With Brinlee we were reminded that God is in control and His timing is perfect, and that He can make miracles happen. Haven is gift for listening, following, and sharing God’s work with others and absolute peace. I am very humble that God has entrusted me to guide these beautiful girls!
I tell you about my kids because they are a huge part of this story. It is important to Brian and me that we are involved in the community where we and our kids will “do life.” This is where Yorkville really became home. We always thought that we would find a house, move and that our transition to our CCC Yorkville campus would be the last one, but on the last day of “The Ladder” series Brian and I both walked out talking about how we felt God tell us it needed to be the first transition. Wow did He speak loud and clear with that one and for good reason. We started coming up to the Yorkville campus a little gun shy but were instantly comforted. Brian and I were instantly connected with family after family who seemed to either need us or we needed them. We started sharing again what God was doing in our life and our plan to move here and the types of places we were looking at living. We put 3 offers in on 3 different places and each one fell through for some reason or another. I was pregnant, impatient, and frustrated, not a fun combination for my husband. I kept wondering why it wasn’t easy if God wanted us to be here. Then my answers came with what we now call “The Property” and future home of the Your Performing Arts Center (YPAC).
We bought 6 acres with a house, 2 pole buildings, a parking lot, a stable and pasture……hence the name “The Property.” We renovated the ENTIRE house, had a baby, and moved in just 21 days. (That’s a whole other blog to come) You ask how?!?!? We believe so strongly that God’s hands guided this project each and every day giving us days of rest when we needed, provided the perfect people for the perfect jobs to make things go quicker, gave us encouragement on days we were feeling discouraged, and has continued to provide each and every day. We are so blessed and so thankful and very truly could not have done this without the people God put in our lives many of whom came from our early transition to Yorkville CCC.
I believe so strongly that there is a season to each part of life and we are currently in a season of change. We remind ourselves and each other almost daily to enjoy the process. There are so many times in life that you can think, “I’ll just be happy when we get to this next part.” I have to stop myself often, look around and remember that I am happy now, right where we are at in the midst of a lot of change. My hope and prayer is that we can be a blessing to the community of Yorkville and Kendall county through YPAC and that our children and our community’s children will learn and grow in an environment that was created because God whispered and He chose to give me the ears to hear Him.
Your Performing Arts Center (YPAC) Founder