We've hit the 4th anniversary from when Sycamore Hill "found us" so to speak. Coffee-clutching at Starbucks with some buddies in 2009 led to a visit just to see the barn and the rest is history. November has traditionally held some shake-ups in our lives, and always for the better.
I remember a conversation with my sister-in-law around the time we were buying the property. I remember her asking if we planned to honor God with it. Hmmm.....well, I had thought about establishing a nudist colony, but didn't figure the plan commission would go for that....so, sure, the alternative seemed fine.
Well of course we would. We've been blessed to host family and school reunions, our pastor's birthday party (and if a 70s-themed party doesn't honor God, I'm not sure what would!), and I've had my 3rd and 4th grade boys' Sunday School class out to the farm for campouts. While doing the 20s ministry we held campfires and get-togethers out here. I've sat in the barn with buddies and recounted the blessings God's granted here on the hill, and that included hosting a wedding for friends of ours. But it doesn't end there....because of the picturesque quality of the farm it's become a popular backdrop for photographers' family shoots. In fact we were double-booked a few Saturdays ago.
But if there was one culminating moment where it dawned on me, yep, truly Sycamore Hill has been used in God's service it had to be while watching the video at the top of this post that was filmed in our barn for our church's celebration service. Enjoy.