At the end of 2002, the store where Charlie was working closed and so we began the process of seeking God's plan for this next stage in our lives. I was led to Psalm 37:3-5: Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
After much self examination, family devotion time and negotiations, we were led to the Old Enchanted Cottage, a Victorian style furniture and gift store. The location, in the heart of downtown Waynesville, is exactly what we were seeking: a place to call home, to develop our own business and to be able to reach out to a variety of people in a one on one situation. Though the Old Enchanted Cottage was also operated with Christian principles and the desire to serve Jesus, the product line did not fit Charlie and I well, so we immediately began making changes to a homey, comfortable style. We also wanted a new name for our business so people would know things were different.
During my dad's growing up years, his family lived in a house that everyone in town called, the old brick house. The children would come to the old brick house after school to play baseball in the yard. Frequently they would share in after school snack and sometimes even dinner. My grandparents were feet on the ground people when it came to dwelling in the land and cultivating faithfulness. We loved the example they lived, the warmth of the memories, so our name was chosen: The Olde Brick House.
Later, when my parents had come for a visit, daddy was sitting at our kitchen table and began repeating, 66 North Main Street, 66 North Main Street. "Yes, daddy," I told him, "you're here at 66 North Main Street." He looked up at me surprised. "That was the address of the old brick house in Smithfield," he told me. Our address is 66 N Main Street in Waynesville. God was confirming the commitment we had made.