I can break our married life down to six lifetimes. My family tells me I am crazy for segmenting our life like that, but I can truly see at least six distinct time periods that should each get their own chapter in the history book of our family. What's unique though, is that through each chapter I can look back and see points along the way that led us to the spot we are at right now. It truly is more about the journey than the destination.
I am blessed to be married to my best friend. We started our life together in the ministry, traveling abroad to impact a people we had never met, and share the love of Jesus with them. Even then we were passionate about the home. Helping people create a place of refuge for their loved ones that was both beautiful and welcoming involves so much more than pretty furniture and a great paint color.
It was after we moved back to the States that we first considered the idea of retail by buying a coffee shop. We are both passionate about coffee, love the intimate atmosphere that it can create, but were blissfully ignorant of the challenges the retail and restaurant world could pose. The timing was wrong, but the idea had hatched and would surface again over the next few years.
Jeff has sold things our entire married life. He has flipped everything from car seats to horse saddles to motorcycle helmets, and always landed on top. When we started selling furniture and fixtures for the home, we knew we were onto something. It's been said that everyone should have three hobbies, one to make money, one to keep them in shape, and one to be creative. This new pastime of ours took care of all three.
What began on our back porch quickly expanded to an old tobacco warehouse. The challenge of keeping our furniture clean and trying to market from a filthy warehouse motivated us to purchase a building of our own. In 2016, we bought Jireh. That's the name of the small self storage warehouse God provided for us. The name Jireh comes from the Bible when God provides a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead of his son, Isaac. Jehovah-Jireh means God will provide, and God had certainly provided for us with this building. The front of the building had self storage units, but there was plenty of space for our furniture, a beautiful creek in the back for kids to fish and play in, and a lot of cars driving by. That building has been reconfigured and redesigned multiple times to allow for our growing business and our shop.
Now that our kids are older, we are thrilled to see them become more involved in what we do. Samantha has her own custom jewelry line called Salt & Light that can be found on this website. Jacob and Clayton both sell products in the store, build and market furniture, and help their dad out with renovations. Being a small business owner is not easy, but it is incredibly rewarding and I feel blessed beyond measure to do what we do.
We believe in the home and the family. We aren't crazy enough to think that a new dining table is going to fix a family's problems, but we do believe that investing in our homes and those who live there will pay off both now and eternally. We believe in creating and restoring. God created in Genesis 1 when He formed the world out of nothing, and then He restored His creation after they chose to disobey Him. God calls us to be like Him, and we strive to do that by creating and restoring beautiful spaces through our store and the design and renovation of homes.
The tagline at Inside Out is "making home the destination". We love being home and being together, but we know that not all families are like that. Our goal is to impact others to put their family first by loving them, spending time together, and by building a life of happy memories and shared experiences. Home is not just a place to store your belongings and sleep at night, it is a symbol of the family, a safe place in a crazy world, a ground zero for those we are closest to. Join us in making our homes a priority: safe, peaceful, welcoming, and yes-beautiful!