My parents and I had a “family meeting” today. We have been working on making it so I can come home, and we can start the transition process. We’ve had a few meetings before, but in the one we had today, we actually set a timeframe for the transition process, which is super exciting! Coming home and eventually taking over has been the dream for a while now. To start having a more concrete plan rather than just hopes and dreams is scary and exhilarating at the same time! We all came away from the meeting with lots of homework to do in order to make the transition happen more smoothly for all of us. We all want this process to a good one. That’s not to say that it will be painless because growing as individuals and a business is never easy. Part of our transition plan requires some growing on all of our parts, and because money is a limiting factor in me coming home, it also requires the business to expand. But we are trying to keep God the center of our relationship, both in the business and child-parent relationship. And we want to stay focused on what is important and not on our perspectives. We have all seen how hard transitions can be on relationships, and we are doing our best on the front end to minimize those stressors and irritants. It helps that all of us are excited for me to take over. My parents are excited about sharing this legacy with me, and I am excited to be a part of something they and generations before them have built.