If I’d only known what awaited us at the end of 2012 and 2013—I would have smiled more through the transitions. J Houston Honey Do has remained steady these past couple of years, buoyed by the loyalty of repeat customers and adventuresome new ones. But the Honey Do household has been pleasantly rocked, and made a mess, by the patter of little feet :-). And those little feet started walking at 8-9 months.
Challenging; 2013 has been a great year of advancement for the Etlinger family. As noted, the girl, Amber Lucia [ALE], was born December 15, 2012; nicknamed Miss Advanced at her daycare, she has grown far beyond expectation into a pint-sized leader for whom her parents, extended family, daycare workers, classmates’ parents, and even strangers alike are immensely impressed and proud. Beyond the gift that is ALE, in the spring and summer months, Tatiana left a career job of 5 years and eventually began another position with another local O&G company—which has been a wonderful change for her. And finally, we are within 2-days of closing on a new home in Sugar Land—yet another destination I didn’t see coming but a new reality we are looking forward to embracing.
As I move further and further from the area I once called home, I find myself outside of my comfort zone and propelled again into uncertainty; wondering, how will I adapt my business to continue the level of service my customers have grown to expect and promote–while operating from yet another, different home base? Reassured–my past success and ingrained tenacity remind me that advancement and prosperity are the causes for which adaptation propels us—and I know Houston Honey Do and the Etlinger’s will be just fine. Have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday season everyone; and give your kids a hug.