A Makeover & New Look

New is good — and I love learning new things and conquering new territory. This has been a work in progress and I feel I’m ready for the big reveal.

I started this venture of blogging back in January of this year ~ and as most know, a new venture is always a learning process.

I’ve been learning customizing, widgets, plug-ins, RSS feeds and…blah, blah, blah. But my main goal in all of this has been to write, create and encourage people through this journey of life.

Print shop.jpgMy grandfather, Bid, who I talked about here, has always been a hero to me. He designed and built with his own hands “The Gospel Messenger” ~ his print shop. He had a dream…an idea of what he wanted and he acted on it ~ day in and day out ~ to make it a reality. Quite the accomplishment and it’s something I strive to do in my own life ~ Seek God, follow Him and work day in and out to accomplish what He has for me.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

I love history and learning about lives. {Give me a good biography over a novel any day!} Learning history gives me insight into other journeys. I move away from my own self and see how others have persevered ~ how others have made it and I see the faithfulness of God through the generations.

Two weeks ago, I returned home to the place of my forming years…I returned and gathered with family and friends to honor the life of one we hold dear.

Going home brings mixed emotions and this time was no different. However, this time was huge in the area of letting go.

This was the first time where home was not in the house where I grew up. My father has moved to a wonderful, new home with new rooms, new furniture and a new neighborhood. I am happy for him and it brought me joy to see him in his new surroundings with his new tool shed, screened-in porch and growing garden.

So one good-bye was to my dearly loved aunt and another was to my childhood home.

My good-byes continued as I ventured, for the last time, to my grandfather’s print shop. It will soon be going onto it’s next adventure ~ the local museum…which again, I am happy to see. The printing presses, along with typeset and memorabilia will be set up in the museum; and children along with adults will get to step back in time and learn history. History of a life that intertwines with mine…and that is pretty cool.

So to honor my grandfather, his print shop, and his life message…The Gospel, we click, click, clicked away on the camera. We focused in on things we didn’t want to forget and I led my kids, once again, through the stories of grandpa and his print shop.

Now to the update…finally!! I love the printing press, the written word, and that little shop. I have been working for the last 2 weeks to update photos, change the format and revamp this blog to reflect more of how I feel…who I am and what I want the message to reflect…The Gospel.

I hope you enjoy the pictures…all of which we “clicked” at grandpa’s print shop. So please snoop around at the different pics and pages to see this dearly loved place ~ my grandpa’s print shop.

6 thoughts on “A Makeover & New Look

  1. What a special thing to share! Thank you Rachel! I love all the pictures! Look forward to all the “change” and growth in our Lord!


  2. June 29, 2013

    I am a client and friend of your brother David. My husband and I retired from our prin-
    ting business in 2006. We started the business at our home basement in 1962 specia-
    lizing in 2-part ncr motel registration forms and providing custom printing for small businesses, churches and associations. We expanded, bought a building and at one
    time had 14 people on staff. I quit teaching to help manage the business, marketed and
    was sole salesperson and was chief janitor! Pinting process, equipment and technology
    transformed entirely from letterpress to multicolor offset printing during our watch. We did everything from beginning —artwork, writing copy for newsletters, typesetting– to camera
    and then bindery. Thanks for sharing your pictures. It brought back fond memories.


    • Thank you for sharing your experience with us. The whole typeset/printing fascinates me. I love the whole process and it amazes me how diligent and tedious the work must be to make it perfect. It truly is an art! I’m glad this brought good memories for you! I love to hear from people and their thoughts….thanks for connecting” 🙂


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