Monday, 24 June 2019

Skip Hall: Winning Was Great..... But Not Everything

Jan/ Feb 2019

 


 

 

By Gaye Bunderson

Former winning Boise State University head football coach Skip Hall was born February 18, 1944 in Minnesota. He was not born in a Christian home, he said; in fact, it would be another 35 years after his birth before he'd give his life to God. In the meantime, he found his fulfillment in athletics.

“My parents divorced when I was 4,” he said. He remained with his mother and younger brother, moving to Seattle at one point and then, later, back to Minnesota, where his grandfather lived. Skip attended high school and college in Minnesota and discovered the saving grace of sports.

“Sports was my anchor all those years; it kept me on the right side of the tracks,” he said.

“Coaches were my fathers.” He still stays in touch with the man who coached him in both high school and college in football, basketball and baseball — Charlie Basch, now 92.

At Minnesota's Concordia College (now Concordia University), Skip majored in physical education and biology and also earned a teaching certificate. After graduating, he got a job as a teacher and football and basketball coach at a high school in Henning, Minnesota. Over the next three years, he would experience great success with his teams, coaching them on to championship seasons.

He got an itch to coach at the college level, so he headed off to the University of Colorado at Boulder to get his master's degree in education and administration. He kept his hand in coaching while there and said, “I got hooked on college coaching.” The thrill of watching Colorado beat Alabama was a special high for him.

His exemplary skills led other coaches to seek him out. When Don James got the head coaching job at Kent State in Ohio in the early 1970s, he asked Skip to be his assistant coach. It was a 5-year position that would lead to four championships for Kent State. “One of our players was Nick Saban, now the head coach at the University of Alabama,” Skip said.

In 1975, when Don moved on to the University of Washington, he once again asked Skip to be his assistant coach and, once again, it was a football success story. The Huskies went to 10 bowls, including three times to the Rose Bowl and one time to the Orange Bowl.

By then, Skip had married his wife Virginia, and of those gridiron glory years, he said, “We call those our Camelot years.”

It was around this time that Skip, now 35 and a family man as well as a successful coach, began to think about things beyond sports, including spiritual things. He became a Christian and attributes it to what he calls “The 3 P's.” Those include:

  1. A pastor, Chuck Swindoll (author, radio personality, and leader of Insight for Living Ministries)
  2. A player, Mike Rohrbach (who went on to launch Run to Win Outreach)
  3. And a partner: his wife Virginia

Skip said he would listen to Chuck Swindoll's radio show while at the University of Washington and liked it so much he called Pastor Swindoll and offered him tickets to the Rose Bowl. Though the pastor said he would not be able to make the game, he reciprocated by inviting the Halls to his church in Fullerton, California. It was the beginning of a long friendship that included travels with Swindoll and his wife to the Greek Isles, Germany, Switzerland, and Israel.

Skip said he and Virginia especially enjoyed the 1982 trip to Israel: “The sight and sounds there brought the Bible to life.”

Skip's faith was transformational for him.

“Becoming a Christian made me a better coach and a better husband and father; I learned the importance of reaching out to others,” he said. “Previously I was so focused and driven to win.”

He actually possesses a box that has all the things in it he used to value most. He calls it “god in a box” because it holds all his former idols, such as football championship rings. Now, his priority isn't a football playbook but Scripture; he quotes Matthew 6:33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

“My priorities changed. I still got to the top, but God and I were doing the things together now,” he said.

In 1987, he was asked to interview at Boise State for the head coach position. He was at BSU from 1987 to 1992, compiling a Bronco winning record of 42-28. Like so many football coaches at BSU, he was highly regarded by the fans. “In Idaho, the BSU coach is right up there with the governor. Football means a lot to Idahoans.

”Still, he said, “You know when it's time to go into a place, and you know when it's time to leave.” From 1993 to 1997, he coached at the University of Missouri. Following that, he retired from football, and he and Virginia moved to Phoenix, Arizona. “Virginia and I are a team, and we made the decision together.”

Throughout his career, Virginia was as much a part of football as her husband; at one point, she served as president of the National Association of Football Wives. “I used to tell people, 'I live with a big shot,'” said Skip.

After coaching for 30 years, he went to work with Aflac as the regional manager and recruiting coordinator focused on team building. That's what he had done for so many years: recruit, coach and build teams. In 2006, after eight years in Arizona, he was offered the same position in Idaho, where his children and grandchildren live. Virginia, wanting to be near family, told her husband, “We're leaving.”

Skip's business career continued in the Gem State, and in 2008, he became the managing director for Principal Financial Group in Boise. Later, in 2012, he and his son Chris opened Hall & Associates in Boise.

Skip now also hosts his own radio program called Game Plan for Life on 94.1 The Voice. He interviews coaches, players, and business and ministry leaders. The show airs each Saturday morning at10 a.m. “I draw the stories out of the people I interview — I let them tell the story,” he said.

His guests have included Chris Peterson and Bryan Harsin, past and present BSU football coaches. He continues to pay close attention to both the University of Washington and Boise State football. “They're both excellent programs; they're doing the right things,” he said.

Skip believes the best way to coach is through positive reinforcement, or what he calls a “Coach 'EmUp” style. As a Christian coach, he emphasized two things:

  1. Encouragement: “Encouragement is the fuel that propels people.”
  2. Hope: “Hope is the anchor of our soul.”

“The true measure of a coach is not wins or losses but the men and women our players become,” he said.

 

Church in the Dirt A Place to Worship With Your Hat On

November/ December 2018

 


 

 



Blair and Molly Lilly are the co-pastors at Church in the Dirt in Homedale. They're also award-winning musicians.  (Photo by Steve Jones)

 

By  Gaye  Bunderson

For  people  who  attend  the  Church  in  the  Dirt  in  Homedale,  there  are  strings  attached.  Fortunately,  those  strings  are  on  a  guitar,  and  they're  the  only  “strings  attached”  you'll  find  there.  

“Our  church  is  come-as-you-are  —  and  that  means  more  than  what  you're  wearing,”  said  Blaine  Lilly,  co-founder  with  his  wife,  Molly,  of  Church  in  the  Dirt.

“We  don't  really  realize  how  many  people  fear  going  to  church,”  Molly  said.  

“We  get  people  who  don't  want  to  go  to  stained  glass  window  churches,”  Blaine  said,  while  Molly  explained  she's  had  people  tell  her  that  if  they  went  to  a  church  like  that,  “the  roof  would  fall  in.”

For  those  believers  who  thought  they'd  never  hear  of  a  place  of  worship  called  Church  in  the  Dirt,  rest  assured  it's  everything  a  church  should  be:  God-inspired,  Christ-centered,  and  full  of  faith  as  well  as  some  darn  good  music.

The  Lillys  are  longtime  singers  and  musicians;  Blaine  plays  the  guitar  and  Molly  plays  the  keyboards.  They've  entertained  throughout  the  country,  together  and  separately;  in  fact,  that's  how  they  originally  met.  Both  of  them  were  performing  at  a  Wounded  Warrior  Project  event  at  Fort  Sam  Houston  in  San  Antonio,  Texas.  (Blaine  is  originally  from  Texas,  while  Molly  was  born  and  raised  in  Jordan  Valley,  Ore.)

Blaine  said  he  and  Molly  spoke  to  one  other  at  the  San  Antonio  event,  but  nothing  happened.  “We  talked  and  then  went  on  our  way.”

They  ultimately  met  up  again  while  performing  in  Branson,  Mo.  —  two  years  after  their  initial  conversation.  They  didn't  recognize  each  other  at  first,  but  Blaine  jokes  that  after  he  realized  he  knew  Molly  from  a  previous  meeting,  “That's  when  I  chased  her  all  around  the  building.”  A  friend  had  told  him  that  if  he  didn't  go  after  Molly,  he  was  a  fool.

The  couple  married  seven  months  later  and  hit  the  road.

“We  threw  it  all  together  really  fast,”  Blaine  said.  “We  joined  our  ministries,  and  it  worked  out.”

That  was  8½  years  ago.  They  traveled  extensively,  performing  country  gospel-style  music  together.

“My  daddy's  a  preacher,  and  my  granddad  was  a  preacher  —  I  come  from  a  long  line  of  preachers,”  Blaine  said.  “I  grew  up  in  church.  I  always  loved  music,  and  sometimes  at  age  12,  I  was  music  worship  leader.”

Unfortunately,  musical  instruments  weren't  allowed  in  his  childhood  church  denomination,  so  hymns were  sung  'a  cappella.'  But  Blaine  taught  himself  how  to  play  the  guitar  at  age  14.  “Music  was  the  love  of  my  life,”  he  said.  “I  wrote  songs,  like  1960,  1970s  country  music.”

Meanwhile,  across  the  U.S.  in  Oregon,  Molly  was  having  her  own  “strict  denomination”  experience  in  another  church.  It  helped  that  her  mother  started  sneaking  out  of  that  church  and  attending  what  Molly  calls  a  “Spirit-filled  church.”  That  had  a  pivotal  influence  on  her,  along  with  her  brother's  salvation.  Her  male  sibling  had  gotten  a  reputation  for  wild  living  and  troublemaking  in  the  family's  hometown,  but  when  he  turned  his  heart  to  God,  Molly  said  he  underwent  a  visible  transformation  that  affected  her.

Molly  admits  that  both  she  and  Blaine  had  a  few  of  their  own  oat-sowing  years.  Blaine's  career  originally  started  out  in  bars  and  similar  venues.

“We  had  our  wild  times,”  said  Molly,  “but  we  both  thought  there  must  be  more  to  God.”

Despite  the  limits  of  their  youthful  church  experiences,  a  seed  of  faith  was  planted  that  never  died.  Molly  eventually  attended  Rhema  Bible  Training  College  in  Broken  Arrow,  Okla.  After  she  hooked  up  with  Blaine,  he  attended  the  Domata  School  of  Ministry,  also  in  Broken  Arrow.

After  recording  a  CD  in  Nashville  at  one  point,  the  couple  was  heading  to  Idaho  to  perform.  

“My  mom  kept  praying,  'Use  Blaine  and  Molly  mightily,'”  Molly  said.  But  her  mom  would  also  insert  a  request  in  her  prayers  that  her  daughter  and  son-in-law  would  be  used  mightily  in  this  area  and  not  so  far  away.  

Molly's  mother  now  lives  in  Caldwell,  and  once  while  visiting  her,  Molly  said  the  Lord  spoke  to  her  early  in  the  morning  —  He  told  her  to  get  up  and  go  for  a  drive.  She  drove  to  Homedale,  and  when  she  got  to  the  small  community  of  roughly  2,600  people,  she  felt  a  strong  “turn  here”  message.

While  she  drove  around  town  thinking  “What  am  I  doing  here?”,  she  came  upon  Badiola  Arena.  She  knew  the  Lord  was  telling  her  that's  where  she  and  Blaine  belonged.

Blaine's  part  of  the  story  goes  back  roughly  12  years.  In  about  2006,  he  said,  the  Lord  told  him  he  was  going  to  plant  a  cowboy  church  in  the  West.  It  was  a  profound  feeling,  but  it  left  him  a  little  baffled.  He  was  traveling  all  over  the  country  performing  his  music  and  wasn't  quite  sure  how  a  church  plant  vaguely  “in  the  West”  was  going  to  come  about.  When  Molly  found  Badiola  Arena,  suddenly  he  knew.

“I  thought,  'This  is  God's  plan.'  I  felt  perfect  peace,”  Blaine  said.  Things  fell  into  place  and  a  lot  of  people  started  getting  involved  in  the  new  church.

That  was  two  years  ago.  Services  were  held  in  the  arena,  but  when  bad  weather  set  in  and  the  arena's  heating  wasn't  sufficient,  Lori  Badiola*,  owner  of  the  Tango  Saloon  /  Moxie  Java  Bistro  in  Homedale,  invited  the  Lillys  to  bring  their  church  services  indoors,  and  that's  what  they  did.

“The  Tango  Saloon  is  classy,”  Molly  said.  There's  no  smoking,  and  it's  a  nice  atmosphere.  Church  fits  well  there  on  a  Sunday  morning.  There's  even  a  Lil  Buckaroos  program  for  children  led  by  Destry  Campbell,  associate  pastor  at  the  church.

Molly's  mom,  now  94,  is  a  church  regular  also.

“This  has  been  a  lifelong  prayer  of  my  mother's,  that  the  cowboys  would  be  reached  for  God,”  Molly said.

If  you're  not  a  cowboy,  you're  still  welcome at  Church  in  the  Dirt.  Though  many  attendees  love  the  country  gospel  sound  that  permeates  the  services,  Blaine  said  some  of  the  people  who  show  up  “probably  like  heavy  metal.”

Also,  anyone  who  attends  may  wear  a  cowboy  hat,  or  any  kind  of  hat  for  that  matter.

“When  I  was  growing  up,  you'd  go  to  church  and  hang  your  hat  on  a  hook  and  pick  it  up  after  service;  now,  I  wear  my  hat  the  whole  time,  unless  there's  prayer,  and  then  I  hold  it  over  my  heart,”  Blaine  said.

The  Lillys  perform  their  “kickin'  country”  music  at  rodeos  and  fairs  and  have  won  Country  Gospel  Music  Association  awards  as  Vocalists  of  the  Year  —  Blaine  winning  top  male  vocalist  four  times  and  Molly  getting  top  female  vocalist  one  time.  But  their  emphasis  is  always  on  using  their  talents  for  God  and  others.  Their  come-as-you-are  church  seems  to  be  working.

Church  member  Wade  Black,  equine  instructor  at  Treasure  Valley  Community  College,  said:  “Blaine  and  Molly  have  been  obedient  to  their  calling,  and  their  passion  and  love  for  people  is  contagious.  In  the  Kingdom  it  is  all  about  surrendering  to  Jesus  and  allowing  the  power  and  presence  of the  Holy  Spirit  to  work  in  and  through  our  life.  Blaine  and  Molly  model  this  in  their  worship  and  the  message  spoken  at  Church  in  the  Dirt.”  

“Cowboys  come  to  God,  get  a  strong  heart  for  God,  and  grow  in  the  Word,”  Molly  said.  “Jesus  came for  the  ungodly,  so  none  of  us  are  unqualified.”

Church  in  the  Dirt  Times,  Dates,  Places  &  Events

The  Church  in  the  Dirt  meets  every    Sunday  of  the  month  at  9:30  a.m.  at  the  Tango  Saloon  /  Moxie  Java  Bistro  at  406  U.S.  Hwy.  95  in  Homedale.  

Also,  church  members  meet  every  Thursday  night  at  7  p.m.  at  324  Hwy.  95,  which  is  the  lumber  yard  building  next  to  the  Tango.  All  are  welcome.

The  church  holds  an  annual  Outdoor  Christmas  Concert  (the  Lillys  are  professional  musicians).  This  year  it  will  take  place  at  6  p.m.  Saturday,  December  15,  in  the  parking  lot  at  Badiola  Arena,  402  U.S.  Hwy.  95  in  Homedale.

According  to  Molly,  there  will  be  a  “huge”  bonfire,  with  kids  roasting  marshmallows.  There  will  also  be  s'mores,  hot  chocolate,  eggnog,  and  chorizo  wraps.  Santa  will  be  passing  out  old-fashioned  candy  bags,  and  there  will  be  hayrides  for  everyone.

For  more  information,  contact  the  Lillys  at blainelilly@hotmail.com or  call  them  at  208-504-8564  and  830-834-0994.  

*Husband  and  wife  Ben  and  Lori  Badiola  own  the  Tango  Saloon  /  Moxie  Java  Bistro,  as  well  as  Badiola  Arena,  in  Homedale.

 

The Brighter Side Spyglass Gardens: More Than a Mustard Seed

Sept/Oct 2018


 

 

 

Wendy and Steve Smith grow produce at Spyglass Gardens in Meridian. (Photo by Heather Kern/ HK Photography)

By Ronald Kern

The  world  we  live  in  moves  very  fast,  with  the  emphasis  oftentimes  being,  “the  bigger  the  better.”  We  not  only  expect  big  and  wonderful  things  in  life,  but  we  want  them  right  now.  In  reality,  many  things  that  end  up  great  and  long-lasting  start  small.  This  is  true  in  business,  relationships,  and  even  our  walk  with  God.

Steve  and  Wendy  Smith,  who  founded  Spyglass  Gardens  18  years  ago,  remind  me  in  many  ways  of  the  mustard  seed  parable  in  the  Bible.  It,  and  the  lesson  it  teaches,  appears  three  times  in  the  Bible,  in  Matthew,  Mark  and  Luke.  Luke  13:  88-19  says,  “What  is  the  Kingdom  of  God  like?  To  what  shall  I  compare  it?  It  is  like  a  grain  of  mustard  seed,  which  a  man  took,  and  put  in  his  own  garden.  It  grew,  and  became  a  large  tree,  and  the  birds  of  the  sky  lodged  in  its  branches.”

Although  knowing  each  other  for  10  years  prior  to  dating,  it  was  a  blind  date  that  set  the  course  of  the  Smiths'  future,  in  both  their  relationship  and  business  —  both  starting  out  small.  The  connector  (the  person  who  arranged  the  date)  said  to  Steve,  “You  would  be  great  friends  so  call  her  and  see  what  happens.”    

What  happened  is  a  lovely  story  that  yields  many  lessons  and  has  brought  joy  to  so  many  people.

Wendy  was  brought  up  Christian  and  had  a  love  and  faith  in  God.  This  wasn’t  necessarily  the  case  for  Steve.  Steve  was  brought  up  in  Salt  Lake  City,  Utah,  and  while  he  always  believed  in  God,  he  wasn’t  very  confident  in  the  church  he  was  attending.  He  left  that  church  when  he  was  14  years  old.

Early  in  the  Smiths'  relationship,  Steve  needed  a  physical  and  Wendy  referred  him  to  a  doctor  who  frequently  spoke  about  God  during  visits.  Ironically,  Steve  was  the  one  who  asked  Wendy,  “Would  you  like  to  go  to  church  with  me?”  In  2007,  he  was  saved.Steve  had  some  acreage  which  had  a  little  garden,  and  he  invited  Wendy  over.  She  thought,  “This  might  be  pretty  fun  to  do.  ...  I  think  God  started  working  on  us  right  from  the  beginning.”

Within  a  short  time  period,  she  explained,  “A  guy  just  showed  up  and  plowed  our  field.Then,  due  to  road  construction,  all  vehicles  from  Meridian/Kuna  highway  were  detoured  on  a  path  that  took  them  right  past  Spyglass  Gardens,  which  allowed  us  to  sell  all  of  our  produce.”

Now  people  knew  where  they  were  and  what  they  offered,  and  with  each  passing  year,  the  business  grew  and  grew.

After  eight  years  of  running  this  business  with  zero  issues,  Ada  County  got  involved  and,  long  story  short,  told  them  to  cease  operation.  (County  officials  did  the  same  to  two  other  farms.)  Steve  and  Wendy  had  long  ago  obtained  all  required  permits  and  paperwork,  but  due  to  a  small,  obscure  and  rarely  enforced  rule,  the  farm  business  was  halted.

The  year  was  2008,  the  recession  had  hit,  and  they  felt  that  perhaps  God  was  testing  them.  Having  the  farm  shut  down  was  indeed  a  large  test  of  faith,  but  what  came  next  was  an  even  bigger  test  —  but  also  a  blessing.  Do  you  ever  question  God’s  timing?  That  same  year,  Steve  was  diagnosed  with  prostate  cancer.    The  doctor  who  helped  him  through  this  was  a  great  Christian  man.  The  same  doctor  who  “preached”  to  Steve  during  his  physical  exam  also  was  involved.  People  from  their  church  were  supportive,  as  well  as  the  many  clients  and  friends  they'd  made  over  the  years.

Due  to  the  farm  ceasing  operation,  Steve  had  more  time  to  focus  on  his  health.  His  prostate  cancer  was  not  a  traditional  type,  so  if  he'd  been  prescribed  the  normal  course  of  action,  “he  would  have  been  dead  within  a  year,”  Wendy  said.  The  cancer  was  in  an  unusual  location  and  had  God  not  been  involved  and  time  not  made  available,  this  story  would  not  have  a  happy  ending.  One  might  surmise  that  the  reason  the  farm  was  shut  down  was  so  there  wouldn’t  be  any  distractions  for  Steve's  recovery.  His  cancer  was  eliminated  and,  as  of  today,  he  continues  to  be  cancer-free.

As  Wendy  sat  down  at  the  computer  and  searched  how  to  sell  their  farm,  something  popped  up  that  caught  her  attention:  CSA,  which  stands  for  Community  Supported  Agriculture.

The  website  had  free  downloads,  information,  and  all  that  they  needed  to  pursue  a  new  direction  for  the  farm.  Sending  out  an  email  to  their  client  list  to  test  the  waters,  35  people  signed  up  for  their  newly  formed  CSA.  Being  one  of  the  first  to  have  a  CSA  in  the valley,  you  could  say  they  were  pioneers  of  what  has  become  a  very  popular  program  over  the  last  decade.

(Information  from https://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/community-supported-agriculture: “Community  Supported  Agriculture  consists  of  a  community  of  individuals  who  pledge  support  to  a  farm  operation  so  that  the  farmland  becomes,  either  legally  or  spiritually,  the  community's  farm,  with  the  growers  and  consumers  providing  mutual  support  and  sharing  the  risks  and  benefits  of  food  production.”)

Ten  years  have  gone  by  and  the  CSA  continues  to  flourish.  Interestingly,    the  vast  majority  of  their  CSA  members  are  Christian.  This  certainly  isn’t  a  prerequisite,  but  when you  visit  the  farm,  you  will  encounter  a  strong  sense  of  calm  and  goodness  from  all  directions.  While  picking  up  produce,  the  CSA  members  find  it  a  natural  occurrence  to  have  discussions  (fellowship),  and  the  Gospel  is  oftentimes  a  topic.  Isn’t  it  interesting  how  God  works?

With  weekends  oftentimes  being  spent  in  Cascade,  Idaho,  the  Smiths  found  a  church  in the  area  and  joined.  Oddly  enough,  this  church  decided  that  there  was  too  much  “Bible  talk”  and  changed  how  sermons  were  led,  and  things  just  weren’t  the  same  —  it  became  foreign  and  strange.  Steve  and  Wendy,  and  countless  others,  left  that  church  and  started  meeting  together  in...you  guessed  it...a  small  way.  This  small  group  has  now  grown  and  turned  into  another  new  church,  which  doesn’t  have  restrictions  on  “Bible  talk.”

In  addition  to  a  variety  of  farming  skills  they  have  acquired,  Spyglass  Gardens  uses  open-air  ditches,  drip  systems,  and  a  settling  pond,  which  means  the  water  used  actually  leaves  the  farm  cleaner  than  when  it  came  in.  They  don’t  use  chemicals  or  pesticides  either,  allowing  you  to  know  exactly  what  you  are  eating  when  you  get  produce  from  Spyglass  Gardens.  Although  their  farm  is  not  certified  “organic,”  it’s  fresh,  all-natural,  and  as  close  as  you  can  get.  What  most  people  don’t  realize  is  the  definition  and  requirements  of  being  organic  in  the  USA  are  not  the  same  as  in  other  countries,  although the  FDA  claims  to  be  cracking  down  on  food  coming  into  our  country.  This  is  a  big  deal,  considering  a  bulk  of  the  fruit  and  vegetables  you  see  in  the  grocery  store  are  from  other  countries.

Wendy  spends  the  morning  in  prayer  in  their  greenhouse,  and  Steve  talks  to  the  plants  and  prays  over  the  food  during  his  morning  walk  of  the  farm.  They  appreciate  what  God  has  provided  to  them,  which  in  turn  provides  such  amazing  things  to  others.  When  they  tried  to  use  all  of  the  acreage  to  farm,  “something  always  would  fail,”  Wendy  said.  “It  didn’t  matter  if  we  had  12  people  helping  or  5,  we  found  that  you  have  to  give  something  back.”      

Giving  something  back,  such  as  leaving  one  acre  fallow  as  they  do  each  year,  is  another  lesson  from  the  Bible.  “It’s  not  how  much  you  plant;  it’s  how  well  you  take  care  of  it  and  nurture  things,”  Wendy  reminded  me.

In  addition  to  providing  fresh  and  all-natural  food  to  people,  the  Smiths  offer  classes  on  planting,  canning,  preserving,  and  bulk  orders,  and  are  heavily  sought  after  for  custom flower  pots  and  baskets.  They  also  sell  eggs  from  the  chickens  they  raise,  and  the  list  just  goes  on  and  on.  A  certain  portion  of  their  yield  is  donated  to  help  feed  others,  a  program  they  have  had  in  place  for  years.

Whether  you  end  up  buying  anything  from  them  or  not,  I  would  highly  recommend  stopping  by  and  introducing  yourself.  What  you  will  find  in  Steve  and  Wendy  are  genuine,  loving,  caring,  and  giving  people.  When  taking  a  walk  around  their  farm,  I  might  have  “accidentally”  picked  a  few  things  and  sampled  them  right  then.  Their  little  slice  of  heaven  provides  so  much  for  people  on  an  individual  basis,  but  also  they  are  a  huge  asset  to  the  community.  When  you  tour  their  farm,  you  absolutely  will  leave  in  a  good  mood  and  will  likely  have  two  new  incredible  friends.

You  can  consistently  count  on  Steve  and  Wendy,  and  Spyglass  Gardens,  to  bring  back  your  faith  in  humanity.  This  couple,  brought  together  by  God,  proves  that  when  you  listen  and  obey  God,  amazing  gifts  overflow  in  your  life,  which  blesses  others.

You  can  visit  their  website  at www.spyglassgardens.com.

A  multi-business  owner  in  Meridian  for  more  than  20  years,  Ronald  Kern  and  his  wife  sold  their  businesses  in  2013.  Ron  is  a  serial  entrepreneur,  personal  and  professional  consultant,  author,  columnist,  motivational  speaker,  and  philanthropist. 

 

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