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Author: Tara Wall | Consider the Fields

I love writing. I find adventures through my every day life with my husband of 18 years, seven children, (one grown and going through wife and motherhood herself, two younger ones being added through foster care and adoption, and the other four biologically, all through the grace of God), and our several businesses that we grow every day looking for community and purpose. I process so much of what we go through by writing it out. It is the hardest and scariest thing I have ever done, because the pieces of my life that are hidden behind closed doors have to be lit up in order for me to share the truths I’ve learned in my latest journey of the moment. I want nothing more than to be an encouragement and light to every soul that I come across every day I draw breath. I hope you can come along with me, and be encouraged and strengthened each day. Welcome to Once Upon A Time... Love, Tara

Where did that name come from?

 

When we were adopting two of our kids from foster care, we realized that was going to put me at home with six kids between the ages of six and sixteen.

Between appointments and school and the shenanigans of life, I knew I was going to need to adjust my job to work from home or at least be flexible to be available for them.

I had already been phasing out of one of our other businesses that we had built from the ground up especially because of all the foster care appointments and counseling and therapy, but it was a very real question we had to answer in our family. (Did I ever tell you about the time Tim fired me from that job??? That’s probably another post for another day, but I just thought I’d let you know it happened, in case you ever thought we were the cutest couple ever or something…) 😉

So all that to say I felt so strongly about Proverbs 31 and how she works so hard in the business world and the marketplace.

Consider the Fields comes from Proverbs 31:16 where she considers a field and buys it, and with the fruit of that she plants a vineyard.

I knew that I knew that if I started Consider the Fields, I would be sowing seeds that would make fruit to build a vineyard for our family and our community.

So the store itself makes money, and that’s what pays for our nonprofit that we are building that will help women recover from substance abuse and addiction with their children, called The Project Hope Foundation.

Project:HOPE (Healing Opportunity Purpose Education) is designed to meet each woman at the point of need, addressing every roadblock and challenge they face as individuals, using a community-based, ministry-oriented background.

You can learn more about it here: https://projecthopeishere.com

If the children have already been removed from their home, we will work them through their safety plan to get the kids back to their mamas.

This is why the brick and mortar element is SO important to the vision of the store: the women need a purpose as they begin their recovery journey, and the store is designed to do just that: give them a place to go to every day in between appointments and classes where they can learn basic life skills under the guiding hand of team members who can run the store and walk these women through their healing.

Our hope is for the women in the program to eventually be the ones making the earrings, designing the t-shirts, pouring lattes and praying for our customers. Helping them to find their purpose and calling in Jesus will be the greatest pivot to their healing foundation.

Tim is working on a plan for the men as well but we have a lot of ground to cover in front of us on the way there…

That is what you are sowing into when you support Consider the Fields. It’s about so much more than happy mail and cute t-shirts and earrings… it’s about becoming a part of a vision that is set to bring hope and healing to our community, and you are SO invited.

We are grateful to have you along our journey, and cannot wait to see what God does with it all!

So much love,

Tara