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I LOVE GREAT STORIES and FRIENDLY FOLKS
This one involves a home schooling family and its family home schooling business project.
We’d been driving around assessing RV parks for next year’s trip. Bob’s tastefully flashing BBQ RV Park sign caught our eye so we drove in to investigate. It was Tuesday and the restaurant wasn’t open, so we drove on around through the campsite to see. We liked what we saw – small, clean, uncluttered, concrete pads and drive.
As we came on around to the entrance we stopped and I popped out to find someone from whom to inquire. A young – I mean 'young’, as in 17 years old – fella came out of the little house at the entrance. I asked questions like “how much”. With each question he disappeared into the house for a minute and returned with an answer.
He had instant answers, however, to ‘is this a family business, are you the oldest, you all live here, etc’ And as we drove away, I commented to Larry that this must be a home school family and we determined to return for BBQ on Thursday, one of the only 3 days it’s open.
Matt was 7, Makenna 5, Kacey 4 and Ellie 1 when, after extensive research, Steve and Carrie sold their home and coffee shop business in Tucson, AZ, piled 4 little kiddies into a 34’ 5th. wheel RV and moved to Rockport, Tx. It was strong, conservative, Christian values, warm weather, being near the water and a Chamber of Commerce favorable to small business that drew them to the area.
When asked if they had ever been to Rockport before coming with nothing but their children and a 5th wheel on their back, Carrie smiled broadly and said “no, but we had done our research”.
It’s been 10 years now, during which time they had to find suitable land, lay out plans for RV’s and a little eatery and build their home and business from scratch. It truly is a charming little hide-away in the midst of town
It was Matt that first impressed us about this family and its fascinating business venture. And it’s Matt that prepares the mouth-watering smoked meat.
When we arrived that Thursday for home smoked beef brisket, it was 11 year old Ellie who greeted us with her great big, friendly smile, took our order, our money and gave us our change and said “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am” to my many questions.
And then it is 15 year old Makenna and 14 year old Kacey who keep folks returning for their delicious home made baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, cobblers, pies.
I don’t know who makes the wonderful ice cream, but we enjoyed and savored every bite.
The master mind behind it all, is certainly papa Steve who has very skillfully and artistically put together a wonderful practical program of educating his children on land use planning, sales, advertising, display, public relations, finances, including profit and loss statements, cooking, serving, cleaning
Delightful Carrie, with her charming smile and twinkle in her eye, spent a lot of time, between serving customers, answering all my questions. We didn’t meet papa Steve. He was, no doubt, very busy behind the scenes, enabling all the rest of his little ducks and chickies to shine in the public eye. We look forward to meeting him on our next trip to Rockport.