How does one start a blog, particularly  if your life as an innkeeper began six years ago and is ongoing?  Do you start at the beginning?  Reflect on the past in small increments?  Start in the middle, or right now, where you are and go forward?  This is my dilemna!

The impetus of writing, of keeping a “journal”, was primarily to keep everyone abreast of the news and happenings at the Tea Kettle Inn, and to share our lives as innkeepers as we love to share our home with our guests.  So, this is, in part, a welcome letter to all to join in the conversations, share and exchange experiences about Lancaster County, Manheim, and the surrounding area about what our guests have discovered travelling in this region of the country and what I’ve discovered about owning a small business, a bed and breakfast, in Pennsylvania.

I’ve decided, therefore, to begin today, reflecting on our purchase of the home in September 2003.  As you may have read on the “About Us” page on our website, Kevin transferred employment with Yellow Freight in NY State to the Lancaster terminal in East Petersburg.  We travelled to Lancaster in July 2003 to spend a ‘blitzkreig’ of a weekend looking at real estate in hopes of finding the “perfect” house.  457 South Main Street was the third house we viewed and fell in love with all the woodwork on the first floor: fretwork in the two entryways from the hall to the dining room and from the hall to the parlor, and the floor inlay – different patterns in each of the rooms on the first floor.

After seeing seven more houses and calling it a weekend – we made a decision to put an offer on 457 South Main Street.  After all the negotiations (and worry about owning two homes for three months), we had a new home in Manheim, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Today, after returning home from a Manheim Chamber of Commerce mixer, I reflected on the many times I’ve told our story – how we came to be here, here in Lancaster, here, owning a bed and breakfast – I think we all start out on a journey and  circumstances, events, and life skills – bit and pieces along the way – help shape us into who God wants us to be and when we look back and recognize that “aha” moment that there was a plan, a reason for that experience, God was preparing us for just this place, for just this time.

“And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14

More passages to be published – meet me here!

Patty Tompkins