Christmas is right around the corner, 2017 is rapidly winding down, and a much anticipated year of celebration comes to a close. In April we held an open house birthday party for Green Valley as we officially turned 50. We were thrilled with the turnout with some folks even coming from 2-3 hours away to say congratulations. I feel especially blessed that both Mom & Dad were able to be there and see everybody.
In September we threw a big picnic to celebrate our employees. Again the turnout from the auction community was surprising. The tent was packed with food, folks and fun, and I didn’t think the line to throw at the dunk tank would ever end. It took me three days to finally dry out!
Of course throughout all the celebrations we still had to find time to work. Auctions continue to thrive in certain areas. In 2017 several fun country store and advertising auctions brought us a lot of highlights. We continue to try and educate and attract a younger generation. Impressing on them the value of furnishing your home or apartment at auction. As we strive to make shopping at auction less intimidating, we have expanded our preview on Thursdays and are now offering lunch specials from 11-4.
The moving side of our business has once again seen incredible growth. We were kept extremely busy with out of state moves doubling and local moves continuing to grow. Unexpectedly we have gained some die hard auction customers from clients we have moved. The auction bug is still contagious.
With Green Valley’s 50 year anniversary coinciding with my 50th birthday, 2017 has really been a year of reflection as well as examination. There are indeed reasons for celebrating. God has continued to bless us with a thriving business and a great staff, and He is constantly opening the doors to do His work. Our main point of impact is still in building relationships, but we have also been exploring how we can better use our business platform to share the Good News of Jesus. In 2018 (in accordance with Matthew 5:16) we will be featuring displays on many of the different ministries & charities that we partner with. Summer of 2018 we will return to Ethiopia for a firsthand look at the impact Hawassa Hope is having there. Whether serving a meal at the Salvation Army, throwing a party for a struggling community or packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, we will strive to continue finding ways to invite others to come and serve alongside us.
As we look forward to a small break in December when we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, I rejoice that our family will all be together again. Sam will be home on leave from the US Marines, Mac will be on break from VCU and Scotty and Ryan will have some time off from Turner Ashby High School. I pray that this Christmas will be a blessing for you and your family. If you are struggling and in a difficult season of life, then it is my prayer that you would turn to Jesus and find peace and comfort in Him.
Merry Christmas and God Bless,
Greg & Elizabeth