We knew we always wanted a big family. Two kids seemed easy. Why not have a third, fourth, and on it went. But I'm not sure anyone is truly prepared for a family of seven. When we found out Holly was pregnant with Millie it felt like we could see our family as whole. In the same season Holly and I were dreaming of what Smallwoods could be for our growing family, our customers, and our community.
We knew we wanted our entire staff to be under one roof and after years of searching we found a space that would help us do just that. We were beyond happy to have our entire team together. It was at this time we felt like we were ready for baby number five and whatever the world had planned for us.
However, all seasons come with their struggles, and on September 20, 2017 we received a late-night call from the local fire department letting us know the entire building we had just moved into was on fire.
With multiple fire departments on site the flames were finally contained the following morning, and nothing was spared. Thankfully all our people were safe. Holly was 7 months pregnant at the time and all we both could think was "what now?" We worried about our team and our community, plus we had this sweet baby girl on the way in just two short months. Moments like this are where "two are better than one..." really hits home. Holly and I relied on each other during that stressful time while we eagerly waited for our Millie.
Millie was born on November 5th and in that moment, God showed us that the outcome is always worth the struggle. She was the light these two parents needed in a tough season and the kids were so excited to have their new curly-headed baby home, especially big brother, Bubba. Now, almost three years later, baby Millie runs through our Smallwoods office halls distracting every team member in sight with her bouncing curls and giggles reminding us that true joy is found in the journey. - Josh Smallwood