Doug was very successful. He had a good paying job. He and his wife was very happy after eleven years of marriage. They had a great family with four children, a son and three daughters. Because Doug was responsible with his finances he and his family had a secure future.
But Doug turned forty last month and was discontent with his life. It started the weekend of his birthday when he went to church. His pastor was preaching about the children of Israel who came out of the wilderness after forty years. Doug went home and started to study the significance of forty years in the scripture. As he studied the scriptures and prayed the unsettling feeling increased. Doug saw in the scriptures that the number forty represented coming out of a situation and started over..
It felt as if God Himself was pushing Doug in another direction. Doug went to his self-made winery behind the garage. He looked at the current wine that he was experimenting with., sat down and started to dream. The work that he had been doing for the last fifteen was not his passion. After graduating from college and struggling with temp jobs Doug finally landed a great job with a great company, but he sacrificed his dream for security. Only a few persons knew Doug’s passion.
When Doug was a child he visited some relatives in Virginia. They owned a winery on their own land. Doug loved the farm and the concept of wine making. Every summer from high school though college Doug worked in the vineyard, learning the art of wine making. This was his dream. He planned to finish college, learn the sciences associated with wine making and move to Virginia to work with his family until he could one day purchase his own land for his own winery.
The winter before he graduated from college in 1997 his family lost their winery and Doug’s dream died. Other members of his family convinced him to work a sensible job and give up the winery dream and when the sensible job came three years after graduation Doug buried his dream.
After Doug married he and his wife Chrissie moved out of the city into a rural community and there Doug constructed an amateur winery on his property. He loved spending time in his small winery, creating and experimenting with wines. Every autumn during harvest time Doug would visit Virginia and visit the wineries dreaming.
Doug knew it was time to change. It was time to capture his dream.