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Northwest Gourmet, and the Espresso Craze… Leavenworth Wa early c1990s…Chapter 3 draft… “Finding My Soul in Icicle Valley” a memoir by Steve Sparks

Sarah Sparks, June 1991… Our house on Shore Street with a yard! God helped us find Icicle Valley…

Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce tap

Steve Sparks, Co-owner, with Judy Sparks, Northwest Gourmet, May 3, 1995, Leavenworth Echo..tap We were one of the very first espresso shops in town at that time.

Judy and I started talking up fulling our dream to buy and own our own retail business in a rural community. Leavenwoth was the perfectly suited magical spot on the planet to get a business going on Front St., or close to it. This adventure was actually on my bucket list of dreams for a long time. I know, it didn’t seem nuts at the time. Looking back on it, one has to be a little off to jump into something and learn it from the ground up. But I did everything that way and still do. I wanted to be inside of a small community on the rise as a hot tourist town, a Bavarian Village like non other. This was Leavenworth Wa in all its beauty and charm that made dreams come true. Our dreams as a family came true in Icicle Valley.

The Sparks family changed forever when we fell in love with this wonderful community of loving folks who celebrated life everyday of the week and many times over the weekends. And the best of the best was a blow out starting with the Autum Leaf Festival in the fall, and the famous Christmas Lighting during the holiday season. It was magical, indeed, in every respect. We were living in heaven and I didn’t know it at the time. But Judy and Sarah did… Icicle Valley was home now for the Sparks Family. It was our spiritual journey during the earlier years… We would soon find out how much so.

We were so proud after, Pam, a dear friend and local graphic artist, helped make our very first logo and ad for the Leavenworth, Echo. We didn’t have social media then, but I knew it was coming from my IT career, Nortel Networks.

Life in Icicle Valley was beautiful and challenging in so many ways that helped our family heal and grow together away from the chaos that made us feel trapped in a world gone mad.

The magical Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is a celebration of love year around…

To be continued…

"Finding My Soul in Icicle Valley" Chapter 2, excerpt… Conquering fear of God…

Eskimo Kisses in Stehekin, celebrating 30 years of our spiritual journey as a family… Steve & Judy Sparks 2018

Religous Abuse as a reference, click here… “Child Protection and Cults”

“I have been in denial about religous abuse for most of my life until now, age 73. I can’t say why it took do long to revisit this very important life changing factor in my religious upbringing. I feel the freedom of the challenges of my spirit life now. It is never too late to find renewed faith. It’s hard work, especially when there is so much trash to empty…”

It gives me huuge joy to share the above excerpt from my new memoir, a work in progress. I just finished a draft of Chapter I! The spirits and my creative juices are flowing and my soul is hungry for spiritual growth. All the angels in my life have gathered and encouraged me to write, and do it now. The words flow from my heart and the deepest places of my soul. I will share excerpts from each new chapter in the coming weeks and months.

I want to engage my friends and colleagues while writing this profoundly touching journey of love and healing for my family. I published my first memoir, Reconciliation, a Son’s Story in 2011 and launched my website Children and Families in Life After Trauma at the same time.

Please forward your comments of support and feedback to me… stevesparks.associates@survivethriveptsd.org

My healing journey has indeed entered a spiritual phase now that I feel truly safe. A gift of the spirit life at this time of my life draws me closer to God. I never felt peace of mind until now. It’s a deep feeling in my soul that moves me to a more peaceful place.

My soul is speaking to me. Think it’s a ‘coming home’ feeling in this 30th year of my journey to reconnect my lost soul. You get this, I know.”

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate click here for my author page

Finding My Soul in Icicle Valley Chapter I excerpt2

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, & Mental Health Advocate. Tap my photo

It gives me huuge joy to share the following excerpt from my new memoir, a work in progress. I just finished a draft of Chapter I! The spirits and my creative juices are flowing and my soul is hungry for spiritual growth. All the angels in my life have gathered and encouraged me to write, and do it now. The words flow from my heart and the deepest places of my soul. I will share excerpts from each new chapter in the coming weeks and months.

I want to engage my friends and colleagues while writing this profoundly touching journey of love and healing for my family. I published my first memoir, Reconciliation, a Son’s Story in 2011 and launched my website Children and Families in Life After Trauma at the same time.

Please forward your comments of support and feedback to me… stevesparks.associates@survivethriveptsd.org

I will not pretend to be a subject matter expert in psychiatry, science, or medicine. I’m proud and privileged to be a survivor of childhood and young adult trauma, abuse and maltreatment. I suffer from a life long mental illness, ‘acute agitated depressive disorder’. As a lay person I help others as a peer, friend and colleague. My work is about community building and healing as a broader collaboration of stakeholders, partners and consumers with a common mission.

My healing journey has indeed entered a spiritual phase now that I feel truly safe. A gift of the spirit life at this time of my life draws me closer to God. I never felt peace of mind until now. It’s a deep feeling in my soul that moves me to a more peaceful place.

My soul is speaking to me. Think it’s a ‘coming home’ feeling in this 30th year of my journey to reconnect my lost soul. You get this, I know.”

From Chapter I…

“It was never enough. It’s exhausting to have a 24/7 racing mind and negative self talk. I never stopped thinking about the next move. It was sick, and obsessive behavior as I think back to that time. I behaved as a ‘self serving’ bully at times when anything got in my way. I didn’t know yet that I was sick, and didn’t want to.”

Leavenworth, Wa