Welcome to my About page! I’m Scott from The Café Sucre Farine. I have the honor of being Chris’ “right hand guy” (even though I’m seriously left-handed!). Chris and I have been married for 40 amazing years. We have two grown-up children and six grandchildren. I love music, technology, photography, home DIY, biking, hiking, traveling, gardening….. and everything creative in between!
You clicked the About section of The Café Sucre Farine probably because you are curious ….. Well, in a nutshell, that would be me … curious, creative, restless – always asking “why?”
So, since you and I are part of the “curious” crowd, here goes!
I’ve been interested in learning and creating for as early as I can remember. From exploring my childhood neighborhood, climbing in our backyard cherry trees, finding myself playing in a coal bin at age 4, watching bricklayers build a house or seeing a professional photographer neighbor take photos. I’ve always wanted to know how things work, and to know the why of things (probably enough, as a little kid, to just about drive my parents insane!)
So, that’s where it all began for me; an insatiable desire for knowledge and truth. That’s also what got me into a lot of “trouble” as I was growing up. No, not the kind that lands you in jail, but I grew up questioning almost everything – especially things that, as a youth, you were just supposed to accept. That didn’t work for me. I needed to ask questions, look at alternatives, challenge authority, try alternate ways of doing things and finally, come up with my own plan, my own path.
As I grew older, and began to gain independence from my family and educational institutions, I longed for the time that I would be able to make all my own choices and live the way I wanted, not to please someone else. The real break took place when I headed off to college in the late 1960’s. Talk about a riotous collision of nature! An ultimately curious, naive mind meets the no-rules, no-holds-barred, freedom generation! Just barely making it though my first two years of college, the “freedom” bug bit me, with no hope of recovery!
The next five years were a blur of travel, relationships, rock bands, experimentation and searching, searching, always looking for truth. My searches, to say the least, didn’t produce what I really needed – truth and peace. In many ways, they ended up quite the opposite: chaos, confusion, uncertainty, frustration and insecurity. By the end of that period, I began to realize that I was looking down the wrong rabbit hole – and I needed to make some big changes. So back to school I went, and with a full time job to boot! Slowly, I began to reorder my “free” life. Surprisingly, the structures that I had been so opposed to as I was growing up, began to make sense; not all of them, but enough to make me realize that I needed to embrace them and give them another try.
While finishing up my college days, I met the girl that would rock my world! We didn’t know it at the time, but there was a much higher power that was orchestrating things. In many ways, both Chris and I went through a similar five-year “search” period. So by the time we met, we were ready for what was to come next; or so we thought!
What we didn’t know at the time was, that God was orchestrating people and circumstances to bring us back to Him. We began to attend a church that was unlike anything either of us had grown up in – less religion and more relationship-oriented. Through our first church and the people He put on our paths, we became aware that the person of Jesus Christ was central to this relationship. We needed to study and pray and seek wise counsel to answer the questions both of us had never found answers to. Most importantly, we needed to decide who Jesus was. Was he a liar, a lunatic or the Son of God; the Messiah. You see, when you sincerely want to know the truth, God is just waiting to open up His world to you.
Were there any brilliant flashes of light, Red Seas parting or burning bushes? No. But little by little, His Spirit was doing a renovation project in both of our hearts. As we looked back over our first year of being “born over again”, we were stunned at how much He had changed us.
40 years later? We’re still in love with each other and more than ever in love with our Savior Jesus Christ. He has provided us with exactly what we needed at every moment of our lives and the more we depend on Him, the more He responds. Are we two “perfect” people living in a “perfect” world? Hardly! But we have a central focus, a plumb line that we can always go to when the world comes crashing in on our party. His truth never changes – it’s solid and stable as a building built on a rock. And it’s eternal; this temporary, transient life is nothing more than an eye-blink, compared to the eternity that awaits us.
Chris and I hope and pray that what I’ve shared with you today resonates in your heart too. Please, always feel you can contact me about anything I’ve shared at scott@thecafesucrefarine