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Stitchin' and Hopin' and thinkin' and prayin'

I have been skipping around all morning. Only because I'm a tad bit excited. Okay let's be real. Ecstatic!
Nevermind my morning face and leftover make-up crusties. Focus on the Happy.

I had been planning on opening my shop at the end of the month when I had more products, buuuut an awesome opportunity came up and well, I just added what pieces I had for the time being.

If you had been following along the last few months I had shared I was struggling with big things and though I'm not ready to delve into that part of my soul I will share that besides journaling (like real pen and notepad kind of journaling) I have been embroidering again. It has been beyond therapeutic. Besides blogging, it has become a great outlet for me. My creative outlet.

I know that this is the right time in my life to have a little something on the side. (I'm talking about making handmade goodies people) In the past I have pushed to make things happen in my timing and it never quite panned out. Looking back I see that God intervened and I'm ever so grateful he did.
The Lord put on my heart to take a step back and have a seat. To do the ministry he has called me to right now, which is raising my babies.

I will admit there was this foggy phase I went through this past year with moving twice and being pregnant, oh and then delivering sweet Vernon a month early that kind of left me feeling... lost. I have never clung so tightly to God and his promises during that time yet still struggled to find my own thing to help take my mind off my other struggles.
When really he needed me to be still and listen. To not try fill my time with things. To not put so much on my plate. To just be. Be the momma he has called me to be. There will be a time and place for creating things and hopefully one day selling them. He was right. I took a seat. I Prayed. Thought. prayed some more. started a new bible study. made new friends. and now here I am. Though I am opening my shop and will be adding new goodies often, my babies come first. They are my first priority and I'm at a point now where I can be calm and not frazzled trying to get unnecessary things done. I have to remember there are no timeframes only the ones I create. Stressing out over getting something made and sacrificing time with the babies to do so isn't worth it.
It was made very clear this past week that though I knew I would be opening my shop, that it would have to come second to my real life. I had high hopes to have 20 items in there plus new ones sitting pretty to be stitched. But God, in his oh so gentle way put me back in my place. Reminding me his truths

"For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord,Thoughts of peace and not evil, to give me a future and a hope. Jer 29:11

But also that 
"A man's heart plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps" Proverbs 16:9

My poor baby boy caught some nasty virus last week (day before he busted his lip) Unavoidably, I caught it as well and then of course it spread to all of us. So needless to say, stitching up last minute projects and having this glorious blog ready with a shop button did NOT happen. But golly miss Molly is working on the beautification process of the ol' blogger while I take some time this week to finish up some pieces.
The point being, I had plans but the Lord obviously had different ones. Better Ones.
and I am perfectly fine with that. So today my little humble shop of seven pieces awaits.
Though I am thrilled beyond measure to be presenting you with some of my latest goodies, I am even happier knowing that each piece was made with love and not stress.
I am happy that creating these pieces are fun, and something I absolutely LOVE doing, but fully aware that it doesn't mean I drop everything for it. In His time I keep telling myself. HIS TIME.
One day I will have so much time on my hands to create, craft and hopefully be running a fab boutique, but then that will also mean they will be older, in school, away from me. I won't get this time back...ever.
Well I have no idea how a post about me opening my shop turned into this. but it did.

Please make sure to check back in for new items later this week. especially the LOVE inspired pieces for Valentine's Day!
Did I mention I was excited? 
God is so incredibly good, isn't he?


Tristan Gwartney said...

So incredibly happy for you!!! :) We'll be sending prayers of blessings your way!

Danielle said...

Congratulations!! I wish you all the best in your new business!! xo

Laura@Splendor said...

He really is! and im so happy and excited for you---I'm sort of obsessed with hoop art at the moment, love the ones you have done! so talented. Excited to see how God uses your talent for His glory :)

Aly @ mommie diaries said...

i'm totally resonating with everything you've said here. doing the handmade shop "on the side", second to real life, taking it easy, not letting it control your life. it's so wise of you to ease into it and to be okay with that. it really is so much more fun to create when you have the time, and no tallow it to run your life. and seriously, WOW, your hoops are crazy gorgeous! trying to decide which one i want to buy :)

The Ward Family said...

Yes he is! and you are absolutely right. Many moms don't realize that and their babies are older wishing they could take back that time. I read an article from a leader in my church written for women. It talked about the flower called "Forget me Not." Do you have an email I can send it to you. One of the things he said was to "Forget not to be patient with yourself and forget not to be happy now." I see this flower everywhere now on walks with my kids and remind myself to not forget. You don't forget either. Life is so good! :) Good luck with your shop, you are so crafty!

Megan said...

BEAUTIFUL shop, BEAUTIFUL post, and BEAUTIFUL blog!!! I love it!! Thank you so much for commenting on my post over on After Nine to Five so that I could find your awesome blog! I love it and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your products!! I can't wait to get some for my own home :)

Megan said...

And the Forget Me Not article that The Ward Family is talking about is AMAZING!!!! It is a great talk for people of ALL faiths and circumstances!

Mrs. Mama said...

what a beautiful little family you have here! loving your blog :)

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