Well, I did what I said I would do this summer. I said I would “just be” with those I love and sit at the feet of God. That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing. In July, we spent a week with family in the Outer Banks. Then a week in Florida with my parents. I helped at the ” Works of Mercy” Camp, a youth group camp my 12 year old daughter attended for the first time. Other than that we’ve pretty much been home together. Which has been so, so nice.
I’ve read books, learned to bake bread, cooked from the garden, have been trying essential oils, I’m late to the essential oils party. =) I’ve enjoyed watching homesteading videos on YouTube and listening to podcasts. Most importantly I have spending a lot of time sitting at the feet of God, and it’s not, nor would it ever be, nearly enough.
At the beginning of June, I was in the midst of a very significant asthma attack, the second of that severity in about 5 months. Both of which were about a month long. I was sick and oh soooo tired. It was crystal clear it was time for a change. I had been praying for months for direction with the shop, should we sell, close, open less hours?? I just didn’t know.
I was on my way to my youngest daughter’s kindergarten graduation. I stopped into the chapel on the school campus grounds. Got on my knees and cried out to Him. “Lord, I can’t do this anymore!”. I cried for a few minutes, feeling exhausted and defeated, pulled myself together, went to my daughter’s graduation, then went off to open the shop.
It was a weird weather day, it was really dark and rainy. More like October then June. One of our favorite customers, Tiffany, came in. It had to be the Holy Spirit who initiated the conversation, because I wouldn’t have. But I said to her, did you ever consider having your own brick and mortar shop? The conversation continued through the week, that was Wednesday, by Sunday we were sitting at the table with our husbands and had a plan to transfer the shop to Tiffany. See Blue Dandelion by Tiffany to check all she’s been doing. So happy for her! She’s doing a great job!
For me, having a shop was a life long dream realized. I will forever be grateful to have had that opportunity in Strasburg, which I will always lovingly refer to as, Main St. USA. I am grateful to have met and heard the stories of our many amazing customers. To have gotten to know the other local business owners, to work side by side with my family, to watch Annie thrive in her God given talents, for the many things I’ve learned and to be able to finish up this particular chapter in our lives and call it a success!
I still don’t really know what’s next. I do believe whatever business venture I may undertake will be from home. Home, family, my faith, that is where my heart is.
Annie and I are still tossing around some ideas. Stay tuned.
Oh, and I gave up drinking coffee!!! Alright, except for a cup here and there. =)
Talk soon friends!