Tuesday, January 08, 2013


All through November and December I wished for things to just get back to "normal".

As crazy as it sounds, I just wanted to cook a meal. Do dishes. Wash laundry.

Of course nothing is ever perfect. And running a very busy business, I constantly juggle things.
There are times I feel like a failure of a mom because I have provided my family with take out pizza rather than a home cooked meal.
Or we eat off paper plates because I know there's simply no time to do dishes.
This is how most of our November and December go.

And then I break. I cry. I whine about what a failure I am.
I get angry at myself for being so determined to grow and sustain my business that I can't find time to cook a meal.

And The Man reminds me that I'm actually doing okay.
Our kids are clothed. Clean. Happy. Ornery. Healthy. Creative. Adventurous. Sweet.
They love God.
My business has provided us so many opportunities as a family that we might have never had... a trip to NYC to meet Martha Stewart.
A trip to the White House.
Features on tv and in magazines.
A wildly successful Barn Sale.
Numerous trips to Disney.
A farmhouse in the country where the kids can run and play and watch wild animals like deer and turkey, go fishing in our creek, and shoot BB guns.

Now that the holidays are over, I'm struggling a bit with the re-entry.
It does feel so good to just stand and wash dishes (words I thought I'd never say!) or cook a yummy meal from start to finish.
I'm enjoying the "normalcy" so much I haven't wanted to blog. Or photograph anything. Or even think about my business too much.

But it's time. We've had several meetings, phone calls, interviews, and now it's time for me to re-enter the land of the working...
But boy, did that few weeks of a slower pace feel great!
I needed that.


Unknown said...

You're wonderful. :)

Lynne said...

It's easy to get distressed, isn't it? I'm glad you were able to focus on the blessings that the business provides, even though the business can be overwhelming at times. You have also enabled all of your customers to give their friends very meaningful and unique gifts for Christmas, and I am personally very appreciative of that.

I have some friends on facebook who spend lots of time venting and focusing on negative aspects of their life. Everybody's got them, and I think it is OK for everyone to express them and get them off their chest - but they don't ever seem to be able to do what you have done and realize that there are lovely positive blessings involved in working hard, having kids, having a messy house because their life and work are full. I so appreciate the encouragement and example for me to do the same when I get overwhelmed.

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

Well, that is one of the "problems" of owning your own shop and blog. It's so hard to take any time off. But it's good that you did:) And I'm sure that throughout the remainder of winter you'll manage to find some more time for proper cooking!

rentz said...

Love your photos. Gorgeous! I'm enjoying the post Christmas slower pace as well. It's been a breath of fresh air. I hope 2013 is a fabulous year for you!

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Christina said...

I don't even have a job other than housewife, and I often can't muster up the energy to cook! :P You're amazing. :)
The wheel pics are my favorite!! So pretty.

Cody said...

I am struggling with the slow down still - November and December were crazy busy for me as well.. Now I'm like "What should I do with all this time?!"

Dive in slowly, friend! Good luck re-entering the busy crazy life us indie designers live!

Danielle said...

I hope 2013 is an awesome year for you, filled with lots of love, laughter and time with your sweet family. Welcome back to normal, such as it is!

Jenifer Metzger said...

Such beautiful pictures!

Kelley said...

Those pictures of your barn are gorgeous! You are gorgeous. Our nov/dec were crazy with being out of town for a month straight and I am also having a hard time re entering this world. I say enjoy the stillness well you can and the sweet family time

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