Sunday, May 3, 2020

Three Cheers to Four Years



I never imagined that making a few scapulars and listing them on Etsy would lead to a business of four years and 150 items. I have so many favorite moments from being a part of your lives, but if I could only share one memory that left a lasting impression on me, it would be receiving a personal thank you from a solider. Because of your support, we have sent thousands of items to our Troops overseas in our quarterly care packages.

"You have no idea what these packages mean to service members around the world."

When this greets your inbox, you realize that ideas are not small. Putting ideas into action is powerful and by our willingness to take chances, God supplies the grace. Suddenly it isn't about what you can do, but what God can accomplish because it is bigger than you. I have been touched by the lives of so many wonderful people through this shop and for that I am eternally grateful!

It's been a crazy ride of wearing all the hats from designing product lines, to obtaining sales tax licenses, finding steady suppliers, expanding to shipping internationally, to the basics of packaging an item so each box feels like a gift to the receiver . . . and I wouldn't trade any of it. Running a business has been the best learning experience I have ever had. 

It has been four years of connections to amazing people, who make my shop worth running day after day. I love my customers and pray for them daily. It is a beautiful thought to know you have touched my life and I have touched yours . . . through an e-commerce store where we never met! 

In the words of G.K. Chesterton, "When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." I hope I never take for granted the gift God has given to make a simple idea on May 1, 2016 become a business of four years. Here's to many more!

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