Saturday, November 7, 2009

I'm Considering...

Dear Ones:

I can not believe I am about to post this. I guess I would like to know what you guys think (I think) I am nervous. Let me give you some background as to why. You see I have been a stay at home Mom for the past almost 14 years. I would not trade that for anything in the world. I view that as a MAJOR blessing and gift. It has been my passion and still is. I also have wondered though what else there was to me. What else I had to offer. Not that I felt there is lack in being a Mom because nothing could be further from the truth. I know society can look down on that position and I find that very sad. I also know that life changes. Kids grow up. It at times was a very difficult struggle for me to think when I am at that point, then what????
You see I have no education past high school. No special training. I often times felt I had no special talents or skills. So what is a girl to do when you are done wiping bums etc. etc. ?

Well to explain my nervousness a bit further when we started our adoption process I thought I can earn some money from home to help with expenses but still be here with my kiddos. All I needed was to find the perfect opportunity. So the quest and trial and error began. I tried so many things to make a buck: Coastal Vacations, photomax, Send Out Cards, Disciples Cross, Mary Kay. All with HUGE failure or LITTLE success. I really felt worthless and plain stupid to be honest. How did I time and time again fall for the hype? I so badly wanted to be good at something. It was a big blow to my self esteem.

Since then I have discovered new and true passions. I LOVE photography and learning is such a pleasure. I have also started knitting on looms since my son bought me looms for my birthday and have to say I am quite proud of myself. Finally, I started making personalized hand stamped silver jewelry. These are things I genuinely enjoy. So here is my consideration. I am considering opening an etsy shop to sell my crafts. I think the difference here, compared to everything else I tried before is I will do these things (Photography, knitting, jewelry) whether I make a single cent or not. The cool thing is, people are paying me to take photos for them which is amazing! One person ordered a bracelet from me which was tons of fun! There just is nothing better then to actually be paid for doing something you LOVE!

So I risk asking you what do you think? Should I go for it?

Bracelet I made for a friend of mine. Her daughters nicknames.
I made this for myself because Baby Girl is our little "Hootie"
A phrase that brings me much comfort on our adoption journey.
Love this hat!
Hat and Cocoon set
First hat I made for Baby Girl


Monday, November 2, 2009

More Blessings...

Dear Ones:

I just wanted to share some more blessings that have come our way recently. The first picture is from an online buddy. I never cease to be amazed at how My Heavenly Father has brought me support through this blog. He has brought people who understand and can relate to exactly where we are in life and that is a beautiful gift. My new friend sent my girls some new threads and they are so cute. Thank you so much!
Second, was another fun day in the mail from my mother in law who sent Baby Girl some stuff to be winterized. It helps meet a need so much and my colors too woo hoo!
Finally, was a gift from my friend and stylist. An adorable book for some adorable sisters.
I am so thankful to everyone who has been so generous with us.

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