“So, what do you do?” is such a common part of small talk in our day. Even though what we “do” isn’t necessarily what we “are” or strive to be. My answer this past year has been, “I have or own a little Christian t-shirt business/start-up” I say it with pride knowing how difficult it is to start any business, yes, even a little t-shirt business. I had no idea the amount of blood, sweat, hours and tears that would transpire during our first year. Hmmm, I do recall using those exact words (blood/sweat/tears) in my very first blog one year ago! However, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. This little business has been such a God-send and at a seemingly perfect time in my life. It has been a welcome distraction from other family issues and struggles this past year. A channel for my creativity, a way to honor the Lord through words in a blog, on a website, and artwork on a garment.
As I was reflecting on what to write about, the only thing that kept running through my mind was how I simply couldn’t have made it through this year without the help, support, encouragement and love that came from my “Web-Gal”, Lisa. She is my rock, my go-to for every crazy idea and vision, she listens, gives feedback and encourages like none other. I am telling ya, there were so many times I was ready to throw in the towel, and she was right there with a perfectly timed greeting card, text, gift or e-mail. (Thank you, Lisa, I love you and I am so thankful for you) Yes, I realize that was the Lord’s prompting, (and that the Lord is my ultimate Rock),but He prompted her, as well as others, to reach out at truly just the exact right time when I needed a boost or a word of encouragement. It is remarkable to reflect upon. It is encouraging to reflect upon too! And, I want to take this time to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this first year. I pray that He will continue to allow us to create unique, high-quality items that honor and glorify Him as well as, bring joy to the wearer.
Happy Birthday Grace Thru Faith...
We entered 2021 excited for what was to come. Things were looking up! We had a goal, a vision, and a purpose that gave us great joy. We had it all planned out. Our amazing graphic designer, Preston, had created the artwork. I had sourced just the right garments. Our trusty local printer printed onto the amazing garments. We had created giftable items for folks who might be looking for something more than apparel. We spent several months curating, sourcing, and working towards our goal of launching THE most amazing thing ever. We had a plan; (we have learned over 5 years to plan far ahead of the seasons.) We even had a pop-up planned at a trendy store. We were super excited to launch this powerful, hopefully life-giving movement. Everything was on target.
Then…during a benign Monday night in early January, we got a phone call. For anyone who has ever been a caregiver, you know that when you see the facility name and number pop up on your screen, your heart drops a little bit.
In mid-March, Kansas declared that schools would close for the rest of the school year. Other states soon made the same determination.
Very quickly we started hearing terms like “Shelter at Home” and “Social distancing.” “Quarantine” was a word seldom heard these days…until now when we hear it daily.
The words “Pandemic” and “Plague,” although foreign and strange to the younger generation, engender memories giving rise to fear in the minds and hearts of the oldest among us.
Businesses and churches closed,
The economy faltered,
Violence at home is increasing,
and Deaths from the virus are reported daily.
Many of us have only seen times like these in movies or read about them in books.
and Discouragement is on the rise, exacerbated by the news reports and accompanied by weather fluctuations from cold and wintry to mild and spring-like and back to wintry again.
And we are all wondering, "How long???"
Nothing is certain except that nothing is certain.
I always love it when I read those words “But God” in my Bible. Often they follow bad circumstances or evil, offering hope to a situation that would otherwise seem hopeless.
As I pushed forward and backward the seemingly heavy vacuum and saw the white pup hair that was being taken away little by little, I lost it. Literally had a breakdown right there in the living room. The room was quiet except for the hum of the vacuum. It did not matter that no one was around, I could not help but bawl uncontrollably thinking of our beloved Gidget and the fact that we had to put yet another dog down...
What do you do when you lose a beloved pet? Kelly Sue shares her and her husband's journey through their grieving process of losing their beloved dog, Gidget, and how Barkin Dogs Rescue found them not one, but two new pups to adopt and love!