Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pebbles & Lace - Beyond My Hopes and Dreams

I've been away from the blog for a while now because I figure you don't want to hear day by day recounting of shop stuff.  But since that is pretty much what my days are taken up with I wouldn't have any idea what else to write about.  So....here we go again....my thoughts and some photos from the shop.


It has been so amazing and rewarding.  From the people we have met, the items we find to sell and working with Mom and Chelsea.  All of it.  Is surpassing my hopes.

There have been times when I've been so exhausted that silly things happen.  On Saturday I asked a man if he was "looking for a woman" when I meant to ask if he was looking for his wife.  Thankfully my dear Warren was sitting with me at the table outside our shop so I wasn't accused of propositioning the gentleman and we all got a huge laugh out of it.

There have been times when I could minister to customers who are lonely or hurting.  

I have made many, many new friends.  It brings joy when they come in to chat and explore the new things added to the shop.

Being with my daughter almost daily as she progresses through her pregnancy is a joy.  I love that she can work as much or as little as her body can handle.  It will be great once the baby boy arrives to share shop and baby care duties.

A satisfaction I didn't anticipate as much as the reality is writing out checks to our artisans.  Man, that is fun! I love the fact that we can generate income for those who are creative.  This should just get better and better as we get into the tourist season of Lancaster County.

From our rushed opening to this day just about three months later I can tell you that my hopes didn't come close to the reality.  I under anticipated how very much I would enjoy being a shop owner.

There was the woman from Turkey who purchased a painted jar to take back as her souvenir of her visit.  Tina Knox, the artist, is so happy that her work is now "international".  

The neighbors of the shop have been so sweet to us.  I can't begin to tell you.....it is such a blessing!

Our landlord is super supportive.  We couldn't ask for anyone better.

It is so great that our location is so close to Warren's workplace.  We are right on his way home so he often pops in at the end of the day so we can make our plans for the evening.  Honestly, by then, my brain and body are quite tired and so we go out to dinner.  But it is precious time together that with all of the busyness wouldn't likely happen if our logistics weren't so perfect.

It is a blessing to have created a space that is hard to leave even after a long, exhausting day.  It is peaceful, pretty and "home".  Chelsea's display talents have led to a space that doesn't look like every other shop.  We aren't super elegant.  We aren't clever.  We are comfortable.  We are cozy.  We are unique.

It is so hard to close one day a week.  Or to take my day off.  However, those days are usually spent in finding beautiful things to bring back to the shop.  And more recently to get back to spending time with friends that I have missed as we have been so busy just getting the shop up and running.  I know this time is necessary for our long term survival.  Even great things get old if you don't give yourself time to breathe.

There is pressure to be open some hours on Sundays.  Tempting....due to the nature of the town and those who stroll it on the weekends.  However our minds, souls and bodies need time to recharge.  I believe our time is better spent being with our church families and then resting when we can.

The photos through this post are just random shots that I have taken in recent days.  Thanks for bearing with my jumbled thoughts about this new thing in our lives.

Reminding myself to hold MY plans lightly.
HIS plans are better.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Happy Anniversary Chelsea and Chadd

One year ago today it was pouring rain and it was running in rivers across the floor of the wedding tent.  But we were so grateful to HAVE a tent!  Our venue was simply the best and a definite gift from the Lord.  We had two tents.  One for the ceremony and reception.  The other was our appetizer tent.  It was so fun!

Choosing photos quickly this morning because I need to go open the shop....
but here are a few fav's.  
Wish I had time to find more family pictures....

This past year has not been uneventful but it has been one of meaning and growth for all of us.  We are so close as a family and our pride and joy in this couple is stronger than ever.

Happy Anniversary, Chelsea and Chadd.  Looking forward to what God has in store for you in this second year of your marriage.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fun with my Jonathan

End of day.
Makeup basically gone.
Hair untouched.

But he said he would take a photo with me
after we had enjoyed dinner together.

So...I jumped on it without delay.

I love this guy.

He has a heart bigger than the ocean.
Even though he shields it sooo carefully so that others
don't get to see it often.

Thanks, Jonathan.
You made my day!!

Love you big bunches.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another Shop Goal Met

There are a few things that are high on my shop bucket list.  One was air plants.  Done.  Another was pretty jewelry.  Also done but perhaps not complete.  But a big one was pottery.  Not just any pottery. Pots by de Perrot in Lititz.  We have been fans for more than ten years since my brother introduced us to these fantastic pieces of art.  Finally yesterday I was able to go to the studio where the pottery is and sold to choose a selection for the shop.  This is what it looked like after I got them back to the shop and spent more than an hour setting it into a display.

We knew this was where we wanted the pottery
but it was trickier than you might think to make it work.
First was finding new spots for the items that were taking up this space.
Then was making it a symmetrical display.  
There are more of one style than the other.
Then there was a hole in the wall on one side.
Enter green glass with ferns.
Now as long as they don't sell I'm good.

Design one.
These hues are so soothing.
The itty bitties are magnets.
Each dish is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.

Design number two.
The funky looking one is a napkin holder.
In the front are coasters.

Just another close up.

I love shop keeping so very, very much!

Can't wait to see what this weekend holds as we have our
Grand Opening from 10-7 Friday and Saturday!!

But for now I need to keep moving since this is our last 
morning for the Spring session of Change of Pace.
Helping to lead worship helps keep my head and heart in the right space.

Hope your day is amazing!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017

What a beautiful day we woke up to as we celebrated our Eternal Hope!  It is impossible to imagine life without the belief that sustains us.  Knowing that Jesus did the impossible in taking our sin upon himself and perished because of it.  But three days later, as was foretold hundreds of years before, He arose from the grave crushing death.... and it's hold on those who Believe....for eternity!  Can you tell this is my very favorite "holiday" of the entire year?  Well, it is!  I love it for what it stands for and I really love how we do it at Sonrise Christian Fellowship Church...and in our family.

Sonrise tradition has us showing up at our local park to stand by the pond, normally shivering,
at 8 am on Easter morn.  Today was the exception.  There was no shivering.  :-)  It was a fantastic morning!  Some photos taken there....I'm not editing them.

These are my people.
I love them with all that is in me.
Yes, there are others whom I love just as much who are not in this photo, 
but when I think about this group it is with great fondness and the knowledge of all 
we have walked through together.

To celebrate the most important event in history together 
each year only strengthens
that bond.  

After our time at the pond we come back to the church for 
a breakfast together.
I forgot to take photos of the tables that Deanna set up 
but there were perfectly simple and beautiful with white
table cloths, yellow plates, blue and white napkins and a flower
arrangement in the center.

Then we had our Sunday School and Worship time.
It was all so good.
Although, many of us were sleepy from having eaten
a hearty breakfast.
Perhaps a bit from the early morning fresh air as well.

Later today we met up with more very important people.
Chadd, Chelsea, Michael, Emily, Jonathan, Mom, Georgia
Warren and I enjoyed family time at Chelsea and Chadd's place.

I made ham and cheese paninis.
Others provided fruit and veggie salad and
Georgia made Lemon Lush for dessert.
It was all so good!

I love how much our children enjoy each other and the Grandmas.
Honestly, I could sit in the corner and just watch them all interact
all evening long and go home happy.

Laughter, chatter, memories and foolishness 

I had a great time looking at the baby's room again.
Chelsea said I can share some photos.

Chadd and his mother surprised Chelsea with this wall art.
Isn't it perfect?
Babies are definitely adventures....and filled with such possibility and potential.
Bring it Baby Pham!
We stand with you in this life.
We are a crazy bunch but you'll get used to it.

Chelsea is adjusting to the rapid growth of her little guy right now.
She is so beautiful and radiant.
I love to try to catch his movements...but so far he has only 
given me one really big kick.

The blanket is Mom's gift to the baby.
She is sewing a lot these days for the shop so it was extra cool 
that she took time to make this too.
It fits so beautifully into the nursery.

The dog is what Chelsea used to share the gender reveal to Chadd.
Everything has meaning.
So special!

Chelsea and I found this sign when we were out shopping for Pebbles & Lace.
We got one for the nursery and one for the shop.
Love the sentiment expressed.
I kind of feel like today was one of those take your breath away moments.
All day!

At one point I stepped outside on the deck to capture a bit of the beauty
that surrounds Chadd and Chelsea all of the time.
It is amazingly gorgeous.

Wonderful and blessed.

I hope your Easter was just as blessed.
And meaningful.