Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ch...Ch...Ch...Changes

A few months ago while planning an enrichment dinner for my church, I had come across a talk that I love about the rocks in a jar and it really got me thinking.

I knew instantly what my big rocks were.....my husband, my kids, my faith, and giving to others. And I knew that when looking at my day to day life, most of my jar was actually full of my work and there wasn't much room for the things that matter most. But this was a tough reality to face since as moms, we really want to be able to do it all. I knew in my heart what the answer was, but it has taken me some time to face it.

I have decided to stop sewing for my Etsy store which was a very hard thing to do. I am very proud of my work and I love sewing and creating for others but it had gotten to a point where that is how I spent most of my day and I never got to make anything for my own family or myself. The daily tasks with my kids had become a rush and I wasn't getting the time to enjoy being with them much less did I have time to take them fun places or just play together. Now we are getting ready to foster another baby and I knew I had to make a change.

I will still be creating, swapping, blogging and running my main store http://cberrybaby.com/ . Part of this decision includes selling my patterns (much earlier then I expected), the first of which is the Reversible Crayon Apron Pattern which has been great for me and hopefully will be as successful for others! My loyal Etsy customers, you can always feel free to convo me for a special request. I know quite a few of you had new outfits in mind and items for the upcoming holidays!

As Benjamin Franklin said, "If we take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves."

6 comments:

Sarah said...

I think that it is so great that you are willing to step down from the things that you do and love for your family. I also think that it is absolutely amazing that you foster babies! My husband and I cant wait to foster children.

Jen Sue Wild said...

Good for you making your family a priority. You will be blessed in more ways than you can ever imagine..
This warms my heart knowing that you are fostering babies. My parents did that as I grew up . Our home was so blessed by these children.
Good luck with the pattern sales. It is a great little pattern.

magicaldamselfly said...

What a lucky family you have. I wish you all the best and will be sure to watch your site for your pattern sales. Do we have a date yet for when the apron pattern will be listed?

God bless,
Sheila

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm very sad to find that you're not sewing anymore in Etsy, just when I found you. HOWEVER, I'm so glad you are taking care of what is important and can feel guilt-free. As a working mom, I deal with the constant guilt of it. I don't really have a choice, but I still feel guilty. That little presentation with the golf balls/tennis balls that you saw at church is so cool, huh? I think I've seen it a church and maybe when I was in college.
Anyway, if you are selling the pattern for the adorable dress/shirt that I just bought from you, I'd love to purchase. Maybe this will get me practicing on my novice sewing skills! :)
jennifer ross (ginger elle on etsy)
www.jennyfromtheblock.typepad.com

Lorri said...

Hey! Congratulations on your big decision. I can only image how hard that decision was to make. I think I've seen that rock demonstration before - when you put the little rocks in first the big rocks don't fit. BUT, when you put the big rocks in first, somehow the little rocks seems to fit okay. Prioritizing life is something we are all always rethinking. Hmmmm.... maybe I need to do some thinking myself. Anyway, I'm excited to hear about another foster baby coming your way. Give him/her some Z. Daisy hugs & kisses. =) You've probably noticed we haven't blogged much this summer, but we're hoping to get back on the wagon now that school is back in session. Thanks so much for the award - definitely not deserved, but very appreciated. We'll be in touch!

Rebecca said...

I'm soo happy for you Debye! I think we all feel the struggle as moms every day to juggle it all and though I'll miss your etsy store I'm very happy for you! :) You can have a business for years and years to come but your children are only children for so long. :) And it's wonderful you'll be getting a foster child soon too! :)
Congratulations!