Monday, June 3, 2013

Taking Time Out for Tea

Beautiful china has become very much part of my life at home. It's also the reason why I must take some time away from writing my blog. As many of my regular readers may know our family has set up a small business in our region. This weekend I attended my first wedding expo showcasing the beautiful china, the handcrafted cake stands and other vintage inspired accessories we have been collecting over the past year to hire out for weddings, high teas and special occasions. Our booth proved to be very popular and the potential is there for this little business to take off. It's a lot of hard work and it takes time and time is so precious. The computer time I have during my busy days I must now commit to building the business. I simply cannot upkeep this blog and run a home and business at the same time. I have so many ideas for interesting and encouraging blog posts swirling around in my head but there simply isn't time to upload them.

I feel very blessed to have found a business that I can fit around my family. It's one that different members of our family can be involved with. My first born is my web designer - he finishes his degree in just 12 weeks time! I want to enjoy his company and keep on picking his brain whilst he is still living at home! One of my daughters is my assistant at markets and expos. The other children always come out and see us at the markets. My husband helps out a lot, we go hunting for treasure together. It has been his dream to have a family business and I want to give him my full support. I was very much affected by a prayer that our Pastor's wife prayed for all the wives in our church recently. She simply prayed that they would create beautiful homes for their families. I want to do that too and it all takes time. Even as I type this I am aware of tasks at home I need to catch up on after the weekend. Not much point in creating beautiful tables for others and not do the same for my family.

This is not goodbye. I will still be reading the blogs of sweet friends and leaving comments when I feel led to do so. I may post family news/events/home life snippets from time to time. I need to rethink my approach to the blog but my heart is heavy today. A dear friend of mine I met at the beginning of my blogging journey is taking a break from her blog for a very sad reason. On June 1st her teenage son went home to be with Jesus. He had battled a debilitating heart condition as well as Crohn's disease which Camille kept her blogging friends updated on. Each extra day following the diagnosis of the heart condition was a miracle and the Lord graciously gave Camille and her family another year with the fine young man they have raised and they saw their son become a man as he turned eighteen. I sent Austin and his family a package when he first became ill not knowing whether or not he would get to open it. He did and sent me a most gracious thank you note that I have kept. Many of you will already know Camille from her blog Flowers in His Garden. She is such an encouraging person and her posts always inspire and encourage me to stand firm in my faith, uphold the truth and trust in the promises of God. Please join me as you read this and pray for Camille and her family as they grieve the loss of their beautiful son. Reading her post today has jolted me into making this decision about taking a break from my own blog. I must be there for my family in this busy season of my life for none of us know how long we have left with any of our family members. Life is so fragile, so brief and I don't want to have regrets about how much time I spent writing a blog.

Hope you keep following and that the posts I have written in the past that will stay up here will continue to be useful and a source of encouragement to others. Cherish your families, create beautiful homes and gardens for them and live in them!

Until next time


Amelia said...

Oh my goodness, it was with such a sad heart that I read of your friend, Camille...and her son. I'm shaking my head with watered eyes. I will certainly be praying for Camille you can count on that. God bless her and be with her. Oh I cannot even imagine the pain.

Your new business venture looks lovely.

I can certainly understand your need to simplify. The Lord has been dealing with me on some simple ways to simplify to concentrate and unclutter my mind even with online be able to hear His sweet voice even more in these days. I never want to fritter time away from the Lord or family.

I've almost adapted a "That's good enough" attitude on my blog and it seems to be more fun. : )

Please know you are a blessing to know on blogger, and I look forward to reading future blogs as the Lord leads.

Have a sweet week in Christ, ~amelia

Joolz said...

Best wishes with your new business, how exciting! Give us an update on how its all going, down the track, won't you?

Cheers, Joolz xx

living from glory to glory said...

Hello Ann, I am so sad over your dear friends grief of her son death.
I will pray...
I agree with what you have written. I am trying to only blog or post and comment when everyone else is busy around here.
My children are grown, and my hubby is gone for long hours at work. I will always be watching for a snippet of you :)
Blessings Always, Roxy

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

I love your posts and if they are super infrequent it will still be great when you do post....Like a "sometimes" treat! I love your heart for your family xo

Pam said...

Hi Ann,
I am just catching up with blogging myself. We have been away this week. I am so sorry to hear about the sad news of your friends son. I will keep her and her family in my prayers; I can imagine how difficult it all must be, we have 3 friends who have suffered similarly in the last few years... it is so hard.

I am glad to hear that your business is doing well. It sounds so exciting. I wish I were able to come to see your table set ups and expo booth. I am not surprised at the great potential of your business, I know it is what I would be looking for if I were working on a wedding or shower right now. I am sorry that you won't be blogging, but am hopeful that you will be on now and then for an update. I certainly understand prioritizing, and I know that we all have those season when we must change things around and put things in order. I love what you said about making a pretty home for your family, and "not much point in creating beautiful tables for others and not do the same for my family" such a great point, and it inspires me to upgrade my table and meal time in the "everyday".
Love and Blessings,

Camille said...

Precious friend. I am thankful for you. May the LORD bless you and your family over and over again. HE is Good. HE is worthy. I know He will lead and direct in the coming days. May you know His loving hand upon you all. Much Love, Camille

Louisa McFarland said...

May God be with you Ann, I have loved reading your blog over the years, and I know where you are at. We have a half empty nest and it has all happened so quickly. Along with building and diversifying our business, time is so precious. Every minute spent with out families is an investment, and the most important one we will ever make.

Renata said...

Hi Ann
It is lovely that your business is flourishing & so wonderful to hear that it's a family business too! I have so enjoyed reading your blog over the years (I know I tend to read it in chunks when I get time ~ sorry I'm not always up to date with all the posts). I truly feel that I have made a friend through our blogging! I look foward to continuing to follow in facebook. What is your business website?

One other thing ~ I met Angela from a couple of hours from here (near the mountains). She said that she had been connecting with you through fb. WEll her son is staying here & we are having so much fun hosting him!
Hope you continue to go well!


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