Our one year anniversary at the storefront is coming up this month and as I sit here and reflect on how far we have come, I weep. I weep like a baby. Not because I am sad and not because I am overwhelmed. I weep because of all the love and opportunity blessed upon me to start and continue this adventure with all of you. The favor given me to create this amazing space and thrive is beyond my comprehension sometimes and I do not always know how to embrace it. But you all, my family and friends, keep me moving forward and I am forever grateful.
I had NO IDEA what this would become when I bought my first embroidery machine. Or when I bought my second one. Or when I hired my first employee, who with an open mind and loving heart, worked out of my house with me, day in and day out, as I built this little company. It was never a choice. It was always a path set before me by God.
While I enjoy MOST of what I do (seriously, it gets tough sometimes), I strongly feel The Stitch Shoppe is simply a vessel for a greater good to occur. The good that comes from folks sharing courage, compassion, love, tolerance, acceptance and patience. All of THIS happens in the store EVERY.SINGLE.DAY!
So many times, you come to visit us and you gather. You shop, which is helpful to our bottom line, but you gather with with us and with others. I love witnessing two people meet each other for the first time in the store. I love learning about who you are and what you enjoy. I love meeting your family and helping them find the right gift for you as a surprise. I love hearing what your children are doing.
I also enjoy hearing about your woes and sorrows so I can be woeful and sorrowful with you.
The honest truth is I never thought I was this person until I opened the store. I am not a patient person. I have not always been a tolerant or accepting person. I have been very ugly at times in my life. But, now, I am humbled. I am humbled by all the chances I have to make those moments right in this world. There is no greater feeling than to know you have another chance in life.
So for all these feelings and for an amazing first year at our store, I thank you. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making me a better person and I hope I have stirred something inside you to take chances and listen to what the word is for you...just listen.