I continue to marvel at the many blessings being pouring out into our lives these days. After several years of feeling very much as if I was just wading along the water’s edge, retreating whenever the big waves loomed, I have taken up my word for the year* and plunged deep, striking out for the horizon and leaving the shore behind. If that sounds dramatic… well, it has been. The last six months have been an ongoing process of sorting through and setting aside the things that have accumulated around the edges of our lives and recommitting to the basics. It’s amazing to me how hard that is to maintain – the minutiae have a tendency to cling to our ankles and demand attention but we’re learning to deal with them more effectively, day by day.
Even more amazing, though, is the way that life and purpose has begun to come into focus. It is so clear that I am in the right place, doing the things that I am meant to do now. Nick and I are having the most wonderful and exciting talks about what we feel God is doing in our lives and what our future holds. Our daughter, Danica, called me the other night just to talk – we had the most natural, normal and loving thirty minutes on the phone together, and I have tucked the glow and warmth of that conversation deep into my heart so I can revisit it over and over, like a small round stone in my pocket that my fingers can’t stop exploring. I can hardly bear to go to sleep at night – life is so good right now and I don’t want to miss a moment.
I am also busily exploring the new design idea that came to me last week – and rather prolifically, too. The 2012 Rusted Gingham Barn Sale is just around the corner, and at this point my big concern is that I won’t have enough inventory. I am in awe of the people in the jewelry community who post photos in our Facebook gathering places and say things like, “Here are the 30 necklaces I whipped up after I put the kids to bed last night.” My mind boggles – I just don’t know how they do it!! So, there’s still a lot of studio time on the schedule, to the exclusion of most other things.
And I’m loving it.
* As I reread that post from January, I am really struck by how prophetic it turned out to be. I had no idea when I wrote it that I would be quitting my job in May, but it very clearly lays out the things that would turn out to be foundational in taking that step of faith.