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1.04.2015

Bittersweet Transitions

For the last year or so we have been contemplating closing our Tyler Pink Tumbleweed location and I am sad to say that it has finally become time to make that move. 

This year is going to bring about so many changes I sometimes feel slightly overwhelmed by them all. Some of them are exciting answers to years of prayer + waiting, some of them are necessities, and some are simply the end of a season and God closing the door on them. This decision to close our Tyler  location in a combination of the last two of these and is oh so bittersweet.

The last three years of working with my mom and sister on this store has been an amazing adventure. I think we have all learned a lot: about ourselves, each other, and our family. But there are seasons for everything so we must adjust and move to our next chapters. My dad retired this last year, excitingly earlier than we had all thought, so without the store my parents will get to really enjoy this time. I am so happy they will get to travel (especially to Midland to spoil this new grand baby) and really dive into their church and community full time. Natalie will have one less thing to juggle with her so full life of being mommy to two, a new home, and full time nursing job. And I will be able to focus more on growing the other two stores and of course figure out the whole mom thing this coming year. All of this plus the more practical side of things, like leases and such, means that by the end of January our doors in Tyler will be closed. 


We will be sad to not see our lovely customers + employees on such a regular basis but we know it is time. The Lord has plainly told us all that this is His best for us so we are choosing to listen. On the bright side…that means our entire inventory is going on major sale. So stop by and grab your bargain! 


Thank you all for your support in our adventure the last three years.

Love, Allison, Kathy, + Natalie 

1.01.2015

joy in 2015

Last year I joined the trend of picking a work of the year rather than setting New Year's resolutions that, lets be honest, I would be breaking one week in just like everyone else. It ended up being a theme, and not one that I had necessarily intended. 2014's word was "aware". I began praying about it in December and when God put that seemingly random word on my heart I thought he was telling me that I needed to quit being so self centered. That I needed to look outside of myself and serve those around me, be aware of others and look for opportunities to love them. I was in a not great place, focusing on the fact that I didn't have a 2 month old baby like I had expected and that we were struggling to become pregnant again. To be really honest I knew that was the word God had given me but I didn't want it. I was wallowing. Not ready to give my sorrows over completely. But God knew what he was doing, as always, and didn't let me change it. As the months went on, without realizing it at first, I did become aware.  Not of the world around me but of my god around me. Of Him completely engulfing me in his love, of his patience with my stubbornness, of his grace to forgive me for taking matters in my own hands and not trusting. Aware of the enemy and his desire to attack me (lets just say that was not a pleasant realization but an utterly necessary one). Aware of his word, that it really is powerful, that He speaks to me through it. Aware of the relationships He has given me to encourage and challenge me to seek his way over my own. Aware of his greatness, that He truly has the details and timing all worked out and it is better than my planning could ever be. But isn't that our Father's way? Why must I first assume He is correcting me, when He is in reality loving me so deeply and calling to me to rest in that love?
So a couple months ago several friends and I decided to start praying for our word for next year. And Holy Spirit started almost immediately to show me a theme: JOY! Not happiness, but true joy. The kind that is only found in Christ, in our relationship and dependance on him. Joy that cannot be shaken by circumstances, this is what I am seeking in 2015. I am excited to see not only what He has to teach me this year, but for the peace that will come in the learning.