Another business update

319616It’s only a few days until I open my online business, and I’m a little apprehensive.

If anyone had told me how much work would be involved, I don’t think I would have ever begun.

There is so much to think about, and I have had so many technical difficulties, mostly due to my lack of skill in that department. I am easily overwhelmed by computers and internet that don’t work the way I need them to – you would laugh if you saw how slow I am at typing, how I shake my temperamental mouse, how impatient I am with this amazing technology that has made our lives so much easier.

One of the little ones jumped on my laptop last week and broke the screen. I didn’t even launch an investigation into finding the identity of the culprit – I just didn’t want to go through the rigmarole of “not me” or “I don’t know” or try and match up the various alibis – I am fairly sure that it was an under five who didn’t even know what they’d done. (Now – the lipstick episode is another matter entirely….)

So I have borrowed another laptop, which doesn’t run all of my programmes, but is a blessing because all of the keys are intact – one trademark of the twins is that they enjoy removing keyboard letters, a legacy they passed onto Danielle when she was old enough.

My babysitter gave me a great inspirational card – it says: “The task ahead of you is never as great as the power within you” and is based on Philippians 4:13 – ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’

This has really kept me going – I keep it on the fridge and refer to it when I pass. Reading these words makes me physically relax, and I feel that I am actually giving my work over to Jesus, Who gets things done so much better than me, anyway.

I am now in the position where I have to support my family. There, I actually mentioned it in my blog.
It’s not something I want. The business was going to be a little hobby, the first thing I had ever done ‘outside the home’, so to speak. (It’s obviously ‘inside the home’, as an online business.)

Now it has come to be so much more. This is going to be a big part of the future for me and my children.

I am going to try to type the next words – I am a single mum with ten children.
Hmmm. I don’t really like the sound of that.
Your will be done, Lord.

Mary didn’t understand everything when she said ‘yes’ to God, and I certainly don’t understand what’s happening now.

There’s a fearful irony at work here – in doing something I never planned to do, in circumstances I didn’t choose, I feel that I may become the person I was always meant to be.

6 thoughts on “Another business update

  1. Great post. Many people in my family have lots of children too – none of the people with 10 are single mums though. I can only imagine what that must be like. Great decision to open up the online business – send me the link!


    • Thanks, Larry.
      The shop is at Etsy – it’s called “A Beautiful Home.”
      There’s a way to add a link to my blog, but I haven’t figured it out yet.
      Also, you can like “A Beautiful Home” on Facebook – I need 30 likes before I can access my stats.
      I’m guessing you wouldn’t want a free sample, though?
      It’s nice that you have so many children in your family.
      I really miss blogging…

  2. Kathy, here’s something I have written inside my daytimer, and goes to work with me every day. Starting your own business is very risky and scary but actually taking that leap of faith is nothing short of courageous. Those of us who invest our time, talent, savings, energy into a business venture are risk-takers, brave, crazy and persistent. Acknowledge the feeling of fear and apprehension but forge ahead anyway. Nothing ventured; nothing gained. Anyway, here’s the quote: “Courage doesn’t always roar – sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ (Mary Anne Radmacher) Most importantly – leave all things in God’s hands. I’m cheering and praying for you.

  3. I don’t think you can become the person that you’re meant to be until things are out of your power, if only because the possibilities of providence are just so far beyond our imagination!

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