6.08.2009

Book Club: chapter 8 {minus the book}


Last week my husband and I went on a date. We didn't do much, but we still had a blast and we had a chance to talk without any interruption. I mentioned to him how I wasn't sure what talents I wanted to pursue. Of course, being a wife and mother is my top priority, but I really do enjoy to sew and decorate homes. My husband, a man full of wisdom, simply started to recite Ecclesiastes 11. The highlights for me were verse 5 & 6...

As you not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. - Ecclesiastes 11:5-6

So my husband encouraged me to try both and see where it all takes me. Not to worry so much about failing or succeeding. To just take a leap of faith and simply do something, because we do not know the plans of God and if I do nothing then I may never know. God cannot bless something until I give Him something to bless. So saying all this I believe I am going to start sewing just a few dresses and put them on Etsy and see what happens. Oh and yes, I already have my first paid decorating gig starting soon, can't wait!

{the photo above is from one of my favorite shoots my hubby just did. A year ago a few people encouraged him to start doing photography. So we, he, took a leap of faith and bought the pro equipment and well, let's just say he is doing quite well thus far. We are highly blessed, and even upgraded to a D700 recently so now I get to shoot with the D300, yeah!}

41 comments:

Jennie Bee said...

thats awsome! what great words! Whats your etsy name? I want to check out the dresses.

knack said...

what a great post....love the wisdom in it...and the truth.....:)

I look forward to seeing your etsy shop and all of your decorating projects! Please let us know when your etsy shop is open! xo

Aartee said...

Good LUCK can't wait to see what you come up with!

Adventures in Newlywed said...

so sweet! I'm excited to see how the dresses turn out!

Laura Trevey said...

What a great post to read to start off the week! Congrats on your decorating "gig"!!

xo Laura

Blueprint Bliss said...

Paula- What great advice from your husband. And what a perfect verse he shared. I am printing it out and putting it on my desk now.

I know that God will bless you beyond what you can imagine- so fun that you are seeing where His road takes you! xx- Brooke

ms. less is always more said...

amazing post... so perfectly stated. I needed this, this morning, so thank you! of course keep us updated on the shop!

Scattering Lupines said...

I'll be looking for the link to your etsy store...

Haven and Home said...

I am glad you are taking the leap! Your husband is very wise! I can't wait to see your etsy shop...

Mrs. Filly said...

that is wonderful paula! u are such a blessed lady :) there's just too much talent in that family of yours :)

Olivia said...

Thanks for sharing this, that is a verse I need to post somewhere in my house....or everywhere!!

Rachel said...

Looks like we are both taking a leap of faith. I'm very excited for you and love the verse Kellen shared!

Heather said...

That's great! Good luck... I can't wait to see what your new beginning will bring! Don't forget cute little boy clothes!!!

Also...what about combining the two interests (sewing and decorating) and using cool fabric to reupholster furniture? It looks tough, but I'm sure something people would really like!

Blair said...

Those are definitley very wise advice! I am very excited for you. I am in a similar place--wanting to pursue interior design and event design and maybe I will just have to do both too:)

Julia said...

What a wise man you have :) I completely agree, though it may feel a bit nerve-wracking! What a wonderful time for you, darling!

Many blessings!

wunderbug said...

what a great verse!

Federica said...

Such a lovely post!

nkp said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with...I know it will be great. It's wonderful the support you have from your dear husband. That's really all it takes, isn't it? Let us know the link to the etsy shop when your up and rolling and promise to make some cute items for boys too, won't you!? ;0)

Truly Smitten said...

awww, you two are so adorable! Such wise words....I think I will need to apply that to myself. I'm sure whatever you pick, you will be quite awesome at it =)

Hanako66 said...

that photo is beautiful. I can't tell you how happy I am for you both that you are doing what you both want to do....so rare, so amazing.

ashley&christy2001 said...

What a blessing to have such a God centered husband....I can't wait to see your designs, I can only imagine how great they will be.

seesaw designs said...

HOORAY! Good for you. Can't wait to see the Etsy dresses; I have no doubt it will be a success!

-Angela

Jacinda Davis said...

I had a similar conversation with my husband last Thursday. I think it's better to put ourselves out there and try rather than being indecisive and unsure about ourselves. I think it's easier for God to bless us when we're vulnerable and trust him with our future.

I haven't been visiting your blog for too long, but I can say that you have talent. I know it's nothing you haven't heard before and everyone can say it to you until the sky caves in, but not until you truly believe it yourself and you act upon it can something truly wonderful come from it. Best wishes, I'm really excited for you!

megan and melissa said...

Your husband definitely gave you great advice...and probably the same advice I need for myself right now. Thanks for sharing such a great conversation. Also, congratulations on your decorating gig and I must say I am beyond estatic to hear that you will be sewing and selling your dresses. If I had a little girl I would buy them in a second...thanks again for all the inspiration you provide me on a daily basis.
xoxo-Meg
fiddlesticksandfunnygirls.blogspot.com

Joslyn said...

so exciting! can wait to see your lovely things.
xo

Jennifer said...

love everything about this! congrats on taking your leaps!

Mrs.French said...

goodness you are gorgeous...
I know that whatever you decide, it will turn out beautifully...xo t

Rachel Follett said...

Congrats on your decorating gig and I can't wait to see your dresses! I am sure everything will be lovely. Sounds like your husband is very wise and supportive! We all need a man like that in our lives. :)

Under a Green Roof said...

the best news is you cannot make a bad decision! send me your etsy name!

Sarah Klassen said...

God has a wonderful way of blessing those who are patient and who listen to him. My advice: start slowly and enjoy the process :)

I can't wait to see these dresses!

Gracie said...

That is fantastic advice. I love that you are putting your talent for good and I know God will bless you and your business.
I'm really looking forward to seeing your dresses and your house decorating!

twin2trip said...

Love this post. Can't wait to see what you come up with. I think it makes God (the Master Creator) happy to see us create as well. Now go and use those talents.

PS~Erin said...

How very exciting! It's such a big step and takes courage and I feel proud of you for wanting to go forward and past some fears. I am looking forward to hearing about it and being a cheerleader along the way. Congrats!!

down and out chic said...

i'm excited to see where your new endeavors take you! you and your husband are both very talented. i wish you all the best.

Estelle said...

Good for you. What a great attitude you and your husband share about creative journeys. Enjoy the process and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

ms. less is always more said...

I know I left one comment already... but since you posted this, I can't get it out of my mind. It has given me a lot of peace about some decisions I am trying to make (which now maybe I don't even have to make any way!). So any way, blessings to you and your husband...

joy said...

paula, i know you would be successful at anything you do!
you def. have an "eye" for design and it doesn't necessarily take a degree. I think i would buy some of your clothes on etsy too!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

That's so wonderful! Congrats on your first (paid) decorating job. Can't wait to see your etsy store, too!

Rayia said...

What a blessing!

Kotori said...

Wow - what a great husband. Lucky you...

I can't wait to see what all you'll create - I know it will be fabulous.

For Your Inspiration said...

What a perfect verse to share. I can think of no better inspiration.