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for this weeks Beautiful PINK Saturday!!!
Not to be a PINK Party flop but Sweet Sisters , may I speak my thoughts and a few worries to you... I sure hope so~~~Here goes~~~
We're now home from a card business trip and it was pretty sad in sales for us . It has been for a while now.. How will I know what Jesus wants us to do with our business???? Super~Hubb's and I are always asking God into our hearts, marriage, Family and our greeting card business, you know, asking for HIS Will to be done in every aspect of our lives daily... Just today we were going over everything during our drive home from a 2 day trip to deliver cards to 9 stores ( we have 63 total now to do every 8 weeks) these 9 were all over northern Iowa this last trip.
Usually most of the stores have great sales. Some of them we have had for a couple years. Since we are NOT a well known Company we are over looked and we do have a special back to our cards to show our faith in God.. Well, this trip sales were sooooo down, or the managers moved our card displays around a corner where they won't even be seen, and then one of them that had done that in fact, informed us just today that the cards had stopped selling..Go figure. Anyhoo's these same stores are increasing the amount of hard liquor they carry and WOW have the wine business's sprung up all around even IOWA. They are now sold in trhe place of our card display
There is more money in that than in our Lil business of Hand Crafted Greeting Cards.
Of course they did,, Super~Hubbs and I thought, leave them out where customers could see them anynmore.. Aurggggggg, it is extremely frustrating and this is what we live on ,, you know, its our WORK each day, it helps feed the boys and pay the bills. If we aren't on the road to deliver them, then we are in the office doing the creating of new designs. Or Super~Hubb's is doing the books, or working on our website.. Of which we have no clue HOW to advertise it..Plus we share about God through each card also. Now Sister's, do keep in mind that this has been our growing business for well over 5 yrs now, but with the economy, well, you get what I mean.
Not only that but, in our town and many near by, jobs are gone. That is what prompted our starting this card business. I use to do it on my own before I was a widow. Then after my 1st Husband passed away, and going through some hard times, and bad choices, God brought Kent into my life. We married and he had a job at a factory here. It then was out sourced and we just prayed a lot and had God in our lives everyday and He showed us how to really get more stores to sell our cards.
This is one of my newest designs, this is "Mimi" above ( after Mimi @ He+Me+3) and its used for someone who is going through a serious illness. Of course there is a verse inside and a PINK envelope too :0) Thank You LORD for helping me get her done.
So its really hard to think that we'll lose more stores in the future.
Guess I'm venting a bit much, sorry Sweet Sisters. I pray for all of you and what you may be going through also.
It is my Hope, request that if you have a moment, would you please pray for us to keep listening for God's voice and, that we will stay strong in our walk with Jesus and in our marriage and family.
It is my prayer that things will not get worse before they get better. Ouch, what a thought..
Get thee behind me satan, you evil thing, in our LORD Jesus's name...
We will just keep waiting and resting on HIM and His unchanging LOVE... These are very trying times for sooooo many people. That may sound a bit odd to some of you but please know that I am Extremely THANKFUL for You, my Sweet Sister's in Christ
You all warm my heart soooo much with your kind and loving words, advise and most importantly, your prayers...
Holding you all close to my heart, and sending up prayers for each an everyone of you...
Blessings to you and yours Sister's.... Loveyalots~~~ Hugs Dena