Thursday, October 18, 2012

Don't Blink

"It goes so fast.  We don't have time to look at one another.  Do human beings ever realize life while they live it--every, every minute"? 
-Thornton Wilder (Our Town)

Chumps. I gotta come clean. There's no sense in beating around the bush or sugar coating this thing...
There won't be a Room for Change Tag Sale this year.

Was that a loud low moan I just heard rumbling through Zeeland or a collective sigh of relief? Either way...I am sorry for disappointing you (if I have).

I'm referencing the old adage that a parent uses when disciplining their child, "This is gonna hurt me more than it hurts you".  I am bummed. I am torn.  I am guilt ridden, but I am mostly relieved.

This fall Kennedy started highschool and it was almost as if the clock in my mind fast-forwarded to her senior year. I could picture it all like it already happened. You chumps that are ahead of me in the child-rearing dept. have warned me..."It goes by in the blink of an eye". And I know that to be true. 

I can almost hear the soundtrack playing in the background at Brecken's cross country events, or Kennedy's homecoming activities, the Trace Adkin's song..."You're gonna miss're gonna want this back, you're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast. These are some good times. So take a good look around. You may not know it now, but you're gonna miss this".

And I know I will. One day I'll have all the time in the world to repurpose a set of shutters into an armoire, or turn mason jars into soap dispensers, or put together an amazing book page wreath, but right now, this fall...I just want to be present for this season of my life and be able to look back and know that if Kennedy asks me to go homecoming dress shopping on a Saturday morning that I won't be cursing under my breath that I have an attic full of projects to get to. (True story...did that). It won't happen again, I promise.

My tag sales started out 10 years ago (!!) as an event where I could make product and sell it to you all because I didn't really have a venue to do that. Well, now I do. I have a booth at Not So Shabby that I have really enjoyed staging and selling from.  And's as if the stars have all aligned and I am able to do even bigger and better things with this venue across town.

Sooo, decision made. I will take a year off from my annual sale and make this season in my new booth a year to remember!  Ken and I are spending the weekend prepping our new space and can't wait to show you the new "Room for Change" booth which will be overflowing with fall and Christmas treasures soon! 

Thanks for your continued support of my business and your faithfulness in shopping my tag sales over the years.  I'm looking at it as a year leave of own personal sabbatical-from tag sale only! I've been busier than ever changing rooms with you Chumps and I love it. That's not gonna change.

But I know..."I'm gonna miss this....I'm gonna want this back"......

Beach-loving Brecken

First day of school-2012

Tigers Game August 2012

Race day with the Three Amigos

Freshman Representative on Homecoming court-Zeeland East

"Remind me each day that the race is not always to the swift and that there is more to life than increasing its speed".  -O.L. Crain
Love you Chumps.


Anonymous said...

You won't regret it! As an already empty nester, cherish every moment! We will miss the sale but look forward to seeing your new space.

Anonymous said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! OK, Sorry about that. We were just talking about when it would be and looking forward to it. Oh, and your Kennedy did a good job in church a few weeks ago!

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