Tuesday, June 28, 2011

- exhale -

What an absolutely manic June this has been. I can say with full confidence that this has been one of the busiest, most challenging months I've experienced. April & May were filled with preparation for my first fair, and then once June 1 hit, I stepped it up a notch, panicking slightly that I wasn't going to have enough to sell. 

Then. June 14. My husband had an accident while mowing the grass. His foot slipped under the lawnmower. I've never experienced terror like I did when I heard his scream, and saw him lying motionless in our back yard. To see your most important, your favorite, your everything like that...there are no words. BUT! By the grace of God, he didn't lose his foot, or even all of any of his toes. They're not gonna be pretty, but he will have full function and be able to walk and run normally. His recovery is going to be quite long, probably at least 3 months, so could you please pray that goes smoothly? He will also most likely have skin graft surgery in 2 weeks.

I'm sure you have experienced how an accident can throw things into perspective. Suddenly the fair didn't seem so life or death, you know?! But I did pray about it and go on with my preparations, having already invested so much time and money. The upside of this whole thing is that we have gotten to spend so much time together! He sat with me at the fair and we had the absolute best time. It was fantastic. The kids spent time with our friends & family over the weekend and had a blast, so I'm calling it a success. :D

We met so many kind, enthusiastic people last weekend - and if you're one of them, thank you!! Thanks for your encouragement and patronage, and supporting handmade. 

While we're adjusting to our new, home-based normal, I'm hatching a few new plans. I have a class in the works, so look for details about that sometime next week. 

So with this new appreciation for phalanges and the important role they play, we'll be hanging out, reading books (Josh on his new Kindle!), watching Phineas & Ferb, and loving our unplanned extra time together. 

**Oh! I'm adding a few things to my shop tomorrow & Thursday - I'll post a little note here when I do.**


  1. You are one of my heroes. I am currently too scared to do my first show....
    Prayers for you and your husband! How scary.

  2. Stephanie, I am so sorry for Josh. :( That must have been scary for both of you. I hope his convalescence goes well. I am glad you are enjoying your time together.

    Did you see the new Phineas and Ferb episodes this week? :) I can't get the song "Dance, Baby" out of my head. We're excited for the tv movie coming in August.

    I would have wiped out your show if I'd been there. What adorable items. I will be hovering here to see what you put in your online shop tomorrow and Thursday. :)

  3. oh my gosh Stephanie! I saw your comment but never thought it was anything like that! So glad he's ok and will be praying for a full recovery.
    And I love your booth - it's so cute. Was thinking to myself you needed to add things to your store and then you said you were going to! Good thing i have some money in my paypal account :-) Will be on the lookout on Thursday!

  4. So sorry to hear about the accident Stephanie. I will be praying for a full and speedy recovery! Would love to hear more about this class you are speaking of! :-)

  5. I cannot even begin to imagine what you've both been through with the accident. You're in our prayers for a speedy recovery.
    So glad your fair was a hit. Congratulations. I'm just not that brave.

  6. I'm so happy to hear that things are going well and that you are enjoying your unexpected time with your husband! :) Congrats on a successful show... that is so wonderful!!

  7. My husband had a similar lawn mower accident - at age 2. He has a "franken-foot" now - but by God's grace he walks, runs, hops, skips, jumps without hinderance! Unmovable toes in the wrong spot on one foot, along with plenty of scars and stitches up and down his leg are all that remain. I hope your husband has a complete recovery!