| My FAITH is stronger than my FEAR.|
My tears shed because it's so hard to watch
the person and people you love most in the world struggle.
I know my husband NEEDS me to be strong for him. I did not come home until I got my tears in check. He knows without me having to say a word. Our house is on lockdown. The only people who come into our home right now is our boys and his mother. We can't risk Tyler getting sick. Each day Tyler simply sleeps due to extreme fatigue and when he can he will walk around. This takes tremendous effort.
I will NEVER give up HOPE.
I don't pretend to have all the answers. I just have
FAITH in God's plan. NEVER GIVE UP....
Lesson: I have learned to not take the ability to move, walk, run and leave my house for granted. It seems like such a simple thing, but when you lose the ability to do these basic things, it is really hard. Count your blessings each day!!!!
I have learned so much about myself and my husband as we have faced trials and tribulations this past year. Well, first we both never once thought to give up or feel sorry for ourselves. Trials are something we all face and some are much harder than others. Ty and I also have had the BIGGEST blessings come and we are humbled at the timing and comfort they have brought to us as a couple. We have felt God's love and know that we have strength to make it through the tough days. We choose to look at things differently. No HAIR... don't care!!!!! No date nights... every night is a date when we simply spend time talking together. It's all how you choose to look at it. We just have to remain STRONG and keep going together.
I have been so busy with designing, meetings, moving my office, hiring new staff, preparing for my event in Vegas this month and balancing a schedule that only allows me to sleep a few hours each night. I have learned who my support is. This past month, I have watched as my office team has surrounded me and my family with the most love. To help me, they have offered to do MORE than I would ever expect or ask. As my business has grown, the opportunity to branch out and design more has been growing tremendously. I am thrilled and excited. This keeps me going because I believe in sharing a message through my products and events. I wanted to thank the people who are helping me keep all the balls rolling.
I know right now, some days... maybe the balls are rolling in more directions than I can personally handle. I accept and do need the extra help in keeping the balls all rolling in the right path . I checked my email recently and I had 17,876 unread messages. I wanted to let you know... PLEASE know that I wish I could respond to each and every one of the emails and requests. Many of you email me and share your story. I am stronger from hearing those words. So I want to let each of you know that I ask for your patience right now and please do not be offended if there is not a response right now. The "team" has given me strict orders to focus on what is most important and get more sleep. ha!
If you are a store please know that we are in the process of hiring and expanding our team. Recently we have added Bridget to our sales team. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are contacting me to teach/ speaking engagements please email Ashley at email@example.com. To sign up for any of events you can contact the store directly or email events@teresacollinsstudio to get info or get on the waiting list for the sold out events for next year (cruise, Inspiration Unlimited) 2015.
This photo was recently taken for my debut at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts partnership. I would love to share something personal. When I met the woman who is the reason why I am now in hundreds of their stores, I literally cried. She saw something in me and my designs that spoke to her heart. As I shared my heart, my passion and WHY I am inspired, she really just "got me." It was like MAGIC. The bigger picture is our love and our belief that crafting and creating is MUCH more than the product. Don't get me wrong, beautiful product is essential. I am in LOVE with the design process. However, the MEANING is the foundation. Mix them both together and it's truly OVER THE MOON amazing.
That is why the Hello My Name is was debuted and going into hundreds of stores right now. This special collection is so near and dear to my heart. When I suffered from my stroke November 8th- 15 years ago all I could "think" in my mind was how my children would never remember me. I could not talk or communicate. I was so scared. I look at things differently knowing I am lucky to be alive. I want to encourage YOU to tell your life story. You may think others know, but often the memory forgets what is not written down. There is NO right or wrong way... just do it.
That is why I visit the local scrapbook stores. I hope to share my story. I am headed to Canada this Friday. I wanted to share that I had to postpone my visit to Hannah's Home Accent next weekend. I know I disappointed so many people coming and the workshops were full. I had no idea when it was scheduled, Taylor would be getting married and this would be her date. We tried to work around my schedule, but in the end it was the best option.