I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported Simply Stated with their business this past month, and to those who have been so understanding of my scheduling. My family and I are heading to Colorado at the end of the week for my brother-in-law's wedding, and I will be slowly cutting back on orders after that in preparation for our son's arrival! Levi Paul is due July 28th, however we will be slowing down to prepare in case he comes early as well. He's a big dude! He's measuring three weeks ahead! I am planning on taking about a month off for maternity, and basically starting Simply Stated back up close to the beginning of the school semester as we swing back into Blake's nursing school schedule and Addie's homeschool schedule (whatever that actually is).
My family and I enjoyed the opportunity to go on vacation to Gulf Shores, AL, for a week at the end of May. We had a great time getting our fill of sand and sun, and it was a perfect "reset" after a very full year of Blake being in full time nursing school. While most of us can certainly relate to the truth that summer can be busier than the rest of the year, we are looking forward to July being a time for us to revel in a slower pace as we welcome the newest member of our family. This includes the likelihood of no blog update for July, so I want to go ahead and let you know about some things to look forward to from Simply Stated in the coming few months.
Simply Stated has been flexing a lot of creative muscles lately with custom orders, invitations and invitation suites, and less traditional takes on wedding calligraphy; but my favorite projects have been prayer journals and hand painted Bibles we have been working on. My goal is to have more of these in inventory to list on Etsy and take to upcoming fall craft shows. I love fulfilling custom requests for these items, but am dreaming and scheming designs that can be ordered as is, or ordered as a semi-custom design with room for a verse of the customer's choice.
Finally, we are currently researching and preparing for collaborative work to help raise support for a family's adoption efforts. This will hopefully include a beginner's calligraphy class taught by yours truly, and other items for sale whose profits will directly fund the adoption. While I am grateful for whatever work we take on, and how faithful God has been to grow Simply Stated, these are the sort of projects that have always been my passion: products that lead people deeper into Scripture, and projects that ultimately serve others.
I can't say enough how much I love my job, and how thankful I am for your continued support. Hopefully the next time you hear from me here, it will be for a birth announcement!