On the first of May our family officially opened a business, Duckygirl's Resale. I've had a few people ask me how things are working out (like: what in the world are the kids doing?) and what led us to decide to do this.
Well, for pretty much all of our marriage we've talked about having a family business. Something that would allow us to be together but also provide the kids a place to learn and have their first jobs. If you've followed my blog for awhile you probably already know that I have been selling homeschool curriculum out of our house for about a year and a half. It wasn't busy by any means but it was a fun sort of hobby to have. I had dreamed about actually renting a storefront and giving it a go...but that seemed far off.
Then Josiah....oh, sweet little boy...Josiah....
Our world seemed to turn upside down.
I'm not sure even what started the ball rolling but we started researching commercial buildings and the idea of selling children's clothing along with the curriculum.
The research led to driving around, looking through buildings and lots of daydreaming.
And you know what? It was good.
Good to have a goal.
Good to have a distraction.
Good to have something to throw ourselves into so we aren't overwhelmed by grief.
It's helped us to have something together as a family unit. Totally awesome at this time.
So here we are finishing up our first opening week.
We have two rooms for the kids. One school room and one toddler room with toys and beds for the littles to nap. When there aren't any customers I'm in mom mode, hanging out with the kids and teaching them. When someone comes in I go out front and work. It's been a pretty smooth transition....I'll post pictures of the store and all the kid areas as soon as I remember to bring my camera with me! :)