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Here it is, our handcrafted jewelry store! We officially launched Rooted (and by officially, I mean Facebook officially, just like when all relationships get serious) on Thursday night, and we got just under 100 likes to our Facebook page in the first 24 hours. It was exciting. We are really thankful for all our friends and family and their support.

Oh, right, the links! 🙂

Here’s our website for our store of handcrafted jewelry.

And here’s our Facebook page.

Orders have started pouring in even faster than we anticipated. It’s all very exciting! Phil is so good at bending the wires (after 8 years of orthodontic lab work bending retainers and appliances he is extremely accurate!), and I am loving working on all the web-related stuff and packaging.

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So far, we are really digging Storenvy, where we are selling our necklaces. It’s kind of like Etsy, but not exclusively handmade/vintage stuff, and instead of charging fees, they are free. We like free! And I just like their whole atmosphere and their support, etc. I think they are going to grow. So, it’s a nice place for us to start.

So, that’s what’s been keeping us busy lately, on top of everything else we do. But who doesn’t love to be busy doing something they enjoy?

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happy thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving to you all! We had a great time over at my parents’ this afternoon/evening. So much delicious food!

I really have so much to be thankful for. And I’m thankful I can give thanks to my Heavenly Father all the time!

her price is far above rubies

I thought I’d post tonight some sections from God’s Word from Proverbs that I enjoy in light of being a good steward of what you have, working around the house, being diligent, etc. They inspire me to grow in those areas.

“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” Prov. 14:23 [I love that–in ALL labor there is profit. If you want to do something profitable, just get to work on something!]

“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” Prov. 27:23 [We don’t have any flocks or herds at this point in time, but I’d like to think the same principle could be applied to our little garden, and maybe if we get chickens some day :)]

And of course, Proverbs 31:10-31, about the virtuous woman:

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  [Who wouldn’t want to be that kind of woman?]

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. [I guess these days I do get up before the sunrise with the sunlight changing… does that count? :)]

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. [This is one cool kind of woman. She’s very enterprising.]

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. [She must think before she speaks :)]

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. [Quite the example of a stewardess!]

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth [reverences] the LORD, she shall be praised. [That’s the most important thing!]

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

better grass… better grass… better grass…

Bishop K.C. Pillai taught during his lifetime about the manners and customs of the lands and times of the Bible. Being from the Orient, he understood and relayed the meaning behind many passages in the Bible that contained orientalisms or idioms that we in our Western culture don’t understand.

In teaching about sheep and shepherding, he taught that sometimes a sheep would wander from the flock and not notice they were getting too far away and approaching danger, because all they were thinking was “better grass… better grass.. better grass…”. The shepherd would have to get the sheep’s attention by slinging a stone to hit the ground near their mouth, so they would look up, pay attention, and come back.

Bishop Pillai related this to our culture, how we are always wanting “better standard of living… better standard of living… better standard of living…”. Often that is all people are concerned with in their lives, and they forget to look up and be aware of anything else. In the lands and times of the Bible, people were much more concerned with God, family, community, helping people, etc., but now our world revolves a lot more around materialism.

I like to try to remember–it’s not all about finding better grass :). Sometimes it’s better to just enjoy where you are and your current standard of living, without constantly getting sucked into the next best thing–better, faster, newer! We have so much to be thankful for with just having a nice roof over our heads, food on the table, clean water, and some luxuries here and there. I like this poster from Posters for Good:

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And if you still have that constant drive to improve like me (I think it’s genetic–my mom never stops :)) then I still find it so much more satisfying to steward what you have when it still has value–fix it up, shine it up, fresh coat of paint, etc. (Of course I buy new things, but it’s fun to get the most out of what you have too).