Monday, November 21, 2011

Oh Thank Cuteness! -- my little family

Can you believe that it is Thanksgiving week? I swear, this year has flown by! In all honesty, since I've become a mother every year has flown by and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. It seams like only yesterday that I had Aidan, and then Olivia, and yet they are now five and three and a half. Crazy! And they're pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself, even if they didn't want to pose for a photo at my opening the other night.

And speaking of cute, the great folks over at Generation Q have declared this to be Oh Thank Cuteness week. Every day this week, they'll be posting fun photos of their family and little glimpses of their personal lives, and I wanted to join in too.

It sounds cheesy, I know, but I really wouldn't be doing what I do today if it weren't for my family. It wasn't until I became pregnant with Aidan that I began to design and make baby and children's items, and it wasn't until our surprise baby Olivia came along that I really decided to step it up with my etsy shop. I didn't want to go back to my day job, but I still needed to bring in some sort of an income. I had no idea that this little venture could become a business; I just wanted to make a little money, enough so that I could stay home with my children. Aidan was only 18 months old when Olivia was born, and looking back, I don't know how I did it with two babies, but all the late nights and long hours were totally worth it.

Today, I still have long hours and late nights, but the focus of my business has changed. I'm releasing a line of patterns, and I've got a lot of amazing things on the horizon that I can't share with you just yet. But believe me, there are some big things around the corner. And I'm so excited that my children are witnesses to my wild ride of being a work at home momma/

I want them both to know that they can do whatever they want to do in life, if they're willing to work hard. And I'll be here to support them as they follow their dreams, because they gave me the courage to follow mine.

I also couldn't do this without my husband Jeff. He is my biggest supporter and my number one fan. He's there to lend a sympathetic ear when I've had a rough day, and he's there to celebrate all of my achievements with me. It doesn't hurt that he's a painter, so I have someone creative to bounce ideas off of. Plus, he's my graphic designer and, as we jokingly say, my unpaid assistant, so I owe him big time. He works so hard for our family as a professor of art at the University of Dayton, and he is also becoming quite the accomplished painter. He's represented by Kathryn Markel Gallery in New York and has had work in over 20 exhibitions this year alone!

I'm incredibly thankful for them all and I'm lucky to call these awesome people my family. And from my family to yours, I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Don't forget to head on over to Generation Q all this week to check out more Oh Thank Cuteness posts!


Jean(ie) said...

What a wonderful tribute to your family! Having all this support makes a difference.

I'm so glad you've found a way to do what you want to do for a career. By working your passion, it means it's not really. Working one's passion is like play... Yay you!!!!

Sarah said...

Such a lovely post, Heather! Thanks for sharing! :)

pasqueflower said...

Great pics! A happy family--something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

Mishka said...

You have such a lovely family Heather.

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