Wow, I knew this was a hard decision for me, but I didn’t think writing this post would stir up quite as much feeling as making the decision. My trembling fingers say otherwise.
When my husband and I bought the feed store, we thought we would hit the ground running, add Monday to the schedule, and he would run the store one day without me. I would run it a day without him, we’d both have Sunday’s off, and we would run the rest of the days together.
Well, God love him, the poor man bleeds hydraulic fluid and can’t spend more than a couple of months away from a tow truck (and my lil’ feed store fork lift wasn’t cutting it) so he jumped in here with both feet, even ran the place while I was in the hospital, and quickly realized that a feed store was never really where he saw himself. (Funny, because it’s so perfectly me. But I don’t bleed hydraulic fluid, either. I’m a slow learner. Took me 5 years to realize it.)
So we are now 5 months in to our new normal and I wake up some days and think wow, I’ve really got this down, and those are usually the days I go to bed thinking wow, I don’t have a clue what I’m doing yet. (Or I look at all the half done jobs and feel a little defeated, I’m sure you can relate.)
And 6 days a week, with 5 of our 7 kids always in tow, is a little too many days. Not that I have ever had a handle on the laundry, but y’all, this is a little too ridiculous. And there are things other than cleaning the house that need my attention, too.
It’s been on my mind for a month, at least. But I couldn’t decide if I was being dramatic. And honestly, work is what I do. I learned from an early age to work harder, and the harder life gets, the harder I better work. And in some cases, it is important to work our hardest and do our best. But it is important to also spend time with family, organize our life, enjoy life.
A dear friend shared her motto with me – Work to live, not live to work. And she keeps telling me to take care of myself. (If you follow us on IG, you can read more about it there.)
It’s taken me all day to write this short post. To share with you this hard, but so necessary decision.
I can’t tell you how thankful I am that you shop at Nicoma Park Feed. That you trust me with your questions, that you come to my store to shop, that you support my family, our goals and hopes, that you treat my kids so kindly, and that you return time and again, means more to me than I have the words for. Thank you for being the best part of Nicoma Park Feed. You are the reason we are here, and we are forever grateful!
Our first closed Monday will be July 23rd, 2018. Our hours will still be the same the other days – Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6pm.