Thursday, June 28, 2018

Shipping and Store Updates


Hello dear friends!!

First, thank you SO much for all of your sweet emails, orders and messages of support.  We truly, truly appreciate you!  Our time has been very limited this week, so Kate and I plan to spend the entire weekend getting as many orders ready as possible.  We will be filling them on a first come, first serve basis, and issuing refunds if any products are out of stock when we get to your order.  Items that need to be printed may not be ready this weekend, but we get them printed as soon as possible!  If you have contacted me about a possible bulk purchase of items that were not mentioned on my original list, I will be in contact with you shortly.  

I have had some questions as to whether I would be interested in passing GraceWorks on to continue the work, and my answer is "ABSOLUTELY!" Unfortunately, it would come with a number of challenges right now.

First and foremost, we have no way to reprint many of the original pages.  We have no computer files for most of them, and most of those that we do have are in obsolete software and therefore unable to be printed.  We have been using a 10 year old laptop with a broken cover for a number of years to print and update the dated Classic Home Journal line pages.  God has kept it and our 10 year old printer going far beyond their expected life spans!!  So - the first thing someone would probably need is a graphic design background and the means to afford the Adobe In Design/Illustrator programs - or another compatible program that would be acceptable to the print shop you would choose.  

Another current hurdle is the low amount of sales.  Perhaps this could be turned around if someone was willing to jump into the social media world.  We honestly weren’t making enough to cover expenses each month.

There are new, complicated laws that have recently gone into effect that govern online sales.  One is called the GDPR, and it has many, many ins and outs as to how you handle people’s data.  It is based in the European Union, but it affects everyone in the world if any of the people buy from you or are on your mailing lists.  Even if they are only getting something that is free you still need to be in compliance.  It is way over my head! :)

Another law that may take effect shortly is needing to collect and file sales tax for each state in which you do business.  As I understand it - which may not be entirely accurate… - if I send to 20 different states, I would have to collect and file taxes in each of those states.  

So, dear friend, if you can look at these challenges and still truly feel that God would like for you to carry on the Graceworks legacy, I would love to chat! :)  I would not be at all surprised to find that He has someone that He has been preparing to go on from here.  God is so good!!

Thank you again for all your love and support during this time.  So many of you have become my friends and have encouraged me during some really difficult days.  I am so, so thankful for you all!  I am thinking that I would love to keep blogging, even without the shop, so I could still be an encouragement to you!

OK, that was a long, long post.  You get a gold star if you read to the end! :)

Have a blessed day!!

Tricia


Saturday, June 23, 2018

To Everything There is a Season



Dear ones,

It is so hard to know how to share this news because over these past 9 + years you have all become my friends.  I have loved to walk alongside of you and encourage you as you became better homemakers, wives and mothers.  I have enjoyed hearing about your families and how the GraceWorks pages or the 28 Day Challenge have been a blessing to you.  I have felt so blessed that God allowed me to carry on Jennifer's legacy and be a part of your lives.  So making this announcement is hard...

After a year and more of thought and prayer, the GraceWorks shop will be closing July 31, 2018.

Have you ever had to say good-bye to someone that you love?  Just a week or two ago we went to the funeral of the precious pastor that baptized two of our children and ministered to us after a particularly painful church split.  It was a sweet service of remembrance and, while there were tears, there was also joy in the memories that were shared, and in the knowledge that the things that he had lived and taught would be carried on by those who had heard them.

I feel the same way about GraceWorks.  So many of you have shared how the pages, or a blog post, or Jennifer's book, or perhaps even the 28 Day Challenge have impacted your life.  I am so thankful for God's grace in using these products to encourage you!

As we say goodbye to GraceWorks we will be liquidating all of our remaining product.  We will be marking things down to ridiculously low prices as we have time.  We would MUCH rather the products find a home with you than to have to throw any of them out!!


Here are a few notes...

* Products will be sold on a first come, first serve basis and refunds will be given if product goes out of stock before we are able to fill your order.  All of the products should be marked down by the middle to end of next week.  

* During this time the lowest flat rate shipping will be $10 and it will go up from there.  Paper is heavy, and our prices during this time won't allow us to offer free shipping... but I know you will understand!!   

* We will be offering the following Classic Home Journal collection pages through June 30th (only).  They will, unfortunately, not be on sale.   We will trust that God will keep our printer going that much longer! :)

These pages include:

Budget Sheet
Savings Sheet
Acts of Kindness
Classic Home Journal Daily Page 
Classic Home Journal Dated Monthly Calendar  (June 2018 - June 2019)
Holiday Planner
Monthly Home Blessings
Semi Dated (Single Sided) Daily Beautiful Life Management Pages

* As my daughter and I are both working, please expect your shipping to be slower.  We will do our best to get your orders out as quickly as possible, but our time is limited and our schedules don't always agree with the times that the post office is open! :)

* We have a LARGE overstock of Apples & Chalkdust pages, Canvas Binders, Faux Suede Binders, Petite Binders, Year at a Glance Calendars, Full Color Tab Sets & Page Marker Rulers as well as other items.  If you would be interested in buying any of these in bulk, please let me know!!

Thank you so much for your love and support over the years and for letting us be a blessing to you.

We appreciate you!!

Blessings,

Tricia and Kate










Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Year of Hope: A New Direction

Hello dear friends,

I'm so sorry that I haven't been blogging lately!  Here's a snippet of a blog post that I started to write a number of weeks ago that will give you an idea of where I've been.  "I am struggling right now.  GraceWorks is such a special ministry to me, but it isn't able to help much with paying off our medical bills, and my husband and I have agreed that I need to start looking for a job.  Wow.  That is hard for me to say and even harder for me to do.  Except for a year that I served as a teacher's assistant at a private school, I haven't had a job outside my home since before my children were born."

So... long story short, I have been job hunting.  After many tears and fears, I am happy to report that God has provided the perfect job for me in a retail store and I am loving it.  It does, however, cut down on my available time, so please be patient with me as I am sure there will be some shipping slow downs over the next few months as I get busier and busier.

My goal now is to apply all that I have learned and taught over these past years about keeping up with my home and blessing others in a different setting.  What does this look like in the life of a working woman??  I've realized already that there is definitely a different urgency in getting things done when I only have a few hours available, and I've learned that organization and having a plan is the key to staying on top of things.  I'm sure it will take me awhile to feel like I am falling into a rhythm, but I am SO thankful for the training of these past years!!

On to GraceWorks news!!

Be sure to check out this month's "Free with $50" goodie - the Holiday Planning Pages.  The Holiday Planner is a wonderful way to keep track of all the details of the upcoming holiday season... Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, New Years.  Pick up your next year's planning pages or make an order with a friend and you could get the Holiday Planning pages free!  And remember that all of the Classic Home Journal line of pages are on sale this month as well!

Thank you all for your friendship and support.  I am so thankful for you each and every day!  You are a blessing to me!!

Blessings!

Tricia

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2018 Classic Home Journal Is Available Now!

Hi everyone!

Are you ready to start planning into next year?  

Well, good news! 

 The January 2018 - January 2019 Dated Classic Home Journal pages are now available!



You can find them in the Classic Home Journal Collection on the website HERE.

These pages do take a few days extra to process, so be sure to leave yourself a little time before you absolutely have to have them. :)

Be sure to contact me if you have any questions!

Blessings,

Tricia

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Year of Hope: Each Day is Enough

I am SO over eager.  When I am cross stitching I am thinking ahead to blogging.  When I am learning a lesson I am thinking ahead to how God may possibly use it in my life.  I begin the morning by making my bed automatically because I am thinking of what I need or want to do next.  I eat my special peppermint bark treat and hardly enjoy it for thinking ahead to Christmas.

This afternoon as I was driving home it hit me.  I am presumptive.  Who knows whether I will even have a "next"?  A next day, a next hour?  All I truly have is right now.  And it is enough.

"All I truly have is right now.  And it is enough."

Just think for a moment.  If all of our "right now's" were spent in love, wouldn't we have lived a beautiful life?  If every fault that someone had committed against us had been forgiven, wouldn't that be a peaceful way to enter eternity?  Even if we never write a book, speak in front of a thousand people, have a million dollar house, or have a college degree, our lives will be well-lived if we see each day as enough and act accordingly.  Not wishing it were another day forward or backward on the calendar, and not borrowing trouble from tomorrow or stealing its joy.  But being present in the moment - looking at what you are doing and experiencing it.  And, whether it be joy or pain, accepting it in peace and loving God and others through it.

What if, during every moment of my day

... I worked in peace rather than with an anxious and hurried spirit?

... I kept my heart clear by forgiving others their faults and asking forgiveness for my own?

... I spent the day immersed in loving God and in showing that love to others in my everyday tasks - Praising Him for another day while making the bed, being thankful there are dirty socks to pick up, enjoying the exercise as I run downstairs to transfer the laundry, praying for dear ones in the church while washing the dishes, adding special touches while making sandwiches for tomorrow's lunch, treating the grumpy customers at the church bake sale to a kind word and a smile and then praying for God's forgiveness and encouragement and blessing in their lives rather than complaining about them
- whatever it may be ?

If I could do all that each day I think I would reach the end of the day feeling very blessed.  Truly the time we are given to live is enough... if we actually choose to live it wisely!!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Year of Hope: Two Steps Forward...

...And one step back.  That seems to be my reality right now.  While I want to be all better - because I honestly do feel so much better! - the reality is that this is going to be a journey and that I need to be patient.  And gentle with myself.  And not get discouraged.  And be willing to rest.  I pretty much overloaded my system, both emotionally and physically, last week during Bible School, and now I need to rest and recover.  There is a quote I heard when listening to the Beautiful Life Management CD's the other day that went something like this...

"Any form of stress that prompts discomfort has the potential to expand our capacity - physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually - so long as it is followed by adequate recovery."
-- The Power of Full Engagement

It is good for me to remember this.  It isn't that I shouldn't have pushed myself last week.  It was a challenge, and I did MUCH BETTER than I did last year.  What I do need to remember, though, is that I now need a period of recovery.  And that isn't a bad thing.  And I haven't failed. And God will still love me even though I need to rest.  And I can enjoy my rest period and not feel guilty about it - like I am a second class person because I am taking time to relax, rather than being able to go and go and go like "everyone else" seems to be able to do.

So, how am I doing on my Hope Journal this week?  I'm not.  I'm concentrating on getting the dishes done, and making the bed, and getting up early to pack snacks and lunches for my husband.  I'm working on getting GraceWorks orders printed and out and I'm hoping to make a few birthday cards.  And in between I'm napping and resting and today I plan to settle down and cross stitch.  And, in a few days, when I feel like I am ready for another sprint, I'll pull out my Hope Journal and we will start again fresh, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if I have just a bit more endurance than I used to.  That, my friends, is a victory.

I'd like to leave you with a quote from my friend, Jenny of Elefantz, that really spoke to me the other day...

"Be completely where you are, and leave tomorrow 
for another day."

Thank you so much for the blessing that you are to me!!  I thank God for you!

Tricia


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Busy Week!

Hello dear friends!

I wanted to drop by and let you know I haven't forgotten about you!  I'm in the middle of Vacation Bible School week and I am having trouble staying caught up.  Well, that's not exactly true.  I'm not caught up at all!!  If you place or have placed an order this week, please know that I am working on them little by little, but, in all honesty, I may not get them out until next Monday.  I am so sorry!  Thank you so much for your grace and patience with me!!

I'll be back next week with more adventures in this year of hope, once I find my feet again.  At the moment, though,  a wise decision will be for me to take a short nap! :)

Blessings!

Tricia

PS. While you are waiting, you might want to check out the GraceWorks website for this month's special and Free with $50 item!  Talk to you soon!