We are in the beginning stages of starting our own business! It’s been so good watching God bringing us to this point. And more than “watching” it…~ living it. The last several years have been definite years of preparation, with a steep learning curve, even though we didn’t know at the time what God was up to. Now we are ready to launch!
Here is our website. Craig created it, and is still working on it.
Fidato Commercial Roofing
This week his hours at Ulrich Barns are changing. He will be working there from about 3:00 until dark. This works well with where we are in the process of Fidato, our business. Craig will be doing the cold calling and distributing of brochures every forenoon this week. Then working at Ulrich Barns every afternoon and evening.
We are very excited about this step! It also feels like taking a walk out into deep water. But with God. And so it’s good.
Craig and I have always loved doing things together. So we have been having a lot of fun walking this new road together! I may do some receptionist style work in the future…but for now, my main work, besides brainstorming, learning alongside of Craig, giving him ideas (good and bad) , …my main work is simply facilitating his full schedule. With three little kids and a newborn…yeah. You young moms are wincing. Thanks for understanding. To have Craig gone every evening will be painful. By the time he arrives home it will probably be 8:30 at the earliest.
So here I am…asking for your prayers for this week!
Please pray for wisdom and direction for Craig.
Please pray that the people who God wants to have a Conklin coating put on their roofs, would buy. (By the way, I don’t believe in the sales idea of “closing every sale the first time you talk with someone”. I don’t believe that everyone out there needs a new roof coating, for instance, and we want to find the people who do. We don’t want to rob the poor to make our living. We want this to be mutually beneficial to all…)
Please pray for me as I live this week. I’m exhausted from nights chopped into one, two, or in a good stretch, three hour segments. The housework part doesn’t scare me. Other than being tired, I feel really good and recovered. It’s more the emotional and mental work of taking care of the kids by myself…and just missing Craig.
As far as housework goes, the only problem is time. If you’re nursing a baby half the day, and burping him the other half…
But! Things have just dramatically improved in this area! I got a Moby. I am a big believer in the Moby Wrap…I know it’s not for everyone, but it sure is for me. I had one for the twins, but used it mostly on trips when we flew east, etc., because I couldn’t carry both babies at once. And then I lost the thing…I have no idea where it is! In the mix of moving and all, I do not know where I put it. We even went out to our shed and looked through nearly every box of our stored items. No find. So I got onto the Kids/Babies page for this area, and tada! A used one in lovely condition. So grateful!
This was taken just before we all headed out for a walk last evening. We ended up going over to the playground at the public school and had a fantastic time there! Craig’s concentrated time with the kids will go a long way this week.
Back to the Moby, one reason it’s so helpful for Enzo is that he takes a really long time to get all his bubbles and burps out after I feed him. Really long. I can spend a good hour laying him down, picking him back up, holding him over my shoulder…laying him down again, picking him back up again…you get the picture. That’s one reason for the bad nights. It’s not feeding him that is the problem. It’s all the reflux afterwards. Like, by 5:00 this morning I was too tired to think clearly. So I didn’t burp him long enough. So he kept making snuffling noises and writhing around. Which kept waking me up…
And so enter: the Moby! It keeps him upright while I work. Or go on a walk. Or eat. Or sew. Only some of these don’t work as well with a baby in front of you. It’s like being pregnant again. Only you can take it off! And wear it as high as you want. I like it. I also love the Moby because it’s much easier on my back/shoulders than the one shoulder sling, for instance, that I got from Seven Slings. I think I’ll like that one when he’s 8 months old and riding on my hip a lot. Then I can just secure him onto my hip and go on with life. But for now, I’m in love with the Moby. I do need to ease into it. My back hurt last night from the much wearing.
Enzo doesn’t totally love it yet, however. From day one he hated being swaddled. He would work hard until he got at least one hand out. So I gave up on that! And now I think the Moby feels a bit too tight to him. But he gets over it and calms down…
(I just heard Bomani, trying to convince Daisy to come outside and play with him…and she’s scared of something she heard…I hear him tell her, “Daisy! God will take care of you…”
And so I will close with a few more pics of the week.
Below. One day Bomani came inside with a flower for me! I winced when I saw that it was a miniature spring daffodil. It was on the tip of my tongue to tell him, “No! Don’t pick those flowers…we want them out there…!” But then I saw his face. He was thrilled. And my heart grew warm. He was so pleased to be able to bring me a flower…
As you can see, I am not good at this selfie thing. I had to take like a hundred pics…
I made my minky/whales burp rags and blanket!!!
I know…I’m hopeless. But I’m totally in love. I ordered both of these from fabric.com. And the quality is fantastic. The minky, while nearly double the price of walmart’s, is way, way above in quality. It is soft, luxurious…amazing. I told Craig that I’ll need to line a skirt in that stuff! I wish it weren’t so expensive, because I would love to make a blanket for each of the kids in minky and flannel. Bomani has been begging me for the monkeys in flannel ever since he saw it on the computer. I told him that it costs $10. And so every now and then he begs me once again…for “ten dollars of monkeys”! Well…his birthday is coming up…
At any rate, I love my navy minky.
The most recent addition: Enzo’s picture in the frame!
Just because…it looks even nicer when it’s dark outside and there’s no light shining through the curtain…
Have a blessed week!