Recently, I mentioned a new adventureon which I would embark. Today, I am announcing what that new adventure is…. drum-roll please….
I have signed up to be a Blessings Unlimited Consultant. If you are not familiar with DaySpring and Blessings Unlimited, then let me introduce you, please!
Blessings Unlimited is a division of DaySpring…that wonderful website with faith based gifts, home decor, jewelry, books, etc. Blessings Unlimited is a direct-selling division of DaySpring.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
Here is a portion of an e-mail that I sent to friends announcing my connection with Blessings…
“Most of you know that John & I moved here 5 years ago. When we lived in St. Louis I sold real estate and I loved it…but, there was no way I was going to move to a new town where I knew NO ONE and start all over trying to build a real estate business.
Go ahead, let out that breath I know you are holding! I am not writing to tell you that I am going to start selling real estate!!
I went to work part-time at Lafayette and while I enjoy my job there for some time I have felt like something is missing. I missed that sense of helping people, that sense of ministering. I began to pray about what the Lord would have me do, where he might be leading me. One morning during my quiet time I had this incredible sense of being blessed, yet I still felt like something was missing. I ask the Lord to show me what he wanted me to do, how I was supposed to do it and the courage to proceed.
Later that day, I received an e-mail from DaySpring, a company from which I had ordered in the past. The e-mail shared about a division of DaySpring called Blessings Unlimited. A direct selling, home-based business that sells toys, gifts, home decor and much more all with a faith based theme. Talk about hitting me upside the head with a brick!?! After considerable prayer, talking with John and more prayer…I took the leap.
This my friends, is what I am writing to tell you…I decided this was where the Lord wanted me to go…down the Blessings Unlimited Consultant path. So, I took the leap of faith and signed up.”
So my blog friends THAT is my news! Please check out my personal Blessings Unlimited webpage here. It took a lot of faith for me to step out and do this…it is not what I would typically do, but I do believe that it is the Lord leading me.
So, I walk in faith.
What is YOUR news this week?
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In what seems like the blink of an eye, it is 31 years later. Not a day goes by that I do not think of her.
My heart still hurts.
I cry at random times.
And I miss her. Still. 31 years later.
I grieve all the things that didn`t happen.
The life events.
Strangely though there are fewer tears today. Sometimes I think my tears are all gone. The well is dry.
Lack of tears does not mean lack of grief. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. So I accept my emotions today-whatever they may be.
If you know someone that has experienced a loss, don`t be afraid to tell them you remember. Let them know you care. Take a meal, send a text, write and snail mail a card. We want to know our loss is not forgotten.
I cried in church. Not because I was thinking about the events leading up to the crucifixion but because there was a little girl of about 5 or so sitting in front of me. She had the most gorgeous dark hair. With streaks of gold running through it. Natural streaks. Not the artificial colored streaks I pay more than I`m willing to share to get every few months.
As I observed her I thought about my own daughter. The one that died at 4 days old.
I thought of how she might be standing next to me this morning or next Sunday on Easter. Maybe she would have travelled to Charlotte to spend some time with her dad and me.
Grief is something that robs us of so much. It robs me of not just my daughter but it robs me of being the mom of a daughter.
I look at some of my closest friends, all mothers of daughters and I envy, yes ENVY!, the relationships they all have with their daughters. They may not agree with them on all things or see eye-to-eye with them but the daughters lead the charge to throw surprise 60th birthday parties for their parents or make sure that mom gets a Mother`s Day card, a birthday card, etc.
I think daughters are different than sons. Daughters are more sensitive than sons based on my observations as an outsider. I do not experience that sensitivity. And I grieve the fact that I am not the mother of a daughter.
The version of me before Amy`s death is totally different than the me that is here now.
If you want to read more about about my daughter, Amy, you can go to https://marybonner.net/?s=Amy and read more about my journey through infant loss and moving forward.
Adam McHugh`s book Blood From a Stone is a beautiful piece of writing about returning from the dead. I encourage you to check it out. You can find the book on Amazon or wherever books are sold. Find and follow him @adammchughwine You won`t be sorry.
"Grief is so agonizing not only because you have lost something, but you have lost someone, and that someone is the version of you that was alive before your loss." Blood From a Stone Adam McHugh Page 102
Every June I think I`m going to handle this better. Whatever better looks like - I don`t know. 30 years and I still cry at random times. And every June I fall apart.
She would have been 30 next week. Instead of whisking her off for a 30th birthday trip to Key West like we did for her brother @coach_andy_bonner or Niagara Falls like we did for his wife we will make another kind of trip.
There will be a mass next Saturday and we will stand at a grave site as we move her body from the small town where she was buried to a final resting place by her paternal grandparents on the beautiful grounds of St Emma Monastery in Greensburg, PA.
I look forward to the weekend and I dread it all at the same time.
Today I broke down and sobbed. Just like yesterday. And probably will tomorrow. But I remember that He catches my tears in a bottle Psalm 56:8
If I learned anything from this life experience, it is this: I can do hard things. But not of my own strength. Philippians 4:13
When I tell people that I am a VA (Virtual Assistant) often they want to know what I DO. And I tell them that I mostly deal with details. Managing the things (details) that creative people do not see themselves as “good at.” Budgets, remembering dates, creating schedules and timelines, gathering data and information, making sure they get paid, etc. A few years ago, I took on my first social media influencer client. And after working for 5 years with only faith-based clients, social media was a different world! I learned how to navigate that world and now my social media clients are among my favorites. In fact, I let go of most of my other clients to allow more time to work with the influencers. One of the faith-based clients I kept is @kriscamealy of @refineretreat
I have known Kris for 10 years and worked with her on Refine for, I don’t know…maybe 6. Kris recognizes the importance of rest and soul-care that enables us to create better and more meaningful content. Allows us to be more present for our families, clients, and our businesses.
Whether we are writing in our journal, painting on a canvas, creating paid content for a social media outlet, sitting at a pottery wheel, whatever the creative outlet we must tend to our souls. We must rest. We must learn to pause.
#Soulcare is not optional in this world in which we live. We must learn to stop so that we are able to go. We can run at a break-neck, full-tilt speed for a while but at some point, we will crash.
If you are looking for a way to slow down and take a weekend to care for yourself and your soul, check out @refineretreat. Maybe Refine isn’t for you. That is ok. But if you think this only applies to faith-based work, check out @lindsaynead ‘s post from April 19. Lindsay is an amazing businesswoman and she recognizes the power of slowing down. Of stopping. Of resting. She took a break and found herself better for it.
Leroy left us today. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma 4 weeks ago tomorrow. I miss him so much. Some early photos are in my stories. He was THE BEST DOG! And he had a good life. He was SPOILED rotten. At times I think @coach_andy_bonner thought Leroy was treated better than Andy when he was home.
This is so exciting. I know you'll be great at it. Sounds like it was meant to be!
This is so cool! I never knew this existed! If I was going to sell something I think these products would be right down my line! I just won something form dayspring this week and ordered a couple of things. I'm going to be having a giveaway soon!
I think it's cool too Stephani.
How exciting… I want the memo board.
Isn't that memo board cool?
Good for you. Praying for much … blessing. 🙂
Yay for you!
I keep deliberating whether to become a consultant…after 6 weeks of thinking about it I still haven't decided lol
Best of luck!
Thanks, Jess…this was a big leap of faith for me!
congratulations Mary! I'm off to visit it right now!
I just leafed through the catalog – beautiful treasures in there! Best wishes on your new adventure! (Yeah, and I would happily buy about half the things in there if I didn't think a certain someone would have my head on one of those platters after;)
Thanks for looking Mary…they do have some pretty things!!