If you have followed along on the shop reveal, you have an idea of how much work went into the transformation. So many people were involved in ultimately bringing this to an "after". Some walked in before any work had been done, surely thinking I had lost my mind. And some days, I felt like I had. Haha!
One of the technicians walked in after most of the work had been done and remarked, "I feel like I should take my boots off." Wow! That meant a lot coming from someone who possibly thought I was nuts at the beginning.
I am grateful to all who helped bring this old shop back to life: Don & Beverly (landlords), my husband and son (who were helpful, supportive and very patient with me), Livingston Roofing/Chuck & Sally (metal roof), Louisiana Lawnscapes (shrub removal), Jonathan (lawn), Micah (lawn/weeds), Mike (house leveler), Red Stick Crushed Concrete (driveway), Lee's Dirt Work (sand), Danny (tractor), To The Full Construction (bathroom reconstruction, new door, lots of repair work), Noah (hauling), Barry (pressure washing, etc.), Tori and Quinn (cleaning), Advantage Pest Services (quarterly spray), Chad (haul junk, spray paint interior), Rus (loaned large, portable AC), EcoCool (two separate bids + advice), Jay Guy (electrical), Joey (electrical & misc. tasks), Brooke (priming), Twinpop Shop (chalk sign), "Canefield Client" (kitchen cabinets), Karl Kraemer (carpentry/kitchen), Kenny Gravette (exterior painting), Bailey (paint/helper), Jenni (organize/clean), and Redemption LLC (who keeps all of the finances in order so I can focus on work).
Thank you to Tasha Rae Photography, Vanissa Murphy Photography and Bearded Dragon for the interior media projects -- some still to be revealed!
It was such an honor to head up the renewal of Beverly's Flower Shop. I am so very thankful that Miss Beverly entrusted me with a piece of her history.
I am also thankful for my long distance family/parents who encouraged me and prayed along the way. My sister lifted me up in prayer and offered encouraging scripture and words when I was at some pretty low points.
If I have missed anyone, I am terribly sorry. Two years is a long time and my memory isn't what it used to be, lol!
The sign, "just breathe" greets me every time I walk into the shop. But, in reality, it's God who got me through this and will get me through the next hurdle (whatever that may be). "Just pray" is actually what this sign could say. There were countless days and nights in there where that's all I could manage to do before walking out. So many times I felt defeated, exhausted, ill-equipped to go on. This was definitely one of those events that pushed me to see what God was capable of. Nothing is too big for Him. I truly believed from the beginning that He provided this shop and opportunity for me. He did not leave me stranded.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. [2 Corinthians 12:9-10]