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Perfect Equals Procrastination!

“Perfect equals Procrastination”. This quote hit me right between the eyes this past week as I closed out 2016 and headed into 2017.

I have wanted to do a series to give our Little Bird fans and followers greater insight into the everyday business of building this Little Bird Vintage Designs venture of mine all while raising 5 fledglings throughout these past 10 years! It just seemed like I could never quite coordinate my make-up, hair, attire, time without distraction, thoughts and so on…

And so, without further adieu, I present to you my imperfect take on a vlog that, if you can get past wardrobe, will hopefully provide you with a deeper connection into this venture and your connection to it.

Ten years ago, I began this dream with one trademarked animal. It has now grown into five inspired trademarked animals and four product lines, which each have a Give associated with them, all produced right here in South Texas.

My mission to spread warmth, love, and happiness throughout the world, one Little Bird at a time, was inspired by my personal motherhood story. I wanted to share the same warmth, love and security to children in need throughout my community and world that I am able to provide daily to my own children. I decided to do so through a for-profit give model in order to show my children through example how one person, one family, one business can make a positive impact in the world while also making a living.

Little Bird currently partners with The Children’s Shelter of San Antonio to donate blankets to children in need. We hope to eventually give to children’s shelters nationwide in order to donate blankets within each community they are sold to benefit children in need across America.

For all apparel and accessory lines we carry, a percentage of proceeds are donated to local food banks through the Feeding America program to provide meals to children in need throughout the nation. At Little Bird Vintage Designs, we call this our Buy Love, Give Love Branch!

Follow along by subscribing to our YouTube channel, and The Chirp (our company blog) littlebirdvintagedesigns.com.

Wishing you warmth, love and happiness in the year ahead!

Grace

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God’s Gift, Light from Heaven

The summer of Teddy… That’s what the Summer of 2015 will go down in history as…  Our world completely changed the day we got the surprise news we were unexpectedly expecting again after closing that chapter in our lives when our 4th arrived.  Little Bird was our 5th child!  God had other plans in mind, and once we made the decision to accept and move forward with trusting in His plan, and letting go of our image of “The Perfect Plan”, we haven’t looked back.   John and I had no idea we had always obviously needed 5 children, we can’t remember what life was like without Teddy!  What a gift!

He arrived early and fast!  {I had my first contraction at noon and he was here by 4:02pm that day–we had to decide, do we go pick  the kids up from school or head straight to the hospital and have family pick the other 4 up???  So glad we chose the Hospital route.;)} He made his grand entrance into the world 12 minutes after we arrived!

His signature hair is proof of his speedy delivery!     

The day we found out the sex of Teddy, at week 13, we found out he was even more of a special gift than we could have imagined.  I can now officially speak from experience from birthing 5 children, you never know how you will react to the news:  Your baby has Down Syndrome, until you hear that exact statement directed at you.  And all the stories are true and immediately relatable.  You instantly know that gut wrenching, uncontrollable, inevitable sadness and despair that envelopes you, mourning the loss of the hope of a “healthy” child.  The uncertainty that follows.  The darkness.  The conversations that come, the choices that have to be decided upon.  The leaning on faith and trusting…  And then, just like many of the stories you hear, there is a light!  And just as quickly as  the news was delivered, that dark period of grief and loss that felt so overwhelming, becomes a blip in your distant memory, the crevice in your heart slowly fills with a new, brighter joy and you find your way out.  At least that was the case for me.  Of course a much abbreviated explanation of my reaction, but there is no need to dwell in that time for me.  In fact, I am so grateful for the gift of experiencing that sorrow ahead of his arrival so that not only I could welcome him into this world with such wide open loving arms, but I could prepare all his loved ones hearts as well.  It’s a natural response to grieve the expectation of a 100% healthy child, but I am so glad to have had the first hand knowledge of knowing our vision of 100% is somewhat limited and lacking.  Each one of my 5 are 100%+ perfect the second I meet them!  And Teddy was no exception.  He was perfect.  He is perfect.

I was struggling with how to bring his uniqueness out into the conversation.  God’s presence and voice was so strong and present throughout my pregnancy and even stronger now that he has arrived.  I feel the overwhelming desire to shout it to the world, and spread the Good News!  I am so grateful and joyous that I get this front row seat to witness first hand God’s plan unfold in not only Teddy, but my other 4 gifts, his siblings and my husband and myself.  He already has shown us so many gifts in ourselves and our family that we never expected, and has proven time and again that He is in control and to trust solely in HIM.  Since I relinquished my vision of “The Perfect Plan” for my life, he has shown me so much more than I could have ever dreamed, and opened my eyes to the beauty that comes in faith and trust.

I am thankful and thrilled for what’s to come…

Needless to say, Little Bird has slowed slightly–not nearly as much as I expected from transitioning a family of 6 to a family of 7, but I do appreciate your patience as we adapt to our present.  I now start each day differently, and with an attitude that is evident in my actions going forward as a daughter, wife, mother, and business owner, ‘Let thine Will be done’!

I felt strongly that I needed to share this with you.  I run things completely differently than I did last Fall, and I am so glad for the opportunity to share my heart and be vulnerable with you.  I am so joyous for this life I have been given and truly want to Shout it Out–and I hope it shows throughout my family, friends, community and in my business.

You will notice some additions to help make you feel more a part of the Flock with our monthly Newsletters–sign up below if you haven’t already, our new Vlog on youtube, which gives you a more behind the scene glance of all things Little Bird and the decisions that go into perfecting each product–including the making of a Little Bird Product start to finish!  You can now purchase everything directly from our Website:  www.littlebirdvintagedesigns.com/shop, and Little Bird Vintage Designs products are also being sold at select Whole Foods Market and boutiques throughout Texas.  As we grow and expand into different venues, we want you to know that our online shop will always be available 24/7!  Keep up to date with Flash Sales and promotions by following along with us on our Social Media outlets too!  {sign up for all of the above through their links to stay completely up to date with all things Little Bird}.

Yes, Teddy will have a new animal that is chosen and was actually created 8 years ago by the original Designer of the Ava Bird, Anastacia Postema.  Although it was Trademarked, it was never added to the Nest officially–until now!  Hoping to debut him by September!!  Thank you for your patience, though!  He came so early, we weren’t ready to for him!;)

Thank you again for all of your support and love for Little Bird Vintage Designs and all that it means to me and my family.  I am excited for what’s to come and glad to share in the bright future with you!

Wishing you warmth, Love and happiness all the days of your life~

Joyfully Optimistic Bird,

Grace

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