Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How many of you have ever heard of Divine Appointments?  Those are the moments in your life when you are  put in a particular place, at a particular time and moment in time to experience one of life’s blessings.  These are the moments we find inspiration, friends, happiness, blessings, and moments that we could not expect to find any other times in our lives.  It is those times you think to yourself:  Wow, I was just at the right place at the right time on the right day.  If you are shaking your head right now, you have had one of those moments.  You never forget them.  You play them over and over in your mind.  Because, you know it did not just happen by accident.  You know that it was meant to be.

Such things have been happening to me for quite sometime now.  Many more started happening when I became a single mom 3 years ago.  Many of you can relate to that.  Going on very little.  (One thin dime is stretching it). One of my favorites Divine Appointment moments was in Belks. My oldest daughter was looking for a Spring Fling Dress for high school.  She was trying on dresses in the dressing room.  She had her heart set on a dress that cost $98.  I was having her try on dresses from the sales rack just in case she would find one (and like it) that costs around $30.  About the same time I was standing there waiting for her in the dressing room, a mom came up with her teenage daughter, who was also trying on dresses.  She and I were standing at the dressing rooms waiting for our beautiful daughters to emerge looking way too old and much prettier that we ever imagined and we struck up a conversation.  I asked her to please tell my daughter that the $30 dress was beautiful.  A moment or two later, both daughters exited their dressing rooms, dressed in beautiful dresses and looking stunning.  The wonderful thing is that they knew each other from school.  So the mom and I began talking more.  The mom told us that she had a dress in her car that had just been altered and they did not make it fit her daughter right.  She said, “I’ll  just give it to you”.  The most wonderful part to this Divine Appointment is that it fit my daughter to a tee and she absolutely loved it.

Being the owner of Shabby Lane Antiques has been a Divine Appointment for me.  I am constantly amazed at the customers that may come in looking for something wonderful or a special gift.  They may be feeling low and come in to find a little joy as they run from place to place, carting kids to and fro. It is the mom who brings in her 3 small girls to find gifts with the money they have saved for something special.  Or it is the newly separated mom who I can share my story of hope and belief.

On November 30, 2012, Shabby Lane Antiques will be closing our doors on Capital Blvd in North Raleigh and begin the next chapter in our life.  We will be running our business out of a storage unit not far from our present location.  We will be having events monthly by sending out invites via email, Facebook, Craigslist and more.  These events will be focusing on bringing you fun, new inventive ideas and products for you and your home.  Make sure you are on our mailing list or Facebook Page to make sure you get an invitation to the first event.