Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Barn House 2009 Season Opening - The Love!
The preparation for our 2nd Season Opening was certainly the most difficult of any show we have EVER done. To say the stress was intense would be an understatement. But even in the most challenging times, an undercurrent of love was at the core of the experience. "Enjoy the journey! Yes, we MUST enjoy the journey!" Without a doubt, the journey was worth the end result. "Love, Friendship & Family" was the theme of the day and it was so dense in the air, you could cut it with a knife. There is something amazing about this community we have stumbled upon in the Pacific NW. So far away from our own families, we have been embraced in ways we could have never imagined by so many wonderful people here. It is absolutely AMAZING! We feel very honored and privileged to call so many of you friends and family. Thank you for taking us in...
As most of you know, this show couldn't have happened with the talent and hard work of many, many folks, aka The BH Family. We had almost TWENTY people working hard before and during the show to pull this all off!! The Boys of BH must first thank our dealers & friends for all of their hard work and dedication: Natalie (Sparrow), Slyvi (Little Cottage), Cindy (Tarte), Debbie & Laurie (Worthy Goods), Julie (The Withies) and new to the BH familia is Leah (Art by Leah -- weren't her paintings beautiful??).
And then there were all of the additional Friends/BH Angels that ran around like crazies with the rest of us - Diana & Donna (Annie, Fannie & Abigail), Rebekah (Little Byrd), Robin (Bird Tweets), Kathy (Katherine's Folie) and her lovely sister Carrie (aka, "Bertha"--lol), Florence (Essences of the Past) and our 4 Road Warrior Parking Gents (Patrick's Parking Crew). Oh...and I MUST thank Sylvi's husband Wade for coming through on all the extra lighting for us (we owe you big!). The only person not able to make it was The King of Tarte...we missed you B!!!
Have you ever just been just filled to the brim in your heart with so much love that you just don't know what to do with it all?? That's how I have been feeling lately. It typically overflows out of my eyeballs when I think about how lucky we are, or when I look at, hug or talk to certain people. For a while I thought maybe this whole BH Experience was causing a few screws to come loose in my head (which may really be the case)...but I truly feel so much L-O-V-E all around us that I just don't know what to do with it all, resulting in my new nickname "Cry-Baby J."
Saturday was incredible!! We are so thankful to EVERYone who came out to support us...even the people in the hills who just came down to eat our cake and leave. We appreciate you from the bottoms of our hearts.
Thank you for the hugs, kisses and well wishes.
Thank you for waiting patiently in the warm sunshine for us tally up your treasures.
Thank you for smiling and shining your light upon us.
Thank you for being here with us when you really didn't have to be.
Thank you for being apart of The Barn House Experience -- even when it gets a little crazy.
Thank you for your generosity.
And we must thank those of you out in blogland for sending your love and positive energy our way. We don't know all of you, but we feel you here even though you can't make it!
We love our lives!!! This final picture is one that our friend Robin took that I feel really captures a very special moment...a moment that was happening it seemed like every minute of the day with our customers/friends/dealers...she appropriately named the picture "BH Sisters"--yes, it makes the love spill out of my eyeballs! Thank you, Robin!!
The Boys of Barn House and The Barn House Family
P.S. - Once I dry my eyes, I can't wait to share some stuff that really shouldn't be shared (The BH DRAMA!). "What goes on in this-here house, needs to stay in this house!" BUT, since I cancelled my subscription/prescription to US Weekly, I look forward to our BH Friday Moonshine Happy Hour and spilling the beans about Natalie's meltdown, Sylvi's tirade about "The Boys" stealing her light bulbs over-and-over, Joe's "Big Talk" with Debbie & Laurie, our big "trick" on Kathy & Carrie (including Carrie's horrible job the day of the event) , Cindy (they don't call her The Queen of Tarte for nothing) painting signs at 2 am a few hours before the event in her new line of NW Junkers Lingerie...and you won't want to miss what I am pretty sure I heard our Auntie Joy say as she was walking out the doors--did anyone else hear it or am I crazy??) WE LOVE OUR LIVES! HEE HAAAAAAAAW!!