Hello world, We are up and LIVE and cannot wait to connect with you!
The time has come and we are now officially website owners!!! Whoop Whoop! We couldn’t be happier to finally have a place for all our lovely clients and vendor friends to be able to see our inventory all in one space! With that being said, we also would like to share a little more about ourselves because we know behind every fancy website and Instagram post there is a story, and we wanted to take the time to share ours with you.
We are Holly and Amanda, two women who are on a journey, surrounded by beautiful messes, and still trying to find all the good in the world. And guys, there is still so much good out there just waiting to be uncovered! How do we know this? Because we have experienced it firsthand. Let me explain more by taking you back to two years ago, to January 2014, when our whole entire world changed. When people ask us, “How did you get started?” THIS is the story behind our start. It isn’t fluffy and beautiful, but it’s our story and we trust God’s plan that it will be a beautiful ending to a not so beautiful story.
On January 27th, we got a dreaded phone everyone hopes they’ll never receive. The call that our Dad, our hero, at age 49, had had a totally unforeseen massive heart attack, and it did not look good. So our entire family rushed to the hospital where we were told that our father only had 10% function of his heart and would need a heart transplant, and he would not be leaving the hospital until he received one. The shock and the feelings that came with this news were simply unbearable. How could this be happening to him, a very healthy, hard-working, and vibrant man with so much left to give? See, if you knew our Dad, you know he was the bravest, kindest, most caring man you would ever know. He was a man who loved everyone fiercely and with every ounce of his being. He wanted every man or woman to be treated just as well as the next, no matter his or her story or status. He gave endless hours of his life to support local and international ministries, all while working a full time job.
HOW could he be the one suffering and facing his end on this earth? The one who would give his coat off his back to an enemy if they needed it. Oh Jesus, how? Why him? Why now? He is so young? Yet it was our reality, and would be for 3.5 months as we begged God to bring us a miracle. As we waited day after day in the hospital, we experienced an even greater miracle and that was our father. In the midst of surgery after surgery, ups and downs, good news and bad news, it was him who reminded us that we could put all of our trust in his Father, the Prince of Peace. Our father, a tower of strength, was full of true peace, saying many times, “If this is my end, my story, bring me home Jesus. I have no greater love than you. We can’t fight this story, if it is my time, He will take me home to be with Him.” Many months later and with so much more to tell, this is exactly what Jesus did. He came, wrapped His arms around my father and said, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Now come home.” He created him 49 years earlier, and He wanted His son home …he was that special, he was that good, and we had to let him go.
The pain and void of this homecoming was and has been at times, darker than you could ever imagine for all of us. Yet … there still is still so much good to be had. Even in the hospital stay, we witnessed so much good, from nurses, strangers, family, friends, and an entire community, and are still hearing stories of impact that happened during our darkest days!
Four months after his passing, my sister and I both decided that we needed to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We told our husbands our crazy idea and they quickly told us it would never work. So of course, we had to show them they were wrong! We decided to start turning our family’s vintage collection and a love for good finds into a business. We wanted to pour out ourselves creatively because we knew we needed something to bring us out of our darkness. Over a year into our business, we have found that we have a true love for weddings and seeing big dreams and visions come to life through our pieces. Our passion for people and our community was just the cherry on top, and we have met so many amazing people. We could not be more thankful for our business and the platform it provides to share our story of hope with so many other women during the most exciting time of their life, their wedding day. We believe that even in the midst of the darkest season, there can still be so much good. We are so excited about this next chapter as we launch our website and look forward to seeing where this business takes us. However, most of all, we just want to love people well and continue our Father’s legacy of sharing hope with everyone we come in contact with and in every way we can.
We would love to meet you, have tea, and hear your story! Oh, and be ready for us, because we are huggers! 🙂
All our love,
Holly and Amanda
Awesome , professional, loving and kind hearted ladies that will make all your dreams come true!!
Amy Papis Damelio
Oddly enough we have never met, but we are connected in many ways. You see, my brother was a patient in the same hospital as your father. In his darkest days while he was on ECMO your family prayed for mine and our family prayed for yours. Through the power of prayer my brother made an almost impossible recovery and his journey continues. I follow you on FB and send prayers all the time. I wish nothing but the greatest success for you both. I’m sure your Dad is beaming with pride while he watches over you.
Who could forget your Dads smile? Not Charlie or I.