In my “day job,” I’m a writer. Well, actually, I mostly teach other people about writing, train and supervise writing tutors, evaluate writing, write emails and Facebook comments…. What I don’t do very often anymore (not terribly surprising as a mom-of-four with three part-time jobs) is sit down and write stuff just for me. I’ve missed that. So, when I decided to venture back into the world of blogging, it felt very important to me to create a space where I could write about what I really care about. I’d like to see my words spread joy, make people laugh or smile, teach something new that makes someone a little better at doing what they love… That’s my goal here at Acorn Tree.
It may be surprising that you’re this far in to an “About Me” page on a crochet blog and just now getting to the crochet part, but there’s a story behind that. I began Acorn Tree Creations in 2010 when our family abruptly lost health insurance. With three kids and a few chronic health conditions in the family, we needed to move fast to find an affordable option, and creating a small business out of my crochet hobby seemed the most viable option. I had learned to crochet five years prior, but I had picked up my hook again passionately around the time my third child was born. Since I was crocheting 6 to 8 hours a day anyway, why not make some money out of it and be eligible for group health insurance as well? My husband and I jumped through all the hoops to create a partnership and launch Acorn Tree.
The name Acorn Tree came to me in the middle of the night after a week of pondering (agonizing, really!). We needed something that wasn’t just limited to crochet so that we would have the option of expanding the business in other areas (especially the consulting work he might do in his own field of Biblical Studies or the tutoring and writing consulting I was also contemplating doing on the side.) I wanted to avoid anything cutesy or too feminine, but nothing was coming to mind. When “Acorn Tree” popped into my head, I loved it instantly!
It reminded me of the biblical parable of the mustard seed: “which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade” (Mark 4:31.) Acorns are modest, earthy little “nuts,” yet they grow into strong, beautiful oak trees, providing shelter, shade, food, wood, and stability for others around them.
In many ways, Acorn Tree feels like a metaphor for my family. We’re a motley crew of six, two of whom came to us through our journey with foster adoption. My husband and I came into this two very average individuals, far from model parents, simply desiring to love well and to grow something beautiful. Our parenting journey–very different from many others, but in so many ways very much the same, I’m sure!–has grown us in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23.) Our kids bless us daily with their uniqueness, and yet, together as a family, we’ve become something strong. Something I hope spreads joy to others. So, I hope you are encouraged and inspired by this blog–whether you’re a life-long crocheter, picking up a hook for the first time, or a fellow lover of yarn, crafting, or any other form of making and spreading beauty in this world!
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