Nine and a half months. That is how long it has taken me to bring you Farm House Exchange. It just so happens to be the same amount of time I carried my two children which seems so fitting considering this feels like my third! For the past nine months I have spent countless hours working behind the scenes to bring my vision to life. And just like my kids, at times I feel like I lose more battles than I win and I often wonder what the heck I have gotten myself into! But to say I am so proud of what has become would be an understatement.
It was the holiday season last year and I was exhausted to say the least. And while Farm House is always my go to for gifts, there is just something so convenient about being able to shop online in your pajamas and have items delivered to your doorstep or waiting behind the counter for you to just run in and grab, the countless hours lost strolling each aisle trying to find that one item saved! And so the vision of Farm House Exchange was born. But I didn’t want to create any website. I wanted to create a site that represented the love and charm that Caley, Kim and I have put into Farm House, our little brick and mortar located in our beautiful downtown. At the same time, I wanted a site that would compete with the best of them, the big dogs, because my dream is to make Farm House Exchange a household name.
My dad use to always say, “if you are going to do something, do it right the first time,” which is probably one of the reasons why this site has taken so long. I turned to my parents a lot during this process. The first 15 years of my life were all that I got with them, but boy was I lucky. Because in those 15 years they taught me more than most people get in a lifetime. They led by example. There was never a dream too big as long as I was willing to work hard for it. I can remember being in elementary school and I had to write a short story on what I wanted to be when I grew up. My response, “I wanted to be a teacher. But if that didn’t work out I would settle on being the President of the United States.” And as laughable as that response was, my parents were there to support it and any other dreams I had. No obstacle or goal was ever too big as long as I was willing to work hard for it. They taught me the importance of staying humble and being kind before any musician could sing about it. And in a day and age where every last bit of our lives is shared through social media, they taught me self-restraint, that most daily events are better shared in the moment amongst our family and friends we are lucky enough to have surrounding us. They were amazing and to this day they are still my inspiration, my driving force.
Farm House Exchange is a work in progress, just as I am. My goals are simple but big. Your support encourages me to keep dreaming and for that, I am forever grateful. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.