Holy JUNK, this is hard. I mean, I'm already emotional all the time, considering I just teared up and sobbed over the LEGO MOVIE preview before Monsters University. To say that I cried, fretted, freaked out, and broke down when I found out what my awesome customers did for me would be the basic understatement of the year. Just a quick run-down of what I'm talking about.
*In April, we rolled our SUV and trailer 1 and a half times, landing upside down and demolishing both vehicles. We're idiots, and didn't have full-coverage auto insurance, and though we didn't lose much inventory, I definitely had tons of damaged stuff and all manner of...adventure. Our lives were spared, thank the heavens, and really, the only lasting thing is that my leg looks like me and a bunch of vicious cats played a game of Twister. I was also pregnant, but the baby is fine, considering it's kicking me every time my husband is around (and actually, every time we watch an episode of the old Star Trek....I guess we all love Shatner, eh?)
*Somehow, over the years, I've managed to build up the most amazing following of customers (is there a better name for you girls? "customers" sounds so business-y, and I feel like it's more of a "corset-sister" relationship.......however, if I call you corset sisters, people will think I'm managing a very large brothel.), and I truly can't say that I deserve any of your kindness. I have received astonishing gifts at festivals, ranging in everything from jewelry to dinosaur shaped muffins, as well as corset shaped cookies, dipped strawberries, and even a freaking SEWING machine (although, to be fair, that was for my daughter, Brynn.). Once again, I can't even find words to thank you all properly. I'm sort of wretched at making friends, so when I have so many gracious, selfless people offering such friendship and kindness, I don't even know what to do with it.
*A group of my corset sistahs went behind my back and did the most marvelous, stunning, kind thing for me that anyone has EVER done (and this includes having a boyfriend build me an electric guitar when I was 17.). When they found out about my wreck, they rallied together LOTS of help and raised a stupendous amount of money for me! Since I'm not 100% clear on the details, I encourage any of the ladies to jump in with comments on the page, as you're more knowledgeable than I! (Rachelle, Megan, Ashley...all of you seductresses? Feel free to chime in!) I know that one of the fundraisers involved artisans donating pieces and people bidding on them, which is basically AWESOME! Heck, it's a good thing I didn't know about it, because after seeing some of the pieces, I, MYSELF wanted them...and I guess it would have been odd to donate money to myself. But, SERIOUSLY, ladies, how could I ever properly thank you? Nothing feels adequate. And when I combine your generous donation with all of the prayers, thoughts, tears, smiles, encouragement, and pure love that I've gotten in HEAPS? No words could ever do any of this justice. Heck, if I were somehow able to make free corsets for the whole population, that would be a pittance of gratitude (although, I'm sure some of you are thinking, "No, Michelle! That's a GREAT way of saying "thank you!!").