Hi, y’all! I’m excited to share something that’s really special to us and our family. A few months ago, Elayne of Annunciation Design reached out and shared that she was looking for a few other artisans who were interested in creating a custom family mission statement. Now, my background is in the corporate world, and I absolutely grasp the importance of a company having a mission and a vision. Without one, the company has no clear direction of who they are, what is important to them, and what they want to be. When it came to my family, though, I hadn’t thought about it…we just, well, “were”. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized the importance of what Elayne was driving towards – our family, just like the corporation, needed the clear picture of who and what we were.
At first, it was a daunting task – we weren’t sure where to start in coming up with what it was that perfectly fit our family! Elayne provided some thoughts, and we ran with them, massaging and making them our own. Working with my husband and son was honestly such a unique experience as we, together, talked through what is most important to our family. Each of us had a fair say in what was included, and the final compilation is a beautiful representation of *us*.
Elayne was wonderful to work with. She was always available to answer any questions we had, and was patient with us as we – I suspect! – took longer than most to really identify what was important to us. As part of the design process, she also provided two rounds (beyond the initial concept) of design changes to ensure that the final product truly was one we would cherish. We wanted it to fit in with our coastal decor, and she did a great job…the picture, in its rustic frame with light blue background, sits perfectly between two sail boats on our wall.
I’m absolutely loving how our family mission statement turned out. It’s everything that is important to us. When it came time to finding a home for it, we decided to hang it in our breakfast nook. It’s now one of the first things we see as we start our day, and I often find myself reading through it every time it catches my eye. I’m purchasing one for my sister and her family, and am already looking forward to seeing how hers turns out – and what they feel is the mission of their family. This was such a beautiful gift! If you were to write your family mission, what would it say?