What a ride it’s been.
We launched Wild Olive in early March 2008 – right about the time the economy was tanking.
But for God, it was right on schedule. Just days after our website going live, I “won” a day trip to Ree’s ranch for me and a girlfriend. To do some cooking and well… hang out with the Pioneer Woman.
Honestly, I was so excited when I opened the email from Ree with “Congratulations, come on down to the ranch!” I chipped a tooth on my coffee cup.
Yeah, I’m cool like that.
Colleen, my Wild Olive partner and also one of my very bestest friends, went with me. Sweaty-pitted and giggling like nervous high-school girls, we made our way down to Ree’s ranch, where we laughed, talked and ate our way through an afternoon of learning to make cake balls.
From the queen of the cake ball herself, Bakerella.
It was crazy, y’all.
Even crazier was when, just a few days later, she posted about the day on her website. And happened to mention our teeny-tiny-baby t-shirt company.
That is how Wild Olive began. Almost 5 years ago.
And tomorrow, we will close our doors.
So grateful for every minute. For some stay-at-home moms who had never run a small business, designed a t-shirt or marketed a product, the learning curve was enormous. But He was faithful.
We learned how to work Adobe Illustrator, pick a color palette and find the perfect font. And whole lot more.
God changed my heart. He showed me where I was holding on to things – even good things – too tightly.
He showed me that letting go is sometimes the hardest thing to do. And He showed me that being obedient – no matter what things look like from the outside – is always the best thing to do.
4 years and 11 months. 8953 orders.
Almost every dollar was put back into new shirts. No one got a paycheck. And no one cared. We were being obedient to what we felt called to do.
We were blessed in so many other ways, too. We were able to help support fundraising families in the process of bringing home their babies, from all over the world. We were able to help fund a heart surgery through So Loved, and witness as sweet Grace joined her forever family. And we heard sweet, sweet stories from many of y’all who had been encouraged, blessed and bolstered by God as He used His Word on one of our tees to minister to your heart.
It was a blessing in every way.
Maybe someday I’ll give it another go. As a ministry this time, to support Kingdom work worldwide. But that’s up to Him.
I know that the end of one thing is always the beginning of another. Maybe this new season in my life is to simply rest in Him. Or maybe He has something new, right around the corner. Either way, I know it’s going to be for my good and His glory.
For now we’re selling it all. And as a final “thank you” to our loyal and beloved supporters, we’re giving another 20% off 1/2 off*.
Because it’s all His anyway.
There’s not a whole lot left, but there are still a few super cute designs. And for just $6 for kids tees and $7.50 for women’s tees, why not?
Check out the kids’ tees here.
And the women’s tees here.
And remember to use THANKYOU at checkout.
*does not apply to So Loved – 100% of proceeds from So Loved will go to fund a heart surgery for a child in China.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6