Sunday, September 29, 2013

DotMom: The End of Our "Mom" Product Lines

When I started this ministry 9 (or so) years ago, we ran evangelistic volleyball camps for kids. And when I say we, I mean my 2 sisters and I.

All 3 of us are Division 1 collegiate volleyball players turned coaches, with a love for playing and teaching the game. Through the years we progressed from kid's camps to high school team camps.

When Big A and I made our first major move in the ministry, I turned the camps over to my sisters because I was busy being mom, minister's wife, teacher, and coach, who eventually decided to "stay home" with my boys. At that point, I expanded the ministry to reach out to moms through the blog, our fitness camps, fitness products and mom apparel. Not to mention speaking engagements and team-building clinics, mostly because it was tough "staying home" and it gave me something that I could do from home that not only ministered to me, but others like me, and gave me something fun to do with my girlfriends along the way.

I always planned to return to work once the boys were in school (was a highschool teacher/coach before I had the boys) and friends, the time has come!!!

I had an absolute blast at DotMom this past weekend, where my friend Ashley and I sold off ALL of our "mom" product lines including wristlet keychains, cards, shirts, water bottles, etc - except for a few things that I will use to make a final donation to The Mercy House and a local crisis pregnancy center, as well as a few things I kept to use as camp awards!

Wasn't our booth pretty?!!? :)

It has been such a privilege for me to minister to moms and families these past 5 years (or so) and I am thrilled to know that our products are being used by women all over the country (and world) to strengthen their relationship with the Lord! It is my prayer that after our products have served them well, they will pass them along to someone else whose spirit needs to be lifted.

As for me, I am the new Creation Health Coordinator for Greene County - a great job where I am doing a lot of the same things I was doing here at Worthy of the Prize (speaking, coordinating events, promotions, faith and fitness blogging, etc) and where I can set my own schedule and work from home, allowing me to still be mom and minister's wife!

As for Worthy of the Prize, we will continue to run high school volleyball team camps, as well as train others to make an impact through sports ministry, partner with others who are doing sports ministry through J316 Ministries, sell our books and resources in our online shop, and hopefully one day lead sports mission trips and evangelistic kids camps of our own again!

As for our orphan ministries, we will continue both our Chosen Child and Orphan Ball Ministries as long as God leads - these are both very close to my heart because of Little A, and I love helping adopting families and orphans!

My sisters will continue to run camps for me, and Leslie will take over our Chosen Child Ministry, our find joy in the journey ebook promotions, as well as other administrative duties.

You will hear from me every now and then when I have ministry happenings to report or a product to review. I may blog about my family some too. Feel free to follow me at Creation Health - Greene County as well. And be sure to enter our current giveaway over at find joy in the journey.

God bless you all! I could never thank you enough for your support, prayers and donations through the years!

By the way, here are a few highlights from my DotMom trip...

Meeting Jen Hatmaker - my new bff! ;) I purchased 2 of her books - 7 and Out of the Spin Cycle! She signed them both and I can't wait to read them!

Finally meeting IRL my friend Courtney from Lil Light O' Mine! I purchased a set of her fabulous ABC Scripture cards and I can't wait to go through them with my boys!

Have a great week, friends!

About the Author: Erin Vick Franklin is the Creation Health Coordinator for Greene County and the founder/director at Worthy of the Prize. Erin has a BBA in Marketing and Management from TCU and a Masters of Christian Education in Church Recreation from Southwestern Seminary. She is a published, award-winning author and poet. Purchase her book Worthy of the Prize Sports Camps: A Church's Guide to Implementing an Effective, Community-Reaching Christian Sports Camp to be used as an outreach tool for your church or mission organization, and her ebook find joy in the journey: how 12 women could face tomorrow just because He lives for inspiring stories of women who found overwhelming joy despite their circumstances. Erin is the wife of A, a Worship Pastor, and a work-at-home-momma to 2 crazy little boys, a and e.

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1 comment:

courtney defeo said...

congratulations on your new job! and i'm proud of you. i know these decisions can be tough, but obedience is key. loved meeting you!

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