Part One: We almost made the order
We were so close to launching. However, there was one huge problem. I had many negotiations to try to get the unit cost of Eve doll down. They were successful- with one exception that the manufacturer and I had no control over. The shipping container crisis meant that shipping went from $1,000 to over $8,000. Only countries overseas make the molds that can make hundreds of Eve dolls. There is no getting around this cost. There is still a shipping container back up. I was sad. Eve was sad. I tried to see what could be done. Eve doll can’t sell at a loss; there would be no future jadies dolls. I prayed. Then I couldn’t breathe.
Part Two: Ouch
I needed nose surgery. So my nose could be functional again. So I wouldn’t have debilitating headaches. I did not look as cute as Eve doll after the surgery. Actually, I had a reaction to the stitches (who knew that was possible), and the doctors ended up uncovering another condition. I was planning on announcing the delay, but then I couldn’t move after the surgery (only would move to eat and go to the restroom), much less type, or do anything other than pray and watch movies that I wouldn’t remember. How do I tell people how disappointed I was?
Part Three: A Walk with God
During this whole process, I’ve been recommended by many people wiser than me to pray and to walk with God. I walked with God. I expressed to him how Eve doll, jadies dolls, that they are made for Him. For little girls to have dolls that will bring them closer to Him. For little girls to be able to buy a doll that is fun and wholesome and Christian. I told Him my disappointment, my melancholy, and I asked for strength and guidance. “My will is your will, God. Please help me to know what to do next. It is your timing; make my plan match your plan. I am willing to work as much as I need to!” I felt comfort like in the painting for the first time.
Part Four: God’s Plan is a Happy One
I am not giving up! God is with us!! Alleluia! Thank you to all of our real life jadies (Jesus + ladies) for supporting Jadies Dolls. Please join Jadies and Grace as we prepare to try again next year. Since the container shipping problem was caused by COVID, we have to continue to innovate and seek God’s timing, the right timing, so that Eve doll can be a reality. In the meantime, we are going to offer posts and updates that support the mission of Jadies and Grace, because the more supporters we have the more we can help Eve doll launch. I truly believe that Eve doll can make a positive impact, and that is why the hours I’ve toiled, money I’ve spent, and emotions I’ve felt thus far are worth it. Not to mention the wonderful ladies I’ve gotten to meet as a result of this company. God bless you, and stick with us, because we will see together what God has planned for Jadies and Grace!