Today marks my official birthday, and YOU are the best gift, ever. Today MFT also turns 6, as it was my birthday present to myself 6 years ago, today. Around this time of year I find myself reflective on how MFT has grown and evolved, and while I don’t often get personal on this blog, today is the PERFECT occasion!
Words can not express how much I love this Company. Not because of the growth we’ve experienced, but because of the relationships we’ve built. I still get teary-eyed when I think back to our very first catalog (with a whopping 14 stamp sets), the first Rep Show in Boston where I met Alma and Robert (and where, thanks to Robert, my Appletini addiction began). I vividly remember our first CHA, when Sherrie (because I’m 5’3″ and couldn’t reach) placed our Innovations Display submission into the glass case. I remember tearing up at that moment and wishing more than anything that my Mom could’ve been there to share such a momentous occasion. And then Carole, sensing my emotion, came over and wrapped her arms around me. I have such touching memories, and I am grateful; to the core of my being.
I am blessed by our growth. For what that growth has meant to my family. Being able to prosper during such a challenging time is a testament to those who love and support us. I am even more blessed by the opportunities it has afforded us to bless others. I would like to take a moment to say thank you to the MFT Staff (many of whom are listed on the right hand side of the blog).
Martin – It takes a confident man to live in a “pink” world, and you do it with such style and grace. I know it’s not always easy to work together, and I am not always the most agreeable person to work with. I get *slightly* attached to my position, and I thank you for your persistence and patience. Not to mention that Tim Holtz has nothing on you… (Sorry, Tim, I really am a fan!)
Brianna – You are my oldest daughter, and a most precious gift. I am so impressed by how much you’ve grown in your role with MFT, and how incredible you are in every role you play. When I see the leadership role you take in our staff meetings, I find myself so proud of you that it’s all I can do not to burst into tears. You are amazing. Truly and completely amazing.
Jody – Four years ago you walked into my life, and into the life of MFT. To say you are so dear to me is such an understatement it almost seems ridiculous. You get the best and the worst of me, and I know without hesitation that I am truly loved and accepted. As are you, by me. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I thank the Heavens every day that the stars aligned (with help from Jen and Carole) to bring me to Arlington that day so we could meet.
Joanne – You SO had me at Hot Tamales! How on EARTH could I not fall in love with you? You are so precious to me, and I’m so happy to call you my friend. I love how you’ve grown with MFT and am thrilled and proud to have recognized such potential in such an adorable little package. You are a love, and I’m so glad you’re mine.
To our AMAZING Design Team – YOU are inspiration, dedication, loyalty, friendship, creativity, love, and so much more. Each of you (past and present) have become dear friends, such an integral part of my life and the lifeblood of MFT in a way I never thought possible. The fun we’ve had at CHA’s and shows have been some of the highlights of my time with MFT. We seriously have FUN! Belly laughing until I feel like I’ve undergone an ab workout, fun. But even those of you I’ve never met, I adore. You make MFT the family that it is. And I thank you.
Our Illustrators/Graphic Artist Team – You are all the best and brightest in the business. MFT is able to offer the amazing products it does because of your efforts. And I hope I let each of you know how important you are, every day. You take the imaginings and dreams and make them reality. I have so much respect for each of you, and so much love.
And MOST importantly, I would like to thank YOU; our customers. It is YOU who have supported us. YOU who have trusted us with your business. YOU who have given us the opportunity to correct mistakes. Without each and every one of you, we would not be. I want you to know how deeply I appreciate you letting us into your lives. Into your craft rooms, your in-boxes, your world. We truly have the best customers in the world. You are honest, forgiving, praising, patient, kind, and loyal. And each of you blesses me, every day. My office is filled with cards, gifts, and altered items that you’ve taken time to create especially for me. You’ve sent flowers during important events. Send notes of thanks and inspiration. I am honored by you. In every way.
I know that this is not exactly a stamping related post, and I appreciate that you’ve taken time to share this very special day with me, and with MFT. Today, my heart is very full. <3