Poe Wovens is closing. That sentence has weighed heavy on my heart for some time now. So much has happened in the babywearing industry over the last three years, both in the United States and abroad.
Many factors went into our decision not to release new designs in 2017. The most obvious being that the babywearing market has shifted. There has been a wave of new companies entering the market, which is both fabulous and not so fabulous. A flooded market tends to drive prices down. In short, decreased demand coupled with increasing costs lead to a fiscally bleak outlook.
The second reason, is not so obvious or public, and that is by design. Before holding the title of small business owner, my identity is wrapped up in two basic things; who I am in Christ, as a Christian, and who I am as a wife, mother and daughter to my treasured family.
While seeking a work-home balance has been a do-able challenge in the past, as a mother of five children ages 4 to 17, as of late, the challenge has increased enormously. I am thankful and humbled for the love, support, guidance and encouragement I have received, from near and far.
"He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young."
So in summation, a shifting market, increased costs, coupled with my desire to concentrate more exclusively on my faith and my family, were the deciding factors which lead to the decision to close the business. I am hopeful for what the future holds for both my family and the babywearing community.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
There are too many people to thank, but please know that those of you who have worked with me have truly been a blessing to me.
And to the owners of Poe Wovens wraps and slings, please know that each package was prayed over before it left our farmhouse doors. I prayed for safety and blessings for the babies and toddlers they would carry, for the moms and dads and grandparents and caregivers carrying the babies, that they would be blessed, that the bonds between wearer and wearee would deepen. I prayed that treasured memories would be formed while wearing, because weaving is poetic, and wearing your baby is poetry in motion…