The Crockin’ Girls One Year Anniversary Reflections

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We are coming up on our one year anniversary since the unexpected start of our Crockin’ Girls journey and it has really got us thinking!

From Nicole,

Wow, I can’t believe we are rolling up on our one year anniversary for the Crockin’ Girls, talk about a roller coaster ride! It has been extremely fun, scary, nerve racking, a definite adrenaline rush, and in the long run keeps me saying, “Let’s do it again!” In all of our wildest dreams never did Jenna or I plan for this journey. On August 19th, 2011 our goal for making a Facebook page was to make life a little simpler for our families and friends. From there our lives completely turned around, and all I have to say is thank GOD for crockin’ or else we would be eating out all the time!

In one year I have held my first ever crock-a-thon, created a cookbook, been on TV, and interviewed by several newspapers, radio shows, and magazines, traveled to pretty places and met famous chefs. I have attended my own book signings, and not only have I seen my very own cookbook in Barnes and Noble, I have celebrated as it was named the #1 cookbook, even crazier! I have also gotten to meet and work with some AMAZING people and I HAVE LEARNED A LOT!!

In looking back on this first year of Crockin’ Girls, I can honestly sit here and say I am a very blessed woman. I am blessed to have experienced all I listed above, but I am more blessed from what this whole journey has taught me as a person, wife, mother, friend, and as a business owner. I have grown stronger in so many ways. This crockin’ community keeps me grounded, the amount of love, support, and uplifting stories I get on a daily basis is unreal. As a wife, my relationship with my best friend has always been great, but now we are so much closer. He has been by my side and been my rock through this whole journey. I have learned to set all the small stuff aside and really “be” with my family. I have learned that I don’t need to stress about my towels being folded and placed in the cabinet a certain way, while it sure is pretty, my kids aren’t going to remember what the towels looked like in the cabinets. This journey has taught me what really matters in life. What matters to me at the end of the day is resting peacefully on my pillow because I know I am me, I am the rock my husband and kids need, and because I am living “the moments” with them and having no regrets.

This time last year:

  • I had a 5 year old and a 2 year old.
  • I had no internet in my home…just wanted to disconnect a little!
  • I was gearing up for a new year at Dance With Me Studios, starting to plan a recital.
  • I was working at our Insurance Office when they needed me.
  • I considered myself a stay at home mom, even though I haven’t ever been much of a stay at home person, but when I had moments to have my kids with me they were.

In comparison to this year:

  • I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old. Wow, that’s tough to say!
  • I absolutely have internet and use it ALL the time. I am completely lost without it now.
  • I am in the process of selling my dance studio to a good friend to whom I owe this last dance year.
  • I don’t even know what staying at home means! haha!

I am thrilled to say I look forward to what a new year will mean for the Crockin’ girls. I am so blessed to have Jenna as a business partner and best friend. God has opened a door for us and has guided us throughout this journey. I can’t wait to see the doors open and how we can give back to our faithful crockin’ community. Without y’all we would be two stay at home moms worrying about how our towels are folded. Thanks for this year’s lessons y’all!

From Jenna,

This time last year:

  • I had a 2 year old and a 3 month old.
  • I was a stay at home mama.
  • I had no internet in my home…just used my iPhone!
  • I just started up my business creating custom kids clothes.

This year:

  • I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old (15 month old).
  • I am in limbo with what kind of mama I am (lol)! I am at home, but I work…traveling some. I am not a ”stay at home mom”, but still sort of think of myself as one. It’s confusing, but one thing is for sure, WiFi is a MUST!
  • I still have some things to sew for Nicole and Gracie. These projects are about to hit their one year anniversary of being in my “to-do” pile, Ha! Sewing has definitely taken a back seat, but it is my goal to do it some so that I can keep my creative juices that make me “me” still flowing!
These are not the only changes that have taken place in the past year, but to list them all would take some time! There is no way that I could have ever imagined life leading me down this path since last August, but I am so thankful that God has blessed me with this adventure! I am a big believer in everything happens for a reason, and that all moments in life lead up to where you are supposed to be. I cannot believe that all of the choices I have made and life decisions that sculpted my life have led me to here. Although, this role is very overwhelming at times and requires me to accept the fact that (even though my world has done a 180) this is my new life and to embrace all that goes with it. TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED! We love to hear how crockin’ is simplifying the lives of so many and helping families in ALL walks of life to get dinner on the table and spend more time with their families. I am continually thankful to have this opportunity and I am so excited to continue on this journey and see what is in store! Some of the highlights of this first year of crockin’ would be:
  • The Crock-a-thon: 3 days of slow cooking to get all of the recipes nailed down with photographs taken of each one! This included about 30+ slow cookers, about 20 mamas to help us out, 1 chef, 1 awesome coordinator, 2 food stylists plating food and 2 styling the plates with backgrounds for pictures, 2 photographers, numerous art directors and our right hand man Brent with the publishing company. Not to mention all of our families help and support with 4 kiddos running around!
  • Love at first sight: Nicole and I went up to Dallas to work with the publishing company right before the book was released. While there they surprised us both with the first copy of the book. We literally just sat there and petted it.  At that moment, I knew that our hard work had materialized into the real thing.
  • Hitting Barnes & Noble Bestseller List: Our book reached the top ranks at Barnes & Noble and continues to be the #1 cookbook. Never. In. A. Million. Years. would I have thought that would happen to me. That’s one to share with my grand-babies!

In all of this I have learned to let go of the little things, go big or go home, take what is given to you and make something of it, love on my babies because they grow too fast, and to Keep Calm and CROCK ON!

 

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  1. Robyn

    Robyn
    #1 on September 20th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Great jobs Ladies! I saw someone post a comment saying they needed a new crock pot reciepe on FB. Then someone posted The Crockin’ girls. Had to check it out. Winter is coming up and I’m looking forward to dusting off the crockpot and diving into some comfort food! Been wanting to buy your book but was putting it off….but no more it went on sale at B&N! Put my order in and it’s on its way. Trying to get back to my coupons and simplify things and this is a great start. Word of mouth is the greatest compliment! And Congrats on your 1yr anniversary.

  2. Betty
    #2 on September 20th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Watched your video today with Cade’s enchiladas and the Smores cake. Sound delicious. Only have one at home now in 4th but have 5 grown children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren plus lots of adult who grew up in my home as foster children and their children and they are all my kids. Can;t wait to use some of the recipes when they are home on visits. Go Zephyr Bulldogs.

  3. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls
    #3 on September 21st, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Thanks, Robyn! Hopefully, you’ll keep on crockin’ during the summer! We have delicious summertime recipes, too!

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