Save 10% – check out our newly designed site!

Eeek!  We’re so excited to reveal our new site!  We’ve been hard at work making our site bigger, brighter, easier and all around more fantastic!

Save 10% on your next order!  No minimum order required – good through November 21st.  See website for coupon code.

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I am forever grateful for your service…

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I am forever grateful for your service and your sacrifice.

Limited production stones are $3.50/each on our website.  A wonderful gift for a service member.

Save 10% – check out our newly designed site!

Eeek!  We’re so excited to reveal our new site!  We’ve been hard at work making our site bigger, brighter, easier and all around more fantastic!

Save 10% on your next order!  No minimum order required – good through November 21st.  See website for coupon code.

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www.CourageInStone.com

Come see us soon!

Thank You Veterans

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God bless those who serve, who give of themselves without reserve.

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For today, we’ll concede that these should say ‘Go Navy Go Army’.  🙂

We are thankful for everyone that is serving and has served.

 

 

Do you have the best Nana or Grandma? Tell her!

 

Best. Nana. Ever.

Best Grandma ever

Each sentiment token measures about 1 1/4″.  Just the right size to put in her purse, in a dish on her dresser or on a windowsill in the kitchen.  $2.25/each on our website.

Yes, We Are a Faith-Based Company – But Not How You Think

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FAITH-BASED
[feyth-beyst]
adjective
1. affiliated with, supported by, or based on a religion or religious group:
faith-based charities.

(Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.)

Contemporary definitions for faith-based

adjective
pertaining to a connection with a religion, faith, or belief system

Examples
Faith-based books are selling well.

Dictionary.com’s 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014 Dictionary.com, LLC

Recently we received an email from a customer that started out “I assume you are a faith-based company…”   She went on to explain that she was looking for a particular word on a stone that she thought we carried since we appeared to trend towards Christian items.   I don’t know why, but I was taken aback by this assumption.  We do sell a large amount of ‘faith-based’ items, particularly Christian scripture, and we have a large Christian bookstore and church clientele.   But rather than pinpoint our business to one belief system, I’ve tended towards trying to carry items with a positive message, those items that have an uplifting spirit to them and overall comforting energy.  At the same time, this is a retail business, so we have to sell what sells – in other words, as we’ve honed our craft, we just happened to have found our niche within the Christian community.

Does it matter whether we actually define ourselves as faith-based – as described in the definition above?  I don’t think so.  I think what matters is that we are a company that believes in integrity, honesty and hard work, a company that sells great items for reasonable prices and a company that you feel comfortable giving your hard earned money.  Oh, and I think it matters that we have a sense of humor.

If pressed to answer that customer about whether we are faith-based, here is what I would say.  Yes, we are a company based in faith.  We have faith that our manufacturers will continuing turning out quality products for reasonable prices.  We have faith that our employees care about their job and will work hard to ensure great service.  We have faith that our delivery handlers at UPS, FedEx, the US Postal Service and DHL will treat our packages kindly and will make sure our products get to the right people in the right amount of time.  We have faith that our landlord will continue maintaining our warehouse space so that we have a safe and efficient space to work in.  We have faith in our customers, that they will continue to want to buy our items and trust us enough to send us orders.   And most importantly, we have faith that we will be able to keep our sense of humor and good spirits through it all.

~ Brenda

Persistence

I’ve had a sign hanging in my office at work for about 10 years.  It is on the wall directly in front of my desk and serves as a constant reminder:

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone will bring success.  

~Calvin Coolidge

This word has made it’s way into the news as of late – the wonders of social media picking up on comments made by a male senator about a female senator during a senate confirmation debate.  ‘She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.’  These words have become a bit of a battle cry in today’s political climate, and can now be found on t-shirts, mugs, protest signs, and now…river rocks.

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In making decisions about themes and types of things we’ll carry, one of our goals is to not be particularly trendy or flash-in-the-pan.  Too, we like to remain apolitical.  While it’s important that we continue to add freshness and newness to our lines, we like to keep a baseline of solid, meaningful, consistent and non-controversial inspirational gifts.  We’ve been selling most of our products continually for over 10 years.

But, we do offer custom designs, so it’s inevitable that we get requests from our customers for the newest catch phrase or the latest and greatest trend.  The ‘She Persisted’ rock design caught my attention a bit more so than others, because not only is it current news, it’s a theme in my personal and business life.  Even when business is down, we persist.  When we’re not feeling particularly inspired, we persist.  When we have a difficult customer, or frustrating vendor, we persist.  To be successful in business, we must persist.

I love that we can rely on our customers to bring us inspiration.  The Custom Designed River Rocks are one of my most favorite items because it’s so fun to see what customers come up with.  And, we have fun conversations trying to guess what they are using them for.

If someone were to describe me, I wouldn’t mind them using this phrase.  I hope you find inspiration in it, too.

~Brenda