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It's time to C E L E B R A T E!

Friends, we know that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are upon us, but we're not just about having any old regular sale. It's been quite the year - changing our name, forming a new team, writing a new story. So we needed to celebrate and we wanted to invite you, our amazing community, in on that celebration with us. 

We've got SO MUCH going on, so to keep it all straight, I'm going to bullet point the big details. Don't miss out on what you'll find below! 

1. EVERYONE gets a massive discount. Take 30% off of any and all orders between Friday and Monday using coupon code CELEBRATE30. This includes print bundles, canvases, new products - you name it! 

2. We've launched a whole new line! Some of our favorite prints from our Advent Devotional plus a few new ones. But more than that? We've got new mugs, new tote bags, AND new journals! 

3. You spend over $100 in our shop? We'll send you a FREE TOTE bag. You can choose from one of our two new ones, or we'll pick one for you! 

4. We've made gift giving easy. We've got three gift bundles for $30 each, all you have to do is pick which one suits you best. And guess what? Those are on sale too!

And we've got one more important bit of information for you. A portion of all our celebration sale orders will go to support Mercy Med, an non-profit organization in Columbus, Georgia that we can't get enough of. Mercy Med is a primary care organization that provides medical attention for those in Columbus who can't afford it, while also caring and ministering to the souls of the community. 

We love that you all love the Word of God, we love that you support our small business - but we want you to also know that we love supporting the communities we come from, and you get to be a part of that too. 

This sale will go from Friday the 25th though Monday the 28th and it will be our last sale of the year, so DO NOT miss out! We love you all and we're so excited to celebrate with you! 

 

 

 

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How to: Lead a D E V O T I O N A L

How to: Lead a D E V O T I O N A L

We believe that real change happens when people gather together to discuss God’s word and what He is doing in their lives. Often, leading a devotional can feel very intimidating, but we don’t want this to be just one more thing that adds to your to-do list. We’ve come up with five easy steps to help you bring your people together this holiday season.  

This devotional was created to be read daily and shared as your schedule allows it.  With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, we challenge you to slow down and make room for the Lord to move in your community.  In our home, we gather weekly to process what the Lord is teaching us through this devotional.  You can meet weekly, monthly, or via online - but we believe change happens when we share together what the Lord is teaching and pressing upon us throughout this season.  We are excited and expectant to see how the Lord will move through your community as you Let it Be about Him.

  1. Order devotionals  - we ship in bulk too! Feel free to order for your friends, or text them a link to our website for easy purchasing!

  2. Invite your friends - be bold! Pray for direction for who the Lord is encouraging you to spend time with this season!

  3. Make it fun - Make some food, crank up the tunes, through a wrapping party, do a diy - but more than anything, don’t over think it.  Do something that feels natural for you and your people! Weather it be simple or extravagant, use your gifts that God has wired you with to host people in a way that is easy and life giving to you.

  4. Create space for discussion - Whether through one of our suggested activities or guided through questions, we encourage a simple time of sharing.  We want people to feel invited to explore and celebrate this season. Below we've attached some sample questions that will serve as a great starting point for discussion!

  5. Encourage + cultivate community - Each year we create this study with community in mind.  Whether you are walking through Let it Be with family, friends, or our greater online community, be bold with each other this season.  

Sample questions: What theme has stuck out to you? Which Let it Be declaration do you hold to in this season? What declaration is hard for you to live into right now? What have you learned about God? What have you learned about yourself? Has this advent season felt different than in the past? Why or why not?

All in all, there is no right or wrong way to lead your small group - the most important thing is gathering your people together to grow in the Lord. We are praying big, bold prayers over you and your community and we ask that the Lord would bless your obedience a million times over.  We are believe in you and are cheering for you.

Lord, we ask you to show up in mighty ways and do whatever you need to do in our hearts and lives

All Glory to God,

Amen

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A New Story

Maybe you’ve heard the story or maybe you’re new to Naptime Diaries, but we’ll try to catch you up real quick. We’ve had such a sweet, long story and we’ve got a new story to tell. 

Nick and I started Naptime Diaries print shop in 2011 on an absolute whim. I loved scripture, I needed scripture, I wanted it printed on the walls of my home. I wasn’t a designer and I didn’t really consider myself an artist – but I made a few designs and stuck them on Etsy. I figured maybe there were other people like me who loved scripture and wanted it on their walls in a beautiful way too. 

What started very unintentionally turned into something much more – a passion, a mission, our family business. Fast forward to 2015 and we had over 17,000 customers and a great fun office in Charleston and three amazing employees – we felt like we were living the dream we’d never even thought to dream! And at the same time, we knew our time running the business was coming to a close. 

In July of 2015, I sat up abruptly one day, looked at Nick and said: I think our season may be over with Naptime Diaries. We’d never so much as uttered a word about closing, stopping, or doing anything but moving forward – so that felt like it came out of nowhere, but as soon as the words came out of my mouth, they felt right. Interestingly, Nick looked back at me and said, “You know, I think that would be a good idea.”

We talked about how it took such a special grace and energy to run such a large, creative online business and how it seemed we were losing that grace. We talked about passing it on and letting another family experience the joy we’d felt. But we’re ministry people, not instinctive business people, and when we started researching and asking questions about passing on a business – it seemed daunting and overwhelming and we didn’t really know how to move forward. 

We finished out that year of business and began 2016 with all engines firing, figuring we’d just keep going and keep growing. And then abruptly, the same strong feeling came back: _We are not supposed to run this business anymore._ We don’t have the energy for it. And thus – we announced we’d be closing Naptime Diaries. There were tears as we told our employees, tears as we told our customers and friends, and we didn’t have a lot of answers. We just felt like we needed to be obedient and follow the Lord in closing. What we didn’t expect, at all, is what happened next. 

I believe it was the very first day we announced we were closing that I got the text from Kate. She's an amazing local artist we’d planned on working with and she texted saying her sister was interested in running a company like Naptime Diaries. A few hours later I was on the phone with Helen, a few days later we met with our husbands, and a few weeks later they came to visit us in Charleston. What unfolded over those weeks and months was a lot of prayer, a lot of serious business talk, and a lot more prayer on top of a lot of business talk. 

And what came out of that was this really beautiful decision, that we now truly believe God was leading us to make: not to 100% sell, close, or shut down Naptime Diaries – but to begin a partnership with Will and Helen Brooks, and together – to continue on the purpose of Naptime Diaries in a new and fresh way.

So this is just the very beginning of the story we’re so excited to tell. This is your introduction to Will and Helen, and their three beautiful girls. They are officially our partners now and we could not be more grateful. They’re going to graciously allow Nick and I to still be a part of this story, to have a hand in the business that we love so much, while they do the majority of the heavy lifting. 

There’s lot of new stuff to come – we have new positions to hire, we have a new NAME to share with you all, and on August 24th – we’ll have a brand new line of prints to share with you.

But some things are staying the same: Our mission is still to write scripture creatively on the walls of the hearts and homes of as many people as we possibly can. We still want to bless the socks off of our customers and we still want to listen closely to the Lord!

We are SO GRATEFUL for those of you who have prayed for us and cheered us on in the unfolding of this and we can’t say thank you enough for the amazing part you’ve had in this business. 

Stay tuned, this is the fun part, and we believe we’re just getting started. 

Love - Jess and Nick (the Connollys) and Helen and Will (the Brooks) 

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