After 5 years and much growth, we've decided to update our logo. We wanted to share with you a little behind the scenes of what went into it.
Why THEA Design Co? Do you know where the name THEA comes from? When we started our first business (in 2012) we were called The Happily Ever After. All fairy tales end with "they all lived happily ever after" so our business was geared towards life in that happily ever after. It's a beautiful name, but a mouthful, and as people go to know us, THEA came to be used often as it was shorter. We're still "The Happily Ever After" but use THEA in our branding, since it's more gender neutral, and easier to say/read.
As we were rebranding, we thought about why we do what we do. Ultimately, our goal in business is to glorify God. (Matthew 5:16) So, we have three arrows (representing our three sons) pointing upward. It reminds us to look up and remember the bigger reason for doing what we do.
We also wanted the arrows to look like a tree, which reminds us of Psalm 1:3 where it says,
"He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers."
As one lovely lady said, "Every drop of ink is intentional." I think that sums up not only what has gone into this new logo, but hopefully it can be said of all that we do with THEA Design Co.
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On the Monday after Christmas, at the end of a pandemic filled year, when it seems like all is falling apart...
Maybe it's the Thursday where the toilet backs up, the kids won't stop fighting...
In our house, it often has to do with health issues. A change in medication, causing more Autistic meltdowns, littlest kiddo having an anxiety attack, or Mama having a flare where she can't get out of bed.
Whatever the circumstances, there are times that we feel weary. I don't just mean up all night tired, but soul-aching, weary. It's those times, that I need truth in my life. That's what led to this design. Psalm 23 has a little phrase in there that is a promise of hope. "He restores my soul."
Yes, even when we walk through the valleys, and the shadows of death surround us, we're not alone. "He restores my soul."
When it feels like we can't make it through another day. "He restores me soul."
When fears abound and threaten to swallow you whole. "He restores my soul."
Remember this truth, for it is a breath of life. "He restores my soul."
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After a particularly insane day, I was sharing the days events with my sister-in-law. She's a great listener. The words were shared with me, "Breathe Grace."
Those two words headed straight to my soul and changed my attitude. Isn't it funny how a changed attitude can change a whole day? Words have always have a great impact on me, and every since I was young, I'd put encouraging words on the wall, to remind me of truth. (It's one of the main reasons I got into designing shirts.)
But here's what those two little words said to me...
After a physically hard day, and frustration over all of the things that can't be done, after the yelling and running and spilled drinks from kids...just breathe grace.
Breathe it in...give grace to yourself. God gives us the strength to do what needs to be done. We'll never "get it all done," but He gives us the grace and strength to get done what should, and we need to give ourselves the same grace.
Breathe it out...give grace to others. The yelling kids, spilled drinks, the husband that forgets a task...give them grace. We've been given much grace, so we need to give it to others.
Breathe Grace, and don't worry about tomorrow. His grace is enough. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Since these words were so impactful to me, I immediately started designing, a simple little reminder to myself to do those two words. "Breathe Grace."
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