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Have you heard the saying "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans"? Lisa and Joel, married since 1996, became co-business owners in 2015.

A bit of our story...

Lisa had always loved creative work from writing to doing retail boutique store window displays. But it was working with people who were hurting where she felt most called. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1993, however, her plans to work full-time with nonprofits were put on hold.

So as Joel followed his career plans doing music and sound design for video games, Lisa was in full-time volunteer ministry (ie, working at home in PJs trying to manage her own illness adventure) for those with chronic illness.

Just as they were thinking they knew God's plans...

They adopted a son (who is now a teenager!) and life was "crazy-comfortable."

In 2015, however, Joel was laid off his job of 2 decades. As mobile gaming edged out platform gaming, technology changed the career path. Lisa was in the middle of making some jewelry for volunteer gifts for her nonprofit at the kitchen table, determined to get rid of air bubbles under the glass!

And with the high costs of her health insurance, her and Joel decided to put some of her favorites on Etsy and "see what happened."

Work hard and pray harder...

Wow! How fun it is to see all the ways God brings your passions and experiences full-circle.

Paula Dean once said "I worked like a dog and God blessed everything I did." Lisa is one of those people who distracts herself from her physical pain by getting involved in a project, and so when Gutsy Goodness was established in Spring of 2015, the jewelry thrived on Etsy.

Amazon Handmade opens...

And then that summer, Amazon announced they were opening a new department Amazon Handmade. That changed everything. Within less than a year Lisa was flying to Seattle as part of the first Amazon Handmade Round Table event with less than a dozen other shop owners. Yes, blessings abounded and continue to do so.

Why we love it...

Lisa loves the design part of creating a piece that conveys a message to someone special:

"It may be something you wish to tell someone, like you are thinking of her during the loss of a pregnancy or giving a bouquet keepsake as she walks down the aisle after the loss of her dad. We all have days when we need reminded of our own strength too. Whether it is through our faith or sheer determination. Being able to create these items that remind people daily of their value is an honor."

Life is always a little crazy. They homeschool their teenage son. Pipe leaks have placed them in hotels 2 Christmas seasons in a row for months... and Lisa has had surgery on a hand or foot annually.

We couldn't do it without the many who help us -- including you!

But they have an amazing team of helpers that make sure you receive a beautiful item, wrapped up ready to give as a gift. July 2017 Gutsy Goodness got their first office around the corner and Lisa and Joel got their kitchen table back (well, most of the time.)

Lisa and Joel send out Etsy orders daily themselves from their office. Lisa ties every single raffia bow and Joel has rolled out his share of sand dollar clay charms.

But all of our Amazon items are sent directly to warehouses so our customers can receive Prime Shipping and get it within hours sometimes.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your life story...

We feel honored to be entrusted to send you--or your friend, family member, child's teacher, (and many more!) that keepsake gift that conveys such a message of love. We believe every person has a story. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of yours.

We hope to connect with you on social media and get to know you better too! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to do this as a family business. We couldn't do it without you!

Lisa and Joel