Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CrossTimber (Homeschool Review)

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CrossTimber is a company dedicated to “name meaning gifts.” One of their primary products is the   Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse, but they also offer mugs and music boxes, as well as some smaller items like cards and bookmarks.

Names are special. As CrossTimber explains, “When your name is spoken before God, it represents who you are, and brings to His mind your reputation, identity and relationship with Him.” Our names will be written in the Book of Life.


What makes CrossTimber unique? We see personalized items everywhere, so why is this company different?

  • They will put any name on your product. If you have an unusual name or spell your name in an unusual way, that’s no problem.
  • Every item includes the meaning of your name and an encouraging Bible verse that corresponds to that meaning. Every name is fully researched, making the item special and unique.
  • Hundreds of options are available for background art, allowing the purchaser to choose a favorite scene or motif even to choose a picture that reinforces the name meaning, such as rocks for the name, Peter.
  • Items can be even further personalized. You can ask for a different Bible verse from the one usually assigned to your name or to leave off the verse. You can have an extra message printed on the back of a mug.Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews

I was given a coupon code toward the purchase of any item on the site and decided to order a personalized mug. Before I even started shopping, I contacted the owner and asked about the meaning of my name and of Emily’s name. I received a reply within minutes.

I knew my name meant “queen bee.” Blah.  But when John from CrossTimber sent me my name meaning, it was much more special:

Debbie --Hebrew

Honey Bee, Enabler of Fruitfulness:

One of Leadership and Organization

Psalms 19:9  The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and altogether righteous. They are to be more desired than gold, than much pure gold: they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.

I love that! It is so uplifting. And the leadership and organization definitely sounds like me!

Here is Emily’s name meaning:

Emily --German

Hard Working, Industrious, Creative:

She who Devotes All Skill and Strength to God's Work

Galatians 6:9 Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

I chose to order a mug for Emily because I though she would appreciate something she could use rather than something that would hang on the wall. The hardest part of the ordering process for me was choosing the background design. There were SO MANY choices! I almost ordered a mountain scene that reminded me of Glacier National Park, where we visited recently. I didn’t see a picture that particularly illustrated her name meaning or verse, but that would have been a good option. There were some that were cute, but I didn’t know if they would seem to little kid-ish to her. I finally settled on the “Fanciful Lamplight” background. Pretty, a bit unique, and I thought the lettering would contrast well with it. 

This is the finished product. Isn’t it special? I haven’t yet given it to Emily—it will probably be a Christmas gift if I can wait that long! I’m hoping that as she drinks her tea or hot chocolate, this mug will remind her of how special and unique she is and encourage her to live up to the challenge of her name.


Here is a name card that came with the mug, also beautifully defining her name and encouraging her to “not grow weary of doing good.”




CrossTimber is sponsoring a “giftaway” for 10 different prizes, including a free plaque or mug  and $10 gift certificates. This contest ends on Dec. 4, so be sure to go enter soon! Their personalized items will make great Christmas gifts!

CrossTimber 2016 giveaway

Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews
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