Behind the Scenes

Chris and Allison Burr, along with their four children, Madeleine, Sophia, William and Annaliese, are the team behind Sword & Trowel.

We are a homeschooling family with a shared love and passion for theatre, literature, theology, and music.  All of these elements are layered into our everyday family life through the things we read, listen to, study, and sing.

I believe (this is Allison speaking) that we women should have the freedom to decorate our homes, for our family and our guests, in a way that reflects the priorities of our hearts and minds.  Five years ago, the idea of a substantial, theological and literary home decor line was planted in my mind — but I still had one more baby to birth and several years of intensely sanctifying mothering to get through first! Now, we think the time is right for us to launch this small family business in order to equip the saints to wear their theology, display their theology, and live their theology.  [You can find out more about my teaching ministry here.]

Everything we offer for sale at Sword & Trowel is really just an overflow of our everyday family life:  things that we wear, that we display, that we believe in, that we love.  We invite you to browse our products, and let us know below if there is something you’d like to see us offer in the future.  We strive for excellent customer service and hope that you will feel confident referring your friends and family members to our shop.  All items carry a 30-day money-back guarantee.  We want you to love your product, or we will happily provide a refund!


We would love to hear from you with any product suggestions or general feedback you might have!