In the trenches

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I was listening to a podcast (you can find out more here) and they spoke about being in the trenches and watching God speak to you (and through you) during that time.

Since May is National #fostercareawarenessmonth I wanted to let you know how we have been deep in the trenches, and what all helped us during that time.

Fostercare is kind of like riding on a REALLY long rollercoaster, most of the time.  Between court hearings (and there is usually between 3-5 within the first year), traveling to and from all of the required appointments, counseling, and visits with the parents, you sometimes find yourself in the trenches of it all.

I remember many times where I just broke down and asked God “can I really do this?” “am I made out for this” and many more similar questions.  The overwhelming paperwork, the countless amount of people in your house all.month.long and the having to put your trust in such a broken system, can sometimes catch up to you.  BUT you know what?  You don’t stay in the trenches and yes you can do it!   You see the milestones that your foster children are able to reach, you see the LOVE that is just poured out of them with happiness and joy, and you see that you are making a difference in the life of that particular child (regardless if they remember it) forever.

Every one of us has gone through something (or will go through something) that will test our faith, our friendships, our marriage, etc.. it’s what makes us human.  It’s how we respond to that test that shows who we are as a person.

Did it hurt when we had to say goodbye to Gracelynn and watch her go back to people that we knew wasn’t the best for her? Yes! Did it hurt watching the boys have to suffer for SO long watching their biological parents string them along the entire way, just to disappoint them in the end? Yes! But it’s those trenches that God called us so fully depend on him and trust that everything would work out the way He intended on them to!

I am so glad that I have been through the good times and the not so good times with foster care because I wouldn’t be able to write this post with three beautiful adopted children that I get to call mine each and every day.

So friends, remember that when you are the trenches, it’s only temporary and that you can and will get through it (through faith, prayer, and action)!

Let me know if there is anything that you have questions on that I could help you with! I thank you all for continuing to follow along in our journey and know that I love and appreciate every single one of you!

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Pastoral’s Appreciation Service

This service was amazing to say the least.  It’s so often that we get caught up in our day to day life that we forget to say “thank you” to those who are so important in our lives.

This service was beautiful, and filled with so many loving hearts who truly LOVE our Pastor Sandra Gates, and wanted to do whatever we could to show much we appreciated her and all that she does for each one of us!

I was in charge of the program (which I will attach below) and the pictures.  I hope the images do the talking, but I know that Pastor was truly loved by so many, and that’s what is important at the end of the day!

(Here is the program I created)

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4 months of.. pure joy!

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Can you believe that baby girl has been with us for 4 months now? It’s so crazy how our family feels so whole with her in it! God knew what He put a special needs baby girl in our world.  We are both experienced, have so much love to give, and will never forget how much of an amazing blessing she is, each and every day.

This month has been a LOT on me with weekly visits with her parents (a 5 hr driving day for me) a TON of legal stuff (will post more on that soon), a lot of appointments with different specialist, shots for baby girl (that came with all of the side effects), a huge sleep regression, and lots of improvement (therapy wise).  Let me tell you, I am so glad month 4 is over, and looking forward to month 5! 🙂

All the children have absolutely loved getting the chance to love on her, and take care of her, just like their own sister.  It’s adorable to see her bond grow deeper and deeper with each of the other 4 children, and we couldn’t ask for anything more.

This road to adoption seems so far away at this time, and we don’t know if God is going to grace us with the opportunity to be able to be her parents, or if He is going to give her back to her biological parents once the trial is complete, next April.  But one thing that we do know, is that we don’t ever take one day for granted with this precious baby, and raising her, has absolutely been one of the biggest blessings of this year.

She is so adorable, and I can’t wait to see what month 5 with the Johnsons, brings us!

Please say a sweet prayer, for her health during this season, for her parents, and for us to have Grace and Mercy during this precious time and to never take anything for granted!

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Rochelle is 2!!

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This year, I am doing better, with knowing she is exactly where she is supposed to be.  It’s interesting.. this thing we call grief.. it’s an unending roller coaster of ups and downs, and it’s a ride so many of us are on. I am happy to say right now.. we are on the “up” side.

This year I still kept with tradition and did #pinkforRochelle on FB for all of our friends and family to participate in a balloon release in honor of her name, or just wearing pink/doing something in her honor.  It was so nice to see so many friends/family participate!

We were going to do our own balloon release, but God had other plans and it was POURING the entire day of the event, so we cancelled it and just did a craft with all of the kids with the balloons and made the most of her sweet memories.  Now that we have 3 boys (who didn’t know our sweet precious Rochelle) we got to tell her amazing life, battle, and story in those 2 months and 1 day, and how Brielle will forever be bonded to her baby sister (she still talks about her quite often).

We love you Rochelle Elaine Johnson ♥♥ Happy 2nd heavenly birthday!!

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