The first Visit


Well yesterday was the first official visit with our foster child and his parents.  Well, only one parent showed up, but it was really nice and I was super nervous beforehand, not knowing how everything would go.

You see, the thing about this foster process, is that we never really know what to expect or what we are about to walk into.  We know a general synopsis of how it should go, but it never goes that way.

I called his legal worker to let him know that we (me and little man) were there at the office, and I thought he was going to have the supervised room for his parents already set and ready to go when I walk in, and I could just hand him little man and say “see you in an hour”… ya, not what happened at all.

I had to wait in the waiting room while his legal worker was getting the room for the visit(with 2 other people.. one of them being his parent), so I had no way to avoid communication and just kind of introduced myself, started talking about little man and all of the advancements he has made in this last month, and all the sign language he knows and is learning.  It felt good in my heart that when little man saw his parent, he started smiling and acting shy and leaning into me.  He knows who his parents still are, and that’s what is important, especially in this situation.

I watched how they interacted for a little bit from a double-sided window, and how little man was genuinely having a good time, and it felt so good to watch their relationship start to develop again from a different perspective now.  I am so glad that we can help his parent(s) by watching their precious little boy, while they fix what they need to fix in their life, before he goes back.  An hour went by so fast and he and I both were happy to reunite once it was over. His parent was so nice and I was glad that we met.

I have no doubt in my mind that he will be returning home to them in 6-12 months.  We pray hard every day for both little man and his parents that they follow Gods path for their lives, and see this as a second chance at parenting and their own lives, to get clean and stay healthy. We ask if you would please join us in prayer for them as well, as it would be greatly appreciated.

So cheers to the first visit down, and many more to go(they are weekly)!

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.


10 tools this Tuesday

When building a fence, there are very specific tools that you must use, to make your fence-building experience, work (And a heck of a lot easier)!

For today’s 10 on Tuesday post, I will list 10 tools that we used during our experience and leave you with a few pictures! 🙂

  • heavy duty stapler – 7/16″ and 9/16″ staples
  • level
  • 8″ wire cutter
  • circular saw
  • sawhorses
  • 24 – 1/4 in lag bolts
  • shovel
  • manual post hole digger
  • 2 buckets (water, cement)
  • 8 inch auger



I am linking up with Karli from Sept. Farm for today’s 10 on Tuesday!

5 on Friday!

I haven’t done 5 on Friday, in a little while! SO I will definitely update you on a few things happening around with us Johnsons!  Things have been crazy around here adjusting into finally having our house complete and moving in it, staying at home M-F with Brielle and homeschooling her, and thinking of how I am going to accomplish all of my goals this year!

  1. This is pretty exciting news–Our daughter is officially potty-trained, broken of pacifiers, and transitioned into her big girl toddler bed! What’s even more insane is that we did it ALL within the same week! (That is another blog post in and of itself and Shane and I couldn’t be more proud of our 2 1/2 year old growing up right before our eyes)!
  2. We have successfully completed our house and we are still noticing some small things that are having to be fixed, but are so thankful God put this idea in our heart so that we are more space for our family (yay, for mobile homes!) ;)! I will be starting our blogging journey on how we chose this house pretty soon and what to do/not do when it comes to purchasing your first mobile home!
  3. I purchased a new lens for myself for Christmas, and boy do I LOVE it! I am seriously loving taking pictures, and could SO see myself doing this on the side one day for profit, once I fully figure out the ins and outs of it all!
  4. I have joined some amazing blogging groups/joined some classes online, and
    I am beyond excited to dive into this blogging journey/lifestyle and really make the most of it! I know now that I am beyond capable of doing great things, and so I want you all to stay tuned for big things happenings around here with Journey with the Johnsons!
  5.  I purchased 5 things for $12 from our little cute boutique called Bleu in our small little town where I live, and I absolutely love a boutique with great sales, so that I can replace my old, used stuff with cute new updated stuff! YAY for amazing sales, and I would encourage all of you to visit your local stores and always remember to #shoplocal!



Bonus**I have finally decided to also dive into starting my book writing Journey! I have a Title in mind, and I am beyond excited to share my thoughts and feelings!

I am linking up below with some other awesome bloggers below, click here and here. 🙂




Coffee chat, with cinnamon rolls!

Haven’t had a coffee chat in a little while, so I figured I would catch up on some major things going on here!

Of course, since it is cold here in Texas now (well, for the past two days), I feel like you must have something warm to drink in the morning, when you are first waking up! But, along with something warm to drink, I feel like the cooler weather brings the acceptance of eating a warm croissant(such a nice delicious cinnamon roll) as wel!

I have had some major changes this past month and I would definitely first start out the conversation by asking how you are doing, and find out the latest updates with you! I am a great listener, so I love when people get lost in their lives!

Once the conversation turned back towards me, I would definitely tell you that I have so many changes with my jobs, my house, and my family, that sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming.   Celebrating Rochelle’s first birthday was hard, yet rewarding.  I would tell you that my house itself is here, and my well is placed in, but we are still not living there.  We still have to get our electric pole and septic tank placed there.  God is showing me so much through this process, and at the end of the day, I must remember to trust in His timing, and just wait.  I would tell you that my last “official” day with my home health job in Austin is coming up and I can’t believe it! It has come by so fast, that I can’t believe it’s almost here, and she is almost 4! YAY, I am SO proud of her!  I would also tell you that I am SO beyond excited to be meeting up with my family (my cousin and her family) for thanksgiving!  I have to work that day, but I know it will be a GREAT new experience for all of us, and I can’t wait!

I would also probably tell you that I can’t believe Brielle is growing up SO fast! Next month, she will be 2 1/2 years old! Where in the world has time gone? I love this stage SO much, and I feel like I can do anything and everything with her.  She is such a big girl and has some major transitions coming in her life (potty training fully, transitioning from crib to bed, saying good-bye to paci’s), that I would almost say to beware of the upcoming months for us and say a LOT of prayers!  Transitioning to a new house will be completely different for her, yet exciting, and it will definitely bring so many new changes for her!  I would probably (if you are a mom) ask you how all of works and what the easiest techniques are.

By the end of our coffee date, we would definitely make sure we finish our cinnamon roll and make sure to get extra to take home to the family if we needed! We would definitely need to set up a date for our next meet-up, give hugs, and say our good-byes!

It was nice having another coffee date! I hope you are all doing well! 🙂