Purchase for a purpose

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I cannot believe I found Rachel online (on Instagram @putonloveco) and knew immediately I liked what she stood for, her amazing jewelry, and her sweet family!

I wanted to do a little Q &A with her and find out how and she started her sweet company (PutOnLoveCo.) and share it with you all!

Me: What inspired you to create your company?

Rachel: I was noticing the tassel earring trend and couldn’t find any that I really loved.  At the time we were really struggling financially so I thought I’d make some earrings for myself since I love creating.  As I wore them people noticed and wanted to buy them!  And that’s how “Put on love Co.” was born! It has blessed our family greatly and I love how it’s opened doors to meet so many new amazing people!

Me: What motivates you to work on your jewelry line each and every day?

Rachel: I have a family of 3 boys (and one husband!) to provide for and they are my main motivation. Creating and selling these unique designs also supports us in our desire to minister to marriages and families through our other endeavors (Revival House). I also love the idea that what I craft by hand could be worn and loved by someone I may never know!

Me: What do you see for the future of your company?

Rachel: I’m working right now on ensuring that all of my materials are responsibly sourced. I care deeply about the environment and about people being compensated fairly for their work. I want to be a part of the movement that is helping ensure that fashion is beautiful, as well as ethical!

Me: If there is something that you would want every customer who purchased your earrings to take away, what would it be?

Rachel: :The name of the company is found in Colossians 3:12-14 which says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity..” My desire is that each woman who puts my jewelry on would be reminded that the same way she puts on accessories, she has the power to put on love, kindness, patience, compassion, and forgiveness. These are powerful ‘accessories’ that can change the world!

Y’all doesn’t her story just move you?? I love everything that she stands for (and more!) and wanted to show y’all a couple more of the earrings that I have!
These are the double Esther earrings in white-

They are lightweight (you seriously cannot even feel them on!  They are adorable looking (who hasn’t hopped on the tassel trend?) and you will look and feel so great wearing these (I even had to do my special lipstick for these precious gems.)

I would HIGHLY suggest you hop on over to her instagram, etsy, or facebook and I will provide the links below and purchase you a pair (or two!)

Instagram: here

Etsy: here

Facebook: here

I hope you all head on over to one of her sites and let me know what you think! Oh and tell her that I sent you!

With love,

Sheridan

 

©2018 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

The final visit

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Being foster parents, you know in the back of your head, that every child placed into care may possibly be up for adoption.  The likelihood of that happening is very slim, but it still gives you hope.

Our journey has been far from easy, and these precious boys of ours (ages 8,6,3) have been through so much in their short life.  On Thursday May 4th, my boys had to say goodbye to the only parents they knew–their birth Mom and Dad.

Throughout the past year and half, they have looked forward to the visits with them every other week (even if the parents tested positive, CPS still let the visits happen) unless the parents cancelled, or didn’t show up.  They have gotten to know them in a supervised setting, and felt safe and secure knowing that nothing could happen during their hour visits.

On the day of the final visit, I told my boys I would be the one taking them and picking them up.  I let them know that since they were aware that their parents cancelled this “goodbye visit” twice already during the week, that if they cancelled this last and final chance, they would not get to say goodbye (per CPS rules/regulations).

I felt SUCH a relief when their birth parents showed up to the visit, because each one of my kids wanted to buy them gifts and give them things as well for them to remember them by.  Each one of my kids picked their own picture frames, with one of their favorite pictures that I printed for them to place inside the frames. My oldest foster son (8) also picked out a nice Jordan hat for his Dad, and some really nice earrings that he thought his Mom would like as well.

There were no tears shed before/during/after the visit from any of my kids at the final visit. My conclusion is that God protect them that day.  I prayed hard that God protect their precious hearts and cover them with His goodness during these hard times, and that prayer was more than answered.  I feel like they had cried all they could before the visit took place, that when it actually happened, they were okay.

If the biological parents don’t appeal the termination of rights, then we get to move forward with adoptions and that would start the process in July.

Thank you for just having the rights words to say to us during this time, and for always being so uplifting and encouraging.

©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

 

Re-writing our Journey

This journey to become parents has been one of the best journeys we (Shane and I) have embarked on.  We have been through so much that it could either have torn us apart, or have brought us closer together.

I am so glad God has brought us closer to Him, and to each other.  We never knew we could have hope again, truly feel alive again and happy.  We told each other when we first found out we were pregnant with Lamar, that we would never lose faith in the Lord, or each other.  We vowed to stay true to each other, and share ourselves deeper than ever before.  We made a pact to each other to always be honest about our feelings/struggles we were going through.  Little did we know, God would test our strength, love, and dedication once again when we gave us Rochelle.  Rochelle taught us so much throughout her short 2 months here with us, and really showed us that God can put us through the worst circumstances of our life, and with Him, we can come out of them stronger, dedicated, and more open to different challenges and changes in our lives.  Brielle has taught us so much, in just having her here with us each and every day, and just amazed by how smart she is, and how much she understands at such a young age!  We love being her parents!

This month, we decided to start a new, different journey.  We believe God is putting it in our hearts and our mind now to foster/adopt a precious child in need.  I have always known I have felt drawn to supporting other adoptive mamas in their journey to becoming adoptive parents by supporting there shops such as here and here, but I never knew I would be one of the mamas asking for prayers and support as we embark on the actual journey.

We have prayed over this for a while now, and we truly believe that if God is going to put this in our heart, He will get us through it.  It’s a long, hard process to become certified foster/adoptive parents, but we are definitely ready to embark on this wild ride.

So far, we have only been to one orientation, and had to fill out our “initial” application to the state, completed our background checks, had our wellness exams from our doctors stating that we would be “fit parents” to foster/adopt, taken our TB tests(Brielle still needs hers), filled out 40+ pages of paperwork, and had our first HOME VISIT(that’s another post in and of itself), and while it may seem like we have done a lot, there is still so much to do and we start our 2 week classes this Monday (Feb 1st).

We still need:

-our FBI/fingerprinting (scheduled for next week)

-First aid classes (since apparently we both only have our CPR card–scheduled for next week)

-Brielle’s Tb test

-My parents need to fill out background checks(done Monday)

-To put up a barrier around our “body of water” (not a pool) in our front yard

-To do more gravel work in the backyard

-To get our Environmental health inspection/fire inspection completed

-To get copies of shane and Brielle’s birth certificate (that will be done monday)

And probably a whole lot more that I cannot seem to think of right at this very moment!

Please give us ANY advice if you have been through this journey, or just starting the journey as we are! We would greatly appreciate it! 🙂

 

 

Devotional

Genesis 37:3-4; Ephesians 3:20; Exodus 33:14
Genesis 37:3-4; Ephesians 3:20; Exodus 33:14

I have this daily devotional that I received from a women’s retreat and I just wanted to share today’s scripture.  I love this because for someone who has lost a child, you hold on to your living child(ren) so much more than you would ever have thought!

It reads “ENTRUST YOUR LOVED ONES TO ME; release them into My protective care.  They are much safer with Me than in your clinging hands.  If you let a loved one become an idol in your heart, you endanger that one -as well as yourself. Joseph and his father Jacob, suffered terribly because Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other sons and treated him with special favor.  So Jospeh’s brothers hated him plotted against him.  Ultimately, I used that situation for good, but both father and son had to endure years of suffering and separation from one another.  I detest idolatry, even in the form of parental love, so beware of making a beloved child your idol. When you release loved ones to Me, you are free to cling to My hand.  As you entrust others into My care, I am free to shower blessings on them.  My presence will go with them wherever they go and I will give them rest. This same Presence stays with you as you relax and place your trust in Me.  Watch to see what I will do.”

I love this because for someone who has lost a child, you hold on to the your living child so much more.  It may definitely take time, but I am learning to not hold on so tight and that she will always be taken care of.