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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2016 International Kindness Project Day - Jackpacks!

"To help one person is to help the world." -- Joanne Cacciatore


Today, July 27th is International Kindness Project Day started by the MISS Foundation. What is that...You ask? 

It's a Kindness Revolution! Everyone is invited to participate with us, doing simple acts of kindness in the memory of a loved one or if you're lucky enough not to have one, feel free to do it in Jack's name! This is something we as bereaved parents do often in memory of our kids who have died. 

JOIN the KINDNESS Revolution!
My very first Random Act of Kindness was very simple. I went through the Wendy's drive-thru expecting to buy a $5 gift card or certificate but they didn't have them anymore. I had several cars in front of me so I was near the ordering menu for about 15 minutes. I was feeling kind of silly, since this wasn't going as planned. While I sat there with my window down, there was delivery guy hauling food in and out of the back door. He had his son with him, he looked about 4 or 5 years old who was playing around the bushes. When the delivery guy was finished he grabbed his crates and said, "Come on Jack, time to go." I started crying, it was confirmation that Jack was with me and I would do this Act of Kindness no matter how silly or embarrassed I was. When I finally got to the window, I handed the girl a $5 bill and asked her to put my $5 towards the guy's order behind me. She looked at me funny and asked, "What?" I told her that I was doing a Random Act of Kindness in memory of my son Jack and I wanted to donate $5 to the order for the guy behind me in line. She still looked a little confused but took the $5 and the Kindness Card that said, "This Random Act of Kindness...Done in Loving Memory of Jack Kendrick Johnson. As I drove away I saw her hand the card to the man and "explain" what I had done. Driving through the parking lot my tears were blinding me and I had to pull over but I didn't want the guy to follow me so I wiped them away with my shirt and headed home. My heart was so heavy with love for Jack, my tears were full of pain and sorrow, but I felt so good because I knew Jack was with me at that moment. 

Four years ago I started donating "Jackpacks", backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need. The first year I donated 5 backpacks to 5 kindergartners who were living at one of A New Leaf's domestic abuse homeless shelters in Phoenix, AZ. Jack was turning 5 that August and would've started kindergarten.

2011 International Kindness Project Day



2012 International Kindness Project Day
For Jack's 6th birthday, my goal was 6 but I was able to donate 8 backpacks filled with supplies to 6 homeless first graders at A New Leaf in Mesa.





2013 International Kindness Project Day
I donated 7 Jackpacks to Sunset View Elementary school in Provo, UT 
(Jory's old elementary school) http://www.sunset.provo.edu/Site_Home/home.htm



2014 International Kindness Project Day
We donated 8 backpacks to CAPSA(a shelter) in Logan, Utah And we had left over funds from donations, to provide school supplies and 2 backpacks for a family in need with 6 kids also in Logan!




2015 International Kindness Project Day
We donated 25 Jackpacks to Syndi Knowlton at Utah Kids Foundation! http://utahkidsfoundation.blogspot.com/?m=1 Special thanks to our friend Crissa Robertson who was able to gather 16 of those Jackpacks with the help of her friends and family!



I was only able to do this because of the kindness of our friends and family who made donations. We are still in the same predicament this year, I'm a Stay At Home Mom to Jack's little brother Jiraiya Dragon our New Zealand Miracle and a very part time nanny. I am determined to make this an annual donation for Jack's Birthday and Kindness Day regardless of our situation, we WILL make this work!

So here we go again peeps...

It's Jackpack Time!


So as I said, we can't afford 10 backpacks filled with supplies, but we can afford at least two. One will be picked out just as if it were for Jack and we will fill it with all the supplies and probably some extras. The second will be picked out by Jiraiya, via ME since he's only 2.5 years old.

The other 8 backpacks is where I NEED YOU! So my dearest Friends and Family....would you be willing to help me with this Kindness project for Kindness Day as well as Jack's 10th Birthday coming August 31? As I did last year I will photograph everything I purchase so you can see what your donations are going towards.

(This was our special Jackpack, picked out and bought as we would have if Jack were here for Kindergarten)

Fifth Grade Supply List

1 Backpack (Found them for $12-$20 at Walmart, any cheaper and they don't last a year.)
12 #2 Pencils
1 Box of 24 Crayons
1 Box of colored pencils
2 Glue Sticks
2 Pink Erasers
1 Pair of Fiskar Scissors
1 Pencil Case
1 3 prong binder
10 Pocket Folders
2 pkg Lined paper
1 pkg Plain paper
8 lined notebooks
2 blue pens
1 Red pen
1 Ruler
1 Bottle of White/Elmers Glue
1 Personal size Bottle of Hand Sanitizer


This year we're donating Jackpacks to the Family Place in Logan, Utah http://thefamilyplaceutah.org/ They will be able to give these out children in need throughout the year. 

If you would like to DONATE my PayPal DONATE button is on the top right of my blog, another one directly above and below this blog post...just scroll UP or DOWN and click the DONATE button or use my email joeycjohnson@gmail.com. Or now that we're back in UTAH, I can drive around collecting donations whether that's cash or supplies! 

THANK YOU ALL in advance for whatever you are able to do to help me honor Jack for his 10th Birthday!

THANK YOU Juli Larsen and Tara Hawkins for your donation of a Jackpack!
THANK YOU Jemma Hamilton for your donation of a Jackpack!

Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 International Kindness Project Day - Jackpacks!

"To help one person is to help the world." -- Joanne Cacciatore


Today, July 27th is International Kindness Project Day started by the MISS Foundation. What is that...You ask? 

It's a Kindness Revolution! Everyone is invited to participate with us, doing simple acts of kindness in the memory of a loved one or if you're lucky enough not to have one, feel free to do it in Jack's name! This is something we as bereaved parents do often in memory of our kids who have died. 

JOIN the KINDNESS Revolution!
My very first Random Act of Kindness was very simple. I went through the Wendy's drive-thru expecting to buy a $5 gift card or certificate but they didn't have them anymore. I had several cars in front of me so I was near the ordering menu for about 15 minutes. I was feeling kind of silly, since this wasn't going as planned. While I sat there with my window down, there was delivery guy hauling food in and out of the back door. He had his son with him, he looked about 4 or 5 years old who was playing around the bushes. When the delivery guy was finished he grabbed his crates and said, "Come on Jack, time to go." I started crying, it was confirmation that Jack was with me and I would do this Act of Kindness no matter how silly or embarrassed I was. When I finally got to the window, I handed the girl a $5 bill and asked her to put my $5 towards the guy's order behind me. She looked at me funny and asked, "What?" I told her that I was doing a Random Act of Kindness in memory of my son Jack and I wanted to donate $5 to the order for the guy behind me in line. She still looked a little confused but took the $5 and the Kindness Card that said, "This Random Act of Kindness...Done in Loving Memory of Jack Kendrick Johnson. As I drove away I saw her hand the card to the man and "explain" what I had done. Driving through the parking lot my tears were blinding me and I had to pull over but I didn't want the guy to follow me so I wiped them away with my shirt and headed home. My heart was so heavy with love for Jack, my tears were full of pain and sorrow, but I felt so good because I knew Jack was with me at that moment. 


Four years ago I started donating "Jackpacks", backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need. The first year I donated 5 backpacks to 5 kindergartners who were living at one of A New Leaf's domestic abuse homeless shelters in Phoenix, AZ. Jack was turning 5 that August and would've started kindergarten.

2011 International Kindness Project Day



2012 International Kindness Project Day
For Jack's 6th birthday, my goal was 6 but I was able to donate 8 backpacks filled with supplies to 6 homeless first graders at A New Leaf in Mesa.





2013 International Kindness Project Day
I donated 7 Jackpacks to Sunset View Elementary school in Provo, UT 
(Jory's old elementary school) http://www.sunset.provo.edu/Site_Home/home.htm



2014 International Kindness Project Day
We donated 8 backpacks to CAPSA(a shelter) in Logan, Utah And we had left over funds from donations, to provide school supplies and 2 backpacks for a family in need with 6 kids also in Logan!




I was only able to do this because of the kindness of our friends and family who made donations. We are still in the same predicament this year, I'm STILL unemployed or rather a Stay At Home Mom(currently) to Jack's little brother Jiraiya Dragon our New Zealand Miracle! I am determined to make this an annual donation for Jack's Birthday and Kindness Day regardless of our situation, we WILL make this work!

So here we go again peeps...

It's Jackpack Time!


So as I said, we can't afford 9 backpacks filled with supplies, but we can afford at least two. One will be picked out just as if it were for Jack and we will fill it with all the supplies and probably some extras. The second will be picked out by Jiraiya, via ME since he's only 20 months old.

The other 7 backpacks is where I NEED YOU! So my dearest Friends and Family....would you be willing to help me with this Kindness project for Kindness Day as well as Jack's 9th Birthday coming August 31? As I did last year I will photograph everything I purchase so you can see what your donations are going towards.

(This was our special Jackpack, picked out and bought as we would have if Jack were here)

Fourth Grade Supply List

1 Backpack (Found them for $12-$15 at Walmart, any cheaper and they don't last a year.)
12 #2 Pencils
1 Box of 64 Crayons
3 Glue Sticks
1 Box of Tissues
2 Pink Erasers
1 Box of 8-10 Broad Tip Markers 
1 Pair of Fiskar Scissors
1 Pencil Case
1 3 prong binder
1 Wide Ruled Spiral Bound Notebook
3 Pocket Folders
1 Bottle of White/Elmers Glue
1 Personal size Bottle of Hand Sanitizer

Classroom Extras:

PLAIN SPIRAL NOTEBOOK
PLAIN THREE PRONG POCKET FOLDER
LINED FILLER PAPER
BLACK EXPO MARKERS 
PENCIL SLIDER CASE
ZIPLOC BAGGIES (SNACK, SANDWICH, QUART, GALLON SIZES) 
PENCIL TOP ERASERS
CLOROX WIPES
REAM OF WHITE CARD STOCK
REAM OF COLORED CONSTRUCTION PAPER

Normally I'm done with my project on International Kindness Day, but because this year has been CRAZY for us as I'm chasing a toddler around 24/7, I'm running behind. I'm starting my Kindness Project today and want to deliver the Jackpacks before school starts for these special 4th graders which I've read is August 20th for Adams Elementary School in Logan,UT(the elementary school I went to)

If you would like to DONATE my PayPal DONATE button is on the top right of my blog, another one directly above and below this blog post...just scroll UP or DOWN and click the DONATE button. Or now that we're back in UTAH, I can drive around collecting donations whether that's cash or supplies!

THANK YOU ALL in advance for whatever you are able to do to help me honor Jack for his 9th Birthday!


Thank You Chani and Chani's Mom for your donation!
Thank You Polli Schmutz for the supplies donations!
Thank You Amanda and Aris for your donation!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sleeping Dragon 5 15 15

I have a million things to do and this will always be #1. #luckymama #sleepingDragon

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014 International Kindness Project Day


"To help one person is to help the world." -- Joanne Cacciatore


Today, July 27th is International Kindness Project Day started by the MISS Foundation. What is that...You ask? 

It's a Kindness Revolution! Everyone is invited to participate with us, doing simple acts of kindness in the memory of a loved one or if you're lucky enough not to have one, feel free to do it in Jack's name! This is something we as bereaved parents do often in memory of our kids who have died. 

JOIN the KINDNESS Revolution!
My very first Random Act of Kindness was very simple. I went through the Wendy's drive-thru expecting to buy a $5 gift card or certificate but they didn't have them anymore. I had several cars in front of me so I was near the ordering menu for about 15 minutes. I was feeling kind of silly, since this wasn't going as planned. While I sat there with my window down, there was delivery guy hauling food in and out of the back door. He had his son with him, he looked about 4 or 5 years old who was playing around the bushes. When the delivery guy was finished he grabbed his crates and said, "Come on Jack, time to go." I started crying, it was confirmation that Jack was with me and I would do this Act of Kindness no matter how silly or embarrassed I was. When I finally got to the window, I handed the girl a $5 bill and asked her to put my $5 towards the guy's order behind me. She looked at me funny and asked, "What?" I told her that I was doing a Random Act of Kindness in memory of my son Jack and I wanted to donate $5 to the order for the guy behind me in line. She still looked a little confused but took the $5 and the Kindness Card that said, "This Random Act of Kindness...Done in Loving Memory of Jack Kendrick Johnson. As I drove away I saw her hand the card to the man and "explain" what I had done. Driving through the parking lot my tears were blinding me and I had to pull over but I didn't want the guy to follow me so I wiped them away with my shirt and headed home. My heart was so heavy with love for Jack, my tears were full of pain and sorrow, but I felt so good because I knew Jack was with me at that moment. 


Three years ago I started donating "Jackpacks", backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need. The first year I donated 5 backpacks to 5 kindergartners who were living at one of A New Leaf's domestic abuse homeless shelters in Phoenix, AZ. Jack was turning 5 that August and would've started kindergarten.

2011 International Kindness Project Day

Last year to honor Jack's 6th birthday, I donated 6 backpacks filled with supplies to 6 homeless first graders at A New Leaf in Mesa.

2012 International Kindness Project Day





2013 International Kindness Project Day
I donated 7 Jackpacks to Sunset View Elementary school in Provo, UT 

(Jory's old elementary school) http://www.sunset.provo.edu/Site_Home/home.htm




I was only able to do this because of the kindness of our friends and family who made donations. We are still in the same predicament this year, I'm STILL unemployed or rather a Stay At Home Mom(currently) to Jack's little brother Jiraiya Dragon our New Zealand Miracle! I am determined to make this an annual donation for Jack's Birthday and Kindness Day regardless of our situation, we WILL make this work!

So here we go again peeps...

It's Jackpack Time!


So as I said, we can't afford 8 backpacks filled with supplies, but we can afford at least two. One will be picked out just as if it were for Jack and we will fill it with all the supplies and probably some extras. The second will be picked out by Jiraiya, via ME since he's only 8 months old.

The other 6 backpacks is where I NEED YOU! So my dearest Friends and Family....would you be willing to help me with this Kindness project for Kindness Day as well as Jack's 8th Birthday coming August 31? As I did last year I will photograph everything I purchase so you can see what your donations are going towards.

(This was our special Jackpack, picked out and bought as we would have if Jack were here)

Third Grade Supply List

1 Backpack (Found them for $12-$15 at Walmart, any cheaper and they don't last a year.)
12 #2 Pencils
1 Box of 64 Crayons
3 Glue Sticks
1 Box of Tissues
2 Pink Erasers
1 Box of 8-10 Broad Tip Markers 
1 Pair of Fiskar Scissors
1 Pencil Case
1 3 prong binder
1 Wide Ruled Spiral Bound Notebook
3 Pocket Folders
1 Bottle of White/Elmers Glue
1 Personal size Bottle of Hand Sanitizer

Classroom Extras:

PLAIN SPIRAL NOTEBOOK
PLAIN THREE PRONG POCKET FOLDER
LINED FILLER PAPER
BLACK EXPO MARKERS 
PENCIL SLIDER CASE
ZIPLOC BAGGIES (SNACK, SANDWICH, QUART, GALLON SIZES) 
PENCIL TOP ERASERS
CLOROX WIPES
REAM OF WHITE CARD STOCK
REAM OF COLORED CONSTRUCTION PAPER

Normally I'm done with my project on International Kindness Day, but because this year has been CRAZY for us as I'm chasing a mobile 8 month old around 24/7, I'm running behind. I'm starting my Kindness Project today and want to deliver the Jackpacks before school starts for these special 3rd graders which I've read is August 21st for Adams Elementary School in Logan,UT(the elementary school I went to)

If you would like to DONATE my PayPal DONATE button is on the top right of my blog, another one directly above and below this blog post...just scroll UP or DOWN and click the DONATE button. Or now that we're back in UTAH, I can drive around collecting donations whether that's cash or supplies!

THANK YOU ALL in advance for whatever you are able to do to help me honor Jack for his 8th Birthday!

Thank You Juli and Tara for your donation!
Thank You Donnie and Grace Lyons for your donation!
Thank You Polli Schmutz for the donations your mailing!
Thank You Aunt Nora for the donation you are in the process of making! ;-)

Sunday, December 08, 2013

December 9, 2013...Induction Day at 39w2d

Tomorrow is going to be one of the two best days of our lives but at the very same time, it's going to be reliving our very worst nightmare. We're going to the hospital to deliver our son. The first time we did that, our lives were shattered when Jack was born too early and died 4 hours after birth. Unless you've been in our shoes, you simply cannot understand! This is WHY we are choosing to keep our hospital stay to ourselves, just our little family. I get that a LOT of people, especially family want to come visit us and meet Dragon in the hospital, but please understand, this isn't like any other birth to naive, normal parents. Jory and I are different, we're STILL shattered, wounded, broken, traumatized and scarred! We have to make different choices to HELP ourselves through this very scary step...this part of our grief journey. 
Dragon isn't just any son, little brother, grandson, nephew or cousin, he's OUR 2nd "Miracle" that we NEVER expected to exist(still can't believe it's real!) and he's arriving after his big brother who was also a miracle pregnancy, died. It took us 8 years to get pregnant with Jack after being diagnosed with Serous Cystadenomas/Cystadenocarcinomas(a guaranteed future of Ovarian Cancer), extreme Endometeriosis and extreme PCOS with Insulin Resistance. We continued trying to get pregnant for years after Jack died and even went through a failed adoption which felt very much like another death of a child. We gave up on having kids 3 years ago. That dream I had to raise a family was taken away from me. I eventually came to accept it as my reality. We had already begun our new life as Jack's parents and that was it. Dragon is what they call our Rainbow:
It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of any storm. When a rainbow appears, it does not mean that the storm never happened or that we are not still dealing with its aftermath. It means that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover, but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope. 

Tomorrow can be both traumatic and provide a little healing regardless of the outcome. Having an audience of excited friends and family puts a lot of pressure on us. If things go wrong, I don't want to feel like I have to comfort others and stare at Those faces, I will just want to be with Jory and Dragon. If and When things go great, I want Dragon ALL TO OURSELVES, we need that Heart Healing time with him! We as his parents get to make that decision. We have listed ourselves as Private at the hospital I'm delivering at in case there are people out there that Haven't heard our plan, which also means flowers, balloons, cards(anything) will not be delivered to us(at the hospital) and will be returned. This whole thing might seem so Bizarre or Rude to some of you, that's fine, I know you can't possibly understand how we feel. This isn't about ANY of YOU, this is about Me, Jory, Jack and Dragon and I can only hope you will try to understand if not, support our decision!

I WILL however continue "sharing" every step of this adventure with you via Facebook as long as I am up to it. I will of course be sharing his photos(first with family via text) then on FB. 
Once we are home and settled, we will let everyone know and will start scheduling visits. We're excited for everyone to meet him! We are respectfully asking any visitors within the first 2 months to have their Tdap vaccine and be illness free if you expect to breath on or hold our human. If you're not vaccinated and choose not to(you don't need to explain and we won't be asking or demanding to see papers LOL), we simply ask you Look but not Touch. However if you're sick, please stay away until you're fully healed! Dragon's life is more important to us then your immediate visit. Plain and Simple.

Thank you to everyone who has been so loving and supportive during this crazy adventure, it seems like just yesterday Jory and I were in New Zealand staring at each other in total disbelief, shock and fear when we saw that positive pregnancy test! Our Dragon swooped in and changed our lives forever in a second! I still feel just as shocked, like I have been in a dream partly watching this all happen like a movie, partly living it, always waiting for the nightmare to hit. We're so excited and scared shitless of this next chapter in our lives and can't wait to share it with All of you! 

PS...No we STILL haven't picked out a name for Dragon! LOL We wait until we meet him to pick a name. Hopefully he comes out with a name tag! ;-)

I Love my boys! Jory, Jack and Dragon <3 div="">

Donate for My Kindness Project to Honor Jack!

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