Friday, March 14, 2014


It's SPRING BREAK and we here at Joy in the Journey will take any excuse to highlight a business that is focused on benefiting families in their adoption process {especially when it means we get to do a GIVEAWAY!}

Subsidy Shades is devoted to passionately raising funds to help create forever families via adoption through stylish affordable fashion. You can contribute to the future of a child. 100% proceeds donated.

Adoption has certainly blessed our lives in more ways than we could have imagined. In March of 2012 we started the process (infant domestic adoption) and had many hiccups along the way. We were matched in January 2013 and our tiny bundle of joy arrived the next month, weighing in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces! Since then our adoption costs have been tremendous. Our sweet birthmother is a single mother to four children and had major health complications during her pregnancy. Being the adoptive parents we were responsible for all of her costs during that time. I joke and call Jacqueline our “million dollar baby” but in all seriousness, her adoption cost us nearly $60,000.

In June of 2013, Jacquie’s birth family became homeless on the hard streets of Detroit. With the help of family and friends we were able to fly them in to our home, to live with us while we raised funds to purchase them a residence. In the end, we were able to get the family a home but were unable to reach our fundraising goal. Robert and I were happy to help, however we were put in another tight financial situation as we made up the difference.

Here we are in March 2014. Jacqueline is a thriving one year old. We want to start the adoption journey again! (Are we crazy or what?!) Robert and I are so excited to expand our family through another infant domestic adoption and give Jacquie a brother or sister of the same race. In order for us to do this, we need help. Our friends and family so generously donated funds for her birth family to purchase a home that we do not feel comfortable asking for straight donations. Instead all proceeds of Subsidy Shades will go directly to a fund to help expand our growing family.

Our website is You can follow us on Facebook at and our Instagram: subsidyshades. 

We've recently added a featured families section in which we spot light a hopeful adoptive family for two weeks to help them fund raise through our organization. Email us at if you would like more information. We love our family, friends and kind strangers so much! Do good. Feel good. Look good.

Want to win a pair to sport on your Spring Break adventures?
How about these:

Here's how:
Entry #1:
Visit Subsidy Shades and Click on the "Make a Difference" Menu to peruse the ShadesWatches, and Love Knots for sale.
Leave a Comment on this post or on the corresponding FB post (containing the picture above) telling us which item from Subsidy Shades is your favorite!

Entry #2:
Visit Joy in the Journey's brand new page that focuses on businesses just like Subsidy Shades (and other adoption fundraisers) by clicking the link here.
Join the page {all members of the page will receive this entry, no further action is needed}.

Giveaway will start at the posting of this blog, 
4:30 p.m. CST Friday, March 14th and end 48 hours later, 
at 4:30 p.m. CST Sunday, March 16th.

Good luck!

1 comment:

  1. I really liked the wayfarer glasses, paisley love knots, and the black vice versa watch!! Love what you guys are doing for adoption....both of my boys are adopted and we are ready to do it again!!