I made bracelets for 2 years. 100% of the profits went towards mission work, both in Haiti and here at home (sending a child to church camp where the focus was on missions, helping families who were going through difficult times, etc.). I loved the creativity of making bracelets, was constantly blown away by the opportunities Jesus laid before me, and I was so thankful for the wonderful people it brought me in contact with all over the world. Just before I found out that we were expecting Landon, I felt the Lord leading me to end my business. I struggled with it because I was doing so well, but in my heart, I knew that season was coming to an end. I ended Renmen Abonde on a high note at a big community craft fair, where I made over $1600 for missions in just a few hours. It was all Jesus.
I had a wonderful pregnancy and the last 7 months since our little boy was born have been even sweeter than I could have ever imagined. See, Jesus knew that this new season of motherhood was coming. I didn’t have a clue, but He knew, and He protected me from feeling torn between Renmen Abonde and the responsibilities of taking care of myself and a new baby. He protected me from allowing my thriving business to just fizzle out. He protected me from the guilt and frustration I could have felt if I hadn’t ended it in the right way at the right time. His time.
I have always been creative. I was the little girl hosting “cooking shows” from the bathtub and making miniature doll houses out of moss and bark from the yard. At different times of my life, there has always been some creative outlet that I’ve put my heart and soul into. When Jesus called me to end Renmen Abonde, I had to trust Him. I knew there would be something else at some point, in some form or fashion, and sure enough, there is. He’s so faithful.
I got the idea to make pacifier clips because I wanted something beautiful, yet functional, that was unlike anything I could buy at the store. I wanted something special, something different, something with that quality and timeless style that you can only get if it’s handmade. I started looking around on etsy and pinterest, and while I was able to find a few things that suited my taste, I was blown away by the cost. And that’s when I realized, I could make that myself, and for a fraction of the cost. After making a few and being thrilled with the look, feel, and versatility, I realized there are other Momma’s who would love my clips as much as I do for their little ones! So, once again, my creative heart has found a new love, and in the true nature of our Savior, it’s something that’s meeting me right where I am.
See, when I was a college student, bracelets were perfect. It was just where I was in life (not that I don’t still love bracelets, but I just mean that fashion isn’t exactly my first thought in the mornings nowadays). My first thought now is my little boy and how to love him better and meet his needs to the best of my ability. So, these pacifier clips are not only fitting for where I am, but they are a sweet reminder of how Jesus works. He meets us right where we are and loves us, provides for us, and guides us in every season.
My grandma, who we all lovingly called “Baba,” called me Punkindoodle. She passed away a few years ago, and went Home to be with Jesus and my Paw. I named Punkindoodle Paci Clips in her memory, and my hope is that the love and appreciation for tradition that she instilled in me is evident in each and every clip I make. They are all unique and special in their own way, and you will find that they don’t distract from your little one’s outfit like most clips sold in stores do. Instead, they will complement and be a soft, helpful tool to keep your child’s pacifier, rattle, or teething toy within reach, off the floor, and away from germs.
Thank you for reading and allowing me to share my heart behind this new venture. Jesus is in the details, and it’s because of Him that I am proud to share my story.
To order, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fabric clips are $8, leather clips are $10, bundles of 3 (which include one leather clip) are $20 (Shipping fees do apply)