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Raise Them Up

Raise Them Up

My brother recently shared with our family that he doesn't believe in God. After multiple conversations with him, it has rocked us to the core. It has shattered our hearts and caused us to reflect on our family's past. I wonder how this little boy who was raised in the church and loved God so much that he asked to be baptized when he was 9 (which also lead me to be baptized on the same day when I was 7) could grow up and turn away from God?

As a mother it has also opened my eyes to be more intentional with encouraging my daughter to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, our Savior. There are so many outside influences in this world and I cannot always protect her. I am also a sinner and I will fail her throughout her life as hard as that is to know or admit. But the one person who will not fail her is her Heavenly Father. If I can teach her to have the strongest relationship of all with Him, even over myself, then I pray that no matter what season of life she may be in or what other non-Christian influences may come into her life, that her relationship is so strong with Him that even if she strays or finds herself being pulled away that she yearns to feel that comfort, love and forgiveness from the Lord so badly that she runs back into His arms.

If you think about it today, will you please say a prayer for my brother that one day he misses his Father's love so badly that he runs back into His arms? Will you say a prayer for my family as we try to figure out how to help share God's love with him without pushing him further away?

Hug your little ones tight and remember to be intentional in helping to facilitate a bond between them and our loving God that no matter how far they may stray, they will always want to come back.

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Jesus Loves You As You Are

Jesus Loves You As You Are

⭐️Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Jesus Loves You As You Are ⭐️ This design was inspired by my daughter Reagan who was born still during my 25th week of pregnancy. We were told at 12 weeks that Reagan had Turner Syndrome. I had never heard of TS but after researching I learned that if she survived, she would possibly look slightly different from her friends but would also most likely not be able to have her own children. I remember crying in bed at night thinking about how those conversations would go when she got older and I had to tell her she would never be able to have kids or I thought about the times that maybe other kids might make fun of her for being short or maybe being a little different than them. It broke my heart thinking about how she may feel when her brothers and sisters were having children of their own and how left out she would feel. I would lay awake at night and cry about these future conversations I may have had with my daughter. I wondered what I would be able to say to help comfort her? I knew that it would be important for me to help her understand that she was special, she was made perfect by God and that Jesus loved her as she was. Although Reagan did not survive and I will never get to have those conversations with her, it was important to me to create a shirt with this message for every child to know that no matter what they look like, what they wear, how they talk, where they are from or how "different" they may be from their peers, JESUS LOVES YOU AS YOU ARE! ❤

Available to order now at 

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Turn Your Mess Into A Message

Turn Your Mess Into A Message

This is one of my favorite designs in the spring collection! When I shared my testimony about losing my two daughters, Reagan and Hannah, to Turner Syndrome and how I started this shop as a way to glorify God, raise awareness and funds for other girls living with Turner Syndrome and build a community where other women lift each other up during the struggles of life, someone said to me, "what a way to turn your mess into a message." That hit me hard. My life has been so very messy after losing my two girls but it's also helped me to share my testimony with others and connect with other women on a deeper level who have also experienced the loss of a child.

This shirt is a great reminder for anyone whose life is "messy" in whatever way, to use your mess as a way to glorify God and be able to connect with someone who may also be going through something similar.

I hope you love this design as much as I do!

You can get yours now at

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Our Rainbow After The Storm

Our Rainbow After The Storm

Named after her big sisters, Reagan and Hannah in Heaven, we welcomed our sweet rainbow baby, Rayna, earth side on Friday morning at 10:51 a.m.

To say we are grateful and thankful for a beautiful, healthy daughter is an understatement. We are overwhelmed with emotions from the journey that has lead us to this day. We've sang His praises through the long, dark storm and are singing His praises today for allowing us to bring home the rainbow we've been given 🌈

We can't thank you enough for the outpouring of your love and support for our family!

XOXO,
Jeramy, Heather, Harper and our newest addition, Rayna ❤
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Have a Game Plan

Have a Game Plan

Good morning, friends! It's a fresh new day to raise your little ones up in the way they should go ❤

Start your day off with a prayer, grab some coffee and choose to lead your little one by example. If you start to feel those little tiny tornados beating you down today 😂 switch things up a bit.

Being prepared with a list of go-to activities for when you feel like you're running low on kindness, energy and patience is key to keeping chaos at a minimum. Especially during these cold days when we're stuck inside all day, I'm 9 months pregnant and my toddler gave up naps a year ago!

Here's my game plan for the day, what are some of your go-to activities?!

- Morning cartoons and breakfast so I can pray, load up on caffeine and get prepared for the day.

- Color a picture for Grandma to help her feel better. I plan to use this time to talk to my daughter about why we should do acts of kindness for others to make them feel good.

- Turn on some worship music while we get some chores done. Listening to worship music always helps me to have a better attitude about doing housework 😉

- Get our snack time place mats out from @legacylearningacademy for some fun learning during a quick snack

- Play time (Harper's choice) while I plan and prep for lunch. This usually includes princess dress up.

- Lunch time

- Stickers, play-doh, or puzzles (some sort of sitting at the table activity) while I clean up lunch time mess and she most likely makes another 😂

- QUIET TIME - this is key for keeping my sanity. Harper is allowed to play games on her Kindle or watch a tv show of her choice while I have a little time to do some things I need to get done.

- Dinner prep. Harper loves to help cook. I give her little jobs to pour in different ingredients, open up packages or stir things together. While dinner is cooking I also fill the sink up with some soapy water and plastic cups and bowls and let her "do the dishes". This can get a little messy but it's only water and keeps her entertained!

- After dinner we will either play a game (Let's Go Fishin' or Thin Ice are her current favorites) or do a learning activity in her activity workbook.

- Bath Time 🛁
- Story time 📚
- BED TIME 😴

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Our crazy Christmas schedule starts tomorrow and lasts through the New Year and then we'll be getting ready for our little rainbow baby's arrival. So I just wanted to take this time to wish each and every one of you the Merriest Christmas and Happiest New Year! This year has been filled with personal ups and downs but one thing that has remained constant is Jesus' love and the support from all of you!

This was my first official full calendar year with Reagan Twenty Five and it's exceeded every expectation! I'm thankful for all of you joining me on this ride and for the extremely meaningful relationships that I've built along the way.

The goals of Reagan Twenty Five have and will always be to glorify God, to help spread His message to others through positive and uplifting messages worn on our clothing to help facilitate loving conversations about our Savior or to plant seeds in the hearts of others for God to grow, to create a community for women and mother's to know you are loved and not alone in whatever hardships you may be facing and to give back to other families impacted by Turner Syndrome - the chromosomal disorder that took the lives of my daughters, Reagan and Hannah.

I can't wait to continue growing this ministry in 2017 and have big things planned that I can't wait to share with you! To say "thank you" just isn't enough to express the appreciation I have for each and every one of you who believe in the goals of Reagan Twenty Five and help to support them.

Praying for peace, comfort and happiness during this Christmas season for each and every one of you!

Jeramy, Heather, Harper and Baby Bienz
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Never Look Back - Genesis 19:26

Never Look Back - Genesis 19:26

This tee design was inspired by the story in Genesis where God destroys Sodom + Gomorrah and commands Lot and his family to leave and not to look behind them. However, Lots wife looked back and she was turned into a pillar of salt.

This story reminds me that often times God pushes us in a new direction and even though we may not like it and we may want to stay where we are comfortable, we shouldn't look back. We should trust God and keep moving forward on the path He has set out for us.

In May 2015 I delivered my 2nd daughter, Reagan, still-born and in March of this year I lost my 3rd daughter, Hannah, and had to have a D&C. I wished so badly that this wasn't my life. I hated this new direction God was pushing me and I wanted things to go back to how they used to be.

I knew this path, as much as I didn't want it, would shape me into a different person. I fought this change for so long and so hard - I hated that this was my life with every ounce of my body.  The more I looked back and focused on the past, the more depressed and bitter I became. It affected my friendships, my relationships with my family and my marriage. It wasn't fair. I wanted my girls back. I wanted the "old me" back.

It wasn't until I decided to stop looking back and to start focusing on the future that I truly and fully started to trust God and His plan for me. It was then that my life started to fall back into place - and as crazy as it sounds, in ways it's even better than before.  I've noticed my relationship with God is stronger now than it's ever been, my respect, understanding and love for my husband is at a level I never knew was possible and the maturity and confidence I now have in knowing who I am and what's important in my life has given me so much peace and comfort.

We are now expecting our 4th baby girl and I'd be lying if I said I haven't held my breath during every single ultrasound. But the phrase, "Never Look Back" and this story in Genesis has been a constant reminder for me to exhale that deep breath, continue to fully trust God and keep looking forward.

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We've Been Featured on the 2016 Holiday Gift Ideas for Women

'Tis the season to start your Christmas shopping! With Black Friday right around the corner it's hard to decipher which shops are offering deals and what products to buy. Thankfully, there are several websites that offer gift guide ideas featuring some of the best deals and products on the web. We're excited to be featured on the Rebates Zone Holiday Gift Ideas for Women 2016!

Starting Monday, November 21st and lasting until Friday, November 25th we are offering 30% off all items in the shop by using code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout! 

Check back later in the week to find out more deals we'll be offering on Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday!

Click the link below to view the 2016 Holiday Gift Ideas for Women by Rebates Zone:

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Spirit Lead Me

Spirit Lead Me

We sang this song in church yesterday. I looked over + saw tears streaming down my husband's face. I haven't seen my husband cry in church since last Christmas Eve service when we were missing Reagan at what would have been her 1st Christmas.

I heard him humming this song again last night + he opened up about why it made him emotional. He talked about how this song was one of the first songs we sang when we came back to church after losing Reagan. This verse, specifically, reminded him about that time when God lead him to a place where he had no choice but to fully trust in Him - a place deeper than he could have imagined.

He felt helpless watching me carry our dying baby for 25 weeks + deliver her still-born body in that hospital while all he could do was stand by my side, hold my hand + pray. For the first time in our marriage, this was a problem he couldn't attempt to fix. He had to fully put his trust in God - no borders - no if's and's or but's - no questions asked - just blind trust.

He talked about singing this song now + thinking about the past year and a half -losing both Reagan + Hannah and currently pregnant with our 4th baby girl - as the song says, his faith has been made stronger in the presence of his Savior.

We both agreed that although we'd give anything to have our girls here with us, by losing them we were pushed to a place we'd never been before. A place where we now know we can survive not because we are strong, but because our faith has been made stronger than it was before and we know He will lead us just as He did before.

If you're in a place right now where you're feeling stuck, helpless or afraid + getting out of bed this morning seems impossible, I encourage you to reach out + grab a hold of God. Know that He might not change your situation + you may still have to go through this hard time, but rest in knowing that you are not alone + ask Him what you are to learn from this?

If it doesn't challenge us it doesn't change us. The difficulties in our lives are opportunities for our faith to grow IF we depend on Jesus. Try to trust whatever He has in store for you + have faith that it is for your good + His glory.
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Praise be to the God of all Comfort

Praise be to the God of all Comfort

A friend and fellow small shop owner is laying her precious 10 day old son to rest today. My heart aches for her as I remember this day so vividly when we had Reagan's funeral. The energy it took for me to shower, get dressed and do my hair and makeup that day, the dreaded drive to the funeral home and the feeling of either vomiting or passing out at any minute, the teeny tiny casket, the final goodbye. It's a hard day for a Mama to lay her baby to rest. Something no mother should ever have to go through. You're not supposed to outlive your children. If you have a moment today, will you please say a quick prayer for this Mama?

I shared with her the verse that I cling to during the hard days - 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

There's not one person or one thing that can provide a comfort like God during a time like this. After Reagan's funeral I felt an unexplainable peace. A peace that only comes from the God of all comfort. A peace that I pray God uses within me to connect with other Mother's who are also going through these unimaginable times to help them feel not so alone.

If you've experienced this type of peace and comfort from God during a time that you thought it would be impossible to feel peace, I'd love for you to share by commenting below.

The hearts of many need healing in our world today and a few testimonies that glorify God may be a small way for some to read and feel like maybe they aren't so alone in their sufferings and to possibly open their hearts to accept the comfort and peace of our Lord.
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