Josiah+co. started out of a desire to share our story of multiple pregnancy loss, and to encourage others to not grieve alone. We want to open up the pregnancy and infant loss conversation through each piece that we create.
In 2014, we gave birth to our first born son, Ezekiel. Wanting our children close in age, we became pregnant with our second child when Ezekiel was 8 months old. In 2015, during a routine ultrasound, we found out that our sweet Josiah no longer had a heartbeat at 20 weeks. The following day, I gave birth to our stillborn son, the tiniest human I had ever seen and loved. Six months later we lost another little babe at 5 weeks, and four months afterwards we lost another at 9 weeks.
In 2017, we welcomed our Rainbow Baby, Eliyanah! After her birth we started josiah+co. as a creative outlet and a way to share our story. As with any story, ours is continually evolving. As we have continued to try and grow our family, we have experienced multiple second-trimester losses since early 2018.
Still birth, miscarriage, and infant loss is a topic many avoid. But slowly conversations are happening, information is being shared, and people are opening up about their losses. josiah+co. is our effort to keep those conversations going, and to remind the numerous families out there that despite their little one's absence from this earth, they will not be forgotten.
Everything that we create is with our Heaven Babies and yours in mind.
Melissa Sulley - Founder + Maker
Melissa is the mastermind behind josiah+co. She developed her first crochet pattern in 2017 because she couldn't find any modern bootie options that she liked. She's made these patterns available in the shop because she wants you to be able to make them too!
Melissa talks about grief a lot. She's been pregnant eight times, and has two tiny humans here to show for it (you can often find them dancing on our Instagram stories); the other six are waiting for her somewhere in the stars.
Melissa is passionate about building supportive communities for those impacted by pregnancy + infant loss. She started josiah+co. as a way to share her pregnancy loss journey and to help others feel less alone in their grief.
You can find her in Hamilton, ON, sipping a latte, munching on donuts and chasing around her two crazy kiddos.
Sam Davy joined our team in 2018. She is our bootie finishing master. She finishes up all your booties by weaving in the ends, stitching on the tags, and adding the ties. She also packages up all your orders and keeps Melissa sane.
Sam is a single mom of two young boys with fiery souls, inherited from her. A hardcore extrovert, she loves good conversation over coffee, donuts and tacos. Finding joy in things like a good thrift find, a spotify playlist she can't turn off, and friends who can roast each other, you can find her slayin' the single mom life in Burlington, ON.
Jade joined our team in 2018. She is the creator + maker behind our handcrafted cards, as well as our leather punch master. She makes all our leather soles using Canadian sourced leather and sheepskin.
Jade is super passionate about sustainability, and eco-friendly products. She’s a lover of the earth, the enneagram, and alone time. Jade is also a freelance writer and copy editor, who dreams of being an organic farmer. You can often find her outside covered in soil, reading a book, or exploring Hamilton, ON with her daughter, Ottie.