My wife and I were like most young married couples in the sense
that we wanted to live married life for a few years before we even thought
about adding a couple kids to our family. A few years passed by and then all of
a sudden we both came down with a terrible case of baby fever.
started to think that we might need to talk to my wife’s doctor.
We had never even given any thought
to the possibility of us having any trouble getting pregnant, we just always
thought “when we’re ready to have kids, we’ll have kids! Simple!” The realization that we might require some help to bring a
child/children into this world, or worse, that we might not be able to have
children of our own at all was very scary.
So off to the doctor it was!
My wife’s doctor put her on Chlomid for a few months
and when that still didn’t help we were referred to the ART Fertility Clinic in
Birmingham, AL. to start fertility treatment.
Fertility treatment can be a very
difficult, long and draining (emotionally, financially, and physically) road to
travel for a couple. We were lucky that we only went through treatment for 9
months, but for us it was still 9 agonizing months of heartache and
disappointments each time we had negative results.
like the earth actually stood still us in that moment and that we could finally
just breathe a sigh of relief and rejoice instead of cry.
That sigh of relief
quickly turned into us once again holding our breath as each day slowly ticked
by of the first trimester of her pregnancy. We prayed daily that nothing would
happen to our precious baby boys.
mind off of worrying that something might happen to them, I decided to occupy
my time with creating some original artwork for their room.
Their nursery was
going to be decorated with “Little Monsters” so I started drawing up some sketches of
monsters and then finished them up in Illustrator. I posted the finished
designs to Facebook and they received a lot of interest.
The seed had been
early and had to have a 2 1/2 week vacation stay in the NICU at UAB in
Birmingham. They were in good health and doing fine, they just had to get over
a few of the hurdles of being premies before we could bring them home.
I had made our boys and I started throwing around ideas in my head of more
pieces to make. Things kept coming together and before I knew it, I had enough
pieces to start a store. Now we just needed a name.
I wanted it to be fun and
quirky, but also somehow included my kids (since they were my inspiration in
the first place). I chose to use their middle initials, C & R, and after
brainstorming a tons of combinations we came to “Chunky Rocket” — and that’s what stuck!
Around the time of us starting our Etsy store there was a family
that we knew in our area that had lost a 2-year-old boy to kidney disease the
previous year. We had followed his journey his whole life and it absolutely
broke our hearts when he passed away.
March was National Kidney Month and it
also marked 1 year since his passing, so I contacted the boy’s
mother to see if I could design an art piece to sell and donate the money we
made off of it to the Alabama Kidney Foundation in his name and she loved the
We were just starting out and trying to really define what Chunky Rocket
would be as a company at this point, but this had sparked a new idea. From that
point on we would donate a portion of all art pieces sold to a brand new
charitable organization, every single month.
I could do what I love (design)
and help others at the same time. This is what Chunky Rocket’s
Chunky Rocket started out as a way to help me get through a
worrisome time. Now we want to produce products to help make people smile,
uplift them, or inspire them, all while helping others with every item we sell.
My name is Josh Dunaway and I’m a part-time stay at home geeky dad to twin 18-month-old boys. I’m a Web & Graphic Designer, a music junkie, an avid movie watcher, and a huge Apple Fanboy. I’m so thankful that my wife and I both have jobs that allow us split the week down the middle and have our individual days home with our boys, making sweet memories with them every single day. There’s nothing in this world that I love more than being a daddy.
Aww, she has a lot of great things in her shop! So cute.
It's an adorable shop for sure!!
Very cute illustrations…I love items that have a lot of color. I visited the shop and I really like 'Manners Make the Man' – it's eye-catching. Needs to be hanging up in schools.
Amen! Totally should be up in schools, and everywhere else 😉
This is such a heartwarming story. Such a testimony to the power of prayer and not losing hope, but also giving back! Love it!
I couldn't agree more Elayna! Such a fabulous family
Congrats! It is super special to be the parents of twins, and twin boys are the best! I share in your sentiments, mine are identical and were spontaneous, but I had many friends who struggled to conceived. Enjoy the time with them, they grow so fast!
What a great backstory for a company. I love the art work- especially the monsters.
I couldn't agree more!
What great artwork! That would be great in any kid's room!!
The boys are absolutely lovely and so is the artwork! It looks just perfect for a nursery!
Oh wow! I love their back story- I know fertility is draining in every way imaginable and I am so glad they succeeded. Such adorable boys. The art work is adorable and I love the name!
I didn't have to go through fertility treatments, but I know so many people who have – and I'm happy that Josh and his wife were able to share their story here 🙂
Love the adorable art and that some of the sale goes to charity! Doing well by doing good 🙂
Love the artwork!