About the Artist……
Allow me to introduce my family and our mission to you. Our lives have been blessed with three beautiful children from Guatemala. Our first son Ian came home at 15 months. Our second son Brody came home at 22 months, and then our daughter Atlee came home at 34 months. Ian and Atlee are typically developing children, but Brody came home with a diagnosis of autism. Within the first year home, Brody ;was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome as well. FX is a genetic mental impairment, and it is the leading know genetic cause of autism. Brody is expected to be a forever child, but God gives us miracles every day.
What I love most about Brody is that he is just a kid. He doesn't know that he has a disability. Brody is silent and has both vision and hearing problems. With a special school called The Learning Tree, Brody is excelling in many areas. Brody uses sign language and Proloquo2Go to communicate. Brody moved to a group home in September of 2015 and is doing incredible.
What I love most about Ian is that he is himself. He is definitely not a follower. He is not afraid to wear old shoes or hand me downs and worry about what others say. He doesn't back down and he stands up for what he believes in. He is an avid thrift store shopper and loves vintage finds. He is an actor and is moving on to bigger and better roles.
What I love most about Atlee is her maturity, obedience and personal relationship with Christ. She is self-motivated and a hard worker. She sings like an angel. She is generous in giving and thoughtful to others. She always has a smile on her face and loves her friends deeply. She is the old soul to our family. She is a young bride and married Ozzy Hernandez the summer of 2021.
Lucky Buck Jewelry got its start from our childrens grandmother, Sandra Forbes. Together we raised money for Brody's service dog Millo. He was a golden retriever that was trained at Wilderwood Service Dogs in Maryville, TN. Millo passed away in January of 2011 at only four years old. Oh, how we miss him.....
The Lucky Buck name came from a friend of my wife Wendy, Doris Finley. She gave Wendy a 60 year old buckeye that she wore on a string and used for good luck. I made Wendy a leather necklace with it and she got dozens of compliments and orders off the necklace which gave us the name, Lucky Buck Jewelry. After Mrs. Doris passed away, we blessed her beautiful daughter with the original piece of LBJ.
Jewelry has become my passion and our future. Every day that I get to spend with my family, I am encouraged to make more jewelry to guarantee quality time with them. My wife now works with me full time and we have been married since 2001. I make all my pieces custom and unique so our inventory will change often. My inspiration comes from our daily lives. I hope you enjoy LBJ as much as I enjoy making it.
Yours, Bubba Griffin