January 13, 2014

Jewelry Keepsakes

If you've ever visited me here before, then you know about my son, Noah. My journey through my grief was first chronicled on a blog that I called "Noah's Ark", which later became "Finding Faith and Joy" before I eventually retired it. Now, those words remain as a private diary of my grief, my faith, and my son.

It's an odd thing when a baby dies before they ever have a chance to really live. The only memories I have are of my body, swollen with child, and the way he always kicked the fetal doppler when I was at the doctor. He didn't have any things. At least, not things that he ever used. Most everything, with the exception of the blanket that we wrapped him in for those few, short hours we spent together, were left brand new. The photos that we have are all we'll ever get. What we have to remember him by is what we have. There will never be any more.

Then, one Saturday morning, I open up a package from the mail and my heart stops as the tears start. Something new out of something old. Something precious.

Noah left his footprints on my heart, and now I wear them near it. 

This beautiful necklace, a photo engraved pendant from Jewelry Keepsakes, was easy to create using a photo of my son's footprints, and arrived at my door just a few days later. The customer service I received, from Hallie, was absolutely wonderful! She was sensitive to my story, and very helpful in the creation process.

I have to say, that I was completely overwhelmed and left speechless when I first saw the necklace. Honestly, I still am a little lost for words. This is such a precious piece that means so incredibly much to my heart. It even has his name and birthday engraved on the back.

It truly is beautiful and special. My photos do it no justice. As soon as my husband saw it, he said that he wanted one. I believe we'll be purchasing him a key chain very soon. My 5 year old daughter has also been begging me for one of her own so that she has something special to remember her little brother with. They are all very reasonably priced, so I'm sure we will be able to get her her very own as well.

I really can't even begin to describe my heart and what an amazing gift this has been to me. There are few times in my life that I have been left really and truly speechless, and this is one of them. I just can not find the words. It is that special to me.

You can create your very own Picture Engraved Jewelry and view a large selection of Cremation Jewelry, at Jewelry Keepsakes website, www.jewelrykeepsakes.com

All statements are my own. The product shown was sent by the company at no cost to me in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

January 1, 2014


It looks like NOblogVEMBER turned into No-blog-December too. I'm just really bad at this whole blogging thing. But, so what? 

I'm not chasing after numbers or readers or followers or book deals. In fact, do you remember that book I said I was writing? It may or may not happen (and by that, I mean it won't). And so what? 

When there are 29 million people enslaved in this world, 153 million orphans, and 780 million people without access to clean water, who cares if I write a book that a handful of people may or may not read? I don't! Writing a book isn't really my dream. Not that book at least. 

Sometimes I think that it's easy to get caught up in doing all the things. When all the people are living all the dreams, you just want to jump in there and grab a piece of it! But then you wake up one day and realize you've said too much too soon and fear grips you as you wonder if anyone will notice if you just never do what you said you would. Maybe you can just slink away silently without attracting attention and they will forget. 

But so what if you had an idea and then changed your mind? So what if your heart shifted and your soul is restless for something else? 


This place, this time, this season of my life is not meant to be spent with a laptop writing about my struggles with my body. 

I know this. 

I am meant to be finger painting with my kiddos. So what if it makes a mess! 

I am meant to be loving the people around me with a selfless, unending, sacrificial love. So what if it's hard! So what if I get hurt! 

I am meant to be serving the aching hearts of mothers mourning their babies. So what if it breaks my heart daily! 

I am meant to be screaming into the megaphone, raising awareness and doing whatever it is that I can to set the oppressed free! I am meant to be an abolitionist! So what if I don't know what I'm doing or how to make a difference in this space! 

I am meant to be telling the world of God's love and the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for them! For you! So what if I am ridiculed or persecuted! 

am meant to be surrendering my life to my God, no matter where He calls! So what if that's scary! 

Isn't it scarier not to? 

I've spent my entire life not doing things. I'm that kind of girl. I can always find a reason why not to. But this year? 2014? I'm done with excuses. And when I tell myself and others why not, I want to look at my soul and say, "So?" 

So what of it gets messy or hard or scary or crazy or it hurts? So? Life will go on as long as God grants me breath in my lungs and if I want to live the life He wants me to live, I've got to stop laying on and clinging to the balance beam and I've got to stand up and do a dance! 

But I might fall....


"So?" is my One Word for 2014. What is your word this year? Go to oneword365.org for more information. 

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