I won’t lie.
Often I hear about the lessons I’ve learned or the friends I’ve made as a result of Matthew (and Trey) dying as blessings to me. And, they are.
But I’d never, never, never ask for those events to preface any lesson or any friendship, regardless of the greatness thereof.
However, life being as it is, I also readily admit that the blessings I’ve been given post-loss experiences are so.abundant. SO abundant. And I am very grateful.
One of those has been THIS amazing charm a precious company sent me to review.
First, you should know that the personal touch of this company is unreal. After Matthew died, I bought a beautiful charm with his footprint etched in, and couldn’t believe the compassion and personal work with that company.
Jewelry Keepsakes is another company that does the same—has real people with real hearts working with you and for you as you memorialize your most priceless pictures and pieces of your heart. My representative through the selection and order process was amazing, and bonus? Became a friend! Like a “we’d probably get into a lot of trouble together if we lived in the same place kind of friend”! I can’t tell you how important it is when ordering memorial jewelry that you work with someone who cares and sympathizes.
Not to mention, creates BEAUTIFUL jewelry at such reasonable prices. I sent them my favorite picture of Matthew from our precious Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep photographs and cried upon receipt.
Cried at how beautiful that baby was and how beautifully and carefully his image was on this silver circle I am so blessed to wear on my neck.
We visited Matthew's resting spot in Maryland before we left. The last time we were there was December, and seeing as where we live now is a good 16-17 hours away, this weekend was probably the last time we will visit in a while. There, we did what we could do at a grave...dusted away the dirt on the stone; tried to move the phlox so we could see the verse. We took pictures, and for a minute I thought, "Why? Why am I taking pictures at my dead son's grave?" More, I wondered why I was trying to insist my three-year-old-who-just-could-not-understand be reflective and somber when that is so.against.what.his.spirit.is.like. I told John that I didn't even know why I took pictures like that because half the time (more like most of the time), they sit on my computer...devastating if they were ever lost, yet very, very rarely ever reviewed or used.
But...I take them because it is all I can do. I take pictures of just about everything I can because if ever in real life the memory makers are stolen from me, I'll.have.pictures. Pictures are priceless.
So, when a company does something so beautiful with them...I can't help but be grateful.
Just, grateful. I’m so busy with a million things these days, and I don’t get to do as many reviews as I have offers, but I have to say—this is precious to me, and I have no doubt, will be to you as well. In fact, for many, many years, I have wondered what to do with the ashes in my mother's urn. I know now. And, remember that amazing picture of Luke and John watching a sunset? Yeah, an amazing keychain for Daddy too. Though Jewelry Keepsakes focuses on remembrance jewelry, there is so much more available.
Jewelry Keepsakes is offering a charm to be given away to one of you, and is also generously offering a 10% discount if you use the code ALWAYS on their site...as in ALWAYS a mother. Their idea.
The giveaway will last until Thursday, and I’ll announce the winner. Should you choose to purchase one of your own with their discount, be sure to thank them for their sacred work. We don’t get to keep much of our loved ones when they depart.
Jewelry Keepsakes helps us keep as we can, in a beautiful way, and that is an invaluable gift.
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