Ireland’s necklace

My dear friend Jamie got this necklace for me, and I had to share the picture with you.  It is the print that was made at the hospital. It is a treasure, and so is she!

This really amazing company called thumbies takes the ink print, shrinks it down and turns it into a pendant, cuff links and many other things.

Isn’t that fantastic?
The back is engraved with her name
Ireland Elizabeth

I was talking to another  friend of mine last night, (she is a remarkable woman. She has suffered a loss similar to mine, and has come through it with a peace and wisdom that are such a testimony to me.  She and I have never met face-to-face.  I know who she is, we go to the same church and have the same friends, but we have never been introduced.  But she is so dear to me.  Losses like we have experienced have bound us together, it has been such an answer to prayer to be able to talk to someone who KNOWS this pain.)
She had a sweet baby boy who was born still last year in March. I asked her how she is feeling now, almost one year later. She told me that she feels like an adult. I kind of chuckled at her answer, but she went on to explain…
Her and her husband live on a ranch, so when they lost their sweet boy, they wanted to have him buried on their property. So her husband dug his grave.
That picture is so sobering to me, a daddy digging a grave for his son.  It really doesn’t get more adult than that.  I get what she is talking about now, an adult. What she said makes sense, I look in the mirror every morning, and I almost don’t recognize the person looking back at me.  The soul behind my eyes feels old, fragile and really tired.
Events like what she and I have gone through  really shape the people that we become, good or bad.  They change us, mold us and hopefully they turn us into people who are a little stronger, wiser and more dependent on the God who created us, who has known us from the time of conception.
The Lord has called me before my birth; from within the womb He called me by name.
-Isaiah 49:1   
I hope you all feel God’s amazing love surround you today, and I hope that you take comfort in that fact that he loves you, and he knows you, down to the number of hairs on your head 🙂
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  1. that is a beautiful necklace Jessica; what a wonderful idea and how thoughtful Jamie was. I'm sure you will treasure this forever.

    I am so glad you have someone you can walk with through this journey. It does really help to have someone who understands exactly what you are experiencing and to be able to help you through it. Truly an answer to prayer, so thank you Lord

    God is working mightily in your lives for his glory, amen to that 🙂


  2. The necklace is beautiful and I'm so glad you have it.
    I'm glad that you have someone to talk to. It's hard somedays but God is always there and he loves us so much.
    I think of you and your family so much Jess. {{HUGS}}

  3. something to hold close to your heart. absolutely beautiful.

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