I received no payment or items for this giveaway, both Melody and I just wanted to do something special today.
One of the things I wanted today was to somehow convey Sam and my thanks to all the people who have loved us through this. There have been so many of you over the years who have stepped up to the shattered edges of our grief and decided you would stay. Family, friends, strangers – even in the midst of not knowing what to say or how to say it, your presence in our lives made these life shattering moments a little easier to bear.
One thing that I’m asked a lot is what to do what a friend’s baby passes away. It’s hard to give specifics because grief is so very personal and unique. Someone might want to talk about it nonstop, another might wait months to bring it up, some may never. Something I know after all this time is no one ever forgets they’ve lost a child – no matter their situation, beliefs, or how many others they may or may not have. It may get pushed down deep when we feel like no one wants to hear or cares, but the memory never goes away.
So if someone asks what to send or give, I always ask if they like jewelry. Beyond the little items and pictures I have of the boys, the jewelry sent to me over the years are my most treasured items.
Yesterday I texted Melody (MelodyJoy-Designs.com) about giving one of you a nest ring or necklace as a giveaway. Her jewelry has been sent to me several times over the years as a visible reminder of how many children I’ve had. Being the wonderful woman she is, she told me she’d not only do that, but include three winners and a hefty discount code of $15 off – DIANAWROTE – for nearly 50% off all the nest jewelry in her shop if you’d to purchase one.
Her story: “Melody Joy Designs is a handmade shop that began as a much needed creative outlet for me about 5 years ago, but has since turned into more of a ministry for parents who have both loved and lost. I have read stories and woven nests for thousands of women around the world who are so much stronger than they know (even if they don’t feel it), and who are absolute heroes to me. I pray over every single order and nest that is woven in my hands, and my deepest desire is that the parents of these babies (both on earth and in heaven) know how greatly they and their babies are loved, and how much their stories matter.”
One catch to this – I’d really love to give these three pieces to women who have lost a baby (or babies). If you haven’t, you are more than welcome to enter for a friend, share this post with them for them to enter, or use the discount code to buy your own!
Anyway – let’s do this. All you need to do is leave a comment:
sharing the story of your child(ren) gone too soon
sharing the reason you’d like a friend to win (just no names or details since it’s their story!)
sharing something about Kaden’s life that touched you.
Please DO NOT feel obligated to share your story publicly if you’ve lost a child, don’t want to talk about it (that’s ok!!), and still would like a chance to win. I want people to feel comfortable and connected doing this – so share whatever comes to your heart.
I’ll choose three winners tomorrow and email you!
Thank you again – for those of you were here before and stayed, for those who found our story and stayed.