When I was growing up, all I ever really wanted to be was a wife and mother. My husband and I met in college, and got married a couple months after we graduated. I assumed we would be like everyone else – get married, have kids a little while later, and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, shortly after we were married, it became apparent that getting pregnant was not going to be as easy as we thought. We tried fertility treatments, but they didn’t work and we decided to take a break.
A couple years later, my husband and I turned to adoption as a means of building our family. I was adopted myself, so we had always discussed the possibility of adoption “one day.” We finally decided on a facilitator located about an hour from us and began the process to adopt a little one.
I worried that we would wait for forever. I longed for children, but my arms were empty. I wanted a visible reminder that we really would be parents someday. One day I went to the craft store and bought beads to make myself a bracelet. People liked it, and before I knew it, people were asking to buy bracelets for themselves. Seven months after we started the adoption process, we were matched with a birthmother. Two months after that, our son was born. We named him Samuel – Asked of God. I was thrilled to be a mother.
About a year later, I opened my store online. The number of people that wanted my jewelry surprised me. The bracelets I originally started with were created for those going through infertility, but I soon added bracelets for miscarriage and infant loss. Later, my friends going through infertility began to become mothers themselves, and I began to add mother’s bracelets to my collection of jewelry designs.
Three years later, we discovered that I was pregnant. After so many years of infertility, it was a huge surprise. Caleb was born, and before he was even a year old, I began to suspect that I was pregnant again. Unfortunately, I lost that little one to a very early miscarriage just a few days later. Suddenly, something I had only offered for others became personal. I never wanted to join that “club” of pregnancy loss, yet there I was.
My mother’s jewelry section took on new meaning, as I tried to figure out ways to include both living children as well as those gone to Heaven too soon all in one piece of jewelry.
A couple months after that, we found out I was pregnant again. After wanting to be pregnant so badly for so many years, it was almost strange to be able to become pregnant seemingly so easily. Anna was born, and we were thrilled to be able to add a little girl to our family.
You can see my own mother’s bracelet, if you’d like. It’s the Answered Prayer bracelet.
Much of the jewelry here has a story behind it. Many of my designs start as custom orders. It is an honor to make these custom designs, and to know the stories behind each piece and the women who will wear them. My desire is that all the jewelry I make will be an encouragement and a blessing to the one who will wear it.