I recently bought a necklace that I wear almost every day. I bought it a few months ago on a tough day - one of those days that takes your spirit away, when you wonder if things are ever going to get better and all you feel is defeat. I needed something to remind me that tomorrow would be a better day.
So I went browsing on Etsy, and I found a necklace with some hand-stamped charms. There are beads the four colors of autism awareness, a puzzle piece stamped with my son's name, and a circle with the word "hope." As a bonus, the woman who makes the jewelry has two grandchildren with autism, and donates 50% of the selling price to Autism Speaks. When it arrived, I put it on a chain I had next to a small diamond heart my husband gave me a few years ago.
I'm not a religious person and I don't often pray, but I found myself envying those who have a strong belief in God to anchor them through tough times. Sometimes I'll see someone grab hold of a cross they're wearing on a chain, and I imagine them getting some supernatural strength from that physical reminder of their faith. I wanted a symbol that I could hold on to, literally, to give me a spiritual boost when I needed it.
For mother's day this year, I decided to get both my mom and my mother-in-law the same necklace. I thought it might help them feel more a part of Team Moe because even though they aren't here with him all the time, they provide invaluable support to me and Jeff. As you can see from the pictures on my mother's day post, they also really connect with him when they are here. I also know that although nothing will replace the hard work that we're doing to help him, Moe needs as many people as possible believing in him. Now, on the days when I'm not feeling as strong as I should, I know that others are wearing the necklace and can draw strength from that.
I have no affiliation with Stamped Under the Moon, and was not compensated for this post.