Day 8, Jewelry
This isn't even all of it. These are probably the five pieces I wear most often, but I have other necklaces and bracelets. The two small hearts are from In Our Hearts Photo Pendants. The large heart is a locket from England I bought when I was in the hospital. The "Carpenter" necklace was a gift for Mother's Day. The round pendant has his monogram, a gift for my birthday. Mike makes sure I get one present from Carpenter for every special occasion. In the beginning I prayed wearing my jewelry would encourage people to speak about Carpenter, ask me about him...anything. It was amazing to me how few people mentioned it. Now I wear my jewelry just for me, as a way to keep my sweet Carpenter close. My niece often wants to borrow a necklace to wear around for a day. It means the world to me.
Carrying my son around my neck instead of in my arms...this is my grief.