Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Story Behind All is Well

Many of you may recognize this necklace, but what most of you don't know is the story behind it.  It was a very powerful occurance that linked me to my sweet, sweet friend, Stephanie Nielsen, aka Nie Nie.  

 If you would like to read about how All is Well came to be, my friend Elizabeth, aka Da Momma  asked me if she could share the story as part of her Festivus Celebration, which includes a segment on Spiritual Artists.  I felt a little hesitant because it was very personal, and very spiritual.  But after I talked it over with Nie, she said "share it" so I did.

If you do happen to visit Da Momma, I hope that you will read the comments at the end of her post, they will make you cry.   I get messages like this on a regular basis, when people buy this necklace from my shop.  Humbling notes about great trials.  They give me pause to think, and to ponder my own beliefs about life, and death, faith, hope, and enduring trials well.  And it gives me an opportunity to share my feelings about the same.

Elizabeth is connected to the necklace too.  We met a couple of years ago when she purchased the All is Well necklace from my shop.   At the time, she had just given birth to a baby daughter, who was gravely ill with a liver dysfunction.   We stayed in touch, and through our conversations, I've learned that  Elizabeth is a witty journalist who writes about motherhood, and teaches at Harvard University.  She is passionate about her family, good food, and cooking.  What I love most about her though, is that she has a child named Eden, who just happens to be the baby girl who was born ill. 

Meet Eden, my youngest customer when she was just a babe.   Isn't she adorable.  

She is now a thriving toddler with a fiery personality.

All is well.


Lizzie Justice said...
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Eunice said...

I remember sitting in your living room hearing the Nie story for the first time. It's an amazing story and loved hearing you tell it. I also treasure my special necklace. It was so unexpected and came at just the right time. You truly are inspired.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

Great article over there. And great necklace, too. Reminds me that I haven't checked in on NieNie in a while. Think I'll head over.

Cara @ Gardenview Cottage said...

I had no idea you were the one that made Nie Nie's necklace. Somehow I missed that. It's a beautiful story and aren't we so lucky to have special friends/angles on this earth to help us get through this life?