I received a whole big bunch of fabulous gifts this year, including this *lovely* necklace from my mom and dad. I’m pretty sure I’ve worn it every day since I received it. I’ve got to tell you, I love wearing my little family so close to my heart.
The necklace was designed by Lisa Leonard, a jewelry designer and mom of two. She designed this necklace when her son, David, was getting ready to undergo heart surgery. She named the design, “Brave Love.”
I have been blessed with three healthy children (thank God), but there have been times during the last 14 years when I have had to be braver than I ever thought I could be. I distinctly remember calmly singing to Madeline the entire 45 minute trip to the emergency room while her little forehead was split wide open. I made it through the endless checking-in process and the strap-her-to-the-board-so-they-can-sew-her-up process and then got her home safe and sound. Then I locked myself in my bathroom, called my parents and sobbed. Still, when I needed to be brave, I was.
I have confronted parents, teachers, school administrators and one very stubborn ballet instructor on my children’s behalf. Each time I ended up being pretty amazed that I was able to stand firm and be such a strong advocate for my children.
I wonder what it is about motherhood that makes women better, braver versions of themselves?
I think Lisa had it right. I think it’s love. Brave Love.
I love my necklace, Mom and Dad!