Last year, I fell in love with photos of teething + nursing necklaces from The Vintage Honey Shop. One night, I shared a photo…a hint to my husband. #MommyWishlist
The next day, a person I have never even met sent me a message and said she was buying it for me.
She and I met once upon a time on Twitter. One of the sweetest people I have ever known. Every prayer request I blasted out into the internet was lifted up to Heaven by her. We eventually became Facebook friends. She is one of Adelaide’s biggest prayer warriors and cheerleaders. She has sent me more Bible verses than I can count. Proof you can love someone you have never even met.
I was going to refuse. Obviously. I can’t take gifts from people who need to spend their December gift budget on their own families. Before I could say no, she sent another message. “I know you won’t want to accept this gift, but please let me bless you with this.”
It was so far out of my comfort zone, but I agreed. And then I regretted that decision everyday until it arrived. But the week of Christmas brought me my first teething + nursing necklace. And it was gorgeous.
On Christmas Eve, I was walking up to my mom’s house. Feeling completely beautiful in my new necklace. Adelaide was playing with it and talking to it. Then, in seconds that felt like hours, she started seizing. Vomiting all over herself and me. My new necklace, my thoughtful gift, covered in toddler puke.
I washed it by hand and placed it flat to dry. Before we left that night, it looked new again. I wore my Christmas gift on Christmas Day.
Since then, I have worn it almost daily. Adelaide uses it to calm herself when she gets overwhelmed. Bess teethes on it, plays with it while nursing, and tries to untie the knotted bow in back while up in back carries.
It’s not just a handcrafted necklace to me. It is more than just something beautiful to keep my girls happy. It reminds me that there is a blessing in receiving a gift. I could’ve said no to my online sister in Christ, but I said yes.
The Vintage Honey Shop has hundreds of teething + nursing necklaces to choose from, and they often sell out as soon as they are stocked. These sisters-in-law from Nashville create stunning necklaces. I love that I will be able to wear mine for many years to come…a wearable memento of all those cuddly nursing sessions with Miss Elizabeth Mae. And a reminder that lovely things and precious girls can survive seizures.
The Vintage Honey Shop wants to bless one of Little House In The City’s readers with a teething + nursing necklace. Just go to the Etsy shop, find a teething + nursing necklace you love, and leave the name of it in the comments of this post.
If we have more than 100 friends play along, the winner will be able to choose another commenter to receive a $20 necklace from Dave & me. So be sure to share the post with the people who bless you! Friendship, like giveaways, is so very sweet.