We just celebrated my youngest daughter's first birthday, which is still hard for me to believe. It seems like time skips in a heart beat in so many ways. Wasn't it just yesterday that we were bringing her home?
Her first birthday was bittersweet. Not only were we celebrating this beautiful rainbow baby's first year of life, but I was also remembering my little angel who we lost two years ago. My angel would be 18 months old. I can't put to words exactly how this milestone felt; a mix of joy and unbelievable waves of sadness all at once.
It may have been two years ago, but my miscarriage still feels as fresh as the day that it happened.
There are moments when that grief comes back strong as I lovingly hold my one year old and rock her before bed. Her first steps. That smile. That laugh. Joy and longing and wondering what my angel would have looked like. It's been harder than I thought it would be.
I wanted something special to mark this milestone, this celebration of life and remembrance of my angel. Though the pain is fresh, the acknowledgement of it helps bring some healing.
I've admired those Pandora commercials with charm bracelets as special keepsakes, but my wallet just wasn't in agreement with me. So I chose a mother's charm bracelet from Soufeel jewelry.
Soufeel is an international brand that offers charms, bracelets, and other accessories at competitive prices. Their charms are 925 sterling silver and can fit Pandora and Chamilia bracelets. You can customize your own or you can choose from bracelets that have various charms and themes.
I chose the basic Sterling Silver bracelet (on sale for only $15.95 right now!) and a charm for each of my children.
I chose birthstone charms for December, May, and July for my son and daughters. There are several styles to choose from, including Swarovski crystals.
The ones I chose feature a row of birthstones in the middle of rows of hearts (I love the symbolism of keeping my kids close to my heart). The nice thing about the website is that you can get a close up view of the charm to see exactly what it looks like (and some even offer a 360 video view).
And for the baby who left footprints across my heart, I chose the Footprint Heart Charm in Sterling Silver. It was a difficult choice to find just the right charm to remember my little bean, but I think this one matched the theme of the others.
My bracelet and charms arrived in a beautiful padded gift box along with a stylish gift bag.
I love the look of the sterling silver bracelet! It is flexible so it doesn't feel too hard against your skin. It is not too difficult to put on and take off by myself. It just takes a little finesse to make sure that you don't drop all the charms as you remove it. (call me graceful but I did it) It is beautiful quality and looks like it will last for many years to come.
And I have plenty of room to add more charms as we reach more milestones. My mother's bracelet is the perfect piece for me to cherish memories of my children.
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