Handmade: My Birth Necklace

Since writing earlier this week about my friend Allison’s blessingway, I’ve been meaning to share my own birthing necklace. I unearthed it from its precious box a few days ago, for the first time since we moved. That was two-and-a-half years ago, when my youngest was just a few months old. I never intended to set aside my beautiful birthing necklace –my daughter’s necklace, really– for so long. But it’s certainly not the first thing that’s fallen to the wayside during these early years parenting a 2yo and 4yo.

Anywhoo, I noticed that Liv Lane posted her gorgeous birth necklace on her sweet blog Choosing Beauty. Liv’s post was prompted by Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop, which looked so, well, inspirational, that I decided to join in. Gussy’s inspiration offering for this week is “handmade,” which of course describes a birthing necklace to perfection! Handmade, and heartmade.

On my necklace, the hummingbird and the two blue beads were gifts from my husband and oldest daughter. The blue beads are reminders of their gorgeous blue eyes, watching over me as I birthed our little sweet one. The blue-eyeds watching over the brown-eyeds. Sometimes you don’t see the poetry clearly until the memory blurs just a bit.

The hummingbird is a symbol from our wedding, inspired by Brian Doyle‘s stirring essay Joyas Voladoras, which appeared in The American Scholar not long before my husband and I married. My dear friend Erika read a few passages from the work. The essay is breathtaking in paragraph after paragraph, like this one:

Consider the hummingbird for a long moment. A hummingbird’s heart beats ten times a second. A hummingbird’s heart is the size of a pencil eraser. A hummingbird’s heart is a lot of the hummingbird. Joyas voladoras, flying jewels, the first white explorers in the Americas called them, and the white men had never seen such creatures, for hummingbirds came into the world only in the Americas, nowhere else in the universe, more than three hundred species of them whirring and zooming and nectaring in hummer time zones nine times removed from ours, their hearts hammering faster than we could clearly hear if we pressed our elephantine ears to their infinitesimal chests.

Handmade. Heartmade.


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  1. Found you through the Inspiration Workshop. Love this necklace!!

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