Before Gabriel was born, my dear friend Alexis made me a blanket for my unborn baby. It was so very precious of her. She incorporated the colors of Joel’s nursery – white, brown, and green, she stitched Gabriel Dean’s initials in the center, and put four stars in each corner (and I love stars!) The kind gesture brought me to tears for most of that day, I remember. And the other thing I can still recall is that as I showed off this gorgeous gift, people would often take one look at it and say “God?” Obviously mistaking Gabriel’s “G.D.D.” for the letters G.O.D. I remember being defensive and upset on behalf of my friend who had spend so much time, energy and love making the blanket and people weren’t understanding that it was Gabriel’s initials! Hello??!!
So, yesterday I received in the mail the most beautiful necklace from my friend Kat. It's a silver chain holding a silver heart, with two delicate footprints engraved on one side and my baby's initials engraved on the other. Attached to the heart pendant is Gabe's birthstone crystal. It is absolutely beautiful. It both made me cry and put the biggest smile on my face at the same time.
When I first turned the heart over and saw the three initials “GDD” my first thought was “Aw, did she get ‘God’ engraved on the back?” And then it hit me. No! I made the same mistake as everyone else. Or was it a mistake or rather something that was supposed to happen on purpose? Because now everytime I see my little man’s initials I will be reminded of my God and I do not think that is a coincidence at all! It is just one more way that God is speaking to me through this experience. Telling me, “when you think of your angel, also think of me.”
(I am adding pictures of both the blanket and the necklace under Gabe's photos for you to see...)