Thursday, November 29, 2012

a special locket and a GIVEAWAY

My good friend gave me the most amazing gift after we lost our baby.


It's an Origami Owl necklace.  The locket holds an E for Eliza, her April birthstone and a charm that says "Forever Family".  She also had "Blessed" stamped on the back plate because I told her we felt so blessed to have the opportunity to have someone so special come to our family.


When I'm at the park or out and about with all my kids, people I meet often ask how many kids I have. I say four, but want to say five, but because there aren't five with me they usually ask follow up questions about the missing one and then I tell them she's not with us.  It's not awkward for me, but it usually is for whoever is asking.  So I stick with four.
It makes me a little sad, like I'm denying Eliza's presence in our family, but when I wear this locket, I don't.  I feel like she's with me and it's okay if I don't mention her.


I also love that when I wear it, my kids never fail to notice and comment about her.  It seems to bring us all comfort in the reminder.
Last time I wore it, Charlotte held the locket and chimed, "Baby Eliza up in heaven.  I love her."


Because I love mine so much I asked Heidi if she'd be willing to host a GIVEAWAY so that one of you can have the chance to have your own customizable locket.  And just in time for Christmas!

If you're interested in winning $50 towards your own customizable locket, go to Origami Owl and come back here and tell me which locket you would chose if you won.

For a second entry Like Heidi's Facebook page and come back and tell me.

The giveaway ends Friday, December 7th!

96 comments:

  1. What an awesome reminder! I love the large silver locket with crystals...my only problem would be deciding which charms to settle on!

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  2. I'd do a Large silver locket with crystals... my charms would be March heart and September heart (which would cover myself, husband, daughter and son), a silver "S" with crystals, and "Family" stamped on a silver plate.

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  3. Oh man, cutes lockets ever!!! What a great reminder! I would love to win the Large silver locket with crystals. I also liked heidi's page.

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  4. I'd choose the large silver locket with crystals. I'm undecided on the actual "charms" as there are so many to choose from and it would depend on which direction of my own life as to which I'd decide on. :)

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  5. There are so many to choose from! But I really love the idea of making one in memory of a loved one who has passed on. Xoxo.

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  6. I like the large silver locket with ball chain. Choosing the charms would be super hard!

    Love this giveaway. Thank you! :)

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  7. What a beautiful keepsake and way to remember your daughter! Love the large brushed gold locket, thanks for the chance!

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  8. What a precious and thoughtful reminder of your daughter.

    I would love to win a medium silver locket with crystals for my sister. I have a very close knit family and she just recently had to move away for work. I know she is very home sick and I'd love to fill a necklace with things that remind her of home for Christmas.

    I also Liked Heidi's Facebook Page.

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  9. I just love Origami Owl. I just lost my dad at the beginning of the summer and had been looking at the cancer ribbons and the Marines charms to put into a necklace as a gift to my mom.

    Thanks for the giveaway

    Sam
    dull2000 at cox dot net

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  10. I'd pick the large silver with crystals and in the end the overall necklace would probably look a lot like yours. I would give it to my sister in law who lost her little angel Emery at 38 weeks on March 18th of this year. I love how perfect this is. Your friend who gave it to you was obviously lead to the perfect gift. *hugs*

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  11. I also liked Heidi's page on FB

    Samantha D
    dull2000 at cox dot net

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  12. I would pick the large brushed gold locket. This is a great idea to remember a lost little one. I had a stillborn little girl named Hannah in Feb 2010 and would love to wear something like this remembering my precious daughter!

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  13. I also liked Heidi's FB page! :)

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  14. I think I would go with the large brushed gold locket. I would probably fill with our family's birthstones, one for my husband and I and one for each of our girls.

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  15. Love this!I would choose the medium silver. Thank You for the opportunity.

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  16. So hard to choose! I think I would probably go with the large silver with crystals.

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  17. I liked Heidi's FB page.

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  18. Wow--what a special necklace for you! I love the medium silver locket with crystals . . . I'd love to get one similar to yours with Forrest's initial inside.

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  19. I also liked her FB page.

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  20. I like her FB (and her too)

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  21. I need a wish locket I think. I like the coralish one.

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  22. I love the medium silver locket with crystals, and the owl. This is such a great giveaway, thanks for hosting.

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  23. I liked her facebook page.

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  24. i would love the medium size locket w/crystals with an L initial, november birthstone and baby girl footprint charm for my favorite cousin who recently lost her baby girl who was born premature

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  25. Love the silver locket with crystals.

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  26. I've liked her FB page :)

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  27. What a sweet gift that your friend gave you. I love the silver locket. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

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  28. What a beautiful gift and a cool new take on the classic locket! Love it! I'd probably choose one of the brushed gold lockets!

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  29. I also liked her FB page!

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  30. I Like Origami Owl on FB!
    (FB name : Zoe Poet)
    jreneemiles@gmail.com

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  31. What a special reminder of your special baby. I think I would pick the rose gold locket for my mother in law and in it put an accent stone for each of her grandchildren. I bet she would love to get something like that for Christmas or her birthday.

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  32. I would choose the Large Gold Locket with Crystals on a Gold Ball Station Chain (or maybe the Gold Flat Oval Link Custom Chain.. hhmm...). I would put a starfish, baby boy feet (I only have boys), and Mom heart in Gold Charms within along with a large Gold plate that says "Blessed". I think the Ivory Pearl Accented in Gold Dangle would be the cherry on top!Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  33. the medium rose gold locket was very pretty. I would put my grandsons initials inside

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  34. i'd live the large silver locket and i'd love charms for my kids birthstones :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. That is a beautiful gift. I checked out the site and I would just get a simple, silver circle with my 2 little one's initials with a guardian angel dangle.
    jamier76@gmail.com

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  36. That is such a special amd sweet necklace. A wonderful way to remember and honor your daughter and keep her memory close to your heart. So very thoughtful of your friend. I would love the large Silver locket with crystals and a September heart birthstone, which was my Mom's birth month. I lost my Mom to cancer and not a day goes by that I don't think of her.

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  37. These are beautiful. If I won, I would get the medium rose gold locket. It would be a gift for my mother and would be to symbolize my angel brother.

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  38. I also went and liked her on FB.

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  39. I liked Heidi on FB. Thanks for the chance on your giveaway!

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  40. What a sweet reminder. I have always wanted the exact one you have. I would love to win this. I also liked her FB page. Thanks!

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  41. I would pick the large rose gold on the rose gold ball chaim with a dog charm and the word Dream in it.

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  42. I would chose I breast cancer charm in honor of my sister - a breast cancer survivor
    bjn1957atgmaildotcom

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  43. This is a cool jewelry concept! I would choose the large silver with crystals and fill it with the initials and birthstones of my kids.

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  44. Oh my gosh, what a thoughtful gift! And a special way to keep her with you. I love it.
    I like the plain silver lockets with a silver 'family' plate and then little rosegold plates with my kid's initials. So sweet.

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  45. I love that you have this to remember your baby with! I love the large silver locket with crystals- shocking to me because it's not necessarily something that I would usually go for, but I love it. I'd love to put the breast cancer charm in it for my aunt, along with a few other mementos.

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  46. I really like the Rose Gold, what a great gift idea.

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  47. i too love the silver locket with crystals

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  48. What a sweet gift!

    I would choose the medium silver locket

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  49. I would choose the silver medium locket, with a forever family charm (we just officially adopted our 9 year old foster daughter!! this would be perfect) with the angel wing charm and charms with our initials.

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  50. I'd pick the rose gold locket

    Francisca
    dodkalm83 at gmail dot com

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  51. I liked Heidi's FB page as Francisca Susanto

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  52. I would pick either the medium or large silver locket with crystals. I love a little bling!

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  53. I also liked Heidi's facebook page. Yay for a second entry!!

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  54. I would get the small rosé gold locket with the mama plate and heart dangle. I would also include my son's birthstones to make it complete!

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  55. I love the large silver locket with the blessed background - because I am!! I would let each of my daughters choose a charm to remind me of them every time I wore it :)

    sally.puckett@yahoo.com

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  56. Liked on Facebook :)

    sally.puckett@yahoo.com

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  57. I would choose the

    Medium Silver Locket with Crystals

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  58. I'd love the rose gold medium locket with a september sapphire round birthstone. I also liked her facebook page. Thank you!

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  59. Natalie, I love when you post about your sweet angel baby. I also get sad when people ask me if we have any children and I tell them no. My heart feels like it is a mom's heart but explaining about losing my little boy to people I don't know very well is too difficult so I just stick with telling them we have no children for now. I feel so privileged to be the mother of a child with such a special spirit, but it is hard that he only exists for me and few others in my family. It's hard for me to know that I will never have a family photo with my whole family in it, and I worry about what I will say to future children about the big brother they will never know because he is so important to me and I need him to always be part of my family. Your locket is such a sweet reminder of Eliza and an amazing way to keep her with you and also with your other children. I really love that idea. Beautiful.

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  60. What a sweet tribute.
    If I win, I would want the gold with crystals.
    Inside I would put the sewing machine (I'm a home ec teacher) and a gold mom heart cause I'm having my first baby in may!

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  61. I would choose the medium silver locket. I'm not sure about charms, but I would definitely have something stamped on the back like you did.

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  62. Love the medium silver locket with crystal!!

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  63. I love the large gold locket with crystals! I am a mother of 4, 3 living, and one in heaven. This would be a neat gift!

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  64. this is perfect...my sisters and i are planning on getting my mom a necklace like this for Christmas. We are doing the silver locket and each of us are choosing our own charm to put in her locket along with a back plate just to let her know how much we love her. I have been trying to decide between 3 charms the march birthstone (it's both of ours), and I love you hand sign or a blingy heart, but there are so much to choose from it might change. I have liked Hiedi's FB page too.

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  65. I love the large silver locket with crystals, but not for myself... my mom is going through some hard times herself... My grandma, her mom, is in hospice and doesn't have much time left. During this time she is also struggling with the separation of my dad and her after 26 years and the falling apart of our family. I wanted to make her one with all of her kids and grandkids birthstones inside along with the back plate that says mom and a little charm that says grandma on it, to remind her of all the blessings she still has.

    I also am a fan of Heidi's page! :)

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  66. I love the large silver locket with crystals, but not for myself... my mom is going through some hard times herself... My grandma, her mom, is in hospice and doesn't have much time left. During this time she is also struggling with the separation of my dad and her after 26 years and the falling apart of our family. I wanted to make her one with all of her kids and grandkids birthstones inside along with the back plate that says mom and a little charm that says grandma on it, to remind her of all the blessings she still has.

    I also am a fan of Heidi's page! :)

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  67. I like the large Silver locket, for charms I would use birthstones for my kids and I think mine and my husbands initials.

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  68. I would love the large silver locket w/ crystals. I would add the boy/girl birthstone charms for both my kids and customize it to represent my family.

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  69. I liked on facebook as Crystal Whitlock

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  70. I like the plain silver for me. And I especially love the rn charm for my friend who's graduating from nursing school monday!

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  71. I like the plain silver for me. And I especially love the rn charm for my friend who's graduating from nursing school monday!

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  72. I would love a silver locket that says family then initials of my boys and maybe birthstones! I love these they are so beautiful! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

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  73. I liked on Facebook as Brittney Freed Wright! Whoot hope I win!!!

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  74. Id get one all "mommed" out for my wife.

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  75. I liked Heidi's FB page!

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  76. I would get one to honor my little V, who is watching our family grow from heaven. Gold with sparkles, True and my childrens birthstones. So lovely.

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  77. So lovely. What a special keepsake.

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  78. I love the locket with the childrenʻs birthstones. Iʻd love to get one for my mom with all her grandchildrenʻs stones. So sweet. I also LIKED Heidiʻs FB page!

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  79. Love these.I would love the crystal letters for my three kids!

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  80. Hi Natty! I hope you don't mind because I am going to write quite the novel. To begin with I would get the Large silver locket with the crystals, because whats inside is going to be very special to me and I want to showcase that. Inside, I want the silver plate that says family. I also want the thin silver rolo chain that is 32". Inside I want two charms for my uncle Jimmy. The sparkly J to remember his name and the heart with wings. My uncle Jimmy died of colon cancer 7 years ago. The night of my highschool graduation he called me to say his goodbyes, and I wasn't near ready, but looking back at least I got the chance to say goodbye. The sparkly J will remind me of him every time I look at it and the fact that he is watching over me everyday will remind me of that. Then I would like the heart with the angel wings for all the family I have lost over the years. I have been very fortunate to know all different kinds of love in my short life, however short I had that love. Then I would like the little star for my great grandfather. I was lucky enough to know him and one of my favorite memories was sitting on a rockchair watching the rain with him. The day he passed away I remember going to his funeral listening to the song papa can you hear me? And there is a song lyric in it about whenever you miss me just look up to the stars and know im there watching over you. So I want a star to remind me of him. Then I would like a rose and glasses to remind me of my bubbi and zaddi who gave me so much love until the day they couldnt remember me anymore because they both died of alzheimers. The last thing I would like in the necklace is a lion. I have been reading The Chronicles of Narnia lately, and have felt extremely close to the character of Aslan, and it would remind me that god is everywhere watching over me, protecting me, and loving me.

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    2. Oh and by the way, I forgot to check if they actually had a lion charm and they don't :( so instead I would get the I love you sign in sign language because my mom is deaf and that is how we way I love you all the time, and that's how I can show my love for all the angels watching down on me in heaven.

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  81. I would choose a small gold locket for my mother with crystals that represent my sister, my brother and I. :)

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  82. I can't decide between the brushed gold or the large silver with crystals. I would have a plate that said either Family or Blessed. And I would have four stones,one for each of my children. My daughter died in July and I face a similar difficulty when telling someone how many children I have. I currently wear a bracelet that a friend gave me when I was in labor, I haven't taken it off since it was put on my wrist. It reminds me of the precious hours I was able to share with Abigail.

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  83. I "liked" Heidi's page on FB.

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  84. I love yours & what a beautiful gift :] I would choose the medium silver locket with bling. As for all the little details it would take me hours over there customizing it! LOL. I know I would choose a cute dangle too!

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  85. So many to choose from!!! I would choose the faith charm and the silver locket!
    Love them!!!

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  86. liked Heidi's facebook page :)

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