recently, i realized that i had never posted pictures of the keepsakes that have been given to me since jonathan's passing. and because this is jonathan's baby journal, the pictures belong here...
the opal, diamond, and white gold necklace from my mother
friends gave us jonathan's name, in scripture verses
a friend gave me this lucinda kay "peas in a pod" necklace, symbolizing both of my children
two of my friends gave me this helen ficalora necklace with engraved silver charms
tiny footprints inside the cover of my bible...my favorite.
we were also given several beautifully handmade or embroidered blankets, framed art with scripture, and several christmas ornaments that mean a lot to us.
so as i was thinking about what these keepsakes mean to me, (and what i wouldn't give up to have jonathan back, happy and healthy) i realized that there was a greater, more valuable keepsake from our journey with jonathan given to me by the Lord Himself:
a deeper faith.
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy" ~1 Peter 1:6-8