Love Rocks

 

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The Love Rock Story

Sometimes life brings circumstances that are completely out of your control. In those times, it’s important to remember the beauty in life, love​,​ and know​ing​ that God can​ — and will​ — bring a peace that surpasses all understand​ing​.

Love Rocks was inspired by two girls who ​lived with immense ​Love and ​Joy​. In their honor, we have chosen to share that ​Love and ​Joy ​with anyone ​willing to receive it. Thank you for ​celebrating with us!

I have had a beautiful life filled with lots of laughter, smiles, lots of love, beautiful children, a wonderful dedicated and loving husband, solid friendships and a community that loves and supports their neighbors unconditionally.

On Oct. 20, 2013,  the unthinkable happened to my family.  My daughters, Anna (6) and Abigail (11) were hit by car in front of our house. Both girls went to Heaven that night without warning.

Tom and I have had to navigate grief that we wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Our house is now empty – no laughter, no dance parties, no morning cuddles, no fighting about homework or bonding over our favorite meal. Empty.

We decided shortly after the girls went to Heaven that we were not going to allow the tragedy of one night to define our girls’ lives here on earth and the life they were now living in Heaven. Their legacy would not be this tragedy but rather the love and joy that they poured out to everyone who knew them and hopefully everyone who would hear their story.

We did not have choice on whether they went to Heaven on October 20th.  We do, however, have a choice on how we live our lives honoring our Creator and honoring the lives of our sweet girls.

We choose Love and Joy! 

Anna’s and Abigail’s lives were full of so much love and so much joy. They had a way of lighting up a room with their presence and putting smiles on the faces of those they came in contact with. They loved each other dearly and they were definitely sisters – maybe not by blood, but by the way they knew exactly how to push each others’ buttons. Anna adored her sister and wanted to be around her all the time. Abigail loved her little sister and was annoyed by the fact that Anna wanted to be around her all the time. True sisters!

Anna loved horses, Abigail loved theater. Both girls loved to dance, climb, be with their friends and loved family time. They would prefer a game as a family over a movie any night -LIFE, UNO and Jungle Speed being their all time favorites.

They were beautiful beyond words, both on the outside and more importantly on the inside. They had giving hearts and loved to find ways in which they could help those in need. They were insightful, kind, nurturing and loving to all who had the honor of being in their presence, especially their friends.

In April of 2014, 6 months after the girls went to Heaven, Tom and I felt nudged to share a project that we as a family did for our wedding in June of 2011. The girls, Tom’s mom and I spent time cutting out fabric hearts from our favorite fabrics and then Mod Podging them to river rocks. We made one for each of our guests to take home and another one that would be written on by our guests for us to keep. These little rocks have held a lot of meaning in our house since our wedding day and are placed in various rooms so that we can enjoy them no matter where we are.

That little nudge to share took on a life of it’s own. On April 20th, I launched the Facebook Page, Love Rocks. I shared a bit of our story and our hope for spreading Love and Joy through these simple rocks and included a tutorial for how to make them.  Before pushing publish button, I had to come to terms with the fact that nothing may happen with this little idea of ours. I took a deep breath, said a prayer, and sent our idea out into the world.

What has happened over the past 5 months has been miraculous. Love Rocks have been shared in our little town, our state of Oregon, in neighboring states and in every other state in the U.S. Love Rocks have been shared in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. I’m still waiting for a picture to be posted in Antarctica.

There are photos of Love Rocks in parks, on beaches, on The Great Wall of China, in front of the Eiffel Tower, on doorsteps, in hospitals, at weddings and at funerals, in a secured NASA facility and at Anna’s and Abigail’s tree.

There have been so many stories of how these little rocks with fabric hearts have found their rightful owner just when they needed it most. They have warmed hearts and brought so much Love and Joy to this world — so much more than we could have ever imagined when we felt nudged to share.

The inspiration for Love Rocks comes from Anna, Abigail, and our loving community that supported us and continues to care for us.  The outpouring of Love and the immense Joy that is felt throughout the world is their legacy –one filled with hope, light and laughter.

My girls lives were and are beautiful. They have taught so many how to live a love story and I am very proud to be their mom.

How to get involved:

To get involved find or make a Love Rock and spread love and joy. Give the rock to someone while doing an act of kindness for them, place the rock somewhere special for someone else to find or simply give the rock to someone and just let them know they are loved. You can write a little message on the back or just leave the heart to say it all.

I keep a bag of Love Rocks in my purse, in my car and I have a few in my jacket pocket. I have found so much pleasure in leaving these rocks in places people will find them. We took some to Seattle with us, I’ve left some on a long hike we did a couple of weekends ago and while getting my car fixed, I just left one on the counter at the dealership.

I smile at the thought of those who find them.

So, if you feel moved to join me in spreading love, get out your Mod Podge and go to the dollar store and buy a big bag of rocks and some fabric.

Love Rock How To

Supplies Needed: mod podge, small rocks, fabric, scissors and paint brush.

Supplies Needed: mod podge, small rocks, fabric, scissors and paint brush.

1. Cut fabric hearts 2. Paint mod podge onto top of rock.  3. Place heart on rock and paint mod podge over entire top of rock including fabric 4. Share Love and Joy!

1. Cut fabric hearts
2. Paint mod podge onto top of rock.
3. Place heart on rock and paint mod podge over entire top of rock including fabric
4. Share Love and Joy!

After giving or receiving a Love Rock, log onto http://www.facebook.com/lovedrenched and share your story or pictures of your creative placements.

If you just don’t have the time to make your own Love Rocks visit Anna and Abigail’s tree. There is a basket of rocks already made just for you. Please take a few and spread the love. I promise it will come back ten fold.

Love Rocks Frequently Asked Questions

~ Where can I buy a Love Rock? A finished Love Rock is not something you buy but rather make on your own or find.

~ When I find a Love Rock can I take it with me? Yes, Love Rocks are something that is put out into the world for others to find. Some people like to take them, others will take a photo and leave it behind for someone else to find and some just like to feel the love that was left and then leave it for others.

~ When I place a Love Rock how can I guarantee that will be posted on the Facebook page? Unfortunately there are no guarantees on whether or not your Love Rock will be posted on Facebook when found. You increase your chances if you make sure to let people know about the Facebook page by either putting it on the back of the rock or leaving one of the cards (found below in Love Rock Resources).

~ Where can I buy the supplies for Love Rocks? Best place to buy polished rocks are at the Dollar Tree, you get a bag of 20 for $1. All the other supplies can be found at Walmart, Joann Fabrics or Michael’s.

~ What is the best way to cut out the hearts?  I have found the best way to cut out hearts is to cut your fabric in 1 inch strips and then fold it long ways. I then, with a very sharp pair of scissors, cut half of a heart on the fold. I can cut a lot of hearts out of one strip of fabric and once I get going it moves along rather quickly. Having sharp scissors really helps.

~ Where can I buy a Love Rock kit? You can buy Love Rock kits and other handmade items at our online store at lovedrencheddesigns.indiemade.com. All proceeds of sales will go to the Anna and Abby Memorial Fund which will fund the memorial playground built in their honor, Anna and Abby’s Yard.

~Where can I buy a Love Rocks t-shirt or hoodie? We have decided to use a fundraising t-shirt company called Teespring. Log on to their site, teespring.com/loverocks or teespring.com/loverockskids, and you can order a t-shirt or hoodie. We have raised over $7,000 for Anna and Abby’s Yard from our Teespring campaigns. Wear the love!!

~ I love this idea and would like to start my own Facebook page for my community, do you mind? I have been asked a number of times, with good intentions, if people can open a separate Love Rocks Facebook page specific to their community. I would ask that you don’t do this for a couple of reasons. Love Rocks are not community specific but rather travel across communities, states and even into other countries. I have gotten post from people who have traveled to Oregon, Las Vegas, Virginia and even Mexico (just to name a few), found a Love Rock and then went back to their hometown and shared it with someone else. Opening up other sites would confuse people and also would make it difficult to track Love Rocks that travel. Second, this site means a lot to me and I love reading all the posts and messages of how Love and Joy are being spread by these little rocks with fabric hearts not them. It’s what I have and I know that my girls have a hand in all this love and joy.

~ When Love Rocks post on the Facebook page or when I send a personal message to the Love Rocks page, who am I sending it to? I am the only administrator for the Love Rocks page at this time so when you see a Love Rocks post it’s from me, Susan (Anna and Abby’s mom).

If you have a question that you don’t see here don’t hesitate to ask.

Love Rock Resources (feel free to print and share)

LOVE ROCKS :FB  To use on the back of Love Rocks!

Love Rocks Small Cards

Do Small Things…

I Love you to the Moon Cards (small)

Love Rocks Journal

Love Rocks Reflection Activity (write or draw)

Love Rocks Reflection Activity(short answers)

 

75 thoughts on “Love Rocks

  1. I have a unique story. I found my father after over 40 years. I went to the post office to mail off pictures to my dad for the first time from Beaverton Oregon and I found a love rock it had glitter on it so beautiful. wasn’t sure if I should take it but it meant something to me. in memory of my dad seeing my pictures for the first time. so I took it and gave it to him when I saw him for the first time. then a week later found one at my job. I’m passing the mall now. I’m glad both of you have came into my life. thank you

    • What a beautiful Love Rock story Tammy…thank you so much for sharing. Much love and joy to you and your dad!

  2. I just wanted you to know that around 6pm yesterday in Hawaii (specifically in a Starbucks off of Kuakini Hwy and Henry) I came across a love rock. I wasn’t sure wetter to take it or not as I was worried it may have been someones…. I did hold it for a period of time waiting for my drink and then sat it back down where I found it. After flying back in this morning I looked at your website. I wish I would have taken it so I could pass it on, but I like to think the way it played out is the way it was meant to be…. maybe someone physically needs it more than I do, but withiut a doubt i definitely felt something finding it , and it’s still resonating within me… after reading your story and what it means, I know I was meant to come accross it ♡ thank you for your gift…. God bless you and your family

    • Thank you so much Danielle for sharing your Love Rock story. I hear that a lot…people don’t pick up the Love Rock because they’re not really sure exactly what it is. I would love to send you a Love Rock…my email address is alovedrenchedlife@gmail.com. Send me your address and I’ll get one in the mail to you. Maybe that is the way God intended this to work out…you find a Love Rock, leave it for someone else and then connect with me to get your own personal Love Rock. Blessings!

  3. This is an amazing labor of love and the perfect way to commemorate the lives of two adorable angels who were taken too soon.

    It has been a trying time for me lately and I have to smile through a lot of emotional pain. This morning I was thinking of the loved ones I have lost who have had a great impact on my life. I miss them.

    One of them was a woman who I considered a chosen sister. Her name is Sandy. She was one I could talk to when I was low or rejoyce with when I was happy. We shared so much and trusted each other with what lay deep inside our hearts. The one year anniversary of the day she crossed the bridge to the Promised Land is coming up and I find myself thinking about something she asked of me. She asked me never to forget her. But how could I when she has given me so many gifts and taught me about the kind of woman I want to be when I grow up?

    This afternoon at work my boss found a Love Rock on the candy counter. She thought it was “just a rock” and handed it to me to throw away. Then I got a good look at it and it brought a smile to my face. In a way I feel it’s Sandy letting me know she hasn’t forgotten our friendship either.

  4. My friend and I just found lots of them at South Beach yesterday and today.
    While we kept one and left the rest for others, we fell in love with the idea! We proceeded to pick up rocks on the beach and will be making our own Love Rocks to share.
    I had no idea this was for your beautiful girls. That makes them even more special!
    Thank you, we love the idea, the rocks and will continue to spread the love! ❤️😊💕

  5. Made Love Rocks with my Girl Scout troop back in Nov. Now, it’s an on-going project for the troop! The girls really get the concept of leaving love for someone else to find. I love that, too! ♥

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