I remember writing in this space about my idea of spreading love and joy through little rocks with fabric hearts on them and wondering if it would go anywhere. I knew that my close friends and maybe my community would possibly get into spreading love and joy in honor of my girls but I truly did not expect what has happened.
These rocks, like the people who make and find them, have stories to tell.
These stories are about the family who sat around the table making them, laughing about how dad can’t cut out perfect fabric hearts and feeling grateful that this activity has brought them together as a family.
These stories are about remembering a loved one that has gone to heaven, finding their favorite character on fabric and allowing the life that is so missed to be remembered with every stroke of the paint brush that secures the fabric heart.
These stories are about a community that is so love-drenched that Love Rocks can be found just about anywhere.
These stories are about the families who are celebrating the union between their daughter and son and making sure that everyone who has come to celebrate goes home with a token of their love.
These stories are about a young child who loves making the perfect Love Rocks to secretly give to his neighbors and friends.
These stories are about a mom who travels to the coast to honor her son in Heaven and while there finds a Love Rock placed in a spot that makes her look to the heavens and say thank you.
These stories are about a man who has lived a long life and when given a Love Rock holds it tightly as he takes his last breath here on earth.
There are so many stories to tell and I feel so grateful that people have shared them with me.
At 8:30 tonight it will be 3 months since we launched Love Rocks on Facebook. I can’t believe it’s only been 3 months.
Tonight at 8:30 it will also be 9 months since my girls went to Heaven. Sometimes it seems like just yesterday we were eating waffles for breakfast and trying to get out the door to get to church on time. Other days I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve touched them, kissed them and held them tight.
I know that Love Rocks is here for reason and that reason is far greater than I could have ever imagined or understand.
Thank you so much for going on this journey with us, for celebrating the life of my girls, celebrating love, joy and the undeniable goodness of spreading happiness to those around you.
I’m sure, as always, Anna and Abigail are smiling in Heaven watching all the love being shared. I am sure they are so proud to be part of something so big, so beautiful and so important.
These Love Rocks, the first ones in our family made by Anna, Abigail and my mother-in-law Sarah, are my all time favorites. They remind me of a time when life was crazy, busy and wonderful. They were shared with my closest friends and family at our wedding and many have beautiful words written on them from our guests. These Love Rocks are the inspiration for choosing to honor my girls and my community in this manner and they hold a very special place in our hearts and in our home.