Last year, we spent Hannah’s 17th birthday in Barbados. During that vacation, we found so much sea glass, much of which is now embedded in the “H” at the base of the flagpole at Hannah’s playground at Liberty Park. On her actual birthday we took a ride to a different beach and there wasn’t much sea glass to be found. But then, all of a sudden while I was wading in the water, a light green glitter caught my eye. I reached down into the water and picked up a beautiful piece of light green sea glass...and if that wasn’t enough, it was in the perfect shape of a heart. I knew that it was the perfect sign from Hannah...she always coveted the light green turquoise color sea glass because it’s the color that’s so hard to find. She was always so excited when she would find it, so it was an extra special gift for me to find this on her birthday.
I’ve always wanted to have it made into a piece of jewelry but i didn’t want to hand it over to just anyone...I wanted someone who would design something special, with love in their heart who would understand the meaning that this little piece of glass holds for me...it’s not just glass...for me, it’s a piece of my girl...sent from heaven to her mama. So, for over a year that little piece of sea glass remained inside one of our special wine glasses...one that is engraved with butterflies and the quote “love always wins”.
A few weeks ago I went to a local ladies night out wine tasting & vendor event with a friend. Prior to the event I took notice that one of the vendors was a designer of handcrafted sea glass jewelry. So, before heading out I reached into the wine glass to retrieve my cherished piece of sea glass and tucked it into my wallet. We walked around the event and found the jewelry designer. Her jewelry was beautiful and as we started talking, I knew right away that she was the one who would take care of my little treasure and turn it into something I could wear every day. I shared with her the story behind the piece of sea glass and she said she would be honored to create something for me...turns out she is very familiar with Hannah’s story and not only is she a jewelry designer but she’s the art teacher for the Tinton Falls elementary school district...and she is also Robbie’s art teacher! There was a reason I was holding onto this piece of sea glass for over a year...
So, last week Robbie came home from school and told me he had a present for me from his art teacher, Mrs Montouro. Inside was a gorgeous necklace, everything I could have hoped for in turning my cherished piece of sea glass into something I can wear every day. I asked how much I owed her and she told me, “absolutely nothing”, it was her honor to create this for me. I am beyond touched by her kindness, it truly restores my faith in humanity...
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Krissy Montouro. And, for anyone looking for beautiful handcrafted sea glass jewelry, check out Krissy's company, “Peace O’ Glass”. #beloved #lovealwayswins