Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Too Precious to Wear

I've been running around the past couple weeks like a chicken with its head chopped off. Why do people say that? "Chicken with its head chopped off". That's disgusting. Do chickens really run around when their heads are chopped off? Wait, don't answer that. I just know some farmer is going to write a comment all about chopping chicken's heads off now. Scratch that whole conversation. Let me start again.

I've been really busy the past couple weeks. Running around, trying to do Christmas shopping, baking cookies, buying Christmas cards, printing pictures to put in the cards, mailing packages, decorating, and trying to keep up with all the usual stuff is wearing me out. Every year, it seems I get farther away from the true reason we celebrate Christmas and I get sucked in farther to the commercialism of the whole thing. I'm about ready to tell the kids all about Santa and start a new tradition of not decorating and not buying presents and not baking cookies and not sending out cards. It's all just so overwhelming.

I went to the mall today. Well, I went to the parking lot of the mall anyway. After driving around for 20 minutes in search of a parking space, any parking space, a parking space 4 1/2 miles away even, I gave up and tried to make my way out of the entire mall-parking-area. That took another 20 minutes. By the time I made my escape onto a main road, I was cursing all of humanity (or at least the portion which holds driver's licenses) and begging Santa to bring me a flying car for Christmas. I really try to stop and think "What would Jesus do?" before reacting. But, then again, Jesus never had to drive among idiots in the Woodfield parking lot on December 21st.

Anyway, I'm trying to reclaim my laid-back, happy, joyful self this week. I'm trying to put all the ridiculouse expectations we put on ourselves in perspective and prepare myself for Jesus's birth instead of Santa's arrival. To that end, I'm posting a few inspirational stories from fellow authors and contributors to the book, Pearl Girls. I hope that these will help you to remember what's important to you in these last few days before Christmas.


Too Precious to Wear
by Sarah Sundin

One Christmas when my mother was a girl, she received a string of pearls from her father. Since her parents were divorced-an unusual situation in the 1950s-she treasured the pearls as a sign of her father's love. When he passed away her senior year in high school, the pearls took on even greater significance.

When I was growing up, my mother talked often about the pearls, but my sister and I never saw them. Mom kept them safe in their silk-lined velvet box tucked in her jewelry box. For dressy occasions, she wore other nice jewelry, but never the pearls.

The pearls were too precious to wear.

What if the strand broke and even a single pearl was lost? What if the clasp broke and she lost them forever? She couldn't risk it. Better to keep them cocooned in silky security.

When my mother offered to let me wear her pearls on my wedding day, I was deeply touched. This was more than "something old" or "something borrowed," but a sign that she trusted me and loved me.

A few days before the wedding, my mother pulled the box from seclusion. My sister and I watched with curiosity and awe.

The pearls had turned a deep grayish-yellow, they were flaking, and some had fallen apart.

They were fake.

For over thirty years, my mother nurtured a piece of costume jewelry. All that time she could have worn them and enjoyed them without worry. Her father gave them to her for a purpose-to wear them and feel lovely and ladylike and special. He didn't mean for her to hide them away.

On our wedding day, my husband gave me a strand of real pearls. They symbolize my husband's sacrificial love for me-they were expensive for a graduate student with half-Scottish blood.

I vowed never to tuck them away but to wear them often. Yes, I'm careful. I inspect the cord and knots and clasp, and I plan to have them restrung when necessary. But I wear them and enjoy them. That's why my husband gave them to me.

Our heavenly Father gives us gifts too-brilliant and costly. We should cherish them, but we should use them. Whether our individual gifts involve serving, teaching, encouragement, evangelism, or even money-they have a purpose. The Lord wants us to use our gifts to bless others and to spread the message of His love.

While pearls make women look lovely, using our God-given gifts for His kingdom makes us even lovelier. And just as pearls grow more lustrous with frequent wear, our gifts from God grow in beauty and strength the more we use them.

This Christmas I plan to wear my string of pearls, a sign of my husband's love-and to display my pearls from heaven, a sign of my Father's love.

Have a lustrous Christmas!

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Sarah Sundin lives in northern California with her husband and three children. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. Her first novel, A Distant Melody, historical fiction set during World War II, will be published by Revell in March 2010. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com or her blog or find her on Facebook.




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Cindy vd Schee said...

Dear Dawn,

Reading your posts about the xmas madness is somewhat strange to me. I live in Holland, where Santa never comes (yahoo!). Instead, the kids get a visit from Sinterklaas at december 5. That is a truly stressful time around here. Kids have about 6 to 10 different Sinterklaas festivities and they're nervous wrecks when it is all over. So we try to limit it to about 2 festivities. Hard to do, but we all benifit from it...
After that, no more presents for us in this house. Xmas is about love, about making your house a home, about family and spending some time with each other.
Of course we also have soms xmas stress, about all the food that had to come into our houses etc. But less, much less.

So try a 'dutch xmas' next year: buy a small tree, sent xmas cards to people you realy love (without pictures!), go to church on xmas evening, have a nice xmas dinner at the 25th and a pyjama day at the 26th (when you can make cookies if you want to, but don't HAVE to)!
Be together with the people you love and feel the warmth of xmas. I know it's hard to do, but cutting down on the festivities will make you truly enjoy the ones that are left!

Best regards, lots of love and have merry, merry Christ days ;-)

Lauren said...

Some times we need a reminder about the important things in life. At this time of year, I like to remember all my family near and far and give thanks that they are in my life. I have many significant items from my family who have now gone, and I cherish and use these things daily.

I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and I pray that 2010 brings you much peach and happiness.

Donna said...

calling the jewelers today to get Grandma's pearls restrung......

thank you Dawn.....

Amy Rhinesmith said...

This is a really beautiful story. On my wedding day I wore the pearls my father gave my mother on their wedding day. They are a beautiful single strand of pearls. I think it is unfortunate that my mother doesn't wear them more often. They are absolutely beautiful. I have some costume pearls that I wear relatively often. I'd like to think that if I had real pearls I would wear them often too.

little.birdy said...

Ooo, I would wear them often!

diane in illinois said...

Yes Dawn, Chickens really DO run around a bit after their heads are off. You brought back memories of my childhood on the farm. Thanks for the lovely rememberance of things important. And everyone knows to stay AWAY from Woodfield this time of year........Merry Christmas!

Diana said...

Oh my...what a beautiful story.

Val said...

Wow, what a true and meaningfull story! Merry CHRISTmas!

amy said...

My first thought was: running around like a cockroach with its head cut off. We all know how they keep going and going like that Energizer bunny.
Winning those pearls would be great but reading your blog often gets me through those days when my girls(ages 1 and 3) are driving me nuts!

Amanda E.

Sue said...

The pearl story was a beautiful reminder to use our gifts: God given or otherwise.

Your shopping story made my shoulders tense up and be happy that I don't have to go back to the mall until AFTER Christmas!! :)

Always April said...

My husband gave me a strand of pearls one year for Christmas before we were married. They were not expensive but I wore them on our wedding day. I still don't wear them often but when I do I am surprised at hoe special I feel. aprilshecon(at)gmail(dot)com

Ashley said...

That is a fantastic story and a great way to remember that I have so many talents and gifts from God that I need to be using better. Maybe a strand of pearls will help me remember ;)

Anonymous said...

That was beautiful story and so true. I am a believer in only having things that can be used/worn. I can't understand having jewelry items locked away.

Cynedra

Edie said...

I have always thought it so sad to go to estate sales to find beautiful never been used linens and crystal. I have bought these things and taken them to my home for my family to use. My best should be used for those I love the most--not stored away in a drawer. Thanks for the reminder, Dawn.

Valeri said...

Thank you for the wonderful reminder to use our pearls for God!
Blessings,
Valeri

Billie Jean said...

Is there something wrong that I appear to be the first to comment? Surely not! Surely your millions of blog readers could not have missed this post? I too have a strand of pearls locked up & never worn simply because they are not mine, but were my late MIL's and meant to pass on to my daughter. If you knew me & God's sense of humor with my life, the minute I put them on to enjoy, SOMETHING dreadful would happen. I can't risk it. Ever. Show a sister some love and pass along a strand I can wear with pride and without guilt - Merry Christmas Dawn!

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

I love pearls!! They are classic.

Donna said...

Headless chickens don't run around... they flop! Once my mom pulled the head off a chicken she was going to prepare for dinner, it was likely to land ten feet away from where it started. It was great entertainment for me as a child, and it was always fun to watch the family dogs and cats, too, when this was happening.

Leslie said...

I loved this story. I am really trying to slow down this year and remember the real reason we celebrate. This was a nice reminder, and a great start to my day.

Miss Rita said...

What a great story! Reminded me of that Erma Bombeck e-mail that's so popular. We all need to appreciate and enjoy our blessings every single day!

Andrea said...

What a beautiful story and a wonderful reminder of what is important in our lives now and always. Merry Christmas, Dawn and family!

Hey Teach! said...

Loved the post today. Each year I vow to make things smaller and more meaningful. Each year I seem to miss the point. Thanks for the reminder :)

Mel said...

That's just a beautiful story! I too am guilty of "keeping things for good", that is, not wearing my best things all the time, and the same with my kids...to the point where my daughter grows out of her things long before she's had enough use of them.

MaBunny said...

Wow, beautiful story/poem , as well as a beautiful necklace. I'd be honored to win that!
Anyway, I'm not a farmer and I won't go into details, but yes chickens do run around for a little bit with no head...
Hope you got your flying car and all your shopping worries disappeared!
Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas Dawn!

Anonymous said...

The pearl story is very beautiful. It shines a bright light on the meaning of giving gifts during the holiday season.

-Donna W.

Mommy Mayonnaise said...

I was searching for a movie (Because I Said So) on the web, when Google brought me here to see you beautiful blog. Even I don't see anything connected to the movie I was looking for, but it's okay. I found this great site instead..

Merry Christmas to you, Dawn..

Risma
(Indonesian Mommy)

pednurse said...

This story reminds me of the dishes that are saved for "special" only to be never used because no meal is ever considered special enough to warrant the risk of using them....so they sit there in the china cabinet just gathering dust.

Allison said...

I would love to win the pearl necklace!! It's beautiful and one of my birth stones too.

Jen Fleury said...

I absolutely love the story! I too recently decided to "use and enjoy" some of the "special" things that I have. Life is too short to let it pass by. My "pearls" are starting to flake, but they were from my sister's wedding 16 years ago. And even though they are fake, they are one of my favorite pieces of jewelry because of the memories they hold. Thank you for sharing!

Bailey's Leaf said...

I just made my 6 year old her first strand of pearls as a Christmas gift. They are freshwater and not the most expensive, but how funny that I made them for her then read this!

Thank you for post!

Edee said...

My husband bought me a pearl pendant necklace and earrings for our wedding. They are still the only jewelery I wear on special occasions - 11 years later.

Lindsey Wolfe said...

Oh my! A pearl give away... *picking jaw up* wow!

homeskool said...

Great story. Thanks for Sharing

Tamara said...

What a touching story. I'm not sure though if her mom would have got more joy out of wearing the pearls than she did out of loving the pearls and the love of her father. thanks for the chance to win some pearls of my own.

Anonymous said...

A lovely story. Merry Christmas and Happy New to you and your family!

Karen

Harmony said...

What a beautiful story with a great message!

dana said...

What a wonderful story and great message! I will have to check her writings. I would love a chance to win pearls, they are so beautiful!
Dana

Jessi said...

That story made me weep a little. I lost my dad when I was 15 years old. I know all about cherishing things that he gave to me. Nothing as extravagant as pearls, real or not. But I have small trinkets that I cherish very much because they were given to me by a father who I know loved me.

Cheryl said...

My son Caleb died in August of 2008 at the age of 17 months. Since then I have learned not to wait to do things, but to try and hug when you are led, tell people you love them, let people know how much they mean to you, etc.

Merry Christmas!
With love and hope,
Cheryl
We are Nine

Kelly B said...

Such a beautiful story!

Carol said...

I love pearls and regularly wear single pearl pierced earrings. Would love to win the necklace.

Rox said...

LOVED the story! Great wisdom! Thanks for sharing! Have a Very Merry Christmas!

Carrie M. said...

What an awesome story! A a much needed piece of advise this time of year. You're right - we're forgetting the reason for this season: JESUS CHRIST! I will start to show my gifts more freely!!

Bonnie said...

What a great story! When my uncle was in the Army stationed in Germany he sent my grandmother a beautiful set of German china. She never used it. They found it tucked away in the corner of her bedroom after she died. It made me so sad. I'm sure my uncle sent it to her intending for her to use them when her large family gathered instead of the cheap, chipped everyday plates she usually used. I now use my late mother's china several times a year--sometimes just because.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful pearls!


Jill in Indiana

Jessica Willis said...

love that story! very moving - and appropriate for this time of year. thank you so much for sharing with your readers :)

mskork said...

My father gave me a set of silver bangle bracelets he brought back from Germany when I was a freshman in high school. I loved them and wore them so much they are now all bent, but I still have them. I have fond memories of all the places they were worn! Gifts are meant to be enjoyed. I will have to tell my dad this year that I still have them.

Anita said...

We all need to wear our "pearls" more often and share the love that Christ has given us.

We also need to slow down and smell those roses and enjoy the time we have before it is taken away. I have been so rushed lately trying to get ready for Friday. I am so tired and am not acting the nicest.

Thank you for the reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season and I need to slow and think before I react.

Merry Christmas!

Anita

Brandy said...

Wow I'm first!! :) I would love to own these pearls!!

Amie said...

I would love to win! The pearl is my birthstone, and I have none!

michelle.lindsey said...

what a great reminder!

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful necklace!!! Hope I win!

Donna said...

1st - I would like to say that is such a touching story about the Pearls.

2nd - I wanted to tell you that a chicken does run around with it's head off. I see it all the time on a commercial on TV.
It's the one where the headless chicken (or is it a turkey) runs down the aisle at a grocery store. That just cracks me up everytime I see it.......hehhehehee

Merry Christmas Dawn and all your followers here.
Happy Birthday Jesus !

Donna (NE Indiana)

lesan said...

What a lovely story to share! Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas!

Judy K said...

What a beautiful story with a beautiful meaning. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you have a blessed Christmas.

Lisa Roth said...

WHat a beautiful story! My grandmother gave me some beautiful dishes..hers..she never used. She told me to USE THEM because they were so pretty and were never enjoyed. SO I do...use them sometimes just for a snack!

Caron said...

I would love to win the pearls..

Angela said...

Merry Christmas. I would love a strand of pearls. Happy New Year.

angiep

Michele said...

That was a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it!

Susan said...

Thanks for the reminder of the season, it is way too easy to get sucked into the mall. Wishing your family a happy and safe Christmas!!

Sunnyworld said...

Thank you for posting that story -- I needed that reminder today! I, too, have pearls -- earrings that my husband gave me quite a few years ago, and that I have kept for "special" occasions; but now, I plan to wear them a lot more. Pearls signify many things, and now they mean even more to me, after reading your post this morning. Thank you, Dawn, and have a very merry and joyous Christmas!

Anissa said...

So very very true! How many of us (esp our mothers) have special towels or linens or such that only special guests can use. They are never touched. I myself have silverware that is still in it's original bags. I think on New Years Day I will take it out and use it, as I keep saying "when we move" or other times, but never have done it.

I inCYST said...

WE LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOU OR ON THAT SITE TO WIN?.....SO CONFUSED..BUT STILL HOPING TO BE PICKED!

Candace said...

What a beautiful story. It really touched my heart. Thanks for sharing.

Hodgepodge said...

This is such a beautiful story. I have always said, "Use it, display it, or give it to someone who will." Use that fine china, burn that fancy candle.

Tiff said...

Pick me! I'd love to win!

Liz H. said...

I know just what you mean about getting sucked into all the commercialism. If it weren't for some extended family members it would be very easy to just say, "No," and send all that Christmas shopping money to something like World Vision or Heifer International - especially in a country where we've gone from "Merry Christmas" to "Merry Xmas" and finally regressing to "Happy Holidays". If anyone throws that one at me they're going to hear, "Yes, Happy Holy-days to you too!"
And, yes, chickens really do blindly run around for a few minutes after their heads are removed, but I'll spare you the gory details.

The Only Girl said...

What a beautiful story and message. Fingers crossed that I win!

Ashlee and Bill said...

What a beautiful story. Too often we hid away our treasures thinking that SOMEDAY we'll bring them out and enjoy them. But why not find enjoyment in every day life? Thanks!

Mrs Rad Wag said...

Oh, I would just love to win a strand of pearls. I once had a beautiful pearl ring, but the pearl fell out and was lost forever. Thanks for the chance!

Angie H. said...

What a great story. We all need to slow down and take the time to appreciate what we have and the reason for the season...
Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Oh that would be soo amazing to give to my mom!

Cookie said...

Beautiful story. Sign me up for those pearls please!

Monica said...

Pearls would be lovely to pass on to my family.

Slatsette said...

Beautiful Story, Dawn! I have this beautiful set of pearls my great-grandmother gave me. I never wear them, but it's because the string is too small for my neck. I'll probably give them to my daughter for her wedding, but I love to take them out and look at them and think of my great grandmother wearing them.

I do not ever try to tuck away my spiritual gifts. They are so important... So special... and it takes a certain amount of guts to bring them out. But God is a great father and is always there saying "I'm here, I'll keep you safe"

April M said...

What a beautiful story! I too am guilty for keeping some items for "special occasions". Thank you for sharing this story Dawn and I can't wait to read more!

Anonymous said...

I have my grandmother's pearls which are maybe 80 years old. I wore them at my wedding but not since...pearls just aren't "me". But after reading the story, I think maybe I'll get them out and wear them from time to time-and if they need restrung, I'll do that too. My daughter and granddaughter need to know they're here for them too...Add me to the list!! Lovely idea, lovely gift!!

Chris in PA

Amanda said...

What a beautiful story! It certainly makes all those times I spent polishing my aunt's silver more worth it. She used her silver every day.

Brassy said...

TWO wonderful stories in one post! How nice. :)

I have a pair of diamond earrings from my husband. I'm not into diamonds, but I wore them frequently because they were from him.

Then I lost one. It's been a few years and I still haven't found the mate, but after the initial guilt, I feel okay with it. They are just things, and they were meant to be worn. They were a wonderful pick-me-up on stressful days (I would wear them to finals in college), and I can still remember the feeling.

Our Unique Family said...

That would be an amazing late Christmas Present!!! :)

Ann Marie said...

This story of pearls is wonderful. What a wonderful gift. I hope that I use my "gifts" as this writer uses hers. Merry Christmas

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stephanie said...

Beautiful. Also, a good reminder to WEAR YOUR JEWELS! ;)

Nikki said...

What a beautiful story. Reminds me to also use the "good" dish's, just because. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Dawn. Blessings to you and your family.

Nina said...

good reminder to make use of that which we love.

rskmom said...

Read the story and cried. Thanks for sharing, and reminding us all!

Beth said...

Thank you for sharing a beautiful story!

Pace said...

I like the story very nice

Mandy said...

Thank you for the reminder. I have a dear friend at church who is in need of a heart and liver transplant. Without them she will only survive another 8-12 weeks. She has two small children (both adopted) and a husband. She is another reminder to spend time on the things that are truly important and to let the rest go. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of out Savior. It's about spending time with the people we love.
Mandy in South Carolina

kelly w said...

what a beautiful story! would love to win the pearls!

Sonya said...

Great story! So many times the gift means so much to us we don't want to "loose" it and then we forget to ENJOY it!! Thank you for sharing!

Jess in MI said...

Wow what a touching story. I have never owned pearls. They are beautiful.

Lise said...

Girls, use your pretty things!!

TamraK said...

I'm reading a book called "Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present," by Hank Stuever. The author says that the original "spirit of Christmas" was more akin to a mad rush through a crowded store than the serene celebration people like to imagine. So maybe you're not getting further away from the true reason for the season.

Rachel E. said...

My grandmother grew up during the war and had to raise her own chickens for meat. Last year during Easter dinner she treated us to the grisly details of what a dying chicken looks like...no matter how hard we tried to change the subject. So, yes, to answer the question you didn't want answered, that is what happens to chickens! But she said that they would put a box over the chicken so they didn't have to see it. Makes it nicer, huh?

amyvillarreal said...

What a great reminder of the gifts-the pearls-our Heavenly Father gives to us, and how we often don't use them. Thanks Dawn!

KarenOjai said...

Lovely story, Love your blog. Makes me happy to see that I am not the only one with crazy things going on.
I love pearls and would wear them often!
Karen

JonesEthiopia said...

What a neat story... and of course I'd love to win some pearls! :)

The Mommy said...

I try very hard to ALWAYS use something nice - as it was meant to be. I'm now planning to wear my pearls - literal and figurative - on Christmas. Thanks.

Lyuda said...

I totally agree with you on the Christmas madness. I had the same thing on December 21st. I went to do some last-minute shopping and was thinking people will be at home and/or working. Wrong!! There were people everywhere, like ants around a candy. I did my best to buy only what I came for and get out as soon as possible. This year, I told my family that there will only be one present per person, so that kind of cut back on my time and bills. But there is still the last-minute craziness, scrambling for a gift, ANY gift at this point. I will, though, eventually, figure out a way to even cut back more on the madness and allow more room for Christmas love, warmth, and real meaning for the season.

PennyS(CA) said...

I love this time of the year, and I love having the kids home!
It's sometimes hard to stay away from the craziness....it's everywhere!

Merry Christmas!!

Joanna said...

I loved reading that story! Please consider me for the pearl giveaway. I promise I'll wear them!

Deliasgone said...

That was a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it.

Jessica said...

What a great reminder to use our gifts to serve those we love. Thank you!

Nadia said...

love that story, so true about many things in life! I'd love to be entered for the pearls..I've always wanted some!!

Miriam said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely story, and also Sarah's website. I look forward to reading her novel, as I LOVE historical fiction! I'd also love a chance to win a strand of pearls, too! :-)

Dr. Laura said...

What a wonderful story and a wonderful reminder. I am going home to get my mother's pearls out and show them to my daughter!

Melanie said...

Thanks Dawn, I feel the same way right now. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.
Melanie

Angela C. said...

Thanks for the story and giveaway. I would love to win these.

Tammy said...

Love the story by Sarah. We've cut way back here - not because we don't have the money. But because my kids don't need more "stuff". I almost get nauseated walking through stores or the mall watching people scurrying around to buy more stuff. I don't need anything, and neither do my kids.

We gave money to Samaritan's Purse this year - we bought baby chicks, milk for a baby for a month, toys for sick children, and Bible story books. And I felt joy instead of nausea! Next year there will be even fewer gifts and more giving to charity!

Niki E said...

What a great story! Thanks for sharing it with us! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by8pf49i6JE&feature=related

Here is a song that concisely tells the reason for the season. "It's about the Cross" by Go Fish

We all so easily get caught up in the frenzy, you have to be deliberate about why we celebrate Christmas.
Kathleen from Traverse City

Amy said...

Thank you for the beautiful story...Merry Christmas!

South Carolina Mom said...

Love the story! I, sadly, do not own a pearl necklace (or pearl anything!) but I would love to win them! Have a blessed Christmas!

Sarah Sundin said...

To all 107 of you - I'm so glad you enjoyed my little story! Your comments have totally made my day. Dawn - thank you so much for posting my story. I couldn't figure out why my blog traffic went through the roof today - now I know why. I love your blog!
By the way, the chicken stories are cracking me up. My farm-bred grandma said they did this too. Ick.

Aleta said...

Have a lovely Christmas, and I promise to wear the pearls often if I win!

Katie Rosenthal-Mayer said...

What a great story Dawn! Thank you for sharing!
Merry Christmas!!!
Katie

Gretchen said...

Thanks for the great story! I've never owned any pearls and would love to win!

Carla said...

What a beautiful story. I'm breaking out & wearing my mother's pearl earrings today!

evane420scence said...

This makes me think, as I often cherih things in the same way, but its true that you never know what could happen.

Trish from PA said...

oh my gosh! I was just telling my husband how I want to give a gift to my unwed niece's little girl b/c my niece is going through a tough time right now. And since we have lots of nieces and nephews we don't plan to give all their future kids presents. But should I just stand by and watch? Or do I share the gifts that God has blessed me? And maybe help someone with their burdens?
May you seize those moments to use your gifts throughout the year!

Lindie said...

I have heard that you must wear pearls or they lose their luster. So wear them as often as possible or they will fall apart. I have always used my best for my family. They are the best!

Katina said...

What a wonderful story and a lovely reminder. Thanks for sharing it.

Regina M said...

Stop making me cry at work! Thanks for sharing a beautiful story. Best of luck weathering the Christmas madness.

Rebecca said...

Thats a very lovely story.... When i was 6 or 7 my grandmother gave me a lovely emerald and pearl ring for christmas that her grandmother gave to her and i wore it maybe twice ever, always keeping it safely tucked away. Then one day i pulled it out and discovered my fingers and grown too big for the ring.. Too bad i missed out on all those years of wearing it. I'm not keeping anything tucked away anymore!

Shellie said...

My dad grew up on a farm and so I know where that expression comes from-won't share the gory details, but it's a literal expression alright! I loved that story and you can just not do stuff for Christmas. I gave up on doing it all years ago, and it is very liberating!

Anonymous said...

Story brought tears to my eyes.... beautiful!!

Shannon in SC

Jen said...

What a beautiful story! It brought tears to my eyes. It's a reminder that there are many things in our lives that may seem "too precious" for everyday use or wear but we should use them or wear them all the time anyway. You never know when it will be too late. Thanks for that reminder!!

deirdre said...

I just loved the story. I can understand the concept of "too precious to wear" and I am now going to try to change. I was given pearls the night before my wedding (by my oh so romantic husband) and now rarely wear them...I cannot remember when I last wore them! I must pull them out and enjoy them more....

Colleen said...

What a beautiful story. Such a waiste and a powerful reminder to use what we cherish or it may be gone when we decide we need/want it. Thank you very much!!
Colleen

Chick Hatchers said...

Thank you for sharing that story. It's true. We protect things that should be enjoyed and shared.

I'm sorry about your time at Woodfield. That place is a madhouse on a regular weekday; I cannot imagine the chaos there the week of Christmas! You were brave to even make an attempt.

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Mayberry Mom said...

I recently purchased the "Pearls" book and am enjoying reading it! The stories are wonderful.

Gloria said...

I have two comments:

1. When I was a child raised in modest circumstances, I did see a chicken who had just sacrificed his life so my family could be nourished--and yes they do run around for awhile without their head. It is an apt expression.

2. The story about the pearls was wonderful--thanks for sharing. So many times we keep the gifts given to us by the Lord hidden when we should be sharing those gifts and letting the light of our love and faith in Him be shining on a hill for all to see.

Thanks to you for the work you do on this blog and a Very Merry Christmas to you.

Gloria

Julie said...

What a lovely story.

Mrs. Groshong said...

I love that story!

kmc979 said...

id love to win those!

Carol from Iowa said...

Thanks for the reminder! Merry CHRISTMAS, to you and yours!

healingtouch said...

Wonderful story...beautiful message! Blessings to you and yours this Christmas!

Round Belly said...

Every year I have given up more of the Christmas related stress, when my kids stomped our Christmas ornaments, we gave up the tree. (I really don't miss it) when my kids learned that Santa's toys were hiding in the closet and opened them a month early, I gave up playing Santa Clause. We gave up traveling when one of the kids got sick all over the hotel room.....

I don't miss the chaos. We fill the day talking about the Birthday Boy.

Hally said...

Thank you for bringing the Light to light this time of year.

Heather M. said...

Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful story.

Miss Melissa said...

If I won that gorgeous pearl necklace, I'd have it on even if you couldn't see them with what I was wearing. :)

Anonymous said...

I, too, am sad when I see things that have been treasured, and put away safely and saved being sold for just a few dollars. What job the owners have missed for themselves by saving for something special. Every day is special so love and enjoy each one. I received a single string of pearls for my high school graduation 48 years ago. I would love to have the three strand necklace so that I could have one for each of my granddaughters.

Our Family's Spot said...

Thanks for sharing the story. I hope that your Christmas day is full of love, joy, and peace and that every Christmas brings a renewed sense of God's love for humanity.

Blessings,
Kelly

andy said...

wow nice blog

Brian & Rachel Davis said...

I love the story! Thanks for sharing. If I win those pearls, I'll WEAR them!

Sandra said...

As I sit here reading your blog instead of writing out Christmas cards I agree with you - I need to just take back the reason for why we celebrate this season. I've enjoyed reading your blog this year and I wish you a very wonderful Merry Christmas.

Lee said...

I can relate! Slowing down now. Love the pearl story...love to win the pearls. I need something pretty to wear. Thanks.

Kristen said...

Thank you for posting this! the first part about the insanity. Why must we buy a present for EVERYONE we know, something, anything to fill a gift bag?! I can't stand it! But if you don't participate (for what ever reason), then you are the 'odd' one! Ugh!
The second part was wonderful. My MIL gave me her mother's pearls. I don't have many occasions to wear them, but I really try to wear them when I can. They are so wonderful and a piece of the family.
Thanks again for the perspective!

graceunderautism said...

This year I decided to make the majority of my gifts. As I make each one, I can think about that person or child, why they are special to me, and why they deserve my time and effort. It has been an eye opening year.
Love the Pearl story. My Grandfather willed me his sterling silver spoons to be used whenever and "not just for special occasions." I love them and wished I remembered to use them more often.

amanda said...

I would love a pearl necklace! Merry Christmas

My3Sons said...

Thank you so much for posting this. Christmas Eve has always been a special day for me to spend with all of my family at my Grandmother's house. She passed away this year and as Christmas Eve draws closer I find myself getting sad. BUT, as much as this story made me cry, it also made me smile. So on Christmas Eve I will be pulling out the cross necklace that I was given out of my Grandmother's jewelry and wear it. My Grandmother was a gift to all those that met her and I want to honor her.

VegasChristina said...

What a lovely reminder to wear with joy the precious gifts we've been given rather than tuck them away for a "special" occasion.

Sharla said...

I know what I want to get my girls some day. A nice strand of pearls with a copy of the story.
Next year you should rebel, like I did this year, and get rid of half of your to-do list. I've had a much more peaceful Christmas and have tried to give my girls the best gift - more of my time.

Amy said...

Well, doesn't that put everything into perspective. I don't have any pearls... maybe I will on New Year's Day! ;o)

ElleBee said...

My first year in Chicagoland, I went to Woodfield on Black Friday. I nearly died. Under no circumstances will I haunt those halls during the Christmas season EVER again. Would love the pearls, though! :)

Shannon Smith said...

That is a great story and a great reminder for us all. Thanks!

Lindsay said...

What a lovely story and so very true. Thank you for sharing!

Julie H. said...

It doesn't hurt to give it a try. I have one pearl bracelet from a wedding I stood in 23 years ago. A necklace would go nicely.

FrugalcosIhave2 said...

thank you for the reminder to slow down and just be....

Tiesha G. said...

I too get sucked in every year at Christmas. It's so easy to do when you live around so many people that don't care to know the true meaning. And having small children doesn't help either. I loved the story of the pearls. My husband just bought me a new bridal set, thinking that the stones in my old one were too small. Well, I plan to continue to wear that one everyday, just on the other hand to satisfy us both. It's the original symbol of his love for me, and no diamond will ever outshine that. Here's wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas season, and best wishes for the New Year!

Michelle said...

Oooo Dawn, I feel for ya. I went into Woodfield at Christmastime once and lasted about five minutes before turning around and leaving. I just couldn't deal with the crush of humanity. Try Spring Hill? Much less busy... albeit fewer stores. Or LZ's set of Target and other necessary stores? I promise to meet you for lunch or coffee if you do ;) If it makes you feel any better, you're far ahead of me. I gave up on pictures in the cards. I wrote most of the cards tonight. Nothing has been wrapped or sent. Oh well....

And yes, chickens do. I'll leave it at that.

I love that story... gave me shivers. Definitely something to remember.

valkyrie_lisa said...

Thank you for the lovely gift of that story. What a wonderful lesson to remember. I'll have to check out Sarah's blog.

I hope you have a blessed Christmas, Dawn, and I hope you know what a blessing you are to others.

Nickalli said...

I too tried to do the Mall thing today and came home feeling like I just wanted to get through until January 4th (kiddo back in school!). Thanks for helping me to remember why we celebrate CHRISTmas and to be thankful for my many gifts I've been given.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Carrie said...

What a beautiful story to remind us of the gifts our Heavenly Father has given us. Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

Kyra said...

This reminds me of the heirlooms that our grandmother passed along to the grandaughters. I wonder if they wear their items or pull them out to look at from time to time.

kate said...

what a wonderful story... makes me think I should take my great grandmothers china out from hiding... when my boys are 18:)

Lacy said...

The story of the pearls was so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Lacy

CathyK said...

Loved the pearl story, so true :)

Jenn said...

What a great story - it's so true, we need to enjoy the things we have - tangible or intangible and not hide them away. Merry Christmas!

Lisa said...

I love this story my mother did the same thing. And I just never had a reason to own pearls. But, my mother-in-law gave me a string of "Real" pearls for Christmas one year & I was so moved by this that I cried. I couldn't even get them hooked around my neck I had to call my husband in to hook them. After I finally got them on,she then handed me another same box that held the maching earrings. Than is the moment I knew I was truly a part of this family. That I have been so blessed to be apart of. Thank you for the memory. Merry Christmas & May God continue to bless you & your family.

Joan said...

Oh, I LOVE pearls. I wanted a pearl necklace for my 16th birthday. I am 44 now...

KandTMoody said...

Alright, who doesn't love another string of pearls?

CraftyTweetie said...

That was a wonderfully touching story about the pearl necklace. It's so true that such treasures should be enjoyed and shared with others instead of tucked away. It reminds me of people who own valuable antques which they keep locked up in a safe, or a child who is given a beautiful doll but isn't allowed to play with it for fear of it getting broken...I would love to win a strand of pearls to give to my mother or grandmother, both of whom are precious pearls themselves. :)

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love the stories and would love, love, love to win the pearls!



SPepper22

Rebecca said...

Nobody in my family has ever been able to afford real pearls. I remember my Mom coming home from yard sales with coustume jewerly that us girls just loved and forcing the baby and only boy to wear also.

Liz's Random Thoughts said...

So pearls don't last forever...but diamonds do..and we do not...hmm..
So humans are more like pearls I guess...

Mandy S said...

Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it Dawn.
Blessings
Mandy

djw209 said...

What a beautiful story!
Thanks for sharing with us!

rhettmom said...

Merry Christmas. The "Pearls" story was so very touching. I always wear my "good" jewelry becaase you never know when it might be the last time. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

Chris said...

lovely sentiment and one i could heed on a more regular basis! thank you!

petunia6348 said...

What a beautiful story about the pearls! Your post really brought things into perspective for me today. I have been doing the headless chicken routine as well, and questioning my sanity as I drive around in circles searching for a parking place. After reading the first comment from Holland I vow to make things simpler next year! Merry Chritmas to you and your family, Dawn and thank you for sharing your "pearls of wisdom" in such a warm and entertaining way!

Denise said...

Dawn,
Merry Christmas! and thank you for using your god given gift to share, encourage and remind everyone of how precious, special and funny our kids and lives can be!
I have broken the clasp on my pearls more times than I can remember - the last time was from a friend's baby grabbing hold and pulling - a happy memory actually! We're here to live our lives, not to keep ourselves hidden away - get out and grab it by the horns and live it!
Denise

B said...

Wow, beautiful story. I've never owned pearls but would love too. :)

Becs said...

What a lovely story to share and thank you for trying to remind us about the true meaning!

Michelle said...

Beautiful story. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Tara M said...

what a great story! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing.

Cosmo Mik said...

What a beautiful story. It reminds me that precious things are meant to be enjoyed.

Augusta said...

such a wonderful story! with a message that applies to all.
i've been trying to find a nice pearl necklace for years now since it's my birthstone. it would be amazing to win!

Steff said...

Such a beautiful story to remind us about real beauty...

Anonymous said...

Once again I am reminded why I love your blog. These stories are true treasures.
I already have a nice strand of pearls so if my name is chosen please pick another to enjoy them.
Mean while I will keep enjoying the pearls you post!
Rayn0000@aol.com

Jen S said...

I have a piece of jewelry like that and need to bring it out of hiding... Love the story.

C~ said...

Awesome message.

My grandmother spent my whole childhood showing me which of her heirloom treasures would be mine when she died. It really never mattered to me. As it worked out, my uncle took all of it and sold it for his own purposes.

The spiritual gifts are the most important. Share what you want others to have...every day is a gift.

cyn said...

Hi, I was just rereading one of my Guidepost magazines and read your story about not having a tv. This brought me to your blog. Love the inspirations that you are including with you life stories. The pearl story was great and something that I will remember and share with others.

Jen S said...

My pearls are my 2 beautiful children. I couldnt be more thankful to God for bringing them to me.

loVe2cre8 said...

This city girl who married a farmer can attest that yes, after it is killed a chicken does run around headless. It kinda creeps you out. Once I was gutting the chicken and as I reached in to remove the innards I gave it a tug and the thing squawked!!! I must have jumped halfway to the roof when I heard that.

Smiller said...

That would match the pearl earrings I got for Christmas!

Doug and Anna said...

Beautiful story, thanks so much for sharing!

Laura G said...

What lovely stories; great idea to lift our Christmas spirits! Best to you in 2010!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this story. I really enjoyed it. I hope you have a Happy New Year, since I am just now reading this post-Christmas.

Sherry from S.S, AR

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