My spirit is both nervous and elated to be finally introducing you to Eden’s Heart. A curated box filled with handmade items from Canadian artisans. Today marks the fourth anniversary of our first miscarriage. I wanted to do something to honor her life and the ones that followed.
After my rugged journey through three miscarriages, I poured my energy into nurturing others. It first started out as the Kindness Project. I would seek out local small shops and purchase wholesale or some would donate for me to curate gift baskets. I also cooked simple, comforting meals to add to the packages. However, I was limited to those in my small circle of people and area due to the cost of travel.
These baskets went to women who recently suffered a miscarriage, to new mothers and to families dealing with an infant going through cancer. My true passion, however, lies heavily in those who have experienced a miscarriage as it’s something I can relate to the pain of a loss such as that.
A STEP BACK
I have longed to reach women on a bigger scale for four years now. When I was going through my miscarriages I noticed not all knew exactly what to say or do. It’s why I started making my Kindness Project gift baskets. However, my love for nurturing others had to be put on a hold as I navigated through seasons that came and went with depression, until now.
Now bursting with my passion to nurture and my love for small shops Eden’s Heart was created. I decided to just go for it. I had doubts and fears but also a drive like I never did before. My heart is solely to reach women who wished someone noticed their pain. Who were left waiting for acknowledgment and validation for the baby or babies that they lost through miscarriage.
I am absolutely THRILLED and humbled by the 5 creators that saw my vision and agreed to be apart of Eden’s Heart. When thinking to my own miscarriages there were items that helped me process the trauma that I went through. Including items that were going to soothe, heal and honor the mother in a practical way was imperative.
When I was growing up my mother always suggested tea when I was sick or going through a hard time. After my miscarriages, tea brought me warmth and comfort along with helping the restoration of my body.
Woash Tea generously donated a package of her blend, Me Time. Me Time is a blend of Krishna Tulsi, Chamomile, Lavender, Passionflower, Lemon verbena, Lemongrass. This blend of herbs and flowers help to reduce anxiety and promote a deeper sleep.
THREE CORNERS ARTISAN
Of course, I needed to add a mug to drink the tea out of. One of my all-time favorite ceramic artists in my area is Aleena, from Three Corners Artisan. Her extreme talent for shaping a lump of ceramic into a stunning piece of art has stolen my heart for years. I have a few of her pieces floating around my house currently.
Having a special mug to drink out of can be a chance to take some alone time to remember our babies gone too soon.
The most vivid memories that I hold dear after my miscarriages, were the times I spent in the bath. This is where I prayed, expressed my anger, listened to music and had the opportunity to be still. That is why it was so important to me to have something to represent that in this box.
Só Luxury was created by Amanda and now her and her bestie, Shylah are running the show. This special Blush blend of coco oat milk bath with pink Himalayans salts will leave any grieving mother feeling loved even in her pain.
MINT & BIRCH
The most precious piece of jewelry I own comes from Mint & Birch. I am lucky enough to call Jessica my friend and as a gift, she stamped a bar necklace for me with the verse I always repeat to myself when I’m overwhelmed with grief from my losses. “Together we will run” is a welcomed reminder that my babies are waiting for me in our forever home.
Jess and I went back a forth a few times digging into what design we wanted on the necklace that she would be creating. It was such an honor to work with her on this.
In the end, she decided that it would be a beautiful idea to include not one but TWO necklaces in Eden’s Heart first box.
I envisioned a necklace with angel wings on it. A little piece of remembrance for the one(s) lost. Something that you can wear close to your heart. A chance to reach up and feel the indents of the wings, a tangible sensation to hold onto.
Holding space for hope is also important to me. Hope for arms filled instead of empty. Hope for the rainbow after the storm(s).
Jessica felt it important to honor both and I 100% agreed with her. In this version of Eden’s Heart, the lucky mama who gets this particular box will have the option to choose hope or remembrance or even both around her neck. The stages of grief come in waves. Each day, week, a month can feel different.
CREATIVE WIFE AND JOYFUL WORKER
The last item in Eden’s Heart curate box is a customized print created by Codi from Creative Wife and Joyful Worker blog.
I have a painting on my fridge with this verse from Isaiah, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” It helps me to remember that no matter the pain or journey I face I am not alone. Someone has gone before me, I am not alone in my pain and neither are you.
My hope is that you will place this gentle reminder somewhere special to you. In your bathroom on the wall, hanging on your fridge, on your office desk or even tucked away in your journal or bible.
ONE reader is going to WIN this entire box. I would ask that you only enter if you have experienced a miscarriage or plan on gifting it to a loved one who deserves some healing after loss. This loss does not have had to be recent. It could have been years ago. Time is nothing when it comes to pain. It is still always there, in the background.
Follow the rafflecopter prompts below to enter. You can also head to my Instagram page for an extra chance to win. Find the picture above and enter there.