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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Consider the Lilies trivet - in honor of our Lilly

My dear friend Christina and her husband Phillip run Haven Enterprises where they team up to make heirloom quality items of wood, engraved with scripture.  Recently they opened an Etsy shop, "HavenEnterprises." 

One of their new items featured, was made in honor of Lilly!  It is a beautiful handmade, wooden trivet:

I love the engraved lily-of-the-valley (flowers) on it.  "Consider" refers to this Bible passage:

"So why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" - Matthew 6:28-30

The description of the lily trivet begins like this:

This trivet was designed in honor for a dear friend's daughter, Lilly, who was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Trisomy 18 before she was born. Lilly's chances of living through birth were statistically not good and her parents were told repeatedly that she was not "compatible with life". "Little Firecracker" Lilly taught so many, in and out of the medical profession, and around the world that every person is here for a reason, is unique and valuable; a much needed lesson in our survival of the fittest culture. I was personally amazed at how many people she touched and changed in just 17 months of life- more than many touch in a lifetime. You can read more about Lilly's story here:

Here are the details:

This piece measures 6"x6"x1/2" and has been finished with olive oil. It needs to be hand washed and re-coated with oil as needed. It's made to be used as a trivet on your dinner table, and has a hanger cut in the back so it can adorn your walls when it's not being used on the table.

The trivet pictured is variegated made from oak and black walnut wood, but it can also be ordered in several different wood types. Contact us to find out other types of wood that are currently available. Options typically include oak, walnut, & cherry. If no specific request is made we will use whatever we currently have available. Each item is cut individually by handing using a router and every piece of wood is different, so each trivet is as unique as the trees they came from.

I received one of these trivets earlier this year, and have mine hanging in the section of our house we have dubbed "The Lilly Hall."  (There is a cut out portion on the back for hanging.)

Here is the direct link to the Lily trivet:

Take a peek at their whole Etsy shop here - there are other trivets for sale, along with spoon rests, cutting boards, bread boards, coasters, and door casings.  They take special orders too.  It's really neat how they have turned this enterprise into a family business.  My friend wrote:

My husband has the amazing wood working skills, crafting each piece by hand, and bring my designs to life. I photograph our products, and our children help me with that. They also help us oil finish each product (which is part of how they fill their piggy banks), and generally get in the way and bringing us joy. You can learn more about what goes into each piece at our website:

On a completely different note, last Wednesday was the International Wave of Light.  This is where, between 7-8:00 p.m., you light a candle in memory of your baby that has died.  Everyone that participates is encouraged to photograph their candle(s) and share the picture.  Here is my picture, with candles lit in honor of Lilly, Blueberry, and all the other babies in heaven:

My sister-in-law Nikki participated too.  She lit a candle for Lilly and one for Blueberry.  Thank you Nikki!  :)

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