Anyway, when he died, I really wanted to get and have some special items… for me, for our young daughters (12 and 9) and for the family. There’s lots of things out there to commemorate your loved one, but these are what we chose for us. Errr, this is what I chose for us.
I found all these companies from Etsy, but not all of them are Etsy links. And, no, these are NOT affiliate links.
A blue stone necklace with some of Eric’s remains worked into it… they could wear it as a necklace, they could attach it to a bracelet or to their flowers if they’d like. Ann Nicole Preservations has lots of beautiful choices. The “STARDUST” STONE NECKLACE just happens to be what I chose.
I scoured Etsy and found this company. I ordered a small walnut scattering urn and then later came back and ordered 2 large walnut scattering urns and had them engraved in case 10-20-30 years down the road the girls decided that they’d want some of their daddy’s remains. You just never know… like I said, there’s so many what if’s.
On one side I had “I love you” engraved :: I found that handwriting in a love letter I found that Eric wrote me. On the other side, I had a quick little note that Eric had written to each of the girls. See, he died near Valentine’s Day and we were writing what we loved about the girls on little cut out hearts and taping it to their bedroom doors. Eric wrote “You are so creative” to Laurel and “You inspire me” to Rachel. The last note he ever wrote each of them individually. Just two days before he died.
As to be expected, the girls love their necklaces.
I dove through Eric’s football journals and looked over his written word. When I found a phrase or word that was tugging at me, I snapped a picture. Life lessons. Thoughts left from Eric. Things he’d say or I heard him repeat… he loved learning.
Every keyfob had a different phrase. Everyone got something different. And I swear to God, every phrase was perfect for the recipient. I didn’t pick a single one. I looked at them all, then closed the individual box they came in. If I had to select it (so it could be mailed out), I’d say the name of the one receiving it and I asked God and Eric to guide my hand to the one he or she needed to receive. Every single one was perfect.
Again, this company has many options to chose from, but this is the exact keychain I purchased many of and I was incredibly happy with the quality.