Friday, June 10, 2011

Silent Prayer made Visible, Vintage Assemblage Religious Jewelry

Some of you have been wondering where I've been...I've been making the best that I can of my days, which have been consumed with being a mom to four children and dealing with significant pain issues, nausea, exhaustion and tremendous difficulty getting moving in the morning. Not good for me, who was always quite the morning person...I have suffered with  neuropathic pain for several years now and was diagnosed with Fabry's disease in January of 2010. It's very very rare, but it put a name on the neuropathic pain issues I was dealing with. My condition has deteriorated quite a bit in the last few months, and as of late, I have had  trouble breathing, and a lot of weakness which landed me in the ER last weekend.
And finally another diagnosis: Fibromyalgia. Through my struggle, I have continued to work when I can, determined to continue doing what I love in quiet prayer. No matter how foolish it may sound, I am a strong believer that whatever happens to us has a reason...a divine reason that we cannot comprehend.
I don't consider myself an organized religion type of person, but I believe in Christ and in the existence of God. I experience miracles every day...connections in life that just cannot be happenstance...
I believe in a divine plan...that the people and circumstances in our lives are there to teach, to reveal, to help us learn to love as God loves us.
There is a bible passage that I keep over my work table that reads:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart,
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways, acknowledge him
and he shall direct thy paths.
                 Proverbs 3 5-6

Here are my quiet prayers made real:
"Like Water into Wine"
"Like Water into Wine"
"Dreams of the Sacred Mother"
"the Dogwood Tree"
"Dreams of the Sacred Mother"
"the Dogwood Tree"
These necklaces will be available on etsy soon, along with the stories that inspired them.
I am finding such joy in the little things...finding immense joy in my children and my friends and my dear husband..and I am staying strong through my faith, which has become so much stronger through this illness. I am sending healing thoughts and light to those of you reading this post. You are never far from my thoughts.
I'll be back tomorrow to tell you about someone very special to me,  my dear friend Cindi of Cindi0 on Etsy.
An extraordinary woman dealing with her own illness, who makes beautiful quilts for children with cancer...stay tuned.
Love and Light,
Jennifer Valentine


  1. Beautiful You. I send you love! I LOVE these new creations! Especially that Sacred Mother one! You are brave & strong & mighty. Keep Going! XO

  2. Your pieces are just lovely! You will find that creating will be one of your best outlets for dealing with your pain and diagnosis. I know because I too have fibro and was diagnosed with cancer (melanoma) in December. Living with uncertainty takes its toll...surround yourself with people and things you love to do and live your life the way you want to live it. You will be in my thoughts.

  3. This is the most beautiful work I've seen from you yet. You're doing something right. Why is everyone on etsy going through one crisis or another? At least it helps us to have connected and to know we are not completely alone.

  4. Such beautiful new pieces! And it's inspiring to see such lovely work and knowing what you're also going through. You are strong and brave and I will continue sending positive thoughts your way! :-)

  5. Your pieces are so beautiful and soulful. You are in my prayers.


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