Baby Ava

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One the same day that I got my ring back, I received another ring as well. It was a phone call from my good friend Vicki in Boston. Her and her husband had just been asked to “adopt” a friends child. The birth mother has a special bond with Vicki and knew that she would provide the perfect home for the sweet little girl who would be arriving in just three weeks.

Vicki talked to her husband and after their discussion, they knew this was God’s plan for their family. Baby Ava would make #5 for them. They have two twenty-something daughters, an eighteen-year-old son and an eleven-year-old. When she called me, she asked if we would be willing to let her and the newborn stay at our house while the paperwork was being drawn.

Without hesitation, or consulting my husband (oops), the answer was yes!

In my last blog, I talked about paying it forward. This is a prime example. What an opportunity to serve others and do what we are all supposed to do in this world. After discussing the situation with Vicki, we didn’t know what documentation would be required for the baby to leave Ohio, or how long they would need to stay with us.

Unknowns aplenty. But that didn’t deter us.

Vicki and I started our game plan. We asked to borrow baby items from the neighbors (thanks to Tony and Laura). We asked our favorite Goodwill shoppers to be on the lookout for clothes and blankets (thanks to JoAnn and Katie). I reached out to our church for diapers and formula (thanks to New Life Chapel). We started a Go Fund Me account and accepted cash donations to help pay the legal fees (thanks to all who contributed). We were on a mission. By the time Vicki arrived at our house on Sunday the 15th, baby Ava had 90% of what she needed.

Ahh, the power of community.

Baby Ava made her arrival into this world on March 17th. She was our little St. Patty’s Day good luck charm! She also now shares a birthday with my niece, Kendall. It was a perfect day. She was a perfectly healthy baby. And, we all fell in love with her immediately.

Watching the birth mother hand over her child over was incredible. While it’s hard to imagine how that would feel, it’s really commendable what she did. What a mature girl to recognize that she didn’t have the resources to give Ava the life that she deserves. What a strong girl not to abort, but rather seek out the perfect environment for her child to grow.

Talk about making the best of a challenging situation.

Being at the hospital and witnessing the emotions in the room was very hard. I met the birth mother an hour before she delivered. She was amazing. She welcomed me with open arms, gave me time with Ava, and didn’t think twice about letting me spend hours at the hospital with them. Being so close to Vicki and this process, I can’t express how much that meant to me.

After leaving the hospital, Vicki and Ava made their way to our home. There we all fell in love with Ava. She ate. She slept. She dirtied her diapers. She made us all smile. She really is the best baby!

The next day Vicki’s husband, Jeff, and their youngest son, Chase, arrived planning to stay until the guardianship hearing. We went through the weekend, hoping that Monday would deliver a court day. Another day passed, and no word. While we waited, we made the best of our days. Jeff made breakfast in the mornings and kept himself busy by hanging the artwork in our new home. Not complaining! Vicki and I kept busy feeding, changing diapers, attempting photo sessions and even shopping with Ava. Chase played video games and attended Ty’s baseball games so that he could visit with his old teammates. Being together and caring for one another helped us through the uncertainty.

Finally, on Tuesday they were told that the court date was set for May 8th. They were hoping for an emergency hearing due to the circumstances but, well … welcome to the court systems. While there are still hurdles ahead, they knew it wouldn’t help them to stay any longer. So, last night they started their journey back to Boston.

It was so hard to see them go. Throughout the process we’ve shared many words, many prayers and many tears. As I watched them pull out of our driveway, my tears reached a whole new level. I was sad to see my friend, her family and her beautiful new baby leave. I was also very happy for all of them. After all they are off to start something new. How lucky are they?

Just four weeks ago I would have never imagined hosting another family for an extended period of time, or having a newborn under our roof once again. But, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. It was remarkable. And for those of you asking, never say never, but another child is not in our plans. That said, this story sheds light on the fact that God has the ultimate plans and in our family we will go where He leads us.

Wishing Baby Ava and her new family all the best. Please keep them on your prayer list and embrace those opportunities to pay it forward, come together and spread the love. After having experienced it first hand, I can truly say …

Nothing feels better.

Pay It Forward

PayItForwardTwo Saturdays ago Mark and I attended a bowling fundraiser and afterwards, we decided to venture downtown with a group of other couples. After some discussion we agreed to make our way to the Old Bourbon Bar and Strauss Haus in Newport, KY. The evening was a complete blast, until I learned that …

I lost my engagement ring.

Saturday night was a typical winter evening in Ohio. It was very cold and snow dusted the night sky. That said, it was a date night so I didn’t let the weather stop me from dressing up, ditching the bulky winter jacket and breaking out those super attractive, but not-entirely-functional high heels.

While I was still looking great by the time we left the bar, I slipped on the ice on my way into the cab and down I went. No biggie, I brushed myself and we were on our way. The problem being, when I looked at my ring finger the next morning, my engagement ring was nowhere to be found.

Enter panic mode. That darn icy fall kept replaying in my head. It must have happened then. We scoured the streets, I checked every pocket of my purse, and we begged the staff at the bar to check, just one more time. Nothing surfaced. Maybe I didn’t wear it?

Wrong. When I got home, it wasn’t there either. How I got to sleep that evening, I have no idea, but when I woke the next morning I hit the phones. I called everyone that I knew in the area to see if they had any clues.

Still nothing.

At this point it came time to embrace the modern world. At 8:30PM on Sunday night I turned to Facebook and posted a call for help. By Monday the photo of my ring had been shared over 300 times. I couldn’t believe it! And then, at 9AM, I received a text. My ring had been found.

In the bathroom at the Strauss Haus.

I must have been cold enough in my cute date night outfit for my fingers to shrink. My only guess is that it fell off while I was washing my hands. Can I blame Mother Winter? Regardless of why, when I heard from Katie there was only one thing to be.

Grateful.

The whole situation restored my faith in humanity. While the whole fiasco lasted only 24 hours, there were so many generous, honest people that came out of the woodwork. John Clinton, the bar owner who was so patient and helpful. Big J, the owner of the cab company who offered his assistance. Graphic designers who reached out to help me make flyers. A chiropractor two doors down from the bar who took time to look for the ring himself. And, finally Katie. The honest stranger who ultimately returned the ring to me.

I’m happy to report that my ring is back on my finger and has since been resized. I didn’t think it was possible, but I appreciate it now more than I ever have. I am also so thankful for everyone who offered their help, their time and their social networks. You better believe that I will be paying the kindness forward.

Oscars Recap

Oscars2015-R2This past Sunday I took some time for me and sat down to watch all of the glitz and glamour that is the Red Carpet. I even caught some, but not all of the Oscars. I’ll admit it, for me it’s less about the awards and more about those beautiful dresses, and of course, the bling.

Here were some of my favorites:

  • Idina Menzel: WOW!! My good friend Simon G definitely decked her out! And, that dress. Does anyone know where I can find a version of this in my price range?
  • J-Lo: While I loved her look, I’m a bit disappointed that she didn’t add a necklace to the mix. She would have looked fabulous in some chocolate diamonds from Le Vian.
  • Rosamund Pike from Gone Girl: Love her dress. I also loved the drop detail of her earrings, but if you ask me, they could have been a bit larger (wink).
  • Jessica Chastain: Her blue dress looked stunning with that glistening diamond necklace by Piaget. We are definitely going to see this style make a comeback in 2015.
  • Faith Hill: While I’m not sure about her new “do”, her 50” drop necklace more than made up for it. So beautiful! I just picked out a 50″ Diamonds by the Yard necklace for the store, stop by and try it on. I have no doubt it will make you feel Red Carpet fabulous!
  • Jenna Dewan-Tatum: If you were able to take your eyes off of her beau, Channing, for just one second you might agree that she wore it perfectly. I also love how her earrings tied the whole look together.

And for every Oscar win, there has to be a couple of losers. Here are some looks that didn’t quite hit it home for me:

  • Lupita Nyong’o: C’mon Calvin Klein. Really, all pearls? While I am all for pearls as an accessory this was a little bit over the top. I might even say crazy!
  • Lady Gaga: Who could forget. While we all know she likes to go above and beyond, she should have stopped before she slipped on those red rubber gloves. Yikes.

After all of the red carpet action I found myself sitting there, wondering how I might be able to be snag a seat at next years award ceremony. Does anyone have any hookups? If not, I’ll settle for that Idina Menzel dress and those stunning Simon G. accessories. Every girl can dream.


Simple Gestures Of Love

Valentines Day Gestures

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re still on the hunt for that perfect gift or that perfect date, take a deep breath and relax. The Jeweler’s Wife is here to help. As cupid makes his way to town, here are some simple ideas to show that special person in your life that you care.

Jewelry: Of course jewelry is at the top of my list. Can you blame me? The best part is that you don’t have to break to bank to show someone that you care. Surprise him with new cufflinks, or buy her a simple bracelet that she can wear everyday. At Yelton Fine Jewelers we have items across all price ranges so that you can find that perfect gift, within your budget. You never know, we may even have some surprise specials going on. You’ll have to come in to see (wink).

Flowers: There’s nothing like a fresh bouquet to brighten up a room, and someone’s heart. If you live in the West Chester area I highly recommend going to see Rosemary and the gang at Petals & Things Florist. They have a variety of Valentine’s Days bouquets to choose from and also offer modern arrangements that look great on the desk.

Pictures: There is nothing that captures memories like pictures and Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to bring those moments back to life. Whether it’s your best friend or your one and only, break out that box of photographs and find one that you know will bring a smile to their face. Place it in a frame, add a bow, and consider it a Valentine’s Day success.

Chocolate: Need I say more?

Pizza: Dining amongst the masses on Valentine’s Day can be a stressful, and expensive, experience. Instead, head to Richard’s Pizza in Hamilton, Fairfield or Monroe. Every year, with the arrival of cupid, their pizza takes on a new form – as a heart. How cute is that? You better believe that Mark, I, and the boys will be feasting on our very own heart shaped pizza this Valentine’s Day. After all, I’m a Hamilton girl at heart.

Whether you are planning a huge Valentine’s Day gesture, or are opting for a cozy, relaxing night at home with the one that you love. The best advice I can give you is to do something. And by that, I mean anything.

I know there are a lot of people out there that look at Valentine’s Day and think, “Bah, it’s just a Hallmark holiday.” Even if it is, so what? If you ask me, it’s still a great opportunity for us to show the people in our lives how much they mean to us. You might be surprised how much fulfillment you get from surprising your significant other, your family, or your friends with just a small token.

Happy Valentine’s Day all. Spread the love.

A Year Of Color

With 2015 upon us a lot of people have been asking me what I think the big jewelry trend will be for this year. Phew, that’s a loaded question. While styles and designs seem to change every few months, one thing that I am betting on for 2015 is color!

Next time you find yourself shopping for that perfect accessory fight the urge to play it safe and pick something that will make your outfit pop. For myself I started by picking vibrant colors and then matched them up against a few of my favorite collections. The result, a selection that is both colorful and tailored uniquely to me. If that’s not fabulous, I don’t know what is.

Check out what I came up with and try it for yourself!

Tacori_LavendarTacori and lavender. If you ask me, it’s the perfect pair. In this Lilac Blossom ring Rose Amethyst, White Chalcedony, and Amethyst come together to create a look that’s both feminine and let’s be honest, jaw-dropping. If you’re looking for compliments in the New Year, this is your piece.

SimonG_BlueFor a colorful piece that can be worn pretty much anywhere, I chose this pendant from Simon G. The piece features an intricate design, which I appreciate, with a blue sapphire and diamond accents. As a bonus it pairs well with jeans. Who said casual and glamorous couldn’t coexist?

Dabakarov_MarsalaThe wilder side of me was drawn to these beautiful Ruby earrings from Dabakarov. Just looking at them gets me excited. From that little black dress to those important office meetings, these are one of those jewelry pieces that will make you feel confident as soon as you put them on. I’ll take it!

If you have any questions about other upcoming trends or the products featured in this blog, don’t hesitate to reach out. You know me; I am always ready to talk bling. Happy browsing!

A New Year, A New Me

A new year has arrived, which has had me thinking a lot about what I want the next 365 days (and beyond) to look like. I’ve reflected on all of the wonderful things that life brought me in 2014. On the other hand, I’ve also taken time to recognize those things that could have gone better, or as some may say “areas of improvement”. As I worked to define my 2015 resolutions I found myself alone with my thoughts, my computer and the good ol’ worldwide web. In that moment I stumbled upon a quote on Pinterest:

“My best project for this year is working on me.”

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Bam. That’s just it. From another lens, people may look at my life and assume it’s perfect. Well, let me let you in on a little secret. There are a few things that I, The Jeweler’s Wife, could work on. I have no shame in admitting that I have flaws, in fact they define who I am. That said, as I look to 2015, here are some things that I hope to accomplish. You know, to create a better me.

Set More Goals: Ideally I would love to start every single day with specific goals. I’ve always been a bit obsessive about keeping a running to-do list, but this is different. It’s less about completing tasks and more about nurturing myself, as well as those around me. Imagine how different life could be if you crossed off things like “make someone smile today” from your daily list, versus “pick up the dry cleaning”. Even the thought is refreshing.

Eat Real Food: It sounds so simple, but as many of us know, getting your hands on non-processed, non-modified food can be a challenge these days. As a busy working mother, I’m certainly not striving for perfection, but every little bit counts. From taking more time to read labels to making things from scratch, in 2015 I’m committed to feeding my family and myself more delicious, nurturing, and real foods.

Hug The Ones I Love: Aside from the obvious bonus of bonding with those people that are most important to me, I’ve also heard a lot about the health benefits of those oh-so-enjoyable daily squeezes. Research shows that a simple embrace can help you reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and even improve your memory. For results like that I might just turn into a hugging machine. Watch out.

Show Off: No, I’m not talking about singing loudly in the store, or sharing every detail of my life on Facebook. I’m talking about showing others the very best version of me. Through my actions and the words that I choose, I want the compassionate, spunky, grateful spirit inside of me to shine. While we’re all bound to have challenging days, I’m determined not to let them get in the way of what I’m putting out there.

As I look at these goals and imagine the possibilities, I feel good about what 2015 has to offer. In fact, I’m excited. When you think about what you want to accomplish over the next 365 days, what’s at the top of your list

From Our Family, To Yours

It’s been a crazy month. From getting into the holiday groove to tackling a to-do list that extends from West Chester to the North Pole, we’ve been pretty busy over here. And, now the main event has arrived. It’s Christmas. The tree is lit, we’ve prepared our feast and the presents are ready to be unwrapped. Phew. We made it.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas. Enjoy your time off, kick up those boots and relax. See you in the New Year!

For The Girl Who Has Everything

Gift Box With Red BowClunky appliances, ugly sweaters, Groupon vouchers, you name it and I’ve probably received it as a gift in the past. While I appreciate the gestures and always find a good use for any gift, I wanted to provide some words of advice for all of the men out there.

Yes, guys. For those of you who are struggling to find that perfect present to put under the tree. This one is for you.

As you walk through the stores or scour the Internet for something she’ll love, nothing seems to stand out. After all what do you get for a girl that seems to have everything? The problem is only exacerbated when she hasn’t asked for a single thing. “surprise me,” she says.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. When those two little words, “surprise me”, come out, that’s not what she really means. What she really means is “find me something that you know I will love and that represents what I mean to you”.

Gasp. The pressure.

Deep breathes. I’ve got your back. If you happen to love a girl that has everything, here are some simple tips to help you find that perfect gift. If you follow these rules, I guarantee that your “surprise” will be everything that she hoped for.

  • Listen closely. While she may not have asked for anything, I’d bet that if you start listening to every side comment and whisper there are going to be some great hints. When you hear things like, “I need a vacation” or “if I only had a Vitamix”, she’s not just venting. Put ‘em on the list!
  • Simplify it. Whether you’ve got $100 or $1,000 dollars to spend, don’t create extra work by trying to find multiple gifts that she’ll love. Focus. Ask her family members and friends what that one thing is that she needs and wants. Simplify the process and place all of your bets on that one item.
  • Use your own judgment. Rather than struggling to figure out her unique style and taste, rely on your own! When you walk into a store, look for items that you would love to see on her. It’s a sure win and bonus points if you tell her you bought it because you thought it would look great on her.
  • When in doubt, buy jewelry. I know, I’m biased, but it does make a great gift for any occasion. It’s not just the sparkles, or that beautiful, signature Yelton’s box. When you give the gift of jewelry she’ll appreciate the fact that you took time to find something that’s sentimental and will last for many years to come.
  • Need more help? Give me a shout or stop by the store for some one-on-one shopping assistance. I’m here to help you get it right.

Happy shopping and above all, remember, you’ve got this! Even us girls who seem to have everything appreciate your consideration and your tenacity when it comes to holiday shopping. So what if it ends up being another bulky sweater, we’re going to cherish it anyways. And, that’s the truth.

Thankful

Giving Thanks

From the official kick-off of the holiday season, to an opportunity to take advantage of great deals, Thanksgiving has come to mean many things over the years. Amidst preparing the store for the holiday rush and planning our own family gatherings, I took some time to sit down and think about what I am thankful for. After all, that’s what this is all about. Right?

Having been blessed with wonderful people in my life and amazing opportunities, compiling this list didn’t take a lot of effort. It was also a great way to set the tone of the holidays, bringing a larger focus to the people and the events that have shaped who I am. While it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, I think it’s important for all of us to take a moment to reflect. Appreciate. Give thanks.

Here are the top five things that I am thankful for this holiday season:

  1. Thankful for having God on my side, who has lead us to an AMAZING church family.
  2. Thankful for my husband, kids and family that surround me.
  3. Thankful for my health.
  4. Thankful for my business, staff and customers that make it all possible.
  5. Thankful for the people that I have encountered in my life. Each and every one of them has impacted me greatly. I have vivid memories of parents friends growing up to those that I just met yesterday. They all have played a role in my foundation and I am grateful for that.
What’s on your list? Wishing you all a safe, relaxing and laughter-filled Thanksgiving holiday.
And, thank you for reading!

A Few Of My Favorite Blings

There’s no denying it, the holidays are just around the corner. For me this means great times with friends and family, an opportunity to be grateful and new inventory! It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Yelton’s as we prepare for the holiday hustle and bustle and as promised, I wanted to share some of the seasonal sparkle with you. After all, it’d be a shame to keep it a secret.

Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift, or want something to dazzle up your holiday wardrobe, check out a few of my favorite blings.

Holiday_Jewelry_1Charm Bracelets

If you’re looking for jewelry that combines fashion with personal expression, consider a charm bracelet from either Endless or Chrysalis. With a leather bracelet at the center, Endless offers a variety of charms so that each piece can tell it’s own unique story. If you are looking for something less traditional, let me introduce you to Chrysalis. Along with their fashionable design they also offer things such as positive energy, luck and even healing powers.

Holiday_Jewelry_2Everything Le Vian

Le Vian, known for their exquisite designs and use of naturally colored diamonds, has maintained their reputation with their seasonal pieces. They’re so good that I couldn’t choose just one; you’ve got to see them all. If your goal this season is to make someone’s jewelry dreams come true, consider Le Vian. Stunning.

Holiday_Jewelry_3Chamilia: 12 Days of Christmas

Chamilia really hit the mark with this piece. Inspired by the well-known Christmas carol, this set features a beautiful bracelet along with twelve exclusively designed charms. If you’re looking for a gift that captures the spirit of the holidays, look no further!

Holiday_Jewelry_4Simon G Bangles

Perfect for the holiday season, and beyond. From the office to the cocktail party, and everywhere in between, Simon G bangles are a great way to add little sparkle to any outfit. With a look that is both simple and elegant these bracelets cater to women of all styles, so you really can’t go wrong.

Holiday_Jewelry_5Tacori Diamond Studs                  

While you all know I am obsessed with Tacori, I think all women would agree with me when I say these diamond studs are “AMAZING!” This picture doesn’t even do them justice, but I promise you, they sparkle like the stars. Stop in the store to check them out, along with other fabulous finds from my favorite, Tacori.

Wishing you all health, happiness and a little sparkle as we dive head first into the holiday season. If you have any questions on the pieces above or need other gift ideas don’t hesitate to send me a note!