Monday, March 14, 2011

what i made monday: a gift for carrie ella


This is Carrie Ella with her Daddy.  Isn't she the sweetest, most beautiful little thing?



Carrie Ella's Daddy, Army Captain Ronald Luce.



Carrie Ella and her Daddy were inseparable. This photo of them was taken on the day he got his Green Beret and graduated from Special Forces.  As little girls, we adore our daddy; he is the whole world to us.  There is no one bigger, or stronger or braver.  We dream of the day we will wear a pretty white dress and he will walk us down the aisle. I'm sure Carrie Ella had these same big dreams. 

But, Carrie Ella's Daddy is an American Hero. And, sometimes, heroes leave this world to become our angels far sooner than we are ready.

In August of 2009, Carrie Ella's Daddy was killed in combat.

These photos were taken at his burial at Arlington National Cemetery:


 



Carrie Ella with her mom, Captain Luce's wife, Kendahl.


A few weeks ago, Carrie Ella's Aunt Jackie contacted me about designing a necklace for her.  She told me their story, and I told her that I would love to do it as my gift to this little girl.  I don't have a little girl, but I have a Daddy and I have a little boy the same age as Carrie Ella.  I was so touched by the bravery of this man and my heart broke for this little girl and this family.  We traded emails and came up with this:



It is by far my proudest work, the most inspiring and touching necklace I have ever made. 

The loss that this family and this child have endured is beyond words. 

Carrie Ella, I am honored to be a part of your journey.  You are a brave and strong girl and I hope you love your new necklace and I hope that it reminds you that your Daddy is still with you, just in a different way.  I will always think of you and keep you in my heart, dear sweet girl.

37 comments:

  1. you are so sweet to give this gift to Carrie Ella. Such a nice thing for her to remind herself that she will always be her Daddy's Girl.

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  2. Amber,
    It breaks my heart...But hopefully someday...she can wear your necklace on the day she wears white...or pin it, with a tiny charm size photo of her daddy on her wedding bouquet! A precious forever keepsake! May God bless you and everyone in your post today.
    *Lynne* {with love}

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  3. Amber, that is such a wonderful gift...You created such a beautiful piece for this precious girl and I'm sure she'll treasure it.

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  4. Just heartbreaking. But that necklace couldn't be more perfect.

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  5. Ummm, so I think I am crying now. I am not a big crier, but whenever daddy's go bye-bye I think of when I lost my daddy. What a wonderful gift for such a sweet girl.

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  6. Heartbreaking story but what a beautiful way to honor the amazing relationship those two had.

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  7. What a heartbreaking story!

    xoxo
    Kelli @ loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

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  8. So sad how many we have lost. Such a sweet gift and so thoughtful of you. I am sure she will treasure it always.

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  9. Amber- I am at a loss for words, so thank you, thank you. You are one of a kind, and I know Carrie will love and cherish this necklace. What you wrote is so true-the pictures made me cry, even though I have seen them a million times. Your support, love, and kindness mean the world to me. . . even though we have never met, there will be a bond here. When I look at the picture of the necklace I see strength, love, and HOPE-she has her own angel and one day they will meet again. xoxo

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  10. Amber this is the sweetest necklace. Carrie Ella's story just breaks my heart, tears are running down my cheeks. I can't even imagine. I know that she will love her necklace and not only will it remind her of her precious daddy but also of loved ones and a very special jewelry designer who reached out to comfort her.

    I also wanted to thank you for your sweet comment on my post re: my daughter. Thank you for sharing with me, I truly appreciate it and I know that we will get through it. :) Hugs to you!

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  11. i don't often tear up when reading blogs, but this did it. that photo of that sweet girl being handed her daddy's flag and the grief of a wife. yes, he is a hero. there are many of them and we often forget. thank you for helping me remember.

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  12. I pray Carrie Ella and her family continue to be touched by earth angels like you!

    Captain Ronald Luce-GOD BLESS YOU and R.I.P. We are thankful and grateful for your service!

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  13. Oh my. I cried from the second sentence on. The photo of Carrie Ella & her mother accepting the flag was too much. I think it's a wonderful thing to have gifted this necklace to her and it is absolute beautiful. I know she will Cherish it always. I agree with Anonymous above...RIP & GOD BLESS Captain Ronald Luce. GOD BLESS his beautiful girl.

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  14. Wow. What a wonderful gift. The story and the pictures broke my heart. Hopefully your beautiful piece will help her feel closer to her daddy.

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