Thank you for visiting my website. I feel compelled to tell you a little about how Jennifer's Jewells transpired.
As I was growing up, my grandparents held such a deep place in my heart. They taught me love and compassion, and instilled strength, knowledge, and faith into my little body. I grew up loving and craving the Lord and his teachings. My "Papa" was a preacher in his lifetime, an evangelist that went wherever the Lord led him to be. He saved many lives and restored many that had lost their faith and hope along the way. He did so with the Lord's grace and compassion. Never anything less. When he passed away, my grandmother carried on his teachings and never for one second let us grandchildren forget everything he had taught us.
Nannie called us jewels. We are all jewels that are to adorn the walls of Heaven, of God's great palace in the sky! Created each with our place, our perfect fit. I was her "Ruby", a July baby.
She passed away last July (2012), and I found a letter in one of her notebooks that I would like to share.
It is simply titled:
In this ole world we live in, I never had alot. I made my choice for Jesus as I was in my teens. As I grew up and finished school, I found a job. With the money that I made, I put into the kingdom of God. Many souls of [our city] God sent by to save, that our lives could count for Him and treasures could be made.
My mom and dad were Rose Zircons. They taught me right from wrong. They planted seeds of righteousness, which in turn bore fruits of love. When love began to bare it's fruit, it brought forth it's gifts of peace and happiness to learn to be content.
When time for marriage came along, I found another jewel, an Alexandrite. He loved the Lord Jesus too. We wanted Jesus to be first. We didn't push for worldly gain. We wanted to be content with what people gave. Sometimes the gain was very small, and sometimes hard to get by, but we let Jesus lead the way and we have never been alone.
The things of earth have always been second hand things, but Jesus gave us jewels of Heaven that no money can buy. God has made us rich beyond compare, and I would never trade. The jewels he has given to us are oh, so more than fair. The beauty of each one of them, I look upon each day. I treasure them and bless them in God's own special way. I see the light of Jesus as he shines forth in their lives, and I am so very proud of them. They are jewels that you can't buy. As I gather them all up in the depths of my heart, let's look them all over and see what God has wrought.
Garnets, Amethysts, and Aquamarine. Diamonds, Emeralds, and Alexandrites. Rubies, Sapphires, Rose and Blue Zircons.
Oh such priceless worth -- but they came to us to fill our lives, and we were oh, so blessed. We gave them all an earthly name -- for each in their own way are as different as the jewels I have named.
[Then they each found their mate, and their children all came along.]
These are all my jewels that I love so much.
I had two sisters in life that I was in between. God gave my parents we three girls to love and teach. They taught us Jesus Christ to serve. We had our shares of ups and downs, but it all worked to our good. We learned good character, principles, and responsibilities of life.
Thank God for Dads and Moms.
We are Garnet, Sapphire, and Ruby -- and we sparkle quite alot.
When time comes for us to go Home, each one in their place, each jewel will shine their brightest in the walls of Heaven's temple of Grace.
-- © Inez Cherry
Now all of her grandchildren are grown, and still growing... some having children of their own. Our own jewels. I have three; A Ruby, an Alexandrite (my pearl), and a Peridot. Three more beautiful, shining jewels to add to the walls of Grace, as my grandmother has named it.
I am grateful for my life, for my belief and faith, and for my children ~ my special jewels.
For this reason I have chosen the name "Jennifer's Jewells". Two Ls because once upon a time I had been nicknamed "jewelly" and always loved it. :)
My dream is to take my hobby and turn it into something bigger! I had a vision one night as I was going to bed. I dreamed that I owned a studio, and each smiling face that I photographed was given a jewel, their birthstone. There was one wall in my studio dedicated to these jewels. Each one was made into a piece of a grand mosaic art piece throughout the years, until the area was bright and sparkly each time the sunshine came in through the windows.
I thank my Grandmother for this vision and her sweet words that set forth this idea. One day, I have faith that it will become a reality and everything will be perfect.