“Alone amidst a desert in Bahrain, there is a tree that defiantly stands with its roots deep in the sand. It is called the “tree of life”. Its source of water is unknown and none have been able to understand how such a symbol of life can survive in such a desolate area. Its leaves are full of color and it is a remarkable testament to fortitude in the face of adversity.” – Unknown
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This blog started as a convenient way to share information during my cancer treatment and morphed into a story of hope in the midst of significant life trials. A major image God has used to encourage me through this season is this stubborn tree standing and thriving in the harsh desert. 2012 was a year where some significant securities were stripped out of my life. Securities I hadn’t realized I had built my life on until they were gone and the ground fell out from beneath my feet. I experienced pain and sorrow to a level I hope to never reach again…but on the flip side I experienced God’s love, joy and trust to a level I can only hope to maintain.
My journey with this tree started as I was looking for inspiration in my jewelry making. While I was stuck on my chemo couch I challenged myself to only make jewelry out of items I already had…what to do with this pile of gemstone chip beads I’ve had for years? Make trees. You can read my blog post on this here. As chemo poisoned my body, radiation burned my skin and life was scorching my heart I dug my roots down to my living water source Jesus…and just held on. I began to make trees for people who were also trying to survive and thrive through difficult seasons of life. It helped me to remember that I was not alone in this harsh desert but we were a forest. I was blessed to visit a friend in Bahrain and see the real living tree…it ROCKS! You can read about it here.
I have had many people ask to purchase one and it has taken me a while to come to a place where I want to sell them. As an artist…how do you put a price on the time and something so personal? As a perfectionist…how will they ever be good enough? And, as an engineer…how do I set up my supply chain so I can actually maintain production? 🙂 I think I have come to a good place with all three. I even started using my medicine containers in the process…I use my calcium container as a mandrel for the form and my tamoxifen package to measure the wire length. I also realized that for my own personal water source I need to return to Seattle more often and will use the money generated from these to help fund my plane tickets. I will still be donating them to people when I feel led and I will also provide the opportunity for you to help support me in that ministry if you choose…I receive a lot of positive feedback on the inspiration to thrive this tree brings.
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