Lisa Leonard Designs

birthday boy.

July 4th | older posts

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Happy 6th *gasp* birthday, sweet David! You are such a blessing and a joy. When you were born, everything I expected suddenly changed. We were worried and scared but also enchanted with you. You were so small and cuddly. The future seemed so uncertain. But as the first days passed we grew into a small family.


Over the past six years you have been teaching me joy. To find joy where I am and to soak up the little things. You have taught me that life doesn’t usually go the way we plan but the unexpected can be a blessing.

This necklace was created in honor of your birthday.

$10 from the sale of each necklace will go directly to the CdLS foundation. A sterling disc (1 1/4″) is hammered, domed and stamped with the phrase ‘find joy in the unexpected’. Strung on 18″ leather cord with a sterling clasp and bronze coin freshwater pearl detail. An organic, earthy necklace. Perfect with jeans and a tee! $46

25 Responses

  1. Misty says:

    a very happy birthday to david… i have not met you, but you are in my heart little smilling angel.

    wow lisa!! i decided to pop onto the computer (it’s 1:12 a.m. here) while i wait for Mason to drift back to sleep in his crib… THIS IS THE NECKLACE FOR ME!! and reading your words and feelings and then the words on the necklace brought tears to my eyes.. i will be placing my order tomorrow (or later today if you want to get technical). I LOVE IT!! a VERY beautiful creation.. and words that have touched my soul..

  2. Karyn says:

    Wow,amazing that it has been 6 years. I remember the day he was born well and also his first birthday. He has grown so much. I can see in the picture you posted how much his look has matured. It is so obvious that both your boys feel unconditionally loved, the greatest gift a parent can give a child.

  3. alexandra says:

    Ohh Happy Birthday David!

    Great new necklace, sums it all up, it’s perfect.

    I recently received my LL necklace for my birthday. Love it. It’s already a firm favourite.

    Hope your celebrations with your family are super sweet.
    x

  4. Laura and the family says:

    Happy Birthday David!

    Knowing and asking yourself a question: Where did the time go? Zoom… glad to see that he and Matty have given you so many joys and unconditionally loves as well.

  5. Karen says:

    Happy Birthday David! I LOVE the necklace. I’ll definitely need to order one.

  6. joy says:

    happy birthday, big boy! what a blessing you are. great necklace, lisa.

  7. dedesmith32 says:

    I just wanted to say you are such an amazing person and have really inspired my life.

    My son is also 6 and he is autistic and he has definitely taught me about finding joy in the unexpected….I am going to have to scrap up some money to get this necklace.

    Thank you so much for your inspiring words and helping me be a better mother. :)

  8. hannah m says:

    Happy Birthday to Sweet David!

    Find joy in the unexpected…a lovely mantra to carry through life.

  9. Miss Jen says:

    Happy birthday to your son!

    I linked to your blog from your jewelry site and had a question. A few months ago you had a necklace with square tags and you could have names stamped into them. Do you still do that design? Am I a dunce and just couldn’t find it on your site?? I’d love to order one if you do. You can contact me thru my blog. Thanks!

  10. Stephanie says:

    What a beautiful necklace and a wonderful cause. Happy Birthday David!

  11. Linda Z says:

    Happy Birthday, David!! You are obviously a great joy in your family’s lives.

    The necklace is so beautiful. I love the colors.

  12. Jackie says:

    Happy Birthday David! I love this necklace and the thought that comes with it!! Definitely on my wish list!

  13. Lynn says:

    Lisa- I have been reading your blog for a while… love your sweet family and your wonderful jewelry designs! When I read about a special boy having his birthday today, it reminded me of a little project I created for my daughter. She has her challenges, and throught it all, I try to remind her that she’s here for a reason and very much loved.

    There are no extra pieces in the universe… each one of us is here for a reason. We all have a special place to fill. A unique place… where only we fit. In our own individual way, we are all part of Life’s Jigsaw Puzzle.

    Happy Birthday wishes going out to David today!

  14. Sarah Markley says:

    happy birthday, david! we were thinking about you yesterday!!!

  15. angie says:

    Awww. Very sweet & thoughtful! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID! I share a birthday month with you! : )

  16. Becoming Me says:

    That is beautiful. Happy birthday to your precious boy! I love his amazing smile

  17. GrandCanyonMom says:

    I love your blog. I found you from “Becoming Me”. Angela is a good friend of mine. We’re in South Carolina. I don’t know where you are or how you found Angela’s blog but I’m glad I found yours. Your jewelry is GORGEOUS! If you’re in my area, I would love to barter with you with my photography work. Chances are good, you’re probably far from me.

    I love your stuff.
    Jaime

  18. Ample Goddess Jewelry says:

    I LOVE that necklace!!!

  19. Inka says:

    i found your blog and shop thru tania´s blog and i think your jewelry are great. just amazing!

    and happy birthday to david! :)

    inka

  20. Deborah W says:

    Happy Birthday, David! Awesome necklace, Lisa, and you will be SO busy filling orders for it, I know! I hope you will find a quick moment in there somewhere to send me that photo of David so I can print your digital layout….??? Thx!!! Deborah/www.webajeb.com.

  21. Melody says:

    Happy Birthday, David!

    I love that necklace. It sums things up so well.

  22. Arijaan Bulk says:

    I miss you and love you David!

  23. Kori says:

    I received the necklace I ordered. And I absolutely love it. I can’t wait to see the look on Mabel’s face when I give it to her.

    Also I love the necklace you made for David’s Birthday I might have to get me one of those. Thanks again for everything.

  24. mamalife says:

    What a beautiful post. And what a beautiful necklace. I recently ordered my first necklace from you and received it last week. I love it. I can see I have to order a second…

  25. Carolina Mama says:

    Beautiful! Happy Birthday David! What a great tribute and necklace!

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