Today marks a year since I lost something precious - my mother.
Prior to Mother's passing, we both knew the day would come when we would be parted. During those last months preceeding her homegoing, I did not imagine that I could be the me I know myself to be, without her. At the arrival of this first year anniversary, to my utter surprise, I am the same me, instrinsically happy, grateful and optimistic that there will be a reunion of loved ones. I realize Mother and I have all we could have hoped for in a mother-daughter relationship and share a bond that cannot be diminished by her passing. I thank God for this wonderful truth.
So, Loving Heart sales have been suspended for the past two years. It is with no regret that I devoted my time to Mother and then spent this past year putting her and my affairs in order - packing up our family homeplace, assisting with settling Mother's estate, and completing my permanent move to Honolulul, Hawai'i to resume life with my husband. My life is different now, less responsibility for others, wide open opportunity and feelings of wholeness and peace - these surprising aspects of my life have converged and reignited my passion to help people express their love to others.
In 1994 I presented to my husband a tiny sterling silver heart pin for Valentine's Day, to be worn discreetly inside his jacket over his heart as a symbol of our steadfast love. Over the past twenty four years, this tiny symbol of my heart grew into a business enabling others to express their love with a tiny symbol of their heart - a loving heart pin or pocket heart from The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak. Many men, women, fathers of brides, soldiers and a few of my favorite celebrities (Julie Andrews, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw) have been recipients of these tiny silver hearts symbolizing love.
As January 2, 2018 marks the one year anniversary of a bittersweet time in my life, it also marks the reawakening of my entreprenurial spirit. I have a lot to do. It's going to be like starting over. Stay tuned... this lady's on fire! - Jean Schnaak, Creator of The Loving Heart Collection
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