Lisa Leonard Designs

{new} brave love necklace

October 4th | jewelry


i designed our new brave love necklace a few weeks ago,

but it’s taken on a new, deeper meaning for me

as we approach david’s open heart surgery.

i’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be brave.

it’s not about being fearless. it’s about facing difficult things

even when your knees are shaking and you want to run away.


i love that the heart is sweet and delicate.

isn’t that the heart of a mom?

tender but brave?




it’s not just mom’s who have to be brave.

we all face hard things.

and some days there isn’t anything particularly difficult going on,

i still want to curl up in my feather comforter and hide away from the world! ha!


the new brave love necklace

is a 1 1/4″ sterling disc strung from sterling chain

and sweetened with a freshwater pearl.

absolutely beautiful and filled with meaning!

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what are you facing (big or small) that requires brave love?

33 Responses

  1. I am facing my 4th miscarriage. My heart is healing each day. God’s love continues to carry me when I don’t really feel like going on.

    I have so much to be thankful for… my two sweet children make me want to be brave.

  2. Janice says:

    My 22 yr old brother’s cancer might be back…we’ll know soon. My 19 yr old put-a-smile-on-everyone’s-face-and-make-us-laugh-through-the-tears brother is starting his Naval career in a few weeks. But the gospel is sure and real; at the end of the day my brave love for my family is rooted in the truth of that gospel and the promise of an eternal future.

    Love the new necklace! I hope you have it around for a while because right now there are PET scans to help pay for (what do they do that costs $10K?!).

  3. connie says:

    When school started this year for my son, signed up for Chorus. This brave boy has been in speach therapy since he was 3 years old. It takes such courage to step up and do what you love. I’m so proud of him for following his heart and doing what he loves. Middle school is such a tough age for kids that to me his courage is boundless.

  4. Tetcy says:

    parenting teenage sons

  5. Jenny says:

    It’s beautiful! And you are right… to love well takes courage, because it’s not always easy. To love through the difficult times is hard. But we can love because He loved us first.

  6. April says:

    That is just a beautiful necklace:)
    This is silly but, today my 5 yr old was being just a little stinker. I made him this “good boy” sticker chart last night to help him listen better. He was so excited before he went to bed, knowing that I was going to make it while he was sleeping. When I woke up him for school today the first thing he asked was “did you make my chart?”. …..he hated it:( he was being so difficult. I was running out of patience and at that moment I wanted to crawl back into bed. How silly:/

  7. Linda says:

    My brave love is is my 13 year old son that has CF. We just got back from Stanford and it was not a great visit. He lost 6 pounds, lung function dropped, decreased appetite and has a horrible cough. He has been doing 3 vest treatments a day,and 6 nebulized medication treatments, plus a whole pile of other pills. He is such a brave heart and so strong to do all that he has to do each and every day of his life, and yet still has a smille on his cute little face and has so much compassion for life. And to have him tell me I love you mom to the moon and back just melts my heart. One day Lisa I will, I hope to own a piece of your jewelry, this one is absolutly beautiful with so much meaning behind it. Good thoughts to you and your family.

  8. melissa says:

    Being brave about an accident I was in almost 2 months ago. It was so awful, but I am trusting that God will take care of everything right now…and my insurance!

  9. beautiful brave friend!!

  10. Tanya says:

    Trying to be brave and support my mom in her fight with cancer…it has returned quite aggressively after 5 years.

  11. “i’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be brave. it’s not about being fearless. it’s about facing difficult things”

    I agree with that statement wholeheartedly. You do things even though you are terrified underneath it all.

    The faith that a positive outcome will prevail is what pushes us into do what scares us the most anyway!

    Thinking about you and your family, dear.


  12. teresa b says:

    I was brave enough to walk away from an abusive marriage with 2 young children 12 years ago. Brave enough to love again and find my soul mate to love me and my children with a kind loving heart. Brave enough to have 2 teenagers with raging hormones! and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! I love my family!

  13. Ang says:

    Our son who will be fourteen in January has been ill since he was born. He has problems with his intestines, colon, pancreas, spleen, has a hiatal hernia, celiac disease, and more. He is in so much pain each day. He has had so many tests over the years and for the most part we do not know the source of the problem and no one knows how to help him. The pain is so intense he can not walk or get out of bed. Difficult seeing him in so much pain but we know others have many more challenges then he does. He has the most caring heart and prays for others. Thankful and blessed to be blessed with him as our son.

  14. Jenifer T. says:

    My friend’s little boy just underwent his 3rd open heart surgery since birth. He is 3 years old. After an almost 2 wk stay in the hospital he should be going home tonight! His mommy is definitely has brave love. ♥ This necklace makes me think of her.

  15. kristen says:

    I read this post this morning and was about to post a comment that said something to the effect of “We are expecting our second child and my first is only a year old…” The thing was I didn’t know if I was pregnant, we have just been trying. I stopped typing and closed the screen. I’m still 5 days before my lady time is supposed to start, but I deceided to take a test anyways…it was positive! I took another test a few hours later and it was also positive. I guess my heart already knew! I’m terrified and excited now, and trying to be brave. I know God will get us through the hard times of having two! Thank you for your daily inspiration!

  16. My 8 year old boy who has Spina Bifida, very high functioning, but still wears diapers. He wants his class to know why so they won’t tease him if they find out. That takes not only a brave mommy, but a brave little boy! He is counting on his whole class to be his friend and support him through his challenges. I’m trusting each of those parents have raised their children to be kind and compassionate. It’s like wearing your heart on the pavement…not just your sleeve.

    Thanks for being you!

  17. Kelly H-Y says:

    Very poignant on this day … thank you! And, such a gorgeous necklace with beautiful meaning!

  18. AshleyAnn says:

    I love how you describe a mom’s heart as tender and brave…so simple and so beautiful.

  19. Amanda :) says:

    So sweet and beautiful…. just like you! :)

  20. Vanessa says:

    My brave almost-2-year-old son is battling not only leukemia (A.L.L), but also several life threatening complications that have come along with it. We’ve been doing this for 363 days and have racked up 8 surgeries, over 100 blood transfusions, over 100 xrays, 20 ct scans, 7 weeks in the intensive care unit, and over 200 days in the hospital.

    Living this life has given us the chance to meet countless brave young boys and girls, many who are still fighting and many more who have gone home to Jesus.

  21. Kelli says:

    My 86-year-old Grammy just had her leg amputated :(. It’s hard to go visit her because I feel so sad for her, but then I imagine how great I make her feel and how she feels 100x worse than I do. It’s so hard.

  22. Brianna says:

    Being brave about heading into a special needs adoption. So, so exciting but I am nervous too!

    Your jewelry is beautiful, as always. Miss you!

  23. Kristin says:

    I am facing that I had to take in my sister in laws 1 1/2 yr old daughter b/c she left her behind and isnt coming home :( It has been sooo hard to change our life style. Us already having 2 wonderful children adding one more is harder then I thought. This little one is MUCH different then my 2!! I am being brave by doing what I need to do to keep this little girl safe and to give her a happy/healthy home!!!
    I am in LOVE with this new necklace…..It will be on my Xmas List for sure….hehe!!

  24. Jesse says:

    What a beautiful necklace. Praying for you and your family.

  25. Becky K says:

    Beautiful neck;ace, Lisa, with a beautiful meaning! I’m trying to be brave by loving my dad fully and letting my gaurd down. He has been in a pit of depression for years and seen the depths of total finanical, physical, martital, and spiritual ruin. Praise God, he is doing the best he has in a very, very long time and seems to have truly turned a corner! I hesitate to let myself truly be happy for him because I have been hurt and dissapointed so many times. But I know that God is the only one who can truly redeem and transform someone’s heart and life, and I believe my dad has finally allowed Him to do just that.

  26. rhea says:

    it all started five years ago – owen and olivia (twins) were born at 31 weeks. olivia was stricken with necrotizing entercolitis at nine days old and lost 2/3 small intestine, icv and 1/3 large intestine. she was not supposed to celebrate her first birthday. well today the twins are in kindergarten and olivia is doing amazing. no g-tube, no central line, no diapers, nothing. she is a true modern day miracle. then thinking that i was done having kids – already had five, found out that i was pregnant. what????? how could this happen – well i do know how! lol!!! anna was born “normal”, but at 5 months old we noticed that her neck was very weak. the doctors said that she would grow out of it, which she did, but then at 8 months old she started having seizures. ok Lord, why is this happening? they thought that she had encephalitis, but this past june my sweet anna was diagnosed with rett syndrome. oh it’s so hard to be brave, but when you love your kids you have no other choice. so, now i will be brave and help find a cure for this terrible neurological disorder that has hope. oh i love that word!!!!! thanks for letting me vent! we are continuing to pray for david…and of course you too!!!

  27. Hil says:

    Wow. There are amazing people who are posting here. Strong, brave women. Many prayers your way!

  28. Laurie Dadiomoff says:

    I am trying to be brave as a mother sending her son to war in Afghanistan for the third time. All prayer warrior readers please pray for my son, Joe and his family!

  29. lala says:

    My grandma’s recent diagnosis of breast cancer.

  30. debbie says:

    After reading about all of the brave women here, I realize that what I thought was a big problem really isn’t. Prayers for you and your son as he goes through his surgery.

  31. Leslie Deering says:

    Your family is in my prayers I know God has a plan…..I ma the mommy of a ten year old boy Jacob who has many many medical issues he has cp Quad he has ashunt and a vagus nerve stimulator for seizures he has eighteen surgical scars and is one beautiful strong little boy . We have been in the position of worrying our hearts out before surgery but to be honset God is in control . Your work is absolutely a gift I am going to buy something today I would like it for myself but am thinking of a friend whose son has wiliams disease and she is really having a hard time with this ( her husband has left her) so maybe this piece of jewelery will bring her some peace. Thank you you have touched so many lives with this gift you have been given ! Leslie Deering

  32. valerie says:

    just wanted to say thanks to all those who posted. thanks for making me even more thankful.

    read something recently that said courage is fear covered by prayer. I will be making all of your coverings thicker today by praying for you all. amazing moms,kids and families.
    i am humbled.

  33. Connie Phelps says:

    My brave and courageous Mother has taken it upon herself to have my Father remain at home with his many health issues and never complain. She always has a smile on her face and tirelessly tends to him even though after a stroke he can no longer speak or enjoy the special things in life that we take for granted. I don’t know if I could hold up to the many years of selfless giving that she has endured. She is truly an example for her four daughters and our families.

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