Walking through REI on Mother's Day in 2008, I spotted the tree pendant necklace. Being a stay-at-home mom/military spouse at the time, I didn't have much money to splurge. I put the necklace back, took 2 steps, then walked back and decided to buy it for myself as a Mother's Day gift. For the next 11 and 1/2 years I wore that necklace rarely ever taking it off. I became a competitive runner and wore it in every race. I became an EMT for a career and always wore it to work. It was part of my identity. Everyone knew I was the one with the tree necklace.

In 2016, I got a tree tattoo to go with my necklace. This past winter it fell off while on a walk in the woods. Since then I felt naked without it. I decided not to purchase a new one due to lack of spending money, but now three months later I've decided to order another one because I feel like it's a part of me and I want that part of my identity back.