Back in December 2013 I wrote a post about my family's annual tradition of collecting an ornament to remember my nephew Danny who was killed in a car accident the week before Christmas 2005 and exactly a week after he turned 16 years old.
The post about the ornament that was chosen the following year is here.
This is one of the beautiful ornaments that we chose for 2016. It is crafted from sea pottery and was created by Sue of Beachwoodstreet on Etsy.
For the rest of the family I actually chose a variety of pieces. Some are made from sea pottery but others are made from sea glass. The one I chose for myself Sue said is rare as it is a piece of a plate that was in some sort of bonfire that gave it the gray streak pattern.
I enjoy finding handcrafted ornaments every year to honor Danny and I share his story with the artisans. We now have a circle of crafters that have helped continue this tradition.
All of the ornaments still hang in my kitchen window every single day of the year and I love looking at them as I gaze out the window into our backyard.
Although I forgot to post about the ornament chosen for 2015, you can see it in the lower right hand corner. It is a celtic angel heart ornament made from heavy wire, again by Etsy crafter nicholasandfelice. This is what it looks like up close.
As you can see I only have 1 more empty section of my window. I guess after that one is filled I will have to figure out how to rearrange them to add more in future years.