Outward from the Mothers' Hearts
MOI began when a few of us decided to get together each month to share the things we'd been learning in the Mother's University. As more and more friends joined us, we realized something special was happening and we wanted every woman to have the opportunity to experience it. Mothers of Influence was officially organized by Jen Goostrey, Marlene Peterson, and Marley Billings in September of 2017.
THE MOI SYMBOL & CEDAR NECKLACES
A few years ago my own sister happened to be in Lebanon. During her visit she met a young father - a third-generation silversmith who had just completed a course in self-reliance. As part of that training he'd prayed for help and inspiration and created a new necklace design that he hoped would be a blessing to his business and family. She brought home a few to give as Christmas gifts.
When I first read Marlene's book "A Mother's Influence" I had a distinct impression of a tree come to me. I knew it was important but I didn't quite know what to do with the thought. I didn't even know what kind of tree it was. When the idea of MOI began to take shape, I began pondering more on that tree. One afternoon my eye caught the necklace and I knew - like a lightning strike - that MOI was connected to the Cedar of Lebanon. The necklace that was already precious to me became doubly charged.
For reasons that didn't totally make sense, I felt an urgency to reach out to this man in Lebanon and ask him to craft a batch of necklaces that we could share with our members someday. Logistically it was a bit of a crazy thing to do, but Garo was very willing and all the necessary things seemed to fall right into place. There's been noticeable divine "influence" on both sides and we've been able to help each other in a circle of inspiration and friendship - our perfect design was inspired through Garo, and we are women who value his prayerful creation and craftsmanship.
The symbolism of the cedar is rich and deep. If you have the means and desire to have one of these inspired necklaces we hope you will take advantage of it, but please know you don’t need a necklace to plant the cherished ideas it represents in your heart.
We still have a few of these beautiful necklaces designed and handcrafted by our friend Garo Khandenian - a master silversmith from Lebanon. We would love to share them at our cost of $35.
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