Handing Down My Jewelry Collection

old ladyMy name is Tracey and I just wanted to say that I have had a wonderful life. My husband Robert and I helped bring two beautiful and talented daughters into this world and they have brought us six wonderful little granddaughters.  We have shared many great moments together but I fear my time left in this world is growing short. I’m 85 and I’m wheel chair bound receiving senior care from a local company and my cancer is starting to take control. Over the years I have been collecting thousands of jewelry pieces all across Phoenix and Sun City AZ as well as around the world when I was traveling as a young lady. I felt that it was time to start looking through everything so that I can leave behind some heirlooms for the little ladies in my family.

I had boxes upon boxes of jewelry and I was determined to identify and sort out some for both of my daughters and all six of my grandchildren. I had my senior care aid help me get everything out to the table and then I started sifting through everything. I decided to leave behind my engagement ring to my oldest daughter Catherine who I know is going to really love that. It’s an 18k white gold ring with a 2.42 karat Asscher cut center diamond. There are also many border diamonds around the main center piece. My late and beloved Robert gave this to me when I was just 19 years old. We were high school sweethearts and loved each other all the way until his last breath. I will never forget him. I also gave here some amber jewelry that I had picked up in China a long time ago.

My second daughter Chelsey will be getting my wedding ring when I pass. It is a simple golden ring that I got at our glorious wedding in the heart of West Phoenix years ago. I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was the greatest day in my life time. Chelsey will also be getting my blue sapphire and diamond necklace and earring set that I got on my travels to France.

To my six gorgeous granddaughters I have left the remainder of my jewelry belongings. I had pieces from Africa that incorporated ivory and tigers claws. There were more jewels from France that included rubies, emeralds, and pearls. There was even a petrified amethyst ring that was too heavy for me to lift so I had my senior care assistant box that for me. There was also loads of costume jewelry that those little girls would love. All of the expensive pieces were to be given to them when they turn 18. I know everyone will love what they got and I hope this will help them remember me when I have passed.

Preparing for Your Wedding Day


Preparing for your wedding day is one of the most exciting times of your life, but also one of the most stressful.  There are about a million different things on your mind leading up to the big day; so many things to consider and needing a backup plan for each.  Below is a short list of things to remember when preparing for your wedding day.

Set time for a spa treatment

Planning a great wedding is stressful and can lead to awful skin breakouts if you’re not careful.  Make sure to set time for a relaxing facial treatment and massage.  For my local gals, I highly recommend Massage Envy for a facial in Richmond VA.  Booking a treatment should be the first thing on your list of things to do.  You don’t want to risk the chance of having some embarrassing photos on your wedding day.

Check in with your photographer

One last check in with your photographer is an absolute MUST before your wedding day.  It’s important to make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to which shots are most important to you.  There are key moments during the ceremony and the reception that you don’t want to miss.  Make sure you have planned with your photographer which key moments are going to be the ones you cherish year after year.

Bridal party timeline

Make sure you plan your timeline of the event with your bridal party.  You want to make sure that there is no miscommunication of the timing of events.  You’ll want to be sure everyone knows where they need to be and at what time they need to be there.

Break in your heels

Don’t wait until  your wedding day to slip on your heels or you’ll be in for a painful surprise.  You’ll want to break them in ahead of time to make sure you’re comfortable for the entire event.  One of the best ways to do this is by doubling up on socks and walking around in them for a while.  The extra cushion will keep your feet comfortable while helping to expand the shoe’s material.

Pack for your honeymoon

Absolutely remember to pack for your getaway trip.  You won’t want to waste any time getting out of town and relaxing after a year of constant stress.

These are just a few friendly reminders to help your wedding go as smoothly as possible.  I hope these tips help you when preparing for your big day!