Giving Keys + 31 Bits

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    Last week we went to the launch party for a great collaboration between 31 Bits and The Giving Keys. We drove out for the event to discover that we were supposed to RSVP. Have you ever done that?! It probably wasn't that big of a deal but I was seriously embarrassed and 30 seconds away from crawling back to my car. Lucky for us the very nice production manager of The Giving Keys invited us in so we got to check it out. We got to see the gorgeous collaboration pieces and tried some delicious wine from One Hope Wines. The collaboration supports both 31 Bits and The Giving Keys and focuses on a message of empowerment. Our pictures are laim 'cuz we weren't trying to roll up univited with a massive camera, but the pieces really are lovely and can be worn as a bracelet or necklace.

    The highlight of our night was getting to see The Giving Keys studio where the magic happens. It's a small, fresh space that oozes a sense of community. In a corner of the studio there was a gentleman named Mannix making custom keys. He was BUSY, like running around working his butt off busy, but when he sat down to make my necklace I felt like I was being given such a gift. I know that might sound cheesy and dramatic but really, when is the last time you got to watch an artist work on something just for you? So much of our addiction to fast, cheap fashion has left us disconnected, which might be why we can be okay with hearing about labor abuses in fashion and not care. Because 'those people' don't have a name. But Mannix does. And watching him maticulously pull out the letters, line them up and create something meaningful for me, it was just a gift. 

    The way a giving key works is that you purchase a key with a word that is meaningful to you and then, when the time is right, you give the key to someone else who can benefit from the key. I chose to get the word "family" on my key. My husband and I have been in the adoption process for 2 1/2 years and the last few months have been particularly discouraging. I've had moments in these past months of doubt, wondering if somewhere we'd made a big mistake. If the choice to build our family through adoption was poorly timed or flat out silly. In some of the darkest moments for me these past few months I've relied on other adoptive families for encouragement. The adoption community has served as a type of family for us. Rejoicing when someone brings a baby home or mourning when children are stuck in broken systems and families can't be together. So getting a necklace with the word "family" really just made sense for the place I'm in right now. And when the time is right, I hope to be able to give this to another parent who is waiting, wondering, wishing so that they can hold onto hope when it seems bleak. The Giving Keys and 31 Bits are popping up all over the place, so if you're in the market for a meaningful piece of jewelry be sure to check them out.

Which word would you put on your key?