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Gift Ideas for Birth Mothers & Children

Gift Ideas for Birth Mothers & Children

We're busy picking gifts for the expectant mother who has chosen us and her two little girls. I thought it might be helpful to share some items we chose! 

For both parties, we put together a gift basket because hello, who doesn't like a gift basket? 

For her: 

The Together Necklace. I know this is our product and I could be biased, but I truly can't imagine anything better than this. The triangle's sides represent the three parties that make up an adoption (the birth family, the adoptive family, and the adopted child) and the heart represents the love between them all.

I imagine every birth mother wants her child to know how much he or she was loved, and this necklace says that you see that, too. You won't forget her no matter the relationship you have moving forward! 

We're getting one for her, one for her mother (the grandmother of this child), and one for me so that we can all match. I think she'll love it! 

*It comes in gold or silver and with two different verse options- one for the adoptive mother and one for the birth mother. You can also add a stamped initial if you'd like!

Other jewelry options would be a birthstone piece here or a Called stamped initial necklace here. 

A gift certificate for a massage and/or pedicure. She's put her body through so much and could benefit from a little pampering! We googled to find locations in her city. 

Another option along these lines would be to purchase at home spa items- lotion, a face mask, foot scrub, nail polish, lip gloss, etc. 

A photo album. I know these are slightly outdated, but she may love having tangible pictures so close by and the promise that more will come through the years. Another option is a printed book like a Chatbook

Gift cards to local restaurants, grocery stores, etc. So many birthmothers are working hard to thrive and/or have children they are still parenting at home. Local food options or even toy store dollars help her love her people and herself well. 

Come alongside as best you can to support and care! 

For her children:

If she has children she's parenting, you may want to gift them a little something, too. I think our expectant mother will appreciate these gifts the most, the same way that I'm so thrilled when someone loves on my boys. 

Activities to do while she recovers. We got this and this and this and I think they'll be a hit for everyone and will provide sweet entertainment when she just needs to sit and rest. (I need to get the same for myself!)

Books that feature different races if applicable. Many expectant mothers want to know that you'll honor your non-Caucasian child's heritage. We purchased this one and this one (which has lots of great additional options) for her girls as an example of what we have at home. 

Something from your children to hers. Our boys picked out some candy (duh) and a random but perfect item from the dollar section at Target. They're also going to draw a little note to tuck inside the basket. 

Introducing Our New Spring Line🌸

Introducing Our New Spring Line🌸

Our new line has just launched and I’m so excited to share our new pieces with you! You can find each piece linked below, feel free to send me a DM if you have any questions or are looking for something special for this Spring. 

The Gospel Necklace

Gospel Necklace Dear Mushka

A v-shaped necklace that is all 14 carat gold filled so if you treat it well it will last you a lifetime.

It’s paired with a verse from Isaiah 52:7

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news."

This design came as I was praying for my brother who does missionary work in the country and internationally. I was walking around the office praying for him and looked down to notice my feet were positioned like a V, immediately thinking of this verse.

It got me thinking about all of us, living our daily lives. Career missionary or not, we’re all called to share the gospel with others!

This piece is perfect for a missionary in your life and for each one of us to remember every day.

I had the privilege of hearing John Piper speak on Matthew 24:14 about how Jesus will not come until the gospel has been preached to all nations and all people groups. Hearing this really put fire into how often I began to pray for the missionaries in my life and my own missionary work as well.

The Keeper Necklace

This piece reflects Psalm 56:8. It reminds us that Gods keeps count of our tossings, wanderings, sufferings. He keeps our tears in his bottle.

The necklace has a teardrop pendant and is available with extra teardrops if needed. The biggest tear I’ve ever had in my life was my moms death in 2010. I know loss and pain and that some of you have walked years and years of tears.

This necklace provides comfort in God for miscarriages, loss of family members, chronic health issues, severe anxiety and any pain you are going through.

The Steward Cuff

The Steward Cuff is for all your Enneagram lovers out there! The Enneagram is a personality assessment that has been a huge blessing in my life and our marriage. This bracelet is for you if you know and love the Enneagram - I’m a 9w1 and you're interested in finding out more information check out The Enneagram Institute.

This bracelet is solid brass and you’re able to adjust it to get a good fit. It’s also fully customizable and we’ll stamp your number or initial onto the cuff. There is also an option to leave it unstamped if you love the bracelet but don’t care about your enneagram number!

I know we are all completely unique so instead of doing individual verse cards for each number, I stuck with 1 Peter 4:10.

This cuff serves as a reminder that we should all use our gifting to serve God. No matter what your “type” is or which personality God has given you, we are all called to use our gifting to serve him. We are all image bearers and Kingdom cultivators.

The Citizen Tee

This tee is a mirror image of the word “citizen”. It reads backwards to everyone but when you look in the mirror you see it correctly to remind you that you are a citizen of Heaven.

This message really resonated with so many of you in our Fall sweatshirt and so we’ve decided to offer it in a Spring version🎉

It comes in the sweetest soft rosy pink color and is soft, comfy and just fits so well! I also love how long it is - perfect for yoga pants or a loose front tuck.

The Companion Bracelets

These friendship bracelets come in a pack of two paired with two verse cards from Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. They are stretchy with beads and are something a little different for Dear Mushka😍

The happy pops of color with a slight shimmer to the beads feel so much like Spring! They are the perfect friendship bracelets.

The Enduring Necklace

I’m so excited about this piece because when I asked for verse suggestions, this one came up a ton. For those of you walking through long seasons of chronic illness, anxiety and depression or mamas with children with special needs. It's the necklace we need when we are walking through hard seasons of life, a reminder to not lose heart.

It comes paired with 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 and the pendant creates the imagery of the outer self wasting away while the inner self (the shining bead) is being renewed.

I really wanted this to represent the times when our external is failing, our inner connection to the Lord is shining through as we walk towards eternity.

The Deep Necklace

The Deep Necklace is a new product inspiration for Dear Mushka and it came to me a few months ago when I was writing a blog post about quotes (not Bible verses) that help keep my heart focused on God.

One of the ones I thought about was the lyrics from How Deep the Father’s Love for Us❤️

God gave it to me when I was just a little girl and I hum it to myself all the time. I often need the reminder that I am wretched, but God’s love for me is deeper, still.

So, we’re introducing our first hymn piece this Spring! Obviously hymns are not scripture but God absolutely uses hymns to stir our affections for Him and keep us worshiping all day long.

I use pyrite stones in this necklace to symbolize the deep color. I feel like the color black is also such a symbolic meaning for a wretched state. The necklace hangs deep and vast to represent that first part of the hymn.

It comes paired with a card featuring the first four lines of this hymn🎶

The Solo Deo Gloria Tee

You have all been asking for a script font for our tees so here it is! Written in Latin meaning “Glory to God alone”, This tee is a continuation from our hymn pieces that have launched this season and reflect how deep the Father’s love for us all is.

It’s from the part of the song that says "I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom, but I will boast in Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection."

This is also our first women’s cut tee; it drapes so well! 

It’s true to size, not extra small at all. I usually wear a medium in tees but I can also wear a small in this one (I'm 5’4” and around 130 lbs).

It’s got a wide neckline so ladies who want to wear it off the shoulder totally can. It’s a soft, everyday tee and pairs perfectly under a cardigan, with jean shorts and sandals. Whatever you prefer!🙌

The Priority Ring

These rings come paired with Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well

My thought for this piece is that we’re all on our phones or reaching for our to-do lists, tempted to go to Instagram and are hands are always searching for these distractions.

I really wanted to create something for our hands, our fingers, that we would see when turning to something other than God. There’s nothing wrong with social media or getting things done but I just wanted these rings to serve as a reminder or a check.

The Priority rings are simple, dainty and perfect for stacking! We have sizes 4 - 9 for now and they come in rose gold, sterling silver or gold.

I’m so excited for our new Spring line and to be able to offer these special pieces to you to serve as reminders of the Lord. Happy Spring!💐

Ten Ways to Say "Thank You"

Ten Ways to Say

My favorite way to say "thank you" is to choose a piece + verse that displays God-honoring qualities I've seen in someone's life and to tell her through jewelry or apparel along with a little note. 

Here are ten+ pieces you can use to say "thank you." Send one with a note explaining how the verse fits what you see in her. And maybe with some chocolate, too :)  

1. The Salt or Cheer Necklace as a thank you for how she's always used her words to bring life, truth, and grace to your life or the lives of others.

2. The Befitting Earrings because she's made less of herself and more of Christ as she's served you or your ministry.

3. The Carried Cuff because you've felt carried by God through her kindness and support.

4. The Verb Necklace because she is a woman who is joyful in hope and faithful in suffering. Or maybe because she is a woman who is always taking Godly action! 

5. The Citizen Tee because she reminds you that this life is temporary and that something far better is coming. And you're so grateful you get to spend eternity together! 

6. The Daughter Earrings or Encounter Necklace because she has prayed so fervently for you during a hard season, and you're so grateful! Or maybe because she's quick to go do the throne of God, and you love that about her. 

7. The Essential Necklace because she is doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly. What a treasure! 

8. The Steward Bracelet because she's using her talents and giftings to serve God's kingdom so fully and you're blessed to watch it unfold. 

9. The Radiance Necklace because she shines the light of God. Or maybe because He has used her to remove your fears. 

10. The Servant Necklace because she has been such a servant to you or your people. You see her looking to other's needs and it's beautiful and Christ-honoring to watch!

The Plume Necklace | For Hard Seasons of Life

The Plume Necklace | For Hard Seasons of Life

This Dear Mushka Necklace is extra special to me because it was the first piece that I attached to a jewelry verse card.

Watch the video to see how the Plume Necklace is perfect for a hard season.

I had been reading Psalm 91 about God covering us with his feathers and finding refuge under his wings. I kept thinking how clearly it looked like this necklace - although it had a different name originally. This was the first jewelry piece I attached to scripture.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart · Psalm 91:4

This piece hangs long at 30” and is claspless which makes it easy to just pull off or on. I love that it pokes out from scarves in the Winter and looks great with a breezy tank. It also looks amazing layered with other pieces! It comes in gold and silver.

It's the perfect on-trend necklace for anyone in need of a little shelter, a little shine, a little care. 

The Plume Necklace is perfect for a hard season or someone that needs to remember that God is the ultimate source of protection and safety. He is a place where we can run when we so desperately need it.

I also highly recommend the book Unseen by Sara Hagerty. In it she talks about the beauty of being in a season of quiet at home, where many others might not see you, but God sees you. It’s a great reminder how God sees us and that is enough. I think these two would be a perfect gift pairing for a tough season.

I tend to wear this necklace when I’m walking through a season or time of life where I feel very unseen by others but very safe and secure in being seen by Christ. I love that imagery!

If you feel this is the perfect necklace for you during a hard season, or know of someone going through a tough time, you can find The Plume Necklace here

Scripture Necklaces for Married and Single Women

Scripture Necklaces for Married and Single Women

Today I'm sharing with two necklace pieces perfect for married and single ladies. These pieces hold a special place in my heart. Watch the video to see why or read the post below.

The Servant Necklace is an 18” necklace with a gold chain and Quartz pendant. The quartz allows you to see through it and it is a great reminder to look through ourselves to see others’ needs.

It is reflective of Philippians 2:3-4 and I personally need to be reminded of the verse always!

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

This has been a verse that I have been praying over for myself as a wife, mother and friend. It is the perfect marriage piece! But truly, it can be a reminder for any relationship in your life.

The Portion Necklace is for all you single ladies out there. I’ve had so many inquiries from you all and we finally have a piece just for you! This necklace is white on one side and has a dark emerald green on the other.

It is reflective of Lamentations 3:24. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

When we first look at the word portion, it originally refers to a plot of land or inheritance. I just love the imagery there especially when we think about who we are going to marry, how we are going to grow our family, and where we are going to live. He is our portion, He is where we put our hope.

The Portion Necklace is meant to look like the Earth from above and represent portions of land.

This piece is extra special to me because Lamentations 3:21-26 is actually my passage for the year. I usually choose one in January to meditate and focus on for the year. The truth is that the Lord is doing big works in my own life as I purge things I’ve been putting too much hope and joy into to, and instead I am learning that the Lord is just my portion.

So I’m creating this piece for all you single ladies, but these verses go far beyond the characteristics I assign to them.