We enjoy receiving stories from all our Add-A-Pearl customers, but we especially love to read testimonials from doting dads. They realize the importance of being a strong male role model and loving parental figure to their daughters.
Our customer Chris recently sent us his story about his two sweet daughters - Madeleine and Vivienne - and their Add-A-Pearl necklaces. The girls are still young, so they don't fully appreciate the significance and beauty of their necklaces. However, the gift will grow with the girls over time and accumulate meaning as they mature.
As Chris mentions in the story, an Add-A-Pearl cultured pearl necklace will make the perfect wedding gift one day in the future, when his daughters find the men of their dreams. We think it's so sweet how he and his wife are already thinking about - and even saving money for - his daughters' future weddings, so they can spare no expense for a once-in-a-lifetime event. Continue reading Chris' story below.
Even before I met my beautiful wife, I saw myself becoming a father to daughters. I always wanted to be a dad, and for some reason, I had a feeling that I would have girls. My wife and I met and had a fairy-tale wedding. My wife is a great event planner, so our special day was truly magical.
After three years of what I would describe as a "honeymoon" period of travel and life, we found out we were pregnant. Needless to say, when the doctor told us at 20 weeks that we would be having a baby girl, I was not surprised. As I said, I always saw myself as a father to daughters.
While my wife and I prepared our home and life for our first child, I read every book I could find on the topic of being a father. I spoke at length to my father and father-in-law about what it means to be a dad. I was almost overcome with the importance of my job. I would be the positive example of a man to this girl, someone who could set the standard for any future man in her life. I would create the expectation for the relationship between a man and a woman.
My wife is 33 years old, and we will have been married for 9 years this October. But whenever she has a problem, she still calls her dad. I wanted to be that resource and rock for my daughter.
I wanted to have something I could give to my daughter Madeleine on her birthday that would show her (when she's old enough to understand) how much I value and appreciate our relationship. I wanted something that would be a recurring tradition throughout our lives together, something that could be "our thing". I wanted something she could count on from her Daddy and something that signified that specialness of our relationship.
When I found the Add-A-Pearl website and read about the story of the Add-a-Pearl cultured pearl necklace, I knew instantly that I wanted to get one for Madeleine. As I mentioned before, my wife and I had a spectacular wedding, and we're already planning (saving) for our daughters' weddings because we want them to be just as special.
When I read the story about building this necklace throughout my daughter's life and then giving her the completed necklace on her wedding day, it was a done deal. I think I actually purchased the starter necklace that day!
My first daughter is now five, and that little purple box with a pearl inside usually gets lost amongst the dolls and toys at birthdays and Christmas. But I know that someday they will mean more to her than anything. When I put that necklace around her neck on her wedding day (when she's marrying the man of her dreams who hopefully lives up to the man I'm teaching her to expect), we will be able to relive all of the great moments from her life.
Needless to say, when my second daughter came along, I wanted to get the same thing for her. I was worried that it wouldn't seem "special" because both girls have one. I searched for something else to do with Vivienne, but nothing measured up in my mind to the significance of the Add-A-Pearl necklace.
Thank you, Chris, for sharing this moving story with us! We're so inspired by his commitment to his daughters, and we can only imagine how wonderful their future weddings will be.
We're always so honored when our customers choose Add-A-Pearl to commemorate all those special moments in a young girl's life. If you're ready to start your own Add-A-Pearl legacy with someone you love, you can build your starter necklace on this page.