I have always had a passion for the sea. I grew up on the beach, looking for seashells and building sand castles. When I finally realized my dream of creating a business around my passion, I was in pure bliss. But why did I feel such a strong need to do this? What was driving me? I wasn’t sure why.
In 2008, we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. We learned she was born with unilateral Microtia, on the day she was delivered. Born without an ear.
Microtia [mīkrō′shī·ə], is the underdevelopment or complete absence of the auricle of the ear, with a blind or absent external canal. (from Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009, Elsevier)
Now it all makes sense to me. I never really knew why I loved the sea so much, until the day my daughter was born. My passion for the sea has now become my mission: Hear the Sea.
Our business gives 10% of every seashell that we sell to hearing research. Let’s help every child have the opportunity to hear the sea.
With Warmest Regards,
On my way from Heaven, God delayed my trip that day.
He said that I was special, and then sent me on my way.
But not before He kissed me, right upon my ear.
He left his blessed mark, to carry with me here.
He whispered in my ear right then; He loved me without a doubt,
and closed my ear up tight, so the whisper won't get out.
He said my legs were strong, to help me stand up tall.
He said my arms would work, to catch me if I fall.
My eyes would catch my memories, to store within my mind,
My heart would fill with things I love, so many I would find.
He said I would fall asleep, to Daddy's bedtime tales,
and hear Mommy talk, of seas and shells and sails.
For when I'm feeling sad, he said, my other ear would hear,
His whispered words of eternal love, left waiting for me there.