Life Adventures

We Must Always Be Thankful

Each of us has a book inside of us and a story to tell. If I ever say we should be thankful I don’t mean we should be thankful just because we were adopted, and we should not be thankful just because society expects us to feel that way. The word “grateful” has become twisted… Continue reading We Must Always Be Thankful


Infant is my name

I was born and adopted in Indiana. When I turned eighteen I considered myself an adult. I could buy a pack of cigarettes.I could vote for the President.I could buy a gun. When I turned twenty-one I could go to a bar.I could order a drink.I could get drunk.But I was never allowed to inquire… Continue reading Infant is my name

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How do you say “I love my mother”?

The Why Mom Deserves a Diamond® contest has shown that the common denominator of everyone’s heart is our mother. The following expressions say, “I love my mother.” Each was written by mothers, fathers and essay winners whose origins trace to the far corners of the world. Positive words give us hope and comfort when they… Continue reading How do you say “I love my mother”?

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Moon Over Mountains® spells MOM

       When I designed the line of jewelry intended to display the gemstones won in the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond® contest, I wanted to incorporate a symbol that would eternally remind a mother of her child. First, I began with the most sacred word of the contest, mom. Then I brainstormed acronyms for "mom."… Continue reading Moon Over Mountains® spells MOM

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Gallery of Diamonds Awards 21st Annual Diamond Winner in Why Mom Deserves a Diamond® contest.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Gallery of Diamonds in Newport Beach will award a quarter-carat diamond to two grand prize winners. These two students were nominated from a team of forty Orange County teachers for the most creative essays by grade level. Beginning in 1993 in honor of founder Michael Watson’s adoptive mother and… Continue reading Gallery of Diamonds Awards 21st Annual Diamond Winner in Why Mom Deserves a Diamond® contest.

Life Adventures

Express Yourself

It is always so heart-warming to hear positive experiences from the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond® experience. Keep the tweets, the Facebook comments, Instagram photos, and blog posts coming!  Our team appreciates it! ___________________________________________________________________ "Heather's writing was chosen as a winner, and we were invited to go and pick up our garnet on Friday.  I… Continue reading Express Yourself

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The Power of Positive Words

How many different ways can a child express his or her appreciation for mom? Perhaps millions. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is how many essays have been submitted to my jewelry store since 1993. I searched for my own birth mother since I was a teenager. I was adopted as a child, and although… Continue reading The Power of Positive Words

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What is Your Legacy?

What would you like to leave behind? How do you want others to remember you?  Do you want to write a book? Do you want to master a musical instrument? Do you want to be the best in your profession? Think hard, but be careful. Wishes with desire and noble intentions come true! I'll share… Continue reading What is Your Legacy?

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Because She Loved Me First

  Martha Velia Watson March 15, 1920 - September 14, 2006 Mom woke me softly in the morning And readied me for school Speak kind words to everyone Obey the Golden Rule With a gentle hug and kiss She handed me a sack Potato sticks, with snacks and fruits Were very neatly packed Her endless… Continue reading Because She Loved Me First