Sunday, April 29, 2007

Our "100 Good Wishes Quilt"

The paperchase of this process was the easy part, and now we will patiently wait the many months ahead till we receive our daughters referral. The time frame has steadily increased, however compared to a lifetime of waiting, 18 months or so should be relatively uneventful. We welcome your good thoughts and prayers along our journey, so that we can give this baby girl a well deserved happy, loving life.
To welcome and celebrate a new life, There is a wonderful tradition in the northern part of China to make a Bai Jia Bei, or what is known as "100 Good Wishes Quilt". It is a custom to invite 100 people to contribute a single square patch of cloth. The patches are sewn together into a beautiful quilt that contains the luck, energy, and good wishes from all the families and friends who contributed the fabric.

After we received our DTC (Dossier to China) date of 10/06/06, I learned about this project and thought what a fun, loving, busy way to keep my mind off of the wait and concentrate on doing something productive. So I joined the One Hundred Good Wishes Quilt group on Yahoo and now almost 200 "Squishes" later I had to slow down. However, thanks to the wonderful people on that site, I met and swapped fabrics and good wishes with families from all over the world. From all over the US, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands, I was able to get acquainted with some very special people, some of whom I actually became friends with.

The funny thing is, I can't sew a button on, however, thanks to Melinda Keppler, I already have one baby quilt, and she is working on 3 others for me! I guess a little girl can never have too many quilts! Actually, each one is a true work of art, with the design and credit going to Melinda of course.

The most amazing part of this project was that it kept me busy for 5mths, and gave me a reason to look foward to the mail. Every day or so there were several letters that contained heartfelt wishes for our child and our family. Many of which brought me to tears, good tears of course. So for now I slowed the pace down, thinking that joining a group every now or then is better then trying to do it all at once! I finally found my sofa after clearing all the fabric from off of it!

Now comes the fun of putting all the notes and good wishes in a book that our little girl can read once she is older. I guess I will have to find my creative side for the scrapbook project.

Happiness is

Something to do

Something to love

Something to hope for.

Chinese Proverb

The love within our hearts only grows stronger with each passing day for our little Ladybug!

Dani and Ivy

LID 11/09/06


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