Wednesday, December 10, 2008

100 Good Wishes Quilt

A Chinese Custom. 100 Good Wishes Quilt. It is a custom to invite friends and family to contribute a patch of cloth with a wish for the baby. Part of the patch of cloth goes into the quilt for the baby, and the other part of the cloth can go into a creative memory notebook with the wish for the child. The quilt contains the luck, energy, and good wishes from all the families and friends who contributed a piece of fabric. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation.
We found out about 100 wishes quilts through our daughter Dawn when they were adopting Kya from China. It is a tradition to greet the new baby with a 100 Good Wishes Quilt. Although this is a Chinese tradition, it is a great tradition for any child to be welcomed this way. What a treat.

We had about 10 months to prepare for Hope's adoption and therefore were able to have friends and family send us 100 Good Wishes along with fabric. However, we found out about Joel the end of May 2007 and discovered that if we did not travel by July 11, 2007 to complete his adoption that he would no longer be eligible for adoption according to the Chinese Law, it gave us no time to make a 100 Good Wishes Quilt.

However, Mama Judy came to the rescue. Mama Judy is Hope's God Mother but she seems to have become the adoptive Mama Judy of all our adopted children and the quilter sewer of all quilts. She 4 adopted children's quilt and then she set out to completely make Joel's and designed it with all the the things that he loves. Bless you Mama Judy that Joel will have his own tradition and one that he will cherish and remember and can hand down to his own children from generation to generation and know that he is loved and wanted forever and always.

Thanksgiving 2008 A Blessing of Baskets Full

Most of my family together and a wonderful weekend, with a houseful of God's Blessings. Aunt Nancy and Uncle Jerry came for Thanksgiving Day what a joyful fun day we all had with the kids and each other. I just love having a houseful, it really seems like the holidays for me. I remember too many lonely holidays and finally the Lord has heard my crys and gave me the desire of My Heart and filled my life with the sound of children and the laughter of and joy of not only the children but with their parents. God is truly good to me in my years of maturity. On Saturday we took Joel and Hope for their regular Saturday riding lessons and Autumn and Kya also were able to ride.

Now we are up to Halloween

Joel just loves Star Wars and so he went as Adacan Skywalker and Hope went as Tinker Bell, dressed in her favorite color, PINK!!!!!

October brought Autumn and also Birthday Celebrations

We visited Dawn (better known to Joel and Hope and JJ) for niece Autumn's 5th birthday in October, a Spiderman event. Just a few wonderful pictures of the kids. To see the full event please visit Dawns blogspot Then in November we traveld again for Kya's 5th birthday and this time we went to Chuck E. Cheese again the kids just had a blast.

LWML Convention September 2008

Joel was the Presidents Page and Hope the youngest LWML attendee and loved every minute.

More of Joel with his friends Carol & Henry

There were so many pictures well over 300+ so I had to take just a few and place them here on the blog site for your viewing. I can tell you one thing Joel had the time of his life. They visited a car museum, Homossa Springs, The Shriners Rodeo, Old McDonalds Farm. Talk about a weekend.

Too Long Since Posting - So BackTracking!

Joel Visiting Friends over Labor Day Weekend