At this point in our adoption journey, we are just waiting. Waiting for some additional paperwork things that have to happen and then waiting for our TA (Travel Approval), that is the actual invitation from China to travel and get our boy!
During one of our periods of waiting to bring MinLan home, we asked you to send a square of fabric that you prayed over for us to include in a prayer quilt for her. Look at this precious baby MinLan!!
I am no expert quilter but I am so glad I sat with my Granny Shearon and quilted. She decided that somebody in our family should know how to quilt. What a blessing that she wanted to pass it along to me.
When I began to look up “adoption quilts” online, I ran across mentions of a “100 Good Wishes Quilt”. This website shares the following:
“To welcome and celebrate a new life, there is a tradition in the northern part of China to a make a Bai Jia Bei, or 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.”
Well, I know that the power of prayer is so much more than any good wish. So I would love to put together a 100 Prayers Quilt for John Preston too. I still need to have MinLan’s quilted but I think I’ll get John Preston’s pieced together and have them both quilted together.
Would you be willing to send a piece of fabric?
I would love to have a 12 inch by 12 inch square of fabric from all of you that are willing. I’ll cut it down to the size we need based on how many squares come in.
It could be from the stash of fabric you already have.
It could be from a favorite shirt that you’re kids have outgrown.
It could be remnants from an outfit you made for one of your little ones.
No need to go and purchase something! Glad to have anything you have on hand that you’d like to include.
Would you say a prayer over your piece of fabric before you mail it?
Would you pray that John Preston is healthy?
Would you pray that his foster family shows him love?
Would you pray that God continues to prepare his heart for our family?
If you would like to send a square of fabric by November 30th, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you our mailing address or message me on Facebook.
Thank you so much for loving and praying over our sweet John Preston!