Friday, May 27, 2011

We got new pics!!!!

Yeah!!! Have you ever seen such a cute little booger in your whole life?!?!? I can't WAIT to get my hands on her!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Even More!!!!

The James Family

Mrs. Stephanie

Steve and Sandy Sweat

Chris Jozwick

Bob and Martha Nemer

Grandaddy and Joann

Rebecca McGoldrick, aka Reba

Some VERY special fabrics from some VERY special Girls! (and boys) :)

Adam and Jac

Lela Florence

Mary Michael

Danielle, Mason, Ava & Jill


Lily Arnold

Jon and Amy Jo Arnold

Anita, Travis, Cole, and Alli

Mrs. Mary

Jacki and Ricki Lear

Aunt Pam and Uncle Corky

Monday, May 23, 2011

Even More Fabrics

Sandy Ivey

Joni Wilson

These two are from the soon to be married couple of Lindsay and Barron Solomon!

The Ognibene Family

The King Family (Connie and Ronnie)

Mimi and Ga (my parents)

Lala Doc, aka: Lauren and Andrew

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More Fabrics

They're starting to come in!!!!

The Brandts

The Chances (Brent, Jennifer, and Family)

Grammy and The Cap

The Austins

The Brocks

Friday, May 6, 2011

First Swatch

Our first fabric swatch is in, and it couldn't be cuter!!!! I'm so excited! Hopefully more wil be coming in soon!!!!
This one came from Daren's cousin Bryan's family. Casey wrote in her note, "I loved this fabric, but when I saw the houses it reminded me of you and your forever family so I had to get it!"

Love it!!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bai Jai Bei

Now that we know our sweet baby is on her way, we’re starting a very special project to keep us busy and help prepare for her arrival. We are hoping to piece together a Bei Jia Bei, otherwise known as a “100 Good Wishes Quilt.”

There is a tradition in the northern part of China to make a Bai Jia Bei to welcome new life. It is a custom to invite 100 people to contribute a single square patch of cloth. These 100 patches are sewn together into a quilt that contains luck, hope, and good thoughts from all the families and friends who contribute a piece of fabric. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation.

As the fabrics starting coming in I will post them on our blog for eveyone to see. I'm so excited to see the fabrics people choose!!!!

Here's the fabric Daren & I chose. McHaney will choose hers soon!

We have sent out letters to many of our friends and family, but if you read this blog and are following our story, we would love for you to participate as well!

If you would like to participate, you will need to send us two things: a piece of cloth and a written wish. Most of the cloth will go towards making the quilt and small piece will go into a scrapbook with the wish for the baby. We will need them back by May 30th.

You will need to send one 9×9 in. square of 100% cotton, washable fabric that could work for a girl. You will also need a smaller piece for the scrapbook. To make things easy, you can go to any quilting shop or a fabric store that sells quilting fabrics All you will need to do is ask for a fat quarter (a piece that is 18x22in.) or ask to have one cut from your chosen fabric. This will give you plenty of fabric. There are also many shops online that sell quilting fabric if you would like to browse them for ideas.

You can choose a fabric that is new, or a used & meaningful fabric. It can be from the area where you live, a color you like, or one that you think represents our sweet girl. We will be making a cream & purple quilt, so please be sure your fabric includes these colors. (Some ideas are chinese patterns, colorful designs like retro dots or modern stripes, interesting flowers, toiles) Please limit print size to small or medium. We have enclosed a pic of the fabric that inspired us to give you an idea of where to start.

Now for the fun part! Send us a 4x6 or 5x7 card with a good wish for our child and a scrap of your fabric (cut from the fat quarter and glued to the paper). Your wish can be simple or elaborate, handwritten or typed. It can be something you wrote, a favorite poem, lyric, quote, or anything else that strikes your fancy; be as simple or as creative as you’d like! These written wishes will be placed in a 12×12 album so that your wishes will always be remembered.

Just send me an email and I will give you the address to send it to.

Can wait to start posting!!!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Um, This is Going to Take a While

So in sending our packet to "Sis", we have to have everything translated to Mandarin before we mail it. I wanted to send a letter to Alba and one to her Foster Family. It was going to cost me right under $400 to have a service do it.

Luckily our church has a "Chinese Church" within the church that meets every Sunday. After contacting them, one of their sweet members offered to translate both letters for me. So, that part is taken care of, I think!

The main thing is the photo album has to be translated as well. It seemed simple enough.... just write the Chinese Characters for Family, Mother, Father, Sister, Grandparents, Home, Pet, and Bedroom beside each photo. I can do that, right???

Um, I started it yesterday and I was cracking up. My own handwriting, in English is bad enough, but in Mandarin? Hehehehe!!!! It took me about 30 minutes to write just the word family. I was so careful with it, like I was creating a piece of artwork...

I bet her foster parents get it and think, "what the heck does this say?" But, either way, I'm proud of what I did! Now, if only I can finish the other 10 pages..... :)