"A Quilt for My Daughter"

A mother writes a personal essay about creating a keepsake quilt for her daughter, and getting through a long wait.

A family in front of their keepsake quilt
As we began the official wait for our daughter, we jumped into a multitude of activities to prepare ourselves for parenthood. We immersed ourselves in the local adoptive families network and felt grateful for the information and shared experiences. But I worried about my friends and family. How could we bring them into the anticipation and excitement we felt about building our family through adoption? Two ideas came together. One was from a few years ago, when my sister-in-law was ...

By contributing squares filled with a prayer, blessing, hope, or dream, my friends and family became part of our adoption.

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