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Baby Girl’s First Gift

May 3, 2010

Ashleigh, a “blog friend” who I got to meet in person last year, sent me a very special gift. A handmade gift. A healing gift. As I mentioned in a previous post Ashleigh recently had a miscarriage. She’s been on my heart and in my prayers recently. Our babies were due less than two months apart, so her grief has sobered me and made me think about losing a child more than I have in the past.

But she’s turned her grief into a beautiful creation for my baby. A quilt that is just so perfect. The colors and patterns are so “me” and will work in the baby’s room beautifully. But this quilt is not just special because it’s Baby Girl Jones’ first gift, but also for what it represents.

Ashleigh writes on her blog in a post about the healing process of creating this quilt:

Note all the different pieces of fabric that go into the whole. There’s polka dots, stripes, a delicate floral pattern, a print of children playing. Grief is also composed of many “pieces” — although the patterns that make up bereavement aren’t all attractive, as they are in a quilt. In the quilt of grief, the pretty (God’s comfort and closeness, the love of friends and family, the hope of heaven) and the not-so-pretty (sorrow, fear, anxiety, depression, anger, panic attacks) intermingle.

I’m reminded though, as I struggle with the ugly aspects, that God is the master quilter of my life and my family’s lives. He’s working to craft all of these pieces of bereavement — the pretty and the not-so-pretty — into what I hope one day becomes a beautiful quilt.

Thanks, Ashleigh, for letting God create something redemptive with your grief. And for letting us in on the process. I already can see the master quilter is creating something beautiful in you.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2010 7:45 pm

    Danielle, I’m so glad you like it. πŸ™‚ Thank you again for your continued love and prayers — and for your sweet, encouraging words in this post.

  2. May 3, 2010 9:51 pm

    What a beautiful quilt… and such a special story behind it!

  3. May 4, 2010 6:06 am

    Truly a special gift!

    This post {and Ashleigh’s over on her blog} brought tears to my eyes.

    Continuing to pray for both of you girls.

    LOVE to you both.

  4. May 4, 2010 7:10 am

    What a beautiful quilt, and a beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing the details – the darkness and light of each of our “quilts” do, indeed, bear testimony to our “Master Quilter”.

  5. May 4, 2010 9:14 am

    So wonderful and so precious.

  6. bethyoung permalink
    May 4, 2010 9:44 am

    Ashleigh! Another beautiful quilt πŸ™‚ You’re so sweet to do this for Danielle. I continue to pray for you.

  7. May 4, 2010 10:15 am

    It is beautiful on so many levels. I love hearing these kinds of testimonies of the Body of Christ! How precious.

  8. May 4, 2010 11:14 am

    How precious indeed…tears are falling as I read this post. How good of God to turn our ashes into something beautiful. Thank you Ashleigh for your testimony.

  9. May 4, 2010 9:18 pm

    the ache doesn’t have words. what a precious, precious gift, Ashleigh… your heart splayed out, broken, given away. so, so beautiful.

  10. May 4, 2010 11:33 pm

    Pass the Kleenex; this one made me cry. Beautiful post, Danielle. Beautiful quilt, Ashleigh. I often wished I had made or been given a quilt for a baby. I made a tiny one for a stillborn once, and cried.the.entire.time. I mean every stitch was drenched with salty tears . Hugs to you both as you rejoice and weep.

    • May 5, 2010 11:22 am

      Zoanna, I bet that tiny quilt — along with your willingness to weep with her — meant A LOT to the mommy of the stillborn baby you mentioned. I just feel the need to say “thank you” for giving of yourself in that way to that mommy. πŸ™‚

  11. May 4, 2010 11:34 pm

    I meant made one for a baby of my own:).

  12. May 11, 2010 6:23 pm

    That is a gorgeous quilt. Ashleigh is so sweet to make it for you.

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