Saturday, July 19, 2008

Alyzabeth's Family Connections

Much has been. Much will be. Written. About our sons and daughters as they begin exploring their family connection. Their Chinese connection...

Like many of you, we've read books. We will read more books :) describing what best to do and say. And not do. And not say. We'll talk with our IA friends and exchange the all important BTDT experiences. Ultimately. We will do our best to explain to our children that little, if anything is known of their Chinese family. And most likely never will be. But. They do have family connections. Chinese family connections...

When PIPO sent us the beautiful quilt for Alyzabeth it got me to thinking. Again, like many of you Aly swapped and received "squishes". You know, squishes, the fabric squares and good wishes that make up your OHGWQ and our 100 Good Wishes Quilt that Nana Joy lovingly stitched for Alyzabeth. I couldn't help but think how important it will be for Aly and I to share the hidden beauty behind each of those square. The beauty behind each hand that cut the fabric, crafted the card and penned the wish. In time it will be important for Alyzabeth to know how PIPO's quilt and her 100 Good Wishes Quilt represent more than warmth on a cool night. More than an object of mosaic beauty. More than a story mom and dad have repeatedly told for as long as she can remember.

We will find our way to sharing just how special this is for her. How powerful this will be in her life. We hold the brushes that will paint her canvas of family connections, allowing her to see her family of patch worked hearts . These are not names without faces but real families that will open doors for her. Doors to their homes. Doors to their hearts. Doors to her future. And why? Because she is family. Each representing her universal Chinese connection. A unique community forever linked to each other's sons and daughters. Moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins galore. It's family. A red thread connection so unique. So special. So embracing...

Fact: Alyzabeth may never know her biological Chinese connection. She may or may not wish to know. We stand ready to support her in whatever her decision may ultimately be. What we do know and what we will share, is her family connection displayed in colorful cloth. Chosen, cut, mailed and ultimately sewn just for her. With wishes only for her. Connections bonding to her not by blood but by hearts of gold. And as she moves through her life journey she is sure to pleasantly find doors opened with a single knock. Dinners prepared and beds turned down by hands that long ago printed her name and sealed it with a wish, welcoming her into their family. And they into hers. This is all yours Lizzy... Yours. Ours. And Theirs. Forever...

You have family connections Alyzabeth. And we can't wait to share with you its beauty...
peace
fm

12 comments:

a Tonggu Momma said...

So true... The biggest blessing we received were the family relationships we formed with our travel group and a few local families with whom we especially connected.

Vivian M said...

You had to make me cry, sheesh!

OH MY #6 said...

Beyond, awesome this post!

Lea
xo

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Beautiful post...
But oh sooo true..
Love it..
I wish I had known you both when you were swapping.. if you still have any pieces.. I would love for you to be a part of Isabella's quilt..
Have a Wonderful weekend..

T&W said...

Now that post brought on the tears!! I so wish I had done something like that. I caught on to this blogging and "group" thing a little late. Just the story of that quilt. It's so full of caring, loving people.
I am glad I finally did catch on. I started blogging so that my family would quit asking me all those questions every month.Ya know, everything happens for a reason. Now I have truely met some amazing people and have really enjoyed getting to know our Lid group. I can't wait to meet you guys in CHINA!!!! (very soon!!)

Nan & Dan said...

beautiful!
Love watching the countdown!
Can't wait to see the end, which will be the real beginning :)

Linda said...

Beautiful Words for your Daughter.. A Family that came before she did , but she was in everyone's heart.. A beautiful quilt to warm her body and her soul. Can not wait to see your dreams come true... Linda

Mike and Rhonda said...

A beautiful post. A perfect post.

m said...

yep, made me cry too. She's a lucky girl.
Marsha

Traci said...

Very nice.....very nice indeed.

Laurie said...

That was beautiful...made me cry!

PIPO said...

I look forward to seeing your little one wrapped in her quilts. Indeed, the community welcoming Alyzabeth An is large indeed.

Beautiful post.