One year after a particularly rough set back on our hopes to start a family, I decided to make Jenn something special for Christmas.
I wanted to make something that would symbolize our hopes and last a long time. I decided, despite the fact that my sum total of sewing experience was re-attaching a button, to make a family quilt. I still have a dilapidated quilt that my great grandmother made and it is very special to me.
I began by collecting worn old plaid pajamas and cutting them into squares. I kept them olled in a blanket so that Jenn wouldn't know the secret until Christmas morning. I bought batting and pretty red fabric to go on the back. I saved two pajama squares with pockets to go at the top for holding tissues in case someone's home sick with a cold.
One day after Thanksgiving when Jenn went Christmas shopping with the girls, I assembled the whole thing and sewed for hours until the quilt came together. The quilt was done! I wrapped it and put it under the tree for Christmas morning.
I knew it would be something special, but I was completely unprepared for Jenn’s reaction. She cried tears of joy for what seemed like forever. I didn't know what to say except, “This is for our future family!”