Hilary Clinton's book, It Takes A Village, brought the phrase to the forefront but it's based on the African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child". Regardless of where the term came from, it makes perfect sense to me and is how my close friends and family have always been.
We're each other's "village" regardless of age, taking care of one another through thick and thin, good and bad, and happy or sad times. Plain and simple-- we can count on each other and there's a calmness that comes with the knowledge that we are never alone. For me, that is deeply meaningful.
When my niece, Queen M, announced that she and hubby were having their first child, our "village" was all a-buzz and very excited. Godson, his Mom, and I are the family members living the farthest away but we went straight to work plotting what we could do for our upcoming bundle of joy.
A few months back, I teased you HERE about a project we were working on for the newest member of our "village" and finally, I can show it to you.
Using fabrics I've collected for years, the three of us designed and made an "I Spy" quilt for the Little Miss to play on when she gets a bit older. We picked bright colors and fun fabric patterns to help teach her new words, images, shapes and colors while she's exploring the "village" in the quilt.
Godson came up with the round layout-- a cul-de-sac circling loved ones together, and selected many of the fabrics for the chimneys, windows, doors, trees and sky. I did the initial applique sewing everything together and Godson's Mom did an amazing job on the actual quilting.
The quilt is one small way of welcoming the new baby into our "village" and letting her know we'll always be here supporting her.
We're pretty proud of ourselves and the way it turned out, especially since we had no idea what we were doing and had never made a quilt like this before.
New Mommy Queen M loved it and her mother (my sister) promptly reminded me that more babies are expected in the family and we should start on the next quilt as soon as we returned to Los Angeles.
But even with the excitement of Godson and I being able to deliver our quilt in person and meeting Little Miss for the first time, we had one more gift-- A gift from someone very special in our extended "village".
The wonderful Sassy Pants Freckle Face, a great blog friend, sent a baby hat for Little Miss-- How sweet is that! Sassy knows how excited I am about this newest addition to our family and her generosity and kindness touched my heart more than I can express. When I told my "village" in Ohio about Sassy, they were equally as touched and appreciative of her thoughtfulness.
This sweet bunny hat will keep our baby girl warm and cozy this coming winter and will fit her perfectly by the time the snow flies. It was really an awesome gift and we all look forward to seeing the babe decked out in blog "village" love! Thanks again Sassy-- You're the greatest.
How's your "village"?
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