Husband suggested (read “insisted”) that I should explain the back of the Build-A-Baby Quilt just finished for the son of our Number One Son and his wife.
Number One Son and his sweet wife have been married 10 years. They were young when they married (22 and 19) and looked forward to starting a family. In 10 years they have had three miscarriages and no babies.
Finally, after the last miscarriage, they went through an extensive battery of tests with some top notch fertility doctors and were told that the chance of her being able to get pregnant again at all were very small, and the chances of her carrying that pregnancy were essentially zero.
So, they were faced with some decisions.
They were angry, in denial, mourning–all the natural emotions.
And a plan.
They started saving money. Adoption is expensive.
$25,000 later, they were ready.
A lot of paperwork.
Finally, a call that they had been selected.
Then a call that the baby was coming. Two weeks early.
Because the birth mother is a smoker, that was a worry.
Plus, the hospital was several hours away.
Later that day, the 16th of July, their tiny baby, William Rockwell T., was born: 5 lbs. 12 oz, 17″ long.
What a wait.
Worth the wait.
And that is the story of the quilt.
How is that the story of the quilt?
Well, the quilt is based on a Carpenter’s Star.
For two reasons: 1. The Master Carpenter has been with them all along and made this all possible by giving them hope and peace beyond understanding. 2. Carpenters build things and there are many right ways to build a family.
And the back? Well, the back is turtles, because, while it took him a long time to get here, slow and steady wins the race.
So, there you go! That explains the back.