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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cue Hallelujah Chorus

Did you hear me screaming on Sunday? Did you feel the earth move under your feet as I sighed with relief and contentment? Didja???

After five years I finished THE QUILT! That's right, folks.  It is finished.  It is adorable.  It was worth every stitch and every minute of five years.

I washed it on Monday and had it on Little's bed when she got home from school.  She went upstairs to change clothes (as is her daily ritual. . . that girl can get into her jammies faster than you can say "Bob's your uncle.") and I heard a squeal; a literal squeal.  

There was an "oooooh" and a "WOE" and then she started talking to whomever could hear, "Did you finish my quilt? Did you make my bed? Isn't it beautiful? It is wonderful.  I looove it.  My bed is so pretty." and on and on.  

I sat on the steps for a second and listened and then went up to see her.  She turned to me and said, "Did you finish my quilt?"  I said, "Yes.  Do you like it?"  

She answered, "I love it.  I can sleep with it and it will keep me warm.  And I can play games on it."  Then, for the first time in weeks (maybe ever), she went downstairs and, instead of playing her Leapster in Bubs' room, she grabbed a cartridge and returned to play on her own bed.

If I had finished the quilt when she was 2 (like I planned) she wouldn't have had such a great response.  She wouldn't have really noticed.  This was MUCH better.

When Bubs got home from school I told him that Little wanted him to go up and see her bed.  He went up and I heard her say, "What are you doing in here? Did you come to see my bed? Isn't it wonderful?"  He responded, "Yes.  Now you need a pillow too."  Little's reply, "Yep.  I sure do."

Adorable.

Monday night - last night - our seven year old slept under covers for the first time since she was five months old.  She slept under it ALL NIGHT LONG.  She is under it again tonight.  That is just so fun.

Oh, and you see the pictures over the bed? Well, they were too much over the small bookshelf  and overpowered the dresser, so they are lined up over her bed.  Honey hung them up on Saturday and Little fell asleep looking at them.  Sunday night she asked her daddy, "Daddy, can I fall asleep looking at my pictures again?"  SO AWESOME.

And now, Cris Bryan, wherever you are, I will be mailing you a photo of the dream quilt become reality, your walking foot, and my humblest apologies for having it so long.

18 comments:

amy said...

becky, it's beautiful!!!! so glad she loves it. what a sweet gift from the Lord to reward you for your labor. (nothing worse than a ton of work and no response!)

Jawan said...

Such a sweet story, Becky. I loved reading it.

Megan said...

It's amazing and I love her response! And I love her bed too! Where did you find that gem?

Andy and Brooke Cheely said...

Wonderful picture, work and story. Way to go, Beck!

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

My eyes filled with tears!!!! Perfect, everything is beautiful (and you did AMAZING work on that quilt -- wow)!

And the orange canvas with hot pink daisy... it just goes! I am so happy. What a labor of mother-love you poured into Little's room, she is a blessed little girl.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful response. . .and Becky, we cried when we read that she is sleeping under it. Who knew it would make SUCH a difference. Memom and Pop

Shelley said...

I loved reading this, friend. I can just close my eyes and picture your sweet kids having that conversation. What a good moment. Hold on to it...

Love you.

Debbie said...

Becky, it is beautiful--the room, the quilt, the pictures, EVERYTHING!! What precious words to a mother's heart! I love that you didn't give up on the quilt, even if it did take 5 years--a great example of persistance :) (That topic has come up of late at our house). Way to go!

Julia said...

Christian woman you did a great job on that beautiful quilt. Little's response was so much fun to read this morning. Thanks for again sharing a little view into your world.

annaj said...

Love it! So so cute! I can hear her every word in my head. I know you were absolutely delighted! Job well done!!

Allison said...

that quilt is beautiful...pottery barn kids ain't got nothin on you sister! I'm so impressed!

Anonymous said...

That is a room fit for a princess! Little is one at that! AW

This Place is a Disaster! said...

I am So impressed!!!
I love that she fell asleep looking at the pictures!
I love that you finally finished a FANTASTIC project!
I am inspired, by this and another quilt I saw today . . .I may just muster up the what-to and get some sewing done!!!

Barbara said...

Hurray for you, Becky! The quilt is beautiful and the memories you will have of Little's response are priceless! And Little will treasure her memory of falling asleep under her quilt looking at her pictures. You are the BEST!

Amanda said...

I am so impressed! And it is so cute! Looks like it came from Land of Nod or Pottery Barn!!

Jean said...

Becky, Little's room with the prints and the beautiful quilt is wonderful! Well worth the wait for both of you...

Nick, Annie, Aiden, Sophie, Clip and Martin said...

I LOOOVE it! Wonderful Job! What a beautiful memory of a beautiful quilt that will be kept forever!

Cath said...

So clever Becky. It looks beautiful.