Monday, October 18, 2010

WE GOT LID!!!! and 100 Good Wishes Quilt

We got our LID while we were away on our couples retreat.  The LID (Log in Date) is September 30.  The LID is the date that the CCAA logs your dossier into their system.  The next step is the LOA or letter of acceptance.  Those are running about 4-8 weeks.  Some have been coming really fast lately.  Ours last year came at 49 days which was really fast then.  We are praying that ours will come fast.  When that happens another set of paper work for immigration has to be sent, and then we will wait on that.

Also, we need to get started on Jilliana's 100 Good Wishes Quilt.  If you would like to contribute, e-mail me and I will send you our address.  My e-mail is on this blog page to the right I think.  We have tapped out everyone on this so any of you that would love to help we would truly appreciate it.  It has meant so much to our girls.  Here is the letter

 Dear Family and Friends,

Our family is growing again.  We are adopting Qin JiHong we will be calling her Jilliana Elise Jihong Poma.  Jilliana will be three in November.  We would appreciate it if you would contribute again but understand if you are not able to. 

To welcome and celebrate a new life, there is a tradition in the northern part of China to make a "Bai Jai Bei", or 100 Good Wishes Quilt. In China these quilts were originally made from garments of family and friends, which would surround the child with luck and good wishes. The custom is to invite 100 people to contribute a single square patch of cloth and a cloth scrap of the same fabric. The 100 patches are then sewn together into a quilt that contains the luck, energy, prayers, and good wishes from all the family and friends that contribute a piece of fabric. Part of the cloth goes into the quilt, and the other part will go into a creative memory book with the wish made for Jilliana. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation. I invite you to join in our "Bai Jia Bei" project by contributing one 7" square of fabric (100% cotton) and a wish, prayer, or Bible Verse for our precious daughter. In working to keep her culture and background very alive in her life and in her home, we felt that she would enjoy this special keepsake when she is older and can see how many people joined in the prayers to bring her home. We have a shorter time frame to work with here, so the sooner you can get the cloth to me the better.  I would like to have the fabric by November 15th if possible.  I know these are busy times.

1. Choose any 100% cotton fabric that is meaningful to you, represents your wish for Jilliana, or has ladybugs on it since they are a symbol of good luck in China.
2. Wash and Iron the fabric. This is a very important step.
3. Cut one piece into a 7-inch square.  This one will be used in the quilt.  Cut another piece smaller, about 2-inch square. This is the piece you will attach to the notecard.
4. On a 4x6 index card or notecard write out your wish, prayer, poem, Bible verse, etc. along with your name and address. Glue the fabric to the card. You might also write why you chose the particular fabric. Use only one side of the card since they will be put in a memory book.

Ideas for good wishes might be: What you wish for Lily i.e., good health, compassion, sense of humor etc. If there are several members in your family please feel free to send a favorite fabric from each one.

The cards will be placed in a memory book for her to read when she is older. Emma, Meilynn and Lily already enjoy looking at their books. Jilliana will be able to look at the book and then find the square that you sent on her quilt.

Thank you for participating and contributing to our quilt project. I know in the years to come she will treasure each and every one of you for being a part of her journey home!

Love Vicki 



Kristi said...

Praying for that super fast LOA! You guys must be over the moon excited!

Anonymous said...

Jilliana you will love your quilt mommy is going to get made for you. G-ma is so excited to go shopping for that special little square for your quilt. Hurry home baby girl our arms are open.

K said...

I would love to contribute a wish and a square. Do you have a PO Box address that you are comfortable giving to a fellow waiting mom even though you don't know me personally?