Before this day five years ago, I defined my life as "before" and "after". Before I lost my firstborn son to adoption and after.
At 4:50 pm on January 16, 2009 my life again changed ~ never to be the same again. Now I have another "after" ~ after reunion!
I learned that Christopher was indeed alive! And healthy and happy. And that he grew up with wonderful parents.
What a whirlwind my life became in the days, weeks, months, indeed years became after reading those wonderful first emails!
As in the previous years since then, this year did hold some big moments. I finally got to meet my handsome and charming 6 year old grandson and sweet little almost 4 year old granddaughter in July. In September Christopher & family got to meet some of my closest friends when we all traveled east to attend his art gallery opening. There I also got to see and visit with Christopher's mom again ~ as well as finally meeting his dad, sister & her hubby, and his mother-in-law.
Life is good...
I don't know if I have ever mentioned that I am a quilter. I have had some hand-dyed fabrics for several months but I didn't know what I was going to do with them. The fabrics were a set of browns called "Earth" and a set of fire colors called "Fire". They were too beautiful to cut into just willy nilly so they have been sitting on my cutting table for me to look at whenever I was in my sewing room. One day a couple of weeks ago I was looking at some photos of my son and his artwork when suddenly I knew what those fabrics were supposed to be! The process of creating this piece became a meditation for me. As I sewed (and ripped out many seams!) I thought about our (Christopher & I) relationship compared to earth & fire, to firing ceramics in a wood-fired kiln. The quilt turned out beautifully ~ I named it "Of The Earth ~ Into The Fire". Where every quilt I'm working on/finishing at the moment seems to be my favorite one, I think this one might stay at the top of the list for a while!
|"Of The Earth ~ Into The Fire" and the inspiration behind it|