the wedding and the gift

May 28th was an exceptional day for our family: it was the wedding day of our first child.

The day was beautiful, the ceremony meaningful, and we parents are very contented with the choices these two made in each other!

Their printed wedding program called the ceremony “a celebration of Christ, love, & community.”  It indeed turned out to be all of those things.  There was also a great reception with lots and lots of homemade cake :).

Now of course this was occasion for a gift, what with this daughter getting married and all.  And of course the idea occurred to me that I could make a keepsake blanket for this new couple that I love.  So I did, and here it is.  I named it “Home” because, at its essence, marriage gives each partner a new home — the one they find in each other.

There’s a lot of time to think while I sew, and my mind works on the meaning of each blanket as I’m involved in it.  In addition to conveying the feeling of home, this particular blanket has a couple other layers of meaning too.

First, since life together brings so many unexpected — and sometimes difficult — things, it’s good to remember how God takes care of even birds.  “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6.26).

And second, in China (and this daughter happened to be conceived in China), a pair of lovebirds given as a wedding gift is a wish for a wonderful and happy marriage.

So to my daughter and new son-in-law:  “Much happiness!”   Love, Mom.

“Home” (Size: I forgot to measure!)

This blanket has already gone to a very good home :)

13 thoughts on “the wedding and the gift

  1. And we do love it! It’s kept us warm through several movies, and I expect we’ll use it even more as the weather turns cold.

  2. What a beautiful wedding and what a beautiful and great gift for the newly weds.You are all a beautiful family and we are proud to be a part of it. aunt Dolores and Uncle Wayne

  3. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift. The birds and nest are so perfect amongst the cattails. Some day your grand children will snuggle under this blanket and never question that it’s always been there.

  4. I love your blanket and gifted-ness! It seems to me the nest is very homey and I saw two eggs, could you also be pondering grandchildren? They are a blessing, a joy and a gift from God. May God bless Grace and her new husband.

  5. Joanie, What a thoughtful , beautiful, and wonderful gift to give your daughter and son -in-law on one of their their most precious days of their lives.Bonnie

    • Oh, “MAW,” thank you for that encouragement. It’s just a delight to me to make these things :). But even more delightful to be part of such a great wedding celebration!

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