My friends Desiree and Al just publicly announced Dez’ pregnancy — by showing off pictures of the twin boys, already here! Now if THAT isn’t a surprise, I don’t know what is. :)
See, little Frankie and Charlie have two older brothers. Cole is in college, and baby Gianni is in heaven, looking out for them all. After the heartbreak of losing their beloved baby, Dez and Al wanted to be very careful with spreading the news of her pregnancy. I can’t say I blame them at all, and WOW is it fun to see the joy of all their friends! Love is floating thick in the air, giving all of us goofy grins. Babies are the most amazing of blessings!
Of course those boys were anticipated, the news was quietly shared, but carefully, carefully. I often show my excitement by sewing and made two unmatched quilts for the boys.
One is an I-Spy circle quilt, the other is a spectrum quilt. Both were designed and personalized just for this family. On the I-Spy quilt, I threw in patches that would have special meaning in the boys’ lives. There are a couple patches for the New York Giants, one cropped to look like Gianni’s name. There are patches of African wax prints brought back from trips to St. Monica’s, a place that brought them hope and healing. Kanji characters can spark a conversation about their family in China. Of course there are dogs, because this family is known for their care. A patch of their home state. A bike patch for their Dad. Many colorful patches of random things to look for and learn. Tummy time should be interesting for Charlie and Frankie! (There’s a better full view here if you’re interested.)
The Spectrum quilt has special meaning as well. After the loss of Gianni, a friend said that the sunrise was Gianni playing with his colors. I’ve tried to look at the sky each morning, take notice of the sunrise and say a little prayer for their family. When thinking of quilt patterns for these boys, my first thought was to make a rainbow for their parents — the promise of better days and the lessening of a storm.
The back is an adorable world map that even has a square for Nairobi!
Frankie and Charlie, we are so glad you’re here! Welcome to the world!