Time weaves stories. Stories with beginnings so boisterous you simply cannot wait for the middle to get here. Time weaves people, too. Intertwined like the threads of friendship bracelets made on the playground at recess. Little fingers twirling colors as safety pins secure the start. This precious and most beautiful soul you see here has been woven into the lives of so many. Woven by a Maker who loves her immensely. I am honored to be counted a thread in the story of my sweet friend, Brooke.
When I think of Brooke, I think of a strength peaceful & gentle. My mind rests upon her smile. She has the ability to listen with a heart fully intent on making yours stronger. She has a kindness that so many people cannot even begin to muster. When she loves you, she loves you forever.
God crafted a woman rock solid in the foundation of Him. Her storybook tells of a faithful soul in search of realness in people and in the hope of Him. Her book covers chapters on love and on diligence. On heartache and hiccups. On giving and getting on, too. And today, her life awaits the penmanship of a new chapter. This chapter is entitled Stella Grace.
My hands took great delight in writing the fabric prologue to Stella Grace's chapter. Brooke chose crisp, bright colors for Stella Grace's nursery. Colors that transcend vibrance and radiate a happy light. I wanted this quilt to honor this sweet little girl's story of life. The pursuit of her place in this world has had many twists and turns. Not all the pieces seemed to fit at times. The pursuit for her place in Brooke's arms never faltered through it all. With that same sweet smile, Brooke rested in Him. She held onto His hand of hope. And, when that happens, pieces find a way of fitting together. Even better, they create something spontaneously beautiful and magnificently profound. In Him, through Him, Brooke and Russ await the birth of their Stella Grace.
Through a friendship forged on some ferociously good times & unforgettable memories together, we have watched this miracle unfold. Stella Grace is loved. She is loved by an entire slew of sisters who have been in prayer and in praise of her makings. She is loved by a Mama devoutly defined by the hope He provides. She has a Daddy jonesin' to protect her from now until infinity. And, she has a Creator who knows just how to weave. Stories and people make beautiful things. He twirls all us together for a reason. We cannot wait to meet you, Stella Grace Hardy.