By Hand and By Heart, Gifts Unexpected

I’ve been putting off this post. Putting it off because I wasn’t exactly sure where to begin. Words, they just aren’t enough.

I was hoping to tell this story with photographs, but I’m not sure those are enough, either.

This? This is big Heart Stuff. My-Heart-Is-Brimming-and-I-Don’t-Know-How-to-Describe-It stuff.

Elizabeth sewed this quilt for my Posy. I do believe it’s the very first quilt Elizabeth has ever made. And she made it for my Posy-Pie.

It’s Posy’s first quilt, too, and it’s fitting, this. That her very first quilt would be stitched painstakingly by the same loving soul who prayed her into the world.

It was Elizabeth who, not so long ago, listened on the other end of the phone line and heard my heart ache and sob. It was she who comforted, who prayed, who told me to get down on my knees and give thanks, abiding.

I still think you’ll have more babies,” she told me. She was so confident.

I sat there, cradling the phone and my heart all at once, thinking that she was a dear, this friend of mine who could be so hopeful and trusting and…well, wrong.

There will be no more babies. And I heaved up that cross to trundle on.


She was right.

And so with the same loving care that she prayed this little miracle right into my life, she stitched her heart into these bits of fabric. They are held together with a love that threads its way through quilts and hearts with bewildering faith and unflagging friendship.

And we? We are grateful.

Grateful for her and for for this love-stitched quilt that reminds us of the gifts God grants when we least expect them.

It was made by hand, yes. But even more so, it was made by heart.

Thank you, sweet Elizabeth. I love you.


  1. Awww you almost made me cry! And I love that first picture :)

  2. So very beautiful. How nice for a friend to have helped you through heartache and give you this wonderful gift.

    It seems to fit your daughter very well.

  3. It’s absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful gift and wonderful friend. I received a FB message from Elizabeth early in my miserable and worrisome first trimester. Even though I had yet to tell anyone about our much longed for third pregnancy, she said she was praying for me and she didn’t even know why. It was one of the most precious moments to me. I’m going to print out the message and put it in the baby book.

  4. I’m so happy for you that you have such a beautiful friend! The quilt is lovely, and oh. my. gosh. that baby! She’s gorgeous, and huge already! God is oh so good!

  5. Gorgeous quilt, gorgeous baby, gorgeous words.

    Fantastic :)

  6. Beautiful quilt. Beautiful post. I needed to read something like this tonight–thank you.

  7. It turned out so lovely! What a special keepsake for Posy and a special memory for you too. And I was thinking we needed some more baby photos around here too! Thanks!

  8. This is so beautifully heart-touching, thank you for sharing your blessings so we can be blessed too. You remind me about hope.

  9. Janine says:

    Beautiful post.

  10. Lori B says:

    Beautiful, all of it.

  11. How lovely! That is absolutely gorgeous and what a sweet and thoughtful friend you have. Posy is getting so big too. The colors Elizabeth picked are perfect too. You are truly blessed, Sarah :-)

  12. This is such a precious post. And the quilt is perfectly lovely! What a sweet friend you have.

  13. Lindsay says:

    Crying here! :) Such lovely photos!! Friendships of the heart are a treasure! Blessings to you!

  14. You made me cry first thing in the morning! That quilt is stunning and of course the baby is fabulous! Keep those pictures coming. I’ve pretty much given up on any babies around here too, although I’ll never truly give up until I hit 45 I guess. LOL

  15. Stop it, I’m bawling here. :) You two are SO blessed to have each other. The quilt is just gravy. And groovy. It’s beautiful.

  16. oh my!! The quilt is just gorgeous! Elizabeth did a FABULOUS job! And the love you two share? I admit, I’m a tad jealous.
    Congratulations on your PosiePie, your quilt full of lovely memories and your beautiful friendship.

  17. Dear Sarah~
    a) thank you for the hope
    b) thank you for the inspiration
    c) thank you for the color infusion on a cloudy string of days!

    Wrap that baby up in that gorgeous heirloom and cuddle her for all she’s worth!

  18. Oh Sarah, amazing photos, amazing story

  19. I think I need to open up applications for an Elizabeth in my life. Quilt-making abilities a definite plus. Seriously, so beautiful. You are so blessed.

  20. That is absolutely gorgeous! What a special gift!

  21. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gifts!
    … for Posy.
    … for Elizabeth.
    … for deep and true and generous friendship.

  22. Oh how very lovely! Baby and quilt : ) If you have ever attempted a quilt you know what a big deal that is!

  23. Beautiful baby, quilt, and friendship!!

  24. Absolutely beautiful! God Bless you all!

  25. Aww…reading this gave me the biggest smile. Your are so blessed.

  26. It’s gorgeous!!! Keep making those quilts, Elizabeth!

  27. The colorful quilt complements very well the bay’s clothes. Children’s poses that are undescribable and then the smile-precious moments.


  28. Oh, the delight of true friends! They lead you to Hope, they encourage you to pray, they rejoice in God’s great gifts with you. You are both so very blessed. Fabulous quilt! Gorgeous baby! Beautiful hearts!

  29. Thank you so much for sharing the quilt and your friendship with all of us. Although, it is tough to try to explain to some littles here why I am crying over the computer.

    blessings to you and Posy

  30. I have a friend like Elizabeth who stood by me in my darkest days and prayed for me. I know the feeling of longing for something that seems impossible and then holding that impossible gift in my arms. It’s surreal. That impossible gift is 3 years old now and I still marvel at God’s goodness. Beautiful pictures…hard to choose a favorite. I can’t believe that’s Elizabeth’s first quilt. It’s lovely!

  31. This is such a lovely post, Sarah–beautifully expressed, heartfelt, real.

    (The “big heart” stuff is the hardest to write, I know.)

    (You did it though!)

    (You nailed it.)

  32. Oh, and those photos cry out “Wall Collage.”

  33. That’s awesome, Sarah. What a beautiful story, and I am not surprised Elizabeth is involved because when I think of her I think of wholehearted generosity and grace.

  34. Love this post… it made me tear up. I don’t know your story as to why you where doubtful you’d have more babies (as I’ve just started reading your blog), but I can relate to that emotion. I am glad you had such a supportive friend to pray you through. What a blessing your new baby is!

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