Hi! I’m Kristi, the Crazy Quilt Mama.
I am a wife, Mama and Mimi. My husband and I have seven kids together, some of whom came to us through foster care and adoption. I knew when I was very young that I was called to adopt my future children. This life’s journey has not been easy, and will likely get harder before it eases up (we’re entering the teen years!). I have spent a significant amount of time in the last couple of years mourning my children’s lost potential and lifelong difficulties; the stress on my marriage; my broken dreams for what I had wanted in life.
Then I realized that life – my life at least – is like a Crazy Quilt. Once upon a time, I had a plan, a pattern in mind. A picture of how I wanted my quilt to turn out when it was finished. But somehow I keep ending up with not enough of the right pieces, some pieces have to be given up for other things, and some end up broken and shaped in a way that doesn’t fit well with my plans. Nothing is going to turn out like I wanted. I have spent a lot of time mourning that.
Have you ever seen a Crazy Quilt? Nothing matches. There is no pattern, no logic, no regularity to the shape, color or placement of the pieces. It’s made of scraps – broken pieces and leftover bits. No one knows how it will look, until it’s finished. You can’t even make much of a plan. You have to figure it out as you go. And when all the scraps, broken pieces and leftover bits are painstakingly collected, rearranged and stitched together to make something whole – that something is amazing and functional and completely unique. It’s nothing like any other quilt.
And it’s beautiful.
I am working on accepting the fact that I am a Crazy Quilt Mama. My life will most definitely not turn out like I planned. It goes against my personality and my own deep-seated control issues to accept that. But I am determined to collect, rearrange and stitch together the bits and pieces that I do have, even if I can’t plan it. To create a life that is amazing and functional and completely unique. Nothing like any other life.
So welcome to my website and blog! I hope you will find lots of great content that lifts you up and helps you along on your own journey in life. And if you’re a fellow Crazy Quilt Mama, I’d sure love to have you join me on Facebook. Crazy Quilt Mamas is a group just for us – focusing on encouragement and friendship and positivity!