As a single mom it often felt like it was Chaney and me versus the world. Of course that's not entirely true but single motherhood is no joke and there are times it does feel pretty overwhelming. But the best parts of my days in those early months were the times I nursed Chaney to sleep and then held her while she slept. I'm not much of a singer but I would rock her and whisper "I've got you and we're gonna make it".
I know nothing about Judy's deepest thoughts and feelings about being a single mom but as I was stitching the blocks together and then quilting the quilt I couldn't stop thinking about the relationship between a single mom and her child. It's different and it's a special bond. In it's simplest form, it's You + Me. And then you mix in the faith that Judy and I share and You + Me takes on a even deeper meaning. But how ever you figure it, Judy and Brooks are going to be OK because of Judy's strength, her faith, her love, and her trust in God.
As I have shared in the past, Chaney and I are OK because of the very same reasons. Were there scary and anxious moments? Definitely. If I had been a quilter back then I would have made a You + Me quilt that I would have wrapped around us until those moments passed. I know this quilt won't cure every fearful moment that Judy might have but I do have a small hope that it will make things even just a little bit better.
And one additional note, the friend that Judy blogs with is also a widow. She also happens to be my neighbor. I can hardly call that a coincidence. I'm working on a quilt for her and her girls as well but in the meantime when you have a moment, say a prayer for both of these incredibly strong moms and their children...
PS: Yes, this is the quilt that I quilted my sleeve to... ;)