Recommended Enrichment Reading: Everyday Blessings, The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, keeps you focused in the moment and gives you powerful tools to aid your parenting style to enrich and honor this most valuable relationship between parent and child. Every new parent should read this book!



Recommended Quilting Project: Hankie Blankie Pets. This cuddly little creation measures 36" x 46". Destined to be the favorite of every little toddler who is lucky enough to receive it!


Celebration: A Birthing Bracelet

By Fiona Cossman

I recently had the opportunity to throw a baby shower for my sister in-law, Corina. Being my first attempt at throwing a shower, I was a little uncertain of how the afternoon would take shape. People shared some ideas of games we could play…clothespins hanging from our shirts only to be taken away upon the utterance of any words related to "baby", guessing the girth of the mother-to-be, etc. The games were definitely going to be part of the festivities, but I wanted to include some type of ritual that would give all the women in Corina's life an opportunity to share their advice and well wishes.

I decided to make a birthing bracelet that Corina could wear while in labor and would be a reminder to her of all the women who will be there to support her "in spirit". Each woman brought a special bead to add to the bracelet. We sat in a circle on the floor and shared our wishes for Corina as we added our bead to the bracelet. Making the birthing bracelet turned what was going to be a very typical shower into something rich and memorable for all. Making the bracelet brought a group of women who did not know each other together for a common purpose…to provide our love and support for the mother-to-be.

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