I just came back to China after a wonderful month in the states. It was so nice to be home, and it can be hard to readjust to life here after all the comforts of home. The heat (and lack of AC), the food, the dust... it can all be a bit much, especially now that I'm pregnant and seem to be overly-sensitive to everything.
But when I came back, I went to visit our seamstress. When I walked in the door, she excitedly ran to her back room and came out with a gift.
"Your baby is going to be born in December," she said. "It's so cold here during that time!"
I nodded, and then she unfolded this beautiful gift... a handmade quilt made from scraps of many of our Scarlet Threads products.
Something about the moment made me realized that despite the difficulties of living in our little village, I'm so very thankful for the opportunity. It, too, is a beautiful gift. The quilt is beautiful and eclectic and made with a lot of love, and every time I use it, I'll be reminded of her and our little journey together this last year... the birth of Scarlet Threads.
And just to clarify, that's not my baby. It's still a baozi in the steamer. :) This little beauty is one of the babes at New Day, the foster home where I work for my "day job."