Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ruby Tuesday

This is not about the Rolling Stones song from the '60s, or a restaurant review. Nope. This is about someone much more important.

This is a picture of our second son, Jason, and my husband, Mark. Mark always tells people you can tell they are related because their ears look just alike.
Several years ago, both Jason's stepfather and mother passed away. He has lots of extended family, but needed some parents. We have been happy to fill that role for him.

This is Jason and his wife, Jill. We have known Jill for a long time, as nearly every one of her cousins has spent Monday nights eating at our house and watching Monday Night Football. When they got married, we were thrilled to be honorary parents for Jason. He even ushered us down the aisle.

Over the course of the last few years, Jason and Jill have become "like family" friends with our son, Aaron, and daughter-in-law, Christa,  another aunt and uncle to our grandchildren. These two pictures are about  1 1/2 years old but still a couple of my very favorites.

A week ago Friday, Jason and Jill welcomed a new member to the family. Meet Ruby.
Jason holding his new daughter
Aaron holding his new niece
 This is already one of my new favorite pictures.

She is just beautiful.

And let's just say that this time I was happy for my procrastinator tendencies. Jason and Jill didn't know whether they were having a boy or a girl, so the nursery was decorated in aqua, grey and red. I was trying to decide what fabrics to use for a gender-neutral quilt. Nothing too flowery since the baby could easily be a boy. Several ideas ran through my head. I had already started a stack of fabric possibilities. But when beautiful Ruby was born, the answer was quite obvious: "Ruby" by Bonnie and Camille. I already had some in my stash, it is the perfect colors and the best part is the perfect name.
Now I know exactly what I'm going to do, and you can be sure that I will incorporate as many of these selvages as possible! 
Welcome, sweet Ruby. We love you so much already.


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Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said... #

AWww! Congrats grandma! :) She's beautiful and that quilt will be also.

Anne at Film and Thread said... #

What a little beauty and how fun that all your grandchildren are close enough in age that they will grow up getting to play with each other. Can't wait to see the quilt you sew up for her.

MB in MI said... #

Loved your post--congratulations to all!

M-R Charbonneau said... #

Congratulations on the new addition to your family, Cindy! She's adorable!

Amy Friend said... #

Oh, Ruby is such a sweet name...and how exciting to have a fabric line made in the colors of her nursery with her name on the selvage :) I'm sure Bonnie and Camille planned it that way! :)

Deanna said... #

What a sweet story! It truly is love that makes a family.

Barbara said... #

ruby and her dad both asleep too darned precious !! -what a great way to begin the day with this photo journal of your family - thanks a LOT

stitchinpenny said... #

A wonderful story I can't wait to see the finished "Ruby" quilt.

Mama Pea said... #

What an adorable baby! And that fabric will be JUST PERFECT! I know you'll do something fantastic! Can't wait to see. Congrats!

Barb said... #

What a lovely family and story!!!

Michele said... #

Very sweet. Thanks for sharing the story. I can't wait to see the finished quilt for the adorable baby girl. And as the mom of 2 children that I did not give birth too, I know and fully believe in every inch of my being that blood ties do not make someone a member of your family.

verykerryberry said... #

Lovely to meet them x

randi--i have to say said... #

this is such a sweet post and a lovely lovely baby! the quilt will be perfect for snuggling her in!

Cindy Sharp said... #

Perfect! Love your family.

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

Congratulations to you and your family Cindy! She is adorable and what gorgeous hair! :)

Andrea said... #

Congratulations Cindy and Mark! She is just beautiful..what a gorgeous family. I love how family never has to mean blood relations - it's just who clicks and grows with you :-)

Sunnybec said... #

Congratulations to the new parents and grand parents. Ruby is a little sweetie. We are celebrating our Ruby wedding this year so I am hoping to make a quilt in Ruby too!!

Needled Mom said... #

She is beautiful and what a perfect quilt idea for her. Congratulations to all.

Katy Cameron said... #

Yep, can definitely see the resemblence with your husband :oD Welcome to your new granddaughter, and yep, that fabric line was just meant to be used!

LJ said... #

Yours came a week ago Fri, & mine came Friday! Congrats Grama!! Love her name =))

k said... #

That baby is insanely beautiful. And I adore that name. Ruby. How precious.

Congratulations to Jason and Jill.

Jennifer said... #

Such a sweet story! I love the name Ruby too... if I had another daughter that name would be at the top of my list.

Can't wait to see what you make with that gorgeous fabric!

Jennifer :)

Terri said... #

ack, look at that face! Adorable!

Doris said... #

She is GORGEOUS!!!! As will her quilt be, and how fitting!

Deb said... #

Oh she is just gorgeous! What a little beauty. Congrats - I can't wait to see the quilt!

Sharon said... #

As Jason's in-laws we are so happy that he was "adopted" into your family! Ruby is so fortunate to have you and your family in her life.

CitricSugar said... #

Oh, how wonderful!

And most of the time, the universe just works out that way, throwing the perfect things and people in your life and just the right moment.

AnnieK said... #

Oh she is a beautiful baby!! Congratulations to all the family, close, extended, and honorary!

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

Congratulations! Such a lovely post and a gorgeous baby girl! Please pass on my congratulations to the rest of the family, they must be thrilled! Can't wait to see Ruby's Ruby quilt!

Grandma G said... #

What an adorable baby! I guess all that dark hair runs in the "family", huh? :)

Samantha said... #

What a gorgeous little girl. I'm very partial to the name Ruby as my mom in law's name was Ruby and my youngest sis in law named their little girl Ruby.

You are very lucky to have such a lovely family!

Love that fabric too. Might have to try and find me some so I can make my little neice Ruby yet another quilt. LOL!!

Mary said... #

Congrats! I always love a happy ending!

Lee said... #

What a sweet post! Welcome, Ruby! I'm sure the quilt will be gorgeous. : )

Poppyprint said... #

I'm all teary! I can feel your love for this family through your writing. Congratulations on yet another precious baby joining your family!

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Oh that is such a brilliant coincidence on the fabric - destiny!
What a cute family!

Brandie said... #

Congrats! She's adorable

BJ said... #

What a beautiful, precious baby! I am just itchin to be a grandma...but there have been no announcements yet. Congrats!

FlourishingPalms said... #

Such a beautiful story! You and Mark are special people to have taken on the role of parents to Jason. Just see how God has smiled on all of you! What a blessing you are to Jason, Jill and Ruby, and visa versa. Ruby can't yet know how good she has it, but she most certainly does! Bless you all!

Amanda Jean said... #

oh, that is just so so perfect!! congrats on your new little granddaughter. she's beautiful!

I just LOVE that fabric! can't wait to see what you make.

and incidently, I was toying with the idea of making a gender neutral quilt a few weeks ago for a baby shower, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

felicity said... #

Oh my what a beautiful precious girl Ruby is. And your procrastination was obviously divinely inspired so that you could use Ruby for Ruby. :)

Carla said... #

What a pretty baby! Thanks for sharing about your family...love the Ruby line and can't wait to see what you are cookin' with it!!

Little Spouse in the Old House said... #

Glad to know the new little one is here! Blessings to everyone! Janice

Anonymous said... #

I heard some sad news today, this post was the perfect antidote. It made me teary but in a very good way. Congratulations to everyone on the new arrival.