Currently all proceeds from Crazy Daisies™ products are being put towards the adoption costs of the MacNeil family. The MacNeils are adopting a girl from China and would appreciate your support in helping to bring a child from an orphanage into a loving household. For more information about adopting from China please click here.

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The following article was featured in the newspaper The Bolton Common about Crazy Daisies™.

Quilting together a family

By Lynda King of The Bolton Common
Friday, December 24, 2004

Former Bolton MA., resident Jessica (Burgwinkle) MacNeil and her husband, Greg, are looking forward to the arrival of their first child, a little girl, in eight to 12 months. This summer they made the decision to adopt a child from China, and are now working to fund the adoption, in part through the sale of quilted tote bags, which Jessica makes at their home in Fremont, N.H.

The MacNeils first learned about Chinese adoptions from some close friends who had already gone through the process, and now have a baby girl of their own. The couple shared their story with Jessica and Greg, showing them the video of their trip to China and talking to them at length about why they had chosen a child from that country and what the adoption process was like.

“We were hooked,” Jessica said. “We decided then that this was something we wanted to do. There are so many children out there that need families. . . we are open to loving a child no matter where they’re from.”

Jessica and her husband spent time this fall researching Chinese adoptions, and have gotten a real education. In Kay Ann Johnson’s book, “Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son,” they learned about the societal and governmental pressures that have led to a situation in China where there are hundreds of children, mostly girls, in need of families.

“China has had a one-child-per-family policy since the ‘70s,” Jessica said. This “means that parents in China can have one child without financial penalty. In China, boys take care of their parents in old age, and only boys can inherit the family business or farm. As a result, most families feel it imperative to have a boy. In some provinces, if the first born is a girl, the couple is allowed to have a second child in an effort to have a boy, with no financial penalty. As couples try to get the family configuration they need, many unwanted baby girls are born.” She added that it is against the law in China for parents to give up their children for adoption, so they are abandoned. If they are lucky, they are left at an orphanage.

Jessica was born and raised in Bolton, MA. and learned to sew and quilt from her mom, Kathy Burgwinkle. She developed a love for it, particularly the quilting. She designed a quilted tote bag that sold so well to family and friends, that she quit her job this summer to make the totes her full-time business. She hopes that her new business will be able to help pay for some of the adoption costs. This fall she sold her totes at craft fairs. Now she’s selling them in a craft consignment shop, and has started advertising locally.


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