I remember vividly my siblings, sister in-laws together sorting through my mom's belongs at the request of my dad after she past away.
When we sorted through my mom's clothes, I remember really wanting specific sweaters, sweatshirts and then I came across her handkerchiefs. I took several of her hankies...I wasn't sure why I wanted them at the time.
Now, fast forward ten years later when our daughter, Sara was planning her wedding, we were talking to Lori Kees, the florist we used (check out her blog: http://ooohlalaflorals.blogspot.com/ ) on how we wanted to incorporate my mom's hanky in some way in order to feel like she was not only not forgotten, but that she was with us at the wedding.
|My mother's handkerchief wrapped around Sara's bouquet|
|My Daddy arriving for the wedding in the groom's room|
That sweet, tender moment I had with my dad prior to Sara walking down the aisle with Joe made me think about wanting to have a "special something" to pass down to my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren...you get the idea, some type of heirloom from me!
So I asked my friends if anyone knew someone who would take my wedding gown and make it into a Christening Blanket. Julie Peterson, a friend from church and a phenomenal seamstress said she could do it! So I took my expensively wrapped and well-preserved wedding dress out of its sealed container and found it to be in great condition! I told Julie I trusted her with it--(okay, I have to throw this in here--after pulling my wedding gown out of the gold box, it was wrapped in tissue and blue plastic--I pulled it out...and I just had to try it on--I am happy to report that my dress still fit! Actually it was a little on the loose side...I feel that's worth bragging rights at my age...right?!) Julie said she was nervous about cutting it up and thought she needed to call me one last time before she took her sewing shears to the lace. But she jumped in and made the most beautiful Christening Blanket. You may ask, "Why a blanket, why not a Christening Gown?" I thought about a Christening Gown, but the "gown" didn't go over well with the men in my family...a blanket on the other hand could be used for a boy or a girl.
|Kathie and Joe Gautille - April 27, 1985|
During the baby shower, Sara knew the minute she saw the wedding picture that I really "did it", I really had my wedding gown cut up for a very special gift for her baby and future babies to come...
|Christening Gown and Baby bonnets made by Julie Peterson from my wedding gown|
And I am so happy I did...
|Sara, Landon Lee, and Ryan Corl|