A couple days ago I received a text from Noelle. It read as follows: "Hi mom! I've been looking at my wedding pictures over and over this past week and I just can't get over how gorgeous my dress is! It is seriously so beautiful and so perfect! Thank you, thank you for making that for me! I just want to wear it again!" I know I write a lot about sewing on my blog. There is a reason for that. Sewing is a talent that I worked hard to acquire. It is how I express myself and even find spiritual fulfillment as I seek to create something of worth and value for my daughters. With that understanding, you can see why I will always cherish this text.
It has always been my goal to sew for my four daughters', their temple dress to be sealed in and another wedding dress for their reception. The girls and I have talked about this many times while they were growing up and regardless of whatever the situation may be, that has always been the plan. I had no idea how difficult it would be to execute that plan for Noelle.
Due to school and work schedules, Noelle came home only one time for just two days before being married. She had sent me pictures of wedding dresses and few hand-drawn sketches and that was basically all we had to go on. Natalie and I picked Noelle up at the airport on a Thursday evening and we hurried over to Jo Ann Fabric before the store closed in less than an hour. We grabbed the raw silk and a bolt of lace that Noelle liked, guesstimated the amount of fabric we would need and left the store. No pattern, no thoughts to a specific design; just a huge realization that we had two days to create Noelle's dream wedding dress and an elegant but simple temple dress for her sealing.
I will not bore you with the details, but just know there was lots of designing, fitting and sewing going on for those two days. Despite how hard we worked and the long hours, when Noelle left on Sunday morning she did not take her dresses with her. I continued to design and sew, and pray for direction over the next two weeks. It is not foreign for me to be divinely guided in my sewing and this was certainly the case with Noelle's dresses. As my "sewing" prayers are answered, it always confirms my understanding of a loving, kind Heavenly Father, even a Heavenly Dad. I know it is important to him simply because it is so important to me. I guess that is why sewing can be a spiritual experience for me and often is.
Noelle received her dresses about two weeks after she left. I, still being in Overton, was excited but so nervous to hear if she liked them, if they fit her, if they were what she had envisioned. To make a long story less long, both dresses did fit her like a glove; not one alteration was necessary other than the hem. They were both exactly what she had hoped for. When I finally saw them on her for the first time, I felt overwhelmed....not just because of how beautiful she looked, but by how perfect they were for her in every way! I still express gratitude to Heavenly Father for that wonderful experience and miraculous outcome.
I hope that this post is not misconstrued in anyway as being boastful, or worse yet, taking away from the sanctity and holiness of Noelle and Eric's sealing and all the events that celebrated their sealing. I hope it is viewed as another sweet tender mercy given to a mother who simply desired to sew two very important dresses for her daughter. Nothing less. Nothing more.