They asked Uncle Frank to officiate and Aunt Sheri will be part of the cake serving team. (Hopefully, I'm helping start the process and the actual servers will take over. Otherwise, my inexperience with official cake slicing might leave us without enough cake to go around. That would never do!)
This morning, between phone calls and emails, I've been trying on dresses to see what I have that might work. The wedding is early evening so the attire will be on the dressier side; a little bling will definitely be in order.
As usual, I've taken photos of each outfit to send for evaluation by my daughters. A couple were definite "NO's" but I took the pictures anyway because the look made me chuckle. (One made me laugh out loud. No sense groaning, right?!)
Based on how I'm feeling today, my preference would be to add some rhinestones to my favorite lounging pants and pair them with a billowy top. But that's not happening.
I must admit I enjoyed pulling the dresses and skirts from the back of my guest closet. Each one brought with it a sweet memory. The burgundy, portrait collar top with a velvet belt is what I wore for Joy and John's wedding.
As I put it back on the hanger, I was lamenting aloud to myself that I should have gone with the larger size when I bought it because it would still fit well. Upon checking the tag, I started laughing out loud because it appears I DID buy the larger size ten years ago as a point of comfort. Oh well!
There's the dress the Hollis family bought for me when I was ordained into ministry. A lovely navy blue number with just the right amount of dark sequins off-setting the front of the jacket. Elegant and still understated. I've cared for this dress and worn it for multiple events over the last eighteen years.
Disclaimer: It's also a great "camouflage" style dress that has allowed for the ebbs and ummm, "flows" of my figure.
The dresses I wore for Meagan's and Kristin's weddings would not be warm enough. And the thoughts of pairing them with my little purple hooded rain jacket for the evening didn't seem quite appropriate.
I'll probably just stick with the navy lace dress I've been wearing most lately. It's structured but not at all form-fitting which fits my current situation quite well. If you know what I mean.
So I've come away from my walk down the memory lane of clothing with a couple of thoughts:
- Every decision has a consequence. Every time I've disciplined myself with exercise and healthy eating, those same zippers have moved more easily. Excusing myself has had the opposite and equal consequence.
- I miss my mama. I miss her today just as much as I did when she died ten years ago. Putting on the ordination dress took me right back to her hugging me and telling me how proud she was. Thankfully, I know I'll see her again some day and we'll never say another good-bye.
- Taking care of what you DO have is important. It's really not necessary for me to run out and spend money we don't have budgeted for a new dress when I already have just what I need tucked away in my own closet. Traditional pieces you love and care for never go out of style. (That truth goes for relationships as well!)
- The REAL focus is important to remember. This is a marvelous family celebration that will center on the joy of Ashley and her beloved, Cody. Keeping that thought the focus, helps me choose from what I have and maintain a happy heart. Hopefully, I'll have time to stand up tall and hold my breath for whatever picture they snap with the cake serving team.
I'll be sure to let you know what the girls decide to dress me in and how lovely the wedding was in a future post.
What about you? Will you be attending a fall wedding? Do you have favorite articles of clothing that stir memories? We'd love to hear about them in the comment section below.....