Frank and I just finished eating leftovers while sitting on our back porch and watching the sun set. What's so newsworthy about that, you may ask? Well, I served our bit of dinner on my beautiful Winter Greetings china by Lenox.
"China on the back porch?! Who does that?"
Here's the 'why' behind our dinner upgrade.
Last Sunday we were privileged to dedicate Olivia Rae McGhee back to the Lord in our morning church service. There were two other precious babies, many parents, grandparents and a loving congregation that were also part of the moving ceremony. It was simply precious.
But our children have told us that Olivia is most likely our final grandchild. We appreciate their warning and have taken it seriously. After all, how many Nonis have TEN perfect grandchildren? Frank and I are acutely aware of just how blessed we are.
So ever since the announcement that Kristin and Cody were pregnant, we have been savoring every moment. Actually, our entire family has been marking the gift.
Olivia wore the dedication dress I made eleven years ago. Almost forty years ago, my mom made a lovely dedication dress from white eyelet that each of our girls wore and I wanted to carry on the special tradition.
I'm not much of a seamstress so I recruited the help of an expert in our church. Her name is Pat and she helped me create an exquisite gown. We intentionally wove ribbons that could be replaced with different colors to suit the taste of each mom. (Joy chose pale pink for her girls and Kristin asked for a dusty lavender.)
Abby wore it first. Five years later it was Ava's turn. When Madi was to be dedicated, we couldn't locate the dress, so she wore the original which her own mom had worn. Can you tell we love tradition around here?