Check out that sleeve.
To spare you the details and keep a long story short-ish.. I'll just say that this dress was made available to me by a family friend. She had purchased it 10 years ago for her daughters wedding, but due to unforeseen events, the wedding never happened, and the dress was never worn. She has been hoping someone could make use of it, and was willing to let us alter it if we thought we could turn it into something we loved.
But it's not quite what I'm looking for... Any takers?
I do have to say, however, that I am overwhelmed on a daily basis by the generosity and willingness to help of so many of our family and friends. Every time I think I just can't figure it out or we just can't make it work, someone steps in and says "Here, let me help you. I want to help you."
I've never been great at asking for help, or accepting it. I hate to inconvenience anyone, or feel like I'm asking them to do something I wouldn't be able to do for them right now. You know, those favors that are "impossible to return". The ones that scream unconditional love. The ones that feel like they throw off the balance of a reciprocal relationship.
I'm learning that it's all about give and take, and that my turn will come. Right now, it's my turn to accept help. With what I do have, I try to be generous and accommodating.. I just don't have much. Someday, I know I'll be able to return the favor in a roundabout way, and help someone the way everyone is helping us. In a way, we all just have to pay it forward. It's like we're all a part of the same big pot. And sometimes it's our turn to help and sometimes it's our turn to push our pride to the side and allow others to help us.
This is just another example of that. A woman that I barely know was willing to give me a never been worn wedding dress just because she wants someone to make good use of it and she knows my family. Unfortunately, the dress just doesn't work with what I'm going for (and it really doesn't fit me either), but I'm really thankful for her kindness. For the gesture. For her generosity.
So, thank you to EVERYONE. We're so excited to be sharing all of this with all of you.