Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dedication


Yesterday was Claire's big day! She was dedicated. I made this little dress on Friday afternoon (ahem...one day early!). It is not a traditional dedication dress like I have done for my other girls, I just wasn't in the dedication dress kinda mood. I was more in the mood for frilly little french girl, in a soft white (almost wilted) dress, with a dainty pinafore, running through tall grass. I even broke all of the heirloom rules when it was done. I washed it and put it in the dryer for a few minutes to soften it up more. All heirloomers know that your dress NEVER looks as good after it has been hand washed the first time, but I needed that softness...


And I cheated. I used fabric that was already pintucked, and used a beauty pin for the dress (which I think looks better anyhow)....

...and then I used the already sewn together, already gathered lace (everything below the pintucks), that I cut from an old dress. I think that lace made it kinda special too. Once upon a time it was my baby sis's Easter dress (when she was like 15) and when she grew out of it she gave it to me to use for fabric. I love things like that!


Another thing that is special to me was dressing this sweet babe, in masses of buttery soft, white batiste in the church "nursing room", and thinking......about how when they planned to have a nursing mother's room I thought that it would be a place that I would never be.....and how scared I was the moment I found out she was coming because I was doing okay and I didn't want to be hurt again....and how I felt when the doctor told me we made it to 12 weeks and he thought she would live....and how I fought to keep her safe when labor started months too early...


...and what a sweet relief it was when I held this sweet angel for the first time, a blessing. A blessing from One who knew all along what my path would be, and knew just when I needed a miracle. In our hearts we gave this babe to Him the first moment we knew she was there, but It was so special to publicly give our precious little Claire Louise back to God. Then I thought...He has something big planned for this sweet girl of mine. xo, Sam

10 comments:

gmaofthree said...

Samantha, this is just gorgeous! White pintucks and eyelet lace- scrumptious! Claire looks adorable in it, too.

Jan M said...

A special dress for a special baby on her special day! She is adorable, and truly a blessing. Thank you for sharing the joy of the day and the joy within your heart.

Elizabeth said...

Gave me God-bumps to read your emotions pouring out! Thank you for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

And, the dress is just lovely!

mary said...

The dress is beautiful!!!! Where did you find fabric already with pintucks?

KarenH said...

The only thing more gorgeous than this puffy white confection is the baby wearing it! I have no idea how you have managed to not goggle her up by now. :)

Renata said...

The dress is just beautiful ~perfect for her dedication~ & your sharing made me teary! God has perfect plans~ your little girl is evidence of that!
Have a wonderful day ~ enjoy this precious blessing
Renata:)

jenn said...

How beautiful she is! What a wonderful day you must have had.
God Bless.

Cherishing My Days said...

My eyes Are teary!

Hollums02 said...

So beautiful...and the dress is lovely, too. :)