Today is our wedding anniversary and yes, that is John and I on our wedding day! Happy Anniversary John, I will always love you! We were married 32 years ago and I have kept my wedding dress preserved in a huge gold box and in perfect shape since our special day. Neither our daughter, Chelsea or daughter-in-law, Brittney wanted to wear my dress for different reasons. It’s ok, I’m not offended and I totally understand. But, I was super excited to hear that our friend Rachel was collecting wedding dresses for her ministry Little Dresses For Africa (LDFA). The thought of a beautiful African woman (actually it could be dozens of women Rachel told me) wearing my dress, is so incredibly touching to me. And to be a part of someone’s wedding day by offering my vintage wedding dress is just awesome!
We sold our house here in Michigan and we’re moving to Florida, YES, Florida! We’ve been wanting to move there for about 5 years now and I’ll be sharing more on our big move in an upcoming post. Since I didn’t want to move the enormous gold box my wedding dress was stored in, and won’t have much storage space in Florida, I was thrilled to donate it to Little Dresses For Africa (LDFA).
Last year we went on a mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand with our son, Andy and daughter-in-law, Brittney. We had a great time and it was an experience I will cherish forever. Right now we’re in the Dominican Republic with Hope International Ministries. With us moving I decided to go through my jewelry and give away the pieces that I haven’t worn in awhile. I was shocked and excited to fill several bags for the ladies in the Dominican Republic.
My Mom went through her jewelry and gave a lot away as well. Giving away all this jewelry is going to be fun, because I lead the gift room and will be able to personally give pieces of jewelry to many women that come to our medical clinics.
As I was going through my jewelry, I decided to find some earrings and a bracelet to go with my vintage wedding dress. I thought I would give the bride two pairs of earrings because I wasn’t sure which ones she might like. The jewelry is not from Premier but my Mom had a pretty pink Premiere box for me to put them in.
I wrote a letter to the bride and enclosed a picture of us with my business card for My Sweet Mission. Here’s what the letter said:
My name is Heather and my husband’s name is John. We are friends with Rachel from Little Dresses For Africa and were excited to hear she was collecting wedding dresses.
We were married on June 26, 1982 and are celebrating our 32nd anniversary this June. We are Christians and have a great marriage. We have a daughter, Chelsea, her husband, Kenny, a son, Andrew, his wife, Brittney and a new grand-daughter, Laila.
I have a food blog called “My Sweet Mission” and enclosed is my business card with my email address. I would love a picture of you in the dress with your husband, on your wedding day. If you could send it to me by email, with some details of your wedding day, that would be awesome! I would love to do an article for my blog about the dress and your special day. Any information you provide would be greatly appreciated.
I am honored that you chose my dress and pray God blesses your marriage with love, joy, peace, spiritual growth, good health and with many children.
My husband surprised me and had this picture of our wedding day printed for you.
Many blessings and love to you and upon your new marriage.
John & Heather Carter
Marriage isn’t always easy, but I have to say, it’s definitely worth the effort and there are many rewards for staying together and making it work. John and I don’t have a perfect marriage, but it is a really great marriage, to say the least. We enjoy many of the same things and we laugh a lot together. We do fail at times but are quick to forgive, show each other mercy, offer love and comfort, and are willing to talk things out. If your marriage is having problems, I want to encourage you to seek Godly counsel, pray together or pray with a friend and try your best to make your marriage work. A good marriage doesn’t just happen, it takes effort but you will have more happiness and enjoy your marriage by working at it each day. John and I try our best to keep Christ the center of our relationship and that in my opinion is one of the biggest keys to a great marriage. If you have been divorced, take heart and know that God is the God of second chances. He loves you and wants the very best for you. 1 Corinthians chapter 13 is known as the “Love Chapter”. I thought I would share it with you as a reminder of what we should all strive for.
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
These verses were provided by Bible Gateway.
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I don’t know if I’ll ever see a picture of my dress on an African bride, but I sure hope so. If I do get a response, you can bet I’ll share it with you in an upcoming post!
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