The leading reason for this blog is to keep a journal. I was a major journal-keeper when I was younger. I wrote in my journal every.single.day through jr high, high school, and my early 20′s. Since getting married, I have been awful at it. And it really nagged at me. Aaron taught me to love blogging. I love that I can use this blog as a journal for our major events.
Every girl dreams of her wedding dress from the time she’s a little girl. From the second I knew we were expecting a little girl, I dreamed of her blessing dress. The process of creating it was very similar.
Marlene Shepherd is a very special person to me. She is more than just a friend and neighbor. She loved me like one of her own children. She is an incredibly talented and skilled seamstress. She has made every important dress I’ve worn, including my blessing dress, all my dance dresses, my wedding dress, and my temple dress. It was only fitting that she would make my daughter’s blessing dress.
Of course we needed to take a picture of Evelyn Faye wearing my blessing dress.
My mom, my mother in law, me, and Evelyn all packed up and went to Marlene’s house to design and come up with a plan for this special dress. It was the quintessential planning committee.
We went through boxes of patterns, and tons of pictures on Pinterest, and lots of fabric samples. Evelyn had a good time hanging out in them. It was so fun to have the grandmas involved. :)
This was the design we came up with for her sweet dress. It had a peter pan collar, with a half circle skirt and lace overlay. We decided to go with an ivory satin instead of a bright white.
This was the finished product! Marlene is incredible.
Evelyn looked like such an angel in it. She’s quite sassy. Taking names, and throwing punches.
This was the morning while we were finishing getting ready for church. I’ve never seen anything sweeter.
She had been really sick the week leading up to this, so we were really nervous how she would do. She had been really really fussy all week long. But she slept the whole time.
March 2nd was an extra special blessing day. Evelyn got to share it with her 2nd cousin Felix. My cousin Adam & his wife Beth got to bless Felix on the same day. We love being in the same ward as them.
Every day it’s still so surreal that she is my daughter.
Evelyn is a complete miracle to us. She is the most beautiful and perfect manifestation of our love and God’s love for us.
I would do anything to keep her safe from any unkind thing in this world.
This is a special rocking chair made for her by her Grandpa Burton. He makes a rocking chair for each of his grandchildren to give them on their blessing day. He also made one for her dolly.
Having Evelyn has brought so much gladness into my life. It has strengthened my relationship with my own parents. It has strengthened my relationship with my inlaws. It has strengthened my relationship with God. I find that my prayers are a lot more heartfelt and earnest. I pray for her safety and well being. I sacrifice myself and my desires to take care of her needs. I cling to the Savior for strength in ways I never did before. I’m so grateful for motherhood and the ways it has changed me.