Friday, October 02, 2009
Unless that Friday includes a a date with The Carpool Queen.
Today, I am buying the first round of coffee, because I'm celebrating!
The chuppah (pronounced hoopa) I was "commissioned" to sew is complete!!!
(lets all breathe a sigh of relief)
As the mother-of-the-bride (Melinda) and I sat on the floor admiring it last night, she said, "Well, we prayed at the beginning of this project, so lets pray at the end too."
So we did.
And I couldn't pray out loud because I was brimming with emotion. Not because this labor of love was completed, but what the chuppah represents: the home, the very life, this couple will build together.
It overwhelms me (in a good way) to think about it.
I have to admit, I was a teensy-bit sad last night.
When we boxed up the chuppah and she placed it in the car I felt an odd mix of happy relief, divine success, and weepiness.
This project was hard. The most difficult sewing project I have ever done (and had to finish).
Not because it tested my talents, ability and knowledge of sewing (because it did!), but because emotionally, it was difficult.
This project tested my heart.
I was cutting up and sewing together family owned, heirloom materials; piecing together someone else's vision. I wanted to be as close to that vision as possible.
I wanted it to be beautiful. As I cut up Melinda's wedding gown I had some serious doubts!
I wanted it to be made well enough to last the test of time; to become a legacy this young couple can pass to the generations to come.
I did not want Melinda to regret asking for my help. I kept thinking that she would soon figure out that I didn't have a clue as to what I was doing.
I didn't want it to be perfect. I wanted it to be right.
There came a point after all the hand embroidery was finished that I needed advice (and encouragement). Melinda and our friend Vicky came over to give some advice. Vicky was literally, a God-send, and I learned some skills from her that helped us overcome the challenges.
This chuppah has become such a blessing, and truly, the making of it represents everything I love about marriage: Two people, from different tapestries of life, working hard, wanting to build something that will stand the test of time; building on a common vision.
There are places in marriage when we need encouragement to face the struggles and insecurities that will inevitably come.
And yet, if we persevere, there are days when we get to look at what we've built with sweat and tears, and the hand of God, and we realize it was worth the effort...that it isn't perfect, but it is right.
What an honor to have been a part of this project, this wedding, this beautiful story...
So now I will celebrate...and get ready for my next project.
The Mister has bought me an early birthday present. It arrives on Monday.
For those of you who guessed an embroidery machine, you are correct!
To say I am excited doesn't really describe what I am feeling. I already know what my first project will be...its a present for a certain sister-in-love, who took care of my children while I went to spend some time with the Island Girls on Whidbey Island this summer. Cannot wait to start!
All right, I cannot keep the CPQ waiting!
PS: The picture was taken at night, and doesn't really give a good view of the detail. But it gives you a glimpse!