I had the most awesome experience last night. My first niece in my family is getting married. What an INCREDIBLE feeling that is! We are given these incredible nieces and nephews from our siblings (or in-law sibs) and just fall in love with them as much as our own kids. They are such an awesome treasure.
I had the great honor and opportunity to join the sweet girl and her momma last night dress shopping in the little town I live in. I teared up before even walking in the building - I remember the moment my momma and I found MY wedding dress almost 20 years ago. Such a rite of passage into womanhood.
Sweet girl checked in and pulled out her wish list of dresses she loved. The dress shop gal was AMAZINGLY patient - she pulled dress after dress trying to find the perfect matches for her. After collecting about 9 dresses she started to try them on.
I've always, always thought my niece was an incredibly beautiful girl inside and out but words do not do justice for what I witnessed last night. She was BEAMING with excitement. Twirling, swaying... having fun. Needless to say her momma was a bit teary eyed. Comes with the territory, momma! I cried at Bubba's wedding out of pure joy and celebration of his life event.
Obviously it's her first attempt to find a dress - she could find the ultimate one four more shops down the road. But one in particular really stood out. It was a perfect fit for her personality and she looked more beautiful than any bride I've ever seen (well, except for my daughter!).
I was so excited to share this experience with her and her beautiful momma. I cannot WAIT for her big day. It will be the event of the season!
Much love to my precious sweet Jecca Bear! I know your Nana Pat is smiling down on the beautiful woman you have become! I am so lucky and proud to be a part of your special day!