Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Time Slipping By Days

Yesterday was Joe and Kellye's sixth anniversary. Joe suggested they celebrate this milestone by preparing a Hawaiian meal for their dinner. He drove Kellye to the store to purchase ingredients needed to make Macadamia Encrusted Chicken and Fruit Pilaf, recipes chosen from her favorite cookbook from the Hali'imaili restaurant on the island of Maui. After numerous ingredients were chopped to perfection, dinner was served at 10pm. Kellye called me at 11pm to tell me Joe loved the meal and that her wedding dress had arrived, would I meet her to choose her shoes the next day.

Arriving at DSW first, I was so surprised to see my daughter struggling to carry in a large, flat shipping box. "Mom, I have to match the dress to the shoes!" I was not surprised at all to see her remove from the box a simple cotton strapless short dress with underskirt. Perfectly perfect for a young girl getting married on a beach.

When she stepped into her dress right there in the store, pulling off her first layer of clothes and slipping her gold lacquered toes into her strapy sandals, I wasn't surprised at all to see her give a twirl in front of the full length mirror. Of course my Twirly Swirly Girl had found a twirly swirly dress!

As she fell into my arms to thank me for her dress and shoes, I was awash with the knowing that these are our Time Slipping By Days. The very days at the end of one chapter of a life just before the beginning of a new one. You can already see the moments as they will be recalled in the future. They are swift and fleeting, and oh so tenderly sweet. You are not able to hold on to them to make them last because everyone knows the next chapter will be even better than what came before.

Please do not pin pattern to Pinterest


Cindy said...

I have had 4 of those slipping by moments with my girls picking out their wedding items.Talk will soon turn to setting up house..new jobs..or old work..babies..then on a quite afternoon..I say to them..remember when...??? They laugh and say they can't wait to do this with their daughters..and they hope I am around to go with them...lol

Beautiful dress and lovely shoes.My girls still have their shoes.

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Scrap for Joy said...

What a joy to read this post. I remember the first time I saw my daughter trying her wedding dress. I was overwhelmed with so much emotion that it totally surprised me. Kellye's dress is sooooo pretty (I love the huge flower) and the shoes will look smashing. If the wedding is to take place right on the beach she might be better bare-footed...hard to navigate the sand in heels.
These days leading to a new chapter in your child's life are bittersweet. Enjoy this time.
Making one of your felt figures is on my "bucket list" of things to do. I love your clock faces!
Have a happy week!

Tammy said...

We have been having SO many of those moments lately! The oldest daughter getting married...the middle one graduating from college and moving far, far away all on her own...the youngest one graduating from high school and preparing to go off to college this fall. Yes indeed, "time slipping by moments." I love the way you think.

VanillaCloud said...

You are soo talented!! i love all your felt guys and work!! Amazing!! Nice to meet you!! ^^

Hugs from Spain!!

vivian said...

precious moments... Youre so blessed!

sassypackrat said...

Awwww! I hope she's blissfully happy!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Precious. Savor every minute. Such gorgeous shoes. Extra hugs.

annemarie said...

How beautiful - she will be a picture perfect bride. Your felt clock is precious - love the pink.

Debby said...

Twirly girl is going to look spectacular in that dress and shoes. So exciting. So wonderful memories of these times together. You are moving into a new phase of life with her but so much for you to look forward to. Enjoy.

Cindy said...

HI Elizabeth,
Such a touching moment for you. My husband and I are on pins and needles right now. Our son's wife is in labor, still at home, and we're waiting for the call to go to the hospital. I can't stand it!

ImagiMeri said...

Goodness, I would just love to sit down with you and craft E. I miss our chats, but my mom is still in the hospital and I spend up to 4 hours there each day keeping her company, plus going out to her house to remove papers, trash, etc. She lives about 20 minutes away from me, and it's hard for me to drive distances, but it needs to be done.

I can just picture your TSG by your words, and I'm sure there were a few tears in your eyes while watching her. She's going to be a vision, that's for sure.

God Bless

My Vintage Mending said...

A favorite pattern in a TSG color. Cannot think of a better way to spend a day...smiles...Renee

E said...

Thanks for sharing your special moment, I love her dress, the big flower is perfect, and her shoes are so pretty. She looked to be "beaming" in the father's day pic, so happy for each of you! E in TN

Ina said...

I love both the sharing of your life and the wonderful clock!! I love your crafts.

Becca said...

What a nice story, thank you. It reminded me of my wedding in Hawaii thirty years ago this August.

very merry vintage style said...

I like that phrase... "Time Slipping by Days." I have so many of these with my three young adult children and this is a perfect label for this period in my life with them. Lovely dress & shoes & even lovelier story!
PS--there's a vintage wedding card with bluebirds on my blog today--thought you might like to download the image!

Nan said...

Oh my the TSG has her wedding dress already, oh boy time is moving fast I agree where does all the time go?

My Vintage Studio said...

Such loving memories!
It sounds as if you will have beautiful memories as well.
A beautiful day for both of you.

Nancy said...

Halcyon Days ;) I still have my wedding shoes...tell the Twirly Swirly girl to keep them forever. They're gorgeous. What is the mother of the bride wearing? xoxo Nancy

Pieceful Bits said...

Beautiful dress, shoes, and memories!
Her dress is gorgeous..cannot wait to see the whole picture:)

Suz said...

What an incredibly tender story, E. I know those moments, too. The dress and shoes are absolutely perfect for a beach wedding!

Dotty said...
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Dotty said...

That was usch a beautiful moment to share, i wish your twirly girl all the best of luck in her new married life.

The little clock you made is adorable!

Joanne said...

Such a sweet post. To her it's a exciting beginning and to you well......you see it all...an ending and a begining. Blessings, Joanne

suz said...

this is such a lovely story. TWG's dress is beautiful and the shoes are perfect!
I have one son, but I think that recently he may have met "the one" - I have my fingers crossed. I think of your stories about your daughter and hope my son finds that same kind of happiness.

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