By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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When I got married, I had the opportunity to wear our family veil. Sadly, it hadn't been preserved properly and lost its white color over the generations. Rather than wear it down the aisle, we decided to drape it over the altar instead.
Like many brides, I kept my dress after I got married. It is currently stashed away in a closet until a future daughter, daughter-in-law or niece decides whether or not it (or pieces of it) will be a part of her wedding day. I doubt anyone else will walk down the aisle in my dress, but who knows what it could be repurposed into.
A few days ago a friend posted a news story
about one way to repurpose wedding dresses. I hope that you are as touched by this organization as I was. One of NICU Helping Hands'
many services is to use material from old wedding dresses and sew angel gowns
for babies who don't make it home. One wedding dress can be sewn into a dozen or more gowns for these little ones. I was especially touched when one woman who lost her own baby chose to donate her wedding dress to the cause.
What mementos have you saved for your kids to potentially use one day? And which ones have you chosen instead to donate to an organization or other cause?