My daughter Janelle’s paternal grandmother, Ron Roche (known as Mom Mom in our family), gave her a very special family heirloom at Janelle’s bridal shower. It was the wedding ring she wore on her wedding day. That ring was actually the ring of her mother – Janelle’s great grandmother. The family tradition has been that every Roche woman wears or carries the ring on her wedding day and then passes it to the next bride. What an honor for Janelle to carry this tradition on.
It has been worn by Mom Mom (who was married 71 years), her daughter Sue (currently enjoying 43 years of wedlock), granddaughters Susie (celebrating 15 years), Katie (10 + years) and Monica (5+) years.
Of course, it was Janelle’s decision on whether she would wear it, tie to her flowers or pin it to her dress. She didn’t make the final decision until we were in Hawaii for the wedding. I arrived in Hawaii armed with an emergency wedding dress kit – scissors, pins, needles, thread, bits of lace, ribbon, seam binding, hooks and eyes. I wanted to be prepared for any dress emergency.
Just moments before the photographer arrived, Janelle decided to sew the ring to the dress. I looped the ring through a length of ribbon and hastily sewed it to the label.
To have Mom Mom’s ring incorporated to the label brought tears to my eyes. Mom Mom and I have guided Janelle through her life with love and tenderness. I don’t think two women have ever loved a girl more than we have loved Janelle. To have the tender touch of our hands joined in this momentous day was almost more than I could handle! But I sniffed away the tears and just beamed at my beautiful little girl – now a grown woman. My only wish was that Mom Mom could be with us in Hawaii.
That dream would be fulfilled in Ft. Worth, when Mom Mom made the trip from Philadelphia to Dallas for the Texas reception. Here she is – 93 years old – still as full of life and love as she was on the day she was married.
Click here to see the software lesson on making the label. In the meantime, tell us if you (or someone you love) carried a family heirloom on your wedding day. A random winner will be selected to win a copy of my newest book, “Hoop It Up, The Stitching Sisters’ Guide to Hooping”.
Here’s your assignment this week:
Tell us if you (or someone you love) carried a family heirloom on your wedding day. A random winner will be selected to win a $20 Designs in Machine Embroidery gift card!
The winner of the last assignment answered the following question:
As the fall equinox arrives today it also ends the season of summer. Its funny how the days grow shorter and the embroidery project list grows longer in in the fall. What exciting fall projects do you have in store?
The winner is:
Debe: “My 2 elder grandsons want a large scarecrow & I want to make a new fall table runner & wall-hanging. I am starting on Christmas gifts, also.”