As I mentioned a while back, my family and I are moving (t-minus 8 days….). Moving means going through everything you own as you pack (or donate) it all. One of the things I came across as I was packing was my wedding dress. I’m a little embarrassed to say that it’s been sitting in it’s bag, still dirty from my wedding day, since I hung it up almost 8 years ago. Yesterday, I came across it in the closet. I couldn’t resist, I had to try it on….

and it fit! Well, mostly….it didn’t quite zip all the way and 3 kids later my bust line isn’t quite what it used to be – but it still fit! It was amazing to me how beautiful it still made me feel. I was dirty, sweaty and gross from a day of hard work – but this white dress? It took all that away.

As I began to unzip myself, my youngest (age 3) came over to me, “pretty mommy,” he said as he grabbed my hand and started walking. As silly as I felt, outside on a Tuesday afternoon in my dirty old wedding dress, his little fingers and proud smile took all of the embarrassment way. Together we walked the 1/2 block to our mailbox and got the mail. I got a few funny looks, and several smiles from the neighbors – and I just had fun with it. Pretty Mommy.

These past few weeks I’ve felt far from pretty. My time has been consumed by the packing and cleaning and preparations for this move. It’s far easier to sit on the phone with utility companies in my pajamas than to get dressed, showers are for the days when I am not so exhausted that I can muster up the energy to climb in and I’m pretty sure I packed all of my makeup. But the look on my 3 year old’s face when he saw me in my wedding dress, that will make me feel beautiful for a long time. (I also texted a picture to my hubsand who responded right away with “You look beautiful!” That will also stick with me, because sometimes a girl just needs to hear she’s pretty!

So, since I’m sharing, I invite you to as well. I would love to see a picture of you in your wedding dress. From today or from your wedding! Link me up in the comments!


Yesterday, walking to get the mail with my son.


And here I am on my wedding day – rocking the same dress.