Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lace and satin

Dear ladies, hello to you all! I hope you had/are having a wonderful weekend. Shabbat here was relaxing as always, even though yesterday I was in a mad rush to complete everything before sundown. Therefore, no post yesterday, even though my fingers were practically itching to type a little update for you all.

First, great news: my story with the rabbinical court is officially over. On Thursday, I got my final authorization, and now it can be said without a shadow of a doubt: I'm Jewish, and free to marry. My future children will be Jewish. Oh, you can't believe how happy I am! Now it definitely looks like the wedding will be held on its due date - which I will give you as soon as we print out the invitations.

I must also tell you that the hearing at the rabbinical court went much easier than I expected. I was warned I might be told something ugly, but the dayanim were actually very gentle with me. I didn't feel I was being interrogated or suspected of not telling the truth.

Then on Friday, my mother and I went with the seamstress to choose fabrics for my wedding dress. For a few minutes, I was completely blown off by the overwhelming richness of choice of white lace and satin. Oh, how I wish I had taken my camera with me! It took us almost two hours to make a choice, with every fabric being wrapped around my shoulders to see how it looks against my face. Then my measurements were taken and we went home, without even having time to look at shoes.

At first I had some trepidations about the seamstress - I mean, with so little time before the wedding to make the dress... what if a week before the wedding, I decide I simply can't live with the final outcome? But then I've seen some of her works and they are simply beautiful. So eventually I decided to put my trust in her.

Now I'm really starting to enjoy being a kallah. Thank you, dear God, for being so good to me.

44 comments:

Michelle said...

Anna, I'm So very happy for you! Anticipating being a bride is one of those lovely times in life that is so exciting yet seems to drudge on!
I was engaged for a year and a half before I was allowed to marry and it was a pain, but the Lord grew me and even after I was married I realized all the ways I wasn't ready.
Praying the Lord's blessing on you and your marriage! Its truly a joyous time.

USAincognito said...

Glad to hear everything went so well before the courts and you were able to have your Jewish heritage founded. Good luck as you continue to prepare for your upcoming wedding! :)

Rebekah S. said...

Oh, dear Anna, I'm so happy for you!! :) Your joy and excitement radiates through this whole post! :) I'm so excited for you.

I can't wait to see your dress!

May the Lord richly bless your marriage!

Your friend,
Rebekah

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Anna! I'm very happy all went well for you. I remember going through the stresses of planning my wedding-it's crazy! Enjoy every moment!

Shannon

Adlyn said...

I'm so happy for Anna! may I ask, what is a Kallah?

xoxoxoxo,
Adlyn

Lydia said...

Congratulations!!! God truly has been good to you. And I'm sure you'll look exquisite on your wedding day! :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Anna, on your upcoming nuptials. May your life be filled with blessing as you set up housekeeping in your home and as your roles switch from those of being a single woman, to being helpmeet of your husband. Can't wait to see pictures.

Sammybunny said...

congratulations! I am so happy for you! Isn't God amazing?

Julia said...

Congratulations!!

I'm dying to know the date. It sounds like it's going to be soon!?

Kelly said...

Oh Anna CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I wish I could reach to the other side of the world and hug you right now. So consider yourself hugged! Enjoy the wedding planning. I can't wait to hear more details. I wish you would have taken photos at the seamstresses place too!!!!
:-)
Kelly

A Note From Theresa said...

I'm so happy for you!

Maggie said...

That's fabulous news Anna! You must be utterly relieved :) Congratulations. And yes, please let us know the date :)

Anonymous said...

It's the most wonderful news we could hear, Anna! Thank you for sharing it!

And the shopping trip for your wedding dress fabric...how exciting that must have been, for both you & your mother.

Many, many blessings, as you make your plans, Anna. As you've said, God is so good, & this is just one example of that.

((hugs))
Brenda

Lillian the Ponderer said...

Anna, enjoy this time. I know there is a lot to think about and the time till you are united with your loved one seems to drag, but it will be over very soon and you will just have memories. Your last few moments as a single daughter and granddaughter are precious. Use them wisely to prepare. There will be so much more to do once you are married, but then you will have a lifetime to do it in.

PamelaK said...

Anna -
This is such an exciting time - I am so happy for you!

Terry said...

I'm certain you will be a beautiful bride, Anna. I'm so glad that everything went well with the Rabbinical Court. More heartfelt well wishes coming your way!

neuropoet3 said...

Congratulations Anna!! I'm so happy for you! God is so good...
Peace be with you,
~Jenny

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! So exciting! Is it usual to have a seamstress make the wedding dress in Israel? Or is it because of time pressures? I know I was disappointed that a friend's daughter had (what I would consider) an immodest wedding dress. Here in the US it's getting practically impossible to find anything modest, though. Maybe that's why you're going to a seamstress, you get to pick out the pattern.

I love your writing & can't wait to hear more of your life story. And I love a wedding! The more details, the better!

My husband's mother was Jewish, but his father was not. That would make dh Jewish, but since I'm not Jewish our son wouldn't be considered Jewish? Or do those rules only apply to Orthodox Jews?

Goldnrod

Kate said...

Yesher koach, Anna! So happy to hear that things went well with the dayanim and the dressmaker.

Andrea said...

Anna,

what a joyful end to my Saturday! You even topped a two-year-old singing himself to sleep, and that is not an easy task! Your readers knew, of course, that there was no question of who you are, but how wonderful that the dayanim saw it, too. Now that you are "officially" Jewish, you can focus all your thoughts and efforts on officially becoming a bride!

I really want to encourage you about your dress, too; a dear friend of mine went the seamstress route for her gown, and the result was simple, yet (simply) stunning. A seamstress can work to accomodate all little tricks and quirks of your body that an off-the-peg gown could never quite do, so I trust that the end result will be every bit as resplendant as both you and your chatan deserve.

May your Sunday be a sweet one, Anna :) Good night!

Apple Cider Mama said...

Anna, how wonderful! I'm so enchanted with the idea of having a seamstress making a wedding dress just for you. Here in the United States, only a very wealthy woman would do that--unless you wanted something homemade by your own mother. But, I remember fondly the day that I chose my wedding dress with my mother. I'm so happy that you are free to feel the joy of a bride now that all the rabbinical court stuff is over.
~Bethany

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you! I wish you all the best!

Shelley said...

I'm so pleased for you:) Enjoy every single precious minute of your engagement and wedding plans Anna. I made the mistake of not taking enough time off before my wedding in June. I rushed through everything and now it's only a beautiful blurred memory. Take lots of pictures, especially of your Grandmother, these will be treasures in 50 years. Better yet, make a video if this is allowed, your children will love to see you on your wedding day:)

Liedeke said...

Sounds like a good couple of days, Anna. It's so great to hear your judging went well, and that you're starting to truly enjoy preparing your wedding and married life. Have fun! As long as you enjoy things, you'll keep having good times ;-).

~Liedeke

PhDCow said...

Congratulations, Anna, on making it past that final hurdle! I'm so excited for you -- enjoy this special time!

Angela

Haus Frau said...

What a lovely description of your joy, dear Anna! ((( tender embrace ))) I look forward to learning more little insights of your plans.

While you are already beautiful and will be incredibly beautiful on your wedding day, what makes you absolutely breathtaking is your heart. :o)

Shannon said...

Hi Anna,
I am so happy for you and glad that things went well with the rabbinical council. I wish you many blessings and joy!

C.A. Worcester said...

Dear Anna,

I am so excited for you!!!!! I can only imagine how you feel to be "Jewish"....officially. :-)
God is so good. (I find that statement so lacking....but it is the best I can do for now - hee hee).

Can't wait to see your invitations and dress.....we will get to see them right???!!! (Dress after of course).

We are in the process of moving and my daughter just got our internet back up.....so I had to visit my favorite people.

Blessings and Shalom to you and yours. Have a wonderful week.

C.A. Worcester

Jen said...

Anna, I am so very happy for you!

Kaeus said...

im so excited for you!!! i wish id had a chance to go fabric/dress shopping in earnest. we were.. a little rushed.

sometimes im tempted to randomly make myself a wedding dress so i can do the whole fabric thing!

Cristina (a.k.a. "Stramenda") said...

Anna, do relish and enjoy this wonderful time of your life. Savour every moment !! Soon you'll be a joyful mother of children. Each stage is to be enjoyed in its own right.

Sincerely :-)

andrea said...

It sounds so fun to look at fabrics for your wedding gown! I love sewing and going through all the fabrics and feeling them and looking at the colors. Anyway. I just got engaged last week--and while it probably won't be til next year that we get married, I'm already looking at the dresses and so forth! Good luck with your decision!

Beth said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations, Anna!

Coffee Catholic said...

Anna I'm so happy for you!!! I've been praying my head off for you to be "proven Jewish" and this news just makes my day!! I'm so greedy - I can't wait to see photos! The dress fabric hunt sounded so fun! My mother died in October 2005 and I was married in July 2006. My lovely Aunts basically have adopted me and my two sisters and they helped me with my dress. Aunt Diane gave me $200 and I found a HUGE satin-beaded-lace dress for that amount of money because it was "old fashioned" and therefor no one wanted it. (My gain LOL!!) Both Aunt Deb and Aunt Diane were at my dress fittings and I remember them helping me into the corsette thing and into the dress and I felt so loved and well-cared for. Sure, I was 31 years old but any woman needs loving care as she prepares for her wedding!!! I will always have the sweetest memories of my wedding dress that will be linked to my Aunts *and* to my wedding day! My dear husband cried when he saw me come down the isle...I couldn't believe it!! This time is so special Anna! I'm so greatful that you are taking the time and effort to share these things with us! You'll never forget any of these wonderful things!!

Er...what's a kallah??

GOD BLESS!!! ~Michelle Therese
P.S. when you have time go look at my wedding blog and you'll see what my dress looked like! and it only cost $200! I'm still shocked..
http://www.orkneywedding.blogspot.com/

Anna S said...

Thank you, dear ones!!!!

PS: Kallah = bride.

Sue said...

Anna:

I join with the other posters' thankfulness that the rabbinical court agreed what you and your grandmother already knew - that you are truly Jewish.

Wedding planning can be hectic, but it can also produce very precious memories. That's my prayer for you and your fiance (sorry but I forgot the Jewish term for him).

--Sue

Anna S said...

-> Custom-making a dress here in Israel is often less expensive than buying ready-made. Wedding dresses are very expensive here.

-> The wedding is supposed to take place soon, but I'm not telling the exact date before we start giving out invitations. :)

Elizabeth Sue said...

What a beautiful journey you are on, the best to dear Anna.

Leigh said...

Where in world have I been? I had no idea until tonight (it's been busy) that you were even engaged!

Anna, I am SO amazingly happy for you. I hope and pray that you will continue to blog even after your marriage. I have learned so much from you and want to continue to learn more.

And I admit freely that I am a little jealous :) May God bless you and your future husband!!

Take care,
Leigh

deb said...

PLease, please post the final picture of your wedding dress for us all to see.

Elizabeth said...

Oohh ... Anna! This post brings tears to my eyes - I am soooooo happy for you, that the rabbinical court have authorised your ancestry and that all worried about 'proving' your Jewishness are over for you and your children. I've been praying about it (I was praying for you just this very morning!) and ... oh ... I am so happy thankful and thrilled and excited for you and your dear chatan! :-> Enjoy every moment of being a kallah, dear Anna!

P.S. I'm emailing you ...

Lara said...

I'm delighted to hear your news, Anna! Blessings on you and your husband as you begin this new life together. Enjoy each sweet moment! It may not seem like it now, but it flies by and soon you and your love will be warmly reminiscing. :)

Love,
Lara

Pendragon said...

Congratulations!

Nanny Y. said...

A very belated but happy congratulations to you! I'm glad you can officially marry and I wish you and your bridegroom a very loving and God honoring future together.

Yucchi