Hope chests aren't a Jewish custom, as far as I know, but I must say I simply love this idea of planning, thinking and preparing for your future marriage. A hope chest is a wonderful symbol of that.
If only more parents cared for their young daughters to be marriage-minded from the start, rather than carelessly allow them to get hurt again and again in a series of casual relationships! A hope chest can be such a wonderful source for romantic dreams...
Yesterday I had another appointment with the seamstress. Now I feel as though I can already see what the final result will look like, and I'm so excited! You won't believe how difficult it is to find a simple, modest and elegant wedding dress. I'm so glad I have the opportunity to custom-make it.