Sunday, April 6, 2008

This and that

Hello, dear friends! What a delight it is to have an hour online to say hello to all of you, to give you all a little update, and browse through some of your lovely blogs, as time allows.

I spent today at my mother's, running errands I cannot do from home; I also packed some things we didn't have time to take with us yet, and used my mother's washing machine to wash mine and my husband's clothes, which I later dried and packed. After years and years of taking it for granted, I suddenly appreciate just how wonderful it is to have a functioning washing machine. We were given a used one, and it seems that it needs to be fixed – which we will attempt to do before we decide to buy a new one.

Anyhow, we have made good progress. On Thursday, I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned – one of my readers hinted I might end "up to my elbows in grease"; well, that pretty much sums it up, but at least now I don't wrinkle my nose every time I step in, even though the absence of a vacuum cleaner painfully strikes whenever I stumble upon piles of dust and dirt.

We still sleep on air beds, which gives us the feeling of camping out; however, now we have a table. After days of eating on two folding chairs squeezed together, having a table feels like a luxury. ;) As for what we have been eating, I won't go into details; it's enough to say that I haven't done much cooking yet, with all the moving, packing, unpacking, and the extra challenges of setting a kosher kitchen with Pesach approaching.

I imagine some of you, dear ones, are anticipating wedding pictures; as a matter of fact, so am I! We hired a professional photographer for our wedding, and didn't pause to think that it means it will take some time before we have pictures. How I wish I had thought of taking some pictures with my mother's camera! I would love to see photos already, even if they are far from professional.

In the meantime, I have taken some pictures of my wedding dress and gorgeous floor-length veil; I haven't decided yet what to do with the dress, whether I should keep it as a symbol of one precious memory, or donate it to a bride who wants to dress modestly for her special day but cannot afford a new custom-made dress. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure I could afford it either – but I just loved the dress so much, and so did my husband.

You can also see a picture of my wedding ring, and a picture of me wearing a head scarf. I didn't think of taking a picture of the back of my head; it's very easy, though. I just put my hair up in a bun and simply tie the head scarf around it. I let the ends hang loose rather than tuck them in.

It's spring here, and the trees and flowers are blossoming in the loveliest way you can possibly imagine. Three days ago, I saw such a breathtakingly beautiful sunset from my kitchen window that I dropped whatever I was doing at the moment – I don't even remember what it was – and simply went out to take it in with every cell of my being. I was so deeply thankful for not having to rush anywhere just then; for the opportunity to see, and breathe, and love and enjoy beauty; for setting my way on this holy and special land, together with my beloved husband. The Lord is good.


Jeannine said...

It's always wonderful to hear news from you and your new life as a wife! The dress looks beautiful. And thank you for the picture with the head covering. You look different :). Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

It's so nice to see updates on your blog! I look forward to them. I can't wait to see the wedding pictures. Thanks for showing us how you look in your headcovering. You are still beautiful even with your hair hidden! I'm glad I don't have to hide mine because most of my beauty comes from my hair. I'd be very homely without it! Something for you to think about concerning your dress: I gave my wedding dress to someone who needed one and couldn't afford one and I regret it because she is now divorced and she sold it.(she never offered it back to me) I have 2 daughters who might want to wear it someday, and I would like to be able to try it on for my husband sometimes and show him that it still fits! Also I know women who had their dresses preserved and now they can never take it out and look at it or try it on because it's very expensive to have done. If I could do things over I would keep mine in my cedar hope chest. I would like to help you get your house established and I'm sure many other women feel the same. Do you have an address (perhaps a Post office box) that is safe to have things sent to you?

Jaime said...

Wonderful to hear updates!! As you grow in your marriage, you will always look back on these times fondly.

Very pretty dress too!!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Dear Michelle,

Thank you so much for your generous offer. Just email me at

Kacie said...

What a beautiful dress! I think it's very generous of you to consider giving it to another bride.

I want to share with you what I did with my dress.

My dress was not expensive, as I found it on the clearance rack at a bridal store. I chose it because it was simple, pretty, and the price was right.

After the wedding, I decided I wouldn't wear it again, and if I had daughters, they'd probably want their own dress; not my own.

So, I got out my scissors, and cut the top of my dress off. I put it in a shadowbox, where I display that and our wedding invitation next to a few framed wedding portraits. It's neat!

As for the bottom half of my dress, I will use the top layer to make handkerchiefs for all of my daughters, daughters-in-law, grandaughters....essentially as many as I can make and give out!

The bottom, poufy layer, I might use to decorate a bassinette, if we have one. It's hard to say.

Just thought I'd share! Best wishes setting up your new home!

Sammybunny said...

What a lovely post! Thank you for keeping us updated! I am thoroughly anticipating those wedding photos!

Stephanie said...

Anna, I have not had the opportunity to check your blog for quite some time... So I would like to offer you a somewhat belated "CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!" I am so happy for you. I pray blessings, joy, love and prosperity on your new married life.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Anna T, you look beautiful with your hair covering! And your wedding dress is gorgeous.

Have a blessed day! :)


Thia said...

My dh and I will have been married eight years this May. Our bed is still a mattress on the floor. We have never gotten a box spring and frame. We slept on an air mattress for our first year! Hope it doesn't take you as long to move up.
We're moving and I am faced with the wedding dress dilemma. Since it is yellowing and stained in one spot, I am cutting fabric off to one day make hankies for my girls to carry on their wedding day. To heirloom it would have cost more than I paid for the dress!

Candy :) said...

Hi Anna!
I loved the pictures. Loved your veil and dress, very pretty. Love your ring too!
Looking forward to seeing pics of your home some day in the future when you are all settled in and have it decorated and all.
You are such a special young lady.
I like you alot :)


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your wedding Mrs. Anna T! Other than being a child of God and an underconstruction Christian, Mrs. is the title I hold most dear. I often joke with my dh by telling him that its the hardest title I had to work for. In my early years as a new wife (just celebrated 14 years) I would be quick to correct someone who called me Ms. instead of MRS! I still correct them when they think they are being PC but I do it with a matronly grin!

I cant wait to read about your new adventures as a homemaker, God Bless you and your dh!

Ahuva said...


What a beautiful dress and veil! I would definitely keep it for your daughters. I can't wait to see the wedding pictures!

Mrs. V. said...

Congratualtions! It's so nice to see you are happy. I remember well those days of little to no furniture and just figuring out how to make do. Don't rush through it as it will make for wonderful memories. You look beautiful with your headscarf.

Serena said...

I'm going to ditto what Michelle said: I would keep the dress, in case any future daughters (or daughters-in-law) would like to wear it. It's a lovely gown, so special, especially since it was made for and chosen just by you! Your veil is pretty, too. And the ring looks GREAT on you!!!

You look lovely in a head scarf.

I hope you've been having tons of fun getting your place together!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on being a wife! I read your blog often and am always inspired. Blessings.


Shelley said...

Hi Mrs T:). I love your dress, probably because it looks so much like my wedding dress, (great minds think alike:). You are so kind to think of another bride this way but remember God will provide for her, and what if your daughter wants to wear your dress someday? I remember seeing my Mother's dress and being allowed to try it on when I was little, I will never forget how that felt. Your little ones will want to see Mommy's dress and veil and pictures too. I think a cedar chest is a good idea, and you can put away the special baby clothes you want to save for your grandchildren (God willing) in there too. Good luck in your new home:)

jane said...

"Never despise meager beginnings."

Isn't that a lovely quote? Together you are establishing a home, a marriage, a life. How wonderful to enter into marriage in need of things. God will provide and the two of you will see His hand in every thing.


Dawn said...

Anna ~

Thank you dear one for sharing some pictures with us!!!

Modest wedding gowns are so beautiful! :-)
Mine are just tossed in my I had two dresses, one was for my actual wedding and the other was when we renewed our vows in 2005. Guess I should have taken better care of them, but it's nothing a nice press couldn't take care of.

Pray and ask what the Lord would have you do.
Some ladies take their dress apart and make curtains, napkins, or a dress or two for little girls.
Some sell it, some preserve it, it's all up to you. :-)

It's supposed to be spring here in Germany but as I type this I am staring at snow falling. Snow usually doesn't fall this time of year for my area in Germany. But tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 50's which is much better for spring. :)

You and your hubby have a super blessed week!!!

God Bless,

Terry said...

What a beautiful dress!! I'm so glad to be able to see pictures of it. The veil is stunning. I'm so looking forward to the wedding photos. I know you were just lovely.

Every wife knows the work and time it takes to get a new household set up and established as a newlywed. Pace yourself, enjoy the journey, and I'm sure you'll have things running smoothly in no time. Well, maybe not "no time", but sooner than you think.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Mrs. T.

I am tearing up as I read your description of the first experiences in your new home. When you paused to "see, & breathe, & love & enjoy beauty", I could almost feel that with you. Your husband is a lucky man, to have found someone for whom moments like that are seen as blessings to be thankful for. Yes indeed, God is good.


Ewokgirl said...

Your ring and dress are pretty!

Personally, I think you should keep your dress. You may have a daughter someday who wants to wear it. If there is a bride in need of a dress, go ahead and lend it out; however, make it very clear that it is to be returned to you.

My wedding dress is preserved in a big box with a window so I can still look at it if I want. I have no children, but one of my nieces may want to wear it someday. I hang onto it for that reason alone.

neuropoet3 said...

Mrs. T,
Thank you for sharing the pictures with us! I can't wait until you get your wedding photos back! I love your wedding dress, and your ring is one of the most unique ones I've ever seen. It sounds like you tie your headscarf the way I do mine when I wear one... :)

I remember when my husband and I first married we only had a couple pots and pans, and a microwave oven (a gift from my father). Cooking was always an adventure! :) We ate on a blanket on the floor "picnic style" for a long time... Fun memories now, :) but it was hard at the time - it's not easy to be the housewife you want to be when you don't have a lot of supplies. Still, those first few months and/or years of marriage when you have little struggles like that really help make you "one" - and they give you sweet memories to look back on and share with your children when the time comes. :)

I'm looking forward to hearing more about your new life as time goes on...
Peace and Blessings to you,

Kelly said...

Beautiful dress and veil. That ring is just perfect for you and you look lovely with your head scarf.

FYI with my dress I didn't want to save it so that I could look back on how thin I used to be and I couldn't bear to sell or give it away so what I did is I de-constructed it and made hand sewn pillows for our bed and added the lace and veil to a sheer drapery fabric for wonderfully beautiful drapes for our bedroom. While some people think I'm nuts for doing that it was a great way to save the fabric, re-use it, and still have the "dress" so to speak around me all the time. Even those won't last forever but I love watching the sunlight come through my bedroom drapes that have the lace from my wedding dress.

Kristy said...

Anna, your wedding dress and veil are just gorgeous!! Of course the decision is yours to make, but may I humbly suggest that you KEEP them??!! I agree with Michelle: you might have little girls someday who would LOVE to wear (or at least get to see) their mother's wedding dress! Blessings to you, happy little homemaker!

~Kristy @ Homemaker's Cottage

Amy said...

In the day of even "modest" girls wearing strapless, low cut, tight fitting wedding dresses, how refreshing to see your truly beautiful modest wedding dress!

Elizabeth Sue said...

Looking good married lady...wish I could send you the abudance of things I no longer need, including a vacum. Praying for you and yours during this exciting time for you and hubby.

Mrs. Bethany Hudson said...

Thank you for taking the time to post pictures (even if they're not wedding pictures, yet!) and to update us. Your veil reminds me so much of my own, except that mine was elbow length.

Anyway, it's wonderful to hear about how you're settling in. Your post reminded me of stories my mother used to tell about when she and my dad were first married. For about three months, the only furniture they had was a mattress, a card table, and four lawn chairs--the ones with the strips of plastic for a seat that leave marks on the back of your legs if you're wearing shorts. I hope that you work things out with your washing machine soon. It is so difficult not to have a working one! And, I hope you are able to get a vacuum cleaner. It's such an amazing luxury :) Anyway, blessings to you, lovely bride.

Anonymous said...

Have you thought of selling your dress. Or you could let brides in need borrow it for free. Maybe ask them to just get it cleaned afterward. Then many could enjoy it!

S. Belle said...

I'm so happy for you, Anna, as you begin this new chapter of your life. I look forward to reading about your new experiences. Your wedding dress was very pretty and elegant!

Allison said...

Your wedding dress is so lovely and so modest, Anna! Very different from the "norm". Thank you for sharing your pictures!

Hil The Thrill said...

Congratulations, Anna! What an exciting and creative time for you. Smile! You look so serious in your picture! Beautiful, but serious. xoxo, hil

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for the update and pictures - they're very special!

Bonnie said...

Hi Anna! You've been tagged at my blog - if you have time check it out to see what you have to do :-) (it isn't a silly time waster)

Aimee Kieffer, aka "Momzoo" said...

It has been really fun reading about your journey into wifehood! ;-) It has taken me back to those days when we were establishing our own household (10 years and 5 children ago!). Those were wonderful times, getting to really know and love each other, cherish them, this time is so short! (I guess you could say that about any phase of your life)

Sue M. said...

Hi, Anna:

Your ring, gown, and veil are beautiful! And you look nice in a headscarf. You probably have many to choose from in Israel.

It sure must feel great for you and Mr. T. to be in your home even though it's sparsely furnished for now.

WRT to your wedding dress and veil, it's the custom in many U.S. families for a bride to keep her dress so she can offer it to her daughter(s) to wear if/when they marry. If she has no daughters, she could still keep it, because she may eventually have female grandchildren that she could pass it on to. I've heard of wedding dresses that are passed from bride to bride for several generations.

My .02,


yoshi3329 said...

It's so great to hear news from you and your new life as a wife! The dress looks wonderful. And thank you for the picture with the head covering. You look differentbut in a good way! :). Have a great day/week!

Daughter of the King said...

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Karen said...

Aw, what a lovely dress! And very modest!

Andrea said...

Anna, I've been peeking in from time to time and rejoicing with each new post. I am so thrilled to hear new updates from the T household, and am so very happy for you both.

As regards your (simply beautiful!) wedding dress, you may well have resolved the matter by now, but if not, I add my vote to the "lend it out, but get it back" crowd, with an added suggestion; in lieu of charging money for the "rental period," why not ask the brides to whom you loan it to take a photo of themselves wearing the gown, and maybe pen a few lines concerning the details of their own special days? Then, if you should have daughters who wish to wear it themselves one day, there will be so many more stories besides your own linked to it. That's the loveliest part of an heirloom, I think-- all the history that comes attached :)

In any event, many blessings on you both, and on your brand new, still-forming home together!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,

I have a suggestion for your wedding dress. Perhapse you should keep it and use bits and pieces of it to make baby blankets (the fancy kind for pictures and visiting) for your future kids. I also have heard of daughters taking a square of their Mother's dress and having it incorporated into their wedding dress. The veil is beautiful, can you make a canopy over your bed with it? It could be used as a canopy over a baby's bed in the future.

Many Blessings on your wonderful marriage. I have been married for 13 years to my sweetheart I met at 18 and we are much better off financially now, but nothing was sweeter than dinners for two by candelight (cheap pasta) and decorating my house by covering stacked and taped together cardboard boxes with fabric to make bed side tables. Sweet memories. If you have a candle, a clean and soft bed and love you have a palace.

Many Blessings :)

Emily (Unfurling Flower) said...

I thought I'd already posted a comment, but it seems I didn't! Anyway, lovely photos, Anna, thanks for sharing! I am so glad you are enjoying your new life as a wife :)

Simple Family Supper lady said...

We started out with many "creative" furniture items!!! Smile! The early days!
Anyway, I saved my wedding dress.... I gave it to my daughter on her 8th birthday.... Now she can play wedding anytime she wants. I knew she would never want to wear it at her real wedding, but now she and her friends can have HOURS of play with it!!