Hello everyone! My husband and I had an amazing Valentine weekend. We attended the Faith Fellowship 2016 Marriage Retreat in San Diego, CA. The theme of the retreat was “The Marriage Journey.” On Friday night we attended the “Meet-N-Greet,” where the couples got acquainted through introductions and fun games. On Saturday, during the day, we were blessed by 4 pastors who spoke life into our marriages. The topics were as follows:
- The Journey of Endurance: We can only stay happily married if the reason we’re married is greater than the stresses and trials we face in the marriage.
- The Journey through Brokenness: True healing can only occur when we become less detached to how we became wounded and more attached to our desire to be healed.
- The Journey of Transformation: Transformation doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process by which we gain wisdom for a successful marriage.
- The Journey to Purpose: God instituted marriage, and it’s purpose is to honor Him.
On Saturday night, we attended the “Lover’s Gala Dinner & Dance.” Then on Sunday, we attended worship service. This was a weekend to remember and we look forward to returning to the Retreat again next year.
Pink Valentine – What I Wore
I made this lovely evening gown to wear to the Gala Dinner & Dance. When I laid eyes on the pattern for this dress, I knew it would be perfect for the Gala. Then, when I saw this gorgeous fuschia & silver fabric, I almost screamed in the store. It’s exactly the color I was looking for. The bonus — the SPARKLES!!! The sparkles just took me over the top. It’s a fully lined dress, and the pattern calls for the bow to be attached to the back of the neck band. I opted to attach my bow to the front instead. For me, the bow on the front adds an extra touch of elegance to the dress.
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Create the Look
- Pattern: Butterick 5182 (View C) – Out of Print
- Fabric: Lightweight Metallic Sweater Knit
- Lining: Similar (The one I used from Michael Levine’s is not available online.)
What About You?
When you think of endurance, what do you believe is the key to acquiring this necessary skill? Also, tell me if you’d prefer the bow on the back or the front of the dress. Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
Remember: “When you live in your Design, it is from there that you Shine!”
All photos courtesy of CEMO!