Thanks for Saying YES to the Dress!

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Last weekend we drove up to Louisiana to pick up all the wedding dresses that had been mailed in for Operation Boda.  We were overwhelmed by the generous response! The final count was 48 dresses!

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Tuesday we had our first “Say Yes to the Dress” with our 3 brides from Cuchilla del Indio! Andrea, Megan, Madi and I went together with our friend Rita who agreed to do any minor alterations that the dresses might need.  When we pulled into the rancho we saw that it had poured down rain the day before and everything was still muddy, which made us a little nervous with all those white dresses!  It ended up being fine, though, and we were able to set up shop in the chapel while all the kids from the rancho happily kept busy playing in the mud.

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We had so much fun with the ladies.  At first they were a little timid, but as we started asking them what they liked and pulling out dresses, we saw their excitement build.

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There was a lot of giggling and laughing as they tried to squeeze into dresses that were too small, and lots of ooh-ing and ahh-ing when they found the right one.  My favorite thing was watching them look at themselves in the mirror.

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We decided to name this project “Say YES to the Dress” since we hoped that many of you would be saying YES to GIVING your dress!  But while we were with the ladies in the rancho, I couldn’t help but think of the actual show, “Say YES to the Dress”.  While I’ve only seen the show a few times, it seems that the one thing that all the brides have in common is a sense of entitlement.  It’s their big day, and they deserve to have the dress they want, no matter what the cost, no matter what others think, no matter how ridiculous they have to act to get what they want.  It is all about them.

Our experience with the ladies of Cuchilla del Indio was quite the opposite.  There is nothing in them that is saying that they deserve this.  They live a hard life in the rancho and work very hard everyday; a kind of lifestyle that most Americans can’t even imagine.  There is no running water in their houses, they hand wash all their clothes,  and struggle just to put food on the table for their families each day.  There was no sign of entitlement as they tried on the dresses.  Instead, there was a sense of humility, awe and gratitude.

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Thank you so much to everyone who sent dresses! We are now just 5 days away from the big Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, when God’s immense love for His children in the ranchos will be poured out through the Sacraments of Marriage,  Confirmation, Reconciliation, Communion and Baptism.  Please pray for our little communities of Cuchilla del Indio and Santa Ines as they prepare their hearts to receive His Love in the Sacraments!

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~ by martinsonmission on June 22, 2014.

2 Responses to “Thanks for Saying YES to the Dress!”

  1. This is such a cool thing Eric and Bridget!

  2. This is just beautiful! The ladies are simply stunning, and we are so very happy that we visited their Rancho! Please let them know we will pray for them, and for their sacraments! God bless you ALL for your YES!

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