When I was a little girl, I saved my coins in one of those giant Coca-Cola bottles. Did you have one? I threw all my extra coins and sometimes even dollar bills in it too. Over time, I decided (in a very early-teen kind of way) that I would use the money saved to buy one of two things: my wedding dress or a dog. Opposite ends of the spectrum, I know. But a girl’s gotta have a dream.
So over the years, the big bottle grew heavier and heavier. I kept up with rolling and even came up with a clever little way of not having to dump the entire thing when I wanted to know how much I’d saved or roll up the coins. I rigged a large bag under the lid so that when I threw coins in, they sat in the bag instead of falling all the way to the bottom where everything was neatly rolled. Yep, clever. (Why can’t I still be as clever now that I have kids??)
|My 12th Birthday – Can you find the Coke
Bank in the picture?
You should also know that my husband is one of those people who makes friends everywhere we go. (Seriously, the joke is that he can walk into a gas station . . . although who does that nowadays . . . and come out knowing the name of the clerk and a good portion of the man’s life story.) It is one of those things that I find endearing about him, except when I’m trying to leave somewhere and he is “in conversation mode.”
But back to the Coke Bank. So obviously, I would be needing a wedding dress before needing a dog. I added up my total of coins and I came up with $402. Not bad . . . unless you’re trying to buy a wedding dress instead of a dog. I went to many bridal stores. I tried on a lot of dresses. But found nothing in my price range, especially when you consider that you have to buy a veil and slip too. I shopped the sales, the discount racks . . . but nothing.
I kept praying about it, believing that God would help me find the right dress for the right price. And that was when I heard about the Making Memories Bridal Gown Sale through Brides Against Breast Cancer. They have gown sales all over the country and proceeds go to help programs supporting cancer patients and their families. Gowns are donated by retailers, designers, manufacturers and brides.
It was there that I found my wedding dress. The gown was beautiful! Strapless, detailed bodice, poofy skirt and a perfect-length train. And guess what? My total for the wedding dress, slip and veil was $397. Only God could have worked that out so perfectly!
|Taking my coins to the bank!|