June 5, 2012 [Tuesday]

Lila Byrd May 2012

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Robert A. Heinlein

Everyone who knew our Granchub loved him in a way that is hard to put into words. He was my husband’s best friend, one of my greatest cheerleaders, and a friend with an ice cold Pepsi and Hershey bar who knew no strangers. There isn’t a day that goes by that Tom and I don’t mention him and smile, so when I heard of this amazing Mom in Raleigh who takes men’s dress shirts and turns them into beautiful dresses I knew we needed a Granchub.  I wanted to surprise Tom with this so I took some pictures of Lila in one of (the many)  Granchub shirts Tom has saved.


Check out Jessica’s website! She is not only an extremely talented dress maker but became a new friend in the whole process!


And here is Lila Byrd loving her new dress! The funny thing is Lila does so many things to remind us of Granchub on a daily basis, but the first day she wore this dress made of his well worn dress shirt she made us laugh all day thinking of him. Notice the smile in the pictures below-that came from the promise of sausage for brunch. She even had a runny nose that we all came to know and love with our Granchub. I tried to thank Jessica for this dress and tell her just how much I loved it. It was so special for me to be able to surprise Tom with this and the thoughts of seeing Lila in this dress gave me such joy it was hard to explain. When Tom carried Lila through the park the morning that she first wore the dress it was like he was able to hug his best friend once again. Thank you Jessica for helping me give my husband a gift of memories.



22 comments on Lila Byrd May 2012

Katherine Manuel Says:

This is magic, Amber!!! Absolutely amazing!

June 5th, 2012 at 6:57 am
Dexter Says:

That is adorable, Amber! Thanks for sharing!

June 5th, 2012 at 6:59 am
Deanna Kaufman Patrick Says:

JT loooooooooved starting off his day seeing this beauty!

June 5th, 2012 at 7:03 am
Penny Says:

What a wonderful idea! Lila is absolutely adorable!!

June 5th, 2012 at 7:08 am
Jennifer Says:

What an amazingly sweet idea! Bringing tears to my eyes on a Tuesday morning. We sure do miss Granchub. Love these pictures!

June 5th, 2012 at 7:23 am
Anne Says:

Oh, Amber, I just LOVE these pictures of our sweet Lila Byrd! The red bow & shoes are perfect with that precious & special dress you had made. Way to go!

June 5th, 2012 at 7:29 am
laura Says:

tears in my eyes….i love this, amber. what a precious gift to give tom! xo!

June 5th, 2012 at 7:35 am
Beth Says:

What a wonderful surprise for Tom! That brought tears to my eyes 🙂 and Lila is such a beautiful little girl!

June 5th, 2012 at 7:36 am
Heather Sanders Says:

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. This just warmed my heart so very much! Lila is truly adorable! What a great way to start my day!

June 5th, 2012 at 7:40 am
Sara Anne Says:

SO Special. She is more beautiful every day.

June 5th, 2012 at 7:43 am
heather l Says:

LOVE IT! What a great idea to convert the beloved shirt into a dress. I bet it will make you smile each time she wears it 🙂

June 5th, 2012 at 7:52 am
Maxine Denny Says:

Hi Amber
What a neat idea! Loved the pictures as always. Lila is growing so fast.
Miss you,

June 5th, 2012 at 8:09 am
Jenny Says:

How Beautiful….I know Granchub is looking down on you, Tom, and Lila with so much pride and love:)

June 5th, 2012 at 8:35 am
Cristina Says:

Beautiful pictures taken by a beautiful friend of beautiful Granchub memories modeled by a beautiful girl. I bet Tom was so excited! Much love to you!

June 5th, 2012 at 8:41 am
Elizabeth Says:

SO sweet …. Amber, this one got to me a little bit this morning! *sniff* 🙂 The dress couldn’t have turned out better —– and what a precious story behind it!

June 5th, 2012 at 9:57 am
Courtney Says:

What a sweet story and a great memory of someone so dear to you all. Lila Byrd is a doll baby! Love the pictures, Amber!

June 5th, 2012 at 9:59 am
Elizabeth Says:

So so sweet! Lila is just precious and I know Tom loved that special surprise!

June 5th, 2012 at 10:14 am
Jessica Moore Says:

I have tears in my eyes!!!! The dress is even more beautiful with Lila wearing it!
Thank you so much for entrusting me to make this special heirloom for you and your family. It was TRULY my privilege.

June 5th, 2012 at 2:11 pm
Liz Hott Says:

How perfect!! I know Tom was so touched!! Look forward to seeing you next week!! XO

June 5th, 2012 at 7:56 pm
GMA Says:

Granchub would smile and be so proud of you and the beautiful little model Lila. The dress is so pretty on her

June 8th, 2012 at 2:02 pm
Granlil Says:

For once in my life I am speechless. I love you Amber.

June 9th, 2012 at 8:01 am
Venus M Says:

She has gotten so big. OMG! And as cute as a button.

June 12th, 2012 at 6:54 am

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