If you are looking for some free homeschool prom attire, it could be a phone call or prayer away! The following story happened to our family and I share it to encourage you, especially if you are struggling to make ends meet. It's an amazing testimony of God's blessing and provision for two homeschooling families - I think you'll be blessed and encouraged!
This past weekend was my daughter's homeschool prom. She is graduating high school this year and really wanted to go.
The theme this year was "Dancing on the Water" – a river boat dinner cruise along the Detroit River that a group of homeschooled and former homeschooled students organized.
I (Heather) was excited for my daughter – every girl loves to dress up and become Cinderella for a night! However, I wasn't so excited about the monetary investment that would be required for her to attend this special evening. We said "yes", as I breathed a prayer to God, and the ticket was purchased.
My daughter (Michaela) and I planned a time to go out together and look for a dress. The first place this money-saving mom always looks when shopping for clothes is thrift stores. Since we had taken a quick look at dresses in one thrift store near our home earlier in the week while my daughter was looking for items for her drama performance, we decided to go to Salvation Army first.
Although there were some really cute dresses at Salvation Army, none fit my daughter. I said a silent prayer, and on we went in our hunt for the perfect prom dress, minus the hefty price tag.
Our next stop was the Value World we had visited earlier in the week. We went through the rack and she tried on each dress over her clothes (no changing rooms :(). Since that isn't the best way to try on a gown, we moved a couple racks together in the corner of the store and she tried on the last couple there.
While we were trying on dresses, a woman came up to us and asked, "Do you want a free prom dress?"
She said that she has several brand new prom dresses that still had the tags ($300-400 price tags) on them and she wanted to give one to my daughter.
We didn't say anything right away – I was thinking, "Is she serious?" After looking at each other, my daughter and I both said, "Sure!"
She asked if we would be willing to drive to her home and if we were picky about the dress color. (A lot can go through one's mind in a few seconds… the recent Detroit area Craigslist murder flashed through mine, as well as a few of the dresses from the chick flick, 27 Dresses.)
What would these "free" homeschool dresses look like? Although I do like "free" and thrift store finds, there is usually a line I draw when it comes to fashion. I said we lived pretty close to her and the only dress color my daughter wouldn't wear is pink.
She gave us her name (Wanda) and phone number and we set up a date to meet.
We met Wanda at her home last Monday morning. Wanda owns a home daycare, so her house was buzzing with little people, happily giving my two youngest something to do while we tried on dresses.
Wanda and her sister brought some of the most beautiful dresses into the room. They were right – all of them had the tags still on them and not one was ugly! The decision wasn't easy, but in the end my daughter chose the one that Wanda had in mind for her - the red one. However, it was a couple sizes too big...
Although as a homeschooling mama I can do and have done a lot of things, sewing has never been something I love to do. Thankfully, we have homeschooling friends who love to sew. My daughter made a quick phone call to one of her friends who gladly agreed to help her with her dress.
While we were packing up our stuff to leave, Wanda asked, "Do you have any shoes?" We didn't yet and Wanda's sister said, "I have the perfect pair you can wear." They also gave my daughter a necklace and matching earrings to wear and keep, and a cute little silver handbag and silver shawl.
Here's a picture of my daughter's free homeschool prom accessories:
FREE matching prom accessories!
We left Wanda's house feeling totally blessed by God – a complete and free homeschool prom outfit and we hadn't paid a dime for it! How cool is that?!
The story doesn't end there though. Later that week, my friend Dayna – the mom of Michaela's prom "date" shared that they were having trouble finding a tux for her son.
As a mom of a single-income family with eight children, dropping a few hundred dollars on something for one night isn't always possible, or wise. They had looked at renting a tux, but it was $180; they also looked at purchasing one. As the man at the store said, "I can get you out the door for $300", they turned around and went out the door, keeping their hard-earned $300.
Dayna went home and called her dad – yes, grown women still call their daddies for help and guidance. She told him all about Michaela's red dress with silver accessories and said that Malik (her son) had nothing to wear. She asked, "Do you have any ideas?"
Do you know what he said?
Dayna's dad said, "Dayna, I have a tux with silver accents!" Dayna said, "You do?!" He replied. "Yes, and if Malik can fit it, he can have it!"
When Dayna told me that story, I couldn't help but thank God, again! He is so very interested in every detail of our lives. He cares about the big things and the little details too. He even cares about our desire for something as frivolous as a high school prom dress or tux. God "owns the cattle on a thousand hills" and longs to share with you!
Here is a picture of our kids and their free homeschool prom attire. To quote a friend, "God truly takes care of his kids... and he does it in style!"
Totally FREE homeschool prom attire!
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