Hi! I’m Stacey. I grew up in a tiny town in southwest Michigan on a pig farm. I moved to Saginaw to attend SVSU on an academic scholarship where I majored in Communication and Gerontology. I met my husband, Brian at a church on campus. We are full time wedding photographers and have way too much fun working together. I have a passion for working with the elderly, especially those with memory care needs. Brian often says that I’m a 90 year old at heart.
I felt a calling from The Lord in the beginning of 2013 to start Raid Grandma’s Closet.
The story begins with my Grandma June. The word precious doesn’t begin to describe her! I was incredibly blessed to live next door to her and she was more of a parent to me than a grandparent. I grew up in her handmade dresses, and so did all of my dolls. She always kept busy, cooking huge meals, gardening, keeping her flower beds up, and of course sewing. While working on these projects she would always welcome my help. In my younger years it took her twice as long with me “helping”. In her later years I helped speed up the process. It was a good trade in the end.
Sweet grandma June went home to be with The Lord in November of 2008. It was heartbreaking for our entire family but we know she is rejoicing with the angels and probably yelling at my grandpa for trying to smoke in Heaven.
Soon after my grandma’s passing I met Brian. We fell head over heels for each other and decided to get married. This is where the refashioning began! My grandmother had sewn my mom’s wedding dress back in the 70s and I had grown up thinking that she would make mine as well. I couldn’t take the idea of my Grandma June not being a part of making my wedding dress so my mom dug out her dress. The sleeves came off first and the next nine months were spent re-beading, re-hemming, redoing and sometimes regretting working on my wedding dress.
After seeing what my mom’s wedding dress started out as and then seeing what it looked like afterwards, I was hooked! Since then I have been searching thrift stores and antique stores with the goal of taking something that no longer has a purpose and giving it a second chance. I want something that is worn out, out of style and has no chance of making it out of the thrift store on its own merit. Those are the pieces I seek out and give them a second chance.
Jesus gave me new life when I was 16 and accepted him as my Savior. As my relationship with The Lord has grown, I have seen him transform me into a new creation. He has been so faithful in my life. I waited to start this project for a while just waiting to hear what the “whole plan” was from God. But recently, I have been hearing “just trust me” so that’s what I’m doing! I’m stepping out in faith that this website will reach or encourage at least one person. That is my current goal. Long term, I feel that The Lord may provide a way for Raid Grandma’s Closet to benefit Dementia and Alzheimer’s research as well as seniors in local nursing homes. That seems insane to think about right now, but I will continue to seek out what The Lord has in store for Raid Grandma’s Closet.
2nd Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away
1st Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead