The Summer of 2013 found us busily planning and looking ahead to a November wedding for our second oldest daughter, Kaleigh.
Before Kaleigh became sick, while we were still in planning mode for a Fall wedding, Kaleigh decided she didn’t want a traditional Bachelorette Party. She wanted a Bachelorette Weekend and to go shopping in Canton, Texas at the Canton Flea Market!
Dallas Girls Trip!
Our attitude towards this trip took a subtle change as the time came to go.
We were celebrating, yes. But now we were not only celebrating an upcoming wedding (rescheduled for June 2014) but we were celebrating Kaleigh!
Celebrating all she had been through. Celebrating her healing. Celebrating her recovery. All thanks to God’s wonderful provision and healing power.
All 9 of us. Left to Right: Aunt, Maid of Honor aka MOH/Little Sister, Moi/Mother of the Bride, MOH/Big Sister, Best Friend/Bridesmaid, BRIDE and 3 Bestest Friends since Middle School/Bridesmaids.
Kaleigh wore a special Bridal Headband made by her friend/bridesmaid Westin owner of 7th and West Jewelry.
We stayed at The Adolphus Hotel, a part of Downtown Dallas since 1912, thanks to a Groupon Deal we stumbled upon. Such a cool old hotel.
These pics were taken when we arrived (quite late that first night – hence the empty lobby) while holding all my luggage and trying to snap pictures at the same time.
My girls and I stayed in a room together. Kaleigh took most of these pics including the selfie in the mirror.
The view out our window was very cool. Both by night and by day.
On our first night there, I was taking this picture from our hotel window when…I hit some random button on my phone, which sent my camera into a mode I’d never seen before, which led to my response of “What have I done?” in an “Oh, good, grief” tone of voice.
In what can only be thought of as normal behavior when you’re on a girl’s road trip and highly susceptible to giggles, laughter & the ridiculous, my girl’s decided this was absolutely hilarious.
It was so ridiculous that the more they repeated it…“What have I done?”…the funnier it became.
And it became the unofficial mantra of the weekend.
At any given moment they would catch each other’s eye and burst out laughing…”What have I done?”
It’s a classic “Had to be there” situation that looses A LOT in the retelling but…
Re-tell it they did.
Over and over and over.
Even to this day, weeks later, they will still burst out with “What have I done”.
January, 2014 has brought another hospital stay.
This time expected and even anticipated. Kaleigh’s second and final surgery.
Today finds me blogging in a hospital room, thankful and with a full heart.
Looking ahead to a few days of recovery and then moving forward to the serious business of planning a wedding!