I did a pretty good job keeping the tears in check this weekend. It wasn't until my father-in-law's speech at the wedding, that I couldn't help it anymore. He talked about how the groom, Travis, had been through a lot with our family already. A sudden passing of a grandparent and the tragic loss of Ellie. Travis never flinched. He was there for his bride, Chrissy, the whole way. I remember looking at him that night at the hospital, thinking how much he must love Chrissy. To be in such a horrible place, going through such a terrible thing. I remember telling him he didn't have to come, and he said, "Yes I did."
Ellie was designated as the honorary flower girl, and I'm sure she was all dressed up in Heaven yesterday with flowers in hand. The happy couple had a vase of flowers up front, just in her memory and we attached her picture to Chrissy's boutique. Her picture was in the slide show. People said her name.
Even though it was hard and there were tears, it was a beautiful day. Ellie would have loved being a part of it all. She loved people, attention, dresses and hair- she would have been in her element. Like most things now, it was bittersweet.
I'm just glad this weekend is almost over...
After the ceremony Max changed into his casual wear- a tuxedo tshirt!
Out at the cemetery visiting our Ellie.
A truly messed up way to spend Mother's Day.