"Hi Mel. We are stuck. Our flight is delayed. We won't be there until midnight." My dad was on the other line, still sounding optimistic.
"Okay, we'll see you when you get here!"
An hour later...
"Hi Mel. Can you look up train and bus tickets for us? Our flight was cancelled and I don't think we will make it on another flight tonight or tomorrow."
Every bride's worst fear... or mine, anyway. Having my parents there was the most important thing (besides actually marrying Jerry) to me and to think that they might not make it... I was sad and upset. Irene prayed with me and we fell asleep eventually, but not for very long periods of time. I kept waking up hoping that my parents would call again, but they never did. Because my parents have international phones, they could call me, but I couldn't call them back. So I waited.
Finally at 6:30 AM - a call.
"Hi Mel. Dad was in the hospital last night." This was my mom now.
"He hurt his back. We are in the hospital now. But things are okay."
God, why did You allow all this to happen? During such an important week? Questions swirled in my head. What could I do? What could anyone do? It was that feeling of helplessness. My mom hadn't wanted to call me - she knew I would be worried. And she was right. There was nothing to do but pray and hope they would make it and my dad would be okay.
I remember just feeling waves of guilt. If they didn't have to travel all this way for our wedding, he wouldn't have gotten hurt. Why were they stuck in a place that I couldn't get to? I couldn't do anything. I hated that feeling.
Luckily, God works in the most amazing ways.
The next morning, we (Eunice, Irene, and I) got up and ate breakfast at Webers. It was nice to spend time with these girls and just take my mind off of things for a bit.
Eunice and I also spent part of the afternoon watching the Bachelorette. :)
|We love our reality TV shows :) And the guy we were rooting for won in the end!|
That night was my bridal shower. Irene left with Tiff to set up, while Eunice stayed and hung out with me. We napped a little and then had dinner at Webers.
|Haha, Sky! These balloons were so big!|
|Sky and Tiff.|
|Tiff and Irene!|
|Marylee - my wonderful discipler during grad school :) She got us the location for the bridal shower!|
|Tiff explaining the rules for the games.|
|The food! Everything was so good. I wish I could've eaten more!|
|All the ladies :) Thanks for coming!!|
|Practicing for the big day? Hahah!|
|My girls... pointing to their favorite photos?|
|All the toilet paper dresses, haha!|
|Me with my now mother-in-law :) It was special that she came!|
|Our "silly" photo :)|
|My girls! (minus Jodi) Tiff got us all pins (bride-to-be and bridal party). It was too cute. I loved it all!|
To be continued!