I’m not sure where to start here. I feel a need to explain a bit of backstory to this trip because of how meaningful it is.
My brother’s wedding is something my mother has been very excited about for awhile. As the day got closer, she talked about it even more. Also, during this time mom was battling cancer on and off. She was diagnosed during the early phases. After lots of chemotherapy and a breast removal, she was “cancer free”. A year later it returned, stage 4 with spreading to the bones.
But mom is a fighter. She used the wedding as the key motivation to get better, to be strong enough to walk with her son down the aisle and dance with him at the reception. She never did make it to the wedding. May 25, 2017, my mom lost her battle. She was my everything and as much as I miss her, I know she’s at peace. No pain, no stress, no worries. I love you mom.
This trip is the first time my family has been together since her funeral. I knew how important it was for her to be present. It was a beautiful ceremony but a very emotional one. I stuck around a few extra days after the wedding to spend time with my brother. We visited Niagra Falls with our families to cap off the trip! All in all, it was a great experience.