This past Sunday I finally had a weekend day off and was able to go to Louisville to see Lu's new apartment and to visit with Rose. We took the time on our shopping trip to buy them bridesmaids' dresses. We found one that we all three agreed on (a miracle!), found one in each size, tried them on, they looked wonderful, and we got a great deal. One day, one dress, one time in the fitting room, FANTASTIC!
It was wonderful to have another wedding task completed but it also reminded me of one of the hardest decisions I have made since getting engaged - picking who I wanted to have stand with me at my wedding. I have wonderful friends from high school, two great girlfriends from college, and of course my collection of camp loves. In the end, it became obvious that I had to pick someone who not only knows and loves me but also knows and loves Mark...with that conclusion, Rose became the only choice. She was one of the first people I told that I wanted to marry Mark, she followed us creepily around the lake the night we started dating, and she was one of the first people we told the night we got engaged. And while I have been blessed with beautiful friendships in my life, my friendship with her is the only one that has spanned high school, college, and camp. I am sorry that I have friends that feel left out but I hope they also understand that I wanted my bridesmaids to be friends of Mark's as well. I am so thankful for all of the friendships in my life and for all of the ways my friends have helped, and are helping, Mark and I get ready for our wedding.