Many visitors to the shop over the past year, as well as neighbours and friends, have known about my engagement for quite a while; for the last two-and-a-half years, in fact! I've simply adored the entire process of wedding planning, and had so much fun incorporating what I could from the shop.
For those 2 years, to the detriment of my then-fiance, I hoarded treasures from the shop to use as wedding decor. I loved Disney and other fictional fantasy stories growing up, and he plays DnD, so we naturally came to a very fitting theme: enchantment.
On October 1st, close friends and family gathered in the middle of a forest to help us celebrate our own enchanted evening- we finally got married!
Not long after our wedding, Justin and I embarked on our honeymoon to London, England- my first time on a plane! It only took me 27 years. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to fly somewhere again a little sooner than that!
We returned on October 27th, and as our plane was taxiing toward the terminal, my husband recieved a text message- my father- the shop's Founding Father- STEVE! - was in the hospital. The hospital? The hospital!
We raced straight there, and found him just moments before he was wheeled off for emergency spinal surgery. He spent 5 days in hospital, and it was the most emotional experience of our lives, to date.
On the 1st of October, my Father walked me down the aisle; on the 31st of October, I walked him out of the hospital. I figured I might try to brighten a few faces, so I grabbed the first Halloween costume I could find at the shop:
While we try to keep the ordeal light-hearted, I simply cannot close this post without an incredibly heartfelt thank you to every. single. person. that has visited or called to chat with Dad, to help out with heavy lifting at the store, for the home cooked meals, for the moral and emotional support, and everything in between.
Our gratitude cannot be measured.
Steve's recovery has progressed quite nicely over the last few months; he no longer walks with a cane, and is now able to lift slightly heavier objects! He'll be back into the full swing of things before we know it!
Hug your loved ones whenever you can, and let them know how much they mean to you.