.... Later that afternoon, we found ourselves in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Since our hotel was attached to an Outback Steakhouse, we met up with the Bride and Groom for dinner, the night before their big day. Outback has the some fantastic cheesecake and I had made the agreement with Edward that I would have cheesecake for my birthday if I drove us to the wedding.
After completing my end of the deal, I was delighted to have a great dinner with John and Linda and my wonderful husband too. And then to delight in my well earned cheesecake.
Then, to my surprise, John and Linda brought me a whole sampler cheesecake to take with me.
A birthday celebration that I wouldn't trade for anything.
John and Linda are some of the funnest people I've had the pleasure of meeting and I was looking forward to witnessing their wedding the next day.
After dinner, we gave John and Linda our wedding gift for them. This treasure box holds glass gems in the colors of their birthstones. We like to call them "The family jewels". Little did we know that their birthstones have been a much used symbol in their relationship. Even her wedding ring has their birthstones set together.
Then as you could imagine, after spending 20 hours on the road and a wonderful evening out, we made our way upstairs to the hotel room. I barely remember going to bed. I do remember awaking the next morning refreshed and ready to take on the day.
To stand in the center of all of this and look out in every direction, the perfectly aligned marble headstones are breathtaking.
|(Sometimes I forget which car I am driving.)|
|Maurice Burgess (Ed's Grandfather)|
After a quick stop at the kiosk, we were able to find Ed's grandparents on his mother's side with no problem at all.
|Eleanor Burgess (Ed's Grandmother)|
It's a good thing that a good friend in Texas sent me a Starbucks gift card for my birthday. Thanks Josh!
But we only had a short amount of time before the wedding.