I awoke to their adorable son, who is by the way, a real life super hero. He wouldn't show me all of his capes....I gotta see the capes Finn.
Jeff, Kathy, and I went out for a bit Friday night. It was pretty fun. I can't play darts very well, and Jeff can't play Big Buck Hunter very well. So glad those important facts were established.
Jeff and Kathy dropped me off early at the country club where the celebration was being held. Apparently I got ready to celebrate by falling down a flight of stairs before heading out. I am SO graceful.
People began pouring in and I got to meet so many of Kelly's friends and family. The 24's (her 24 year long friends referred to as the 24's now) all showed me such warmth and love when I arrived. Kelly's father Tom did as well. He did an amazing job speaking about his daughter's life and the legacy she leaves behind. One of love, optimism, and pure joy. I'm praying so much for Tom and his wife and their son, and the children for strength during this difficult time, along with everyone who loves her, and their were a ton of people that came out to celebrate.
Her ex-husband read some adorable poems from their children (who were totally playing games on some phones that I wanted to play). He also read his own statement about her.
Peter, her friend, prayed with us and spoke so beautifully about Kelly and how her spirituality had grown since they met. I could feel it when we spoke, when she asked if our souls would recognize each other and when she said she was excited for this next life, although she didn’t want to leave her boys.
I spoke about how Kelly and I met, about how she opened up a little more about fears, and how we were horrible at listening to classes at the LUNGevity summit so we ended up playing with SnapChat the whole time. I got her hooked. I'm so sorry...I should've known she needed an intervention when we got home and she sent something ever day! She was so goofy. Even in the hospital, that she was in and out of this past year, she still sent crazy snapchats. I have some great memories on mine of her. I really hope they allow me to bring it into heaven. We turn into 12 year old girls with that app.
Chris Draft attended and spoke about Kelly's bravery and courage and how we must continue to fight lung cancer, for people such as Kelly, gone too soon. I had to go before him because it is impossible to follow up his speeches.
A few more people went and then everyone mingled. The set up was fabulous and Kelly would have loved the fact that we all weren't sitting in a funeral home crying.
I honored her by doing what we did best, SnapChat pics, so get ready for an overload of pics in this post.
I don't think my speech did my soul sister the justice she deserved for always being my voice of reason. She calmed me down. She was and always will be my soul sister. And the fact her friends took me in as that is just amazing.
Tiffany drove me to the gathering of the 24's and more afterwards and we held a celebration for Kelly's birthday, August 13th. They shared such sweet memories of Kelly and we laughed and talked about the overpowering LOVE she had for everyone. There is literally no one else like her. Chris came by and eventually Jeff picked me up. Chris and I both stayed with the Clark's so Chris could take me to the airport since we were on the same EARLY flight. I was so glad he was there....I swear I need a babysitter. Thank you Tiffany for taking this stranger in and carting her around!
All in all, I think we had Kelly smiling, laughing at us, and just overjoyed at the peace so many of us felt. She will forever be in our hearts, but this weekend gave me that closure and peace I had been seeking. Bonnie Addario even messaged that we will all continue to fight for Kelly and others with this terrible disease. She brought together so many people. And I feel like I gained so many friends that were in her corner and I'll remain friends with them through our mutual bond with Kelly.
Although I have peace as to where she is, free of pain and machines and hospitals, I'm selfish. I want her here. I feel a little lost without her, but I'm sure she will help me find a way.
As Chris so eloquently quoted 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith". And that she did.
PIC AND SNAPCHAT OVERLOAD