The Power of Love...Flower Love

To try to fully explain how amazing my trip to Flower Stock was and the culmination of all it took to get there is going to pale to the real life experience.  

This was a GIFT from my amazing friends and family.  I left on a Sunday, exactly 3 months to the day I discovered the lump in my breast.  I had just finished my last round of chemo and was getting my mind and body ready for surgery.  I can't think of a better way to prepare for my second phase of my cancer journey than this.

Flying to Virginia.

To commune, create and dance among the flowers and friends at Hope Flower Farm.

Thank you Holly & Evan for the gift of Flower Stock. Thank you Janise for the gift of miles and being my travel buddy.  Thank you Susan for the extended stay to play with me in our nation's capital. And last, thank you to my husband, children and my Parie Designs family for always being there with your love and support.

Hope Flower Farm is simply put, a picture postcard of the idyllic southern farm life, made even more so by the family that runs it, Evan & Holly Chapple and her clan of kids and flower team.  I have so many wonderful memories, snippets if you will.  Here are just a few...

Sharing stories of our moms with Robbie & Valerie, a stolen 'heart to heart" with Mihaela , Sugar Babies nourishment from Nick,  sweet gifts from Heidi & Morgan, hugging my warrior in arms, Gaby, laughing til I almost cried thanks to Sylvia, total awe & inspiration from Lisa Waud, basking in the young glow that is Kate, a whacky night of distraction (seriously ask at your own peril) with Janise, Susan, Faye, Kim, Eatherly & Susan, meeting the iconic Beatrix Ost (can I be her when I grow up?!). And on the last day being flowered by the 2 powerhouse Susan's; Kelly & McLeary, I can't go into much detail about this here, but stay tuned it was magic!

Like I said, these are just a few of the memories I will cherish and take with me as I travel this journey called Plan C. Thank you, to all of you!  YOU FEED MY SOUL!

Plan C

So I've always had Plan C and Plan D in place; meaning, If I die on the way to a wedding, the show must go on.  The bride and her family cannot know what has transpired, my team must complete the "mission".

I know on the outside this seems ludicrous, but seriously my death doesn't alter the fact that my sweet bride is getting married; MY death should not alter HER life.  So my goal is to always have systems in place should I die or become incapacitated.  I needed to know and feel confident that these processes would produce the desired outcome no matter if I, Parie, were there or not.

When I've told my employees and friends about my "Plan D" over the years they've looked at me like I had finally gone stark raving mad!  "Shut up Parie, don't talk like that!"

But what they don't understand is that this is what keeps me awake at night.  What would happen to my business, which is my legacy for my husband and children should I die or have a life altering accident?  What would happen to my team, my staff if my business fails because of my illness or death?

Well, it has become real for me.  I have stage 2 breast cancer, and although I plan on living and fighting this disease with every ounce of my being, the reality is that this is now a real problem, with a real pain that needs to be solved.  I plan on making this part of my journey, to chronicle the steps taken to solidify my business as well as my personal life while dealing with a life changing event.

So Plan C is just that, the plan to deal with CANCER and all that it brings.  As a wedding planner we always have Plan B in place, so this is natural for me, to formulate a process for the uncertain with a plan.  

Join me if you will.  I won't make any promises on how often I will post, or how inspiring this will be.  But I do plan to be honest.  There will be good days filled with inspirational images and quotes, but there will also be days filled with angry posts and lots of cuss words.