Then she typed, using her eyes on her eye gaze computer, "If I could only afford a suite?". I would have never thought of a suite - well we both knew that was out of the question.
So I started to think about what company might donate the use of their suite to us for a day. I talked to our preacher to get some ideas from him as to who I should contact. I sent emails and letters - I bet I sent 20 or more asking who could help me surprise Marcie -I even sent Oprah an email and Kenny Chesney's management group in TN. Out of those 20 or more emails and letters I only heard back from Dale Hansen, Arlington's Mayer's office and Cowboy Stadium. All along I was in contact with Doug, our preacher, just keeping him in the loop.
Two weeks before the concert I had all but given up saying I would not give up till the day of the concert. On a Thursday night a week before the concert Doug called and said he was pretty sure Marcie's Big Surprise was going to happen. Which so surprised me. So many people at our church wanted to do something special for Marcie and up till now we really did not need anything but they wanted to make this happen for her. The next day Doug called and said he had a suite for Marcie the day of the concert, 18 tickets, 5 parking passes and food for us while we were in the suite -oh my goodness - so much more that I had ever dreamed of! And it was a gift from our friends.
We were given 18 suite tickets for this concert - our immediate family along with an uncle and aunt from Waco. She gave the rest of the tickets to her friends. She ask if she could pick who used the extra tickets and I told her this was her Big Surprise she for sure could pick who went with us.
Parking lot sign - right at the door - unreal how close our parking spot was - it had a number on it which was the same as our parking lot pass so no one could park in "our spot" for that day.
The picture of our van was taken just before we lift after the concert but it shows you just how close we parked to the door of the stadium.
I almost laughed out laud when we pulled in to the parking lot and the security people had to check our van to find several back packs with medical needs that I might need and a rolling cart with batteries and extension cords (Now who takes batteries and extension cords to a concert? Anyone traveling inside a building to watch a concert for several hours who has a family member on a ventilator and who uses a computer to commentate that needs electricity and or batteries). After seeing all this stuff, the parking attendant ask my husband if we had a good trip (the attendant had no idea we only lived 15 minutes down the road from the stadium) and my husband said "we sure did".
We were shown the elevator and once on the 6th. floor someone was waiting for us to take us to "our suite" which was on about the 50 yard line so right in the middle of the side of the stadium. After we looked around the amazing suite we saw this on the big screen. We had made it!
We arrived at Cowboy Stadium just as it opened at 3:00 and by 3:15 we were in "our suite" for the day. People were already claiming their spot by the stage where they would stand till 11:00 that night when the 4 concerts were over. Since I had never been to a concert like this before I had never seen this and it was explained to me what they were doing by my daughter-in-law.
Such a neat picture of Marcie, her computer (this computer reads her eyes and that is how she communicates with us) and Cowboy Stadium filling up with people for the 4 different bands that will preform this day.
Marcie's friend Lashawn and Lashawn's sister as they arrived at the concert. They have been friends since being cheerleaders together in high school. Look at the sun coming in the west end of the Cowboy Stadium.
My Grandson's watching the crowd at it got bigger and bigger as the afternoon went on.
And at 8:30
Kenny Chesney came from out of no where above the crowd on some sort of swing singing as he hovered above the crowd and was put him down on the stage.
Look very closely to the right of the second white light in the picture below and you will see him above the crowd.
The band is very active during the concert.
SO MARCIE'S BIG SURPRISE DID HAPPEN after all !
We had a GREAT time - Marcie's Big Surprise would never have happened without the wonderful gift from our church family - North Davis Church of Christ - and all our great friends there who love Marcie so much!
Marcie had one more surprise - Two weeks after the concert when I went to church to one of the classes who help send her to the concert to show them 50 of our 360 pictures - they gave to me for Marcie an 8 X 10 autographed picture of Kenny Chesney he had signed just for Marcie!