Mixed Emotions

I have been through a whirlwind of emotions during this moving process, ranging from excitement, sadness, some worry, but much eagerness. In the beginning, I think I just had lots of questions wondering if it really could be possible and how exactly we were going to move our family into our vehicle and around the country in a year.

But one of the main things I wrestled with in the beginning was saying goodbye to a wonderful life. We really have been blessed with some amazing friends. We tell people we live in a magical neighborhood where our kids can run and play freely. Through soccer teams and homeschool activities, our kids have developed awesome friendships, and we have as well with their parents.

So, I knew it would be hard for me to say goodbye to our friends. I personally feel like we are just saying, “See you soon,” but I know the reality is that life might not be the same when we return. So, that’s a bit sad.

Our family and friends have cheered us on, but I know they are also going through a mix of emotions as well. One of our close friends sent us the following email. It’s one of those “keepers” that makes me smile.

First of all, yeehaw!!!! I am jealous! Once again, when it’s our turn to take off for a year, you will get to mentor us. You are living the dream!!!

Second, we were all just going to embark upon a year long party – so you might want to reconsider your plans.

Third, boo hoo hoo, poor me. Poor us. I’m going to cry now. I have no idea what we’ll do without you. You usually don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. But I know exactly what I’ve got – Friends that don’t get better than this. Now I’m mad. I want to hold you down until you say, “Uncle” and stay. Oh, wait, that would be force. You are free. Woo hoo. Freedom!!! Better use it while you can. 🙂

Fourth, when you get back, there are usually houses out here in the country for sale. I think you should all move out here. 🙂

Fifth, thanks for introducing me to other wonderful families. You are going to miss us bad.

Sixth – how did you keep this a secret? Or is it just spontaneous? 😉

Seventh – shifting tone here – I am so grateful for you guys. You are amazing friends. I will love you forever. You really touch everyone you meet.

There are no guarantees in life. Any one of us could die tomorrow. How blessed we are to have met, to have loved, to have laughed.

Y’all are going to have the time of your lives. So free. So fun. Send photos.

You will be really, really missed.

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