Remember our "plot twist"? Well our twist has been resolved and we have landed back "home" near where we both grew up. We moved our family of 7 twice in 7 months, this last one being across state lines....wow that was fun! NOT! But we are here, boxes still aren't all unpacked, house isn't organized to my satisfaction, but we have a home that fits our family and my husband has a job that provides for us. What a blessing! To add to that blessing our kids are so HAPPY here. Our family, neighborhood and ward (church congregation) have been so good to us. We have all been welcomed with open arms by such wonderful, welcoming people.
That being said, it was really painful and hard to leave our dear friends who are like family. Here are a few pictures of my kids with only a few of our dear friends who we left. It was heartbreaking to see my kids sadness and heartache in leaving these amazing people we love like cousins, they have known many of these friends for most of their lives, some from birth. When you live in a place for almost 13 years and create strong bonds with people it is so hard to leave. In fact I still tear up when I think about being separated from these friends. I still have a hard time talking to them on the phone, it's still painful. However like one of my kids said, "It's good that it's so hard to say goodbye, it just means we have lots of people that we love so much." Amen to that.
I guess it's a good lesson to me and to my kids, just because something is right to do, doesn't mean it's necessarily easy. We know this move is right for us, everything has fallen into place, we couldn't feel better about where we are living, we love being close to family, but it still hasn't been easy.
We have so much to be grateful for and I thank God daily for his guidance in the last year of our lives. Looking back we can see His guiding hand in so many decisions and happenings. We are so very blessed.