So we've spent the last week suffering without internet. Okay, so I might be exaggerating a little bit. We haven't really suffered but we have definitely learned just how much we rely on it. We've spent many afternoons/evenings camped out on our neighbors front porch, soaking up all of their bandwidth. :0
Then today I bought my laptop over to the coffee table so E could watch a show and I heard my email ding, indicating that I had new mail. I realized right then and there that we could pick up our other neighbor's internet right from our couch. So, as you can surely guess, I am currently sitting on my couch and blogging instead of my neighbor's front porch!
We are very, very close to the end of our countdown and I have so many emotions running through my head. The last few days have been full of good-byes and that really is the part that I hate the most. I've noticed that I try to get them over with as quickly as possible. A tight hug and a few parting words are about all I can muster. If I let the good-byes linger too long, I will most definitely cry.
It's so weird knowing that people that are now part of our daily lives will soon become people that live all the way across the world. I think it's probably one of the worst parts of this nomadic life we've lived over the last three years.
I've been pretty good throughout almost all of the good-byes but I lost it tonight when we said good-bye to our best friends here in Abu Dhabi. They have been amazing to us and they have treated Emerson as one of their own. I can't stand the thought of not seeing them every day, so for now I have pushed it to the back of my mind. We've promised to keep in touch through Skype and email, but I know that it won't be the same.
It's crazy how you can be brokenhearted and incredibly excited, all at the same time.
Because beyond the sadness of the good-byes, there really is a buzzing excitement. An energy that is running through my veins and making my heart beat a little faster. I honestly can't believe that we are about to be home. HOME! In the most amazing country in the world. On the same continent as our family and dear friends. I have to say, it's a pretty awesome feeling.
There were times over the last few months that I thought that this day would never come. It felt so far away and unreachable. Yet here we are. Just like that. We've made it through and we're coming home. Even though the good-byes have been hard and the anticipation has been killing me, I wouldn't trade any of if for anything. It's been quite the journey and I'm so thankful that I have such amazing people that are so hard to say good-bye to.