I Hate This Part

2.04.2013

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.



Emily Powell said...

I don't know how you do it! Especially since that is where you became a mom and Emerson has spent almost the first 2 years of her life there! I would be a puddle on the ground!

Paula Lynch said...

Awesome post. Hard to say goodbye. We are so ready for you to be a short plane ride away. We love you.

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Mallorie said...

Okay where are you going when you first get back to the US?! And when is it...we will be in Texas soon! haha

Mateya said...

Oh goodness I'm sure the goodbyes are hard :( I was JUST thinking about you guys yesterday wondering how soon you get to come home!!!

Praying everything goes well!!!

Giggles said...

Don't think of it as goodbye but a see ya later! I can't imagine how hard it is. I live 1/2 a mile away from where I grew up. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Jennie said...

I bet it is a bitter sweet moment. I live only 8 hours from my family and friends and where i called home for so long. I cant image what it would be like to be that far away! Hope moving goes smoothly for you!

Natalie said...

It is always bittersweet when a chapter in your life closes...I'm always sad but then excited about the future. Hope your move and traveling goes well!

Erin said...

What a bittersweet time! I hope these last days there have been good to all of you. Happy travels! I'm sure your family is getting that same excited feeling you are!

Megan said...

Bittersweet, indeed! I ran across this quote somewhere right before our big move (I wish I could remember where I found it), and it really rang true with me:

"You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place. Like you'll not only miss the people you love but you'll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you'll never be exactly this way ever again."

I think that missing of not only the people and places, but of the "you" that exists there is what truly makes such times bittersweet.

So much for you all to look forward to, though! Safe travels!

Mandy said...

As I was reading this post, I was thinking back to 2005 when Michael and I left NC and I had to say goodbye to you. When we started our military life I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have made such an amazing friend that I had so much in common with. Let alone meet someone who to this very day, even after 11 YEARS (that's almost half of our lives girl!!!!!), continents apart, and so many changes, would still be one of my very best friends. I loved our military life b/c it's where we met so many amazing people (especially yours truly!) and traveled to some amazing places. I know these moves are so hard, but selfishly I am so ready to be able to text you when I see an awesome deal in Target!! ;) Safe travels sweet friend. Call me asap!! Love you!

Emily said...

I can't believe you are getting ready to be back in the US, how exciting! I don't know how you are handling it though-all the goodbyes, I could totally understand being a litle down!

~Dawn~ said...

Ugh, goodbyes are always tough!

I am excited to read about your new adventures in the coming year!!

~Momma to Twin Girls~ said...

So bitter sweet. I too hate good byes. I am also very excited to see what the future holds for your little family. Such exciting times are ahead. And the memories you have made with your friends and family of 3 while in Abu Dhabi are priceless.
HUGS to you!!!

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