Monday, August 24, 2015

Time for me to say goodbye

The last week we lived in Texas, I was able to get together with some wonderful friends for the last time. The kids and I had one last lunch with my dear Susan and her girls. Saying goodbye to her really pulled at my heartstrings!  (never thought I would use the word heartstrings in a sentence but I just did;) I have so many wonderful memories of us together with our kids. Many afternoons after school at the park just talking and talking while our kids played. Girls nights, just her and I. She was a breath of fresh air, always. I miss her laugh. Am I sounding weird right now describing her? Haha. I'm not a stalker. I just love her :) I treasure those times. I may or may not have cried a little when we said goodbye. She was a close close friend of mine almost the entire time we lived in the area, whether we were in McKinney or Prosper. We met in probably 2008? I could talk to her about anything and could be myself around her. She was always there for me.  I was grateful for her true and undying friendship for so many years.  Another sweet friend was Emily.  Emily and I had dinner one night just the two of us before the move. Fun to be silly with her and talk about life together. I will miss her and her generosity and genuinity. She also knew how to have fun. We ordered dessert before dinner that night, her idea. I loved it! Our favorite place to go was BJ's and we would always share a pizza and pizzookies :) She had the funniest stories to share with me every time we hung out. And I knew she would do anything for me and I would for her. I'm glad for phone calls and texts and social media to keep up! We also had park/playdate with my sweet friend Alison and a couple of her kids. She was a good friend to me in Prosper and her daughter, Alivia, was a good friend of Aubrey's. She helped me in so many ways and I will never forget her. She was a HUGE example to me in my life of leadership, thoughtfulness(she did so many inspired things..) and faith. There was also my sweet friend, Jessica. Her and I became very close the last year before we moved. She was "real." Our personalities were similar and I just loved being around her. She is a talented, smart, funny and loving person. I'm so glad for Facebook so I can continue to see her beautiful face and those adorable kiddos! I will miss her a ton. I'm so glad we got to know each other this year! Then there were the Grigg's. The coolest couple. We had finally found a couple to go on double dates with and hang out with. The last year we lived in Prosper, we realized how much we all had in common. Its hard to find another couple to hang out with! Mike and Joey had similar personalities and interests and so did Tamara and I. They were fun fun fun. And they had a lot of kids like us :) So, they "got" us. We had fun playing tennis and foosball together :) And having dinners together and playing games while the kids played. I still hope we can go on a trip or cruise together someday like we talked about :) We also had to say goodbye to my Aunt Cindy and Aunt Sandy(and her family). It sucked that they both lived so close to us and we were leaving them. The kids were super bummed about that especially. Sandy and her family actually lived in our town and had just moved into our ward even! Aubrey loved having their son, Joey, in the youth program with her. He's a fun guy to be around. I'm glad we had the opportunity to get to know all of them better. And even my Aunt Cindy had recently moved closer. And Sharlene and Brandon too! Ugh! Then we up and moved. I am so sorry y'all!! We love you so much and miss you so much!! We'll be back through on our way to CC next year though(so that makes me feel better, this isn't "forever":) They are both wonderful aunts. Also, the last photo is a photo of me, the kids and our dear neighbor, Nancy, across the street. She was the very last person we said goodbye to before we drove off. She was such a giving warm hearted lady that we will never forget. She made us countless things for the kids by hand. Wallets, stuffed animals, bowl holders(for the microwave:), blankets and spit up cloths for Luke. She even put money in one of those wallets for us for our drive to Iowa("for snacks and food on your way up") It was sweet to hug her goodbye and thank her for her friendship and kindness. And, as you know, she taught us a sweet lesson in our life...

I was also able to have one last GNO with some of my very favorite people. My visiting teachers, Annilee and Heidi, put it together for me. These gals are amazing and really helped me last year! I won't forget how they weren't just my visiting teachers, but how they really were my friends and looked out for me. It was a perfect evening that I was so grateful to them for. It was a great way to see so many ladies and say goodbye to them. I was also thrilled that my dear friend, Amanda, was able to come to that too. She still lived in McKinney the past three years while I was in Prosper but was one of the few that still kept up with me and showed me she still valued our friendship. She is an awesome person that texts me out of the blue to see how I'm doing or what I'm up to. She is super funny and so easy to talk to. And a great mama to her three little cuties. I love her! It meant a lot to me that she came that night. All of the girls in the picture at TCF picture are AMAZING. They have all touched my life for good in some way. Every one of them. Every person, every family we have met in our marriage so far has taught us something. Thats the best part of moving, is getting to know more people. Every move has brought us new treasured friends. So, I look forward to meeting more friends in our new place! As I reflect on our lives in North Texas, it was a good life. There were some ups and some downs, but the ups outnumbered the downs for sure! As I felt ready to move on, I also wanted to hold on to some of these ladies forever! We had so many great memories and experiences. And wonderful people to bless us. We miss everyone so much.

I may or not be tearing up looking at their faces right now as I type this from Iowa....



















And here is our last picture before we drove away..our family in front of our old home. Goodbye Texas!


1 comment:

jOeY said...

😔 this post made me sad. I'm so grateful for all of your wonderful friends. I'm sure that they miss you like crazy!