The Week of Goodbyes

This is a season of change. For many thats starting school, for some its new jobs and for others its watching their kids start school for the first time, or maybe for the last time. For some parents, its becoming empty nesters, or beginning a new life together. For some its adding a member to their family and for others its just the change in the weather. Whatever your change may be, it brings joy and it brings sorrow. There is so much excitement it the starting of a new season, a new dream, a new job or accomplishment with the new stage of life but thats not always the case. For some its the reminder of a loss, perhaps of a loved one, maybe the reminder of another year having not accomplished a dream, or of infertility, or of adoption papers having not been processed.

The season is just about to change, the weather is dropping and the leaves are beginning to turn as school started this week, the fair ended and our lives are taking on new things. Perhaps is appropriate to say that fall is by far my favorite season with pumpkin spice latte’s, crunchy leaves, jeans, scarves, and sweaters. Its time for football games with wild rice soup, chili and hot apple cidar. This season is full of fall ball, (soccer of course) and the biggest change, I guess, I’ll ever experience: the move of a lifetime.

In less than 10 days I will be leaving the country to start a new adventure of learning, and growing and making new memories. This time is surely a time of joy as I am preparing to fulfill a dream I’ve had since returning from the Middle East in the Spring of 2011. I am getting to do what I’ve thought and planned and prayed about for so long which is incredibly sweet! I know there are a lot of people out there that cant say that, so I know this is an absolute grace from above and a blessing to be cherished with my utmost.

So far I’ve said goodbye to co-workers, many supporters, a few friends, my old team, my coach and my grandma. I’ve been prayed over countless times and blessed by so many kind words that sometimes it hinders the real processing of leaving all that I’ve come to know and to love.

I know that saying goodbye as I walk through the airport doors will be filled with sorrow and tears but it will also be a time full of so many ideas and empty lists to fill. I’m thankful for all of the times I’ve had this summer to spend talking and playing and making memories that will last so far beyond this season.

May the Lord give us all grace in time of change, to accept and to cherish and to look forward for all the things to come. I love you all so much and can’t wait to share in this new adventure with you, thank you for being apart of what God is drawing me towards.

Here are some of my favorite memories from this summer:











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