|On the road to Alabama|
Today is day that has been planned for and prayed over, but it didn't make it any easier. It is both exciting and scary. Earlier this morning, and 700 miles away, I stood in the foyer with my 3 year-old daughter and we just walked out of our house. Almost like we were just running an errand. She had no idea that she'll never live there again. I remembered the first time I visited this house. She was only a few weeks old, and she was sleeping in her carrier. We left her asleep in the foyer while we explored the house. That day was a magical day. We had just added to our family. We had finalized the sell of our other house, and we were eager to settle into a great community and school for our children. While I had always shuddered at the thought of suburbia, here we were that day - running towards suburbia with open arms.
So to stand in that same foyer 3 years and 2 months later and realize that we were moving out, was quite overwhelming. I was also struck and humbled by the overwhelming trust our children have in us. My daughter only knew we were beginning our "Alabama Adventure" words like moving, new job, this is going to get difficult - have no real meaning to her. So I busied myself with driving and we were off! For the rest of the trip, I absolutely couldn't allow myself to think about the other half of our family remaining behind. My brave 1st grader got on the bus this morning knowing that he'd come home and his sister and mother would be gone. My brave husband went to work knowing that when he came home his daughter and wife would be gone.
This is all a carefully orchestrated plan that The Hubs and I agreed would be best for the family. Yet when the sequence of events starts to occur, you can get washed away by the current of emotions.
I start my new job on March 17th. I want to get settled in and introduce my daughter to her new school before starting work.
Today was only the first in a series of events that have to occur over the coming months. Our move to AL is just the start of the dominoes.