Two weeks ago I found that one of my bestest friends in the whole wide universe was moving to Texas. She was my matron of honor at my wedding. She also happens to be the mother of my gorgeous four-year-old niece (my hubs and I are her godparents…!) and when I found out I was so excited for her but so sad for us! She has been offered an amazing opportunity to attend an amazing program related to ministry and it’s just not something that she can turn down. She feels strongly that God is leading her in this direction and I support her 100%, but gosh will I miss her! We’ve been best friends since we were about 13 years old. I spent sooo many nights sleeping over her house and would vacation with her and her family every single summer. She is one of those friends that you can bare your soul to with no qualms. She’s trustworthy, loyal, dependable, challenges me to my best, and has been a rock for me during some of the most difficult aspects of my life. When Micah was in the hospital, she stayed with me during some of the rough patches and was such a source of comfort. She is a lifelong friend and a sister (even though she is no longer married to my brother, they have been divorced for several years now) and I am excited for this new chapter of her life. But goodness, I will miss her so much. My heart hurts thinking about it.
Anyway, one day I was talking to my husband about it and getting really emotional. “Man, I wish there was some way I could spend more time with her since she’s leaving so soon! I will miss her and L soooo much!” and a little light bulb went off. What if I could take the trip out there with them but fly back? I could help her settle in, spend time with her, help her with the long drive, spend time with my niece….but I immediately shut it down. Too far fetched. Until it wasn’t.
Yesterday she texted me about a really cheap flight and I looked at my husband…”Should I?! Nah, it would be too crazy right? I couldn’t leave you and the boys for a week…right?” He looked at me and encouraged me, “You should do it. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. This chance isn’t going to come around again. You really should do it.” I thought about it and asked carefully, “But how will you manage with the boys for an entire week? Are you sure you would be okay? It’s a lot to handle…” I cautioned him nervously as I stared down at the screen of my phone. “I’ve got this. I’ll be fine, ” he continued casually. “But we leave for vacation the day after I get back! You would have to prep everything! I would have to prep everything! Nah, it’s too much,” I reasoned. “Do it,” he said. “You really should.” When I looked into his reassuring eyes, I knew he was right.
So, I will be road-tripping to TX with one of my best friends and my niece for a week! We are going to be checking out some sites, stopping to sleep, and pretty much making it a girls trip. I will be helping her drive and I will fly back once I’ve helped her settle in. AHHHH. I’m so excited! I will miss my boys SO much but I know that my husband is right, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help out my BFF in this way and also spend tons of time with her and my niece. Also, since my husband has this time it’s a great opportunity to do something fun before we figure out what the next step is for our family. Also, It’s summertime and I have off. The week is free. I’m doing it. So, I will have lots of cool pics to share with you guys and lots of adventures to share as well. I will miss my boys sooo much but I am also really excited about the whole thing.
And to top it all off, we will be celebrating the babies’ birthday this Saturday! You know how you invite people and don’t expect them all to come? I want to say we invited 70-80 people and so far we have had 60 people say they are definitely coming and I know we will have more show up who just didn’t let me know they were coming. INSANE. I’m surprised because usually you invite a certain amount of people and there is always a portion of people who can’t come, but in our case it seems like EVERYONE is coming! This is great but also makes me freak out a bit! My husband says it was the same way for my baby shower. More people showed up than were invited it seems. So many people love these boys and want to celeberate with us. I appreciate that too. Needless to say, I will have lots to share with all of you! Until then!