5 weeks from today we will be standing in our new apartment in Oxford and I am starting to feel a little nervous. There is so much to think about, so many people to see (far too many that we haven't seen at all!), so much to organize and subsequently pack and I of course still have all of the daily tasks like cooking and cleaning. As excited as I am to be back in England, I am pretty much choosing to ignore how much I know I am going to miss my family. This past year in Atlanta has been one of the hardest of my life and there have been many many times when I have questioned our decision to come home. The one thing that I have never questioned is how much I have loved being within reasonable driving distance to my family. Although I haven't seen them as often as I would have liked, I have had the opportunity to save up many memories that I will always cherish.
In order to keep myself from turning into a blubbering mess, I will end with simply saying:
Dad, Mom, April, Austin and Anslee...
thank you for going out of your way to spend time with us this past year,
thank you for loving Madeline unconditionally and investing in her little life,
thank you for your encouragement, friendship and laughter,
thank you for the hugs,
thank you for promising that you will come to England,
thank you for reminding me that we are not perfect but God's plan is and we can trust in that.
I love you,