Not blogging recently. Everything is okay, just hard to make time to "journal" all that is going on.
I did want to take a moment to say how overwhelmed Anny and I are by the outpouring of love and support that we are getting from our friends and co-workers.
Anny's teacher-friends threw her a surprise party, complete with Rob-who-should-have-been-at-work! When I walked in I was not greeted warmly - Anny had a large, sharp knife in her hand and she *might* have pointed it in my direction in retaliation for not spilling the beans on her. A few tears. Lots of hugs. Lots of smiles.
My office had a lunch yesterday at Tower Oaks Lodge. I think I'm STILL full from lunch yesterday, and it's almost time to eat breakfast. I was given several gifts, including a book called "What Would Rob Do?" and a Desk Vacuum Zamboni. I am looking forward to the book, and looking forward to the fun of the new office toy!
On Sunday we will be overwhelmed again at church, I just know it. There is a lot of emotion there right now as our pastor is ill, and that will make it just a little bit harder. We have only been at LPC for five years, but it genuinely feels like a lifetime. The people at our church are like family, and that is even more true for Abby than for us.
And to be completely honest, I'm overwhelmed at the idea of leaving my family and the house that I grew up in. Special shout out of "thanks" to Miranda Lambert for releasing this song this spring:
I grew up in this house. I lived in this house during crazy times and during incredibly sad times. I lived in this house when I met Anny, and have lived here for other incredibly awesome times.
I have always been close with my family - and that was even more emphasized when my brother and I moved in with my grandparents, father and aunt in 1991. We now see my three aunts and my brother, sister-in-law and new niece weekly at Family Dinner. It's been really fun, and I will miss having those connections the most.
And that all of that is without acknowledging all of the valuable friendships that will change as we move from one side of the Mississippi River to the other. Even though we know we will be back here two, three or more times a year, but that does mean we can't pop over with burgers and hot dogs on a random Sunday evening. Or can't email at noon one day to set up an impromptu Ikea dinner. (Side note - I am going to miss Ikea!)
Above all I am excited, but it would be unfair to not acknowledge that I am overwhelmed in both good and bad ways. I am afraid that I'm only talking about the positives and excitement that I have, and that is tending toward overlooking the things that I will miss.