About this time 4 years ago, we were preparing to make an enormous change in our lives.
We were packing up everything we owned, selling the dream house that we thought we’d never leave, and moving away from all of our friends and family.
We were moving to a city that we had always loved to visit, but never in a million years did we ever imagine we would live there one day!
My photos are organized by year, then by month, and finally, by the date the group of photos were taken. (yes, I’m slightly OCD about this. But I can’t possibly be the only one who does this!) Last night, when I closed my eyes and randomly chose a folder full of memories, I landed on 2009. After a few more random, closed eyes clicks, I settled in to a photo of my daughter, taken on September 25, 2009. (coincidentally, this was our 10th anniversary.)
It was somewhat of a rough time for us. We didn’t have much of a choice in our move…it was either move, or JB had no job. Even though I loved the city we were moving to, I was mad, angry, upset…I felt like I was being ripped away from everything I’d ever known. I spent the first three months that we were here incredibly depressed, and cried just about every day. At one point, my husband was so worried about me that he told me he would quit his job to move me back home, if that was what I wanted.
But this particular week…I had to put on my brave mama face for my children. I had to show them that this move would be a good thing, that we would be happy here. That we would make new friends, and our family would always be our family no matter where we were.
My daughter was only 5 when we moved here. She understood that we were moving, but she was the only one of us that seemed to be happy about it. I look at this picture now, and her huge cheesy grin, and I remember how excited she was that day…everything she saw was “so beautiful!” and “amazing, Mama!”
It took me a while, but that childlike attitude did eventually rub off on me. We’re still searching for our new dream house, but life here is truly so beautiful and amazing. Funny how seeing that grin four years later reminded me of such a life changing day.