Sunday, April 15, 2012

A week in Cherryville and saying goodbyes

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I can't believe it's been 3 months since I last wrote on our poor blog! During our time in Virginia we didn't really have consistent internet access since it was only available in certain buildings on our campus. You don't realize how nice it really is having it in your own house/apartment until you have to walk somewhere else to get it. Especially at night when the little one is in bed and you're in your pjs. Anyways! Now we're back to the land of constant internet so hopefully this thing won't be so neglected anymore. That being said, here's an update on what's been going on with us!

We finished up our training at the end of March and headed back to Cherryville for one week. Thomas's parents were able to come home from Africa and bring our nephew Christian with them. It was awesome to finally be able to meet him in person. Zeb's son is only a couple months younger than Judah and we were so excited to see how they would be together. They quickly hit it off and every morning Christian would wake up and go running through the house yelling, "Judah! Judah!" It was really cute.

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Together for the first time

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Eating Breakfast 

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Bathtime!

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Judah and his Mamere!

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Watching videos with Coco

Our week flew by at the speed of light. We were so busy packing that it was hard to really spend good, quality time with people. I was able to visit some family and we had good visits with Thomas's sister Mary, who was able to stay with us for the week, and with my brother Brent who came home for a long weekend.

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Judah with my dad, Papaw Ben and Uncle Brent

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Riding the tractor with Papaw

That Saturday, Renee's brother Jimmy and his wife Valerie had a pig pickin' at their house to celebrate David and Renee being home and also as kind of a goodbye party for us. We invited some of my family as well as a few friends.

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Christian and Judah driving GG Pa's truck 

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Proud Babu with his boys

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Us with Mamere and GG
 
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Having fun with my Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Tim

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My family

Saying goodbye to my parents was literally one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. You just can't  put into words what it's like really. Growing up I was rebellious and pushed them away, but after becoming a Christian I had a greater appreciation for how much they love and care for me and our relationship has grown very strong and deep over the past 10 years. I know we'll stay close and talk a lot over Skype. I know the hardest part is saying goodbye to Judah. He talks so much about his Papaw and Mamaw...yelling their names every time I open my laptop or pick up my cell phone. No matter how far away we are, there's no distance that can take away the love I know he'll always hold in his heart for his Mamaw and Papaw. (And of course for his Babu and Coco too! And Mamere and GG!...And all his family, geez saying goodbye is hard!)

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Mamaw and Papaw

The good thing is, my parents are going to be able to come visit us in a month so we'll get to see them again soon, hooray!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This made me cry, I love you

Mama

Unknown said...

The two boys are so cute together! May the next steps in your journey be joyfully taken.