By the end of our walk down memory lane, we both were a little teary-eyed and choked up. The emotions we felt on that day were so strong and overwhelming! Having a year of firsts behind us is a relief. It is always difficult to begin new traditions without thinking of where you were the year before and not feeling slightly melancholy.
We spent some time this week reviewing where we were one year ago. We had saved a list of all the things we had said goodbye to and that we knew we would miss. (categories being...places, places at our house, things, friends and family) We then made lists of all the things we had said hello to in a year's time in the same categories. Again, it was disheartening to see how small the "hello" lists were in comparison to the "goodbye" lists but also encouraging when we remembered how many years it had taken us to form attachments with all the items on our "goodbye" lists. We know the hello lists will continue to grow as we continue to sink roots into our new place.
Thanks to all of you for your strong love and support for our family during our first year. And thanks most of all to our Father for His faithfulness.
This post is short and sweet due to our awesome visitors! We are having a blast with Erik's sisters, Julie and Christy and Erik's niece Ashlyn. We are carting them all over the place to give them a truly Zambian experience. You can check out Christy and Julia's facebook pages to see their pics. Jule and Ash fly out this Monday, but Christy will be with us for the entire month. She has been driving occassionaly but big brother Erik doesn't quite trust her in town yet...we shall see :)
Love to all of you,