It has been a little while but we have finally settled down after the move. Or rather, we are settling down enough that I can get back to writing and reflecting a little bit.
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We moved out of our house March 16. We slept in our own beds again May 13. Almost 2 months of living out of bags and sleeping on floors! It was quite an adventure. Please Please Please do not think that we were having a hard time. It seems as though we did not suffer at all.
One of my objectives for the trip was to spend some time together as a family and see if we could strengthen some of relationships. There are some wounds in my kids that I have caused and I wanted to see if I could spend those months trying to reconcile their little hearts to mine.
It seems to have worked well. Now that I understand the hearts of my older kids a little bit better, we were able to connect in a more deliberate manner. My oldest daughter, the introvert, would sit next to me for 6 hours at a time. It was most comfortable for me to ride with my right arm resting across the seat-backs, and so my hand would rest on her shoulder. We wouldn’t talk about much, but the moments we did spend talking were precious.
Sleeping on the floor wasn’t bad either. We got to stay with family, friends, friends who are family, and family who are friends. All in all it was such a great trip. Spent time with a range of people like folks that my wife and kids have never met and that I have dearly missed (Thanks for the grape juice bro!), as well as family that we saw last Christmas.
And now we are here.
I have a lot of butterflies in my stomach right now. It feels like tomorrow is the first day at a new school… probably because it is. I’m more excited than I am nervous or anxious. I do wonder if I have what it takes. I’m not so concerned about graduating, I wonder if I have what it takes to actually be the sole medical provider on a submarine.
I’m sure it will be fine.
My soul rests as I wait.
Thanks for being patient with us as we travelled.
Thanks so much too for letting us sleep on your floors!! I cannot think of a better way to explore this great nation of ours!!
Until next time…