One by one the pictures came off. Clothes started to be packed away. The house started to feel less and less like ours, even though we were very much still living in it. Toddlers and moving are two words that don't go well together. But, alas, here we are, our last night in our home. We already have showings for this weekend. I'm trying to detach myself emotionally from a house that has brought us so many memories in such a short time. It's hard, but I know that it'll be okay. Maybe not right away, but it will be.
To this young couple. Your life is about to change. It's going to be really hard. You are going to be pushed completely out of your comfort zone. Forced to get out. Forced to meet new people from all walks of life. You'll laugh a lot, you'll move a lot, try new dinners and some of those will burn and make your whole kitchen smell. You will ache for home, but you'll still be happy. You have each other. Not all of the experiences will be bad. Trying new activities & exploring a new area is exciting. Get out there, both of you. Don't be afraid. Yeah, maybe your ceiling in you apartment will fall on to all of your belongings and maybe you'll live below a crazy neighbor. It won't be funny at first, just give it a few months. All of that will pass. You will laugh about it. Then, a few months later, you'll find that God has given you the greatest gift of all- a child. Parents. You both are so giddy with excitement and anticipation. The first 3 weeks are hard, but so amazing at the same time. Look at that baby... no, really look at him. One day he'll be running at you guys full speed giggling like crazy. It's true, you'll blink. It's hard too. You'll depend on a lot of wonderful friends you meet in your new town. They become like your family. They love your baby like their own. You'll get hard phone calls from home. Wishing you could be a little bit closer, but life isn't always easy. Oh, and Ally, you start a photography business. It comes at the perfect time in your life when you need something good. One day, as you are living for a photoshoot you realize your pants are tighter than normal. Two days later, the test confirms what you already know. You are expecting your second baby. You will spend holidays & birthdays away from family and friends. Yes, they are more quiet, but wonderful in every way. You find a town that really feels like home. Each of you embrace it openly. Bike rides, running, visits to festivals, park dates and evening walks. It will not be easy to leave, but it's time.
You both should be proud.
You have grown individually, as a couple and as a family.