Our moving truck came today.
How is this possible? I feel like we just moved in but two years later it's time to move on. What a mix of emotions this day brings- excitement for what is to come, pride for what has been accomplished, sadness for what- but most importantly who we're leaving behind.
Russell and I could not be more fortunate to have spent the first two years of our marriage growing in the Fuqua community. We had no idea what we would find when we made the 13 hour move from Memphis, but what we found was a cozy town, great food, a pile of friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
I have enjoyed watching the transformation of Russell. He's finding his drive and loves the world of business. I'm so proud of him and all of his hard work and dedication poured into getting his MBA. He has learned more than either of us could have imagined and is walking away with not only a degree and a great job, but new knowledge of his potential for success in the "real world" whether business or otherwise. I know big things lie ahead for his career and I'm looking forward to watching that path unfold.
Our family has grown by one dog child. We love Hattie so much and she has become great friends with Genna. Genna has grown up a bit herself! She takes naps now and even follows commands :) They have no idea what is coming for them. They're going to thank us for their new yard!
I have had the opportunity to search outside of my speech pathologist background by taking classes in nonprofit management through Duke continuing education as well as running a fantastic club at Fuqua (Russell's school) called MBA Games which is the largest contributor to Special Olympics of North Carolina. In addition to nannying for some great families and volunteering through Fuqua Partners.
Russell and I have become reliant on each other, made friends that are "ours" not mine or his, developed our home that will go with us where ever we may be, and have had lots of time for fun vacations. We've built a foundation for our future that is strong!
This is the day we say our final "see ya laters". It's going to be tough and we're going to miss this place where we have grown so comfortable. Part of me, though, is ready to turn the page and begin the next chapter- No homework, a house to call our own, a new town to explore, and seeing more of our families. I think we're in for many more great stories!
Stay tuned for the excitement to come...think fabric, paint, flooring and furniture!