|Our special friend, Jaylen. He has been at out house almost everyday for the last year+.|
When we just began discussing the idea of heading back to Thailand, one of my fears/hesitations was how FAST it was going to be. We knew we would need to be in Thailand at the beginning of August, and it was the end of June when this came up. I talked to one of my good friends, Kristen Fransman, who was also in the process of moving overseas for missions. She said in some ways, she wished it would have been faster. Preparing for over a year and a half was difficult in lots of ways. That made me feel better. And I knew it was probably easier on my heart to not drag things out. Maybe harder on those we were leaving though.
July was FULL of tasks and packing and details, but it was also full of visits and special memories. I was intentional to soak things up. Enjoyed watching Tyndall playing with his cousins, with our neighbor Jaylen, with my business helpers Adrienne and Bekah. Enjoyed coffee and breakfast dates and family dinners and rides in the car. Taking in the little, everyday things that usually just fly by. It was special to be able to soak up those moments.
Those things made it easier to let go of the cars, the house, the 'stuff'. Majorly downsizing my Mary Kay business was one of the hardest for me. At first, it almost kept me from coming. I invested a lot of time, money, energy and prayers into my business for over 2 years. It was hard to be asked to let go of that. Eventually, I felt "released". I'm so thankful I had a year-end celebration with my unit and got to see most of them. I'm thankful that our meetings in Charleston had some special time for me to say goodbye. Though I'm not fully done with Mary Kay, it will be very different.
Rehoming Zoe was difficult. Thankfully, Zeb made the arrangements and found a family for her who is perfect. Mom and "Aunt" Brenda made the actual exchange which also made it easier. The hardest part was Tyndall asking for her. When we would come home from somewhere, he would say, "Zoe, we're home!" and wonder why she didn't come see us. We told him Zoe had a new family, and he would be okay with that. We told him we were moving to Thailand, and he always asked who else was coming. Precious boy.
The GoodByes were very hard. Very hard this time. I know Tyndall is going to be so different the next time most of our family sees him. I know our nieces are going to change so much. We know things will change. That's hard. Pray for all these relationships and transitions. We miss our family so much already, and it's really just the beginning!