We are nearly out the door!
Ten days left in this house and in less than three weeks we will be arriving in the US to begin 8 weeks of training before joining The Africa Mercy in the Canary Islands in early August.
As you can imagine, so much has been happening in our household over this last month!
Furniture and household goods have been sold and given away, bags have been packed, boxes have been packed, important forms have been filled out and lots (and lots) of travel vaccinations have been performed. The girls, particularly Charlotte, ask each time “Are we done now?” Through it all I have been maintaining my sanity by heading out for my daily walk or run and on one such walk I got thinking about how beautiful it is to live where we live and that, of course, led to me thinking about all the things I will miss when we move away.
It’s funny how having a leaving date makes you more aware of the beauty that surrounds you. It has made me more appreciative of the here and now and all that I will miss once we are gone.
I started with the trails that I walk on, which are no more than two minutes from home and hug a stunning, rugged coastline. It was on one of these tracks that I looked out over the ocean and began to mentally put together the following list (for this blog of course!) which includes a few of those things that I think I will miss, in no particular order …
- running in wide open spaces
- beautiful coastline
- Tathra Beach
- a stroll to the wharf for a great cup of coffee
- live music
- our house on the cliff with the amazing view
- the Australian bush
- colours of nature
As I said, they are in no particular order and I’m sure I have only begun to scratch the surface. You will probably note that there is no mention of the people that I will miss. They were my first thoughts, when thinking of leaving, and as I was wiping tears from my eyes and trying to prevent myself from turning into a blubbering mess (oops, too late for that!) and causing myself an injury because I could no longer see the track, I quickly moved on to the above list!!
However, it’s rarely about the things or the places … I can live without all of the above and I am sure that there are going to be amazing new experiences that will fill those “gaps”.
For me, it is always about people! I will miss the people that I have grown to love in this fabulous place that we live in, and the family still here in Australia and since my eyes are filling with tears again (making it a little difficult to type) I’m off to tick another task off my list!