We are moving away in 16 days. We are leaving on a jet plane (start singing song now), don’t know when we’ll be back again. We are starting an entirely new chapter of our lives in 16 days. I am not a good writer, neither am I a poet. But, I am feeling so many emotions right now I want to get them down in writing. It will probably come out as rambling but here it goes.
This morning I was sitting at a friend’s birthday party in a cute little tea house in Hillsboro. I sat there and observed my surroundings. I was struck by how much I love and enjoy my friends. It all of a sudden dawned on me that this is probably the last birthday party that I will attend with these friends in a long time. I will be gone and I will miss many birthdays, celebrations, events, and fun times with dear friends. I sat there and was overwhelmed by how much I want to enjoy and remember every moment of these last few days in Portland.
Later in the day we joined some friends at the beach. We hung out, talked, laughed, goofed around, ate, and enjoyed each other. It was wonderful. Towards the end of the night we took a walk on the promenade, watching the sunset, drinking hot coffee (because we were freezing), and I couldn’t help but think how I wish I could take this moment and bottle it up. More than I can express in words I want to remember these special times with friends forever.
My times with loved ones are coming to an end for who knows how long. I know our adventures ahead of us will produce new loved ones but for now we are saying good bye to the some really great friends. When you know something is coming to an end it is so much easier to savor your time. I am realizing constantly how much I enjoy the people the Lord has placed in my life. These next 16 days will be filled with goodbyes, tears, hugs, laughter, and many good times with some very special. I want to savor each moment, as corny as that sounds. I want to enjoy these people around me that the Lord has blessed me with.
Right now everything feels so real. I have a heightened awareness of everything around me. There is a certain finality that hangs in the air, and I am filled with so many emotions as a try and soak up all the joy around me. I keep wanting time to slow down but it is speeding by. In such a short time we will say goodbye to family and friends and board an airplane bound for the Dominican Republic. I can’t quite get my mind around it all.
My prayer throughout these next 16 days is this: Lord, please help me to enjoy the gift of friendship in a special way over the next couple weeks. Help me not get wrapped up in the business of it all and all the things I need to get done. Help me to enjoy all the blessings around me as we prepare for this exciting adventure in front of us.