Tomorrow (the 7th December), we will have been here a year. So today last year was a goodbye day really. The house was nearly completely clear of stuff, we had a camping table and chairs in the living room and air mattresses in our bedroom. We were getting up very early on the Friday morning to set off.
It was a day of lasts in a way, the last day in my house, my nice little terrace, the last time I saw my dad in person. That makes me sad. But I am very glad we saw them.
We also had a curry night at home with a friend of ours that night. It was great. It was also weird because we knew we were moving to Ireland the next day and things weren’t going to be the same after that. We’d been doing a special food night almost once a week for a while, just eating together, having a laugh, talking about God and life. It was lovely. I think we had themes but my memory is hazy on what they were… I’m pretty sure we had a crisp night and an icecream night of some sort too…… 😀 and spent one night trying to find the best ring and text tunes ever.. They both have Knight Rider I think… I have the Bare Necessities…
So, one year ago we were preparing to leave, fairly excitedly, but also with trepidation because we didn’t really know what to expect, of the house, or Ireland, or the journey really. What I have found is it does take time to settle in, to feel like you’ve done the right thing, to start to make friends. To get used to living differently too. If you are moving, just give yourself grace, relax, take it easy on yourself and others, because it is normal for settling in to take quite a while.
So, hello family, friends and especially Mr G, we miss you and it would sometimes be lovely to transport you Star Trek style to ours. Although we don’t live as far away as it could have been, it’s still a bit of a trek. I’m just very glad that I’ve been able to come back a few times this year to see you. We’re also very glad that a couple of people managed to get over to see us. That was lovely for Chris too. It was so good to see you. We even had nice weather for you! God is good. All the time, whatever the weather..